Pair appointed to manage reformed reserve side

Pair appointed to manage reformed reserve side

Pair appointed to manage reformed reserve side

Managers Kier Tamblin, (centre left), and Ben Byfield (centre right)

28th April 2021

By Tom Howe

The Voice can reveal that former Perranporth duo Kier Tamblin and Ben Byfield will lead Godolphin Atlantic’s reformed reserve side in the Duchy League next season.

Having pulled their second team out of the East Cornwall Premier League set-up in January 2020, Godolphin have taken the time to shore up foundations and are now in a position to relaunch their reserves.

With work underway to improve the facilities at Godolphin Way, the team made their bow on the 3G surface at Callywith College on Saturday with a squad of 18 players, a mixture of new lads and a couple of first team players that dropped down for some minutes.

The Sky Blues were 3-0 winners on the day, beating Duchy League Division Two side St Cleer, who they will come up against again this weekend in a reverse pre-season friendly fixture, this time at the Butts Playing Field.

“It was really nice to finally see all of the hard work that we have put in over the last month or so actually come out in a game,” first team coach Adam Paterson told the Voice.

“It went really well to be fair and we couldn’t have asked for a better first game. We played on a 3G so that allowed the players to play football and get to know each other. If you play on a horrible little pitch in your first game where everyone’s first touch is a bit dodgy, that is a hard way of getting to know each other.

“Myself and Josh [Stockdale - first team coach] went up and joined in with the game to show the interest between the first and second teams and what that relationship is going to look like in the future and it was really successful to be fair.

“We are not bothered about the scoreline although we did win the game quite comfortably which is also a promising sign moving forward, playing against an established side in the Duchy League.

“Kieran and Ben will be working together. They have brought a group of lads with them that are going to add to what we have got so we have a strong base there.
“Ben and Kieran themselves are coming towards the end of their playing careers and want to challenge themselves in a new way.

“They have a group of lads who want to be playing for them wherever they ended up. The club took its time over the decision because we did have four or five applicants come forward which was quite surprising as we weren’t expecting that many for a new reserve team starting up.

“We wanted to try and find people that suited what we want in terms of the integration between the two sides.