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News Archive > Sport > Captain says Peppermints have power to surprise

Captain says Peppermints have power to surprise

By Tom Howe 9th August 2017

CAPTAIN Jack Bray-Evans says Newquay AFC can ‘surprise’ people this season after narrowly avoiding relegation from the South West Peninsula Premier Division last term.

The 22-year-old midfield general top scored as the Peppermints retained their Premier status before embarking on a summer rebuild that has seen a handful of high-profile signings come into Mount Wise.

Manager Tony Mackellar has added some much needed experience to his youthful squad with the likes of Glen Squires, Tom Whipp and Craig Ainsley while speedy winger Tornado Bello and Zak Roberts, a goalkeeper with huge potential, have also joined up.

With further signings potentially on the horizon and the majority of last season’s squad retained, early signs are impressive and, if Saturday’s 9-0 win over neighbours Goonhavern Athletic is anything to go by, a new lease of life is flowing through the Peppermints side.

Bray-Evans said: “Saturday was a good run out and a comfortable win for us in our final game before the season starts.

“Pre-season has been good. We have all put in the work as a team and seem fit and ready to get the season started which we are all itching to do.

“I can't wait to get started and with the few additions we have made to the squad I definitely believe we can surprise a few this season and have a far more successful campaign this time around compared to the last one.”

Bray-Evans, son of former Newquay player and manager Dominic Evans, scored three as Newquay demolished Cornwall Combination League outfit Goonhavern at the weekend. Squires, who has returned to the club from Falmouth Town, netted four times with winger Louis Price, pictured right, adding two of his own.

The Peppermints have lost only once during the summer break, with their former manager Jim Hilton masterminding a 4-2 win for St Mawgan, with Newquay bouncing back to beat Wareham Rangers, Illogan RBL and Goonhavern while drawing against Mousehole and St Just.

They kick-off their domestic campaign at home to Falmouth on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm.

By Tom Howe 9th August 2017

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