Goonhavern wait on league verdict after ending season

Goonhavern wait on league verdict after ending season

Goonhavern wait on league verdict after ending season

Goonhavern Athletic are eyeing a place in the Cornwall Combination.

5th May 2021

By Tom Howe

After completing their set of fixtures on Saturday, Goonhavern Athletic face an agonising wait to see if they have earned promotion into the Cornwall Combination League.

Justin Wilden’s charges, whose last season at Combo level came in 2017-18, rounded off their covid-hit 2020-21 campaign with an impressive 4-1 win at second from bottom Troon in the Trelawny League’s Premier Division.

Playing up the slope in the first-half, Goonhavern hit their opponents with two quickfire goals, the first scored by Jamie Hodge who collected a through ball before slotting past the goalkeeper. New signing Dan Ball added a second when netting for the third time in three games, with a good first touch allowing him the opportunity to score with a cheeky finish.

Troon pinched a goal back from a corner that ricocheted into the back of the net off Tyler Prescott before Jadon Gotthardt, who had earlier come close from a long-range free-kick, scored from another, with the home custodian caught out by an awkward bounce. With seven players missing through a mixture of injury and work commitments, Wilden brought himself off the bench late on and added a late fourth with a lobbed effort.

“We played really well and it was a really good game,” he told the Voice. “We played well the week before but lost to West Cornwall. They have got a couple of good players but that was fairly even. On Saturday, we were at it from the off and looked dangerous.

“Other than their goal, Troon didn’t really trouble us. Jadon Gotthardt coming in for the last few games has made a massive difference to us. He is coming back from an ACL injury. He is mates with a few of the boys so we were able to get him in and give him some games. Hopefully we will be able to keep him for next year.

“The game was getting stretched, we were tiring and picked up a couple of knocks. We were short on players anyway, hence I was kitted up. I came on for the last ten minutes and they must have saw me and thought we won’t bother marking him then I managed to lob the goalkeeper from about 30 yards.

“We are all done now [for the season]. Promotion depends on the league structure. We did apply for the Combination League pre-Christmas which is what was required. We are in a good position if the opportunity is there. We are fairly ambitious and I am fairly ambitious but at the end of the day it is up to the players if they want to go and play at a higher level.”

Goonhavern's reserves face two further rounds as they look to avoid relegation from Division Three. Despite sitting second from bottom in the standings, the team will be buoyed by going unbeaten in their previous two encounters, with a 4-2 win over Falmouth DC following a 1-1 draw against New Inn Titans.

The face a double-header against Falmouth United this Saturday, with two games of 60 minutes to be played at Penryn College, before concluding their season away at Tregony on May 15.

“[The reserves] have turned a corner recently,” said Wilden. “They have got Scott Wilson in, one of my older players, who has gone in there to help with the coaching side. He has given them a bit of structure. There are a couple of young lads in there and he is very good with how he speaks to them.

“He has given them a little bit of a lift in the last few games which has been good. We are hopeful. My team is going to have a little bit of a break now, about four weeks away just to let people recover before coming back for a fairly relaxed early pre-season where we train maybe once a week.

“We will increase that at the end of June. Obviously Euro 2021 will be on and we will be watching that. In July we have a couple of friendlies lined up. Hopefully we will play Newquay Academy and maybe one against Godolphin.
“We are hoping to get a few other local friendlies, maybe against Perranporth and St Agnes, keeping it in the area for a game and a beer afterwards if things are relaxed a bit more by then.”