Preview: Sherborne Town v Falmouth Town

Falmouth Town will be hoping to continue their fine end-of-season form when they visit Sherborne Town in the Western League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Andrew Westgarth’s side are enjoying another fine run of form as their first Western League campaign since 1982/83 begins to wind down, having won five and lost just one of their last seven games.

Town continue to find themselves in eighth position in the league, and victory on Saturday would guarantee a top-ten finish with three games still to play.

In another quirk of the Western League fixture list, Sherborne will visit Bickland Park for the reverse fixture next Saturday.

Opposition view

Sherborne are enjoying their first season back in the Western League Premier Division since the Somerset outfit won the Division One title last season, ending a run of five consecutive years out of the Western League’s top flight.

The newly-promoted side have endured a challenging second half of the season and have won just once since January 2, with the Zebras recording just one win in their 12 league matches since then. The Somerset side sit third from bottom with 24 points from their 32 matches.

Sherborne have scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, with Alex Murphy leading the way with ten strikes in 32 games, while Henry Lawrence-Napier is next on the list with six goals this term.

Westy’s words

“[It could be said] that Sherborne are not having a great season but I don’t know what their remit was at the start of the season, when you’re a newly-promoted side just staying in the division might be a success.

“We’re on a good run and this is all lining up for next season. We’ve proven that we can play well against the good sides, we just need to show that against the sides that aren’t at the top end of the table.

“It’s important for us that we finish as strong as we can, which we seem to be doing now. The squad is a lot more settled now after that mini-blip [in February] and I’m as hungry as ever to get three points.

“Finishing as strong as you can is good for everyone. It’s good for me as a manager because you’re looking forward to next season more, it gives the supporters optimism and the players think we’re on the right course and gives them a bit of confidence to go into pre-season relaxed and know that we’re in a good position.”

Last five games – Falmouth Town:
Apr 10: Bridgwater United 2-3 Falmouth Town (League)
Apr 7: Falmouth Town 5-1 Cadbury Heath (League)
Mar 25: Shepton Mallet 2-0 Falmouth Town (League)
Mar 18: Falmouth Town 2-0 Welton Rovers (League)
Mar 11: Wellington 0-2 Falmouth Town (League)

Last five games – Sherborne Town:
Apr 7: Sherborne Town 0-1 Street (League)

Apr 1: Clevedon Town 3-0 Sherborne Town (League)
Mar 29: Sherborne Town 0-1 Clevedon Town (League)

Mar 25: Millbrook 4-2 Sherborne Town (League)
Mar 18: Sherborne Town 0-0 Bridgwater United (League)