Ashes too Hot for Town

Falmouth Town (0) 0 Saltash United (1) 6

Town dropped their first points of the season to a very good Saltash side but the score was a little harsh on the home side.  They matched the visitors pretty well for the first half, only trailing to a fine strike late in the half.

The game was over as a contest after ten minutes of the second period when the referee awarded the Ashes two controversial penalties, which they duly converted.   Saltash, fresh off a victory at champions Bodmin, then began to dominate and scored three more goals against a demoralised Town side to record their biggest ever win against Town.

Saltash United scorers: Lewis Edwards (41m), Ryan Richards 5 (53mP, 63mP, 72m, 82m, 90m)

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, E.Timmons, B.Williams, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), R.Pope (M.Vanes64m), A.Westgarth, T.Annear, R.Wearne (G.Squires83m), D.Richardson, J.Annear.

Unused Subs: M.Everard, A.Frier.

Saltash United: R.Rickard, D.Barker, S.Sargison(Easton68m), S.Leary,L.Russell(C), D.Trott, R.Maddison, S.Farrant, S.Hughes, R.Richards, C.Clarke (L.Edwards35m).

Unused Sub: L.Avis-Riordan

Referee: Steve Annis (Penzance)


100% Start for Town

St Blazey (0) 2 Falmouth Town (3) 3

Town made it a perfect start to the new season with a second win and it is also a dream start for striker Rob Wearne who notched his second consecutive hat-trick.  All Town’s goals came in the first-half  at 18, 23 and 32 minutes, and it looked like a comfortable win for the visitors.   The Green & Blacks hit back after the interval and Tornado Bello scored twice, in the 54th and 65th minutes, to leave the game on a knife edge, although Rob Wearne had a penalty saved that would have put Falmouth 4-2 ahead.  Bello then blotted his copybook though when he was dismissed with 12 minutes remaining for diving in the penalty box and Town held out for maximum points.

St.Blazey: D.Painter, L.Hallwarth (M.Thompson h/t), B.Thomas, M.Thackeray(C), B.Casley, T.Bello, J.Rundle, D.O’Hagan, L.Jones, R.Carey

Unused Subs: N.Eseleghe, B.Gibbs, A.Bance

Yellow cards: T.Bello 42m, 75m

Falmouth Town: R.Barnes, E.Timmons, B.Williams, T.Whipp, J.Cooper(C), D.Greet(R.Pope 62m), A.Westgarth, (H.Clarke70m), T.Annear, R.Wearne, Dan Richardson, J.Annear.

Unused Sub: M.Vanes.

Yellow cards: R.Pope 78m

Match facts:  First two wins to an opening of the season since 2002-03; 2-1 away to Penzance and 3-0 at home v St.Austell.

The two successive hat tricks in the first two matches of the season by Rob Wearne is the first time that’s been achieved since George Willis back in 1958-59 (v Helston Ath &  v Saltash Utd).

Town Get Off to a Flyer

Falmouth Town (0) 5 Newquay  A. F .C (0) 1

Falmouth Town got off to the best possible start to the new 2016-17 season with a second half demolition of north coast rivals Newquay.  Town had only won one of their previous nine opening matches since the SWPL’s introduction but that bogey was laid to rest in fine style.

The first half got under way in hot conditions and skipper Joe Cooper had the first real chance after 12 minutes when he  headed a free kick over the bar when when well placed.  Newquay were dealt a blow on 20 minutes when Jack Piper had to go off injured to be replaced replaced by Jack Bray-Evans.  Rob Wearne had a couple of chances  to open the scoring midway through the half but Newquay managed to keep the hosts out.  The Peppermints then lost their 2nd player through injury just prior to the break when Shaun Middleton was replaced by Adam Weller. Almost immediately Town caused confusion in the visitor’s defence with the ball being pinged around the penalty area like a pinball but the ball was eventually scrambled to safety by the visitors to ensure a 0-0 half-time score.

Town were quickly off the blocks in the 2nd period with Rob Wearne playing in Mike Vanes to slot home Town’s opener after 48 mins. Falmouth continued to press forward but had to wait until the 64th minute before doubling their lead  when Rob Wearne’s shot through a group of players inside the box taking a deflection on the way.  The game was over as a contest after 70 mins when a superb goaline cross from Ed Timmons was smashed home at the far post by Rob Wearne. On 75 mins Haydyn  Turner forced a point blank save from home custodian Ryan Barnes  in a one on one situation. Town made it 4-0  on 80 mins when substitute Ollie Walker saw his initial cross shot tipped onto the bar by visiting keeper Dan Peters, only for the ball to drop to Mike Vanes at the far post to head home.

Haydyn Turner then had another chance for Newquay on 84 mins but shot wide when well placed. Newquay did get on the scoresheet after 88 mins when Jack Rapsey, son of Town legendary favourite Mark Rapsey, slotted the ball under Ryan Barnes.  Town though were to have the final say in stoppage time  when Rob Wearne smashed home a loose ball completing his hat-trick.

No midweek game for Falmouth Town but it’s onto St Blazey next Saturday, who today drew 3-3 at Exmouth, then home to Saltash United on Wednesday August the 17th.

Town team: Ryan Barnes, Ed Timmons, Ben Williams (Jordan Annear 70m), James Ward, Dan Cooper, Dan Greet, Andrew Westgarth (Ollie Walker 75m), Tom Annear (Ross Pope 80m), Rob Wearne, Mike Vanes, Harry Clarke.

Unused Subs: Dan Richardson, Archie Frier.

Match Facts:  Rob Wearne’s hat-trick was his first for Falmouth Town and took his total for the club to 45 goals.

This was Town’s best opening result since 1988 (7-0 v Penzance) and the 50th League win (SWL +SWPL) versus  Newquay (Played 101 Won  50  Drew 24 Lost 27)

New Combination Side Win at West Cornwall


On a baking hot Saturday afternoon, this seasons new look Combination league side travelled to Pool to play the Trelawny league side West Cornwall FC.
West Cornwall have failed twice in recent seasons to be elected to the Combination league, apparently being unsuccessful due to their facilities. It is acknowledged by most in local football that their team is indeed a Combination side in the waiting and this was very evident  in the style and quality of their play today.
Town, with players on holiday or carrying knocks, travelled with only 11 outfield players which meant adjusting the team line up to get the best balance.
For Town their were 8 sixteen year olds and an 18 year old captain in the starting line up, showing Town’s intent this season to develop a youth based Combination league team.

Playing on their own Astro surface saw West Cornwall make an excellent start finding the right weight of passes on the Astro and intercepting Towns sometimes underweighted passes as Town struggled to adapt to the hot rubberised surface.
Throughout the opening twenty minutes, as at Sidmouth a week earlier, Town were often on the back foot. However keeping their shape against a technically good West Cornwall side eventually started to frustrate their opponents.
Having worked their way into the game, Town changed their formation mid way through the first half from 442 to 433 which forced West Cornwall onto the defensive.
Around the half hour Steve Retchford found space to unleash a sizzling shot from thirty yards and the ball flew into the top corner, giving Town what had become a deserved lead.
West Cornwall’s reply was swift and decisive. Almost Straight from the kick off they moved up the Astro and scored with an even better strike from distance to make the scores all even.
Disappointed, but by no means down, Town continued to press and counter. The net result was Robbie Donald nipping into the penalty area, ripping the ball away from the right back,  before slotting past the keeper to restore Towns lead.
2-1 half time.
The second half Town reinforced their growing confidence by having the greater share of possession and the better goal scoring opportunities. Eventually from a corner Fin Cross looked to have scored his first Town goal, only for that man Retchford to gain the last touch and claim the goal which put Town just about out of site.
For all their effort West Cornwall were now huffing and puffing but never looked likely to be able to blow the Town house down.
Frustration saw a few meaty challenges on Towns Ollie Walker and Rob Donald, which I guess was a compliment to how they were playing their opposite numbers.
The midfield trio of Retchford, Everard and Baressi kept things tight, closing down early and not allowing their opposite numbers time to settle or turn, whilst it was game management time for the solid back four of Hart, Frier,  Grahamslaw (captain) and Morris.
An excellent workout on a hot hot day.

Town Team:
Keepers: Ethan Fern, Adam Dower.
Defence: Kevin Morris, Archie Fryer, Callum Grahamslaw, William Hart.
Midfield: Steven Retchford, Max Everard, Marco Baressi.
Attack: Ollie Walker, Fin Cross , Rob Donald, Adie Hart.