SOME say that all roads lead to Bickland Park, and all three points stayed there too after Falmouth Town saw off Newquay on Friday night.

Town eventually earned their fifth successive win thanks to a hat-trick from Luke Brabyn and another from Ryan Martt, and while Ross Fallens and Jack Bray-Evans twice pulled the Peppermints level, the home side were able to secure the points for the fifth time this season.

Victory also saw Town move to sixth in the SWPL Premier West table as the club ended a super September in the best way possible.

Brilliant Brabyn

Luke Brabyn stole the show on Friday night with a superb hat-trick, a feat made all the more impressive given that he is not an out-and-out striker.

Regular frontmen Matt Buchan and Jack Bowyer were unavailable for Friday's game, but Brabyn came in from his regular spot on the right flank and led the line on his own in superb fashion.

The first goal arrived after four minutes and was a classic bit of lone striker play, receiving a pass from Luke Barner with his back to goal, before swivelling and scooping a shot over the goalkeeper from 12 yards.

The second, which came midway through the second half, was more typical of Brabyn himself, as the forward pressured goalkeeper Dan Peters into an error when clearing his lines as the pair collided, with Brabyn jumping to his feet to prod the ball over the line.

His final goal came seven minutes from time, when an excellent run down the left from Tim Nixon was headed in at the back post by the unmarked forward.

His versatility is a huge asset to Town boss Andrew Westgarth at a time when injuries and unavailability have given the manager a weekly selection headache, with the hat-trick hero having also played at right-back this season.

Fantastic five

The win rounded off a good month for Town, which brought 12 league points from a possible 15 and progression in both the FA Vase and Cornwall Charity Cup.

The month started slowly with defeat to local rivals Helston Athletic, but Town, still struggling with injury and unavailability, regrouped to record five straight wins over Dobwalls, St Blazey, Porthleven, Liskeard Athletic and Newquay.

Town have not been shy of scoring in those five games, netting 21 goals across the quintet of matches. Bowyer bagged nine of them, with Brabyn scoring five and Buchan netting three.

Westgarth hailed his side's September form as "nigh on perfect" after Friday night's win. What will October bring for Town?

F-Troop again

It would be getting somewhat boring to mention the F-Troop every time Falmouth play, but it is hard not to when they make their presence felt in every game, and Friday night was no exception.

There is something magical about a game under lights anyway, but then to add a roaring, vocal support packed in behind the goal, cheering the team on for 90 minutes just made it that much more of an occasion.

This level of non-league is not used to that level of support: go to any other local game this weekend and you will do well to find a small contingent of supporters that cheer their team for 90 minutes, let alone one as big and as vocal as the F-Troop.

They made up the bulk of the good crowd of 200-plus at Bickland Park and contributed four large roars as each goal went in and the goal scorer wheeled away in celebration.

Westgarth has previously spoken of how it lifts the team, and why wouldn't it? It has only got to motivate you as a striker to want to bag a goal in front of a delighted packed home stand, or hear them willing you on as you search for a winning goal.

Long may it continue.

Broglino is back

David Broglino came on as a second-half substitute in place of young Sam Pickup, and his presence will have been a welcome sight for Westgarth and his team, with the midfielder spending most of the season on the sidelines after picking up an injury in August.

He was involved soon after coming on when he turned Tim Nixon's cross wide at the near post, and the set-piece specialist was soon spraying passes around the park in customary fashion.

He also played a part in the third goal, with his ball forward eventually being bundled home by Brabyn after he charged down goalkeeper Dan Peters' clearance.

Centre-back Ben Oliver was also named on the bench as he makes his own return from injury, with Luke Johnson not far off a return after coming off in the first half of Town's defeat to Helston.

David Blizzard is also in line to make his first appearance since the opening game of the season when he returns from holiday next week, and with Buchan having served his suspension, Town are beginning to show signs of having something resembling a full squad for the first time this season.

Next up

Town make the trip to St Blazey for the second time in two and a half weeks on Wednesday night. Town ran out 3-1 winners at Blaise Park in their FA Vase second qualifying round tie on September 14, and while Town were two points behind the Green and Blacks prior to that game, they will begin Wednesday's game seven points ahead of their hosts.

As mentioned above, Town could have a couple of bodies back in the squad for the game, which will be welcome after an energy-sapping Friday night game when all but one starter played 90 minutes.