Manager ‘encouraged’ by Academy’s maiden outing

Manager ‘encouraged’ by Academy’s maiden outing

Manager ‘encouraged’ by Academy’s maiden outing

Manager Al Lenton said Saturday’s maiden outing as Newquay Academy was an ‘encouraging’ one despite his team falling 4-0 away at St Columb Major. It was a day of firsts for the Peppermints...

6th April 2021

By Tom Howe

Manager Al Lenton said Saturday’s maiden outing as Newquay Academy was an ‘encouraging’ one despite his team falling 4-0 away at St Columb Major.

It was a day of firsts for the Peppermints, with the club’s former reserve side playing their opening game under their new Academy moniker, with Lenton and his management team making their debut in the dug-out alongside a few new faces on the pitch.

Former Newquay striker Dom Roberts scored twice on the day, once from the penalty spot, with Scott Taylor and Josh Burnell also on target as the Duchy League side got the better of their East Cornwall opponents.

However, having had just one training session together thus far, Lenton was pleased with some of the signs he saw from his fledgling team, even though the afternoon got off to an auspicious start when a knock suffered by Jayden Kempthorne required paramedic treatment and resulted in a delayed kick-off.

“It was good and there were more positives than negatives,” he reported. “Obviously we lost but I was at work on Saturday night thinking actually we did alright today. What people have to remember is they were lads playing for us on Saturday who have not played men’s football before. That was encouraging. We have had one training session and Saturday was only the second time they’ve been together. It can only get better from here. Obviously we were a little bit unfortunate with a couple of Injuries that we picked up, one even before the game which doesn’t help.

“Jayden doesn’t require surgery but he has had recurring anterior cruciate ligament trouble but not for the last 18 months. We were rather thinking it had been sorted but he is on crutches. Jamie Allen tore part of this calf muscle so he is also on crutches which isn’t great. I think most of the lads are either 18 or 19, there are a couple of older lads there obviously.

I was calling them senior pros when they’re only 22 or 23 themselves. They have a responsibility but I told them to just embrace it. They are going to be looked up to by the younger players because they have played this standard of football for a few years. I though we did alright actually, we tried to play the right way and created a few chances that, on another day, we would have scored. All in all it was a good little run out for us to be fair.

“St Columb are a good side and you could argue that they are too good to be playing where they are at the moment. We are very fortunate really to have had players that have rung us so we are going to try and encourage them to come to training so we can have a look at them and see what we have got. We will need some cover for the injuries that we have picked up. There is this East Cornwall mini cup that will take place with three or four teams locally, we have also got friendlies lined up and a few people I’ve got to ring and have a chat with. There is a long way to go between now and the proper start of the season which is still a few months away. There is plenty of time to bed together as a team and try to sort a few things out.

“The club has been fantastic and the stuff that is being done behind the scenes is great. The lads are coming up to hopefully do some work with the ground staff and the committee around the stadium, obviously with covid measures in place. It is all coming together. It will take time but we looked competitive in spells on Saturday and we will work on that. Hopefully we will get stronger and better.”

Newquay have taken the place of Padstow United in the East Cornwall’s proposed League Cup format. They get their campaign underway at home to St Stephen on Saturday, April 17 before entertaining local rivals St Newlyn East at Mount Wise three days later.

Veryan are next to visit the Peppermints on Saturday, April 24 with Newquay making the opposite journey seven days later. St Newlyn East are next up at Mount Wise on Tuesday, May 11 before Newquay round off their campaign with a trip to St Stephen on Tuesday, May 18.

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