Fin­gers crossed: City home for Christ­mas

Ground in­spec­tion last hurdle for Cor­nish club who have been play­ing at ‘home’ in Torquay

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Sport - BY RHOD MITCHELL

Truro City will take on Dul­wich Ham­let at Torquay United on Sun­day in what the Na­tional League South club’s fans des­per­ately hope will be the last ‘home’ league game at Plain­moor.

In a con­tro­ver­sial summer move, Corn­wall’s high­es­tranked team switched to play­ing at the home of their league ri­vals to en­able a re­tail de­vel­op­ment of Treyew Road to start – ahead of them play­ing at the pro­posed Sta­dium for Corn­wall. But the re­de­vel­op­ment plans have now been put on hold un­til at least next summer and City plan a re­turn to Treyew Road soon.

Na­tional League of­fi­cials held a ground in­spec­tion at Treyew Road on Thurs­day and the game against St Al­bans City on De­cem­ber 1 could be the first match back in Corn­wall.

City have found it tough go­ing at Plain­moor, where their games have been watched by the low­est crowds in the league – with only 87 at­tend­ing the last Satur­day’s game against Dart­ford when Truro man­aged their first ‘home’ win.

But they are now out of the rel­e­ga­tion places – if only on goal dif­fer­ence – af­ter Satur­day’s 2-2 draw at fel­low strug­glers East Thur­rock United, which ex­tended their un­beaten run to three games.

And they will be aim­ing to con­tinue their steady im­prove­ment against newly-pro­moted Dul­wich, who are 13th in the ta­ble af­ter Tues­day’s 3-3 home draw against bot­tom club We­ston-su­per-Mare.

Truro will be with­out top scorer Tyler Har­vey, who serves a one-game ban, and striker Louis Rooney, who is ex­pected to be out for six weeks with a ham­string prob­lem.

How­ever,

fel­low

strik­ers Jon-Paul Pittman and Jared Lew­ing­ton should be avail­able af­ter miss­ing the East Thur­rock game through in­jury.

Man­ager Leigh Robin­son said: “It’s been a pretty good spell for us in re­cent weeks – hav­ing gone three games un­beaten.

“It shows that things are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion and hope­fully we will be able to build on this mo­men­tum and con­tinue to prove to be a dif­fi­cult side to beat.”

PHIL MINGO/PPAUK

Ex­eter Chiefs’ prop Ben Moon is set to make his first start for Eng­land this af­ter­noon – af­ter mak­ing an im­pres­sion as a re­place­ment last week­end. See Page 60

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