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News Archive > Sport > Godolphin´s Scott set to miss season

Godolphin´s Scott set to miss season

By Tom Howe 12th July 2017

Godolphin´s Scott set to miss season
POPULAR FIGURE: Godolphin Atlantic defender Scott Flannigan faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a training ground injury

GODOLPHIN Atlantic have suffered a blow ahead of the new season with news that Scott Flannigan is likely to miss the entire campaign with injury.

The 27-year-old defender ruptured an Achilles while training ahead of the new South West Peninsula Premier Division campaign which kicks off in just five weeks time.

A multiple award winner in recent seasons, Flannigan has earned the highest praise from his peers and coaches alike, even cementing his place in some people’s Peninsula League teams of the year with his hard-working displays and effervescent attitude.

Now, however, he is facing a long spell on the sidelines, causing new Godolphin manager Kevin Richards a real headache before a single ball has been kicked in anger.

Ahead of last night’s first pre-season friendly against Exeter City Under-18s, Richards also   reported that fellow defender Connor Jamison is struggling with an injury, telling the Voice: “We are happy with the group that we have got but unfortunately we have a few players missing (for the Exeter game). Kyle Brown is away on holiday, Connor Jamison is injured and now Scott Flannigan has picked up an injury. Unfortunately, it is pre-season and that is what happens.

“Scott has picked up a ruptured Achilles in training. He is in plaster at the minute and we may not see Scott for the season. That is what we are bracing ourselves for. Anything more than that would be a bonus. He just jumped over a hurdle, landed and felt his Achilles pop, simple as that. That is all it takes sometimes.  

“That is a blow for us. Connor has had an injury since last season. He felt it was his back but he has found out that he actually suffers from a twisted pelvis which is effecting the whole of his gate basically. He has been having treatment for that and has been coming along really well so hopefully, before the start of the season, we may well see him back which will be a plus.”

At the other end of the pitch, Richards has swooped for highly-rated young striker Lewis Young after learning that Phil Lowry, Godolphin’s highest scorer in Peninsula League  history, will miss the first handful of games. Another attacker, Kayne Trevaskis, also comes back into the fold after a short spell at Newquay.

Richards said: “We have signed Lewis from Launceston. We don’t have Phil for the first four or five games of the season because he is in America so we have had to try and strengthen at that end. Kayne will be available for Exeter, he will be coming in for his first meeting with us because he has been away on holiday as well.

“Lewis is a young six foot two striker who is very, very quick. He is a left footed player that can play down through the middle or as a left sided player. He will give us a couple of options. Something that we are lacking is a little bit of pace up front and we needed to get somebody in. He, hopefully, can give us something a little bit different.”

Fans got their first glimpse of Richard’s new-look Godolphin team during the visit of Exeter youth and don’t have long to wait before watching more football, as Wendron United visit the G on Tuesday.

“These games are being taken as training sessions. Players will want to win games, of course they do, but it is an opportunity for us to have a look at players in different positions and see exactly what we are working with. We know there is quality so we are under no illusions, it is a question of whether we can fit that into a group that will compete week in, week out.

“We know that Exeter will play football. They will pass the ball around, be fit, organised and energetic. We have got to counter act that and it will be an eye opener for one or two that haven’t been at every training session.

“It is very, very early still but if that’s the level we are trying to reach, to compete with the Plymouth Parkways and the Bodmins, then this will be a real test for us. The players are looking forward to getting out as a team and the new boys want to get integrated into that as well.

“We are going in with a squad of 20, even without the three boys that we haven’t got, which is good. It is a squad with everybody fighting for places and competition but that is what we want at this stage of the season.

“Jamie Lowry organised this one through his contacts when he was manager at the end of last season. It is thanks to Jamie that we have caught this one.

“We have then got Wendron next Tuesday and they will be coming to try to prove a point. They have just signed a couple of players after having a good season in Peninsula League West. They will see us as a little bit of a scalp for them and to see how far they have come.

“The friendlies we have got are good competition. We have got Wendron and Mousehole as well, which is another good friendly, so we have got some nice games coming up which will give us a look in to see where we are, where we need to improve and whether we are, at this particular moment, capable of competing.

“It is a nice situation to be in because the players have to impress us and we have to impress them.”

By Tom Howe 12th July 2017

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