Double D-light as Beavers Win On Road
Goals from Dickson and Dundas for the third straight game give Beavers win at Truro City
‘Can we play here every week?’ was the favourite song on the team bus home as the Beavers strengthened their challenge at the top of the league.
You can understand the sentiment following a second clean-sheet victory at Plainmoor in three weeks. Back in August, it was a 2-0 victory over Torquay United. This time, there was a repeat dose for Torquay’s tenants, who no longer have a ground of their own.
But the back drop this time is a different one. This was a glimpse of the worst and the best of the Beavers as they made it 19 points out of the last 21.
For the first half-hour, they could not keep the ball. They looked disorganised – not a trait we associate with Gary’s thorough preparation for each game - they were careless and off the pace as Truro’s direct style troubled them.
Gary and Co were hopping around the technical area like they were on hot coals, but they could not get their message out to a bewildered-looking bunch.
Then, without warning, it all changed. Zak Joseph cut inside from the right and sent an inviting low cross to the far post, where Chris Dickson – who else? – was waiting to turn the ball home from close range.
Truro were visibly shaken – and they were shell-shocked just three minutes later when Craig Dundas picked his spot with a shot from inside the area that found the far corner. He could not have placed it better.
Gary was left to change his half-time team talk, to praise for the way his side had hung in during a thorough examination of their defensive qualities in that first half-hour.
In truth, they were much better at the start of the second half, looking solid and assured as Truro tried in vain to trouble Tom Lovelock. They had a shout for a penalty (which the Beavers felt was a dive and a subsequent yellow card) and their manager and assistant were positively boiling over with frustration as the referee and his assistant got both barrels.
Mr Howes might easily have sent one or both to the stand, but he took a tolerant line as the game threatened to get out of hand for a while. A flurry of yellow cards did not entirely solve matters and there was an edge to the game right to the end.
Gary brought on Rhys Murrell-Williamson and later Ogo Obi to exploit the gaps beginning to appear in the Truro defence, but there were no further goals. That’s not to say there weren’t chances and Obi, in particular, should have opened his Hampton account when he was put clear.
Five minutes of added time offered Truro a free-kick on the edge of the area but that was chipped harmlessly over the bar.
Gary later acknowledged the early failings but was heartened by the way they stood firm under pressure and ultimately earned their reward with their sharpness on the break.
Injury-wise, they were still without Ollie Sprague and Casey Maclaren, while Matty Wichelow tweaked a muscle before the start and would have struggled had he been called into action.
Dickson came off in the final minutes after a heavy challenge, but he should be able to shrug that off in time for the FA Cup next Saturday.
Of the walking wounded, only Sprague looks likely to be unavailable for that one.
HAMPTON: Lovelock, Miller-Rodney, Mavila, Corcoran, Bray, Downer, Joseph (Obi, 80), Wellard, Dundas, Dickson (Hammond, 86), Uchechi (Murrell-Williamson, 73).
Unused: Bowry, Wichelow.
Scorers: Dickson (35), Dundas (38).