Godolphin Atlantic storm to opening day win against St Austell
WELCOME aboard. What a breath of fresh air Godolphin are going to be to the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League premier division if Saturday's performance is anything to go by.
Derek Martin's newly-promoted, home grown, team looked full of confidence and belief as they launched the latest chapter of their remarkable story with a deserved victory in front of their own supporters.
There's no doubt that St Austell, fancied by many to be among the title contenders this season, had a bad day at the office but don't take anything away from the G Men.
Only in the first 20 minutes did they look in any danger. For the remainder of the game they were superior to the Lillywhites all over the park.
Martin said: "It's always nice to get off to a winning start, but especially when you've been promoted and you're playing at a different level.
"Hopefully this result will settle the lads down quickly and we can continue to get results in the premier division.
"We took the game to them and gave them a lot of problems.
"We should have been a goal or two up by half-time really and in the end we could have won by four or five.
"We missed a penalty – well, Jason Chapman saved it – and he also made several fine saves, while they scrambled one off the line, so we were very convincing winners."
St Austell boss Dan Nancarrow agreed with Martin that the margin of defeat could have been bigger.
He said: "Only Jason Chapman saved us from a 5-0. And he was the only player on our side who did himself credit.
"We looked sluggish and unfit and when we went 1-0 down our body language was awful. I was really disappointed with the boys."
Jamie Whigg had two chances within a minute midway through the first half to put Godolphin ahead but both times he was thwarted by Chapman – a sign of things to come.
Chapman also got a vital touch to deflect a Phil Lowry shot wide of the post in time added on at the end of the first half but the half-time break only brought a brief reprieve for the visitiors.
Three minutes into the second half the G Men swept ahead. Chapman performed heroics to keep out a Richard Griffin shot but from the resulting corner Phil Lowry was left unmarked to volley in at the far post.
With St Austell all at sea, they conceded a penalty five minutes later when Dan Lean pushed Griffin over, but Mark Rose's spot kick was brilliantly tipped away by Chapman diving to his left.
That could have been a turning point but St Austell failed to respond and it took a superb goal-line clearance from Tom Smith to prevent Aaron Dilley from scoring after 69 minutes.
But Dilley made no mistake eight minutes from time with a sweetly struck left foot drive which made sure of the points.