Superb start to the season for Falmouth and Exeter Union

Daniel Wilcox

photo: Laura Bailey

FX Union kicked off the new season with an immensely disappointing 5-1 loss to Troon FC. Since then they have been buoyed by some fantastic victories, noticeably away to Shortlanesend where, despite being down to 10 men for most of the game, managed to take victory with the last kick of the game. The side have progressed immeasurably since the disappointments of last seasons poor league showing and semi-final cup loss.

Manager Guill McIvor strengthened the squad in September, most crucially at the back with Marcus Knevett, Harry Baker and Harry Jacobs all slotting into the side seamlessly. Christian Cox has taken the number 1 jersey from Tom Fidler and has been in terrific form. Another new addition, Rob Stephenson has added some much needed attacking impetus into the midfield area, alongside the ‘Welsh wizard’ Reuben Walker, who’s creative flair has often proved crucial. Union have been operating within the 5-3-2 formation that showed such promise last season, but has been far better implemented this year, with the help of consistent performances from wing-backs Sam Johnson, Jai Sadiwala and Pete Wilcock. The Union attack have also thrived off this service, with Chris Auon and Pete Doherty running the channels well and feeding off the hold up play of Union’s big man up top, Daniel Wilcox.

Captain Joe Crisp has marshalled his defence excellently and led by example with his attitude on and off the pitch. Union look ahead to the rest of the season with enthusiasm and confidence that silverware is most certainly attainable, should they maintain their outstanding early season form. The side have really connected as a group and look like a team who are certainly not just in the West Cornwall Sunday League to make up the numbers.