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Truro City
Oxford City
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Full time Attendance 436

Report - Truro City 2-0 Oxford City

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City's winless run continues

Oxford City’s winless 2019 continued as they fell to a 2-0 defeat on their longest away trip of the season against Truro City in Cornwall.

A goal in each half – both from range – saw the Tigers earn all three points, Ben Rowthorn finding the top corner after 22 minutes, before Dan Rooney completed the scoring with half an hour to go.

Following his side’s 1-0 midweek defeat against Welling United, Mark Jones made two changes to his starting XI, both of which were enforced upon him. Goalkeeper Craig King was to miss out with his one match suspension, while influential midfielder Zac McEachran was absent due to injury.

Jones replaced his stopper by giving a first start to young academy graduate Steven Caro, while Bobson Bawling was to come into a midfield that also included Reece Fleet, Josh Ashby and Kyran Wiltshire, who were to compliment a forward line of Kabby Tshimanga and Brandon Thomas-Asante. At the back, captain Joe Oastler was partnered by Tarik Moore-Azille at centre-half with Eddie Jones and Joel Dielna acting as full backs, all four protecting Caro.

The young City stopper didn’t have to wait long before he was called into action for the first time. After just three minutes, a corner that was delivered by River Allen forced a goal-line scramble, which saw Caro make three-point blank saves to keep the sides level.

Three minutes later, the Hoops forced their first chance of the match. Joel Dielna was able to deliver towards the far post, beating the home defence to find Wiltshire, however Wiltshire was almost surprised the ball got through to him, and was therefore unable to get a good connection.

It was the 22nd minute when the breakthrough finally came. After some neat passing on the edge of the box, Ben Rowthorn shot from 30 yards, beating Caro in the City goal and nestling in the roof of the net.

City kept pushing forward and within four minutes were forcing a dangerous opening through Thomas-Asante. The forward was in down the left wing and his powerful cross was good, however it just evaded both men running onto the end of it.

Truro’s Rooney brothers then linked up as Louis linked up with Dan, the latter getting into the box before firing into the side netting.

The Hoops’ best chance of the match came just after the half hour mark. Tshimanga did well down the left and drove a ball towards the far post. Wiltshire was coming in and looked certain to tap home, however Aaron Bentley came out of nowhere to boot it away from the midfielder and just over the bar.

With half time approaching, the Hoops had one final chance to find a leveller. Tshimanga was the main threat as a couple of throws saw the striker have a left foot shot blocked, before his right footed shot which cleared the bar was followed by the half time whistle.

The Hoops came out hunting for an equaliser and 12 minutes after the restart, had a shot blocked from Tshimanga after some great work after Ashby and Bawling linked up.

Mark Jones quickly made two attacking changes on the hour as Craig Fasanmade and Jack Self replaced Brandon Thomas-Asante and Bobson Bawling, in an attempt to try and provide a different direction to City’s attacking threat in search of an equaliser.

Despite initially looking promising, any chances of a comeback were all but extinguished with half an hour to go. It was almost an action replay of the first goal, with Dan Rooney this time shooting from range, the ball seemingly swerving wickedly in the air, beating Caro and nestling in the roof of the net.

This left Mark Jones with no option that to make a final attacking change, Chinedu Vine came on for Eddie Jones. This did little to change the course of the match with Truro happy to defend their 2-0 lead and City unable to break down a defence that had remained solid all afternoon.

Things don’t get easier for the Hoops however as they are next in action next Saturday afternoon, welcoming a resurgent Billericay Town side to Marsh Lane with 3pm kick-off.

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# Team Pl Pts
11. Slough Town 36 51
12. Chippenham Town 36 49
13. Oxford City 36 47
14. Hemel Hempstead Town 36 44
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 36 39
16. Eastbourne Borough 36 38
17. Dulwich Hamlet 36 38

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