Truro City Reserves 1, Wadebridge Town 3
AFTER their Boxing Day capitulation at leaders Godolphin, anything less than the three points at Treyew Road on Saturday was unthinkable if the Bridgers were to stay in the promotion chase.
And the players, still smarting from surrendering a 3-1 lead at Godolphin Way with 20 minutes left to lose 5-3, responded admirably to run out convincing winners and move level on points with second-placed Helston, whose game at St Dennis was postponed because the Boscawen Park pitch was waterlogged.
Goals by Sam Gerken, Alex Ahearn and Gyles Reynolds eased Wadebridge into a 3-0 lead, before City scored a late consolation through Andy Van Evelingen.
And Wadebridge manager Mark Menhenick was delighted with his team's display, which made it 12 wins out of 14 for the Bodieve Park club, who have still to meet favourites Godolphin at home and have to play both Helston and Callington twice.
In his first full season in charge, after taking over when the club was at a very low ebb, club stalwart Menhenick, is happy with his team's progress as they try to get back into the premier division, where surely a club of their history and stature should be playing.
He said: "It was a good result after losing in the way we did at Godolphin.
"We had to get the players up for the game today and they performed well."
Menhenick showed there was no room for family sentiment as he left out son Paul to give Gyles Reynolds his first start.
Menhenick snr said: "Gyles came in and got a goal. He has been on the fringe and this was his first start.
"I dropped my lad. He came down in the car and he didn't know. You can't have any family sentiment. It gives me a nice problem for next week. You need a squad.
"The pitch was quite heavy and Truro are not a bad side. In the first half I would have taken 3-1. We gave away a silly goal at the end, but overall bouncing back from losing at Godolphin was good.
"We are doing all right and hopefully we will be there at the end to push everybody.
"Football is a strange game and we could be up there at the top come the end of the season.
"The facilities are there for us and with the travelling we are quite central to the county which would be a plus.
"But there is a long way to go and it is a difficult league to get out of.
"When I took over last season we had just one win but I am told I am averaging two points a game and of 32 league games I have won 21. We have only lost two this season so we are not doing too bad.
"Sasha Wheatman, my number two, is a great help. We just have to keep going."
In the game itself, Wadebridge were rarely extended and should really have taken the lead before Sam Gerken headed home Nick Dowling's 25th minute corner.
Top scorer Dan Jennings was denied by City keeper Luke Payne in the opening minute and Reynolds fluffed a good opening, though the visitors had to be grateful to keeper Tom Vercoe when he denied Scott Palmer, who was clean through on goal.
It was a rare attacking threat from Truro who found it difficult to penetrate a well organised Wadebridge back four, though that defensive unit was disrupted just before half time when skipper Martin Cook was accidentally caught in the head by the studs of fellow defender Nathan Cudmore.
Cook did not reappear for the second period with his place take by Bradley Richardson.
But the change did not affect Wadebridge's dominance and they soon went 2-0 up, though in rather fortunate style, when an attempted Truro clearance hit full back Ahearn and flew back into the home net.
And when Reynolds added a third in the 65th minute, heading home at the far post from Dowling's right wing corner, the game was up.
Van Evelingen did pull a goal back ten minutes from time to give Wadebridge a minor scare and if Ryan Tresidder had found the net after a mistake by Vercoe, memories of Godolphin could have come flooding back.
But lightning did not strike twice and Wadebridge now go forward to tomorrow's trip to Penryn (2.15pm) with plenty of confidence.