Promoted Godolphin Atlantic stun champions Bodmin Town
Bodmin Town 0 Godolphin Atlantic 1
Godolphin are the talk of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League after beating premier division champions Bodmin at Priory Park tonight.
Newly-promoted Godolphin, who outplayed and beat much-fancied St Austell 2-0 in their opening day fixture on Saturday, were deserved winners at Bodmin and could have won by more.
As it was, Phil Lowry’s 33rd minute strike was enough to give Derek Martin’s attractive footballing side their second successive victory in their first season at this level.
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Scott Flannigan and Jamie Whigg missed golden opportunities to extend Godolphin’s lead before Sam Matthews almost made them pay with an 88th minute shot which goalkeeper Shaun Semmens did well to tip around the post.
Anything but a Godolphin win, however, would have been an injustice. From back to front they were superior to Bodmin, refusing to be bullied by a home side who were smarting after an opening day home defeat by Witheridge.
Former Plymouth Argyle defender Jamie Lowry, the subject of continued interest from Tiverton Town, again showed his class with a cultured central defensive display, and all around him he found team-mates who wanted the ball.
Bodmin’s best opportunity of the whole game came as early as the second minute when Glynn Hobbs, making a shock return to the Priory Park club from Plymouth Parkway, found himself unmarked on the edge of the penalty area.
But the ball took too long to come down and he scuffed his shot wide.
A minute later Godolphin were close to opening the score when Phil Lowry produced a superb left foot shot from 20 yards which looked in all the way before Bodmin keeper Kevin Miller stretched to tip the ball against a post.
Godolphin passed the ball around confidently and their dominance of the ball was rewarded in the 33rd minute when a howler from Jonny Ludlam let in Phil Lowry and he curled a right foot shot wide of Miller and into the net.
The visitors should have made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when a brilliant cross from wide on the left from Mark Rose picked out an unmarked Flannigan on the far post but he volleyed wide with the goal gaping.
Again Godolphin looked comfortable in possession during an opening 20 minutes of the second half which brought no significant chances, and although Bodmin were seeing more of the ball, they were doing little with it.
Then a mistake by Lewis Reed let in Whigg inside the penalty area and he looked certain to score but the looming presence of Miller seemed to put him off and he fired his shot straight at the keeper.
In a late spell of pressure, Bodmin almost forced an equaliser when Matthews, with his back to goal, produced a back flick shot from ten yards but Semmens, who had very little to do throughout the game, tipped the ball around the post.
These are worrying times for Bodmin. They lost only twice in the whole of last season, and have now lost their opening two home league games.
Bodmin: Miller, Reed, Jewell, Chambers, Stapleton (Morgan 57), Bance, Matthews, Ludlam, Hodge (Drummond 65), Hobbs, L Doel. Subs not used: Lindsay, N Doel.
Booked: Jewell (56), Hobbs (67).
Godolphin: Semmens, Whigg, Dart, J Lowry, Pinnell, Brown, Rose (Eglington 86), Fallens, Flannigan (Shepherd 86), P Lowry, Dilley. Sub not used: Harris.
Goal: P Lowry (33).
Booked: Brown (52), Rose (70), P Lowry (85).
Referee: R Gatzianidis.
Man of the match: Jamie Lowry (Godolphin).