A late Harry Evans goal, his second of the match, gave Town a precious point in an topsy turvy and error strewn game that was played in very difficult conditions. It was Evans who had opened the scoring after 12 minutes when the Elmore defence failed to intercept a low corner from the England Colleges international and the ball found it’s way into the net.
Elmore struck back on 22 minutes with a tremendous shot that gave Falmouth stand-in keeper Richard Kellow no chance. Six minutes later the away side broke free to snatch the lead and although Town thought they had equalised through Evans, the referee disallowed the goal and the visitor’s took a 2-1 lead to the break.
It looked as if the Tiverton based side were going to take the three points comfortably when they went into a 3-1 lead early in the second period after they scored from a poorly defended corner. Town hit back on the hour though as Gary Bell grabbed his first goal for the club with a fine finish from the edge of the box. Town now had their tails up and their pressure was rewarded when Andy Westgarth, a hat-trick hero in the first fixture between the teams at Horsdon Park, smashed a loose ball home from close range.
It looked as if Elmore had snatched victory when they took the lead once more but with 2 minutes on the clock the swirling wind caught Evans’ right wing cross and the ball flew into the Elmore goal at the back post to give Town the point their efforts deserved.
Falmouth Town: Richard Kellow, Scott Kellow (Lee Jeffrey 32), Joe Cooper, Hugh Howlett, Tom Whipp, Gary Bell, Ed Timmons (Andy Westgarth 50), Ross Pope, Dom Batchelor, Harry Evans, Rob Wearne (Liam Dent 76). Subs (not used): Ethan Fearne.
A Dan Richardson brace saw Town gain their first home victory of the season and move up two places and out of the relegation zone. It was a bitter sweet day for the lively winger though as after 15 minutes of the second-half he suffered a hamstring injury just as he was pulling the trigger, with just the keeper to beat, and a hat-trick beckoning. It was a moment that summed up Falmouth Town’s fortune this season.
It looked to be plain sailing early on as Richardson scored from the spot following a foul on Rob Wearne after 11 minutes; and then the same combination provided a fine second goal after 22 minutes. Richardson cut in from the right wing and played a sharp one two with Wearne before firing in a low shot from 20 yards.
It looked as if Town were heading for a comfortable win against the bottom club but a bizarre 35 yard own goal after 33 minutes from Hugh Howlett gave the visitors an unlikely life-line.
The second half was a much closer affair as Liskeard looked to capitalise on being gifted a way back into the match and they came closest to scoring of the two teams when, with ten minutes left to play, they hit the crossbar. Town had several good openings but ended up holding on to scrape a precious three points.
A late strike from Rob Wearne rescued a vital point for Town in what was edgy relegation battle. Cullompton had threatened to steal the points when the scored with a superb second half strike from 25 yards. That would have been a travesty of justice though as Town had been the better side, particularly after the break.
Rob Wearne, Ed Timmins and Hugh Howlett all went close and skipper Tom Whipp rattled the underside of the bar as Town pressed for the opener. Rangers though stunned the home side when they scored with their only shot of the second period.
Town kept their head and were rewarded when a loose ball fell to Rob Wearne ; the striker kept his head and fired home from 12 yards to give Town a fighting chance of survival.
Tom Whipp talks to Ben Powers
Falmouth Town Social Club, in conjunction with Falmouth School, will be holding ‘A Night at the Races’ ( horse racing) on Friday the 10th of January. The fun will begin at 7.30.
The evening is to help raise funds to take a football and netball team from Falmouth Community School on a tour of Malta. Your support will be greatly appreciated.