Aug 182016

Falmouth Town (0) 0 Saltash United (1) 6

Town dropped their first points of the season to a very good Saltash side but the score was a little harsh on the home side.  They matched the visitors pretty well for the first half, only trailing to a fine strike late in the half.

The game was over as a contest after ten minutes of the second period when the referee awarded the Ashes two controversial penalties, which the duly converted.   Saltash, fresh off a victory at champions Bodmin, then began to dominate and scored three more goals against a demoralised Town side to record their biggest ever win against Town.

Saltash United scorers: Lewis Edwards (41m), Ryan Richards 5 (53mP, 63mP, 72m, 82m, 90m)

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, E.Timmons, B.Williams, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope (M.Vanes64m), A.Westgarth, T.Annear, R.Wearne (G.Squires83m), D.Richardson, J.Annear.

Unused Subs: M.Everard, A.Frier.

Saltash United: R.Rickard, D.Barker, S.Sargison(Easton68m), S.Leary,L.Russell(C), D.Trott, R.Maddison, S.Farrant, S.Hughes, R.Richards, C.Clarke (L.Edwards35m).

Unused Sub: L.Avis-Riordan

Referee: Steve Annis (Penzance)


Aug 132016

St Blazey (0) 2 Falmouth Town (3) 3

Town made it a perfect start to the new season with a second win and it is also a dream start for striker Rob Wearne who notched his second consecutive hat-trick.  All Town’s goals came in the first-half  at 18, 23 and 32 minutes, and it looked like a comfortable win for the visitors.   The Green & Blacks hit back after the interval and Tornado Bello scored twice, in the 54th and 65th minutes, to leave the game on a knife edge, although Rob Wearne had a penalty saved that would have put Falmouth 4-2 ahead.  Bello then blotted his copybook though when he was dismissed with 12 minutes remaining for diving in the penalty box and Town held out for maximum points.

St.Blazey: D.Painter, L.Hallwarth (M.Thompson h/t), B.Thomas, M.Thackeray(C), B.Casley, T.Bello, J.Rundle, D.O’Hagan, L.Jones, R.Carey

Unused Subs: N.Eseleghe, B.Gibbs, A.Bance

Yellow cards: T.Bello 42m, 75m

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, E.Timmons, B.Williams, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), D.Greet(R.Pope 62m), A.Westgarth, (H.Clarke70m), T.Annear, R.Wearne, Dan Richardson, J.Annear.

Unused Sub: M.Vanes.

Yellow cards: R.Pope 78m

Match facts:  First two wins to an opening of the season since 2002-03; 2-1 away to Penzance and 3-0 at home v St.Austell.

The two successive hat tricks in the first two matches of the season by Rob Wearne is the first time that’s been achieved since George Willis back in 1958-59 (v Helston Ath &  v Saltash Utd).

Aug 092016

Two most loyal players, Steve Winnan & Darren Friend,  have left Falmouth Town to play the coming season at Mawnan in the Trelawney League.

Falmouth Town Football Club, and Andrew Westgarth in particular, wish them the very best and thank them for their oustanding long service at Bickland Park.

Steve who has been at Falmouth for almost 20 seasons (virtually his whole career on and off) made his first team debut in August 1998  at home to Torpoint Athletic and went on to make 115 first team appearances in all.

Darren has been at Falmouth for over 10 seasons playing mainly for the Reserves but has answered the call without hesitation to make 39 appearances for the firsts;  his debut being in December 2006 in a home game against Plymouth Argyle Reserves.

Both players were members of the Combination League and League Cup double winners of 2011-12 under manager Paul Murray.

All at Falmouth Town bid them good luck on their new venture with Mawnan.

Aug 062016

Falmouth Town (0) 5 Newquay  A. F .C (0) 1

Falmouth Town got off to the best possible start to the new 2016-17 season with a second half demolition of north coast rivals Newquay.  Town had only won one of their previous nine opening matches since the SWPL’s introduction but that bogey was laid to rest in fine style.

The first half got under way in hot conditions and skipper Joe Cooper had the first real chance after 12 minutes when he  headed a free kick over the bar when when well placed.  Newquay were dealt a blow on 20 minutes when Jack Piper had to go off injured to be replaced replaced by Jack Bray-Evans.  Rob Wearne had a couple of chances  to open the scoring midway through the half but Newquay managed to keep the hosts out.  The Peppermints then lost their 2nd player through injury just prior to the break when Shaun Middleton was replaced by Adam Weller. Almost immediately Town caused confusion in the visitor’s defence with the ball being pinged around the penalty area like a pinball but the ball was eventually scrambled to safety by the visitors to ensure a 0-0 half-time score.

Town were quickly off the blocks in the 2nd period with Rob Wearne playing in Mike Vanes to slot home Town’s opener after 48 mins. Falmouth continued to press forward but had to wait until the 64th minute before doubling their lead  when Rob Wearne’s shot through a group of players inside the box taking a deflection on the way.  The game was over as a contest after 70 mins when a superb goaline cross from Ed Timmons was smashed home at the far post by Rob Wearne. On 75 mins Haydyn  Turner forced a point blank save from home custodian Ryan Barnes  in a one on one situation. Town made it 4-0  on 80 mins when substitute Ollie Walker saw his initial cross shot tipped onto the bar by visiting keeper Dan Peters, only for the ball to drop to Mike Vanes at the far post to head home.

Haydyn Turner then had another chance for Newquay on 84 mins but shot wide when well placed. Newquay did get on the scoresheet after 88 mins when Jack Rapsey, son of Town legendary favourite Mark Rapsey, slotted the ball under Ryan Barnes.  Town though were to have the final say in stoppage time  when Rob Wearne smashed home a loose ball completing his hat-trick.

No midweek game for Falmouth Town but it’s onto St Blazey next Saturday, who today drew 3-3 at Exmouth, then home to Saltash United on Wednesday August the 17th.

Town team: Ryan Barnes, Ed Timmons, Ben Williams (Jordan Annear 70m), James Ward, Dan Cooper, Dan Greet, Andrew Westgarth (Ollie Walker 75m), Tom Annear (Ross Pope 80m), Rob Wearne, Mike Vanes, Harry Clarke.

Unused Subs: Dan Richardson, Archie Frier.

Match Facts:  Rob Wearne’s hat-trick was his first for Falmouth Town and took his total for the club to 45 goals.

This was Town’s best opening result since 1988 (7-0 v Penzance) and the 50th League win (SWL +SWPL) versus  Newquay (Played 101 Won  50  Drew 24 Lost 27)

Jul 132016
Two encouraging results away to Sidmouth Town last weekend saw the first team beat Their  Devon peninsular league one opponents 2-0 with second half goals from player manager Andrew Westgarth and centre back Tom Whipp.
Town, with players away on holiday etc, played five of this seasons Combination league side in this fixture, four of whom were only just sixteen.
There were first team debuts for Max Everard who started in midfield and Adam Dower in goal, both acquitting themselves well with Everard hitting the post early on and Dower calm and collected deputising well for the on holiday Ryan Barnes.
Ollie Walker and Fin Cross came on as substitutes and both looked dangerous, Walker with many runs beating his opposition fullback and the hard working striker Fin Cross setting up the second Town goal after beating a defender to reach the dead ball line before unselfishly cutting the ball back for Tom Whipp who slammed the ball home from ten yards.
In Addition Calum Grahamslaw, this seasons newly appointed Combination team captain was solid as a rock in his substitute defensive role.
A good first friendly for our Peninsular Premier league side and manager Andy Westgarth, the travelling supporters and the first team squad, can surely feel pleased that there are a good crop of youngsters emerging from the Combination side in readiness to support and try to earn a place in Westgarths squad next season, if not occasionally this season if needed to be called upon.
Both the  Falmouth Peninsular Premier first team and the Jollys Combination team travelled together on the coach to Sidmouth creating a great squad team bonding exercise and there is a great deal of unity being shown this season already between the two sets of players. There was no , ” them and us” atmosphere, rather it was a FALMOUTH TOWN TOGETHER which was good to see and experience.
The Combination side, playing later in the afternoon, recorded a 0-0 draw in their first ever game together. New players drafted in from around the county quite literally with players from Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Camborne,  Redruth and of course Falmouth, had a tough opening twenty minutes against a big physical Sidmouth side who went close to scoring with a couple of set play free kicks, and an excellent free kick from just outside the box which crashed off the upright.
As Towns new boys started to settle they started to pass and retain the ball a little better and gradually took over the dominant offensive role with Fin Cross looking the most dangerous element with his pace, strength and direct running. It was hard up at the point of the attack for Fin on his own, and playing in his second game of the day, but he always looked like he might bag or create first Town goal.
Changes at half time saw Ollie Walker, Max Everard, Rob Donald and Will Hart come on and with a slight change in formation. Cross now had Walker and Donald coming up the flanks to join the attack, and the footballing traffic became more one sided, particularly with Will Hart providing good support as an overlapping wingback.
A much improved and more settled second half performance saw Town unlucky not to score with the Sidmouth keeper in outstanding form, and the last twenty minutes pulling off many fine saves from close range to  deny Town a victory.
A good first outing which should particularly be noted for the defensive bedrock which the senior players, Kevin Morris, Steve Winnan, Steve Retchford, along with Callum Grahamslaw  and sixteen year olds Archie Fryer and Gabe Hamshore provided. That solid spine allowed the other youngsters to play, and play without fear.
A great day out for Town as a club was followed by much merriment on the long coach trip back.. Many thanks to our superb hosts Sidmouth Town, whose facilities and welcome would be credit to any sporting club.
Also special mention and thanks to the supporters who made the long journey up and back to support both teams.
Lastly great to see former Town manager Wayne Hughes also making the journey from his Exeter home to watch both teams play.
Falmouth first teams next friendly is at home this Friday evening against Truro City, whilst on Saturday the combination side are away to West Cornwall over at Pool college.
Jun 052016

Falmouth Town first and reserve teams will travel to play double fixture pre-season friendlies at Sidmouth Town on Saturday the 9th of July.  The first team will kick-off at 1:00 pm followed by the reserve fixture at 4:00 pm.

Other pre-season games arranged so far:

Friday July 15th 7:45 pm Truro City (Aubrey Wilkes Trophy)

Wed August 3rd  6:45  Mousehole AFC.


Wednesday August 3rd 6:45 Nanpean Rovers.