Godolphin's strikers are kept at bay by title rivals
Helston Athletic 2, Godolphin Atlantic 0
THERE was to be no repeat of the goalscoring master class Godolphin dished out to their title rivals earlier in the season as Derek Martin's men were deservedly sent packing in the Cornwall Charity Cup at Kellaway Parc on Saturday.
Godolphin ran Helston ragged in September when, despite playing for more than an hour with ten men following the wrongful dismissal of Scott Flannigan, ran out 5-1 winners.
On this occasion, however, they were anything but clinical.
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But in fairness it wasn't so much that Godolphin's strikers had a bad day, and more that they were superbly marshalled by Helston's defenders.
Goals from Tom Russell and Liam Eddy did the damage, and in truth the hosts could have scored more, but for some excellent goalkeeping from Shaun Semmens.
Afterwards, Martin was as truthful as ever in his assessment of the game.
He admitted: "I don't think we can have too many complaints really.
"We never really dictated at any point, there was never any fluency in our passing and there wasn't any penetration going forward.
"With the exception of Luke Rigby, and Kyle Brown in the second half, we never really looked like we were going to score.
"To be fair to Helston they defended well and we've got to give them credit for that.
"It was just one of those days for us today, the game just slipped away from us."
Helston led after 32 minutes thanks to a Russell diving header from Dan Stidwell's excellent cross from the left.
And they were presented with the opportunity to double their lead when referee Jon Barnicoat pointed to the spot after Godolphin defender Ollie Pinnell was harshly adjudged to have held back Eddy in the box. But Goldsworthy's hopes of adding to his already impressive tally this season were denied by the woodwork. The striker went for power over placement as his low drive struck the foot of the post.
But despite the let off, Godolphin never looked like threatening Helston's goal. And they were fortunate not to be reduced to ten men when striker Richard Griffin, already on a yellow card after kicking the ball away, petulantly kicked out at Jordan Adlard off the ball in the 54th minute. Hayle official Barnicoat was obviously in a forgiving mood as he let the former Foxhole striker off with a stern talking to.
As Helston continued to create chances, Eddy made sure of victory in the 67th minute when he finished well at the back post after controlling Goldsworthy's excellent 30 yard pass.
Martin and his players will now turn their attention back to the league, where they lead Helston by six points at the top, though Sid Taylor's men have a game in hand.
The Godolphin boss said: "We've just got to regroup, we're top of the league and there's a lot to play for."