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Godolphin put faith in Bradshaw

By Tom Howe 11th October 2017

Godolphin put faith in Bradshaw
FAMILIAR FACE: Godolphin Atlantic have promoted from within after appointing defender Ash Bradshaw as their new player-manager

ASHLEY Bradshaw hopes to bring the good times back to Godolphin Atlantic after being appointed as successor to outgoing manager Kevin Richards. 

Bradshaw, 30, was confirmed as the new boss at Godolphin Way on Monday following discussions with director of football Derek Martin.

Martin, a stalwart of the club for over 15 years, admitted that bringing in a manager from outside the club had not worked for them and was keen to appoint from within to help rebuild the club’s reputation as one of the strongest in Cornwall.

Former Newquay defender Bradshaw, who has become a firm favourite in the G’s backline over the last few seasons, emerged as the top candidate and has been tasked with improving the team’s recent floundering fortunes, starting with last night’s visit to South West Peninsula Premier Division rivals Callington Town. 

Looking forward to cutting his teeth in football management at the G, who reached four cup finals and scored two fifth place finishes not too long ago, Bradshaw said: “Obviously I feel privileged to get the opportunity and I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a learning curve no doubt but I feel ready to start that journey. If I am honest it has come along sooner and at a higher level than I would of imagined myself starting at but I am not one to shy away from a challenge and will give it my all.

“My targets are simple, to get the team enjoying their football. I feel we have lost that a little bit. We have enough quality, we just need to get the positive feeling back in the dressing room. 

“I am going to be looking to use players from within the club, from the reserves and especially the youth. We have some cracking young players and they deserve the chance to begin the transition into senior football alongside our established players.”

Bradshaw will become Godolphin’s fifth permanent manager in less than four seasons after Richards stood down last month, citing a lack of commitment from some of the players. He was the latest in a line of managers to leave the G Army, starting with Tony Mackellar. 

Back in 2014, the now Newquay boss was hand picked to replace Martin who had overseen the team’s rise from junior football to the Peninsula League during his 12 years in charge. Andy Savage and Jamie Lowry also took on spells at the helm before Richards’ ill-fated appointment in May of this year.

Martin said: “Bringing a manager in from outside the club did not work out for us last time for various reasons so we wanted to fill the post from within the club to hopefully regain some stability and Ash emerged as our best option.

“Ash is still quite young to be a manager but he has a very mature head on his shoulders and is a keen student of the game with good playing experience. I am sure that everybody at the football club will get right behind him and he can steer us away from our current precarious league position by the time we move into the new year and then take things forward from there.”

Godolphin, who continue their Walter C Parson League Cup campaign by welcoming Illogan RBL to town this Saturday for a 2.30pm kick-off, currently sit second from bottom in the Premier Division with seven points from eight games.

They crashed out of the Cornwall Senior Cup this past weekend following a 4-1 defeat at home to holders Bodmin Town. Adam Carter scored a hat-trick, including two first-half penalties with Luke Rundle adding another for Darren Gilbert’s men. Godolphin replied late on thanks to Aaron Dilley, who scored the game’s third spot kick.

By Tom Howe 11th October 2017

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