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Ash ‘couldn´t be happier’

By Tom Howe 18th October 2017

Ash ‘couldn´t be happier’
MATCH WINNER: Phil Lowry scores to seal Godolphin’s passage into the third round of the League Cup at the expense of Illogan RBL

NEW boss Ashley Bradshaw revealed he ‘couldn't be happier’ after winning his first two games in charge of Godolphin Atlantic.

Player-manager Bradshaw began his reign with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Callington Town in the South West Peninsula Premier League, with his captain Phil Lowry helping himself to a well-taken hat-trick.

The G followed up that success, just their third league win of the season, by coming from behind to beat lower-league Illogan RBL after extra-time to book a spot in the third round of the Walter C Parson League Cup.

After falling behind at home to their West Division opponents, Aaron Dilley’s free-kick sent the game into an added 30 minutes of play. During this time, Lowry popped up again to finally kill off a resilient Illogan side.

Bradshaw was pleased with how his charges played together as a unit and worked hard to grind out two important results.

He said: “I couldn't be happier with the two results. Two different games in contrast but both required us to dig in, stick together and turn a game around and we did that excellently. Away at Callington I felt we were the better team and should have had the lead at half-time but we didn’t take our chances.

“As always happens at the moment we end up going a goal down. We stuck to the task remained calm and a great hat-trick from Phil turned the game in our favour. We started slow against Illogan and didn’t control the game. I said they would come at us and we paid the price and conceded early.

“Once we settled, a lovely free-kick from Aaron Dilley got us level. We probably shaded the first-half. In the second we stopped doing the basics and got into a battle. The positive was we competed and I couldn't fault our work rate and effort.

“It wasn’t vintage football but we took our chance when it finally came in extra-time. Illogan probably feel slightly aggrieved after a couple of good saves from Ethan Fearn but that is the difference sometimes and we have made a habit of being on the wrong side of results like that in recent times so I'm really proud we got it over the line this time.”

Godolphin now have the benefit of two consecutive home games as they look to haul themselves up the Premier League table. However, Saltash United on Saturday (3pm) and Sticker next Wednesday evening (7.30pm) will be no pushovers.

The Ashes, boasting a 21-goal strike force of Ryan Richards and Sam Hughes, have been one of the in-form teams in recent seasons and sit third at time of writing while Sticker are on the crest of a wave after winning the West Division and earning promotion last season.

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By Tom Howe 18th October 2017

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