FALMOUTH Town boss Andrew Westgarth was pleased to see his side get off to a winning start with a 6-1 victory at Callington Town, bucking a recent trend of disappointing opening day results.

Not since a 5-1 win at home to Newquay in August 2017 had Town emerged victorious on the opening weekend of the season, recording a 7-0 defeat to Tavistock, 4-1 loss at St Austell and 0-0 draw with Mousehole on the opening days since.

David Broglino scored twice with TJ Walter, Luke Barner and Luke Brabyn also scoring as Town raced to a 5-1 lead at the interval, with Brabyn adding a second after the break to complete a dominant victory.

“It was a good opening weekend for us considering we haven’t done that well on opening days in my time as manager, so it was good to get off to a good start,” Westgarth said.

“It was really good to get off to a good start and what was really pleasing was TJ [Walter] was excellent. For him, even though he’s not new [in terms of when he signed], he is new to the club and he was really good.

“Tom Annear was excellent, slotted straight in as if he hasn’t been away. Broggy’s [Broglino] been on absolute flames, pre-season goal-wise, and for him to get two goals was really pleasing. We all know Broggy scores set pieces, but it was pleasing for him to get goals from open play.

“It’s always good for Brabyn, your striker, to get goals, and Barner, again, he’s been scoring regularly, so overall the forward players looked really good.”

Westgarth reserved additional praise for defender Tom Annear, who made his second debut for the club after transferring from Bodmin Town a week earlier.

The versatile brother of former Town striker Jordan often plays in the heart of midfield or at left back, but he turned out alongside captain Joe Cooper at centre half following an injury to fellow returning signing Toby Clark recently.

“Toby missed the St Day game [last week] through injury and he did really well so we kept the same back four and he was excellent, complemented Coops [Joe Cooper] well and both looked really solid,” Westgarth said.

“Tom gives us another outlet. His range of passing is excellent and he’s good at set pieces as well, with the ball as in taking free kicks, and he’s good off corners, he can get on the end of things and be a threat in the penalty box.”

A fine start to the season in all, but there were brief fears that it may not go as smoothly as it did when the team bus broke down at Fraddon Services en route to Callington.

“You couldn’t write it, could you?” Westgarth said. “Luckily it didn’t really hinder us. We always have a coffee at Fraddon and a couple of the lads who drove met us there as well.

“The bus wouldn’t restart so we just drove in cars, so it wasn’t too bad, if anything we probably got there quicker!”

Falmouth are without a game in midweek before their first home game against Wadebridge Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).