After four consecutive defeats Truro City earned a much needed and well deserved victory over fellow relegation rivals Whitehawk.
Both teams had lost their most recent games against Poole Town and Hampton & Richmond respectively so this was a game they needed to win.
Whitehawk started the game with great intensity and could have been 1-0 up in five minutes. Truro’s goalkeeper Tom McHale prevented several shots from going over the line. As the half continued, Truro became more comfortable in their home environment. The White Tigers broke the deadlock in the 27th minute through Andrew Neal. Truro’s celebrations ended just a minute later when Ben Gerring put the ball past his own keeper to gift Whitehawk an equaliser.
Both sides were fiercely competitive as half-time approached. Tyler Harvey produced a great finish to ensure that Truro were 2-1 up at the break.
Whitehawk made a substitution at half-time as Ibrahim Akanbi came on for Christian Scales. The White Tigers started the second half as well as they ended the first. Six minutes after the restart, Neal got his second goal of the game and 15th of the season. Stewart Yetton’s effort was denied by Whitehawk goalkeeper Lucas Covolan but Neal pounced on the resulting loose ball to make it 3-1.
Cody Cooke fired home from a River Allen corner in the 66th minute. Truro were 4-1 up and Whitehawk were unable to withstand the constant pressure from the home side. Whitehawk made their second substitution of the game as Joshua Passley was replaced by Spencer Forte.
There was 15 minutes left to play and Whitehawk were forced to make their final substitution as Ramon Aldavert went off with an injury. He was replaced by Christopher M’Boungou.
Neal did not get the chance to complete his hat-trick as he was substituted for Niall Thompson. He was deservedly awarded Man of the Match for a determined and professional performance in addition to bagging a brace. Truro made their second change as Ryan Brett came on for Cody Cooke.
Daniel Mills scored a consolation goal for Whitehawk in stoppage time. It was his 100th goal for The Hawks but unfortunately the game ended in defeat for his side.
Truro City won the match 4-2 which will give them confidence as they continue to battle against the drop. Lee Hodges’ side fought hard for the victory and were worthy winners. The White Tigers are now five points clear of the relegation zone but a trip to bottom club Margate next Saturday means they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.
Despite being at Falmouth University for a year and a half, I have never been to see Truro City or watched non league football before. After Truro’s match against Whitehawk and the brilliant atmosphere that accompanied it, I will definitely come back again.