Launceston win but lack finishing touch at Falmouth
THE quality within Leigh Cooper's Launceston squad makes them great to watch, but with no end product the Clarets' boss is warning his players they can forget about challenging for the top places in the premier division this season.
There's a really good mix of grit and flair in the Clarets' line-up, and setting the tempo early on they ran Falmouth ragged.
But for all their possession and hard work on Saturday, frustratingly their profligacy in front of goal meant that bottom of the table Falmouth, who have now lost all six games, were always in with a chance of nicking something from this lively encounter in the Bickland Park sunshine.
It was a deserving win, but if the Clarets are to challenge for honours this season then Cooper wants to see a better cutting edge from his team.
Buy one get one free on main course and specials excludes fillet steaks and beef Wellington
Must book to qualify 01209 860332 and present voucher on arrival
Mon- Thur 6-9pm
Contact: 01209 700617
Valid until: Saturday, December 21 2013
He said: "We had enough chances in the opening 20 minutes to make it more comfortable than it was.
"Credit to Falmouth though, the situation they're in they're scrapping for every point.
"We gave away a sloppy goal and allowed them back into it. I wasn't very happy at half-time, I had a little bit of a word with the lads and thankfully they've gone out and rectified it in the second half.
"On the balance of the 90 minutes I think we deserved the three points."
The Clarets certainly created enough openings, which will be encouraging for Cooper. However, their failure to make them count has become a worrying trend in these opening weeks of the season.
He added: "It's a little bit of a problem we've had all season. We create a fair amount of chances, but we don't take enough of them.
"When you're dominant that's the times you should be scoring goals.
"They're goal give them a big lift because they realised that on another day they might have already been out of the game if we'd taken our chances."
One of the big plusses to emerge from Saturday's victory at Bickland Park was the performance of midfielder Andrew Elcock.
The former Plymouth Argyle youngster joined the club during the summer and he has already made a big impression on Cooper.
He said: "We're really pleased with Andy Elcock. He's a local lad, from Launceston, and we picked him up after he was released by Argyle and he's got potential.
"I thought he was the best player on the pitch in the first 20 minutes and if we can keep hold of him and he acclimatises to this level of football then he'll be a really good asset for us."
Luke Doddridge's second half strike proved decisive after Town striker Andy Westgarth had cancelled out Sam Davey's opener.
The Clarets had made the best possible start when the impressive Davey fired low into the bottom corner of the net after seven minutes.
But after a bright opening spell from the visitors Falmouth improved and they deservedly levelled when Westgarth best Clarets' goalkeeper Dan Stevenson from a narrow angle in the 26th minute.
There was little to separate the sides after the break but Town's hopes of gaining their first point of the season were ended by Doddridge in the 71st minute.
The striker was left with an easy tap in at the back post from Davey's low cross to seal victory for Leigh Cooper's men.