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)