A happy 2016 as Town boss places emphasis on youth.
The arrival of Andrew Westgarth as player manager of Falmouth Town this season, the team’s noticeable improvement upon the pitch and subsequent league position, surely goes hand in hand with what appears to be the manager’s wish to lower the average playing age of his first team squad; or to at least, actively give youth a chance on match days.The last few seasons, for many reasons, has seen the first team languishing around the basement of the Peninsular League’s Premier Division and the mood around the club was, more often than not, very downbeat. It’s probably not unfair to say there seemed to be a constant fog of depression hanging over and around Bickland Park.
Fast forward to autumn 2015 and the new Andrew Westgarth era and it’s almost a dowdy old dressing gown that has been heavy on the shoulders of the club, it’s supporters, and the team, has been thrown off.
Falmouth Town (0) 1 Helston Athletic (0) 0
In their first Boxing Day derby fixture for four years Falmouth Town snatched a vital victory over local rivals Helston Athletic. In a match of few clear cut chances it was Rob Wearne who snatched the all important goal with eight minutes remaining to take Town a point above Helston in the table with two games in hand. A special mention for sixteen year old substitute Olly Walker who came on to make his debut and set up the winning goal.
The first half was evenly matched with the most notable incident being a handball from Helston’s keeper Barrie-Wyatt that could easily have resulted in a red card but the stand-in keeper was given the benefit of the doubt and only a yellow card ensued.
The second half saw Helston take a lead in possession but it was Town who had the clearest openings with Dan Greet in particular coming closest to breaking the deadlock. In the end though it came down to Wearne’s close rang finish from Walker’s pass to give Andrew Westgarth’s team a deserved victory.
Elburton Villa (3) 4 Falmouth Town (2) 3
Town got off to a bad start and, despite fighting back, couldn’t prevent Villa from completing a league double over the visitors. The home side raced into a two goal lead after just 12 minutes but goals from Dan Greet and Andrew Westgarth brought the teams level by the 2o minute mark; Elburton scored again though to take a 3-2 lead into the break.
Villa scored another 1o minutes into the second half and Town were struggling to find their form. Rob Wearne pulled one back with three minutes remaining and Town came alive besieging the Villa goal for the remainder of the match, including 6 minutes of added time, but the home side held out for only their forth win of the season.