Truro City: Top scorer Craig Duff a 'marked man', says manager

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Craig Duff
Craig Duff joined Truro in the summer from nearest rivals Bideford

Truro City manager Steve Tully says Craig Duff's recent lack of goals is down to him being a 'marked man' in the Southern Premier League.

Duff has scored 18 goals this season, but only one since Christmas.

"He had an unbelievable stint in the team up until Christmas, where everything he hit, he was in the right place at the right time and he took his chances really well.

"After Christmas he's almost been a marked man," Tully told BBC Sport.

"Yes he's had a little bit of a dip in form, he's had a bit of illness recently, but he's looking sharp again and we'll look to have him back involved for the next 11 games."

Fourth-placed Truro host leaders Poole Town on Saturday, with the Dorset side six points ahead of Tully's team with four games in hand.

"I've emphasised on the players that it's just another game," he said.

"There's 11 games to go, it's not just about one game now, it's about what we do in the 11 games to go, and we're taking it one game at a time and we'll see what happens.

"If we go and win the game, it'll make people stand up and say 'look what Truro are doing'.

"But if we lose, I think the title's practically Poole's anyway."