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.

Reserves:

Wednesday August 3rd 6:45 Nanpean Rovers.

 

 

May 082016
 
Witheridge (1) 3 Falmouth Town (0) 0

Falmouth Town went down to a defeat in this season’s finale. Witheridge’s goals came from Jordan Charron (35m), Chris Ibbeson (49m) and from former Town defender Jamie Dirrane (57m).

Witheridge: J.Moore, S.Avery, J.Tucker, C.Ibbeson, D.Tapp, J.Dirrane (C), W.Pinnick, L.Cole(M.Leech 72m), B.Kelly(J.Charron 10m), K.Bassett, D.Rowe.

Unused Sub: M.Humphreys

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, A.Williams (A.frier 70m), E.Timmons, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope, D.Greet, M.Vanes, R.Wearne, A.Westgarth, L.Tripconey (S.Retchford 40m)

Referee Cameron Mann (Exeter)

May 022016
 

Falmouth Town (0) 1 Tavistock (2) 3

Playing their final home match of the season Town came up against the league’s form team and the task proved too much on the day.  This was not a bad performance though and if the home side had not gifted two first-half goals it could have been a different story.   It was a disastrous start as Tom Whipp was penalised for a push on a Tavistock forward after just 30 seconds and Glynn Hobbs made no mistake from the spot.

Town went further behind after 18 minutes when more sloppy defending saw Hobbs go through on his own and he lobbed the ball over Ryan Barnes for 2-0.   Player manager Andrew Westgarth reduced the arrears with a neat finish on the turn five minutes before the break.

Six minutes into the second-half Tavistock took advantage of another error at the back to regain a two goal advantage.   Town, with a weakened squad due to injuries and absentees, competed well but were unable to breach the Lambs defence. A special mention to Finn Cross, making his first start for the club standing in for Glen Squires, who never stopped working before being substituted.

Apr 302016
 

Falmouth Town (0) 0 Torpoint Athletic (1) 2

Falmouth Town were not at the races on the day and a highly efficient Torpoint team deservedly took maximum points to preserve their bogey team status.  Town came close to opening the scoring after eight minutes when Dan Richardson put a difficult chance over the bar but Torpoint gradually took hold of the game.  The opening goal came after 18 minutes from what looked a very soft free kick awarded against Mike Vanes.  Torpoint left back Tom Payne took full advantage hitting an unstoppable shot from 25 yards that gave Ryan Barnes little chance.

Torpoint were even more in control in the second half and wrapped up the points when sixteen minutes from the end Payne scored his second of the game with a near post header; and although a weakened Town team never gave up, they could find no way through the visitors defence. Torpoint’s Smith was given a straight red card on 80 minutes for a dangerous tackle.

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, C.Grahamslaw, E.Timmons, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope (S.Retchford 73m), D.Richardson, M.Vanes, G.Squires (L.Tripconey 67m), A.Westgarth(F.Cross 83m), R.Wearne  Unused Subs:  A.Williams, E Fearn (gk)

Torpoint Athletic: R.Brown, J.McCreery, T.Payne, R.Simmons (C), R.Swain, L.Card, L.Young, J.Tattersall, K.Smith (D.Smith 70m), S.Broomfield, T.Rosenquest.  Unused Sub: D.Ware

Yellow cards: Broomfield 35m.  Red card: Smith 80m.

Referee: Stuart Kane  (Saltash)

 

Apr 272016
 

Launceston (0) 2 Falmouth Town (2) 2

Launceston fought back from a 2-0 half-time deficit in their final game of the season to register their 17th draw, an SWPL record.  It was also the fourth time this season Town had let slip a two goal lead to draw 2-2. Still a creditable result though as Falmouth registered 50 points for the first time in four seasons, and with three games still to play.

Town went into the lead after 24 minutes through Dan Richardson and went further ahead when player manager Andrew Westgarth  scored 10 minutes before the break. Launceston’s goals came from Tylor Elliott (52m) and Bobby Hopkinson seven minutes from time.

Launceston:  O.Chynoweth, S.Clarke (D.Jefferis 84m), J.Smith, B.Hopkinson, D.Smith, T.Long, A.Elcock, L.Tilley (C), J.Jasper, T.Elliott, S.Blatchford

Unused Subs.M.Hughes, B.Cole

Yellow cards:  Elcock(70m), Elliott (67m), Blatchford (89)

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, M.Hollands, E.Timmons, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope (M.Vanes 57m), D.Greet (L.Tripconey 75m), S.Retchford (R.Wearne 67m), G.Squires, A.Westgarth, D.Richardson.

Unused Sub: E. Fearn (GK)

Referee Sean Rothwell (Plymouth)