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Cornish football fraternity lend their backing to Truro

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

Lee Hodges

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Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges poured praise on the hundreds of Cornish football fans who turned up to swell the Treyew Road gate for Saturday's 1-0 Blue Square Bet South defeat to Bromley.

Crisis club City's gate was 538 and, although the home side were undone by a 39th-minute goal from Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Hodges said: "It was brilliant to get another couple of hundred extra people turning up on Saturday, and they could make a huge difference to our future.

"The more support we have, the better it will be for a potential investor, because we really need someone to come in and take the club on now."

Truro host AFC Totton in the FA Cup next Saturday and Hodges is hoping for a similar rise in attendance, and a better result.

The 39-year-old said: "On Saturday against Bromley we switched off for a second at a set-piece and they scored.

"That's all it takes and it was such a shame that after last week's 8-0 defeat at Maidenhead we could not bounce back with a point, especially for all the fans who have come back to support us.

"That would have really made the day extra-special, but at least it was a massive improvement on last week.

"The boys gave it their all, again, and were much more back to their old selves, even though it has been a taxing week for all of us off the field.

"To see so many people around the ground with smiles on their faces is something that will stick with me, even though we could not give them the result they wanted.

"I was pleased in one way, but disappointed in another, if that makes sense," Hodges added.

"The turn-out was brilliant, the result was not, although I do think – but for that second – we were heading for a draw. They [Bromley] have a lot of pace but we contained them, and although they scored Ben Williams hit the bar for us."

Williams powered a header off the woodwork from Les Afful's corner six minutes after the unmarked Joseph-Dubois headed home Michael Malcolm's flag kick.

City were also boosted by goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe's decision to stay at Truro and not join Blue Square Bet North outfit Oxford City. Hodges said: "Tim performed really well again. It's great that he is staying with us and on Saturday he was really positive. I felt for him when the goal went in really because there didn't seem to be anything he could do about it."

Truro City: Sandercombe; Green, Hodges, Hall (Martin 75), Williams; Afful (Carne 90), Broad, Yetton, Cooke; Watkins, Moore.

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