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G's force too strong for rattled Plymouth Parkway

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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ONE Godolphin Atlantic fan yelled "nobody likes coming here" as the G Army celebrated one of the greatest results in the club's 33 year history.

Plymouth Parkway manager Wayne Hillson wouldn't disagree either. He and his players have had it relatively easy so far this season, winning 12 of their opening 13 league games.

But while few teams have it their way when they come to Godolphin Way, surely Parkway, whose only other league defeat this season came against Premier Division champions Bodmin Town, would have too much for Derek Martin's men?

Wrong. This was Godolphin Atlantic, who only made the step up to CSWPL football six years ago, at their irrepressible best.

They hurried their more illustrious opponents, never giving Parkway an inch, challenging for every ball as if their lives depending on it. And, of course, playing some fantastic football along the way too.

It all made for one of the best games I have seen at this level in the county. Cornwall can be proud of Godolphin's achievements at the weekend.

Hillson would argue that his Parkway team were not at their best. However, that was only as a result of the way Godolphin played.

And from the moment the brilliant Kyle Brown headed in Ross Fallens' superb free kick from the right after three minutes, Parkway's typical determination to avoid a rare defeat made for one humdinger of a game in the Newquay sunshine.

Godolphin did have goalkeeper Shaun Semmens to thank for preserving their lead as he pulled off three excellent saves to keep Levi Landricombe and Adam Carter at bay.

Parkway rode their luck at times too with Dan Hart lucky to only earn a yellow card when he brought down Phil Lowry with the striker through on goal in the first half.

And Godolphin were denied what looked a certain penalty after the break when Paul Heveran brought Scott Flannigan down off the ball.

Despite six minutes of stoppage time and Parkway pressing for an equaliser, Godolphin, with Ollie Pinnell in particular outstanding up against Carter, stood firm to earn one of the most memorable victories in the club's short history.

Martin said: "Everybody knows Parkway are a very impressive team. They have a lot of quality in there, pace throughout and a big, strong centre forward (Carter).

"Full credit to the lads today. They've come out from the first whistle. With Parkway's effort and work rate without the ball we knew we would have to put a shift in.

"We played the better football in the first half, scored a cracking goal, and might have had more than the one goal I felt.

"We had a few chances and I was thinking to myself 'is this going to cost us', but the lads dug in, battled, fought for everything and managed to hold out."

And out of all the promotions and cup wins since Godolphin were formed in 1980, I asked Martin if Saturday's success was his most memorable as manager.

He said: "We've had lots of good times, but in terms of the quality of the opposition it was phenomenal effort from the lads. I think they deserve a lot of credit for that today.

"They got applauded off the pitch, and rightly so because they've shown everything they've got, their battling qualities and their quality."

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