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Truro City again looking up before key home clash

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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Truro City player-manager Lee Hodges is again on weather watch ahead of the Cornish club's home Blue Square Bet South game against Weston-super-Mare.

Today's match – kick-off 3pm – is subject to an early morning pitch inspection at Treyew Road.

Boxing Day's scheduled game against Dorchester Town at Treyew Road looked set to go ahead until downpours forced a late postponement. The weather forecast for Truro this morning does not bode well.

On the eve of the game Hodges said: "I think we could be all right if there is no more rain but the forecast is for heavy showers early in the morning.

"It's always a difficult time of the year for anyone involved in football. I see there are some Football League games off already.

"There is nothing you can do about the weather. It was like the other day, we were all disappointed the game against Dorchester was off but the referee made the call and I think it was right."

Wednesday's postponement followed last Saturday's washout against Salisbury City and meant Truro have not played since a 1-0 home defeat by relegation rivals Maidenhead United on December 15.

Weston – beaten 2-1 by Truro at the start of the season – last won 2-1 at Bath City with goals by match-winning midfielder Kane Ingram and defender Martin Slocombe.

The Seagulls' eighth win of the season pushed Craig Laird's side up to sixth in the table, 22 points ahead of Truro and a far cry from the position the Somerset side were in when the two teams met at Woodspring Stadium.

Hodges said: "They are flying at the moment and we have not played for a while and that's the position we find ourselves in."

Back-to-back postponements also mean that full-back Bobby Hopkinson's one-match suspension carries over to today, and he will be ruled out.

Meanwhile, City skipper Jake Ash is fit to partner Hodges in central defence after overcoming a hand injury.

Former Plymouth Argyle full-back Peter Gilbert has extended his contract with Blue Square Bet Premier club Lincoln City until the end of the season.

Gilbert, 29, was initially drafted in by City manager David Holdsworth on a non-contract basis in early October before he signed a short-term deal.

The former Wales under-21 full-back was released by Southend – managed by former Argyle boss Paul Sturrock – last summer.

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