A stoppage time Omar Rowe strike brought about by the visitors excessive time wasting saw United extend their lead at the top of the Southern Premier South to five points with a single goal victory over Truro City at the SKYex on Tuesday evening.
In all honesty the first 45 minutes have got to be the poorest I have seen at the SKYex all season as the ultra-defensive visitors stood with a firm five man defence that United struggled to makes inroads into while looking vulnerable at times at the other end.
A couple of half chances in the opening 15 minutes saw Francis Amartey head over a Cole Brown cross while at the opposite end Alex Battle forged his way into the United area with the ball finally running loose to Tyler Harvey who saw his effort blocked wide by United skipper Charlie Wassmer. The resultant corner from Ryan Brett was only cleared as far as Zac Hartley but his shot on the turn was easily gathered by Ravan Constable.
The 30th minute saw a caution for Truro’s Ollie Tomlinson for pulling back Amartey, not normally something to hit the match report only for the same player to repeat the exact same offence just three minutes later with referee Warren correctly issuing a second caution and automatic red card to the Truro defender.
Despite being a man light, the visitors created three half decent openings for themselves in the final six minutes of the first half. A ball was lofted hopefully into the United area, Constable fisted the ball as far as Harvey who saw his drive blocked wide once again by Wassmer.
As we reached stoppage time, Harvey played the ball to Niall Thompson and he in turn found Hartley who fired across goal and wide and just seconds later Thompson himself broke into the United box from the left only for Constable to comfortably hold his shot and both teams went in at the break goalless.
Unsurprisingly the second half was pretty much played in the visitors half of the field after no doubt following a few harsh words from the gaffer at the break.
Just three minutes had been played when Truro’s young ‘keeper Mac Chisholm would have had his heart in his mouth as a Kadell Daniel cross was deflected towards goal with Chisholm allowing the bouncing ball straight through his hands and thankfully for him into the side netting. The corner was played in by Daniel, a clearance by the Truro defence to the edge of the box saw the ball drop nicely to Jordan Norville-Williams who saw his initial shot well blocked and the follow-up from the same player was just off target.
As the hour approached Jack Connors was inches wide from 20 yards and in a rare sortie forwards at the other end Thompson, now playing as the loan striker, turned past his marker inside the United box but could only find the side netting of the United goal which was repeated at the other end by Amartey ten minutes later.
United continued to push against the eight man defensive wall put up by the visitors in the final ten minutes. Substitute Elis Watts made room for a shot but it was blocked out to Connors who also saw his effort blocked with Omar Rowe latching on to the loose ball but his effort was too high.
Chisholm saved from Watts on 87 minutes and then as the game was entering into additional time Chisholm’s constant time wasting saw him fall foul of referee Warren who penalised him for holding the ball far too long and also dished out a caution to the ‘keeper too while awarding United an indirect free-kick just inside the box. This was to prove the pivotal point of the game as Connors tapped the ball to Rowe who saw his perfectly executed shot curve around the wall into the bottom corner of the White Tigers net.
In the time that remained the visitors did force a corner kick that came to nothing and United played out the game for what could be a most vital three points come the end of April.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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