Truro City 1-3 Exeter
To start the month, Truro took on Exeter at Treyew Road in the FA Cup 2nd Round. In the first half, Truro dominated possession but it was Exeter who had the majority of the chances. Despite this, neither side managed to score, so the teams headed into the break locked at 0-0.
Two minutes into the second half, Joe Lolley opened the scoring for Exeter by capitalising on a Billy Jones error. Not one minute later, Aiden O’Brien levelled for Truro by heading home a cross from Kelvin Etuhu. Exeter took the lead once again when Robin Dempsey brought down Dexter Blackstock inside the box, Blackstock then stepped up to convert the penalty. Devon Logan put the final nail in the coffin when he scored in the 77th minute, knocking Truro out of the FA Cup.
Port Vale 2-0 Truro City
Early in the first half, Truro came out looking sharp but they were unable to produce any decent opportunities. Port Vale made Truro pay for it when Michael Willis converted a one on one opportunity late in the first half to see Port Vale head into the change rooms with the advantage.
Straight after half time, Jonathan Obika extended the lead for Port Vale putting the ball past Ollie Chenoweth after the original shot from Niall Mason hit the crossbar and rebounded back. Despite Truro’s best efforts, Port Vale never looked in doubt with the match finishing 2-0.
Morecambe 2-1 Truro City
Truro grabbed an early lead when Aiden O’Brien got onto the end of a pass from Chez Isaac to score in the 11th minute. For the rest of the half, Morecambe looked the better side but it was Truro who held the advantage heading into the second half.
Connor Jennings brought the scores level for Morecambe in the 54th minute, scoring from a well-executed set piece. In the 78th minute, Warren Bentley converted a one on one opportunity with Ollie Chenoweth to give Morecambe the lead. Despite their best efforts, Truro didn’t manage to score a goal, seeing Morecambe come away with a 2-1 victory.
Truro City 0-2 Torquay
Truro headed back to Treyew Road looking to end their poor form but Eoghan Stokes would open the scoring for Torquay in the 21st minute, heading home a Donal McDermott cross. Despite the goal, Truro looked the better side throughout the half but it was Torquay who led heading into the second half.
After half time, Jim Kirby would add to Torquay’s lead, heading the ball home from a Donal McDermott free kick. Minutes later, Dan Green would be sent off for a second yellow card, seeing Truro go down to ten men. Torquay easily managed to see the rest of the game out and claimed victory.
Truro City 1-0 Portsmouth
Truro went into the fixture against Portsmouth missing all four full-backs and star performer Chez Isaac. Despite the missing players and poor run of form, Aiden O’Brien opened the scoring for Truro in the 24th minute with a stunning strike which found the top left corner. Portsmouth controlled the rest of the half, but it was Truro that went to the break with a 1-0 lead.
After the break, Portsmouth continued to dominate possession and create chances but failed to convert their opportunities into goals. During the entire game, Truro only managed one shot on goal but that one shot from Aiden O’Brien was enough to seal the victory.
Despite a very poor month, Truro has only dropped one spot on the league table as well as finding themselves only one point closer to the relegation spots.
Brought into replace Stewart Yetton, Aiden O’Brien has begun to find his feet for Truro. The former Irish U21s player has scored three goals in five games during December, O’Brien joined Truro on free transfer this season after previously playing for Morecambe and Millwall.
After two months of difficult fixtures, five of the six teams Truro faces in January are currently in the bottom half of the league table. Despite this, Truro will face their toughest challenge of the season when they play first placed MK Dons away from home.