A year to savour for Derek and the G
AS clubs across Cornwall let the New Year in with renewed optimism and aspirations, Godolphin Atlantic manager Derek Martin admits 2013 is going to take some beating.
The G-Men brought a memorable year to an end with an entertaining 1-1 draw against local rivals Newquay at Godolphin Way on Boxing Day (match report page 94).
Martin's men look well on course to consolidate their first ever season in the top flight with a top half finish, having clinched promotion at Helston in April.
And with the club still involved in the Cornwall Senior Cup and the Throgmorton Cup, there is much to look forward to in 2014.
Martin said: "We're still in both cup competitions going into the New Year, so we're really pleased with the progress we have made this year.
"We've got no experience at this level other than Jake Hartigan so to be in the top half of the league and still in both cup competitions is very pleasing.
"After winning promotion it has been a great for us, and hopefully we can build on that in the New Year.
"We've settled into the league well, and we're all happy with where we are at right now."
Godolphin were, however, denied a winning end to the year as a superb defensive performance earned Newquay a share of the spoils in front of a crowd of 312.
Martin said: "The supporters always get their money's worth on these derby days. Newquay and Godolphin is a big fixture and they had another good show on Boxing Day.
"I was just a bit disappointed we didn't get the three points, but full credit to Newquay."
Former Newquay boss Trevor Mewton took charge of the Boxing Day derby following the shock resignation of Kelvin Hunkin after just ten days at Mount Wise.
Mewton is again expected to oversee team affairs alongside Ross McConie and Shaun Middleton when Newquay host Elburton Villa in the premier division on Saturday.
He has refused to rule out taking over for a longer period (see page 94), but he has vowed to help the club following a difficult month, which has seen the departure of two managers.
Godolphin Atlantic are in Throgmorton Cup action on Saturday as they travel to division one west high flyers Sticker in the third round (2pm).
Martin said: "It's a difficult one for us. Sticker are doing well in the league, but it's a challenge we are looking forward to."