Truro City - 06/08/22
Hanwell Town 1 - Truro City 3
Following the euphoria of promotion and the anticipation of a first ever season at Step 3, Town were quickly brought back to earth by their visitors from the South West. With less than five minutes on the clock William Dean stroked the ball past a prone Hugo Sobte, after the Hanwell keeper had saved well from Andrew Neal.
To their credit, driven on by Sam Saunders, Hanwell had a lot of possession and took the game to Truro for the next thirty minutes, disappointingly without once threatening to score. The closest they came to working James Hanon in the Truro goal was a long range effort from skipper Harry Rush that whistled over the bar. Hanwell then lost the services of Mark Waters just after the half hour mark, with Reuben Mason replacing the injured central defender.
As the half wore on Tyler Harvey and Andrew Neal's combination play became an increasing threat to Hanwell and the latter front man went close on two occasions. With half time approaching, it looked as if the visitors would double their advantage but with Isaac Olorunfemi in close attendance George Nicholas cleared off the line following a corner. However the relief was short lived.
After Hanwell had threatened when Sam’s deep free kick was just too high for George to make a good connection, Truro were looking dangerous again. Good work by Neal, out-battling two Town defenders, set up Tyler Harvey but he failed to convert the cross. However, he atoned almost immediately. The number nine, to the great disappointment of the home supporters, and with half time overdue, dribbled past two defenders to double the visitors' advantage.
Just as in the first half, the opening exchanges of the second saw Hanwell having a lot of possession, with Sam once again at the heart of matters, but with Truro looking the more likely to score. They did just that, disappointingly from a set piece! The goal came just ten minutes into the half and the visitors looked to have made the game safe when Ben Adlesbury leapt high to head home a corner.
Three could have become four from another set piece but Adlesbury headed wide from a well-flighted free kick. As the sixtieth minute the approached, Kain Adom replaced Gareth Chendlik. Ten minutes later Manager Chris Moore replaced full back Isaac Olorunfemi with Adam Laaref. Less than a minute after coming on, the substitute held off a robust challenge and reduced the arrears by firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Ten minutes later Adam put Kweku Lucan through on goal but the front man disappointingly missed the target.
The only noteworthy incident in the remainder of the game came when the ever-lively Neal fired narrowly over. The final minutes passed with neither side threatening to change the score line and the visitors were able to set off on the long journey home with three points in the bag. All in all, the visitors had deserved to win, but Hanwell had more than matched them in midfield but failed to have the cutting edge up front Harvey and Neal gave Truro.
1.Hugo Sobte 2.Isaac Olorunfemi (12.Adam Laaref 68) 3.Massimo Giamattei 4.Mark Waters (14.Reuben Mason 33) 5.Calum Duffy 6.Harry Rush © 7.Sam Saunders 8.George Nicholas 9.Gareth Chendlik (16.Kain Adom 58) 10.Kweku Lucan 11.Jack Hutchinson.
15.Dernell Wynter 17.Mack Miskin.