Falmouth Town bowed out of the FA Vase with what was their first loss of the season against Buckland Athletic. Town were defeated 3-1 on their travels with the hosts scoring through Josh Webber, Cieran Bridger and Richard Groves. 

Falmouth’s David Broglino scored their only goal as they can now turn attention to a testing couple of weeks, where they will face the sides who are currently second and third in the South West Peninsula League (SWPL) table. 

Speaking to the Packet Falmouth Town Manager Andrew Westgarth thought his side played well especially considering they were playing a side in the league above. He said: “I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, obviously it is disappointing to lose the game but on reflection, I would say we didn’t take advantage of the nearly moments. We had too many of them. 

“We needed to sharpen up at both ends. Our Achilles heel has been conceding just after half time, and that hurt us again. 

“They scored two quickfire goals. But for large spells of the first half we looked quite good, like I said there were some nearly moments where we made the wrong pass or the wrong decision. 

“I think the main thing we have taken from it was that we need to learn the dark arts of the game. 

“That is not to say they were doing anything outrageous but they were quite streetwise. It has definitely given me that desire to go again. I am hungry for that league without a shadow of a doubt because I thought we did equate ourselves quite well.”

Westgarth was complimentary of the facilities of the Western League outfit and revealed the setup at Homers Heath was something he looks up to: “It was the first time I have been to Buckland and I was blown away with the facilities. I love Bickland Park, but they had a beautiful ground but also the off-field stuff. The hospitality, the bar the whole package I was quite impressed. It is something I aspire to and want to be part of.”

Falmouth’s next match is at home to third-placed Camelford on Saturday, November 27 and Westgarth is looking forward to the opportunity to return to winning ways: “Nobody wants to lose a game of football. I have been in changing rooms before when there has been complete devastation when we have lost. You think it could be the end of the world. 

“Now I can’t wait for Saturday just to get back on that horse and get back going again. I am sure that the lads think that too. 

“The Vase was never going to define our season, we have bigger fish to fry. This game can’t come quick enough.”

Falmouth are top of the SWPL with a maximum of 39 points from their 13 games so far this season. A win over Camelford, who were beaten 1-2 by St Austell in their last match, could put Falmouth nine points clear of third place. 

“They are going through a tricky patch themselves, it is one win in six for them.” Said Westgarth “They have found themselves out of the Vase similar to us. They have had a few tricky results. 

“You never take any team lightly of course it will be a tough game. They lost on Saturday, we lost too, I am sure we will both be chomping at the bit to get back to winning ways.” He added.