Kendall's header earns Truro City first win of the season
Hinckley United 0 Truro City 1
A 68th minute header by vice-captain Paul Kendall from Olly Brokenshire’s corner gave City their first Calor League premier division win of the season after two successive draws
It was Kendall’s first game after completing a three game suspension and he marked his return with a man of the match performance, capped with only his second goal for the club.
The game in Leicestershire was a rather scrappy affair in blustery conditions but City boss Steve Massey said his side were well worth all three points which loifted them to tenth in the table.
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He said: “It was a fully deserved and the boys put in a great battling performance and no-one could really have complained if we had won two or three nil.
“It was not pretty but we got the job done.”
With Warren Daw and Les Afful both out injured, Massey made five changes from the side that drew 2-2 at Bashley in midweek, with Ollie Chenoweth returning in goal and Kendall, George Swain, Seb Broomfield and Lewis Coombes all given their first starts as Massey took the chance to refresh his side.
And the new-look line-up responded well against the home side who have started the season badly.
In the first half City’s best chance fell to Combes but he headed a Brokenshire free-kick wide from close range.
In the second half City, cheered on by a big band of supporters in a crowd of 285, started to get on top and were rewarded with Kendall’s powerful header from six yards.
And it could have been 2-0 soon after when substitute James Eddy saw his effort blocked by the keeper and then put the loose ball against the post.
But City were grateful right on time when substitute Raif Gwinnett cleared off the line from a corner to ensure a happy return journey and put them in good heart for Monday’s visit of Bideford (3pm) who have also taken five points from their first three matches.
Truro City: Chenoweth; Ash (capt), Kendall, Evans, White; Coke, Swain, Copp; Brokenshire; Broomfield, Coombes. Subs: Sims, Eddy, Gwinnett, Trott, Harper-Penman.