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News Archive > Sport > Bradshaw scratching the surface of Godolphin´s potential

Bradshaw scratching the surface of Godolphin´s potential

By Tom Howe 1st February 2018

Bradshaw scratching the surface of Godolphin´s potential
FRESH IMPETUS: Godolphin Atlantic player/manager Ashley Bradshaw has successfully guided the club away from the relegation zone since his appointment in October

MANAGER Ashley Bradshaw was left ‘really pleased’ after his Godolphin Atlantic side built a strong foundation for the rest of the season by beating Ivybridge Town 7-1 on Saturday.

Godolphin moved quickly to transfer the South West Peninsula Premier Division fixture over to the all-weather 3G pitch at Newquay Tretherras following the inclement conditions leading up to the game, which had left the team without a game since the 3-0 win over Newquay on Boxing Day.

The decision has been equally praised and criticised in the days following the fixture but, having received the necessary approvals, the G Army took advantage of their surroundings to record their biggest win of the 2017-2018 season thus far.

Skipper Phil Lowry and strike partner Ben Colquhoun each scored twice with Alex Cole, Callum Gadney and George Ellis adding to the tally. Jake Lane added a late consolation for the Ivy’s but that was all it was as Godolphin sealed their third win in four league games; moving them up to 12th, level on points with neighbours Newquay with two games in hand.

Bradshaw, whose influence on the team is taking hold following his appointment in October, said: “I was really pleased with how the lads performed after such a long break, we had not had a fixture since Boxing Day so it had the potential to be a difficult one after such a long time without playing, so I could not fault the attitude and application of everyone.

“Over the course of the last few games I have been saying to the lads to not play out from the back, don't be passing the ball into the middle of midfield with boggy and cut up pitches and, in the game on Boxing Day, to turn them in the corners and get crosses in. So we have had to really think about the pitch the conditions and how we play them.

“The long break since Boxing Day had the positive of allowing Callum Gadney to recover from a hamstring injury which is a big bonus as he has been a key feature in midfield since I have taken over. We will have to manage him over the next couple of games to make sure that he does not have a reoccurrence. Another plus has been the signing of Jamie Seery who was Man of the Match on Saturday.

“We signed him back at the beginning of December but he had a one match suspension from Queens Rangers and we had to wait until January 8 for that to clear which was a real shame because you saw on Saturday that he will be a good addition.

“Another change to the squad since Christmas has been bringing young Jacob Grange into the fold. He has been having some big performances for the Reserves and with the loss of Tiago Soares it left an opportunity. I said when taking over that youth will get the chance and Jacob took that on Saturday with a solid performance.

“Obviously he has still got a lot to learn, transitioning from youth to senior football, but with the players around him I know he will be a real asset for years to come. Tom Tozer was back in the team for the first time since the Plymouth Argyle game and every time he has stepped in he has shown he can handle himself and be solid in defence for us. It’s exciting to watch a couple of the young players play and have a positive influence on a result.

Bradshaw backed the club’s decision to play on the synthetic 3G surface, revealing the change was vital to get the game ahead and help avoid the ever-expanding fixture back-log come the end of the season.

Having had experience of playing on the surface when based in Birmingham, Bradshaw said Godolphin’s style of play suited those conditions and admitted he would be happy for the club to turn their Godolphin Way ground into such a venue.

He said: “I looked at the weather at the beginning of the week and knew that we would be looking at another cancellation so text Tania Semmens (vice-chairman) asking about using the 3G. Obviously, we had to check with the league and Ivybridge but once we got the clearance and everyone wanted the game I was looking forward to it. 3G suits the squad and allows us to play football in the way we want.

“The team talk for Saturday was how I would like it every week. Get on the ball, pass it through teams, move the ball quickly and they will not live with us. I think it was evident for those that watched that we are at home on a 3G and we are capable of playing some lovely attacking football. I know a lot of people would disagree and oppose it but I would support an application to have Godolphin Way turned into a 3G/4G.

“I had my final season in Birmingham playing on a 4G pitch for all our homes games and it was amazing. Three or four teams in the league had gone that way and I really enjoyed it. I know a lot of clubs country wide are looking to go that way and I think it would be amazing for us to join that vision.

“However, I know it’s not everyone's view of progress in football so it may remain a pipe dream for the foreseeable future.”

Godolphin take a break from league action this weekend, instead entertaining Division One (West) table toppers Newton Abbot Spurs to a 2.30pm kick-off on Saturday, with a place in the last four of the Walter C Parson League Cup up for grabs.

The G have had a good record in the competition in recent years, having won it under Tony Mackellar in the 2014-2015 season and finishing as runners-up a year later.

“I’m looking forward to Newton Abbot this Saturday but it is going to be a difficult game,” said Bradshaw. “They are having a good season and have beaten strong opposition to get to this stage. I am fortunate to be welcoming back Jamie Lowry and Tom Shepherd from suspension which adds strength back in.

“We had a great confidence boost from the weekend against Ivybridge and now George Ellis is available again after his university exams and he has a great little habit of scoring so we are full of confidence and are looking to come away with the right result.”

By Tom Howe 1st February 2018

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