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What an amazing day we had in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round today against Ilfracombe FC today! The day had everything from late officials and kick off to a superb hatrick from Liam Eddy in the first half and a final result of 4-4. I would like to thank our coach driver John,Hopleys Coaches,our great travelling fans,Alan and our brilliant team and not forgetting the hospitality of Tony and his club at Ilfracombe.Days like these are what football is all about-and it does get even better because we get to do it all again this week!!

The replay is on this wednesday evening(August 18th)with Kick Off at 7-45pm. If you missed today's game,why not come along and see what promises to be another thrilling encounter! Come on Town!! B) :yahoo:

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Well done Liam Eddy with a first half hat trick

This is the first hat trick for Falmouth in the F A Cup since 1976 when Joe Scott obliged v Newquay.

In 118 F.A Cup ties Falmouth have now recorded 5 hat tricks

1962-63 Peter Bennett 3 Away v Bideford (3-0)

1967-68 Peter Bennett 5 Home v Wadebridge (6-0)

1969-70 Dave Ewings...3 Away v Wadebridge (5-0)

1976-77 Joe Scott.....3 Home v Newquay (8-0)

2010-11 Liam Eddy.....3 Away v Ilfracombe (4-4)

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would have been pleased with draw before game

bit disappointed with giving up 3-1 lead to set plays

hopefully marking will be better at home on weds

Don't forget to nmake it an FA Cup night to remember at Bickland Park tomorrow night!!! Kick Off is 7-45pm so don't miss it!!


:clapper::yahoo: B)

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Tonight will be the first ever visit to Bickland Park by Ilfracombe Town

The previous encounters have all been at Marlborough Park

1994-95 F.A.Vase Won 9-1

2009-10 F.A.Cup..Won 1-0

2010-11 F.A.Cup..Drew 4-4

In season 1953-54 Ilfracombe Town fielded their Reserve side in the Old South Western League and lost 1-4 at Falmouth but this game was played at Ashfield.

Falmouth Won the return game at ilfracombe 2-1

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F.A.Cup midweek replay against a western league side reminds me of when we beat Torrington.

1-2 down deep into stoppage time. Most supporters heading for the bar when up popped George Torrance to level.

Finished them off 4-2 after extra time. Great days :thumbsup:

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Been looking forward to this match afterall its the FA Cup and goals are expected. I will be doing live updates from the ground for those that can't make it.


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Falmouth Town 1 (Eddy), Ilfracombe Town 2 (Shaun Lewis, LeonTaswell)

Falmouth : Jason Chapman, Dan Green, Josh Sims, Shane White, James Dirrane, Ross Pope, Liam Eddy, Mark Vercesi ©, Matt Drummond, Ryan Fice, Johnny Ludlam. Subs used : Karl Turner, Matt Holland, James Miller.

Ilfracombe :Steve Oliver, Scott Huxtable, Matt Downing, Neil Bettiss, James Mayne ©, Darren Parish, Leon Taswell, Marc Bettiss, Mike Hedden, Shaun Lewis, Lee Francis. Subs used: Ross Middleton, Steve Holland

Not the first time in this tie, Town failed to hold onto alead!

Both sides spent the opening quarter hour checking eachother out before the home side's 'keeper Jason Chapman was brought into theaction, palming the ball out from under his own cross-bar after a free-kick came in from the left wing. The resultant corner was headed over by Marc Bettiss.

At the other end, a high ball in from Ludlam caused the visiting 'keeper Oliver to spill the ball as he was being challenged by Drummond. The ball fell to Fice, but he couldn't put any power into a tame touch towards goal.

Midway through the first-half, after making his third foul,Town's central defender Dirrane was shown a yellow card by referee Adam Hopkins. Meanwhile, the home defence continued to look vulnerable to crosses as Taswell was allowed a header at goal from a Francis cross.

On the half-hour though, it was Falmouth who made the breakthrough going in front when Eddy, who notched a hat-trick on Saturday, scored again, this time with his left foot. Manager Alan Carey, from the stand, had suggested to his assistant on the touchline, Roger Fice, that Eddy should swap wings with Drummond, and before they had chance, Drummond's right wing cross fell nicely to Eddy who rounded the 'keeper before slotting home.

Minutes later the Town team and supporters were amazed when a blatant obstruction inside the box on a pacy Drummond never impressed the ref.

The game continued to flow from end to end as a throw from Huxtable was flicked on by Taswell and somehow Lewis was allowed to get in an overhead kick in the penalty area. Fortunately his effort went straight to Chapman!

Falmouth continued to be under pressure as Huxtable went down in the Falmouth box. Penalty appeals were waved away, although we've seen them given. Parish also made a reckless challenge on Drummond before the end of the first half, but still the referee was reluctant to make much of the physical stuff.

Four minutes into the second half and Josh Sims became the second Falmouth player to be shown a yellow card. Not surprising as he was vehemently tugging the shirt of his opponent making sure he wasn't going to get pass him!

Worse was to follow for the home side as they failed to clear the ball convincingly, leaving it inevitable that Ilfracombe would eventually make the most of the failing and Shaun Lewis shot home from 10 yards after the ball was hit back into the box with Town slow to react.

With the scores level, the game seemed to be swinging towards the North Devon side and Parish flicked a header wide. Although the advancing Chapman had already decided it was going wide. The visitors were finding things easier in the midfield battle, leaving question marks over the workrate of the likes of Drummond and Ludlam.

On the hour skipper Vercesi nearly touched in a long distance Ludlam free kick, before midfield teammate Pope had to be substituted suffering from an injured heel. Turner came on out wide on the left, as the formation switched to a 4-4-2 with Fice and Drummond the two upfront.

The big ball forward was still posing a threat for Falmouth though as Ilfracombe's big no. 5 Mayne headed over at the far post, and soon after, Taswell headed home at the near post for what proved to be the winner. 2-1 to Ilfracombe!

While Vercesi picked up a needless yellow card for something he said to the ref, it was time to change things again with Miller and Holland replacing Eddy and Fice.

Miller soon got involved, shooting wide and then finding himself lying in the Ilfracombe goalnet after failing to get on the end of a Vercesi ball which painlessly rolled across the goalface. The skipper had done well to pinch the ball away from an indecisive 'keeper and defender. No penalty however!

Holland kept Town in the tie, for a little longer at least,by clearing off his own goalline. And then Miller went down again in the box, over an outstretched leg or not?

Although the home support thought he did, the ref again waved play on, before not long afterwards blowing for time and for the end of Falmouth's FA Cup run for another season.

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