Truro City 3-1 Dartford Match Report
It’s been a tough week for the Darts as they succumb to back to back losses in cup and league action, losing 3-1 away to Truro City in the National League South.
A lacklustre first-half showing saw Truro race into a 3-0 lead within the opening twenty minutes curtesy of a Tyler Harvey penalty and a double from Cody Cooke.
Ronnie Vint’s strike before the break gave the traveling fans a glimmer of hope for a second half revival but Dartford failed to penetrate a stubborn City defence.
After a disappointing showing in the FA Cup last weekend, the Darts missed the opportunity to cement their title challenge and instead surrendered top spot to Braintree Town.
Truro on the other hand propelled themselves to third place, a solitary point behind the Darts.
Tony Burman would have hoped there was no mental fatigue from last weekend’s mauling, but the warning signs were there when Aaron Lamont brought a fine save out of Deren Ibrahim inside the first minute.
City opened the scoring on 14 minutes through a clinical Harvey penalty after referee Lee Brennan harshly blew up for what he adjudged a push in the back.
It only got worse for the visitors two minutes later when Cooke met Billy Palfrey’s in swinging cross from the right-hand side brilliantly on the volley to send the ball into the far corner and the home fans into jubilation.
Shades of Swindon as it was all City and soon after it was three. Another terrific finish from Cooke as he was left in space once more to meet Connor Riley-Lowe’s on the volley and wrap the game up within the first twenty minutes.
Dartford did manage to halt the onslaught and were given a small lifeline when a well-hit free-kick from Ryan Hayes was poked home by Vint going into the break.
Cooke almost responded in emphatic style when he was inches away from a first-half hat-trick after narrowing missing a low drilled cross from Harvey.
The Darts did have the benefit of playing with the wind in the second 45 and Tony Burman threw on Warren Mfula in place of captain for the day Tom Bonner who almost repaid his manager instantly but could only head wide off a Hayes cross.
Desperate defending at times for City as Murphy tests Tom McHale from distance before Jamie Richards throws himself at a strike from Alfie Pavey.
Truro did have a scuffle of chances at the end of the game to put the gloss on the scoreline but Harvey could only fire wide and Ibrahim was on top form to keep out Noah Keats close range effort.
Truro City: McHale; Gerring (capt), Palmer, Richards; Palfrey, Harding, Keats, Lamont, Riley-Lowe; Cooke, Harvey.
Subs (not used): Hartridge, Yetton, Copp, Neal, Thompson.
Dartford: Ibrahim; Harris, Onyemah, Bonner (capt) (Mfula 48), Sho-Silva (Noble 67), Vint, Hayes, Wood, Pavey, Brown, Murphy (Della-Verde 67).
Subs (not used): Coxall.
|November 11, 2017||3:00 pm||National League South||2017/18||90'|
|Truro TR1 2BY, UK|