Mousehole secured their season’s ninth home win in the League to maintain their remarkable 100% home record and gain a vital three points to move back up into third spot in the table.  But Holsworthy, who had beaten Mousehole resoundingly by 4-0 at Upcott Field at the end of September, made the hosts work hard to achieve their victory and in the last few minutes came close to a previously unexpected equaliser.

The Seagulls had recent arrivals, former Helston Athletic club captain Jamie Thomson and ex-Ludgvan midfielder Ryan Holland, making their debuts, while Paul Williams deputised for the unwell Steve Parker-Billinge in goal, Josh Otto started, and Liam Andrew was serving a one-match suspension after his sending-off in the Cornwall Senior Cup semi-final.

Mousehole had the first chance after just three minutes when Connor Davey blazed over a great chance on the run, and visiting goalkeeper Ryan Walter was then forced into two good saves.  But Holsworthy came back with a near-post shot into the side netting, followed by an important close-range save by Paul Williams from Dan Wilson.  At the other end Calum Elliot advanced from deep to send a 25-yard left-foot shot past the near post, and on 40 minutes Mousehole went ahead with a freak goal when a defender’s clearance in a crowded penalty area cannoned off the unsuspecting Jake Andrew and nestled in the corner of the Magpies’ net.

In the second half The Seagulls’ patient passing in front of a massed defence paid off in the 72nd minute when half-time substitute Kevin Lawrence threaded a pass through the proverbial eye of the needle where top-scorer Luke Johnson cut inside from the left corner of the box and fired hard and low inside the far post from 15 yards.  With the home side now well on top, Ryan Walter produced an outstanding double-save to block Luke Johnson’s shot and substitute Jordan Adlard’s follow-up from close range in the 81st minute.

This spurred the visitors on to attack, creating a fast breakaway on 82 which required Paul Williams to save a one-on-one chance, and then earning a penalty after a trip by Calum Elliot a minute later.  Williams beat out the penalty but Carlo Chandler turned the loose ball into the net for 2-1 to set up a tense finish to the match.  With the hosts reduced to 10 men after Johnson went off after prolonged injury treatment, Holsworthy had a long-range drive just clear the crossbar on 90 minutes.  But another of Mousehole’s substitutes, Paulo Sousa, made the game safe in the 5th minute of added time, when he was fouled clumsily on the edge of the box, and curled a perfect free kick over the wall and inside the near post.

The promotion race remains tight, with the Seagulls now three points behind Liskeard Athletic from the same number of games, equal on points with Porthleven and two ahead of Millbrook, but with the last two teams having played two and three fewer games, respectively.  Of Mousehole’s remaining 11 League games, 7 are at home and 4 away, with the next fixture at home this Saturday (24th) at 3pm against Elburton Villa who are currently in seventh place, nine points behind Mousehole with four games in hand.

Mousehole: Paul Williams, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Chris Prout, Josh Otto, Jamie Thomson, Ryan Holland, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Connor Davey.  Substitutes:  Kevin Lawrence (for Tyler Tonkin, 46), Jordan Adlard (for Jamie Thomson, 75), Paulo Sousa (for Connor Davey, 75)

Scorers:  Mousehole – Jake Andrew (40), Luke Johnson (72), Paulo Sousa (90+5);  Holsworthy – Carlo Chandler (83)

Referee:  Nigel Nicholls.     Attendance:  80.



Mousehole AFC and the Endorsed Academy have announced an exciting new pre-season annual tournament, which will be launched on 20th/21st July featuring Premiership clubs Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town as well as Championship club Bolton Wanderers, together with Mousehole’s First team and their 18-23 year old Elite group.

Endorsed Academy Director Jason Blunt, now based in Yorkshire, aims to ensure that the new annual Cup competition will provide Mousehole’s players with real competition in preparation for the 18/19 season:  “We are delighted to be able to welcome these fantastic clubs to West Cornwall, and we owe them huge thanks for helping to launch our new annual cup competition. We will be inviting football fans from across the county and beyond to get involved and support our drive to raise standards and awareness of Cornish football.”

Ezra Chapman, Chairman of the Endorsed Group, praised Jason Blunt for his hard work in organising the new tournament.  “Jason has been working as an ambassador for the club and Academy to help realise our goals.  The Endorsed Cup is credit to Jason’s tireless effort and achievement:  it brings huge profile to what we are set to achieve, and will help show the young players of Cornwall the standards they can aspire to.  Jason will continue to focus on the Endorsed Cup and Pro Club relations while also coaching at another Academy in Yorkshire to get his feet regularly back on the football field, and we anticipate that our continuing relationship will prove even more fruitful over the coming seasons.”

Newlyn-born Blunt left his role as Under-23’s manager with Championship club Leeds United to join Mousehole last June with a specific brief to establish the club’s own Academy, and drive forward the first stage in The Seagulls’ ambitious long-term plan to develop in a progressive and sustainable way.  In the first eight months since then Mousehole have set up eight youth teams, aiming to grow to 20-plus teams for the 2018/19 season, and have stimulated great interest and demand in the area.  Blunt has utilised his wide-ranging contacts in the game to offer playing opportunities at Mousehole to young footballers released from pro clubs and to organise highly successful weekend visits to West Cornwall by Leeds United’s youngsters and more recently Leeds United Ladies, as well as footballing weekends for Mousehole’s youth teams away at Barnsley and Manchester City Academies.

Chapman concluded:  “We are continuing to work on a number of initiatives across the club and Academy, and I’m sure we’ll be making more announcements in the coming weeks – watch this space!”


MOUSEHOLE 2-1 TEIGNMOUTH after extra time, score 1-1 at 90 minutes

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE CUP – sponsored by Walter C Parson Funeral Directors



Mousehole’s closely-fought League Cup quarter-final win over Teignmouth earned them a semi-final clash with Premier Division side Tavistock at Newquay next Tuesday, 20th March, kick off 7:30pm.  Tavistock will be The Seagulls’ fifth higher-league opposition in this season’s  Cup competitions, having beaten Camelford, Launceston, Newquay and St Austell – and on Easter Monday they will face a sixth, Saltash United, in the Cornwall Senior Cup Final at St Blazey.

Saturday’s match against Teignmouth, originally scheduled for the previous week but postponed because of the South Devon side’s travelling difficulties after severe weather, was able to go ahead on a sunny afternoon with the Trungle Parc playing surface in good condition.

East Division Teignmouth, facing a 260-mile round trip on the day, had reached the quarter-final stage after beating three West Division sides including Penzance, and with a strong and well-organised performance, and no shortage of goal chances, they made The Seagulls work hard for their narrow victory, their second 120-minute marathon in less than 72 hours.

After Wednesday’s magnificent but physically strenuous extra-time win over Premier Division St Austell in the Cornwall Senior Cup semi-final, Mousehole started slowly, with the visitors’ energy and speed giving them the better of the first half.  But as the game wore on, it was Mousehole’s now-renowned fitness that came to the fore, enabling them to dictate play for the last half-hour of normal time and then dominate the 30 minutes of extra time.

Teignmouth came close in the 11th minute when centre-back Scott Baxter just failed to reach an inviting free kick across the six yard line, but four minutes later they were ahead as left winger Jay James outpaced the defence to prod the ball home after a sprint from the half-way line.  But the lead lasted only three minutes, Luke Johnson scoring his 12th goal of the season with a shot from the right side of the 18-yard line just inside the far post.  Teignmouth had two presentable chances to regain the lead before the interval, as Hayden Roe and Sam Chapman caused frequent trouble for the Mousehole back line, Roe volleying over on 28 from close range and Chapman hitting the top of the bar with a cross-cum-shot from the right on 41.

The Teigns again came close on 57 minutes with Chapman in the clear but Tyler Tonkin got back superbly to block the chance.  And from the resulting corner Scott Baxter rose well but put his free header over the bar from six yards.  At the other end, Liam Andrew headed over with a good chance from Will Vouama’s accurate cross just after the hour, and a couple of minutes from the end of normal time Wednesday’s match winner Steven Ziboth was inches away from connecting with substitute Chris Prout’s low cross at the far post.

Teignmouth were the first to threaten in extra time with a fast break that was crowded out, but on 99 minutes Ziboth’s 12-yard drive hit the unaware Luke Ashford in goal, and from that moment on the visitors retreated to deep positions, relying on breakaways and set pieces.  And one such chance came shortly after the extra time turn-round, Jack Baxter advancing after winning the ball in midfield but shooting over the bar.  Three minutes later The Seagulls took the lead for the first time, as the bells began to ring loudly from the nearby Paul Church.  Will Vouama’s trickery on the left of the box gave him the space to chip a perfect cross into the middle where Jake Andrew, who had been well shackled by the visitors’ defence all afternoon, scored with a diving header.  Teignmouth had one last chance to take the game to a penalty shoot-out as Roe wriggled free on the left and from a tight angle rolled the ball inches wide of the far post.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Chris Prout (for Jordan Adlard, 63), Connor Davey (for Luke Johnson, 66), Paulo Sousa

Scorers:  Teignmouth – Jay James (15).   Mousehole – Luke Johnson (18), Jake Andrew (109)

Referee:  Derek Hughes.   Attendance:  112

*Mousehole will be in search of vital League points to reinforce their promotion bid when Holsworthy visit Trungle Parc this Saturday (17th) for a Peninsula League West Division fixture (kick off 3pm).

*The club will be running supporters’ coaches to the Cornwall Senior Cup Final (Mousehole’s first-ever appearance in the Final) on Easter Monday – for details and bookings see notice in clubhouse and on social media.


MOUSEHOLE 3-1 ST AUSTELL (after extra time, score at full time 1-1)




Two perfectly-executed goals in the second period of extra time of an incident-packed Senior Cup Semi-Final earned Mousehole a well-deserved win over higher-division St Austell in front of a large crowd on a rain-sodden but memorable night at Helston.

The Seagulls had never before reached the semi-final of the County FA’s prestigious cup competition, but they were not content to leave the record at that, as they showed great skill, courage, decision-making and fitness to overcome their illustrious Premier Division opponents who have been multiple winners of the Senior Cup.

Both teams had enjoyed home advantage in all ties leading up to the semi-final, with Mousehole beating two Cornwall Combination sides RNAS Culdrose (5-1) and West Cornwall (2-0) and then Premier Division visitors Newquay (5-0), while St Austell had knocked out Combo side Mullion (11-0), Division 1 West Dobwalls (3-2) and then Camelford (2-1).

St Austell started on the front foot but were undone in the 6th minute when a short-corner routine led to a long cross beyond the far post where Jake Andrew nodded the ball back and Luke Johnson rifled a low drive into the net from 10 yards.

Steve Parker-Billinge had to be at his goalkeeping best to pounce on to a dangerous low cross as the Lillywhites came back strongly, but there was little he could do to prevent an equaliser on 17 minutes when Martin Watts put in a high inswinging free kick from the right towards St Austell’s big defenders and Martin Giles was first to the ball to head home.

The Seagulls, giving as good as they got in a tough physical encounter, were in the ascendancy for the last 15 minutes of the first half with a composed performance when on the ball and some alert defending as St Austell looked to play on the break.

St Austell had a goal ruled out for offside on 51 minutes as they again started the half strongly and Liam Andrew received a yellow card for a foul four minutes later as Mousehole were pressed back.  Paulo Sousa and William Vouama were being targeted with rough treatment as The Lillywhites sought to impose themselves, but it was a violent over-the-top tackle on Kevin Lawrence in the centre-circle that led to a straight red card for St Austell’s Chris Reski on 63 minutes, an event which provoked a mass confrontation between the players of both sides.  Five minutes later it became ten-versus-ten when Liam Andrew was dealt a second yellow card for a trip on Mark Goldsworthy as he latched on to a loose ball after a rare defensive mix-up, with Steve Parker-Billinge making a great save from the resultant free kick again delivered menacingly by Martin Watts.

The greater space provided by the two dismissals suited Mousehole better and as the game opened up Jason Chapman in the St Austell goal made good saves from 25-yard shots by Will Vouama and Jordan Adlard.  But what turned out to be a significant moment was the substitute appearance of Steven Ziboth with 15 minutes to go, and the diminutive 19-year old’s pace and movement kept the Lillywhites powerful defence guessing for the rest of the match.  Chapman was in action again on 90+2 as he blocked Ziboth’s shot from close range after a dazzling run from the left.

Mousehole’s retention and quick forward movement of the ball on a slick surface saw them dominate large parts of the 30 minutes of extra time, with a tiring St Austell side threatening only occasionally through set pieces and long balls upfield, and looking content to hold on for a penalty shoot-out.  Steven Ziboth’s cross-cum-shot hit the far post on 100 minutes and on 110 William Vouama had a shot brilliantly blocked when a goal looked certain.  But the goal that had been coming for some time resulted from a quickly-taken free kick in Mousehole’s own half, William Vouama weaving elegantly past labouring defenders and chipping a superb pass into the path of Steven Ziboth who raced through to shoot low past Chapman for 2-1 in the 115th minute.

In a sensational last minute of added time, goalkeeper Jason Chapman went up for a last-gasp St Austell corner, Martin Giles’ header was cleared off the line by Tyler Tonkin to prevent an undeserved equaliser, the ball reached Steve Parker-Billinge and his quick release saw Steven Ziboth overtake the retreating Chapman with stunning speed to slot into the unguarded net from 30 yards and prompt huge celebrations both on and off the pitch.

Mousehole’s semi-final result was their fourth Cup win of the season against Premier Division opposition, having already disposed of Camelford, Launceston and Newquay, and they will need to show the same qualities in the Senior Cup Final* against last season’s losing finalists Saltash United (3-1 winners against Torpoint Athletic in the other semi-final) who currently stand 4th in the Premier Division table with only four league defeats this season.

This Saturday (10th) Mousehole face Division 1 East side Teignmouth at Trungle Parc (2:30pm) in the League Cup quarter-final tie postponed from last Saturday because of travelling conditions.  If Mousehole win, they will play Tavistock in the semi-final at Newquay on Tuesday March 20th, their fifth Premier Division opposition this season.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Liam Andrew, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Paulo Sousa

Substitutes:  Steven Ziboth (for Jake Andrew, 75), Connor Davey, Caleb Marsden, Josh Otto

St Austell:  Jason Chapman, Will Tinsley, Martin Watts, Martin Giles, Tom Chambers, Ross Lye, Jordan Dingle, Chris Reski, Liam Dingle, Mark Goldsworthy, Jack Calver

Substitutes:  Lean, Searle, Powell, Flack (for Liam Dingle, 85)

Scorers:  Mousehole – Luke Johnson (6), Steven Ziboth (115, 120+3);  St Austell – Martin Giles (17)

Officials:  Referee – Neil Hunnisett,  Assistant Referees – Steve Nute & Keith Houghton,  Fourth Official – Steve Annis

Attendance:  381

*Cornwall Senior Cup Final:  Mousehole v Saltash United, Easter Monday 2nd April, at Blaise Park, St Blazey AFC, kick off 2pm





 It was a beautiful afternoon at Marazion in contrast with the recent adverse weather conditions, and a sizeable crowd – with the numbers boosted as a result of many postponed matches locally – turned out for The Seagulls’ first home league fixture of the year.

Mousehole quickly achieved dominance and within minutes of the kick off Chris Bullock drove in a shot that just skimmed over the Lanner crossbar.  Shortly afterwards the same player made it 1-0 with a header from a well-placed cross.

As the game progressed Lanner defended stubbornly, breaking down many of the hosts’ attacks.  At the other end a superb free just outside the Mousehole box beat Paul Williams in goal but fortunately for the home side the ball rebounded off the upright.

Mousehole made the most of this close escape to go 2-0 into the lead.  After a good passage of play found Michael Fitchett free on the right wing, he entered the Lanner penalty box and was tumbled over by a defender, with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  Chris Bullock converted the penalty for his second goal of the afternoon.  Mousehole continued in control, with Lee Robinson prominent in mid-field and Jamie Simons making good runs down the left.

Lanner continued in the second half as they had finished the first period with some excellent defending in the face of numerous Mousehole attacks, one of which featured an overhead kick wide of goal by Michael Fitchett.

The visitors were once again unlucky not to score as a shot came back off the post, but it was not long before they were rewarded for their efforts, following some slack defending by the Mousehole defence.

At only 2-1 in arrears, Lanner were playing some good football, while Mousehole were going through a lean spell.  However another attack saw Chris Bullock brought down in the penalty box, and he stepped up to score his second penalty of the afternoon and complete his hat-trick.

With The Seagulls then moving up a gear, some good work by Matt Howes and Tyler Tonkin found an unmarked JJ Simmonds on the edge of the box and his shot made it 4 – 1.  This was quickly followed by a similar move, with Josh Storey dummying a defender to allow Jamie Simons to make it number 5 with a close tap in.

This was an entertaining fixture, a good all-round team effort and a well-earned victory against formidable opponents whose good play belied their lowly league placing.

The win puts Mousehole at the top of the table with 35 points, one point ahead of Hayle but with four games in hand.  The next scheduled league fixture is away at Threemilestone on 17th March, followed by a home game against Constantine on 24th.

Mousehole Reserves’ squad v Lanner:  Paul Williams, Joe Davies(captain), Lee Robinson, Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Matthew Howes, Josh Storey, Tom Hooper, Tyler Tonkin, Tom George

jamie thomson mousehole afc


Jamie Thomson, former Club Captain and Head Coach of Helston Athletic and owner of a thriving football coaching business, has agreed to join Mousehole AFC’s management and coaching team while also joining forces to merge his business with the Endorsed Academy, as the club looks to strengthen further its strategy to develop into the foremost football organisation in the region.

A well-respected figure in Cornish football, Thomson has a wealth of playing and coaching experience at this level, having been captain of the successful Helston Athletic team that won the South West Peninsula League West Division in 2014/15, and since gaining promotion to the Premier Division he has been their Club Captain and most recently Head Coach.

Thomson’s coaching business, now in operation for some ten years, involves simultaneous delivery of after-school clubs on most days of the week at various locations during term time, and during school holidays the emphasis turns to soccer camps.  The business will be re-branded and developed under the umbrella of the Endorsed range of services that support Mousehole AFC, with the aim of increasing the number of participants, schools and projects, and widening the coverage of areas in Cornwall.  With hundreds of children involved, there will be greatly improved opportunities to identify youngsters and provide a pathway to the Endorsed Academy’s age-group development squads at Mousehole, which themselves will increase in number as demand rises.

Cheltenham-born Thomson is excited for the future: “Having understood the vision and values here, I’m super-passionate about joining to help create a better future for the County’s young sportsmen and women.  Combining forces with Endorsed, I can foresee the expansion of our current projects, including our hugely popular soccer camps – which are fun-based games and activities – but also the development of more specialised skills-focussed camps for youngsters with real potential and raw talent.  I’m also aiming to bring to the club my experience as a player and an adults’ team coach, having played as a pro for Cheltenham Town and as a semi-pro around the Midlands before moving to Cornwall and playing for Porthleven, Falmouth and Helston.   I feel I have a lot to offer…..and of course I’ve also had a taste of promotion success, just like Mousehole are aiming for.”

Speaking of Thomson’s appointment, Ezra Chapman, Chairman of the Endorsed Group and a former Mousehole AFC player and now Adviser to the club, added: “We collectively have a long-term vision for the sustainable development of the club while at the same time improving football coaching for the kids of Cornwall.   Our focus on youth is absolutely key, so Jamie’s thinking and enterprise are very much in line with that.  Jamie will extend our reach into new areas within the county, and also bring fresh knowledge, skills and business ideas to our talented leadership team, so I’m totally confident together we will produce tangible benefits for young footballers across the county.”






 After 11 consecutive wins in League and Cup competitions, second-place Mousehole had to settle for a solitary point at fourth-bottom Dobwalls, and despite the consolation of earning their 10th ‘clean sheet’ of the season they will be reflecting how to turn their superiority into wins against physically aggressive and defensively-minded opponents.

The management duo of Simon Westlake and Ben Washam made their former club Plymstock United a hard team to beat, and they have brought similar battling qualities to this Dobwalls squad.  The Seagulls certainly knew they were in for a difficult afternoon when first Paulo Sousa and then captain Billy Curtis were flattened by flying tackles in the opening period – the latter incident resulting in a 5-minute long treatment session on the pitch – but without any sanction from referee Clements.

Despite being knocked out of their stride, Mousehole still created enough chances to score in both halves.  Chris Prout drove an early 25-yard free kick millimetres over the bar, Will Vouama had a goalbound shot tipped over by goalkeeper Bruce Shields, Liam Andrew headed just wide from a corner, and Paulo Sousa shot straight at the ‘keeper when well placed.

Dobwalls were content to hold on to the point they started with, rarely venturing forward and relying on set pieces to get the ball anywhere near the visitors’ goal.  But Mousehole made a slow start to the second half and were relieved to see a chance go over the bar after a sudden break, virtually Dobwalls’ only serious attack during the 90 minutes.  The Seagulls experienced an increasingly frustrating last half hour, with the hosts pulling all players back into the final third to deny space.  Jake Andrew headed over when Luke Johnson’s cross for once found him in front of goal and then in the last minute a right-sided free kick skimmed through quickly to Billy Curtis a few feet out but he turned the chance over the bar.

The draw moves Mousehole down to fourth place, with their six promotion rivals – currently separated by 10 points – having the opportunity to play ‘catch up’ with their League games in hand this weekend while The Seagulls are in Cup action.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Chris Prout, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Connor Davey, Jake Andrew, Paulo Sousa.   Substitutes:  Luke Johnson (for Connor Davey, 64), Steven Ziboth (for Jordan Adlard, 75), Tyler Tonkin, Jamie Thomson

*This Saturday (3rd) Mousehole face their third Cup quarter-final in recent weeks when East Division Teignmouth visit Trungle Parc in the SWP League Cup (kick off 2:30pm).  Teignmouth are currently in mid-table in their Division but with several games in hand over most teams above them, at least partly because of their outstanding Cup success this season.  Like Mousehole, Teignmouth are undefeated in Cup competitions, and have already won through to the semi-finals of the Devon Premier Cup.  To reach Saturday’s League Cup quarter-final tie, they beat two West Division sides away, and then Penzance at home.  In all, they have won 7 Cup ties, 5 of them away, so the forthcoming encounter is likely to be both fascinating and close.  Mousehole reached this stage with an away win over West Division leaders Ludgvan followed by two home wins over Premier Division sides Camelford and Launceston.  The winners of Saturday’s tie will face a Premier Division side – one of Falmouth Town, Godolphin Atlantic, and either Tavistock or Plymouth Parkway, in the semi-finals on 20th/21st March.

*In the Cornwall Senior Cup, Mousehole’s reward for their quarter-final 5-0 win over Premier Division Newquay is a semi-final tie next Wednesday (7th March) against another Premier Division side St Austell, at Bickland Park, Falmouth Town FC, kick off 7:30pm.  The tie will be Mousehole’s first-ever appearances in the Senior Cup semi-finals, whereas St Austell have won the Cup three times in the last nine years and 14 times overall.  The other semi-final brings together Saltash United and Torpoint Athletic, with the Final to be played at St Blazey on Easter Monday.


*In the Cornwall Charity Cup, after Mousehole’s 4-0 quarter-final win against Penzance, they have been drawn against Liskeard Athletic in the semi-finals, held at neutral venues – to be announced in due course – on 10th and 11th April. The other semi-final is St Blazey against Wadebridge Town, and the Final is scheduled for 9th May.





Mousehole booked their place in the Womens County Cup Semi Final with a dominant 6-0 victory over Penryn Ladies, despite having to field a much-changed side because of injuries and work commitments.

Flo Davies Kirsop moved from right back to centre back and ensured the visitors’ strike force was kept very quiet.  Lyndsey Mayers had another commanding game in goal after her appearance for Cornwall Women versus Leeds United Ladies 24 hours earlier, but with only a few actual saves to make, it was her speed off the line that snuffed out any threats on the break.  With Jo Barker out through injury it was left to Megan Davison to lead the line with Stacey George playing just behind.

Mousehole were finding space and joy down the flanks but were unable to capitalise until five minutes before half time, when a perfectly-weighted pass from Tamara de Silva split the defence for Sophie Wilson to advance and calmly slot the ball into the corner of the net.

The introduction of Katy Barker and Carly Jacka at the start of the second half saw Mousehole take total command, and the hosts duly doubled their lead with a superb move.  The ball came into Megan Davison with her back to goal, she swept a pass out to the right for Megan Edwards to race on to and pull back for Sophie Wilson who in turn squared the ball for Carly Jacka to drive into the top corner.

Shortly afterwards it was 3-0, Sophie Wilson getting her second goal with a high ball eluding everyone and finding the net.  Katy Barker then added two identical goals, latching on to a defence-splitting pass, taking the ball into and across the box past the defence and the ‘keeper, and placing the ball into an empty net.

The scoring was rounded off when the Penryn ‘keeper’s clearance ​found Sophie Wilson who ran through unopposed and slid the ball through the keeper’s legs for her hat-trick.

In the other quarter-final ties, South West League sides Callington (last year’s winners) and Charlestown won, while Helston progressed via a ‘home walkover’.

Next Sunday, 4th March, Mousehole Women will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the Cornwall Women’s League with a home match against Culdrose (2:30pm). Mousehole Women v Penryn Ladies – starting X1:  Lyndsey Mayers (captain), Lena Mannon, Tamara de Silva, Lucy Brown, Flo Davies Kirsop, Becky Edwards, Sophie Wilson, Claire Hitchens Todd, Megan Edwards, Stacey George, Megan Davison.  Substitutes (all played) – Robyn Ashurst, Carly Jacka, Katy Barker, Rosie Davison.


A weekend to celebrate and promote girls’ and women’s football was a great success, with Leeds United Ladies, who play in the Women’s FA Premier League Northern Division, having a joint training session with Mousehole’s own successful Women’s team on Friday evening and hosting a soccer camp for girls aged 6-16 on Saturday morning.  They also found time to visit the Penlee Lifeboat in Newlyn before taking on a Cornwall Women’s representative side in a full-scale match at Mousehole AFC’s Trungle Parc on Saturday afternoon, followed by a social get-together in the clubhouse during the evening.

Above: Leeds United Ladies visited the Penlee Lifeboat during their visit to West Cornwall last weekend (photo by Robin Chiffers)

The event was initiated and organised jointly by Jason Blunt (Mousehole AFC’s Head of Youth & Development and until last June the manager of Leeds United Under-23s), and locally-based David Haigh, former Managing Director of Leeds United.

Watched by a crowd of 215 on a bitterly cold and windy afternoon, Leeds Ladies won the fixture 3-0 with a display of clinical finishing.  Cornwall Women were playing their first game since 2015 but gave a good account of themselves against the visitors, who play regularly together in league and cup matches and have enjoyed a good run of form and results since the new year.

Mousehole’s Lyndsey Mayers made some good saves in goal in an open first half and Cornwall came close on a couple of occasions through Tori Marks and Kerri-Ann Moxon, but it was Leeds who took the lead with the last action before half time.  Amber Hadrill nearly equalised for Cornwall with a long-range free kick but the visitors doubled their lead with a well-worked corner routine and added a third goal late on.

Above: The Leeds United Ladies and Cornwall Women’s captains pose with Referee Derek Hughes and assistants Iain Tucker and David Malone, flanked by four young mascots and ball-girls who had taken part in the morning’s soccer camp

Cornwall Squad:  Alice Bennion, Amber Hadrill, Beth Overton, Chevonne Johanning, Chloe Harris, Kaitlyn Harris, Lauren Bennett, Tori Marks (all Charlestown), Charlotte Whitmore, Sally Salter (both Cornwall ACC), Dani Salt, Faye Ivall (both Plymouth Argyle), Jodie Hood, Laura-Beth Medcalf, Zoe Arundell-Lethbridge (all St. Agnes), Kerri-Ann Moxon (Helston), Lyndsey Mayers (Mousehole), Sara Rowe (Callington)

*Jason Blunt was delighted with the weekend’s activities:  “We are very grateful to the Cornwall FA for their work in preparing this fixture, and to Leeds United Ladies for spending time with us and showing the standards we can aspire to as the girls’ and women’s game develops.  We know they had a great time down here and enjoyed the Cornish hospitality.  The weekend needed a great deal of planning and organisation and once again the club’s hard-working volunteers did a superb job all round.  Let’s hope we can move on to stage similar events in the not-too-distant future.”

Lee Townend, Chairman of Leeds United Ladies, was equally enthusiastic about the success of the weekend visit:  ““It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to Cornwall and a fantastic adventure for our ladies and staff.  Our time at Mousehole AFC could not have been any more perfect – the club’s staff and players, and the Cornwall FA players, were all very professional.  We were looked after in a way that could only be described as amazing.  Jason (Blunt) and all the coaches looked after us ‘above and beyond’, and David Haigh’s hotel at Lamorna Cove was just unbelievable.  Overall, such a beautiful place to visit and rest assured we will be back at some point in the future.”

*Mousehole Women then completed a perfect weekend on Sunday afternoon with a dominant 6-0 win over Penryn Ladies at Trungle Parc in the quarter-finals of the Cornwall Women’s Cup.



CORNWALL WOMEN’S LEAGUE, sponsored by Pirate FM



In their 11th League match of the season, table-topping Mousehole Women dropped their first points of the season against a youthful and energetic Charlestown side on a pitch made heavy after recent rainy weather, especially down the middle.

When Mousehole got the ball wide to the right they caused the visitors problems, and they could have been two or three goals to the good before Scarlett Clouter’s breakthrough goal finally put them ahead, poking the ball home after a defensive mix-up at the far post following a deep corner.

There were other chances to extend the lead, but the Charlestown ‘keeper handled the ball securely, particularly from high crosses. A great chance came when Katy Barker raced to the byeline and pulled the ball back across goal, but none of the three onrushing Mousehole players could connect.  The hosts then had a let-off when a mix-up at the back gave the Charlestown forward a chance to force the ball home but she scuffed her shot.

However, The Seagulls conceded a goal straight after the second-half kick off, as the ball bobbled and was completely missed by the covering defenders, allowing Charlestown a clear run on goal for a simple equaliser.  This put Mousehole on the back foot and Charlestown began to get the better of the exchanges.  But Mousehole came back to get a grip on the game again and make chances to go back in front, Katy Barker hitting the bar after a weaving run and Megan Davison being denied by great block by the defender.

With the game ending all-square on a frustrating afternoon for The Seagulls, they still maintain their position at the top, now four points ahead of St Agnes who have a game in hand.

Mousehole Women:  Lyndsey Mayers (captain), Lena Mannon, Flo Davies Kirsop, Emma Hurworth, Lucy Brown, Megan Edwards, Sophie Wilson, Claire Hitchens Todd, Scarlett Clouter, Katy Barker, Jo Barker.  Substitutes:  Megan Davison (for Megan Edwards), Becky Edwards (for Jo Barker), Rosie Davison, Stacey George

*Congratulations are due to Lyndsey Mayers, Mousehole Women’s captain and goalkeeper, who has been selected for the Cornwall Women’s team to play Leeds United Ladies at Trungle Parc this Saturday, 24th February (2:15 kick off).

*Mousehole Women are next in action this Sunday (25th), when Penryn Ladies are the visitors to Trungle Parc for a Cornwall Women’s Cup quarter-final tie (2pm)