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Will Christmas cracker be enough to tempt Trev back to Newquay?

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

  • BACK FOR GOOD? Trevor Mewton took temporary charge of Newquay alongside Shaun Middleton on Boxing Day. by Chris Cox.

  • BOXING DAY BLOOPER: Tim Peacock's reaction says it all as the defender's back pass creeps past his own goalkeeper Shaun Semmens. by Chris Cox.

  • TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM: Godolphin captain Ollie Pinnell takes a kick in the face from Alex Cole, but amazingly no penalty was given. by Chris Cox.

  • STAR MAN: Newquay defender Tom Barnett tussles with Phil Lowry.

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WHEN asked if he would be prepared to take the vacant Newquay manager's job on a permanent basis a wry smile suggested Trevor Mewton may well be prepared to take over at Mount Wise.

There may well have been a different reaction had there been a similar outcome when Newquay suffered a comprehensive drubbing at the hands of their local rivals at the beginning of December in the Cornwall Senior Cup.

But following a performance (and result) which had Newquay's supporters cheering as though they'd just won the league at Godolphin Way on Boxing Day, you could forgive Mewton for getting a little carried away with it all.

This was quite a spectacle, far from the one-sided affair witnessed earlier in the month when Shaun Middleton took over a crisis hit Newquay following the shock departure of Alan Carey.

And following the second managerial departure within the space of a couple of weeks following Kelvin Hunkin's surprise decision to stand down, there was a feeling of deja vu going into Thursday's encounter.

But this time, on the pitch, this was a performance for Mewton, his players and supporters to be proud of.

Newquay's players defended as if their lives depended on it, repeatedly frustrating Atlantic's wave after wave of attacks.

The Peppermints might have even nicked it with Dan Jennings, who ran his socks off all afternoon, always ready to pounce on any defensive frailty.

But referee Lee Roberts' final whistle came more of a relief for Mewton and his men, who produced the kind of steely resolve that will hopefully stand them in good stead for the remainder of the campaign.

Who will be overseeing them remains to be seen, but it was clear when speaking to Newquay's temporary boss that he his tempted.

He said: "I have no magic wand and I didn't particularly want to get back involved at Senior level.

"Having said that, when Ross (McConie) and Middsy (Shaun Middleton) spoke to me and asked me to come in and help I had to do it.

"I said to the players before the game 'I'm sure you don't want to walk out of here the way you did here three weeks ago. I want you to go out and not only play for your personal pride but give yourself a performance'.

Responding

"We lived a little bit dangerously in the last quarter of an hour, but I think because of the collective performance then I thought the boys deserved something out of it. All credit to them for responding."

And when asked if this performance had given him the appetite to take on the job for the rest of the season, he replied: "I'm here to help and the long term plan will hopefully see the likes of Sammy McKune (Newquay midfielder) coming through to coach or manage.

"To see the disarray we have been in as a club, I just thought it was important for me to come in today and speak to the players before we prepared for the game. These guys must be thinking 'what the hell's going on at this football club?'

"I've just got do what I can to ensure the club is not in disarray and for them to go out and do that today makes it a smashing day for me."

When former Newquay midfielder Luke Rigby produced a wonderful curling finish into the top corner just three minutes in, Mewton and his players may have been fearing the worst.

But the visitors were gift-wrapped an equaliser five minutes later thanks to a bizarre own goal that would have made it on any Christmas bloopers DVD.

There didn't appear to be any danger when Godolphin defender Tim Peacock had possession 30 yards from his own goal. But his attempted back pass didn't go as straight as he intended and with quite a bit of weight on the pass, goalkeeper Shaun Semmens' desperate attempts to scramble back and scoop the ball out proved in vain. Two very different goals to talk about for the 312 crowd and we hadn't even played ten minutes.

Newquay's equaliser was the only shot they had in the opening 45 minutes as Godolphin, as they typically do at home, tore into their opponents.

But despite having more of the possession they could find no way through Newquay, who included Lewis Hilton in their line-up, with the midfielder home for Christmas from University in America.

They were extremely fortunate not to concede a penalty in the 23rd minute when captain Ollie Pinnell took a whack in the face from the high boot of Alex Cole. Referee Lee Roberts' decision not to award a penalty infuriated Derek Martin on the Godolphin bench, and the G boss was still remonstrating with the Plymouth official come full time.

Goalkeeper Sam Trudgian, a late replacement for Tom Vercoe, who was injured in warm-up, pushed away Phil Lowry's 37th minute effort and that was the closest the hosts came to restoring their lead in the first half.

And the longer the game wore on after the break, the more frustrated Godolphin became as the Peppermints held firm.

Newquay may have even nicked it when Paul Hampshire's free kick dropped agonisingly wide of Semmens' goal.

And as the visitors celebrated at the final whistle, Martin was left to rue what he felt was a couple of points dropped.

He said: "I'm disappointed because I felt this was a game we should have won. We made a great start and gifted them a goal really.

"We had a player on the line who was about to score and gets kicked in the head. How that's a penalty I do not know.

"We threw everything at them in the second half, but Newquay battled hard and I think they deserved to get something for the way they defended. A draw is not the end of the world."

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