WEST CORNWALL F.C. (1) 1 FALMOUTH TOWN (2) 3
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.
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.