Preview: Falmouth Town v Buckland Athletic

Falmouth Town will be looking for instant revenge on Buckland Athletic when they welcome the Devon side to Bickland Park in the Western League Premier Division on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

In a bizarre quirk of the fixture list, the match falls fewer than four days after the teams met at Buckland’s Homers Heath ground in the reverse fixture.

Dan Hart’s Bucks ran out 2-0 winners over Town on Tuesday night, with Jared Lewington scoring both goals in the first half to secure all three points.

Town are now five places and 11 points below Buckland after slipping to ninth following Tuesday’s loss, although they enjoy two games in hand on the Devon side. A win on Saturday could see Town rise to seventh, should Helston Athletic fail to beat Street and Ashton & Backwell lose to Barnstaple.

Opposition view

Buckland, who are managed by Dan Hart, have been in the Western League since 2012 after the Devon outfit won promotion from the South West Peninsula League Premier.

In their eight completed campaigns in the Western League the Bucks have never finished below 11th, having done so on two occasions including last season.

This time around the Devonians sit fourth – five places and 11 points above Town – with 44 points to their name from 24 matches, and also enjoyed a good run to the fourth round proper of the FA Vase before being eliminated by Ascot United two weeks ago.

Buckland have scored 62 goals in all competitions this season, with Ryan Bush leading the way with 14 strikes in 28 games, with Josh Webber one behind on 13 goals from the same number of games.

Westy’s words

“It’s a bit of a unique scenario, isn’t it? I don’t think there’s been many times we’ve played the same side back-to-back. It should be interesting to see how both sides fare up. You don’t want to overthink it because I think the teams are so different between home and away: playing away is definitely more of a challenge than playing at home.

“For us to go up there in midweek, you haven’t got your creature comforts, and it’ll be the same for them when they come down to us. Obviously, we know a lot about each other now, having only just played them, but it’s important that after a defeat, like any defeat, that you can bounce back with a win, regardless if it’s against the same side or another team.”

Last five games – Falmouth Town:
Feb 7: Buckland Athletic 2-0 Falmouth Town (League)
Feb 4: Clevedon Town 0-3 Falmouth Town (League)
Feb 1: Falmouth Town 3-1 Barnstaple Town (Les Phillips Cup)
Jan 28: Falmouth Town 1-0 Ilfracombe Town (League)
Jan 21: Barnstaple Town 3-2 Falmouth Town (League)

Last five games – Buckland Athletic:
Feb 7: Buckland Athletic 2-0 Falmouth Town (League)
Feb 4: Buckland Athletic 3-1 Ashton & Backwell United (League)
Jan 31: Buckland Athletic 2-0 Mousehole (Les Phillips Cup)
Jan 28: Buckland Athletic 1-3 Ascot United (FA Vase)
Jan 7: Buckland Athletic 3-1 Sherborne Town (League)

Stadium address

Bickland Park, Bickland Water Road, Falmouth TR11 4PB


Adults: £6

Under-16s and concessions: £3

We advise that supporters arrive in plenty of time to avoid queues at the gate shortly before kick-off.

Matchday programme

Limited copies of our matchday programme will be available on entry to the ground for £1.

50:50 draw

A collection for the 50:50 draw will be made during the first half, with the winning ticket announced over the PA system at half-time. Each entry to the draw costs £1.

Refreshments and facilities

Once inside Bickland Park, food and beverages can be purchased from the serving hatch immediately to your left upon entering the ground.

Toilets can be found inside the clubhouse and in the hut at the far end of the ground.

Seating is available in the grandstand, with disabled access provided via a separate entrance at the top of the steps alongside the back row.

We look forward to seeing you at Bickland Park on Saturday and hope you enjoy your afternoon. 

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