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Praise for ‘excellent’ G Army

By Tom Howe 6th December 2017

Praise for ‘excellent’ G Army
GOOD CHANCE: Godolphin Atlantic midfielder Ross Fallens came close to drawing his team level for a second time during Plymouth Argyle´s 4-1 win

GODOLPHIN Atlantic boss Ashley Bradshaw was delighted with how his team competed against a Plymouth Argyle Reserve side that featured six professional footballers.

Nathan Blissett, Gregg Wylde, Ruben Lameiras, Jordan Bentley, Jakub Sokolik and Alex Fletcher all played a part as Argyle ran out 4-1 winners at    Godolphin Way - instead of travelling with the first team squad for the FA Cup tie at Bradford City on Saturday. 

However, the rather one-sided scoreline doesn’t accurately reflect Godolphin’s role in the South West Peninsula Premier Division clash, with Bradshaw’s men matching their lofty opponents for large spells and probably deserving better. 

A wonderful direct free-kick, scored by former Argyle midfielder Jamie Lowry, cancelled out Blissett’s early opener although Wylde was on hand to restore Plymouth’s lead on the stroke of half-time. Godolphin, who sat 10 places below their visitors going into the match, had chances to get back into the game but failed to take them and were punished late on when Blissett and Lameiras finally broke down the host’s stubborn defence.

Bradshaw described his team, who were far from full-strength, as ‘excellent’, saying: “I thought we played really well and 4–1 was not a true reflection of how we played. Argyle started strongly and put us under a lot of pressure but as I keep saying to the lads the most impressive thing for me at the moment is the way we are working things out in a game. Going behind after seven minutes could have caused us to capitulate. 

“However, we didn’t, we stuck together got organised and drew ourselves level 10 minutes later with a superb free-kick from Jamie. From then on we had to defend, with players like Nathan Blissett and Dan Rooney on the pitch it was going to be difficult but I thought we held our own well and created chances ourselves on the counter attack. To concede just before half-time was frustrating, the quality of Argyle showed though, we gave the ball away in the final third and 10 seconds later the ball was in the back of our net.

“At half-time the lads response was excellent, no one was negative, everyone could see all the good things we had done in the first-half and believed we could get something out of the game. The way we started the second-half was what was required. We took the game to them a bit more but were still rugged in defence. We had three good chances, Lee Budge through one-on-one, Ross Fallens forcing a good save and Jamie having a free shot from 18 yards out which unfortunately missed the target. If we had taken one of them we would have been level and it was what I felt our efforts deserved. 

“Argyle had their first shot in the 28th minute of the second-half so, although we were under pressure, they didn’t break us down and we created more chances. That all changed in the 83rd minute though when Callum Gadney picked up a hamstring injury and I had to come on. I’m not match fit at the moment and Argyle were able to exploit that easily with Blissett getting behind us to make it 3–1 and then they got another with the last kick of the game to finish 4–1. After the game I said to the lads well done. For 83 minutes we competed and gave a good account of ourselves. They had six players with Football League experience, I think we rose to that challenge and gave it our all. I am never one to complain when coming up against pros, the chance to test yourself is something you should enjoy.

“The depth of our squad is the biggest area I need to address going forward, the players we have are quality, it is just adding to the depth. We lose one or two to injury or work and we are down to the minimum. We have St Austell this Saturday and I am able to bring young George Ellis back into the squad which will be a big boost. Alex Cole and Jamie Shepherd will be available again after working Friday night. 

“St Austell seem to be coming out of their rough patch so it is going to be a tough test. We showed last time we are able to match them, taking a two goal lead before letting them back in to lose 3–2. We can go into the game full of confidence though. If we defend as well as we did against Plymouth we will always create chances with the attacking players we have, it is just down to us to take those chances.”

St Austell versus Godolphin kicks-off at 3pm.

By Tom Howe 6th December 2017

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