Falmouth Town manager Andrew Westgarth was positively upbeat following his side's 5-1 defeat to Truro City in the annual Aubrey Wilkes Trophy contest with the Southern League side.

425 fans attended the tie which saw both Tyler Harvey and Jacob Grange notch braces for the visitors with Rocky Neal completing their scoring. Falmouth's strike was hammered home by a regular on the scoresheet in last season's Golden Boot winner Jack Bray-Evans. 

You can read the full match report from the game here. 

Speaking after the match Westgarth believed the result was a much-improved showing from their 5-0 defeat at tavistock last week, he said: "Not very often we lose 5-1 and I'm pleased. It was such an improvement on last week at Tavistock where we weren't at the races at all.

"I thought for large spells of the game we had to show the other side of it. We were never going to be free-flowing, attacking, getting chance after chance. Today was about how resilient we can be, I thought for large spells we were really good. Good partnerships in the middle of the park. I thought Kayden (Gordon-Dunn) for his first start was excellent.

"Disappointing the game changed on the penalty, that being said they were probably going to score at some point. We gave the referee a decision which we didn't need to do, from our point of view it's disappointing. We are splitting hairs then the second one we have a free-kick on the edge of the D, we clip it wide to the winger, it was one of those ones if you clip it past them and score great. But we lost it high up, there was miss communication between Kells (Scott Kellow) and Kirky (Kirk Davies).

"Take nothing away from Tyler (Harvey) it was a hell of a strike but that's 2-0 and you think 'they haven't had that many shots on target'. Then the third one was really disappointing, a cross into the box and Rocky (Neal) the smallest man on the park scores the goal. We made the changes second half but overall it was a much improved result on Tavistock, I know it says 5-1 but there are lots of areas we can be pleased with."

Falmouth were without key faces in James Ward, Luke Barner, Andreas Calleja-Stayne and David Broglino who were unavailable for the fixture but Westgarth thought that the players who stepped up produced a solid showing on the sun-drenched afternoon, he said: "It gives the chance for Charlie Edney, who I thought did really well when he came on, Jasper Turner, getting him more exposure and minutes.

"Swanny (James Swan) a completely different player to what we have had before but the standout was Kayden without a shadow of a doubt.

"They made a lot of changes, I am sure Paul (Wotton) will be looking more at the first half than the second half but it is disappointing to concede the two goals again with the boy Grange. The free header, I thought we sat two deep.

"It was hot day, pre-season is about trying things we went to a 3-5-2 and I thought looked alright in spells. They had a St Piran back four and we put them under pressure. I am not going to cry over the result."

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth Town, sporting their new kit, in action against Truro CityFalmouth Town, sporting their new kit, in action against Truro City

Bray-Evans was forced to wait until the hour mark to make his appearance on the finely trimmed Bickland Park surface. The manager had revealed the goal-scoring regular hadn't trained this week due to illness.

Nonetheless the former Newquay man made his presence known when he skilfully brought a long ball down and belted a left-footed strike into the back of the net in front of the Packet End.

Westgarth was delighted to see his scorer of 34 league goals season back amongst it, he said: "He had been a bit sick this week he hadn't trained. Typical Jack he was desperate to get on, he wanted it. He was pretty much doing star jumps behind me he wanted to get on that much! But when he came on he just showed his class.

"A completely different centre forward to Luke Brabyn, who I thought was excellent in the first half and caused them a lot of problems and all game was really good. Jack is just a goalscorer isn't he?

"He held the ball up really well and it was a good finish. Keeper maybe, it's the old classic he was beaten at the near post, but sometimes you have to praise the striker for the finish."

Town are back in action, chasing their first win of pre-season when they take on South West Peninsula League West side Wadebridge Town on Wednesday, July 13. Kick off away at Bodieve Park is at 7:45pm. Town did the league double over Wadebridge last campaign.

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