G Whizz Godolphin celebrate league title
IT could have been pouring down with rain and blowing a hoolie in Newquay on Saturday, nothing was going to stop Godolphin Atlantic Football Club from enjoying their big day.
Perhaps befitting of what has been a near perfect season, as the sun shone at Godolphin Way, the G-Men couldn't have asked for a better day to be crowned Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division One West champions.
They smashed six goals past Vospers Oak Villa to take their final goals tally to 99, rounding off what has been a barnstorming campaign. Next stop the Premier Division.
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In his speech before the trophy was presented to Godolphin captain Ollie Pinnell, league secretary Phil Hiscox paid tribute to the club's achievements. And on Tuesday morning Hiscox confirmed the club's place in next season's top flight.
After five years in Division One West, manager Derek Martin, at the end of his tenth season at the club, believes the club is ready to make its biggest step up yet in its 33-year history.
Martin has been at the club since their Duchy League days, guiding them to the East Cornwall Premier League, and then on to the Peninsula League, where they have spent their last five seasons.
But next season Martin and his players can look forward to playing the likes of Bodmin Town, while renewing their local rivalry with Newquay, last season's Division One West champions.
Martin said: "This is without doubt the pinnacle of my ten years at the club, and hopefully there are more exciting times ahead.
"Phil Hiscox said some really nice things about us in his speech before the presentation, and said we deserved our place in the Premier Division.
"We've had five years in this division and I think we were all ready for a fresh challenge. The lads can't wait to come up against the big boys, the likes of Bodmin and Falmouth next season."
Ross Fallens, Kyle Brown, Jake Hartigan (2), Phil Lowry and Scott Flannigan grabbed Godolphin's goals on Saturday, meaning the final table read P30, W27, D2, L1.
Godolphin, undoubtedly, are ready for the Premier Division.
And when you consider how well St Austell and Newquay have equipped themselves in the top flight in recent seasons, Godolphin should fit in very well.
Martin hopes to retain every player in his current squad, but admits he would like to add some competition.
A striker and a defender are his priorities, while they will also be boosted by the availability of Phil Lowry. The forward has only played in a handful of games this season after moving to Chesterfield last year. But the Cornishman has returned to the county permanently now and it will be interesting to see how well he adapts to Premier Division football next season.
Martin said: "I won't really need to do too much, providing everybody stays and we will have Phil Lowry next season.
"We have been very lucky in that we have a group of loyal players, and that has paid off for us."
Martin also paid tribute to those working behind the scenes at Godolphin.
He said: "We have a lot of people who have contributed in their own way, and every single one of them deserved Saturday.
"At the end of it all the players deserve the credit for getting us where we are, but that wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of others."
The signings of Luke Rigby, from Newquay and Richard Griffin, from Foxhole, have been, Martin believes, one of the main reasons for Godolphin's transformation from title challengers to champions this season.
Martin said: "Last season we lacking penetration and goals, and this is what they have given us this year.
"I think bringing Luke and Richard in this season has been decisive."
Godolphin had to be patient on Saturday, before they finally made the breakthrough a couple of minutes before half-time when Fallens beat Vospers' goalkeeper Bradley Agar.
Brown scored Godolphin's second goal with virtually the last kick of the half with a simple tap-in.
Hartigan then helped himself to a couple of goals early in the second half, before striker Lowry made it 5-0 in the 77th minute.
Flannigan scored Godolphin's sixth as the celebrations began with the presentation of the Division One West trophy.
Martin said: "These boys have been absolutely outstanding this season and it was nice to end it with a performance like this. I think it was a display befitting of champions.
"Watching us lift the trophy was a very proud moment for everybody connected with the football club."