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The Town Man

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  1. https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/sport/19640960.falmouth-town-manager-andrew-westgarth-250-milestone/?fbclid=IwAR2--IEcUlocVBGlYr9WNBQZvvbePO9ojtHxa-oikoKA-KINkv67RFaE_uU See above link to interview with Westy in the Falmouth Packet. Well done to Westy, not forgetting his excellent coach, Charlie Davis and the invaluable help from Westy Senior and James Miller. UP THE TOWN!!!
  2. It could be that Bodmin and St Blazey will have a lot of say in who wins the league this season. Both have probably dropped too many points to win it themselves, but as the players settle in and learn about each other, the teams will improve and be dangerous opposition to the likes of Liskeard and Falmouth. Falmouth haven't played Liskeard or Blazey yet so the opportunity to drop a few points is there. Still backing them to win it though!
  3. Considering they are owned by the Cornish Pirates, who tap in to the rich vein of Cornish nationalism as part of their marketing strategy, it is a bit of a surprise that they invested in a Devon football club. Imagine if The Pirates were seen to be investing in Plymouth Albion. How would that go down with the Cornish Pirates fans?
  4. Just like to say that I met one of the Callington stalwarts before the game with Falmouth a few weeks ago, and he was a really good bloke who just wanted Callington to survive. It probably doesn't help him or his colleagues cause to have all this negativity, so maybe we should lay off them a bit and see how they progress. Didn't it say on the Cornish Soccer podcast that Ryan Fice is now involved? He has been around Cornish Football for a long time so maybe he can help turn things around.
  5. Thanks for the invite but I would prefer to watch my local team, full of local players, playing great football in front of three times the size of the crowds Truro are getting at Bolitho. No rabbiting on either. Just showing a bit of sympathy for the genuine Truro fans who have been massively inconvenienced by the decisions made by the Truro City owners. Not sure how much money has been ploughed into Bolitho but I would have thought Bickland Park, Priory Park or even Penlee Park, over the road from the Pirates pitch would have welcomed the investment from their Cornish neighbours. A bit more travelling for the "Home" players though I must admit. By the way, Carnon Downs is not in Truro.
  6. It is a sad situation for a city the size of Truro to not have a local football team and, let's be honest, no realistic prospect of one in the near future as things stand. If I was a Truro fan of long-standing, I would be very upset with the turn of events over the past few years. Mind you they did win the FA Vase which was the Holy Grail of all Cornish clubs over the last 30 years.....but at what cost?
  7. Falmouth Town have announced the signing of Jack Bray-Evans from Newquay this morning. Also an article on the Packet website confirming this. Jack Bray-Evans signs for Falmouth Town from Newquay AFC | Falmouth Packet Looks like a quality addition to an already talented squad.
  8. Falmouth Town 5, Sticker 2. The scoreline did not represent the story of the game in this instance, as Sticker gave the league-leaders a fright in the 2nd half after drawing level at 2-2 with around 30 minutes remaining. Town opened the scoring within the 1st few minutes with Jack Bowyer "megging" the keeper cleverly. The 2nd Town goal came from a Broglino free kick which the otherwise excellent Sticker keeper fumbled into the net. The half finished at 2-0. Sticker came out firing in the 2nd half with their pacey front two. Within 15 minutes they had equalised and Falmouth were struggling to cope with their attacks. The really interesting part of the game was the resulting reaction from Falmouth. Throughout the game they didn't seem to play with any urgency and at times struggled to keep possession. However once their 100% record was threatened, the difference was clear for all to see. Jack Bowyer and Ollie Moody were removed to be replaced by Harry Clarke and James Ward and Luke Brabyn was moved back to centre-forward. Town swarmed all over Sticker and within a few minutes had taken the lead through a Harry Clarke strike from outside the box. Reserve team wide-man Reggie May came on for Tim Nixon and was then fouled in the box. The resulting penalty was scored by Brabyn to make it 4-2. The fifth goal was a header, again scored by Clarke after some clever interplay between Reggie May and Luke Brabyn down the right. In the end a flattering scoreline, but an impressive change in the tempo from Town when required, and further proof that having a strong squad is the key to their success. Sticker should do OK this season on this showing. They looked a young and talented side and if they can keep their players, they may be a force in future years. A nice bit of slapstick humour witnessed also, when Pikachu fell over the barriers after Falmouth's 4th goal and struggled to get back on the terraces, which added to the entertainment!
  9. Falmouth Town 3. Callington Town 0. Not exactly a vintage performance from Falmouth today. A good 5 or 6 players out and they huffed and puffed a bit to get the win. Lots of long balls meant that possession was frequently relinquished and it needed a defensive mix-up to provide Jack Bowyer with a tap-in to open the scoring. Shortly after, he turned provider as he played in Luke Brabyn to slot one past the makeshift Camelford keeper. Unfortunately, due to injury and unavailability, Camelford had to select an outfield player in goal but he made a few saves and did ok on the day. 2-0 at half time and Falmouth played a bit better football in the second half. The pressure told and a strong run in to the box by Tim Nixon was ended by a desperate Callington challenge. Brabyn stepped up to take the resulting penalty to make it 3-0. Falmouth move on with their 100% record intact. They were rarely threatened but didn't play that well. Sign of a good side of course. Another impressive crowd who were very vocal. Lots of parents and kids there too which was great to see. All the F-Troop were in Hawaiian shirts today which added to the party atmosphere. All Falmouth fans should enjoy these times with lots of good work being done on and off the pitch. UP THE TOWN!!
  10. Apparently he was in the stand at Falmouth today. Didn't play for Newquay so he isn't cup-tied was the story I heard. A decent signing which would give us the two leading scorers in the league with Brabyn bagging a brace this afternoon.
  11. Expect a bit of colour for Callington's visit to Falmouth on Saturday. The F-Troop have asked everyone to turn up wearing Hawaiian shirts for the game.....! Not sure what Pikachu is going to do as they don't make them that big!
  12. Falmouth are going well but Liskeard are going under the radar massively. Only dropped two points so far and hence remain unbeaten. Could be two very important games against Falmouth which may well determine who will win the league this season.
  13. Agree with Falmouth Boy. He has been excellent this season and has stood out amongst a team already full of quality players. He would walk into any team in this league.... and most in the league above.
  14. Bodmin line-up according to Falmouth Packet. Bodmin Town 1 O. Chenoworth, 2 D. Magee, 3 E. Crawford, 4 J. Bentley, 5 T. Chambers, 6 R. Kane, 7 S. Colwell, 8 R. Shanley, 9 L. Landricombe, 10 D. Jennings,11 S. Wheatley
  15. Falmouth Town 4. Bodmin Town 3. Historically this game invariably delivers lots of drama and this one was no exception. Falmouth took the lead around half way through the first half from a trademark header from James Ward having missed two previous chances earlier on. A few minutes later Ward made a mistake that left the pacy Dan Jennings one on one against Ryan Barnes and he scored convincingly. The game was fairly even after that until Luke Barner flicked a 2nd goal in from the 6 yard box from a centre by Dave Broglino. A mad 5 minutes in the 2nd half saw Bodmin take the lead following an own goal and a fine solo effort from Sol Wheatley according to Twitter. The Bodmin #14 was a danger to Falmouth all evening with his powerful runs, strong challenges and effective pressing which broke up the Falmouth play on numerous occasions. Once at 3-2, the match started to get a bit scrappy until a breakaway goal scored by Luke Brabyn restored parity. Both sides then threatened but having created and wasted a few more chances, substitute Andreas Calejas-Stayne scored the winner in front of a delirious F-Troop. On balance, Falmouth deserved the win based on opportunities created, but Bodmin were by far the toughest side they have faced this season. Some in the crowd claimed that a few "ringers" we're included from higher leagues so maybe someone more knowledgeable could comment on that. Anyway, Falmouth somehow maintained there 100% record and now face Dobwalls on Saturday in a bit to avenge last season's defeat. Finally, another great crowd which surely was in excess of 300. A great atmosphere was created and the jeopardy from the game being so close added some tension to the occasion as well.
  16. That is a pity Rappo. You put together some entertaining reports and the whole purpose of a forum is to give some opinions. You are very rarely negative about anyone. Getting some criticism comes with the territory as a referee. If they find this upsetting, they perhaps shouldn't pick up the whistle. All in moderation though of course because too many people go too far with it. Have to say that there have been a few positive comments about refs on here too lately. Keep posting Rappo. Don't let a few nay-sayers put you off.
  17. Agree with your comments Bob about how Falmouth responded to going behind for the first time this season. They grabbed hold of the game, retained possession and camped out in the Camelford half. After much pressure and numerous corners and free kicks, Town equalised with a James Ward header. In general, it was a slightly niggly match and the ref had his hands full. He let some things go when arguably he should have acted and penalised other things which were questionable. Who would be a ref? To his credit, he did not lose control and in the end he did ok. The first half finished even at 1-1 but the second half was surprisingly one-sided. Town continued to play with skill and pace and in the end Camelford just could not live with it. A devastating 10 minutes saw Town go 5-1 up with goals from Brabyn (2), Nixon and Ward. Camelford then dug in and prevented further goals until an excellent breakaway effort from Ollie Walker. A diving header after a fine run and cross from Tim Nixon. Have to say that Town do look unstoppable at the moment which is reflected in the 6-1 scoreline against the 2nd placed team. Were it not for the post following a shot from Brabyn and a ruling where Ward was adjudged to have been offside from what looked like a backwards cross, Town would have got 8 and Ward and Brabyn would have claimed their hat-tricks. Bodmin on Wednesday and Dobwalls on Saturday will need to be negotiated next. History with both fixtures. Dobwalls will be on a high after their result against Blazey today. I wonder if they will try to silence the F-Troop boom-box again? I remember the Dobwalls club linesman making some controversial decisions and engaging with the F-Troop as well in a recent cup game. They also outplayed Town in a league game last season resulting in a home win. Should be fun!
  18. Falmouth Town 4. Penryn Athletic 1. An entertaining game in front of a very impressive crowd of nearly 500 paying customers. However with the number of U-16s attending, who get in for nothing, it could have been much more. By the way, this is a great decision by Town as there seems to be lots of interest in the club now from this age group which can only be good for the future. Not sure what other clubs do in this regard. As the ever-wise "Older" stated above, the difference between the teams was the finishing. Penryn probably having a similar amount of chances but not taking them due to not finishing, great defending and great goalkeeping from Town. Penryn more than held their own in general play and if there are such statistics at this level, they would show that this was the closest game Town had played this season in that respect. Penryn had some very capable players in midfield and should outplay a few teams this season. All that being said, you got the impression that if Town needed to, they could have upped their levels a bit more and done enough to win anyway. Goals in order by Brabyn (pen), Broglino, Nixon and Brabyn again. Could be an interesting competition this season between the likes of Wharton, Brabyn, Barner and Nixon to see who will score the most. Another important point was the strength in depth of the Town squad. To be able to bring on the likes of Scotty Kellow, Andreas Stayne and Tim Nixon against a tiring side in the 2nd half must be a foreboding sight for opposing teams. The game was handled well by the ref last night as well so well done to him.
  19. Also Camelford away on Saturday will be a challenge for Falmouth. Long way to go yet and two of Town's most effective players are back to uni soon as well so it won't be easy.
  20. Wadebridge Town 2. Falmouth Town 7. Falmouth extended their goal scoring range to 7 goals in this game having posted different scores from 2-0 up to 6-0 so far this season. In truth it could have been many more but for several point blank saves from the Wadebridge keeper and a few goal-line clearances and last gasp defending from Wadebridge. That being said, many of the Falmouth goals were the result of defensive mistakes or possession being lost in critical areas by Wadebridge. 3 goals from Brabyn, Ward and Barner in the first half were followed by further strikes from Wharton, Ollie Walker and a brace from substitute Tim Nixon in the 2nd half. Ollie Walker was unplayable at times in this game. His pace and strength created so many chances for Falmouth and Wadebridge struggled to contain him. One run from the touchline on halfway took him past numerous defenders and required another excellent save to deny what would have been a brilliant individual goal. Not sure how good you have to be these days to be noticed by a league club but maybe Falmouth should get him under contract! On the down side, Falmouth's defence was finally breached after 5 clean sheets following a penalty award in the first half. An excellent mazy run from the big Wadebridge left back drew a challenge in the area and the ref gave the pen to the horror of the F-troop. Wadebridge's 2nd goal came from an under hit back pass from the normally impeccable James Ward and was expertly dispatched by I believe Matt Lloyd. Falmouth March on but have a big week coming up with a local derby against Penryn in the WCP League cup on Wednesday followed by a top of the table clash at Camelford on Saturday. Should see a decent crowd for the Penryn game where hopefully everyone will choose to watch some exciting live cup football instead of watching England passing it square for 90 minutes on the telly.
  21. Surely the problem lies with the current system of assessment for referees. Refs should be able to apply the same logic for every game they ref, regardless of what level. If they were not getting marked by the teams they could freely apply the rules. Take dissent for example, in the lower leagues it is basically not tolerated. Everyone understands this and hence it is rarely seen. When seen it is punished accordingly. If SWPL managers and players knew that similar punishment would be dished out at their level it would stop there also. The stakes are too high at that level to start playing with 8 or 9 players if they don't abide by the rules. Dissent is not tolerated in Rugby at all levels so there is no need for it to be tolerated in football. How are the refs assessed in Rugby? Maybe we could apply similar methods to football.
  22. Liskeard are the only other team apart from Falmouth who remain unbeaten. However, you get the impression that lots of teams are capable of beating each other this season. Hope Town can keep their momentum going on Saturday at Wadebridge.
  23. Falmouth Town 5. Launceston 0. Could have been billed as "The Waltz v. Wardy" but in the event, the contest was pretty much over within around 25 minutes when Town took a 3 goal lead in front of a lively F-Troop, fuelled by an early start in the clubhouse welcoming the all conquering 70s side who won an unprecedented eight straight SWL & WL titles. Goals were scored in order by Luke Barner in the 2nd minute, Dave Broglino and then Alex Wharton who it seems knows the way to goal despite his tender years. Regarding Waltz v. Wardy, another clean sheet for TOWN tells the story but have to say that Waltz looked pretty sharp first-half and Wardy went off injured at half-time. I agree with Rappo that he will cause a few problems for defenders this season. However, he didn't get much change out of Ward and Annear at the heart of the Town defence. Town got another two in the second half, from Barner and Brabyn and so have recorded all wins from 2-0 through to 6-0 so far this season. A potentially tough game ahead next Saturday at home to Bodmin. Their all-star team could click at any time and Town will be hoping that doesn't happen next week. They would take a 1-0 you would think to complete the sequence of results and still keep the clean sheets going. All in all another impressive performance and the Town go marching on!
  24. Falmouth Town 6. Porthleven 0. Town showing a continual improvement in their results with 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 and now 6-0. No goals conceded yet also. Port did knock the ball around well at times but I can only recall one save being required from Ryan Barnes. The Port keeper on the other hand, Martyn Webber I believe had a stormer and Town could have had double figures. Great performances again tonight from Luke Barner and Tom Annear who has been excellent since his return to the club. To be fair, the whole team played well and all is looking rosy at the moment. Launceston at home on Saturday and a big crowd expected to welcome some of the record breaking Town side of the seventies to Bickland Park. Should be a good game given that Launceston beat Bodmin last night. Town will be looking at 5 from 5 and hopefully a 5th clean sheet. I wonder what the league record is for clean sheets at the start of the season? Mike Odgers?
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