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News Archive > Sport > ‘Too many voices’ leads to coaches leaving the G

‘Too many voices’ leads to coaches leaving the G

By Tom Howe 13th September 2017

‘Too many voices’ leads to coaches leaving the G
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GODOLPHIN Atlantic coaches Simon Westlake and Ben Washam have left the club, with manager Kevin Richards admitting ‘there was too many voices’.

The pair joined the G Army ranks as part of the club’s new-look management structure, following the departure of Jamie Lowry and Russ Milsom at the end of last season.

However, following an indifferent start to the season, Richards decided to part ways with the duo, which in turn led to a player exodus that has seen Toby Chapman, Billy Westlake, Lewis Young, James Baker and Ed Wilton leave the club.

That was to be expected as many of those players were attracted to the club by Westlake and Washam. Although, despite the departures, Richards remains ‘happy’ with his squad and has been delighted to welcome Aaron Dilley and Ollie Pinnell back into the squad.

He said: “We decided to part ways with Ben and Simon who were the two coaches that came in from Plymouth, simply because we felt there were too many voices both in the dressing room and on the touch line. It just wasn't working so we decided to part ways which was all amicable. They accepted my decision and took it on the chin. One or two players that they had brought with them decided that they were going to go which we expected. Toby decided to go to St Blazey and Billy went to Elburton. Lewis had an offer from Saltash that he said he couldn't turn down. We were hoping to keep hold of James but he decided that he wanted to go and play for St Blazey which was a bit of a blow for us.

“However, we have since found out that he played for Blazey on Saturday and we haven't received seven days notice for him. That one is in the hands of the Peninsula League and we will see what happens. Obviously they put in seven days for Toby which meant they can't put seven days in for another one of our players for 28 days. It will be interesting to see what comes out of that one.

“We were disappointed with Ed leaving. He told us after the Ivybridge game that he was going to go to Penzance. He could have been an asset for us. I think he thought that the jump from Combination to Premier League was a bit too much for him. He wasn't getting an awful lot of joy. He scored four up against Cullompton but apart from that he wasn't getting a lot of chances and was looking like somebody who was probably being overawed by what he was playing against.

“Aaron Dilley, who was unsure what he was going to do, has decided he will come back in and play. Ollie Pinnell is back and playing really well. We are quite happy with what we have got but I think we do need one or two players to strengthen the squad. We have got a couple of feelers out but at the minute we are happy with what we have got.”

One player who has caught the eye has been goalkeeper Ethan Fearn, brought in from Richards’ former club Porthleven, who has stepped into the breech left by Chapman.

Richards said: “Ethan has done really well and the boys are happy with him. He is a good talker, a great communicator and the boys in front of him are more than happy with how he is performing and how he is becoming a sweeper 'keeper.

“I am pleased for him because he has had a rough time. He had a reputation of somebody capable of being a really good goalkeeper but we were never sure he was actually going to get there or not. Given his opportunity, he has come in and done really, really well.”

Godolphin return to action on Saturday afternoon as they get their Walter C Parson League Cup campaign underway at home to Wadebridge Town. Despite playing a league above their opponents, Richards is far from taking them lightly.

He said: “Wadebridge are doing really well in their league and that will be a difficult test for us. We will have Luke Rigby and Tiago Soures available for this weekend but it will be a tough game, there is no doubt about that. We are going to have to play very well to get something out of that game.”

Kick-off at Godolphin Way is at 3pm.

By Tom Howe 13th September 2017

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