Preview: Falmouth Town v Cadbury Heath

Falmouth Town will be hoping to continue their excellent festive season form when they host Cadbury Heath in the Western League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Already enjoying a season’s best run of three consecutive league wins, Andrew Westgarth’s side are without a defeat in their last eight league games – a run that stretches back to October 1, 2022.

Victory on Saturday could see Town move above local rivals Helston Athletic into seventh, while Cadbury Heath could rise one place to 17th if they walk away with at least a point.

The two teams have met only once before in a competitive fixture, with Town running out 2-1 winners at the Bristol side in the second round of the FA Vase in 2011.

Opposition view

Cadbury Heath are playing their 11th consecutive season in the Western League Premier Division following promotion to the step five division for the first time back in 2012.

The Heath finished 15th last term and are having an difficult 2022/23 season thus far, sitting second from bottom in the 19-team division having won three of their 20 league games to date.

The Bristol outfit have at least enjoyed some success in cup competitions this season, having seen off Oldland Abbotonians and Longwell Green Sports so far in the Les Phillips Cup.

Cadbury Heath have scored 40 goals in all competitions this season, with Ali Boyer leading the way with seven strikes in 19 games, while Josiah McKayle is next with six goals this term.

Westy’s words

“It’s amazing what three wins can do for you, it’s completely changed the mood around the camp. It wasn’t exactly doom and gloom around the place, but ultimately with Charlie [Davis] and Jack [Bray-Evans] going there probably was a feeling of being at a crossroads.

“If you look at the league table and take those three wins away I think we’d be fourth from bottom which is mental. To now be where we are is brilliant – the games can’t come quick enough now and there is definitely an air of excitement around the place. We haven’t won anything, but to be in the top eight at the halfway mark, there’s definitely an air of optimism.

“No-one is getting carried away too much but [the wins against the top sides] shows the boys that we are good enough to be in this league. If you look at the top ten, we’ve beaten everybody that we’ve faced besides Mousehole.

“But the best sides do it week in, week out and that’s something we need to learn, and I think Saturday will be proof of that – we can’t be getting too excited if we beat the top two and then go and undo all that hard work and slip up, and we have got that in our locker so we are aware of that.

“As I said, if we’d lost those three games we’d be down with Cadbury Heath, so your season can very quickly turn on a good – or bad – run of results.”

Last five games – Falmouth Town:
Jan 2: Falmouth Town 4-1 Bridgwater United (League)
Dec 26: Saltash United 1-3 Falmouth Town (League)
Dec 10: Falmouth Town 5-4 Barnstaple Town (League)
Dec 3: Torpoint Athletic 1-1 Falmouth Town (League)
Nov 19: Falmouth Town 2-1 Ashton & Backwell United (League)

Last five games – Cadbury Heath:

Jan 2: Cadbury Heath 1-3 Ashton & Backwell United (League)
Dec 7: Cadbury Heath 1-3 Lydney Town (Challenge Trophy)
Dec 2: Welton Rovers 2-0 Cadbury Heath (League)
Nov 19: Cadbury Heath 0-3 Ilfracombe Town (League)
Nov 15: Longwell Green Sports 2-2p Cadbury Heath (Les Phillips Cup)

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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