Truro's back-to-back wins earn praise of Hodges
Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges heaped praise on his side as they beat Tonbridge Angels 2-0 to record back-to-back Blue Square Bet South home wins.
It is the first time this term that transfer-embargoed City have won two matches in a row at Treyew Road and the victory came ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated home test against high-flying Dover Athletic (7pm).
Goals by Marcus Martin – from a 46th-minute penalty – and target man Kieffer Moore, in the 88th minute, secured a crucial win for basement side City, eight points behind second-bottom Basingstoke Town with 26 matches to play.
Hodges said: "I said it before the game but you always know that you are going to get 110 per cent from the lads.
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"After the game I got them into a huddle and told them they were a small group but also a special group.
"They proved it again on Saturday. Tonbridge were six unbeaten coming to our place and so we knew we were in for a tough test. I couldn't have asked any more of the boys – they were outstanding.
"We defended really well and we attacked really well.
"We caused them a hell of a lot more problems than they caused us and deserved the three points."
After having first-half penalty appeals waved away for a foul on Martin, City took the lead when pacy striker Andy Watkins was felled winging into the penalty area at the start of the second half.
Martin made no mistake with his spot-kick, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Hodges admitted: "When you are 1-0 ahead, you are always a bit edgy, but a bit of magic from Kieffer near the end was all that was required."
South Devon-based Moore – a summer find – latched on to a through ball from former Exeter City forward Les Afful before firing home past Angels goalkeeper Lee Worgan.
"It was no more than we deserved," admitted central defender Hodges.
"Les had hit the bar between the goals and we looked good every time we went forward.
"The funny thing was from where I was I thought Kieffer had taken the ball too far the wrong way but he did a bit of a Cruyff turn, cut back in and smashed it in. It was a great bit of skill and a great finish."
Before entering administration, Truro recorded back-to-back 2-0 wins, away to Weston-super-Mare on August 27 and at home to Boreham Wood on September 1.
Truro City: McCormick; Hopkinson, Ash, Hodges, Williams; Cooke, Martin, Broad, Afful; Watkins, Moore. Substitutes (not used): Hall, Carne.