Written by Samuel Turner |
Cornwall’s highest ranked football team Truro City have been relegated from the Vanarama National League South to the Southern League South, ending their second stint in the sixtht tier of English football.
The White Tigers’ fate was confirmed on Saturday, on the final day of the season, as they failed to beat Slough Town at their home ground, Treyew Road. Despite a late comeback, Truro could only manage a 3-3 draw.
This result and other results on the final day of the season kept Truro in 20th place and in the relegation zone.
The Cornish side had it all to play for going into the final day of the Vanarama National League South, but all was not in their hands. Truro had to win their game against mid-table Slough Town, and had to depend on Hungerford Town drawing or losing their game against already-relegated East Thurrock United.
Hungerford Town could only manage a draw, but as Truro City could only muster a draw as well, it was enough to keep Hungerford safe and relegate the White Tigers.
Truro City have been on a dismal run at a bad time in the season. They have not won a game since mid-February, when they managed to beat Oxford City 2-0 at home, and are currently on a twelve game win-less streak. This dreadful form near the end of the season has ultimately led to the relegation of the club.
“Though this relegation has put a dampener on things, the future for Truro City in the long-term is still looking bright”
It has been a turbulent season for Truro City, which has not helped their campaign. The White Tigers have had three different managers in Lee Hodges, Leigh Robison and current manager Paul Wilkinson. They have played at two different stadiums, having had to ground share with rivals Torquay at Plainmoor earlier on in the season. This came due to the planned development of their current home ground Treyew, which has now been postponed. The club have also been through a takeover from rugby union side Cornish Pirates.
This relegation is clearly a setback, and it will mean we will now have to wait a little longer to see if Truro City can become the first football team from Cornwall to compete in the Football League.
However, all is not too doom and gloom. With the recent takeover by Cornish Pirates, the Stadium for Cornwall is looking all the more likely to be built. Although this relegation has put a dampener on things, the future for Truro City in the long-term is still looking bright.