Jake Ash's injury adds to the misery at Treyew Road
Truro's talismanic skipper Jake Ash seems set to be ruled out of tomorrow night's Blue Square Bet home clash with ambitious Dorchester Town at Treyew Road.
Ash suffered a first-half groin injury as Truro tumbled to a 3-0 home defeat against Staines and the central defender looks certain to be missing when City line-up against Dorchester, including former Truro top scorer Kieffer Moore and Arran Pugh.
If he is ruled out, then former Tiverton Town central defender Paul Kendall – who replaced Ash during the first half during Saturday's home defeat – will make his first start for Truro.
Goals by Tyrone Marsh, debutant Doug Bergqvist and fellow defender Sam Page eased Staines to a vital three points in their own battle to escape relegation against basement side City.
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City boss Lee Hodges apologised for his team's performance.
He said: "It was just not good enough but we can't mope around and have got to go again on Tuesday. I can only apologise to our fans."
Hodges found it hard to pick out any positives following another poor home performance, after City had won 2-1 at Hayes and Yeading a week before.
A despondent Hodges said: "Barry Hayles did well in the first half but didn't get the service.
"It was not a good game and it didn't help that we lost Ashy in the first half. He felt something pop and had to come off, which is obviously a big blow, not just on Saturday but also for the Dorchester game.
"I don't think he will make that one and now we will just have to wait and see when we get him back."
After the lift of winning at Hayes, Hodges was hoping City could record their first back-to-back wins of the season. It was not be.
City never really got into the game on a perfect afternoon at Treyew Road and had several narrow escapes before going behind in the 35th minute when Marsh scored from close range after the home defence had been caught napping.
Any hopes of a second half fight back were ended after only 90 seconds when Bergqvist forced the ball home after home goalkeeper Paul Hider could only parry David Wheeler's shot.
Poor marking from a 65th-minute corner allowed Page to head home a third goal for Staines, who comfortably saw out the game without too many problems.
Staines' win lifted them to 16th in the table although they have played more games – 30 – than anyone in the division.
Meanwhile, former Truro target man Moore – who hit 13 goals for City – scored his first goal for new club Dorchester as they lost 2-1 at Basingstoke Town on Saturday.