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FA Cup Shaftesbury v Falmouth Town

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On Saturday 16th.Aug. Falmouth make their 43rd.Challenge of the F.A.Cup when they travel the 178 miles to Shaftesbury (Dorset) of the Wessex League Div 1 (Same level 6 as the SWPL).

A coach (Team and supporters) will be leaving Bickland Park at 8-00am( Check with the club if any seats available)

This will be the first ever meeting between the clubs although last season Shaftesbury hosted two Cornish clubs-losing 2-3 at Home to Bodmin Town in the F.A.Vase and losing 0-3 to Liskeard Athletic in the F.A.Cup after a 2-2 draw at Lux park.

Shaftesbury formed in 1888 are known as 'The Rockies' and play in Red and White.

Last season finishing in 12th/21 in the Wessex League Division 1.

For any one travelling by car the Ground is Cockrams, Coppice Street with a post code of SP7 8PF (for Sat.Nav. users).

They have played two league games so far losing 1-4 at Home to Totton & Eling Att.55. and last night won 2-1 at Downton

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Shaftesbury is a small market town on the A30 (old London road) in Dorset with a population of just 6665.

It is one of the oldest and highest (750 ft above sea level) towns in England offering breathtaking views over Blackmore Vale.

It includes the steep and cobbled Gold Hill with picturesque thatched cottages made famous for the Hovis Bread TV advert.(the boy and the bike)

The history goes back to Medievil/ Saxon times when Alfred The Great had a fortified settlement in 880 AD to defend against the Danish invaders and in 888 AD he built Shaftesbury Abbey.

The town grew around the Abbey and was a hub where 5 turnpike coaching roads met for trade but with the onset of the Railway which bypassed Shaftesbury it has not grown and remained as a rural town from previous times.

During the 18th/19th.Century Shaftesbury was known for buttonmaking and weaving but now its more for tourism

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F.A.Cup Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 16th.August 08 3-00pm Kick Off

Shaftesbury 2 (1) Falmouth Town 2 (1) corners 3/6 Est. Att.75


Shaftesbury Robert Guy 28min;Lee Gale 90min

Falmouth T. Sam Hunter 10min; Andy Bowker (Penalty) 62min

Falmouth Team:Chris Symons;Steve Hawke;Tom Hunter(B 35m);Damon Mulready(Capt);Dave Rawlings;Matt Moore(Chris Peck 77m);Sam Hunter;Adam Trudgian;Glen squires;Andy Bowker;Bobby Bryant(Shaun Halford 64m(B 90m));Unused Subs.Wayne Hewitt; Mike Williams (g/k)

Referee Lee Hoskin Weston Super-Mare

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Falmouth were left deflated when Lee Gale latched on to the ball following a free kick to fire low into the corner with virtually the last kick and level the tie.

Up til then Town had controlled most of the game playing some first time passing football using the full width of the park.

A deserved lead after 10 minutes saw Glen Squires cross from the right where Bobby Bryant headed it forward to Andy Bowker and it was from his measured pass from the by line that Sam Hunter came racing in to score easily.

Shaftesbury gradually got back into the game and equalised on 28 minutes when Robert Guy reacted the quickest to shoot home.

The second half began with Falmouth dominating- first to the ball and plenty of possession but not a lot of goal threat.

A let off for the visitors when a lack of concentration saw Captain Dalmon Mulready giving the ball away and the home striker burst clear but horribly screwed wide with only Symons to beat.

15 minutes into the half a needless penalty was conceded as Shaftesbury keeper Andy Phillips gathered the ball off the feet of Bryant but stupidly kicked sideways to send the winger down in agony. Referee Lee Hoskin of WSM immediately spotted the incident and after a lengthy stoppage issued a yellow card but did give the penalty which Andy Bowker made no mistake placing high and wide past the standing keeper.

Two gilt edged chances in the space of 4 minutes(75m/79m) should have seen Falmouth safely through when first Bowker coming in unopposed from angle went wide and minutes later Sam Hunter ballooned over from centre of goal being teed up by Bowker.

Two minutes from time Bowker made space accros goal before he rattled the upright but then came the surprise sting in the tail for a jubilant Shaftesbury following.

On reflection Falmouth should feel confident of getting the result in the Wednesday replay at Bickland Park as long as they put away their chances.

Keeper Chris Symons had little to do but Shaftesbury managed to find the net twice from very few chances.

Bryant is likely to be added to the injury list and Matt Moore also took a knock and was substituted

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Guest Postie Pidge

I doubt that keeper will be in the same situation again! On a downer for the policy of kids go free this season, the club has to charge the same as Shaftesbury on Saturday and that it will be £5 adults, £2 OAPs and £1 for kids.

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Falmouth Town Full F.A.Cup record 1962-2008

At Bickland Park P.58 W,32.D.12.L14 GF 119-GA..70

Away................P.51. W.16.D..9 L26..GF..80-GA.102

Neutral.............P ..3 W 1.. D..0.L.2..GF... 3-GA.....4

Total= Played 112 Won 49 Drawn 21 Lost 42 Goals for 202 against 176

Will the 50th.FA Cup victory be seen at Bickland tomorrow (Wednesday) v Shaftesbury ?

For your programme info page-'Pidge'

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