Godolphin Atlantic v St Blazey. Att,43. Away,22
After a difficult few weeks for local football with the constant wet weather and fixtures being called off left right and center, it made a welcome change to see today’s match confirmed on early on Saturday morning. No mean effort from the Godophin team to get the pitch playable.
St Blazey were missing their two regular goalkeepers so new signing Steve France took over between the sticks. Ross Hoyland made just his second appearance of the season for the green and blacks. St Blazey were also missing Matt Thackery, Harry Eaton and Jack Alexander but welcomed back Lewis Phillips after his three match suspension. Levi Landricombe partnered Carl Rickard up front as St Blazey looked to get back to winning ways after suffering five straight defeats in league and cup.
St Blazey, playing down the slope with the wind behind them controlled the first half for large periods. At times, the balls played over the top were being taken away from them with the wind playing its part. St Blazey took the lead in the 11th minute when a ball into Levi was well controlled and he took the ball across the edge of the penalty area and slipped in McGhee who made no mistake slotting the ball home despite the efforts of the Godolphin goalkeeper. Levi had a chance himself to score but the ball across goal just missed him and several wayward shots, wind assisted prevented St Blazey extending their lead. It took a moment of brilliance from McGhee in the 40th minute with a wonderful free kick to make it 0v2. After a foul was given on the edge of the penalty area, up stepped McGhee who curled his shot up and over the wall giving the Godophin goalkeeper no chance. St Blazey had the ball in the net for a third but that was ruled out for offside and just before half time, Rickard hit a lovely strike that was brilliantly saved to keep Godolphin in the game.
1st half match highlights.
Half time, Godolphin Atlantic 0v2 St Blazey
St Blazey knew the second half could prove to be tricky with the wind against them in the second half playing up the slope. Those worries looked to be over early in the second half when Levi was played in and he dumbied the Godolphin goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the empty net to make it 0v3. Godolphin made an early substitution and he pulled a goal back in the 56th minute with a free header at the far post after a corner was swung in. St Blazey continued to create chances, Rickard putting the ball in the net from a Levi cross but a linesman flag ruled another one out. St Blazey were then made to feel very nervous as Godolphin pulled another goal back with another header into the far post. With still the best part of 20 minutes left St Blazey had to dig in and they kept Godolphin out and should have secured the win when Levi played in Rickard but his tap in flew over the bar from just six yards out much to his dismay. Godolphin had one late chance that was volleyed high over the bar but St Blazey held on for a vital three points after a tricky spell recently.
Full time, Godolphin Atlantic 2v3 St Blazey
Man of the match, Levi Landricombe.
Joint manager Matt Hayden had this to say after today’s win.
Next up for St Blazey, a league cup quarter final on Wednesday night away at Falmouth Town. Kick off 7.30pm