New season brings fresh hope at Treyew Road
FOLLOWING the events of last season, things can only get better at Truro City, writes Lee Hall.
And while the White Tigers' first-team look forward to a new era under Steve Massey in the Southern League, the club's reserves are hoping for better fortunes in division one west under new boss Anthony Reynolds.
There will no ten-point deductions this season (City's punishment for going in to administration last term) and with an influx of new players, Reynolds, who left Hayle just weeks before they pulled out of the Peninsula League last month, is looking forward to his latest challenge.
He said: "I'm delighted to be on board. I was planning to take a year out but when Steve (Massey) contacted me I had to rethink.
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"It's a fantastic opportunity and I can't wait to get started."
Reynolds has retained many players, including the experienced Andy Bowker and Scott Palmer.
The City boss has also made a string of signings, with Bradley Leivers, Tom Bartlett, Zack Williams, Kyle Frazer, Harry Evans and Connor Davey joining the club.
City finished 12th last season, and while Reynolds is not making any big promises, he believes a top half position should be the aim this time around.
Truro City begin their campaign away to last season's runners-up Helston Athletic, who will be bidding to go one better in 2013/14.
But much could depend on the future of Liam Eddy. The prolific striker is currently on trial with Truro's first-team and there is a strong possibility Massey will sign him permanently.
Eddy and Mark Goldsworthy formed one of the most potent strike forces in Peninsula League football last season, as their goals helped the Blues reach the final of the Cornwall Senior Cup.
Helston boss Sid Taylor has again made some shrewd moves in the transfer market, with Keegan McPhilbin joining from Porthleven and Kevin Lawrence moving from Hayle.
But it could be who Taylor finds to replace Eddy that could have the biggest bearing on their bid to land the division one west title.
There will be some familiar faces back at Perranporth next season.
The Pilchards' management duo Mick Lane and Dean Harris have been busy during the summer, signing nine players, including former duo Justin Miles (from St Day) and Ian Gosling (Goonhavern).
The latter guided Perranporth to the division one west title as player-manager in 2010.
Coach Pete Foxwell has also rejoined the backroom staff and there is a real belief at Ponsmere Valley that Perranporth can make a much bigger impression this season after finishing the 2012/13 campaign in ninth.
Also joining the club from Goonhavern are Paul Robertson, Martin Bennetts and Sam Mansfield, while Adam Barnicoat (Wendron), 18-year-old Jack James, Ben Colquhoun (Godolphin) and Shaun Mulvenna (Loughborough University) have also joined.
Perranporth have lost two players during the summer, with Rob Stapleton joining Bodmin Town and Ed Rowe moving to Threemilestone.
Penryn Athletic may have finished a disappointing seventh last season, but joint managers Steve Jewell and Stuart Massey are pinning their faith with virtually the same squad.
There have been no departures and just two arrivals, with Tyler Cooke (younger brother of Truro City's Cody) joining the club, while Kirk Davies has returned to Kernick after a spell at Helston last season.
There has been a reshuffle in the backroom with Massey stepping in as joint manager, replacing Dale Band, who will be providing 'on field direction' as a player.
Former defender Pete Davey is assisting with coaching, while Nick Chinn will be helping out in the team's pre-match warm-ups.
Completing the backroom set-up is physio Kevin Rosevear.
Porthleven boast one of the Peninsula League's youngest squads, and after fielding five 16-year-olds in their recent Dave Gardner Memorial Tournament clash with Helston, it looks like manager Dennis Annear will have no worries in throwing them in at the deep end this season.
The Fishermen have lost Keegan McPhilbin (to Helston) and Dominic Batchelor and Ben Gadson (both to Penzance) during the summer, paving the way for more youngsters to stake their claim.
With another year of Peninsula League football under their belts, that 'experience' should help Annear's young guns as they aim to improve on last season's 11th placed finish.