Thankful Lee Hodges seeks to close gap for Truro City
Whatever the outcome of today's match, rescued Truro City can anticipate an emotional Treyew Road return this afternoon.
Basement side City – deducted ten points for entering administration last month – are back in Blue Square Bet South home action against 19th-placed Sutton United (3pm). It is a game many thought would not be played.
Revitalised by the financial support and intervention of Truro businessmen Pete and Jason Masters – of the L2 nightclub – and Philip Perryman, of A2B Taxis, City have retained their Conference South status and play on.
Yesterday Truro player-manager Lee Hodges told the club's media outlet City Alerts: "They are doing a really great job trying to get the club moving in the right direction, and they really deserve the support of everyone."
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City's skeleton squad suffered a 1-0 defeat at second-placed Staines on Tuesday but Hodges remains as positive as ever. He said: "We are 12 points behind the teams above us and our aim has got to be to narrow that gap by as much as possible between now and Christmas.
"I believe with the boys we have here we can do it but have to admit if we lose any of them – for any reason – then we are struggling because our hands are still tied because of the transfer embargo we are under and the squad is so small.
"It's a massive ask for us to get off the bottom but after all that has happened to us, and being saved, we have got to believe we can do it, especially with the fantastic support we have, which has now been our 12th man on and off the pitch.
"At Staines the other night there were Plymouth Argyle fans – who must live up that way – cheering us on as well as our own travelling supporters. Even the Staines fans applauded us as we were leaving the field at the end of the game, which was different class.
"It goes without saying this last week has been the hardest week without question because of all the drama last Friday, then we had a fantastic supporters' meeting on Monday and then straight into the game at Staines on Tuesday with a bare minimum squad again."
On a personal, playing note 39-year-old Hodges added: "The disappointing thing is that I pulled my hamstring and don't know how I limped through 90 minutes and so I am going to be struggling for a couple of weeks now."
Hodges' skeleton squad is also without Stewart Yetton who is nursing a knee injury sustained while trying to remain match-fit for Truro.
However, right-back Dan Green returns from a ban.