Striker Eddy to start for Truro City in 'huge' Frome game
Steve Massey admits his Truro City side face a “huge” week as they bid to bounce back from the disappointment of Saturday’s 2-0 Calor League premier division defeat at St Neots Town, a result which dropped them to 18th in the table.
City take on second from bottom Frome Town in the league at Treyew Road this evening (7.45pm) and then on Saturday travel to play Bristol-based Brislington, who play in the Western League's premier division, bidding to reach the third qualifying round of the FA Cup for only the third time and in the process pick up a welcome £4,500 in prizemoney.
Massey said: “We have to step up to the plate. Tonight is a huge game and it is a huge week.
“People have got to be patient. There is not a long wrong, apart from the odd tweak or two. We have a talented squad, but we have got to be more clinical. We are not taking advantage of our possession and chances.”
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After the summer departure of strikers Stewart Yetton and Andy Watkins, who between them scored 369 goals for the club, City have perhaps not surprisingly, struggled to replace them up front and Massey has reacted to Saturday’s defeat by revealing that Liam Eddy will start.
The former Helston striker has played in all nine of City's league and cup games, but has had only three starts, as Massey wanted to ease the young forward into life at this level.
But he now feels the time is right to give Eddy his chance to lead the City attack.
City though will be without vice-captain Paul Kendall and defender Paul Quinn, who are both unavailable, while skipper Jake Ash, who missed the St Neots game after failing a late fitness test on his groin, must be a major doubt.
New signing Jamie Lowry is suspended after being sent off playing for former club Godolphin and now has to wait for the Newquay side to play two more games before being able to return.
He was a late withdrawal from Saturday's squad after the club were informed he was suspended just before the team departed on Friday.
However, Lowry's brother Phil, a striker from Godolphin, will make his debut in the squad after being signed on a non-contract basis.
Les Afful continues to struggle with a hamstring problem and striker Lewis Coombes has left the club, possibly for Exmouth, a decision Massey described as “disappointing.”