KJM SPORT MATCH REPORT Launceston 0 Falmouth 3

SWPL logoThis is the question: is any other team in the SWPL good enough to bring an end to Falmouth’s magnificent winning record this season?

Andrew Westgarth’s excellent team made it 17 wins in 17 games on Saturday as they saw off a hard-working Launceston team who are nobody’s mugs under the enthusiastic manager Dan Hart.

Falmouth have better players than Launceston in key positions but first and foremost they had to match their opponents for commitment and effort in an opening 30 minutes of few chances.

Once they made the breakthrough, however, with a fine finish from striker Jack Bray-Evans nine minutes before half-time, they never looked like dropping points.

It was Bray-Evans’ 10th goal for Town since joining them from Newquay.

Gareth Jones did see his header cleared from under the bar by Toby Clark. Had that gone in, who knows?

Luke Brabyn’s 57th minute strike, his 18th league goal and 23rd in all competitions this season, gave Falmouth the breathing space they needed and substitute Olly Walker’s excellent individual goal six minutes from time put the icing on the cake.

At the other end in the second half, Launceston were restricted to half chances and long range efforts, the best of which came when skipper Sam Clifton forced Zack Telling, making his first appearance of the season in goal, to touch the ball over the bar in the 77th minute.

Ben Waters had also come close with a 59th minute header but that was about it from the Clarets.

When you consider that Falmouth were without goalkeeper Ryan Barnes for the first time as well as prolific scorer David Broglino and Scott Kellow, it underlines the strength of Falmouth's squad.

Falmouth boss Westgarth said: “It was a great away performance on a heavy pitch.

“I thought we limited them to very little, defended really well and took our chances when we had them. 

“The first goal was always going to be key and we scored at just the right time.

“Jack Bray-Evans is making a very good habit of scoring us the first goal in games. 

“It was a great way to finish our last away game of the calendar year.

“Hopefully we finish on a high on Boxing Day as well.”

Launceston boss Hart said: “Overall I always feel that pitching your side against the best in the division is a good marker of a team’s improvement and we certainly showed we have made further steps.

“Winning teams with winning habits are tough machines to stop and we did set out with a game plan to limit their strengths and continue to be compact in the way that we approach the defensive part of the game.

“A key moment at 35 minutes or so is a chance for Gareth Jones where we could’ve led going into the break which would’ve made a difference to the game’s pattern for sure and increased some nerves on Falmouth’s part.

“I was impressed with some of Falmouth’s individuals, Luke Brabyn in particular who gave Jake Anderson down our left a really tough game and forced a mistake which led to his goal.

“I firmly believe the way in which they go about their business coupled with a group of supporters which boosts a club so much at this level, that they will go on to be competitive in the division above after winning this one this year.

“After a series of games unbeaten we’re looking forward to continuing to improve this group over the remainder of the season and performances like Saturday coupled with learning from parts of the game that cost us, will stand us in good stead.”

Launceston L Slade, G Warren (T Hanrahan 75), J Anderson, G Jones, J Stidson, M Stainer, C Aldridge, S Clifton, B Waters (S Cardiff 80), J Harris (M Elvidge 66), B Alcantara.

Subs not used: T Wakeham, J Hamon.

Falmouth Z Telling, K Davies, T Moxham, A Calleja-Stayne, T Clark, J Ward, L Brabyn, J Webber (T Annear 76), J Bray-Evans, L Barner (M Jones 65), A Wharton (O Walker 62).

Subs not used: G Cantellow, A Westgarth.

Goals: J Bray-Evans (34), L Brabyn (57), O Walker (84).

Yellow card: L Barner (52).

Referee: Kevin Hoare.

SWSN Stars Launceston - Sam Clifton; Falmouth - James Ward.

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