Falmouth Town Manager Andrew Westgarth celebrated his 250th game in charge with a 1-5 away victory  at Penzance in the South West Peninsula League.

Town maintained their enviable record of winning every game so far this season thanks to goals from Andreas Calleja-Stayne, Luke Brabyn, Luke Barner, Jack Bowyer and James Ward. 

Town’s league tally now stands at played 12, won 12, 53 goals scored and just ten conceded. That doesn’t include cup games where wins against Penryn in the Walter C Parson Cup (WCP Cup) and St Dennis in the Cornwall Senior Cup (CSC) have continued Falmouth’s dominance on all fronts. 

“It’s nice, I could have had 300 if it wasn’t for Covid! We had two injury hit seasons with Covid and we lost about 50 games.” Said Westgarth. “To get 250 is amazing really, when I first got offered the job I never thought I’d last a season and this is my seventh, it is a fantastic achievement. If you look at the amount of managers who have managed Falmouth regardless of the trophies they have won, to be up with them in games managed is an amazing achievement." He added. 

The club has transformed during Westgarth’s tenure as Manager, on and off the pitch there have been improvements with the latest development at Bickland Park.

The latest being a new shower system which has been implemented for all three changing rooms in the grandstand. Westgarth explained how much the club had progressed over his spell, he said: “When I first took over the club was given a winding up notice, we were set to leave Bickland Park, there were drawings and plans in place to move up to Falmouth School. The place was run down, with us potentially moving nothing was done around the ground. If you look at old photos everywhere was overgrown, damaged, worn out or broken. 

“The changing rooms were a mess, the clubhouse was looking tired. The whole place was in a bad way, the grandstand roof was leaking it looked like a bit of a bombsite. We were averaging about 60 people watching games, the season before I took over we were third or fourth bottom.

"It is great to see how far we have come but to be fair we are a sleeping giant, Falmouth Town is a massive club that had lost its way. But to see it now in full colour, little by little, the progression off the pitch with little projects here and there it is making a massive difference now. 

"To see the amount of people watching games, the families it is bringing together, the age range of people, inspiring the next generation. The supporters group we have got, the positivity in the team group chat. It is a great time to be a part of Falmouth Town."

With 250 games under his belt the Manager has his sights set on the club building on their bright start to the campaign, with the ambition of claiming silverware at the end of the season: “If we can carry on the way we are going, to win the league would be a great achievement. They haven’t done it since 1999/2000. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. If you are looking for targets that is the only thing I haven’t won as a manager. That’s the next on the list.” Said Westgarth.

Falmouth Packet: 250 up for Andrew Westgarth (Westy) for Falmouth Town250 up for Andrew Westgarth (Westy) for Falmouth Town

Westgarth elaborated on his career highs so far as Falmouth Town Manager: “The highlight has to be winning the Senior Cup, it was the first time since 1997, then winning the League Cup was fantastic again.

"The first trophy Falmouth had won for a number of years it was a great achievement, it was a great day. Now seeing the club back on it’s feet and being a big player now whereas before it had lost its way a bit.

"We beat Plymouth Parkway in the Charity Bowl as well, I know it’s only a friendly but it is another trophy. It is disappointing to have those Covid years, it would have been great to see how well we could have done and progressed." He said.

Falmouth Packet: Town face Bodmin in the next round of the Senior Cup. These were the scenes when Falmouth beat them in a 4-3 thriller earlier in the seasonTown face Bodmin in the next round of the Senior Cup. These were the scenes when Falmouth beat them in a 4-3 thriller earlier in the season

October sees Town have a break from league action as they take on Sidmouth in the WCP Cup, Bradford Town in the FA Vase and Bodmin Town in the CSC.

“It is a big period, we always set milestones throughout the season and the next one is these three cup games. We have Sidmouth, Bradford Town and Bodmin who all pose completely different threats and challenges.

"Then off the back of that we have the league games against sides who are second, third, fourth and fifth as it stands so it is a really big period for our season. We are looking forward to Saturday, the game, the trip and the team social which is something a lot of us haven’t been able to do because of covid.”

Falmouth's next game is away at Sidmouth on Saturday October 16.