Porthleven FC Chairman Rob Hichens has released a statement to supporters following their recent St Piran League Cup triumph where they defeated Truro City Reserves 2-1 thanks to a last minute penalty from Martyn Webster.

Narrating on their road to glory in the competition the Chairman said:"The journey we went on in that cup is incredible. We finished third from bottom and on Tuesday night we beat a team who are fourth in the league. The journey started at home when I took over as chairman I said to Liam (Chapman) and Jamie(Webb) if we can go on a good cup run this will be the difference for the club. If we could end up middle of the league that would be great, if we had a great cup run that would push us into next year in a really good position.

"Our first game was Falmouth Town Reserves away, we knew that it was going to be a big ask to do it, and we did. It was the game we fielded three of the Greet brothers and Jamie scored the only goal for us. We had it quite easy then with Callington, and we put a bus on for the lads and we won 5-2.

"Next round we have Saltash Borough who have just won the St Piran League East. We thought it could be the last game in this cup and we thought we'd make a day of it. We had the under eight boys as mascots and we got all the parents down, just in case it was the last game. Then that went 4-4 then to Penalties and young Dan Parker scores the winner.

"We move on from that to Mousehole who beat us 7-1 in the league, they'd gone on an unbeaten run and we managed to beat them 3-2 despite being down to ten men. It has been a log a long slog in this cup but it seemed it was destined to go right.

"We then play Truro in the final, we hadn't beat them all seasons, some players from them had played against our youth team and beat them on Sunday.

"We had injury after injury. It seemed to be the boys who stuck around with us bought in to going on a cup run. Truro were the better footballing side but Porthleven made sure they got a foot in, got a header or put their body on the line, they've done that all the way through. They wanted that cup and it showed."

The cup final was the last game of Liam Chapman's reign as Manager after he has since moved away with family to Essex. The win, especially in those circumstances was a perfect way to round off the gaffers final match. Hichens confirmed to the Packet following Chapman's departure a replacement has been confirmed and it is a familiar face for many: "It was a great way to send him (Liam Chapman) off for the effort he has put into the club when we were struggling. I brought him in to stabilise the team, I knew he could do that and try and give us a good cup run, look at it now we are the winners!

"You couldn't ask for more from a manager than that, he has had Jamie Webb, he has had Dan Greet as good backing. Next year Jamie Webb will become our official manager for our First Team in the St Piran League next year. Dan Greet is going to do the coaching programme for the teams, we are looking to have another men's team. Darren Slesser will help on the sidelines still."

"We have decided to bring Kevin Richards back into the fold. He has a long history at the club, his family have a long history at the club, he has been chairman, he has been manager, he is still on the circuit he knows people and players. We are bringing him in on an advisory role for Jamie and myself. There are things he knows about league rulings, and people in the leagues. if we want to move this club forward we will need that advice."

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The Chairman also had words of praise for a number of members of staff on his management team, committee, and sponsors who have supported Port on their upward turn this second half of the season. He said: "Our committee have achieved amazing things, if someone said to me seven months ago we'd have the front of the clubhouse painted, we'd have a new ceiling in the bar, we'd have new changing rooms, a new roof, new showers.

Falmouth Packet: The newly painted clubhouse at Gala ParcThe newly painted clubhouse at Gala Parc

"Teams in two finals, one of them winning a final, picking up another team at under eights girls I'd have taken that! What we have achieved in seven months as players, managers and a committee, what we can achieve in 12 months. Who knows? We are in an exciting place.

"I'd like to thank our local sponsors in Porthleven they have seen what we are doing and they have bought into it. The Mussel Shoal sponsored the under eight boys. Origin coffee also sponsored the under eight boys. Big Eats sponsored the under eight girls. They have seen what is going on at the club and they are putting in their money to help the club do well, it is exciting times ahead of next season.

"The club also want to thank Liam Chapman for all that he has done. We wish him and his family all of the best up in Essex, we don't want to look elsewhere for a Manager when there has been one working alongside Liam who has grown into being the manager of the club. The players want him (Jamie Webb) to be the Manager. He has real good support moving forward."