Falmouth Town all set for Peninsula League opener
FALMOUTH Town kick off their Carlsberg South West Peninsula League campaign with the visit of title contenders Plymouth Parkway on Saturday (3pm).
And with the premier division club still in the midst of rebuilding their squad following more departures during the summer, joint manager Robbie Stephens is putting his players under no pressure this weekend.
He admitted: "I don't think we could have asked for a tougher start to the season.
"I think Plymouth Parkway and St Austell are the two teams to look out for this season.
"I'm not sure playing Parkway in our first game is a good thing or a bad thing. But I'm not putting any pressure on anybody, I want us to go out there and just enjoy our football."
Town will be jointly managed by Gary Pascoe this season.
The former Truro City second team boss replaced Les Gilbert last month and Stephens believes he will prove to be a very good addition.
He said: "Gary has watched us in pre-season, he's taken everything on board and knows where we need to improve.
"It's good to have somebody else's view, as well as your own, and he will be a big asset."
Town hope keeper Danny Burrows will be fit to make his league debut for the club.
Burrows, who joined the club from Hayle during the summer, has been struggling with a groin injury.
Town will hand first league starts for the club to Joe Cooper and Ed Timmons, who have also joined from Hayle, while Paul Cox will start up front alongside Andy Westgarth following his summer move from Wadebridge Town.
Falmouth completed their pre-season preparations with a 5-2 win over Porthleven in the Dave Gardner Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
The division one west season does not start until Saturday week. Penryn Athletic start their campaign away to Callington Town.