FALMOUTH Town manager Andrew Westgarth says he is “really pleased” with how the first two months of the 2020/21 season have panned out for his side.

A later-than-usual start due to the coronavirus pandemic has seen Town play 12 games in the first seven weeks of the season, with the Bickland Park side winning nine and losing three to sit one point off the top of the South West Peninsula League Premier West.

Town are also the division’s top scorers, having netted a whopping 46 times in their 12 outings – an average of just under four per game.

“I think we’ve had a good start,” Westgarth said. “I think it’s been one of our best starts during my time. We’ve had a couple of indifferent results, and each were a little bit frustrating. Regarding the Wadebridge game [lost 3-2], that’s the poorest we’ve played all season, but that being said we only lost by a goal.

“The Helston game was bitterly disappointing; to be 2-0 and 3-2 up, to go 4-3 down was a bitter pill to swallow.

“Dobwalls [lost 3-1] was disappointing as well because we went 1-0 up and we had some good chances to go [further] ahead, and unfortunately the game turned on its head and they got two goals out of nothing.

“But that being said we’ve had some great results, like Bodmin away [won 1-0] was a really good result. I thought the Newquay result on Wednesday night [won 2-1 at home] was probably our stand-out result in my opinion because we showed two sides of our game there.

“We showed how good we are going forward in the first half, and then second half I thought we were excellent defensively.

“I’m really pleased overall. If someone had said to me after 12 games you would be second [prior to Saturday’s games] I would have taken that without a shadow of a doubt.”

Westgarth voiced his pleasure with all of his players, but singled out winger Tim Nixon as his star performer in the first two months of the campaign, with the former Bodmin Town midfielder having already netted seven times this season and put in several man-of-the-match performances.

“I think Nixon has done really well, considering his goal return this year and his output has been a lot better,” Westgarth said. “He’s come back sharper, fitter and generally looks after himself. He’s really impressed me.

“I think [David] Broglino’s been excellent, the amount of goals he scores from midfield is unbelievable. And then you look at [Luke] Barner, the partnership between Broggy and Barner has been quite impressive.

“I think collectively we’ve been really good. I’ve been impressed with all the boys.”

Westgarth has been pleased with his side’s first dozen matches, but what does he need to see from his side to ensure their good form continues in the next dozen games between now and the end of the year?

“Consistency,” he said. “Just to carry on the way we’re going. We want to be on the top table, at the minute we’re up there and we want to stay there.

“If we can be consistent that’s half the battle, because I like to think on our day, we’ve got a very, very good side and are capable of challenging most teams in the league.

“The league table never lies and if we can improve that consistency that should keep us up there.”