Hodges aims to build on crucial win
AFTER their morale-boosting win over AFC Hornchurch (see page 108), Truro City take a break from league action on Saturday when they travel to Farnborough in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
And manager Lee Hodges believes his side "have nothing to lose" against the Hampshire side, who beat them 4-1 in the league at their Cherrywood Road ground only last week.
He said: "No one expects to win so the pressure is off, but we will give it a real go."
Victory would earn City £4,000 in prize money and a place in the first round proper, when the Conference Premier clubs enter the competition which culminates in the final at Wembley on March 24.
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The biggest task for Hodges is to find a replacement for keeper Tim Sandercombe who suffered a serious-looking knee injury in the win against Hornchurch and was unable to finish the game.
Skipper Jake Ash took over and did a great job, but Hodges wants to sign a regular keeper, with reserve team keeper Luke Payne very much in the frame. It is not yet known how long Sandercombe will be out for and he was due to have a scan this week.
Dan Green has also left to join Dorchester Town, leaving a vacancy at right back to be filled.
"I wish Dan all the best. I thought he did ever so well for us on Saturday and will leave a big hole to fill," said Hodges.
The rapidly improving Calron Hall could switch from the centre of defence, with Hodges, who came on as a sub on Saturday, partnering Ash at the heart of the City back four.
And Hodges is looking to build on the feel good factor generated by Saturday's victory in what was a "must win" game against City's fellow strugglers.
He said: "It was nice to put the smiles on everyone's faces. The crowd was brilliant and the players deserved it. I thought it was a very good performance."
Hodges expects to take a squad of 13 to Farnborough but said he was looking at bringing in "one or two players" before City's next league game at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday week, though the club's continuing transfer embargo makes signing players far from easy.
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