Falmouth Town put six past Porthleven at Gala Parc - JCCL Roundup 19/10 PICTURES (From Falmouth Packet)
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Falmouth Town put six past Porthleven at Gala Parc - JCCL Roundup 19/10 PICTURES
Porthleven 2 Falmouth Town 6
Falmouth Town reserves made it six wins from their last six games with an excellent performance at Gala Parc against Porthleven on Saturday.
Bryn Wheeler's side are the league's in-form team, but after a rocky start to the season this was the first time Town's goal difference had crept into positive figures.
"I think we're the only side who've ever been top of the league with negative goal difference," said a delighted Wheeler after the game. "We're over the moon with that. We were expecting to beat them, but the way we went about it was clinical."
Town went ahead inside five minutes when Tom Richards was brought down in the box. Mark Rose stepped up to blast his spot kick down the middle.
But Port came back at Town, equalising against the run of play before a classy Steve Retchford lob from 20 yards out restored Falmouth's lead.
Marcus Smith was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Richard Kellow, giving Port a mountain to climb, and things got worse miutes later.
Anthony Brown's powerful strike from a tight angle made it 3-1 to Falmouth, before Richards planted a side-footed effort past the keeper to put Town 4-1 up at the break.
Immediately after the restart Port pulled another goal back, but any hopes of a comeback were dashed soon after when Retchford's superb solo goal made it 5-2, the Falmouth stalwart jinking his way past two defenders before lobbing in from range.
Scott Kellow bagged his first goal of the season with a fine curled effort into the top corner late on, but by then the points were already in the bag.
Falmouth sit third in the league, having played four more games than leaders St Day, but Wheeler said he wouldn't trade places with the teams above.
"We've got to play these teams yet," he said, "and those teams have got to play each other. I'd much rather be in our position. We're got into a winning habit at the moment, and when we're playing like this we can beat anyone."
Wheeler added: "I can only give credit to the players. They've gone through hell this season and come out the other side of it. They've never dropped their heads and just got on with things. I'm really proud of them."
Other results from the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League were as follows:
Falmouth Ath 1 - 2 Wendron United
Goonhavern 1 - 3 St Day
Illogan RBL 2 - 1 Newquay
Mullion 1 - 2 Ludgvan
Perranwell 1 - 1 Hayle
Porthleven 2 - 6 Falmouth Town
RNAS Culdrose 4 - 1 Troon
St Ives Town 4 - 0 Penryn Athletic
St Just 3 - 1 Redruth United