Whitchurch Alport sent shockwaves through the region at the weekend by unveiling former Market Drayton boss, Martyn Davies, as joint manager at Yockings Park. The 36 year old was sensationally axed as Drayton chief earlier this season and admits that the disappointment took some time to get over:  “After 18 years with the club I didn’t think my exit was handled well at all,” said Davies. “I was sad and angry and for a time didn’t want anything to do with the game. But I’m a football man and it runs through my veins. Luke (Goddard) soon got in touch and I came along to watch a few games but I was offered a managerial role at Shawbury United so opted to go there and give it a go. But sometimes you can get a feeling quite quickly that something isn’t quite right for you and that’s what happened there. Ess (Alport coach, Stephen May) rang me pretty quickly to say that Luke really wanted me to go to Yockings and be the joint manager there. I didn’t want to tread on any toes or put people’s noses out of joint and I wouldn’t have come here without the assurances that no-one felt that way.”

Davies paid tribute to the people steering Alport in the right direction: “Everybody is talking about Whitchurch Alport, even the ones that don’t like us for some reason,” he said. “The club is probably the best run side in the County apart from Shrewsbury and Telford. We’ve got a cracking ground, a support base that’s the envy of every other non-league side in the area, a social media account that attracts an awful lot of traffic, and so there’s quite an attraction here. I’m a winner so in that respect I think I’ll be ideal to work alongside Luke. We don’t want to rest on our laurels, finish fourth or fifth and then say hard luck. The brief is to propel this club forward and I’ve got contacts that will definitely help to strengthen in areas that need beefing up a bit.”

Goddard has been in sole charge at Yockings since Carl Everall left to join Crewe Alexandra on the eve of the season starting, and the 27 year old insists the move has not been engineered to unsettle any of his current backroom staff: “I wanted to bring him (Davies) in earlier after he left Drayton,” said Goddard. “But he chose to try his hand at Shawbury and when we learnt that it wasn’t quite working out for him there, we moved quickly with a second approach. I need to be out there playing and we need someone who can come in and give everyone here a boost. He’s got some great contacts and that will be of huge benefit to us. I was shocked when I heard that Drayton had got rid of him because of everything he’d achieved there. But their loss will hopefully be our gain and I think he’s a perfect fit for this football club, because I know we have the same ambitions and share the same values. He knows what a vibrant place this is and we’re all ready to give this everything we’ve got to get this club into a higher league.”