Mousehole collected three vital points and gave their goal difference a massive boost with a commanding performance against Wadebridge Town on Saturday as they continue to consolidate their position among this season’s promotion candidates.

With results working out favourably elsewhere, The Seagulls have climbed up to second place in the table, and although they have played more games than their six main rivals behind them, they will argue they have got the points in the bank and will have a less congested fixture programme in the later stages of the season.

Saturday’s win completed a League ‘double’ against The Bridgers, and it was against this opposition that manager Kevin Richards was in charge for his first game in early October.  Since his appointment, Mousehole have played a total of 18 games in the League and the three Cup competitions, winning 16 of those, drawing one and losing one, and in the last three matches they have beaten Premier Division Newquay, local rivals Penzance and now Wadebridge Town with an aggregate tally of 15 goals scored and none conceded.

In front of a 100+ crowd, Steve Parker-Billinge had to make an early save from Jake Williams at the expense of a corner, but it was Mousehole who opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jake Andrew turned on a loose ball on the edge of the six yard box to poke home under Ben Rosevear’s body in the visitors’ goal.  And the scorer became provider on 32 when his low cross from the right was stroked in, again from the six yard line, by Paulo Sousa.

Jake Andrew (green shirt, white socks, partly hidden), watched by Luke Johnson (7), scores past Wadebridge Town goalkeeper Ben Rosevear (also in green top) to put Mousehole 1-0 up in the 6-0 win on Saturday

The Bridgers’ 23-goal marksman Dan Jennings had been kept very quiet until the opening minutes of the second half when his pace took him clear down the right but no-one was on hand to take advantage of his dangerous low cross.  At the other end, Rosevear made a point blank save from Steven Ziboth, before Jake Andrew scored his second goal of the game – and his fifth goal in the last two matches – with a spectacular volley inside the far post from a wide angle on the right after 60 minutes.  Two minutes later Steve Parker-Billinge had to tip over a sharp 12-yard drive from Paul Reed, but very little was seen of the visitors as an attacking force after that as they were pressed back and opened up repeatedly by Mousehole’s passing and movement throughout the last half hour.

Mousehole players celebrate their second goal in the 6-0 win against Wadebridge on Saturday – left to right: William Vouama, Kevin Lawrence (4), Liam Andrew (5), the goal scorer Paulo Sousa (partly hidden), Jake Andrew and Luke Johnson

Jake Andrew came close to a second successive hat-trick on 74, hitting the bar from newcomer William Vouama’s pass, before Luke Johnson drove in low for 4-0 on 76 as The Bridgers’ overworked defence failed to clear.  After substitute Chris Prout had hit the post with a typical 25-yard drive, Paulo Sousa got his second from close range for 5-0 on 85, and although left back Callum Bertrand ventured forward in search of a consolation goal on 88, it was Mousehole who competed the scoring in the last minute as Luke Johnson switched to the left wing and converted a through ball with a perfect lob.

The Seagulls now have 13 League games left this season, with 8 at home and 5 away.  Six of those 13 games are against teams in the top 7, with home and away ‘doubles’ against current Division leaders Ludgvan (who have not applied for promotion), and against St Blazey, and home fixtures against Elburton Villa and Millbrook.

Meanwhile, this Saturday (24th) Mousehole face their first away trip since 18th November – 12 games ago – when they travel to fourth-bottom Dobwalls (3pm).  The club is running a 53-seater supporters coach to the match, leaving Penzance Bus Station at 12:15pm at a cost of £5 per person.

After that, their next two matches are both Cup ties, with the SWP League Cup quarter-final tie against East Division Teignmouth at Trungle Parc on Saturday 3rd March (2:30pm), followed in midweek by their first-ever appearance in the Cornwall Senior Cup semi-finals when they face Premier Division high-fliers St Austell at Falmouth Town’s Bickland Park on Wednesday 7th March (7:30pm).

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

Substitutes:  Chris Prout (for Steven Ziboth, 64), Kayne Trevaskis (for Jake Andrew, 74), Omar Dialo (for William Vouama, 79), Connor Davey, Yeshe Briar

Scorers:  Jake Andrew (10, 60), Paulo Sousa (32, 85), Luke Johnson (76, 90)

Referee:  Mike Glanville.    Attendance: 105

*Mousehole’s home League fixture against Holsworthy has been brought forward from Easter Monday to Saturday 17th March (3pm)


In a major boost for girls’ and women’s football in Cornwall, Leeds United Ladies football squad have accepted an invitation from Mousehole AFC to visit West Cornwall over the weekend of 23rd to 25th February.

The visit comes at a time of an unprecedented increase in the number of active participants and teams, providing further evidence that female football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.

The Leeds United Ladies will train together with Mousehole’s successful Women’s team on Friday evening (23rd) from 7-8pm at Mounts Bay Academy.

Then on Saturday morning they will host a soccer camp for girls aged 6 to 16 from 9-10am, also at Mounts Bay – all welcome, with a chance to be a mascot for the afternoon match.

Following that, they will play a full-scale game against a Cornwall FA Women’s Representative team at Mousehole’s HQ at Trungle Parc, Paul, on Saturday (24th), kick off at 2:15pm.

The Cornwall FA Women’s side has not played a match since 2015, when the County FA’s 125th anniversary was celebrated with a game against Yeovil Town Ladies.  The County squad for the Leeds match will be drawn from players who play for a Cornish side or live in Cornwall, following a series of trials held recently under the watchful eyes of co-managers Vicky Fisher and Beth Willshaw.

Leeds United Ladies, who are an integral part of Leeds United Football Club,  compete in the FA National Women’s Premier League Division 1.  They are currently in a rich vein of form, with their last three matches all being away and producing two wins – at Chorley and Morecambe – and one draw, at Crewe Alexandra.

The forthcoming event was initiated jointly by Jason Blunt, Mousehole AFC’s Head of Youth and Development, who was until last June manager of Leeds United Under-23s, and locally-based David Haigh, former Managing Director of Leeds United.  Blunt has already used his connections with the Yorkshire club to bring a Leeds United Academy team down to Mousehole in early October to mark the launch of Mousehole’s own Academy and also the re-opening of the club’s Trungle Parc ground after extensive improvement works in the summer.

Speaking of the forthcoming Women’s football weekend, Newlyn-born Blunt said:  “We want to make this a special weekend – an opportunity to celebrate and promote women’s football – not only showcasing the talents of a top-class team in Leeds United Ladies, but also giving local players the chance to learn from the visitors, and also see how they match up and can aspire to the higher standards set.  It will also be a great social occasion, with the Trungle Parc clubhouse open all afternoon on Saturday for food and drink, and continuing with the friendly hospitality and fun during the evening”

Lee Townend, Leeds United Ladies Chairman, said: “Our team has been going from strength to strength since the New Year and we are thrilled with their performance so far this season.  The trip to Cornwall will be a fantastic chance for the team to take part in a celebratory weekend and help promote women’s football.”

Mousehole Women team are also an integral part of Mousehole AFC and play in the Cornwall Women’s League, where they are enjoying their best-ever season, with a 100% record in 10 fixtures so far, putting them six points ahead at the top of the League table.

For the Cornwall v Leeds match on Saturday 24th February, admission will be £5 for adults, with free entry for under-16s accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the eventbrite website, as follows:

First-time visitors to Trungle Parc may wish to note that the ground (postcode TR19 6AZ) is not in Mousehole, but in the village of Paul, which is approached and signposted from the B3315 from Newlyn.






Mousehole return to League action for the first time in over seven weeks this Saturday when Wadebridge Town are the visitors for a 3pm kick off.

The Seagulls’ last League fixture was the Boxing Day local derby 2-0 win against The Magpies of Penzance, and since then they have played four matches in three Cup competitions, all at home, and have won them all:  2-0 against West Cornwall FC and 5-0 against Newquay both in the Cornwall Senior Cup, 2-1 against Launceston in the League Cup, and, last Saturday, 4-0 against Penzance in the Cornwall Charity Cup.

The Cup victories have earned Mousehole two semi-final appearances in March and April – in the Senior Cup for the first time on record, and in the Charity Cup, which they won two years ago. And there’s still a quarter-final tie in the League Cup to come, against East Division Teignmouth in two weeks’ time on 3rd March.

But the Wadebridge match marks an ideal opportunity to pick up vital League points, as the team – with a 100% winning record at home this season, and beaten only once since 23rd September – look to finish in the highest possible position to justify the club’s recent promotion application.

The current standings show Mousehole in 5th place, with 30 points from 18 games, and with only seven points separating the six teams around them.  The Seagulls have played up to three games more than their rivals and have the worst goal difference of all except one – but their winning run means the points are already banked and they will have a relatively less congested fixture programme towards the end of the season.

Wadebridge Town, meanwhile, after a superb table-topping winning start to the season, have won only twice – both against bottom club Bude Town – in their last 13 League matches and now are in 12th place with 20 points from 16 games.  But they have in their ranks Dan Jennings, who has already notched up  21 goals to be way ahead at the top of both the West and the East Division ‘golden boot’ tables.

The forthcoming match will have some significance for Seagulls’ manager Kevin Richards as his first game in charge was the midweek away fixture at Wadebridge on 3rd October, a 3-1 victory with two goals from Bradley Wills and one from Caleb Marsden.

Next Saturday (24th February) Mousehole face their first away game since 18th November when they travel to Dobwalls for another important League fixture (3pm).



CORNWALL WOMEN’S LEAGUE, sponsored by Pirate FM



Mousehole Women surged six points ahead at the top of the Cornwall Women’s League, and recorded their tenth consecutive win since the start of the season, with a bagful of goals to provide a major boost to their goal difference.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, this was the only game in the League to survive the wet weather, with both teams fielding depleted squads and the hosts particularly badly affected by unavailable players.

For Mousehole, four different players – Emma Hurworth, Lucy Brown, Sophie Wilson and Stacey George – took turns in goal in the absence of tonsillitis-stricken Lyndsey Mayers, and Cas Wilson made her debut.

It was 7-0 at half-time with goals from Sophie Wilson (2), Megan Edwards, Claire Hitchens Todd, Scarlett Clouter (2) and Jo Barker.

Early in the second half, Scarlett Clouter got her hat-trick and Claire Hitchens Todd scored her second to make it 9-0.  The Seagulls amassed another eight goals inside the last 20 minutes through Sophie Wilson (her hat-trick), Jo Barker, Scarlett Clouter, Jo Barker again for her hat-trick, Sophie Wilson with a ‘trade mark screamer’ from 30 yards, Emma Hurworth, two from Flo Davies – one an accidental deflection off her back from a Sophie Wilson drive, the second a powerful shot of her own, and finally Sophie Wilson rounding off the afternoon’s work.

The win maintains Mousehole Women’s 100% record and puts them on 30 points with a goal difference of +70.  In second place are last season’s champions St Agnes on 24 points with 8 wins from 9 games and a goal difference of +82.  Third are Helston Ladies with 19 points from 10 games.  Mousehole have yet to play St Agnes at home or away, so the six points on offer could go some way to deciding the destination of this season’s championship.

Mousehole’s next fixture is this Sunday (18th) at home against Charlestown, kick off 2:30, venue to be decided later in the week.

Mousehole squad v St Breward:  Emma Hurworth, Lena Mannon, Lucy Brown, Flo Davies Kirsop, Megan Edwards, Claire Hitchens Todd, Sophie Wilson, Kieren Watkinson, Stacey George, Scarlett Clouter, Jo Barker, Cas Wilson 

Scorers:  Sophie Wilson (5), Scarlett Clouter (4), Jo Barker (3), Claire Hitchens Todd (2), Flo Davies Kirsop (2), Emma Hurworth (1), Megan Edwards (1).

MATCH REPORT – MOUSEHOLE vs PENZANCE (Charity Cup Quarter Final)





 Mousehole reached the semi-finals of the Cornwall Charity Cup with their second win of the season over Penzance, this time with all four goals coming from the Andrew brothers, including a hat-trick for Jake and three headers in total.

The Mousehole squad included ex-Penzance players Jake and Liam Andrew, Tyler Tonkin and Connor Davey, while Penzance had former Seagulls Dom Angove, Matt Laithwaite, Frazer Cadman, Lewis Caspall and assistant player-manager Mark Vercesi on the team sheet, led by manager Wayne Quinn who had brought unprecedented double-winning success to the Trungle Parc club.

The Boxing Day league clash between the local rivals had ended in a hard-fought 2-0 win for The Seagulls, but Saturday’s encounter turned out to be a less close contest, with the home side asserting their dominance in the second half.

The match started in cold drizzle on a soft surface which became gradually stickier, though still perfectly playable, and there was plenty of action to keep the large crowd of 187 occupied.

Mousehole had a brisk opening and came close in the first 20 minutes with two shots hitting the woodwork.  But it was The Magpies who very nearly took the lead in the 25th minute when Lewis Caspall had a fierce shot with his favoured left foot beaten away at close range by Steve Parker-Billinge in the home goal, and from the resultant corner the well-placed Dan Horler volleyed wide at the far post.

Those near-misses became significant shortly afterwards when Mousehole took the lead after 31 minutes, Jake Andrew putting a powerful header into the roof of the net from six yards from Connor Davey’s pinpoint cross from the left.  And there was nearly a second goal on 35 minutes when a surging run by Luke Johnson put Jake Andrew in one-on-one with Dom Angove in the visitors’ goal only for the alert ‘keeper to make a brave and vital block.

Dom Angove was again in action shortly after the re-start with an agile catch from Billy Curtis’ cross, while on 52 minutes Lewis Caspall at the other end showed his special skills on a difficult surface, weaving his way in from the left and sliding a dangerous pass into the box which Paulo Sousa cleared with a goal-saving interception.  This was Penzance’s last serious threat on the home goal, as Mousehole started to take control of the game with possession football and restrict the visitors to the occasional foray forward.  On 54 minutes, Kevin Lawrence lofted the ball from the left towards the far post where Liam Andrew raced in to thunder a header into the net from 10 yards for a 2-0 scoreline.  And two minutes later it was 3-0 as Jake Andrew was in the right place to tap in a low cross from close range after Luke Johnson had done some great work on the right.  Substitute Steven Ziboth created The Seagulls’ fourth and final goal, picking up a short clearance from Parker-Billinge and sprinting 70 yards with an outstanding burst of speed past covering defenders to the far byeline where he chipped a centre across goal for Jake Andrew to head in for his hat-trick.

Mousehole have now reached the semi-finals of both County cups, having beaten Premier Division Newquay 5-0 in the Senior Cup the week before.  The draws for the semi-finals – in the Senior Cup involving Saltash United, Torpoint Athletic and St Austell, and in the Charity Cup St Blazey, Liskeard Athletic and Wadebridge or Carharrack – are due to be made by Cornwall FA on Tuesday (13th) live on Facebook at 10am.  The Seagulls have a chance to reach a third semi-final when they play Teignmouth at home on 3rd March in the League Cup.

Penzance and Mousehole return to League action this Saturday, with Penzance travelling to Plymouth Marjon looking to build on their mid-table position, while 5th place Mousehole who are 9 points ahead of The Magpies but have played three games more, will be attempting to extend this season’s 100% 13-win home record against  Wadebridge Town (3pm).

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Liam Andrew, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, Connor Davey, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Paulo Sousa.  Substitutes:  Chris Prout (for Tyler Tonkin, 56), Kayne Trevaskis (for Connor Davey, 64), Steven Ziboth (for Luke Johnson, 70), Caleb Marsden, Josh Storey

Penzance:  Dom Angove, Rhys Allen, Matt Laithwaite, Frazer Cadman, Dan Lord, Kyle Hampton, Gavin Perraton, Lewis Caspall (captain), Dan Horler, Mark Vercesi, Paul Robertson.  Substitutes:  Joel Allen (for Matt Laithwaite, 57), Ed Wilton (for Paul Robertson, 62), Ronnie May (for Gavin Perraton, 62), Finn Robinson

Scorers:  Jake Andrew (31, 56, 80), Liam Andrew (54)

Referee: George Pattison.     Attendance:  187



CORNWALL CHARITY CUP (The Durning Lawrence Charity Cup)




This Saturday, The Seagulls and The Magpies will be scrapping for a place in the Semi-Finals of the Cornwall Charity Cup, for which the County FA has selected The Invictus Trust as beneficiary this season.

The Invictus Trust is a local, small, newish Charity established to support Cornish families with a teenager experiencing mental health issues, particularly depression, anxiety and self harm.

Mousehole come into the match on the back of an impressive run in league and cup competitions that includes only one defeat since 23rd September, a 100% home record, cup victories over three higher-division teams, and a place already secured for the first time in the club’s history in the semi-finals of the Cornwall Senior Cup.

Penzance are having a much better time than in last season’s relegation-threatened campaign, and in the league they are currently in 11th place, 9 points behind Mousehole in 5thplace but with three games in hand.  They lost 2-0 (to goals scored in each half by Jordan Adlard and Paulo Sousa) in the Boxing Day ‘local derby’ at Trungle Parc in front of a 279 crowd, but had won 8-1 and 6-2 (away) before that.

The form book favours Mousehole to reach their second semi-final in consecutive weeks, but ex-Seagulls player-manager Wayne Quinn will no doubt be looking to make headlines as the first team to bring the winning run to n end.

The tie will require extra time and penalties if necessary to produce a winner on the day.  The other quarter final ties are Polperro (of the East Cornwall Premier League) versus St Blazey, Wendron United v Liskeard Athletic, and Wadebridge Town v Carharrack (of the Cornwall Combination League).  The Semi-Finals are due to be played at neutral venues on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th April, with the Final on Wednesday 9th May.

For Saturday’s game, admission is only £3 (concessions £1.50, under-16s free), and a full-colour match programme @ £1 (including a cash-prize ‘lucky number’) is available, as are 50/50 tickets, and the usual friendly hospitality in the clubhouse is extended to everyone.

paulo sousa goal mousehole vs newquay

MATCH REPORT – MOUSEHOLE vs NEWQUAY (Senior Cup Quarter Final)





 Mousehole progressed to the last four of the Cornwall Senior Cup (sponsored by RGB Building Supplies) with an emphatic win against their higher-division visitors in one of very few matches in the region to survive the weather.  Already the only Division 1 side to reach the quarter-final stage, this victory earned The Seagulls a first-ever appearance in the semi-finals of the County’s top cup competition, where they will face one of the other remaining Premier Division teams at a neutral venue on the evening of either Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th March.

Mousehole had been defeated only once since September and had won all 12 of their home games this season – including cup victories against two other Premier Division sides, Camelford and Launceston – so Saturday’s result against a side 14 places above in the South West Peninsula League ‘pyramid’ was less of a surprise then the scoreline.  The chief talking point was the difference in performance levels between the two teams as the game wore on, with the home side showing greater energy, desire and fitness levels to complement their customary passing style.

With the strong wind at their backs, Newquay were the dominant force in the opening stages, seeing lots of the ball and pegging the hosts back in their own half.  But in their first attack Mousehole took an unexpected lead in the 14th minute when Luke Johnson came in from the right-hand side to plant an unstoppable left-footed drive from 20 yards into the far top corner.  Jake Andrew came within millimetres of doubling the lead on 26 minutes with a shot that came back off the underside of the crossbar, but The Peppermints continued to look threatening, although often wasting possession with over-hit passes.  A crucial moment came with almost the last kick of the first half, Tyler Cheshire missing a glaring opportunity to equalise – and change the nature of the half-time team talk – when he scooped hurriedly wide in front of a gaping goal.

Mousehole began to take the upper hand with measured passing after the break, but it was a piece of quick thinking by Kevin Lawrence that brought the second goal on 49 minutes, stealing the loose ball as goalkeeper Zak Roberts delayed his clearance and tapping into an unguarded net.  Tyler Tonkin came up from right back to make it 3-0 six minutes later, this time with a shot hit so hard into the net from 10 yards that the ball rebounded back on to the pitch off the perimeter fence.  As The Seagulls continued to surge forward, Newquay’s under-pressure rearguard was again unable to cope when the alert Paulo Sousa capitalised on hesitancy to waltz round Roberts and stroke home for 4-0, to make it three goals in ten minutes with less than an hour gone.

paulo sousa goal mousehole vs newquay
Paulo Sousa (on right of picture) scores Mousehole’s fourth goal in the 5-0 win over Premier Division Newquay in the quarter-finals of the Cornwall Senior Cup on Saturday, and is congratulated (from left) by Jake Andrew, Kevin Lawrence, Liam Andrew, captain Billy Curtis (No. 3), Luke Johnson and Jordan Adlard.

New signings Kayne Trevaskis and Steven Ziboth came on as substitutes after 61 minutes to cause even more unrest for the visitors, the experienced Trevaskis holding the ball up well at the apex of the attack and 19-year old Ziboth creating havoc with his electrifying sprints down the left.  And it was the young newcomer who was in the right place to convert a low right-wing cross by recent substitute Caleb Marsden on 70 minutes, to make it 5-0 from five different scorers.   In the meantime, The Peppermints were making little headway, but the previously under-employed Steve Parker-Billinge in the Mousehole goal had to be at his defiant best to keep a clean sheet with an smart save from close range near the end.

It’s a cup quarter-final tie again at Trungle Parc this Saturday (10th), this time in the Cornwall Charity Cup, with another local derby against Penzance, kick off 2pm.  The Seagulls will be looking for a repeat of their 2-0 League success a few weeks ago on Boxing Day, while The Magpies will be hoping to be the side to end their local rivals’ 100% home record.

Mousehole v Newquay:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Calum Elliot, Liam Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Bradley Wills, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Paulo Sousa.

Substitutes: Kayne Trevaskis (for Jake Andrew, 61), Steven Ziboth (for Luke Johnson, 61), Caleb Marsden (for Bradley Wills, 67), Connor Davey, Josh Otto

Scorers:  Luke Johnson (14), Kevin Lawrence (49), Tyler Tonkin (55), Paulo Sousa (59), Steven Ziboth (70)

Referee: Derek Hughes.  Assistant Referees: Luke Wilkes & Paul Barker

Attendance: 112



CORNWALL WOMEN’S LEAGUE, sponsored by Pirate FM



 Mousehole Women made a bit of history on Sunday with a win that takes them to the top of the Cornwall Women’s League table for the first time in recent years and three points clear of last year’s champions St Agnes with the same number of games played.

Mousehole had only 13 players available but with great team spirit they preserved their 100% record for the season by notching up their ninth consecutive win, this time against a team who were playing a league higher last season.

Without a game for eight weeks, the fixture was switched to the 3G pitch at Mounts Bay Academy as neither the Trungle Parc nor the Marazion pitches were fit after last week’s rain.  And it was Illogan who settled the quicker of the two sides.  However, Carly Jacka, showing her versatility with a commanding performance as a stand-in centre half, put in an ideal defence-splitting pass on 20 minutes for Katy Barker to sprint in on goal and score.

Mousehole then created further chances without extending their lead, before Illogan equalised through Bianca Lincoln who looped her shot into the top corner after being allowed too much time on the edge of the area.  The visitors almost took the lead when a free kick from the left destined for the far corner was acrobatically headed off the line by Carly Jacka who ended up in the net with the ball out for a corner.

Jo Barker was forced off at half time to be replaced by Becky Edwards, but the second half saw Mousehole with the wind at their backs take more command.  Another pinpoint pass, this time from Sophie Wilson, again found Katy Barker to slot the ball home.  The Seagulls were denied a further goal after a good save from the Illogan keeper, but she was unable to do anything about a rasping shot from Carly Jacka for a 3-1 lead and ultimately the winning goal, with Stacy Bray scoring for Illogan late on.

Mousehole had earned a hard-fought win with players putting their bodies on the line for the cause, and never stopped until the final whistle, epitomised by Sophie Wilson who overtook everyone to halt a dangerous-looking Illogan attack.

The team:  Lyndsey Mayers (captain), Lena Mannon, Carly Jacka, Lucy Brown, Tamara de Silva, Megan Edwards, Sophie Wilson, Megan Davison, Scarlett Clouter, Katy Barker, Jo Barker. 

Substitutes:  Becky Edwards (for Jo Barker, 46), Rosie Davison (for Megan Edwards, 85)

Scorers:  Katy Barker (2), Carly Jacka

*Mousehole Women’s next fixture is this Sunday, 4th February, kick off 2:30pm, away at RNAS Culdrose, who are bottom of the League without a point this season.


Mousehole AFC confirm they have submitted an application for promotion from Division 1 West to the Premier Division of the South West Peninsula League.

The club were founder members of the SWP League 10 years ago, after playing since 1962 in the Cornwall Combination League, and have been continuous members of the West Division at Step 7 since then.

Already the geographically most western-based team in the West Division, promotion would involve the club in greater travelling distances into Devon, whereas at present the longest journeys are to Plymouth and West Devon.

Mousehole won the West Division title comfortably in 2015/16 but had already decided not to apply for promotion that season because of the need for further development of the club’s infrastructure and finances.

This season The Seagulls are in the top six in the West Division table, with an impressive run of form that has seen only one defeat since the end of September, together with a 100% home record.  Of the 14 remaining League fixtures, nine are at home and five away.

To be eligible for promotion from Step 7, the team needs to finish in the top-three and ahead of its fellow promotion applicants, and the club needs to demonstrate it can make improvements to the ground and facilities to meet Step 6 standards.

Explaining Mousehole’s decision to apply for promotion, Chairman Tim Richardson said:  “The club’s ambition is to play at the highest possible level and we launched a plan last summer to achieve just that, but in a sustainable manner.  A great deal of work has already taken place to strengthen the club’s infrastructure, and we have a schedule of works to bring the ground up to Step 6 requirements, as well as a process to put the necessary finances in place.  On the playing side we have a superb management and coaching set-up and an ideal blend of youth and experience, including players who have stayed loyal to the club in recent times, some of the best local players who have chosen to join us, and a promising crop of youngsters coming through the junior teams: they all deserve the chance to test themselves and develop their abilities at a higher level.”

Now into his sixth season as Chairman of The Seagulls, Richardson continued:  “Our supporters  – many of whom have been associated with the club in various roles for several decades  – will relish seeing their team competing with some of the best non-league teams in the south-west.  On the travelling side, some people might think we are too far away ‘on the edge of the map’, and of course there will be some longer journeys…..but we already do a lot of miles, so we can cope with the extra distances (right now, we’re looking into replacing our team bus, which will help!).  Looking at it another way, our location might give us a bit of an advantage when far-away clubs have to visit us!  So, after 10 years in the West Division, and with the superb support of the newly-established Endorsed Academy, we’re ready for the challenge of stepping up, in the belief that standing still is not an option, and you only improve by setting yourself higher standards.”





 Mousehole return to League action tomorrow after last Saturday’s excellent Senior Cup win over Premier Division Launceston, in search of vital points to maintain their challenge among the top-six teams in the SWPL West Division table.  The Seagulls have recorded eight straight wins since mid-November, including three Cup ties, but this is their first League match since the 2-0 defeat of Penzance on Boxing Day.  They currently stand in 5th place with the same 30 points as 3rd place Millbrook and 4th place Porthleven, but with an inferior goal difference and having played more games.

Holsworthy will be making their longest journey of the League season, a 175 mile round trip, currently four places and eight points behind Mousehole.  The Magpies last played two weeks ago, losing 2-0 at home against Elburton Villa in the League.  Before that they won the Boxing Day derby 2-0 at Bude Town after switching the venue because of an unplayable Upcott Field pitch.

Mousehole will be looking to avenge a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Holsworthy on 23rd September, possibly one of the lowest points of the season.  But on the positive side that defeat may have been a turning point in this fascinating campaign, as in the 15 games in all competitions since then they have won 13, drawn one (3-3 at Plymstock) and lost only one (3-1 at Elburton).

Next Saturday, 3rd February, Mousehole play the first of their three Cup quarter finals at Trungle Parc when Premier Division Newquay visit in the Cornwall Senior Cup (2pm).  A week later (10th) and it’s Penzance in the Cornwall Charity Cup (2pm), and on 3rd March Teignmouth make the journey westwards in the SWP League Cup (2:30pm).