By Will Luckett
Lee Hodges was clearly happy with his Truro City side’s battling 3-2 victory over play-off chasing St Albans which helped to ease further their relegation worries.
The City manager was full of praise for his side’s attitude at a soggy Treyew Road in a game on Saturday that was decided by a late Tyler Harvey penalty but it could have produced a very different result.
“I’m very pleased,” Hodges told reporters. “We played this team earlier on in the season and (they) won 5-0, could have been more.
“To play them at home — a team who I think are three points off the playoffs — and to dig in and get a win on a horrible day shows a lot of character from the boys.
“We felt the way they play is that they gamble and both the full-backs go, which leaves them open to counter attack football, which is what we’ve worked on and done very well this season.”
The win, which followed Truro’s home victory over Gosport Borough on Tuesday, lifted them to 15th in National League South and Hodges was especially pleased with the performances of recently re-signed Stewart Yetton, and new acquisition Harvey in attack.
“Tyler brings that bit of quality to us and when he’s in front of goal, he’s lethal.”
“Wherever he (Yetton) goes, everyone loves him because of his work rate, his attitude, his appetite towards the game of football.
“He’s 31 now but he’s still like a 20-year-old running around and all the boys look up to him. In the changing room, and on the pitch he’s a leader. It’s brilliant to have him back.
“Tyler brings that bit of quality to us and when he’s in front of goal, he’s lethal. I think that we’ve needed him and competition up front is always enjoyable.”
However, Hodges understands the challenge ahead, and is still being cautious after the victory.
“Any win is crucial. I gave the team a goal and they’ve knocked a couple of points off that already. Eleven games to go, nothing changes. Eleven cup finals, you know? Big, big games and we’ve got to make sure we’re like this, and if we are then I think we’ll be fine.”