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News Archive > Sport > Shep hits a hat-trick to leave manager beaming

Shep hits a hat-trick to leave manager beaming

By Tom Howe 2nd August 2017

Shep hits a hat-trick to leave manager beaming
HAT-TRICK HERO: Tom Shepherd shrugged off his ´defender´ tag to hit an unlikely treble against Mousehole

TOM SHEPHERD helped himself to a hat-trick as Godolphin Atlantic beat Mousehole 4-1 in their penultimate friendly before the domestic kick-off in two weeks time.

Despite the incessant rain, a large number of spectators were treated to an entertaining game played in good spirits between two excellent footballing sides. Lewis Young, a recent signing from Launceston, robbed Kevin Lawrence on the edge of the box and went round the goalkeeper before rolling the ball in to give Godolphin a slender half-time lead.

Shepherd, pictured, lobbed in his side’s second before Matt McIlroy, capitalising on a slip from Tom’s brother Jamie, pulled one back for the visitors. Shepherd went on to complete the scoring with two great finishes, the first created by a lovely pass from the returning Kyle Brown.

Manager Kevin Richards, whose side complete their pre-season campaign at Penryn Athletic this Saturday, was pleased with the challenge posed by Mousehole who have caught the eye with a number of high profile announcements this summer - including the hiring of highly regarded Leeds United development squad coach Jason Blunt.

Richards said: “It was a good performance. We knew it would be a good game of football because we knew Mousehole would come and play the way we would like them to play. We had a bit of a physical encounter over at Perranporth last week and unfortunately you get that when you play teams from lower leagues because they try and stop you from playing. Mousehole though just wanted to go about their game and do things their way.

“I know since Jason Blunt has gone down there that all the teams play the same system, from the youth set up to the first team, which is a real positive. Everybody who watched the game enjoyed it. Although we didn’t play particularly well in the first half, we came in 1-0 up and probably should have had a couple more.

“In the second-half we took our chances a lot better and could have probably scored more. I think players enjoy playing in those kind of conditions – I used to love it! The ball zips about a lot quicker and you can hit passes to people which they can control rather than rolling on the sticky surface. It just made for a quick, entertaining game of football.

“Tom is playing really, really well and we are really impressed with him to be honest. He is one of those players that we know has been at the club for a while and played in just about every position. I was talking to Andy Savage after the game and he said how did you think that Tom Shepherd could ever play in midfield? I told him it is a case of looking at people’s quality and thinking where they can do the best job for you.”

Another player drawing praise from the manager was striker Ed Wilton who took the Combination League by storm last season, scoring 38 times for champions Carharrack. With captain and regular top scorer Phil Lowry missing the first handful of games, former Perranporth youngster Wilton could be a key signing for Richards, who was quick to snap him up upon his return from a short spell in Australia.

Richards continued: “Ed went to Australia at the end of last season but he decided that it wasn’t for him and he wanted to come back. We heard he was coming back and got him in quickly. With his goalscoring record at Combination League level we wanted to give him the opportunity to step up and see whether he could cut it in the South West Peninsula.

“His performance was really good. He was frustrated that he didn’t score. He did have two or three good opportunities and their goalkeeper made some really good saves to stop him scoring. I think he will be a really big asset for us. We look at the beginning of the season, when we don’t have Phil Lowry who is away for the first five or six games, and we are looking at Ed and Kayne Trevaskis to be our strikers and hopefully they can do the business for us.”

Richards is hoping to have the likes of Jamie Lowry, Aaron Dilley, Ollie Pinnell and Dan O’Brien available for Saturday’s visit to Penryn, the final pre-season run out before the opening game of the season at home to Falmouth Town on Wednesday, August 16. He will, however, be without injured duo Scott Flannigan (Achilles), Josh Harris (hamstring) and goalkeeper Josh Gilbert who has left the club following the arrival of Toby Chapman from Plymstock United.

Richards described letting Gilbert go as a ‘difficult decision’ but one he took because of Chapman’s greater experience. He now expects Gilbert to rejoin hometown club Liskeard Athletic. Kick-off at Penryn’s Kernick Road ground will be at 3pm.

By Tom Howe 2nd August 2017

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