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Football: Cornwall Senior Cup - Godolphin Atlantic v Newquay December 11

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

  • STAND-IN BOSS: Newquay midfielder Shaun Middleton.

  • HOT SHOT: Godolphin Atlantic midfielder Luke Rigby volleys home his side's second goal in Saturday's Conrwall Senior Cup win over local rivals Newquay. by Chris Cox.

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THE history of Peninsula League derbies between Godolphin Atlantic and Newquay may only be brief, but in the short time they have been acquainted at this level these fierce rivals have produced some memorable close encounters.

On paper this was perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated second round ties of the day.

In reality, this was as one-sided a Godolphin-Newquay derby you are ever likely to see.

There was a somewhat anti-climatic feel about the clash in the gloomy Newquay mizzle. The Peppermints going into the game without a manager following the sacking of Alan Carey on Tuesday.

There was hope, among the neutrals at least, that the eight players unavailable for Godolphin might 'even things up'.

But once defender Tim Peacock headed the G-Men into a sixth minute lead, there only ever looked like being one winner.

Not even the passion of Newquay midfielder Shaun Middleton, placed in temporary charge of team affairs, on the sidelines, could raise a somewhat flat Newquay team as Godolphin, rather typically on their own patch, dictated play.

The G-Men were without the suspended Phil Lowry on Saturday, and with Carl Rickard and Richard Griffin having departed the club, Godolphin were short of attacking options.

But given their lack of firepower Martin was delighted with the performance of his players.

He said: "I thought we were exceptional today, from start to finish.

"We went into the game with a bit of a makeshift team and had to move things around a lot, but thankfully the lads have produced a great performance and won the game comfortably in the end.

"I thought our midfield three of Ross Fallens, Kyle Brown and Luke Rigby were outstanding and I thought they gave us the platform to go on and win the game.

"It was a tough build-up to the game because we lost Carl (Rickard) and we lost Griff (Richard Griffin), Phil (Lowry) was suspended, so we had a lot of issues we needed to deal with."

Saturday's comprehensive win also ended Godolphin's recent blip following back-to-back defeats to Saltash United and Ivybridge Town.

Martin added: "We had a couple of defeats so it wasn't the best preparation going into such an important game for us, but thankfully the lads came up with a very good performance today."

Middleton has already ruled himself out of contention to take over as manager of Newquay on a permanent basis.

Honest

The Peppermints' temporary boss was honest in his assessment of the defeat, admitting they were beaten by the better side.

He said: "I genuinely thought we were going to come here and get something.

"I was feeling really positive at the beginning of the game. We set the team up really well to try and shut them down, but once they start playing the ball around it was a case of chasing shadows.

"We worked pretty hard but we didn't really match their quality, and at the end of the day football is about 70 per-cent quality and 30 per-cent effort.

"Sometimes energy and work-rate can drag you through, but most of the time quality makes the difference."

Peacock's header off the underside of the bar after six minutes gave Godolphin the perfect start.

Former Newquay midfielder Luke Rigby doubled their lead in the 32nd minute with a superb volley in to the top corner.

The Peppermints fell further behind in the 48th minute when another ex Peppermint, Josh Harris, just moments after having a goal disallowed for offside, finished well into the top corner.

Rigby grabbed his second of the game in the 65th minute with a low drive from 20 yards out.

And Harris completed the rout in the 90th minute with his second goal, and arguably the best of the game. After skipping past a couple of players, Harris then knocked it through the legs of his next marker as he ran away from goal, before lashing the ball across Tom Vercoe from a tight angle and into the bottom corner.

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