FALMOUTH Town boss Andrew Westgarth bemoaned missed chances as his side slipped to their second defeat in three days when they lost 3-1 at Dobwalls on Saturday.

Town had led through James Ward, who headed in his first goal for the club since scoring the winner in the Cornwall Senior Cup final in 2019.

But missed chances from Ward, Tom Annear, Luke Brabyn and Tim Nixon cost them when a defensive lapse saw Dobwalls draw level, before the strong wind caught a mishit cross and deceived Ryan Barnes to give the hosts a 2-1 lead at the break, with the Dingos adding a third in the second half.

The defeat followed a 4-3 loss in a local derby at Helston Athletic on Wednesday night, when Town spurned a 2-0 and 3-2 lead to lose to Steve Massey’s side.

“It was frustrating from our point of view because we started really well,” Westgarth said. “We were good value for our 1-0 lead and we created a lot of chances, and very much like the Helston game, missed chances cost matches and that’s exactly what happened.

“I don’ think we played that badly in the first half, even at 2-1 down I thought we were good value, we knocked it around well, looked the better side and looked the more likely to go on and win the game, but it’s amazing how quickly the game changes.

“Second half they slowed the game down, they were quite streetwise, and we just didn’t find an answer.”

Dobwalls have been enjoying a unexpectedly good start to the season and currently sit in second place behind leaders Camelford on goal difference, and Westgarth was quick to point out why the east Cornwall side have started as well as they have done.

“It’s a tough place to go," he said. "They played the conditions, they’re hard to break down, they’ve got some players that have played at this level for a long time. Kelvin [Fyneboy] up front is a handful and scored two goals.

“If you’re got a goal threat and a solid back line then you’ve got a chance of winning games of football. They might not be the prettiest of teams, but you can’t argue with their start.”

The pair of defeats this week has taken the shine off what had been a promising start of five wins from their first six games.

“I’m still bitterly disappointed with our start," Westgarth said. "The game we have lost have been games that we’ve been in positions where we should have won the game or saw the game out.

“We know what we’re like and the areas we need to improve upon so there’s no panic stations, it’s just Wednesday [against Godolphin Atlantic] can’t come quick enough.”