Falmouth Town and Helston Athletic Western League season start

Fixtures have been announced for the Toolstation Western League Opening Day (Stage Five) which will take place on Saturday 30 July.

Falmouth Town and Helston Athletic will kick off the season at home. Town are back in the division for the first time since the 1982/83 season, while Helston will embark on the campaign under new management with Matt Cusack succeeding Steve Massey at the helm.

Falmouth will host Wellington at Bickland Park to start their season. Town fought their way to the South West Peninsula League Premier West title last time out, losing only once, a 3-2 home loss to St Blazey.

Their Day 1 opposition ended in the lower WHL regions last season, finishing the year 14th in the table. They went unbeaten in their last six games, however, ending the year on a high with a 3-0 thrashing of Helston at Kellaway Park.

It will be like deja vu for the Helston outfit who will start this season facing the same opponents as on the final day of the 2021/22 campaign at Bridgwater United.

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This match was in the semi-final of the Les Phillips Cup, however, as in a close game Bridgwater edged out injured Helston with a 2-0 win with two goals in the final ten minutes.

Helston finished ninth in the league last season.

There is an all-Cornwall affair in the County East as newly promoted Torpoint Athletic take on Mousehole, other Duchy teams in action see Saltash play Clevedon Town and Millbrook travel to another new division side Sherborne Town.

The full fixture schedule for Opening Day is below. Kick-off at 3 p.m.:

Ashton and Backwell v Buckland Athletic

Barnstaple Town v Bitton

Cadbury Heath v Keynsham Town

Town of Falmouth vs. Wellington

Helston Athletic v Bridgwater United

Saltash United v Clevedon Town

Sherborne Town v Millbrook

Street vs Shepton Mallet

Torpoint Athletic v Mousehole

Welton Rovers v Ilfracombe Town

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