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Football: Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Boxing Day previews

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

  • READY FOR GODOLPHIN TEST: Newquay's new management team of Kelvin Hunkin and Shaun Middleton. Hunkin said: 'I'm sure it's going to be very competitive and if we can match them then you never know. We might just nick it.' by Chris Cox.

  • DEREK MARTIN: 'local pride will be at stake.'

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NEWQUAY will be gunning for revenge when they take on local rivals Godolphin Atlantic at noon on Boxing Day, writes Lee Hall.

With the wounds of the Peppermints' 5-0 defeat in the Senior Cup earlier this month still raw, Kelvin Hunkin and Shaun Middleton's men will be looking to restore some local pride when the sides meet again at Godolphin Way.

Newquay will hope to be better prepared this time around, having gone into the last derby without a manager following the sacking of Alan Carey just days before their second round clash.

Midfielder Middleton agreed to take charge temporarily, and last week he was announced as the club's joint manager alongside Hunkin.

The pair enjoyed a winning start to their reign with a 3-2 victory over Liskeard Athletic last week and after Saturday's scheduled visit of Launceston, Hunkin and Middleton now have their sights set firmly on putting the record straight against their local rivals.

Hunkin said: "It's never nice losing to your local rivals and even more difficult to take when you lose 5-0.

"But that's all behind us now and I'm sure it will be a very different game on Boxing Day.

"These are great games to be involved in and hopefully there will be a good crowd.

"I'm not under illusions. It's going to be very difficult. Godolphin are an excellent side and have settled in to this level of football very well.

"But we have some very good players of our own and we can cause them problems.

"I'm sure it's going to be very competitive and if we can match them then you never know. We might just nick it."

Godolphin manager Derek Martin is certainly taking nothing granted ahead of the festive feast.

Martin was delighted with the manner of his side's last victory against Newquay, but he expects a very different challenge this time around.

He said: "It's going to be a completely different game. I'm sure Newquay will no doubt have a point to prove after the way we beat them.

"But equally I'm sure our boys are going to be well up for it as well. There's local pride at stake and nobody likes to lose these games.

"The boys have been in brilliant form lately, so we'll go into the game with plenty of confidence."

Meanwhile, Phil Lafferty is looking forward to facing his former club as St Austell take on local rivals St Blazey at Blaise Park (11am).

Lafferty returns to Blazey, having been there as assistant to Glynn Hooper, until the pair left for Newquay in June 2011.

And it's a game the recently appointed St Austell boss is relishing.

He said: "These are the games you love being involved in and hopefully we can go there and put one over our local rivals.

"I've been happy with what I've seen of the boys since I came in but there are still a lot of improvements to be made.

"We have the players to create chances but we have to start putting them away. That's what has cost us so far, and I hope we can show a little bit more ruthlessness in front of goal."

St Blazey boss Bobby Oaten has revealed how he will be treating tomorrow's clash as 'just another game' as he looks to find a solution to the club's erratic form this season.

A higher top half finish was Oaten's target at the start of the campaign, but after losing several key players during the summer, the Green & Blacks have failed to live up to expectations.

They have shown glimpses in games, but there is still much to work on according to Oaten.

He said: "For me it's just another game against St Austell. We have enough problems to worry about the opposition.

"Regardless of who we're playing, we need the points, and we will be approaching this game no differently.

"We're not where we want to be in the league and it doesn't look like we're going to finish in the top half which is very disappointing.

"But after losing players in the summer we are still rebuilding the squad going into Christmas.

"I hope it is a good occasions for the supporters and hopefully we can get the points we badly need at the moment."

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