Arlesey Town down after Truro City loss seals their fate

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Arlesey Town were relegated from the Southern League Premier Division after a 3-1 defeat at Truro City on Saturday.

The Blues had gone into the game with slender hopes of staying up, but defeat, coupled with Frome Town’s 1-1 draw at Slough Town, consigned them to the drop.

Arlesey had gone in 1-0 up at the break after Shane Krac’s attempted ball back to goalkeeper Tom McHale caught the ferocious wind and deceived McHale as he raced out of his area to attempt a clearance. The ball bounced over his outstretched right leg and ended in the unguarded net.

It rounded off a nightmare first half for the young goalkeeper, who was fortunate to escape a red card in the fourth minute after handling outside his area to stop Arlesey striker Jack Vasssey going clear.

However, Truro hit back in the 56th minute through the excellent Matt Wright, before substitute Cody Cooke fired the hosts into the lead 10 minutes later.

Both sides then hit the bar, but City secured the points in the 89th minute with a fierce free-kick from Ed Palmer which gave Arlesey keeper Nick Thompson no chance.