Magee’s praise for Priory Park bosses
Magee’s praise for Priory Park bosses

Joint-managers Darren Gilbert (front), and Alan Carey have been lauded by Bodmin Town winger Dan Magee (inset)

21st April 2021

By Tom Howe

Bodmin Town winger Dan Magee says it is a pleasure to be back playing football under the management of Cornish football stalwarts Darren Gilbert and Alan Carey.

Magee and his team-mates returned to action at home to Plymouth Marjon University 11 days ago, with the 32-year-old scoring a delightful free-kick in a 3-2 win for the hosts at Priory Park.

Either side of strikes from midfield partner Sol Wheatley, the former Newquay, Mousehole and Falmouth Town ace lined the set piece up just outside the box, striking it over the wall and off the crossbar on its way past the goalkeeper.

The Priory Park outfit continued their comeback with a trip to Devon League outfit Bere Alston on Saturday, with Magee and his team-mates unable to break the deadlock in a game that ultimately finished in stalemate.

“It was good to get out on the pitch after four months away,” he told the Voice when reflecting on Bodmin’s win over a Marjon University side that featured his former Town team-mate in Cameron Turner.

“I only played 45 minutes because of a niggling knee problem but the lads enjoyed it and it was good to get some game time for sure.

“Obviously representing Bodmin comes with high expectations as they have always been a club who wins silverware. It’s a pleasure to play for Darren and Alan.

“I’ve played for Alan at Falmouth and Porthleven and he was the one that got me involved at Bodmin and they are obviously two of the most successful managers in Cornish football.

“It was disappointing the season came to a halt when it did as we were starting to string a few results together and were climbing the league table but we just have to focus on next year now, getting fit and hopefully competing for silverware once again.”

On Saturday’s goalless draw at Bere Alston, Magee added: “We had a makeshift side and played the game with no centre-forwards. We created enough chances but just didn’t have the composure a striker would have in front of goal, which is why it ended 0-0.

“We almost lost if it wasn’t for Tom Whipp’s last ditch clearance off the line after their striker went through on goal late on.

“Obviously you like to win every game but it’s not about the result. I’d say it’s more important just being out on the pitch enjoying playing sport after so long out.”