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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)
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.
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)
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)
Falmouth Town (0) 1 Cullompton Rangers (0) 0
A 77th minute goal from top scorer Glen Squires clinched a fine win for Town against in form Cullompton. The Devonian visitors were unbeaten in their last five games and they looked the stronger side for the first sixty minutes but they found man of the match Ryan Barnes in fine form. The Town stopper made several very good saves to deny Rangers and Andrew Westgarth’s team took full advantage.
The match began to swing Town’s way after the hour and with Rob Wearne and Mike Vanes coming off the bench the home side got stronger and stronger as the game progressed. Vanes saw his powerful shot from 20 yards saved by Whatley in the Cullompton goal and then Westgarth’s header hit the keeper from point blank range.
The stalemate was finally broken when Dan Richardson broke down the left wing before producing an excellent cross to the back post for Squires to head home the winner. Once again Town proved they are a much tougher nut to crack these days and they have made a habit of coming out of these tight games at Bickland Park with maximum points.
Town team: Ryan Barnes, Callum Grahamshaw, Ed Timmons, Tom Whipp, Joe Cooper, Ross Pope, Dan Richardson, Steve Retchford, Glen Squires, Andrew Westgarth, Luke Tripconney.
Subs: Ethan Fearn, Mike Vanes, Archie Frier, Dan Greet, Rob Wearne
Saltash United (1) 2 Falmouth Town (0) 1
Playing their six consecutive game on the road Town went down to a narrow defeat despite a late rally. The Ashes led at half-time due to a Tom Whipp own goal and went further ahead five minutes into the second period when Joe Carey scored following a free-kick.
Top scorer Glen Squires pulled one back with 16 minutes to go and Town threw the kitchen sink at Saltash for the remaining quarter of an hour, including keeper Ryan Barnes going forward for a couple of corners, but were unable to force an equaliser.
Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, M.Hollands, E.Timmons, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope, D.Richardson, M.Vanes (S./Retchford 72m), G.Squires, R.Wearne (F.Cross 81m), A.Westgarth
Unused Subs: A.Frier, C.Grahamslaw, E.Fearn (gk)
Referee James Gould (Plymouth)
Yellow Cards: G.Squires 52m, J.Cooper 86m
Exmouth Town (0) 1 Falmouth Town (1) 3
Playing their fifth consecutive away game Falmouth Town pulled off an excellent win at the King George V ground, their first in the SWPL. On-fire Player manager Andrew Westgarth scored a brace to bring his tally to six goals in the last four games.
Town took the lead on the stroke of half-time when after a penalty box scramble Westgarth was on hand to score the opener. Eighteen minutes minutes into the second period a Steve Retchford pass put Westgarth through and he slotted the ball past the keeper for 2-0.
After 80 minutes Exmouth pulled a goal back through Jake Burns but Falmouth made sure of the points with a goal two minutes from time. Retchford went forward on the attack and the ball ended with the home keeper; he made a bit of a hash of his attempted clearance and could only pass the ball to Glen Squires and the top scorer made no mistake to make it 3-1.
The home side did get the ball in the net in injury time but the effort was disallowed. A very good win for Falmouth Town with Archie Fryer making his debut, Callum Grahamshaw making his first start and a season’s first appearance for Adam Williams.
Teams: Exmouth Town: M.Finncron, L.Ellis, A.Greening, J.Moore, R.Johnstone(H.Butler h/t), N.Cooper, J.Burns, J.Hopkins(M.Dawson 55m), K.Rickard (C), D.Boere, K.Hill.
Unused Subs.L.Phillips, D.Veale, R.Pears
Yellow: L.Ellis 50m
Manager: Richard Pears
Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, C.Grahamslaw, E.Timmons, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope(A.Williams 74m), A.Westgarth, S.Retchford, R.Wearne(A.Frier 88m), G.Squires, D.Richardson
Unused Sub.E.Fearne (gk) Yellow:R.Wearne 50m, J.Cooper 80m, C.Grahamslaw 85m
Referee: Mark Senior-Plymouth