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Ash returns as Lee Hodges signs up Hopkinson for Truro City

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

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Crisis club Truro City are set to be lifted by the return of their "captain fantastic" according to player-manager Lee Hodges.

City skipper and stalwart Jake Ash returns from suspension to start today's home FA Cup tie against AFC Totton at Treyew Road (3pm) alongside Hodges in central defence.

Hodges' squad is also boosted by new signing Bobby Hopkinson, a 22-year-old midfielder who began his career as a trainee at Plymouth Argyle before joining Aldershot from Tiverton Town. City – in administration – are aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 home league defeat by Bromley.

The City boss said: "Once again we are hoping someone comes in to take the club on, that is always there in the background.

"But on the morning of the match I will be like the rest of the players and the supporters, I will wake up and think 'it's FA Cup day' and do my utmost to put the club on the map and get people talking about Truro City.

"It's the competition that gets people talking about non-League clubs all over the country, and I am sure that's how Totton and their supporters will feel.

"It's the FA Cup and a chance to make your mark the further you progess. The more we can get the name out there, nationally, then the more chance we may have of someone taking the club on.

"Of course the cup tie itself is all about what we do on the pitch on the day."

Hodges says skipper Ash is City's "captain fantastic".

The Truro boss said: "It's great that we have got Ashy back. He's been phenomenal for the club, both on and off the pitch.

"That's why he is the captain and that's why he is the players' leader and spokesman. He puts 100% into all that he does, and that's whether he is playing or trying to raise support for the club.

"Each day I am gobsmacked by the unbelievable loyalty of the players and supporters to this club and what they are trying to achieve."

Hodges is also mindful that today's visitors – who City beat in the 2007 FA Vase final – are in a run of top form.

The Stags' most recent win was on Tuesday night when they beat Sean Joyce's in-form Bideford 2-0 in Hampshire.

Hodges said: "I think they are unbeaten in four and won three of those games, so I will be putting a call in to Sean to find out about them."

Truro City (from): Sandercombe; Green, Williams, Hodges, Ash, Yetton, Afful, Broad, Cooke, Watkins, Moore, Martin, Carne, Hall, Hopkinson.

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