By William Gavin
For the first time in the club’s history, Truro City FC have progressed to the FA Cup first round proper with a 2-0 win against Hampton and Richmond.
Noah Keats was the scorer of both goals as the White Tigers cemented their position in the next round.
They are the first Cornish side to get to the first round since Falmouth Town in 1969.
Manager Lee Hodges told BBC sport: “For all these players and the supporters who were here supporting us, it’s a very special day for the club.”
Truro will now have to prepare for a trip to the Valley, where they will have to hope for a bit more FA Cup magic against Premier League side Charlton.
Arsenal are the current holders of the FA cup.
Since the Football Association’s inaugural competition in the 1871-72 season, the FA Cup has served as a way for teams not usually associated with the glamour of the Premier League to test themselves against the best England has to offer.
Although Truro have had a, somewhat, ‘easy’ run so far, with victories over AFC Portchester and AFC Sudbury in the previous rounds, their next game against Charlton will prove to be a very tough test in a tie that captures the excitement of the cup.
From the crazy gang of Wimbledon in 1988 to the more recent heroics of Braford City in 2013, part of the fantasy for ‘smaller’ sides is the opportunity to create history by getting one over the ‘bigger’ teams.
Captain Ben Gerring said: “Our belief is spiralling at the moment and there’s a great spirit around the place, to get a trip to Charlton is brilliant for everyone involved with the club and Cornwall as a whole.”
It gives fans and the players a boost before each round, this can carry over into the league dependent on the type of performance.
With Truro currently in 3rd in the National League South, this next fixture could define the rest of their season.
Victory at Charlton could cause the side to grow in confidence and continue their current form, whereas a heavy defeat could cause the momentum to come crashing down.
Striker Cody Cooke will be hoping Truro can keep up the momentum.
The tie will take place on Sunday November 5th at 2pm and the highlights will be shown on BBC One red button.