Truro City's FA Trophy hopes ended by Hemel Hempstead in red blooded tie
Truro City 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
by Steve Rogers
City’s hopes of reaching the first round of the FA Trophy came to an end as they lost a full blooded third round qualifying round tie in which both teams ended with ten men.
First to go after 67 minutes was Hemel defender Arthur Lee for a second yellow and six minutes later City’s Ed Palmer followed him for a challenge on Oliver Hawkins who was unable to continue.
All the goals had come in the first half, with the Conference South side’s skipper Jordan Parkes putting the visitors ahead after only four minutes with a superb 25 yard strike as City held off.
But Matt Wright, with his third goal in two matches, got City back on level terms just before the half hour when he forced the ball past Hemel keeper Laurie Walker as they challenged for a high ball.
However, Hemel regained the lead in first half stoppage time when Zane Banton finished off a fine counter-attack with City appealing in vain for offside.
In the second half City piled forward in search of an equaliser and went close on several occasions.
And when midway through the half Lee, who subsequently had to be helped off pitch, saw red following a challenge on Cody Cooke, having been booked earlier, City looked favourites to at least force a replay.
But Palmer soon followed him for his tackle on Hawkins , as City surrendered their numerical advantage.
And hard though they pushed the home side could not find the net as they threw everything into attack as they saw their five match winning streak come to an end.
TRURO CITY: Burns; James (Afful 81), Tully, Pugh, Farkins, White, Green, Palmer, Duff, Hayles (Cooke 58), Wright (Vassell 75). Subs (not used): Moore (GK).
Yellow cards: Wright, Farkins, Hayles.
Red card: Palmer (73).
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD: Walker; King, Lee, Parkes, Asafu-Adjaye, Diarra, Sanders, Daly, Hawkins (Connolly 76), Banton (Reynolds 54), Potton.
Goals: Parkes (4 ) 0-1, Wright (29) 1-1, Banton (45+1) 1-2.
Yellow cards: Walker, Parkes, Hawkins, Asafu-Adjaye.
Red card (Lee (67) two yellows
Burns, Tully, James (Afful 81 ),Pugh, Farkins, Palmer, Green (capt),White, Wright (Vassell 76 ), Hayles (Cooke 58 ), Duff. Sub not used: Moore.
11 attempts: 1 goal (Wright 30 ), 4 saved (Palmer 16, FK55, Vassell 77 ), 6 off-target (Wright 19, 22, Farkins 21, 60 James 55, Duff 84 ).
13 FKs conceded, 8 corners (?, ?, 19, 29, 51, 53, 82, 87 )
3 yellows: Wright 33, Hayles 45, Farkins 45+2. 1 red: Palmer 73.
Walker, King, Lee, Parkes (capt), Adjaye, Diarra, Sanders, Daly, Hawkins (Connolly 76 ), Banton (Reynolds 54 ), Potton. Subs not used: Talbot, Oli, May.
5 attempts: 2 goals (Parkes 4, Banton 45+2 ), 1 saved (Reynolds 63 ), 2 off-target (Hawkins 42, Parkes 54 ).
16 FKs conceded, 3 corners (37,38,79 )
6 yellows (Walker half-time, Reynolds 54, Lee 59 and 66 - = red - Parkes 68, Adjaye 80).
Ref: Adam Penwell (Somerset), Assistants: Lee Roberts, Colin Pink, both Devon FA.