The new management team of Dave Rawlings and his assistant Mike Newbury had a fantastic start with a 5-0 win over Helston Athletic Reserves at Kellaway Park in a Combination League match. With only the bare eleven Dave played himself in goal.
Town’s goals were scored by Luke Murray, a brace from Steve Retchford, Callum Grahamshaw and Alex Ottaway.
Former player Dave Rawlings has been appointed as Falmouth Town Reserves team manager. He will be assisted by Mike Newbury and will take charge for the first time at Helston Reserves on Saturday 29th of August. Everyone at the club wishes them well.
A brace from player manager Andrew Westgarth and a clinical finish from Glen Squires saw Town move to joint top of the table in this Friday evening fixture. Town took the lead a minute before the break when Westgarth coolly converted a penalty after Squires had been brought down. Newquay though hit back almost immediately when Town lost the ball on the half way line and the visitors broke to score what was a sloppy goal for the home side to concede.
Newquay started the second half brightly but it was Town who took the lead on 57 minutes after Westgarth scored a poacher’s goal; Connor Rhodes showed great persistence going down the left and his shot was parried by Newquay keeper Jason Peters and Westgarth was on hand to smash the rebound home.
It looked like Falmouth would coast to victory when Glen Squires cut in from the left with eight minutes remaining and finished deftly into the far corner; Newquay had other ideas though and a late goal had Town fans thinking of last season when they let slip a 3-1 lead against the north coast club to surrender a point, but the home side are a tougher nut to crack this season and they held out for a deserved victory.
Town’s winning run came to end with Launceston, having been reduced to nine players have way through the second half, defending resolutely to hang on to a point. The Clarets had their first player sent off after 40 minutes when player manager Andrew Westgarth was hauled down when straight through on goal. It was a controversial decision but only because most spectators thought the foul was inside the area; the referee disagreed and gave a free-kick just outside the box.
Launceston hit the bar near the end but it was Falmouth Town who were pressing hard for a winner and Mike Vanes came close before substitute Harry Clarke was denied right at the death by a fine save from Launceston keeper Ollie Chenoweth.
No doubt many will see this as an opportunity missed but Launceston played very well and deserved their point. Another positive for the new management team, besides another committed performance from the team, is a third consecutive clean sheet.