Falmouth Town missed the opportunity to take back to back wins for the first time this season as defensive errors, coupled to a superb performance from Bovey keeper Tom Brooks, saw the Moorlanders snatch all three points.
Town started brightly but failure to clear a ninth minute free-kick gave Roe a simple chance to put the visitors a goal up. Town had the bulk of possession but couldn’t breach the Bovey defence and Brooks made a fine double save from Wearne just before the break.
Town continued to press in the second half and Tom Whipp hit the bar wih a volley and Tom brooks made a remarkable one handed save from Rob Wearne. Kai fisher was sent off for the visitors with a quater of an hour remaining but it was Bovey who snatched a vital second goal. Town skipper, and player of the season, Jason Chapman had a rare lapse as he could only palm a left wing corner into his own net and Bovey Tracey’s third successive vicory, and the first ever over Falmouth Town, was secure.
Falmouth Town team: Jason Chapman, Mark Hollands, Richard Kellow (Steve Winnan 80), Steve Floyd-Norris, Lee Jeffrey; Liam Cope (Glen Squires 75), Dan Richardson, Ross Pope, Rob Wearne, Pat Shaughnessy, Tom Whipp. Unused sub: karl Turner
Falmouth Town halted a run of twelve matches without a win and gave the new management team of Robbie Stephens and Les Gilbert their first victory at the club.
Penzance started brightly in possession but it was Town who were creating the better chances. First Shaughnessy shot wide after turning his marker; and after 12 minutes; Rob Wearne headed home, after a Mark Hollands shot had rebounded off the bar, only to be ruled offside. Town didn’t have to wait long for the opener though as after 20 minutes Tom Whipp hit a superb half-volley past Penzance keeper Williams following a left wing cross from Dan Richardson. Town had a great spell following the goal but couldn’t increase their lead further and Jason Chapman had to make a smart double save to preserve the lead after he had initially spilled a shot.
The second-half saw Penzance pushing forward and it took smart interceptions from Whipp and Jeffery to prevent them equalising and they had a headed effort chalked off for pushing. Town though stretche their lead on 73 minutes when after good work down the left from Shaughnessy, Wearne pounced on a half clearance to score .
In a turn around from recent weeks it was Town who had to hold on nervously in the final minutes as Blake hit a great strike on 85 minutes to reduce the arrears, but hold on they did for a welcome three points.
Town team: Jason Chapman, Mark Hollands (Steve Winnan), Richard Kellow, Steve Floyd-Norris, Jamie Webb, Lee Jeffery, Dan Richardson, Ross Pope, Tom Whipp, Rob Wearne, Pat Shaughnessy (Glen Squires). Unused subs: James Greet, Liam Cope, Karl Turner
Rob Wearne back after long lay off
It was a case of deja vu for Town fans as for the third successive home game Town found themselves scoring a late goal after being two goals down; once again late pressure just failed to bring an equalising goal and it was in-form Liverton who took all three points.
The game marked a welcome return to action for striker Rob Wearne following a horrific head injury sustained against Elburton Villa last September.
The first half was a pretty even affair but Liverton were quicker out of the blocks after the break and took the lead on the hour through Nick Rudge. The visitors increased the lead with ten minutes remaining when the referee awarded a penalty after Lee Jeffery brought down Jamie Chamberlain and Stuart Bowker made no mistake from the spot.
Town though never gave up and with five minutes to go Dan Richardson headed home from close range after Tom Whipp had headed Richard Kellow’s cross back across the goalmouth.
After the game midfield stalwart Ross Pope was presented with a tankard by another Falmouth Town great; and the man who first brought him to the
club, Neil Phillips, in recognition of reaching 250 first team appearances. Ross is currently in 22nd position in the all-time appearance rankings, and will surely climb higher.
See full list here: 250+ Club
Town team: Jason Chapman, Steve Winnan, Lee Jeffery, Steve Floyd-Norris (Karl Turner 78), Richard Kellow, Ross Pope, Tom Whipp, Dan Richardson, Jamie Webb, Pat Shaughnessy, Rob Wearne unused Subs: Darren Friend, Dave Rawlings
Town are still looking for that elusive their first win under the new management team following another close defeat defeat at Bickland Park.
The Lillywhites had enjoyed the better of the first half and scored through Reski’s low finish just five minutes before the break. Home striker Glen Squires had missed a guilt-edged chance in the opening ten minutes when he fired straight at Jason Peters with just the St Austell goalkeeper to beat, but openings were few and far between for the home strikers.
On the hour it was Lean who scored a second to put the visitors firmly in command when he sent a firm header flying past Town goalkeeper Jason Chapman a Danny Carne corner . Town though pulled a goal back in the 76th minute when after good work from Dan Richardson on the left led to a scramble, that saw Squires hit the post, before Peters’ attempted clearance was charged into the net by substitute Mark Hollands. Despite some late pressure from the hosts, St Austell hung on for the win to move up four places in the SWPL Premier Division table.
Jason Chapman, Steve Winnan, Richard Kellow, Steve Floyd-Norris (Dave Rawlings 88), Jamie Webb, Liam Cope, Dan Richardson, Ross Pope (Karl Turner 46), Pat Shaughnessy (Mark Hollands 62), Tom Whipp. Subs (not used): James Greet, Darren Friend.