Tigers made to pay for missed chances as they suffer first away loss
Chesham United 4 Truro City 2
WHILE City tasted defeat for the first time on the road this season, they did enough to suggest they are on an upward curve as the majority of the squad continue to get adjusted to life at Calor League premier division level.
They could not prevent the home side from making it five wins in a row, but gave the Buckinghamshire side a real run for their money and in the end the main difference between the sides was in front of goal.
Chesham were far more clinical with their chances, whereas City were profligate and with better finishing could well have taken something from the game.
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Trailing 2-0 after conceding two goals in quick succession just before half time, they got back into the game in stoppage time with a stunning strike right on half time from Matt Andrew, only to concede a third early in the second period.
But again the visitors came back, with substitute Seb Broomfield scoring his first goal for the club, but he then missed two glorious opportunities to put City level before Chesham wrapped up the points with a late fourth, as Truro threw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser.
It all left City boss Steve Massey "hurt and frustrated" at what was only their second defeat in seven league outings this season.
He said: "We have got to learn to cut out the silly mistakes and take our chances.
"But there were a lot of positives and if we had taken our chances we would have come away with something against a very good footballing side."
City suffered a blow before kick-off with skipper Jake Ash ruled out with a groin strain but they began well and looked reasonably comfortable until what Massey described as "five minutes of mayhem" saw them go 2-0 down.
First, they allowed Toby Little to pull the ball back from the left and Chris Dillon made it 1-0 as the ball ran loose.
It got worse when hesitation between Dan Evans and Paul Quinn allowed Drew Roberts to nip in and Quinn brought him down for a penalty which the Chesham striker converted.
However, Matt Andrew then gave City a lifeline with a superbly struck half volley into the roof of the net from 25 yards.
City though began the second half slowly and were punished when they allowed Chris Dillon to race onto a through ball by Steve Wales and he finished well past a helpless Ollie Chenoweth to make it 3-1.
Truro though were far from finished and a fine move ended with Neil Slateford crossing for Broomfield to score from close range.
The former St Blazey striker than had the chance to make himself a hero, but failed to convert two "one-on-one chances" against home keeper Shane Gore.
First, he took the ball too wide and the chance was gone and then dragged his shot wide.
They were to prove costly misses as with 11 minutes left a quick Chesham break saw a cross from substitute Chris Watters headed in at the far post by Roberts.
It was a tough lesson for City's youngsters but one they must learn quickly if they are to move up the league from their current 14th place, starting with Tuesday evening's home game against Frome Town.
Chesham Utd: Gore; Kyriacou, Little, Lambert, Stewart, Thomas (Wales 16), Fotheringham, Potton (Watters 77), Dillon, Roberts (Effiong 86), Wilson. Subs not used: Brown, Gordon.
City: Chenoweth; White Evans, Kendall (capt), Quinn (Swain 59); Cooke, Broad, Andrew, Slateford, Afful (Broomfield 45), Sims (Eddy 75). Subs (not used): Brokenshire, Copp.
Goals: Dillon (39) 1-0, Roberts (43p) 2-0, Andrew (45 +1) 1-2; Dillon (52) 3-1, Broomfield (69) 3-2, Roberts (79) 4-2.
City star man: Joe Broad – excellent and showed all his experience on his 319th City appearance.