TRURO CITY 2 AFC PORTCHESTER 0
IN-FORM Truro City were given a fright by the visitors before making it six league and cup wins in succession.
And it was only in the final 20 minutes that the Cornish club finally scored the goals which ended the brave resistance of the Wessex League Premier Division side, who play three levels below the high-flying National League South outfit.
Both the home goals came from their substitutes. Last season’s top scorer Rocky Neal came off the bench to break the deadlock, as he did in the midweek league win over Chippenham Town.
Neal was in the right place to bundle Billy Palfrey’s cross over the line from point-blank range after 73 minutes, with the visitors claiming in vain he had used his hand.
And four minutes from time, after Portchester had gone close to an equaliser when Josh Warren’s header hit the woodwork, Neal was the provider as he slipped the ball across the goal for Niall Thompson to make it 2-0 with his first goal of the season.
It was just reward for the home side’s persistence in difficult conditions but Portchester could still take massive credit for their performance.
City will now hope for another home tie in Monday’s draw as they continue their bid to make club history by reaching the fourth qualifying round for the first time.