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  • FOOTBALL: In the only SWPL game to survive the weather Falmouth Town face a six-pointer at Bickland Park as they take on basement club Liskeard Athletic.
  • St Blazey v Sticker and Godolphin v Callington Town the only Cornwall Senior Cup games still on.
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5:35pm

MATCH REPORT FROM TODAY'S GAME.

4:55pm

We'll have reaction from the game in the next half hour. A vital win for Town. For Liskeard, their fate's surely sealed.

4:52pm

A priceless three points for Town eases their relegation fears and condemns Liskeard to yet another defeat.

Town deserved it, but only just. Liskeard had several chances to snatch a point, hitting the bar in the second half, and spurning several goalscoring opportunities in one on one situations.

But equally Town had opportunities to pull clear, with Dan Richardson's hamstring pull when he was clear on goal preventing him from bagging a hat-trick.

 

4:49pm

FALMOUTH TOWN 2 LISKEARD ATHLETIC 1

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The visitors have a throw deep in Town's half, but after some good build up play the shot flies over a grateful Danny Burrows's bar.

That has to be it?

4:47pm

Into stoppage time. Town lead 2-1 as Liskeard come forward again.

4:46pm

Tackles flying in. A sequence of four or five lunging challenges from Town defenders goes unpunished, but Westgarth draws a free kick for obstruction, much to the annoyance of the Liskeard supporters below us.

4:39pm

Falmouth Town 2 Liskeard Athletic 1 

Just over 6 minutes left.

4:38pm

But he thumps his free kick into the wall and it's out for a throw. Real tension in the air here. Town are desperate for a third goal, but Liskeard are still dangerous going forward.

Wearne goes into referee Simon Berryman's book for a tug on a blue shirt.

4:36pm

Dom Batchelor slaloms his way through three tackles before Bonaparte brings him down on the edge of the box. Great chance for Town 18 yards out.

4:35pm

With the rain still falling the pitch has turned into a mud bath, and there are some seriously tired legs out there. 

Exemplified by that challenge on Ross Pope by Matt Outtram, who earns himself a yellow card. 

4:32pm

Just over 15 minutes left to play.

Falmouth Town 2 Liskeard Athletic 1

4:26pm

A towering header from Ben Waters rattles the Town crossbar with Burrows beaten. A let-off for Falmouth!

4:25pm

LISKEARD HIT THE BAR!

4:25pm

Still finely poised. Falmouth leading 2-1 but desperate to restore that two goal cushion. Liskeard look dangerous going forward. Gilbert's had an excellent game at the heart of the Blues' midfield.

4:21pm

Close Liskeard!

Burrows makes an excellent one-handed stop diving to his left after the ball takes a wicked bobble just in front of goal. Liskeard far from out of this. They're enjoying a decent spell.

4:19pm

Liskeard sub: Savigar replaced by Outtram.

4:19pm

4:17pm

Westgarth makes an immediate impact, crossing for Batchelor who leaps like a salmon and aims a bicycle kick just wide of goal.

Seconds later Wearne's released just inside the box on the left, but he ripples the side-netting with his effort.

Town knocking on the door.

4:15pm

Falmouth sub: Westgarth replaces Richardson.

4:15pm

Dan Richardson's played in on goal by Wearne, but just as he's about to pull the trigger he goes down like he's been shot clutching at his hamstring! Disaster for Town. He's going to have to come off.

That looked like goal number three for Richardson and Town.

4:15pm

Dan Richardson's played in on goal by Wearne, but just as he's about to pull the trigger he goes down like he's been shot clutching at his hamstring! Disaster for Town. He's going to have to come off.

That looked like goal number three for Richardson and Town.

4:05pm

Great tackle Joe Cooper!

Town are carved apart at the back, and after Howlett loses his footing Sam Gilbert's in on goal, only for Cooper to scramble back magnificently and get a sliding block in as Gilbert shoots.

4:03pm

Tom Whipp goes down clutching his thigh on the far side of the pitch. He's back up and limping but looks OK to carry on.

The rain is absolutely lashing down as the floodlights belatedly go on. Town still leading, and desperate for another to put daylight between themselves and a game Liskeard side.

4:00pm

Second half underway at Bickland Park. Town leading 2-1.

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A one-sided first half ends with Falmouth going in 2-1 up. 

Dan Richardson opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute after he was brought down by Roger Bonaparte.

And Town doubled their lead ten minutes later when Richardson's long range daisy-cutter bobbled over Liskeard keeper Adam Bainbridge.

But Liskeard were handed a lifeline ten minutes before the break when Town defender Hugh Howlett badly misjudged a back pass, and chipped Danny Burrows in the Falmouth goal from 40 yards out.

Town have been the better side, and are well worth their lead, but that Hugh Howlett own goal...wow. It gives the Blues hope going into the second half, as darkness descends.

 

3:44pm

Falmouth Town 2 Liskeard Athletic 1

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Richardson slides a shot just wide of the upright, before Liskeard drop a ball over the top of the Town defence and the home side are caught flat-footed.

Only a lack of quality in the cross prevents Liskeard fashioning another goal scoring opportunity. Town are certainly looking shaky at the back.

3:41pm

Good news if you're a Falmouth Eagles fan: 

3:38pm

Town looking nervy at the moment. Liskeard have grown in stature as the game's gone on. They win a corner after Town are forced to clear a good ball into the box.

3:34pm

Hugh Howlett lobs Danny Burrows from the half way line! Astonishing!

3:30pm

OWN GOAL FALMOUTH!

3:30pm

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Liskeard manage to string together a couple of tidy looking passes on the edge of the Falmouth box, and the ball eventually find its way out to Macauley Thorp on the edge of the box.

His side-footed effort goes miles over. Decent spell for Liskeard!

3:27pm

But it comes to nothing. If Town have been guilty of anything it's poor deliveries into the box in the final third.

But to criticise would be churlish. John Dent's side are well worth their two goal lead.

3:24pm

Richardson scampers down the left again, and draws a fee kick from Connor Brinnicombe. Good position for Town. Howlett in the box, as is Cooper.

3:23pm

Richardson scores his second, a daisy cutter from 25 yards that Bainbridge somehow manages to allow to bounce over him.

Falmouth Town 2 Liskeard Athletic 0.

3:22pm

3:21pm

Decent crowd here at Bickland Park. So far so good for Town. They lead 1-0 thanks to a Dan Richardson penalty in the 13th minute.

3:19pm

Falmouth Packet:

3:18pm

And it comes to nothing. Not sure what that was about. The ball dropped to Tom Whipp at the back post. The Town captain tried an up and under cross back into the six yard box, but it was all up and no under. Miles over the bar.

3:16pm

All Falmouth at the moment as Liskeard struggle to get out of their own half. Another Falmouth corner comes to nothing, but Liskeard are immediately back under pressure.

 

3:13pm

It was clumsy rather than malicious from veteran Bonaparte. Wearne was too quick for him and he couldn't get his leg out of the tackle in time.

Perfect start for Town.

3:11pm

He slams his penalty down the middle to give Town an early lead. Bainbridge got a hand to it, but couldn't keep it out.

3:10pm

Richardson scores!

3:10pm

Roger Bonaparte brings Rob Wearne down in the box, and ref Simon Berryman points to the spot.

 

3:10pm

Falmouth win a penalty!

3:09pm

Minutes later the Blues break quickly again, and only the linesman's flag prevents Macauley Thorp from being gifted a clear run on goal.

 

3:07pm

Liskeard struggling to keep hold of the ball as Town put them under pressure, but a quick break sees visiting midfielder Sam Gilbert swing a dangerous-looking cross into the Town box, which is scrambled clear.

3:03pm

Dom Batchelor lets loose with another effort from 20 yards out, but it's straight down Adam Bainbridge's throat. Town win a corner.

3:01pm

First shot on goal from Town as Dom Batchelor tries to wrap his foot around a shot from 18 yards but it sails wide.

2:58pm

And we're off!

2:57pm

2:53pm

A few hardly souls making their way through the gates at Bickland Park. It might be a job for the floodlights here as the sky darkens

On the plus side, the rain's holding off for now.

Teams on their way out.

2:45pm

Falmouth will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Rob Wearne playing as the lone striker. 

Andy Westgarth starts on the bench for Town.

2:39pm

Team news just in.

FALMOUTH: Danny Burrows, Ed Timmons, Scott Kelliw, Joe Cooper, Hugh Howlett, Tom Whipp (c), Gary Bell, Dan Richardson, Ross Pope, Rob Wearne, Dom Batchelor. Subs: Andy Westgarth, Luke Appleton, Steve Retchford.

LISKEARD ATHLETIC: Adam Bainbridge, Reece Small, Connor Brinnicombe, Sam Gilbert, Roger Bonaparte, Roger Quintance (c), Ben Collins, Jarad Woods, Adam Gregory, Macauley Thorp, Jon Savigar. Subs: Ben Ramdas, Ben Waters, Matt Outtram, Harry Bartlett, Blake Penhaligon.

2:31pm

Players out warming up as the rain continues to fall.

2:30pm

Falmouth Packet:

2:29pm

Town boss Dent will watch the game from the stands as he serves the second in a three game touch line ban.

He'll be back the bench for Falmouth's trip to Camelford.

2:15pm

Falmouth Packet:

2:14pm

Following up on Jason Robertson's earlier tweet, it looks like he'll officially sign for Town in the next ten days. 

Despite Robertson featuring regularly for St Day in the Combination League this season, Helston still have him signed as an SWPL player, and so the transfer's taking a little longer than expected.

Robertson played a big part in Helston's superb run to the Cornwall Senior Cup final last year. 

2:07pm

Godolphin take an early lead against Callington in the Cornwall Senior Cup.

2:06pm

2:01pm

Referee Simon Berryman from Hayle makes his way back to the changing rooms.

"it's fine," he says. Game on.

 

 

1:56pm

What's the pitch like you ask?

Well, it's wet and heavy as you might expect. Could work as a leveller for Liskeard perhaps? Either way it's set to be a real battle here today in less than ideal conditions.

Referee's out inspecting the pitch, but were unlikely to see a cancellation at this late stage.

 

1:49pm

Falmouth have a fully fit squad to choose from, barring the absence of Harry Evans who's away on England Colleges duty.

1:48pm

 

It's a game we need to get on whatever the weather, so we can hopefully build up some confidence.

John Dent

 

 

1:34pm

Liskeard have just arrived, and they appear to have brought the rain with them. It's belting down here at Bickland.

1:33pm

Falmouth Packet:

1:32pm

And down it comes. . . 

1:14pm

And we're back. Still game on here at Bickland Park, despite a light drizzle coming down. Suppose it was too much to ask that we dodge the bad weather completely.

12:02pm

Falmouth Packet: Matchday Live: Falmouth Town v Cullompton Rangers

12:01pm

So it's time for a short break in transmission while we at Packet Towers sort ourselves out in preparation for the big game at Bickland Park.

Join us from just after 1pm for build up, followed by live text commentary as Falmouth Town take on Liskeard Athletic in a crunch match at the foot of the SWPL premier division.

To keep you going until then, here's Burt Bacharach with a particularly topical little number some of you might recognise.

11:55am

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With all these cancellations expect a healthy crowd at Bickland Park this afternoon. It's a massive game for Falmouth Town. A real six-pointer.

One early piece of team news for Falmouth. Midfielder Harry Evans will not feature in today's game. He's away with the England Colleges national team.

Congratualtions to Harry on his selection.

11:29am

Away from Falmouth a few games have survived the overnight rain. Notably in the Cornwall Senior Cup third round where St Blazey host division one west Sticker at Blaise Park (KO 2.30pm), and Godolphin play Callington Town (KO 2pm).

 

11:24am

Falmouth Packet: Matchday Live: Falmouth Town v Cullompton Rangers

11:19am

Of course, there's plenty of local rugby to go and see.

At the Recreation Ground Falmouth Eagles take on Veor in the Cornwall and Devon League, while up the road Truro host Penryn in the day's big derby game in Western Counties West.

11:16am

Based on this morning's postponements, Falmouth's game at home to Liskeard Athletic is the only one to survive the weather in the SWPL.

Games still on as of 11.16am.

FA Vase: Brightlingsea Regent v Bodmin Town (3pm)

Cornwall Senior Cup: Godolphin Atlantic v Callington Town (2pm), St Blazey v Sticker (2.30pm)

Premier Division: Falmouth Town v Liskeard Athletic (3pm)

West Division: None.

11:13am

This from SWPL secretary Phil Hiscox regarding the Torpoint v St Austell game:

 

Now Tuesday, 21st January which means St Austell v Ivybridge in the Throgmorton is off on Weds and will now be Tuesday 4th February.

11:11am

 
Good news if you're a Falmouth Eagles fan, too. Their game against Cornwall and Devon League basemernt club Veor at the Recreation Ground is also ON.

11:09am

We're led to believe that the groundsman is struggling to mark one corner of Falmouth's pitch due to it being so wet. Hardly grounds for a postponement though, is it?

11:06am

I should add that the weather at Bickland Park this afternoon may differ from the picture.

11:04am

News just in from Bickland Park: there's no pitch inspection planned. As things stand the game is very much ON.

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We'll be bringing you live text commentary from just after 2pm building up to a 3pm kick off.

11:02am

10:54am

Really feel for Torpoint's ground staff who, it seems, have battled manfully against the rain to get their Senior Cup tie against St Austell on.

10:52am

But. . . our featured game, Falmouth Town v Liskeard Athletic is, as far as we know, still on.

10:52am

Thick and fast at the moment, and not much of it good news.

10:52am

SWPL premier division: Camelford v Newquay is OFF

10:51am

JCCL: Porthleven Reserves' Combination League game against St Ives Town is OFF. 

10:46am

10:46am

Truro Reserves game against Helston Athletic is OFF

10:37am

Cornwall Senior Cup: Launceston v St Dennis is OFF

10:34am

 
Some more Combo news.

10:30am

SWPL premier division: Cullompton Rangers v Tavistock is OFF

That was the other big battle at the bottom of the premier division.

10:28am

So the news is hardly coming in thick and fast at the moment. Seems a lot of clubs are waiting to see if the rain holds off before making a decision one way or another.

Here in Falmouth the clouds have rolled in. . . but still no rain.

A further bit of good news, St Blazey v Sticker in the Senior Cup is ON!

10:26am

First bit of Combo League news, as well as an update on the Pepermint's match away at Reg Hambly's Camelford. . . 

10:24am

That Torpoint pitch inspection will take place at 11am. Fingers crossed.

10:23am

10:23am

Here's the reason behind that second pitch inspection at Torpoint. . . 

 

10:19am

Apparently Torpoint v St Austell in the Cornwall Senior Cup is subject to a second pitch inspection, presumably to give it time to drain. 

Still no news about our featured game, a must-win for Falmouth Town at home to SWPL premier division bottom club Liskeard Athletic.

Falmouth Packet: "Liskeard game a must win" says Dent as Falmouth Town face make or break January

Earlier in the week, Packet Sport spoke to Falmouth manager John Dent about today's game. 

He said:

 

It’s definitely a must-win, and the players know that, they’re not stupid. They know the situation we’re in and they know it’s very much in our hands still. We’re not in a situation where we have to rely on other teams, which is a positive.”

John Dent

 

10:10am

 
A sentiment echoed by us all, Tom.

10:09am

We've not heard much in the way of Combaintion League games suffering with he weather. That's likely to change as the morning goes on.

Meanwhile we're still waiting on news from several pitch inspections taking place as we speak - one of which is likely to be Bickland Park.

10:05am

Cornwall Senior Cup - St Blazey v Sticker is ON (Kick off 2.30pm)

10:02am

It's all gone ominously quiet at the moment, more than likely because there are dozens of referees out inspecting pitches.

Expect more news in the next 20 minutes or so.

In the meantime you can tweet us here @packetsport, or send comments to us via the website. 

9:58am

Remember this? I can imagine something similar's happening at grounds up and down the county as we speak.

 

 

9:51am

9:49am

Seems Truo City Reserves' game against Helston is in the balance according to the club's chairman, no less.

More news from Treyew Road as we get it.

9:47am

 
 

9:42am

So let's take a break from postponements for a minute to take a look at why today's game for Falmouth Town against bottom club Liskeard Athletic is so important.

Falmouth Packet:

A quick glance at the bottom five and it's crystal clear. Tavistock have games in hand, and Cullompton are a point clear. If Falmouth don't beat the Blues they'll remain in the drop zone. Simple as that.

9:31am

Another casualty to report.

Senior Cup: Saltash United v Ludgvan is OFF

9:30am

 
Make of that what you will. Robertson was goalkeeper at Helston Athletic until his move to St Day, where he was an outfield player.
 
John Dent has mentioned that he needs cover in the goalkeeping department? What does that mean for Danny Burrows?

9:26am

Bad news for Wendron fans. Their game against Dobwalls in the Cornwall Senior Cup third round is off. Massively disappointing.

The game will be played next weekend.

 

9:25am

Some news away from football and rugby: following last night's AGM at Falmouth Cricket Club, Adrian Noott has retained his first team captaincy for the coming season.

Along with Noott, team captains for the coming season are as follows: Liam Hoban, Fern Nicholls, Guy Pascoe. Vicki Sutcliffe is selected as women's team captain.

9:21am

There are early suggestions from Treyew Road that Truro City Reserves' game against Helston Athletic is on. 

Not such good news if you'e an Ivybridge or Elburton fan.

9:16am

SWPL premier division: Plymouth Parkway v Bovey Tracey is OFF, with Camelford's game against Newquay subject to a 10.30am pitch inspection.

9:10am

Another one bites the dust. . .

9:10am

9:09am

Penzance v St Day in the third round of the Cornwall Senior Cup has also been postponed - that game will now be played next weekend.

We've also had confirmation that Holsworthy's game against Perranporth has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. No surprises there.

9:05am

Judging by that tweet Falmouth Town striker Andy Westgarth seems confident we'll get some play at Bickland Park for our featured game, Falmouth Town v Liskeard Athletic in the SWPL premier division.

Providing the rain holds off, that is. Blue skies over Falmouth at the moment, but the forecast is for more rain over the course of the morning. 

9:02am

9:01am

Morning all. Looks like we've had a fair amount of rain overnight, and it's already had an effect on today's fixtures, with the first (of what we fear will be many) football cancellations being announced.

In the SWPL premier division, Elmore v Exmouth Town is OFF.

In division one west, Holsworthy v Perranporth is an unconfirmed postponement.

But there's good news too. Bodmin Town's FA Vase fourth round clash away at Brightlingsea Regent looks set to go ahead, as does Godolphin's Senior Cup third round tie at home to Callington Town.

 

9:01pm

Falmouth Packet:

8:10pm

More late news courtesy of SWPL secretary Phil Hiscox.

Morning inspections will be held at

Premier: Elmore v Exmouth Town

East: Totnes & Dartington v Liverton United

West: Holsworthy v Perranporth

The word from Blaise Park is that St Blazey's Senior Cup tie against Sticker is likely to go ahead.

6:29pm

Weather update? You asked for it.

Falmouth Packet:

 

 

6:26pm

For injury-ravaged Penryn there's much more at stake in tomorrow's derby than local bragging rights. They need to string a few wins together or risk being confined to a mid-table finish, which would represent a disappointing return on a season that promised much back in September.

Despite losing winger Alex Ducker to former club Camborne earlier in the season, it's not tries the Borough are short of.

A porous defense has been their undoing - something Truro will look to exploit tomorrow.

For their part Truro were in scintillating form in the run up to Christmas, and they've managed carry their unbeaten streak over into the new year, leapfrogging the Borough into fifth place in Western Counties West.

It's all perfecelty poised to be another cracker at St Clements Hill.

Falmouth Packet:

 

6:16pm

Falmouth Eagles could do with getting back to winning ways after their chastening defeat against Hayle last week.

Phil Angove and Graham Whitmore's side should make short work of Saturday's visitors Veor, but last season's Cornwall Club's Cup winners will be desperate for some kind of result at the Recreation Ground. The Eagles will do well not to take tomorrow's game lightly.

The Cornwall and Devon League table makes for interesting reading at the moment. Exeter University and Tiverton are out their own their own at the top, but a decent run could put the Eagles back in the mix.

Falmouth Packet:

4:41pm

It's going to be much the same story in the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League. The fixtures are as follows, but expect cancellations..

Jolly's Cornwall Combination League fixtures, 18/01:

Falmouth Ath v Perranwell
Goonhavern v Illogan RBL
Hayle v Penryn Athletic
Mullion v Falmouth Town
Porthleven v St Ives Town
RNAS Culdrose v St Just
St Agnes v Redruth United
Troon v Newquay

4:32pm

Early suggestions are that if the rain holds off tonight, we might get some play at Bickland Park.

But it's not looking good.

If there are cancellations we'll keep you updated throughout Saturday morning.

As of 4:30pm on Friday afternoon, South West Peninsula League football matches facing Saturday morning pitch inspections are as follows:

Senior Cup: Saltash United v Ludgvan, Torpoint v St Austell

Premier: Ivybridge Town v Elburton Villa, Plymouth Parkway v Bovey Tracey

East: Alphington v Stoke Gabriel, Univesity of Exeter v Appledore

West: Vospers Oak Villa v Mousehole

4:20pm

Truro have been in pretty fine fettle of late. They're on a six-game unbeaten run in Western Counties West, and expect to field Lewis Vinnicombe and Darren Jacques in their starting XV. Could be a tough old afternoon for Penryn.

A little known Friday afternoon fact for you: Truro hooker Mark Carlyon works right here at Packet Towers. This, apparently, is his game face.

Falmouth Packet:

4:06pm

So what can we expect over the weekend?

More of this if the weather forecast is to be believed, with heavy rain set to fall on already-saturated ground overnight, and again tomorrow morning.

Which will be a real shame, because there's a mouth-watering afternoon in prospect if the weather doesn't spoil things again. Wendron United face perhaps the biggest game in the club's history in the third round of the Cornwall Senior Cup away at Dobwalls.

And in the rugby, Penryn face Truro away from home in the local derby - always a fiercely contested game.

 

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