Jersey Bulls Football Club | Matches
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Sat 10 Feb 2024

Springfield Stadium




Match Report

Falmouth Town, from Cornwall, stood in the way of a quarter-final appearance for Jersey. Falmouth had themselves reached that stage the first year they played in it in 1987 and had also reached the last 16 in 1988 and 1995. The only Cornish team to reach the first round of the F.A. Cup in 1963, 1968 and 1970, they won the South-Western League four seasons in a row followed by four consecutive Western League titles in the eight seasons 1971-78.

They had slipped back to the South-Western League by 1984 and it was not until last season that they played in the Western League again. They finished 7th and this season, like Jersey, sat 4th with games in hand on most of those above them. They had played through the qualifying rounds and had won six matches to reach this stage.

The importance of the match saw Jersey’s second highest attendance with the Cornish supporters numbering about 200 and chartering a ‘plane to bring them across which enabled them to come well kitted out with their flags and banners.

Jersey had James Queree and Harry Curtis suspended with Fergus Boyle and Luke Campbell replacing them. They also brought in Ben Le Rougetel and Fraser Barlow for James Carr and Francis Lekimamati. Adam Trotter, Jay Giles and Frank Tobin were all welcomed back to the substitutes bench.

On a gloriously sunny (12C) afternoon Falmouth kicked off attacking the Robin Hood end and they were soon on the attack. Unfortunately, the most talked about incident of the day came after only 16 minutes when Pierce Roche was adjudged to have brought down Oliver Walker after he had broken clear. It incensed the crowd as well as the Jersey assistant manager who was dismissed for his protestations. Jared Sims eventually sent Roche the wrong way from the spot.

Jersey gradually came back into the match and had their best spell in the ten minutes before half time. Campbell flashed a header just wide. Falmouth captain James Ward almost scored an own goal, Joe Kilshaw had a shot well saved by Morgan Coxhead and then the referee was presumably unsighted when Jack Webber handled Miguel Carvalho’s cross. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde "to get one penalty decision wrong may be regarded as unfortunate, to get two wrong looks like carelessness". Particularly when they both favour the same team.

As if to prove it was not going to be Jersey's day a hitch kick cross shot from Walker cannoned in off Jonny Le Quesne just before the hour. Ward kept Lorne Bickley buttoned up and the nearest Jersey came to scoring was with a couple of Carvalho free-kicks. The visitors wrapped it up near the end with a composed finish from Cameron Hutchison and the large number of good humoured visiting supporters celebrated in style long after the final whistle as Jersey went out in the last 16 for a second successive season.

Jersey Bulls 0, Falmouth Town 3 (Jared Sims pen 18, Jonny Le Quesne own goal 57, Cameron Hutchison 84)

Attendance – 1,346

Programme – 32pp, £3.50

Jersey Bulls – Pierce Roche, Jonny Le Quesne, Fergus Boyle, Ben Le Rougetel, Luke Campbell (c), Joe Kilshaw, Fraser Barlow, Kamen Nafkha, Lorne Bickley, Luke Watson, Miguel Carvalho
Substitutes – 12. Adam Trotter (for Nafkha 69), 14. Jay Giles (not used), 15. James Carr (not used), 16. Frank Tobin (not used), 17. Francis Lekimamati (for Carvalho 69), 18. Ruben Mendes (not used), 19. Odinaka Nwokoro (for Watson 87)

Red/White/Red, GK All Yellow

Gary Freeman (Manager), Kevan Nelson (Assistant), Dan Seviour (Coach), Richard Hebert (GK Coach), Steve Martin (Physio.)

Falmouth Town – Morgan Coxhead, James Swan, Bradley Leivers, Jack Webber, Andreas Calleja-Stayne, JamesWard (c), Luke Barner, Jared Sims, Luke Brabyn, Jacob Grange, Oliver Walker.
Substitutes – 12. Alex Wharton (for Walker 76), 14. Kian Thomas (not used), 15. Tom Fisher (for Webber 70), 16. Max Everall (not used), 17. Cameron Hutchison (for Swan 63), 18. Ryan Barnes (sub GK) (not used), only six substitutes

Amber & Black Stripes with Amber Backs/Black/Amber&Black Hoops; GK All Purple

Andrew Westgarth (Manager), Tom Matthews (Assistant), Micky Westgarth & Jon Perrow (Coaches), Wayne Roberts (GK Coach), Haydn Jose (Physio.)

Jersey Bulls (4-2-3-1 R to L) 1; 2-4-5-3; 6-8; 7-10-11; 9
Falmouth Town (4-1-4-1 R to L) 1; 2-6-5-3; 4; 7-8-10-11; 9

Referee – Constantine A. Hatzidakis (Bromley) 38, qualified 1998. Greek heritage. Premiership Assistant Referee, F.A. Cup Final 2019, F.A. Vase 2014

Assistants – Marcin A. Indyk (Coxheath, Maidstone) born in S.E. Poland, qualified 2011, on the dug outs side and Andrew J. Tregoning (Cheshunt) qualified 2010, on the grandstand side. Fourth Official – Redmond D. Egan (Hove) qualified 2014.

Cautions – Roche (JB) 16, Nelson (JB ass’t manager) dismissed 17, Watson (JB) sin bin 45, Kilshaw (JB) 45+3, Swan (FT) 52, Barner (FT) 62, Calleja-Stayne (FT) 71

Corners – Jersey Bulls (4) 5, Falmouth Town (3) 4

Player of the Match – Luke Campbell

Added Time – 3.50 & 6.10 (10.00)





Bulls Starting line-up


Pierce Roche


Jonny Le Quesne


Fergus Boyle


Ben Le Rougetel


Luke Campbell



Joe Kilshaw


Fraser Barlow


Kamen Nafkha

69 ↓


Lorne Bickley


Luke Watson

87 ↓


Miguel Carvalho

69 ↓



Adam Trotter

69 ↑


Jay Giles


James Carr


Frank Tobin


Francis Lekimamati

69 ↑


Ruben Mendes


Odinaka Nwokoro

87 ↑