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Positive Lee Hodges is in need of support for Truro City home game

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 15, 2012

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Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges hopes for a show of support for today's home Blue Square Bet South game against Bromley (Treyew Road, 3pm).

Crisis club City were cast adrift at the foot of the Conference South table after a ten-point deduction for entering administration.

Before today's game the Cornish club were six points behind second-from-bottom Sutton United and ten behind 13th-placed Bromley.

Despite the loss of key players, and a second-half collapse in last Saturday's 8-0 defeat at Maidenhead, Hodges insists on being positive pre-match.

The 38-year-old former Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle defender said: "You have got to give it your all, haven't you? There is no point in throwing in the towel, especially after all we have been through.

"We knew we would lose points if we entered administration and we knew we would lose some players as well. I was disappointed in our second-half performance last week as well but those things are secondary to all that has been happening off the field.

"Now it's all about getting as many people through the gates for our home games as possible, so that we still have a club.

"We have got two home games in a row now – Bromley and then next week the FA Cup tie against Totton – and it would be great if we got everyone coming along to those games. We have averaged crowds of 600 and more in the past and it would be great to see us getting back above those figures again.

"Now is the chance for that to happen and I hope that anyone who wants to do their bit in keeping a Cornish club in the Conference comes along to the home games."

On the field Hodges will have to provide the experience at the back for City today as skipper Jake Ash misses out through suspension and goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe may join Oxford City. Calrone Hall is expected to replace Ash at centre-half while reserve Luke Payne is on standby for goalkeeping duties, if needed.

Hodges' squad is set to be boosted by the return from injury of long-serving midfielder Marcus Martin, while other City stalwarts like Les Afful, Joe Broad, Andy Watkins and Stewart Yetton will all provide an attacking threat for the home side today, alongside Kieffer Moore.

Ben Williams and Dan Green have been revelations at left and right-back, while Cody Cooke continues to impress.

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

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