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News Archive > Sport > Goalkeeper prevented rout, says ‘Mints boss

Goalkeeper prevented rout, says ‘Mints boss

By Tom Howe 30th December 2020

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Manager Tony Mackellar says only Godolphin Atlantic goalkeeper Dale England prevented his Newquay side from scoring ‘seven or eight’ during Boxing Day’s emphatic derby triumph.

The Peppermints ran out 4-0 winners in front of a capacity crowd at Mount Wise. Strikes from Jack Bray-Evans, Phil Lowry and Aaron Dilley had Newquay three goals to the good at the turnaround, with substitute Callam McOnie stepping off the bench to add a late fourth.

Both teams were denied by the woodwork but it was Newquay who came closest to extending the scoreline, with Tom Moxham, Alex Cole, Bray-Evans and McOnie all spurning good opportunities to further their side’s lead.

Having lost 2-0 against Camelford last time out, Mackellar revealed his delight at the reaction of his players while admitting their goal difference may have improved further still had it not been for the heroics of Blues’ former Plymouth Parkway and Tavistock ‘keeper, England.

“It was deserved,” said Mackellar at the final whistle. “I don’t think there is any argument in the way that we went about it. The lads put in a really good performance. They were a lot more solid and kept the ball well, especially in the first-half with the wind. If [Godolphin] didn’t have that goalie, it could have been seven or eight. We didn’t take some of our chances but I am really pleased with our performance. I am pleased for the lads. It was a solid performance from everybody.

“We created chances and had better play on the edge of the box. We had a little rejig and I think we did well with it. Stats don’t lie and three shots on target I think they had. There you go. Three shots on target compared to probably 20 from us.

“We will take [this win] as I think this season is generally a building season. It is about getting lads in. We still want to add one or two and you never know. It just shows, if Godolphin can get loads in, hopefully there are some out there for us.”

A new-look Godolphin side, in only their fourth fixture under new manager Paul Clarke, failed to sparkle but could count themselves unlucky not to have scored the goal their second-half performance probably merited.

While Newquay were able to close the gap on the top six in South West Peninsula Premier West, Godolphin remain bottom of the standings and without a win from their opening 16 fixtures. 

“Without being harsh on the players, we haven’t performed,” reported Clarke. “This was probably the worst performance we have put in. We have generally started games well and kept possession well whereas for us today there were too many individual errors. Players that have been consistently good for us in the three games we have been here weren’t at the races for us which is why we made changes.

By Tom Howe 30th December 2020

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