TRURO CITY 2 AFC PORTCHESTER 0

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Rhod Mitchell

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.

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