Truro's luck out again as bad run continues
Truro City 0, Poole Town 2
THE results may not be going City's way, as their losing streak was extended to five games at Treyew Road on Tuesday night, but there were signs that there could be better times ahead.
Manager Steve Massey has vowed to fight on and he will have been delighted with the response of his players after they conceded seven at home to St Albans City on Saturday.
Massey was especially encouraged by the opening half hour against Poole and more clinical finishing may have provided a much happier outcome.
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But when results aren't going your way, luck always seems to be in short supply.
And once Marvin Brooks had given Poole a 34th minute lead there was no way back for Truro, who travel to Banbury on Saturday, where they hope to include 33-year-old former Exeter City defender Steve Tully in their squad
Massey said: "It was a very good response after Saturday, particularly in the first half. We looked a decent side, we're just switching off at the wrong times at the moment.
"Poole lost their first game of the season on Saturday and we were just as good as them. We more than matched them.
"With a little bit of luck, which keeps deserting us at the moment, the result will come."
City's cause wasn't helped by the news before kick off that Les Afful and Paul Kendall were not able to get to the ground in time to start against Poole.
Massey added: "I'm looking underneath the car to see if I've killed any black cats because this is the sort of bad luck we're having at the moment."
Brooks' opener, a header from Jamie Whisken's knock on, was harsh on Truro, who created a host of opportunities with Neil Slateford and Matt Andrew having the best of the home side's chances. With Jamie Lowry returning to the side in central midfield, Arran Pugh commanding at the back and the forward pairing of new signing Ben Watson and Andrew always causing problems, Truro proved on Tuesday night that they do have enough quality running through the team.
But with their last league win coming at AFC Totton at the beginning of September, lady luck is not shining down on Truro's players at the moment.
And when Richard Gillespie doubled Poole's lead after 61 minutes it was effectively game over for the home side.
City could yet lose three points following the news Hinckley United had folded on Tuesday due to financial problems.
Truro recorded a 1-0 win over United in September, but that result is likely now to be expunged.
A league statement read: "The Southern League is naturally extremely saddened about the demise of Hinckley United Football Club.
"The likely aftermath of the club's inability to complete its fixtures will be for their playing record to be expunged and, subject to the Board ratifying this action, the Premier Division table will be revised accordingly."
Truro: O Chenoweth, C Cooke, S White (P Kendall 84), D Evans, A Pugh, J Broad (O Brokenshire 86), N Slateford (L Afful 59), J Lowry, B Watson, M Andrew, J Copp. Subs (not used): J Sims, L Eddy.
Yellow cards: Andrew (47), Copp (83).
Poole: N Hutching, M Brooks, W Spetch, W Cummings, J Whisken, C Pettefer, J Davies (J Dickson 90+3), S Devlin, R Gillespie (W Byerley 69), C Preston (E Elliott 90+2), D Cann. Sub (not used): D Thomas.
Goals: Brooks (34), Gillespie (61).
Referee: Ian Roberts (Camborne).