Truro City and Hampton & Richmond Borough played out an entertaining and somewhat feisty 1-1 draw in testing weather conditions.
Truro City were looking to continue their formidable run and make it nine wins in a row but it wasn’t to be.
Both sides had chances in a fairly even first half. Noah Keats shot over early on for Truro City before Tom McHale produced a brilliant save to tip Malachi Napa’s shot over the bar. Bradley Hudson-Odoi fired a shot over the bar for Hampton & Richmond Borough after Marvin Morgan set him up. Keats had another chance as half-time approached but his low cross was caught by Hampton & Richmond Borough keeper Sam Howes. Tyler Harvey forced the visitors’ keeper into a good save at the near post but the first half ended goalless.
The weather conditions did not improve in the second half, in fact they became even worse. Both sides carried on regardless but there was plenty of slipping and sliding. Napa, who was having a good game for the away side, tested McHale again but to no avail as his shot was kept out.
It was Hampton & Richmond who made the breakthrough in the 61st minute. Jack Cook’s header from a short corner, taken by Josh Casey, put them in front. Truro made a double change not long after with Andrew (Rocky) Neal and Niall Thompson coming on for Cody Cooke and Tyler Harvey.
River Allen’s fierce shot was pushed away by Howes as Truro went in search of an equaliser. The home side finally got their goal in the 78th minute after Rocky was brought down in the penalty area during a goalmouth scramble. Connor Riley-Lowe took the penalty coolly and calmly and got Truro back into the game.
There were seven minutes of stoppage time and Truro’s Aaron Lamont had a chance to get the winner from the free-kick but his shot was just wide.
With that result, Truro City slipped from 1st to 3rd in the National League South. After their sixth draw in a row, Hampton & Richmond Borough remain 17th.
Truro City Starting XI: McHale, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe, Richards, Gerring, Hartridge, Lamont, Keats (Yetton 86), Harvey (Neal 66), Cooke (Thompson 66), Allen.
Unused substitutes: Todd, Copp.
Hapmton & Richmond Borough Starting XI: Howes, Collier, Casey, McAuley, Cook, Wassmer, Roberts (Kiernan 78), Jolley, Hudson-Odoi, Morgan, Napa (Kretzchmar 90).
Unused substitutes: Crawford, Kamara, Moss.