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News Archive > Sport > Peppermints snaps up prolific SW Peninsula League striker

Peppermints snaps up prolific SW Peninsula League striker

By Tom Howe 5th July 2017

Peppermints snaps up prolific SW Peninsula League striker
GOAL GETTER: Newquay´s frontline has been boosted by a fresh face as Glen Squires makes a return to Mount Wise

NEWQUAY boss Tony Mackellar has secured the return of former Mount Wise favourite Glen Squires as he aims to beef up the Peninsula League’s weakest attack.

Scorer of 129 South West Peninsula League goals, the 32-year-old rejoins the Peppermints after a spell at rivals Falmouth Town where he worked under the tutelage of Andy Westgarth, his former Newquay strike partner.

Midfield general Jack Bray-Evans was Newquay’s top scorer with 11 goals last season, contributing nearly a third of the team’s overall Premier Division total (36), as the team narrowly avoided relegation.

The young team didn’t fare much better at the other end of the pitch either, conceding the league’s highest number of goals (162), prompting Mackellar to also swoop for Godolphin defender Craig Ainsley.

Mackellar, who reported ‘good numbers’ at the first few weeks of pre-season training, spoke highly of his first two signings and admitted he was working on ‘three or four’ others, saying: “The only two I will confirm are Craig Ainsley from Godolphin and Glen Squires (pictured) from Falmouth. We are probably still looking at three or four to bring in but are waiting on confirmation.

“I think the most important thing for us was bringing in experience at this level. They are both local lads and will add more experience through the spine of the team with Craig playing at centre-half and Glen playing up front.

“We are still looking at strengthening somewhere in the middle of the park as well. Will we make loads of signings? Probably not as financially we can’t do that but we are trying to be cute with it.

“There is always movement, even when you start, so you never like to count your eggs but at the moment it is looking reasonably positive.”

Heading for an exit are defensive duo Connor Jamison (Godolphin) and Ryan Jones (Porthleven). Jones will be joined at Alan Carey’s Port team by young striker Jack ‘Rappo’ Rapsey.

Mackellar continued: “Connor has gone to Godolphin and Ryan and Rappo have gone to Porthleven. They wanted to drop down and have a chance to play more football. At their age I don’t blame them. Rappo wasn’t going to be playing week in, week out and we discussed that. He is still getting used to the physicality of the adult game.

“Ryan was just coming back from injury and still has a lot to learn. We would have liked both of them to stay. They were not forced out but it was an understandable decision that they made. It is always hard to keep young players that are not playing. The door is always open should they want to come back.”

Veteran Danny O’Hagan, one of the leading lights of last season’s team, will step into an assistant manager’s role alongside his playing duties this time around while Colin Webb and Martin Burnell continue at the helm of the club’s reserve side who will be plying their trade in Division One of the East Cornwall League.

“Danny has come in as assistant manager and then we have Webby and Martin Burnell who manage the second team. Pre-season training has been done as a big group effort between all of us. Shaun Middleton will be involved throughout the season as well.

“We had a positive finish to last season. The end result might not have been what we wanted but we won more games than most in that second part. If we had started the league in December we might have been all right!

“We shored things up a little but it is still not good enough. We don’t want to rest on our laurels. We are still trying to fine tune and get the lads involved. Cam Turner is there this time, he is not going back to college, and Harrie Tilston is also back. They are almost like new players. Every year you want to get better and that is what we are trying to do.”

Newquay begin their pre-season with a double-header against Mousehole in mid-July before going on to face a British Army XI. There will be no Brian Biggin Memorial Trophy this summer.

“Pre-season is just an extension of training. We don’t buy into the results too much because we are going to be chopping and changing. We are just looking for the positives and if we can get those right then the results are a secondary thing. If we are winning loads then we won’t get carried away and if we are losing then we will address it.”

Pre-Season Friendlies: July 15 Newquay Res’ v Mousehole (1.30pm) Newquay v Mousehole (4pm) July 18 Newquay v St Just (7.30pm) July 22 Newquay v British Army XI (3pm) July 29 Newquay v Wareham (3pm) August 5 Newquay v Penryn (3pm) August 8 Newquay v Gerrans & St Mawes (7.30pm)

By Tom Howe 5th July 2017

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