Local derby abandoned
GOOD Friday’s eagerly-anticipated local derby between Godolphin Atlantic and Newquay AFC was abandoned 12 minutes from time after a sickening clash of heads left two players requiring hospital treatment.
The incident occurred late in the game as Newquay forward Jack Scott jumped to contest a high ball with Godolphin defender Kieran Parker. The two collided in mid-air, leading to serious and immediate concern from both sets of players and officials.
Following initial treatment on the pitch, an ambulance arrived at Godolphin Way to whisk the pair off to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, from where they were both released later that day. Scott required 10 stitches to a nasty head wound while Parker suffered concussion after landing heavily.
With Godolphin sitting 3-0 up at that stage, the decision was made to abandon the fixture and for the result to stand, giving Jamie Lowry’s men their first win in more than two months.
The first flashpoint of the game saw Godolphin's Alex Cole go down under the challenge of Newquay goalkeeper Nathan Prentice. With vociferous appeals from both teams, referee James Gallagher acted quickly and booked Cole for a dive.
Chances came and went with Newquay's Luke Weldhen missing the target while Godolphin skipper Phil Lowry skewed narrowly wide on two occasions. The usual high tensions furnished the fixture with Shaun Middleton, Ashley Bradshaw and Scott Flannigan clashing in particular during a fraught first-half.
Prentice, deputising for the injured Joe Crane, saved well from former Godolphin teammates Luke Rigby and Tiago Soures but was powerless to stop the opening goal two minutes before the half-time break as Jamie Shepherd's low shot ricocheted off Middleton and into the net. Matters got worse for the Peppermints shortly after as influential captain Jack Bray-Evans limped off to be replaced by Hayden Turner.
Striking while the iron was hot, Godolphin doubled their lead 11 minutes into the second-half through another deflected effort, this time from the boot of Rigby. They were three up with 70 minutes on the clock as Tom Shepherd knocked in from close range after Cole's shot had come back off the post.
Moments later, an ambulance was called after the incident involving Parker and Scott, leading to the eventual abandonment after consulting South West Peninsula League officials.
On Easter Monday, in their second game of the weekend, Newquay travelled to Exmouth Town in search of a big result that could have finally sealed their Premier Division safety. The win was on as Martin Yelland put Callam McOnie through to slot past the ‘keeper, but two home goals in the final five minutes meant all three points remained at the King George V ground.
Godolphin: Josh Gilbert, Scott Flannigan, Tom Shepherd, Antonio Martin, Ross Fallens, Alex Cole, Ashley Bradshaw, Luke Rigby, Phil Lowry, Jamie Shepherd, Tiago Soures Subs (not used): George Ellis, Jack Hunter
Newquay: Nathan Prentice, Dan Ball, Ollie Dart, Teague Lobb, Danny O'Hagan, Shaun Middleton, Jack Scott, Cameron Turner, Luke Weldhen, Jack Bray-Evans (capt), Matt Sanders Subs (not used): Harry Ahearn, Martin Yelland