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Depleted Truro lauded by Hodges after taking valuable away point

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges was again fulsome in his praise for the White Tigers as they drew 0-0 at Blue Square Bet South high flyers Boreham Wood.

Transfer embargoed Truro – docked ten points for entering administration – now have eight points and are ten points behind second-from-bottom Basingstoke Town ahead of tomorrow's match at mid-table Eastleigh.

Hodges says his side will take heart from their draw in Hertfordshire, where Marcus Martin's late penalty was saved by home goalkeeper James Russell.

The Truro player-manager said: "Once again the boys have come up trumps.

"We didn't deserve to lose at home to Dover and really we could have won this one. Marcus hit the target with his penalty and the 'keeper saved it. It was just one of those things.

"But when you think we were up at five to travel up there and you look at where Boreham Wood are in the table, fourth, and then realise we only went with 12 it speaks volumes for the lads." Kieffer Moore was a late injury call-off and, with Calron Hall unavailable, it meant that Hodges was forced to start and recall Danny Carne to the starting XI, with Martin Watts as the sole substitute.

Talismanic skipper Jake Ash shrugged off injury to return alongside Hodges in central defence.

Hodges said: "There were some outstanding individual performances out there again as well as a brilliant result by the team.

"I put Les Afful up front in place of Kieffer and Danny Carne came in on the wing and ran his socks off. He couldn't have worked any harder and he will start again at Eastleigh, because he did so well.

"As well as picking up another point, away, we also kept our second clean-sheet in three games and that says a lot about the defence."

Carne won the 80th-minute penalty, saved by home goalkeeper Russell, while Truro number one Luke McCormick made two outstanding fingertip saves to maintain a clean-sheet.

Striker pair Afful and Andy Watkins had chances to score along with midfielder Cody Cooke but Hodges admitted: "I think a draw was probably a fair result.

"Ashy makes such a difference to us, but Bobby Hopkinson probably had his best game for us at right-back while Ben Williams at left-back was outstanding.

"He has really taken to the role and has been consistent and done a great job there.

"It was a lovely pitch and that made a big difference. I thought about introducing Martin [Watts] but it was touch and go, and you always think that while the team are playing well and there are no goals it is best not to change it unless you have to."

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