Wasteful Truro City suffer painful home defeat
Truro City 0 Frome Town 2
City’s hope of rising up the Calor League premier division table were shattered by Tuesday night's defeat to a depleted Frome side, who went into the game with just one victory to their credit all season.
It was a night at Treyew Road of missed chances by the home side and some poor defending which allowed the visitors to snatch victory with two second half goals.
City have yet to win in the league at home all season and this was a golden chance to end that poor record before their own fans.
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But the majority of a season’s smallest crowd of 244 were left frustrated as City failed to take their opportunities against the Somerset team who showed tremendous spirit to take the points.
It was not if City played all that badly, but in front of goal they were woeful and it is a situation manager Steve Massey knows he must address as the pressure grows on him and his young squad.
Nine points from nine games is not a great return and one that has left City languishing in 18th place in the table and while it is far too early to say they are involved in relegation fight, they need to improve quickly and get some points if they are to move away from the wrong end of the table.
After a frantic first half, in which both sides had openings, the teams went in level at 0-0.
And in the opening minute of the second half City should have taken the lead but Liam Eddy scuffed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy following good work by Neil Slateford.
And it was a costly miss, as almost immediately, a long ball caught out the City defence and keeper Ollie Chenoweth brought down Ben Wood for a blatant penalty and was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a yellow card.
Ryan Laville calmly dispatched the spot kick and City were up against it.
Frome keeper Darren Chitty performed herocis to make a triple save to deny Truro an equaliser in an incredible goalmouth scramble, with substitute Phil Lowry on his home debut, then squandering a terrific chance when he shot wide with the goal gaping.
It was all the encouragement Frome wanted and with 12 minutes left a quick break down the left ended with Mark Cooper making it 2-0, shooting into the opposite corner through the hand of Chenoweth.
City continued to press, but chances came and went and until they can find a goalscorer there could be more nights and days like this.
City: Chenoweth; Cooke, D Evans, White (Brokenshire 85), Swain; Andrew, Copp, Broad (capt), Slateford; Eddy, Broomfield (Lowry 57). Subs (not used): Sims, Afful, H Evans.