Truro City reserves share points with Bude in the wind
Truro City Reserves 1 Bude 1
There was no winning start for the new Truro management team of Robin Watt, Jon Peters and Steve Flack in one of only two Carlsberg SWPL Division One West games to beat the rain.
In the end, a draw was a fair enough result, in a match ruined by the strong wind.
But it was the struggling visitors who will be the happier against a City team, including a healthy smattering of first team players.
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With the club's trip to Redditch Utd postponed, Warren Daw, Jordan Copp and Shane White were all given a run out, while there was a welcome return to the club of Tom Smith, who led City to that unforgettable FA Vase triumph at Wembley in 2007.
It was Bude who started the better, with City’s American keeper Jai Gilpin saving well from Charlie Watton, while Billy Hopcroft shot well wide.
City were struggling to get into the game and first team manager Steve Massey’s advice from the touchline brought the displeasure of referee Chris Stevens, though to little effect.
As the half wore on, City got more into the match with makeshift striker White lobbing wide, while Ashley Smeeth was denied by Bude keeper Gary Dinshaw after going clear with his follow up effort cleared off the line.
Dinshaw then brought a great save dave from Dinshaw, while substitute Mike Davies hit the bar with a long range drive.
But it was Bude who made the breakthrough ten minutes into the second half with Adam Smith playing in Hopcroft on the right of the area and the striker finished well into the far corner.
However, ten minutes later, City were back on level terms when fine work down the right by White saw him pull the ball back for Tom Langford to drill a low shot past Dinshaw.
As both teams tired on the heavy pitch, the game became rather petered out though Truro could have won it stoppage time, with substitute Connor Davey clipping the top of the bar.
But that would have been tough on a hard working Bude side, while Truro have plenty of work to do if they are to mount a promotion challenge.