PORTHLEVEN AFC can start making plans for the new South West Peninsula League season after the 2020/21 fixtures were announced on Wednesday.

While the start date is conditional on the Government allowing spectators to return to football grounds, a proposed September 5 start sees Porthleven welcome Sticker to Gala Parc in what will be their first game since March 11.

The Packet has analysed the Fishermen’s fixture list and made a note of the key games for Graham Blake’s team.

Falmouth Packet:

First five

Sept 5 – Sticker (H)

Sept 8 – Mousehole (A)

Sept 12 – Dobwalls (A)

Sept 16 – Falmouth Town (H)

Sept 23 – St Austell (H)

A mixed start for Porthleven sees the Fishermen with two winnable games against Sticker and Dobwalls and three tougher games against Mousehole, Falmouth and St Austell.

Port shipped 15 goals in four games against Mousehole last season and they will want to head to Trungle Parc for their second match with three points under their belts from their opening game at home to Sticker, who were 19th when the league was voided in March.

Dobwalls were a surprise package last season and would have finished ninth behind Port if points per game had determined the final standings, although Port would still look at that game and hope to get something from it.

Derby dates

Sept 16 – Falmouth Town (H)

Nov 18 – Falmouth Town (A)

Dec 26 – Helston Athletic (H)

Dec 28 – Wendron United (A)

Apr 2 – Helston Athletic (A)

Apr 5 – Wendron United (H)

Port kick off their derby games by welcoming Falmouth Town to Gala Parc on September 16, which is due to be only their fourth game of the season. Blake will be hoping that his side can avenge a 3-1 defeat to Town in the same fixture last season.

The return game at Falmouth comes in November and will be the first time that the Fishermen visit Town for a league game since the 2006/07 season, with their scheduled trip last season being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A festive double-header at home to arch rivals Helston Athletic and at Wendron United on December 26 and 28 will be an eagerly anticipated weekend of action, with Port getting the chance to host the Blues in a league game for the first time since 2014/15.

Those two games will be reversed over Easter, with Port visiting Helston on Good Friday and entertaining Wendron on Easter Monday.

Top teams

Sept 8 – Mousehole (A)

Sept 23 – St Austell (H)

Oct 17 – Bodmin Town (A)

Oct 31 – Saltash United (H)

Nov 11 – Mousehole (H)

Nov 24 – St Austell (A)

Dec 26 – Helston Athletic (H)

Jan 9 – Bodmin Town (H)

Jan 23 – Saltash United (A)

Apr 2 – Helston Athletic (A)

Port are due to play seven of their ten games against last season’s top five by Boxing Day, with four of those due to be played by the end of October.

A weakened St Austell would be the most likely way to claim points from these matches, although on their day Port could take points off any of them, as proved by their 2-2 draw at home to Mousehole and their near-miss at Saltash United in the FA Vase last season.