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Mousehole 7-1 Bude Town





On a windy and dank afternoon at Trungle Parc, Mousehole were without several regulars but still swept aside winless Bude Town with an impressive all-round display which could well have resulted in a double-figure scoreline.

Steven Ziboth and Gerens James both recorded hat-tricks and centre-back Adel Fafaiti grabbed his first goal for the club.

The win takes The Seagulls up to 6th place in the League table, with games in hand over all but one of the teams above, ahead of an interesting League Cup second round tie away at Premier Division bottom side Sticker on Friday evening (7:45pm) – (this game brought forward from Saturday). 

With the wind at their backs, Mousehole signalled their intentions as early as the 9th minute when Steven Ziboth’s penetrating pass created space on the left for young left-back Tom Hands, whose instant whipped-in cross was marginally ahead of Gerens James’ arrival at the far post.

After gradually coming to terms with the high wind, The Seagulls finally took the lead on the half-hour when good work just outside the box by newcomer Herman Niamke enabled Steven Ziboth to fire in a low left-footed drive from the 18-yard line.  And just three minutes later the wingman played a smart one-two with Gerens James before placing a 15-yarder low inside the near post this time with his right foot.

Bude were donated an unexpected gift on 37 minutes when indecisiveness in the home defence in dealing with a through-ball left Ruan Tape to side-foot into an unattended net from 25 yards out.

Mousehole created chances before half-time in an attempt to give the score line some credibility, centre-back Adel Gafaiti heading inches over from a corner on 41, and Ziboth close to a ‘true’ hat-trick with another shot from the edge of the box just too high.

In the second half, the home side’s pressing and measured passing brought the constant threat of a goal, with three of them arriving in a seven minute spell.

On 53 minutes, Adel Gafaiti nodded in his first goal for the club from a few yards out after Gerens James’ header from a Ziboth cross had rebounded off the bar.

In the 56th minute, Gerens James scored the best goal of the game to make it 4-1, Paulo Sousa cleverly releasing the energetic Hermann Niamke inside the box on the right for a perfectly weighted cross along the 6-yard line tapped home in ‘classic’ goal-poaching fashion at the far post.

Steven Ziboth duly got his hat-trick on the hour, swerving past his marker to power a drive into the roof of the net from an angle, after the visitors’ defensive cover had been turned inside-out by a neat passing move across the area.

Not to be out-done, Gerens James had a goalbound header from Billy Curtis’ cross blocked on the line by a well-positioned defender on 69 minutes, but two minutes later in a repeat of that move James’ close-range header made it 6-1, and shortly afterwards a spectacular hat-trick goal from a diving header into the net was ruled out for offside.  Undeterred, the prolific marksman had to wait just five minutes more as Ziboth yet again prised open the defence, Paul Sousa unselfishly squared the ball inside and James calmly side-footed in from 8 yards.

To their great credit Bude had played throughout with a sportsmanlike attitude despite being constantly put under pressure, and at 7-1 down they abandoned their damage-limitation tactics to venture forward in numbers in a spirited and entertaining last ten minutes.  Harry Hopcroft sent a thunderous 30-yard drive against the crossbar and then forced debutant goalkeeper Jason Robertson – who had been Porthleven’s ‘man of the match’ in their narrow 3-2 win over Mousehole in September – into a sharp diving save.

Mousehole: Jason Robertson, Matthew Howes, Billy Curtis (captain), Adel Gafaiti, Tom Hands, Lorenzo Qerimi, Hamza Kaid, Paul Sousa, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth, Hermann Niamke.

Substitutes: Ryan Andrew (for Hamza Kaid, 65), Jason Simmonds (for Steven Ziboth, 87), Tom Patrick, Dom Angove, Sam Shulberg.

Scorers:  STEVEN ZIBOTH 30 (1-0), STEVEN ZIBOTH 33 (2-0), Ruan Tape 37 (2-1).  Half-time 2-1.  ADEL GAFAITI 53 (3-1), GERENS JAMES 56 (4-1), STEVEN ZIBOTH 60 (5-1), GERENS JAMES 71 (6-1), GERENS JAMES 76 (7-1). Full-time 7-1.

Referee: Steve Annis    Attendance: 56



Adel Gafaiti Mousehole AFC


In a significant move for both player and club, Adel Gafaiti has put his trust in Mousehole AFC and the Endorsed Academy to re-start his professional career.

The former Glasgow Rangers youth team and Norwich City U21s player has joined from Ukrainian Premier League team FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi to further develop his skills and re-establish his level in the English game.

Gafaiti, now 24, has international honours with his chosen country Algeria at U20 level, and joins two other talented French-born players Steven Ziboth and William Vouama, who are already making a name for themselves with The Seagulls.

After a couple of highly impressive starts at centre-back for Mousehole, Adel is delighted with his decision:  “I am already loving my time here in Cornwall and feel like I am developing more and more everyday.   I never thought there would be a facility such as this, nor the quality of daily coaching, in a region as beautiful as this. This the perfect place for me to re-launch my career!”

prof development seminar mousehole afc


In the first of its kind at Mousehole AFC, Jason Blunt – who set up the new Endorsed Academy in the summer of 2017 – led a well-attended parent education session on 29th September on “the effects of pre-match and post-match information on the growth and maturation of young players”.

The aim was to discuss with parents how they can improve the holistic development of young aspiring athletes through appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.

Parents also took advantage of the opportunity to share their own experiences about their children’s progress and the beneficial impact football has had on their entire family, whether their children had been playing the game for some time or had recently taken it up afresh.

The feedback from parents was positive and constructive, clearly indicating the need to offer regular sessions of this kind, as the club continues to do all it can to help its young players, and their parents, in all walks of life, both on and off the pitch.

Mousehole AFC attain FA charter standard status


The club is delighted to announce it has met the new demanding FA requirements with the award of Charter Standard Status.

Among the requirements were:

  • An FA trained club welfare officer
  • An FA Level 1 coach for each youth team (U18 and below)
  • Criminal Record Checks (CRC) for all volunteers involved in youth football teams
  • FA Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team
  • Sign-up to and deliver The FA’s Respect programme
  • Appropriate administration governance in place – in relation to the club’s size
  • An FA Charter Standard Co-ordinator recruited for each club.

Chairman Tim Richardson explained: “The award is the result of a great deal of hard work by a lot of people at Mousehole AFC and Endorsed Academy over a period of time, and it was certainly not just a simple box-ticking exercise!  We are also grateful to Cornwall FA for their helpful encouragement and advice.  This is another step in the ambitious progress of the club, and we are already actively working on the requirements for further awards.





At a very foggy Trungle Parc, visibility was a major issues for both teams and the spectators.  The referee decided the game should proceed so long as he could continue to see both goals from the middle of the pitch, and white balls were exchanged for orange to enable the players to see better.

With both teams playing flowing football during the first half, Mousehole created the better chances and could have built up a four goal lead by half time had it not been for the sterling efforts by the experienced Holman’s ‘keeper.

In the second half poor visibility continued to affect the game, but Holmans started to show their experience and control the game, resulting in a goal midway through the half.  Mousehole could not break down a very stubborn and well organised defence and it was not long before the visitors doubled their lead.  From then on, despite numerous efforts by The Seagulls, frustration and errors started creeping into their play, which resulted in a player being sent to the sidelines.

Holmans capitalised on their man advantage to score a third goal to complete a deserved victory.

Mousehole Reserves’ squad:  Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock,  Caleb Marsden,  Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Louis Main, Jamie Simons, Tom Hooper, Harry Tonkin, Joe Davies

The Reserves are currently in 4th place in the table, with two wins and two defeats.  Their next league fixture is at home on Saturday 15th September when St Day Reserves visit Trungle Parc, kick off 2:30pm.





Despite several absences from the squad because of holidays, work commitments and injuries, Mousehole Reserves won their first local derby of the 2018/19 season in ideal evening weather, on a great playing surface and in front of a sizeable crowd.

Both teams started on the front foot in search of an opening goal and the match swung from end to end.  However, the hosts took the lead in the 12th minute when  Chris Bullock’s darting run inside the penalty box was halted by a foul, with Mze Ida Yasser stepping up to score from the spot.

St Buryan came back with a vengeance and forced a series of  fine saves from Jonathan Fitchett between the posts.  Following an offside decision in the Mousehole half, Harry Tonkin’s free kick found Chris Bullock and his shot made it 2-0.

A cross from Mze Ida Yasser across the six yard box should have resulted in another goal but it evaded everyone and was eventually cleared into safer territory by the St Buryan defence.

St Buryan did actually put the ball into the net following a rebound from the Mousehole keeper, but it was deemed offside by the referee following consultation with his assistant.  A St Buryan defender then spent 10 minutes on the sidelines but Mousehole could not take any advantage against the ten men.

The second half continued as in the first half, with two-way traffic and promising attacks by both sides, but with no further addition to the scoreline.

Mousehole had put in another solid team showing to achieve a deserved win, but full credit to St Buryan for a notable performance throughout the match.

The three points take The Seagulls up to a commendable fourth place in the Premier Division in their first season after promotion, with another home game coming up this Saturday (1st September) against Holmans at Trungle Parc (kick off 2:30pm).

Mousehole Reserves’ squad:  Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Matthew Howes (captain), Caleb Marsden,  Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Tom Patrick,  Mze Ida Yasser, Louis Main, Jamie Simons, Kyle Bickmore.





Mousehole continued their fine start to the new campaign with another three point haul to anchor themselves – at least until the weekend’s fixtures – at the top of the West Division, a position they held at the start of their double-winning season three years ago.

With several changes to the line-up that ran out 6-1 winners against Plymstock United on Saturday, there were many positives to take from an encouraging all-round team performance, in particular the calmness and patience on the ball and the willingness to get forward into threatening areas, although the one downside was Liam Andrew’s serious arm injury on the hour which required hospital treatment and a possible lengthy lay-off.

The Seagulls had the vast majority of possession, with the hosts showing plenty of spirit but making little impact in the final third, as returning goalkeeper Dom Angove was ably protected by his defence and had a surprisingly quiet evening apart from a Scott Palmer shot past the post from 18 yards on the half hour.

Steven Ziboth grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick, including two penalties.  His first was a 25-yard drive that zipped just inside Dan Stedman’s post to give the visitors the lead on 15 minutes.  Three minutes later, Craig Wilcox made a sharp turn in the box only to be tripped and Ziboth stroked in the penalty.  The hat-trick goal came in the 90th minute when substitute Mze ’Yaz’ Ida-Yasser’s darting run into the box was halted illegally and the young Frenchman again did the business from the spot.

As the odd-team-out in this Bank Holiday weekend’s fixtures, Mousehole can now sit back and see which of their main rivals can match the standard they have set over the first two games.

The Seagulls return to action next Tuesday (28th) with a home League game at Trungle Parc against neighbours Ludgvan, kick off 6:30pm.

Mousehole squad v Wendron:

Dom Angove, Ryan Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Paulo Sousa, Luke Hunter, Max Hill, Calum Elliot, Craig Wilcox, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Jake Andrew (for Liam Andrew, 60), Mze Ida-Yasser (for Craig Wilcox, 76), Tom Patrick (for Gerens James, 90+2), Tom Hands, Sam Shulberg.

Scorer:  Steven Ziboth (15, 18 pen, 90 pen).

Referee:  Nigel D’Arcy.

match report mousehole plymstock





It was a day of celebration at a sunny Trungle Parc on Saturday as over 100 spectators saw a dominant Mousehole signal their intentions with a comprehensive and entertaining 6-1 victory over their Plymouth-based visitors.

This is the season in which The Seagulls, as one of a handful of Division One clubs currently without floodlights, need to get as many points as possible to qualify for the few available promotion places in next year’s re-organised Step 6 League.

With several new faces in the team line-up, the hosts continued with their passing style of play from last season and had already come close to opening the score several times in the opening period when the inevitable goal arrived in the 13th minute as last year’s top scorer Jake Andrew side-footed home from 8 yards after an incisive move on the left and a dangerous low ball into the middle.

Three minutes later new signing Gerens James, returning to the club where it all began, opened his account from close range after another cross caused havoc in the Plymstock defence.

And to complete a quick-fire three-goal salvo in five minutes, player-manager Calum Elliot latched on to a Steven Ziboth lay-off to hammer a superb swerving 25-yard drive into the top corner.

The visitors were rarely allowed to venture forward with any purpose as Mousehole kept possession and moved the ball all over the pitch with varied passing, but on one promising occasion they hit the post from a corner mid-way through the half.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Luke Fletcher was Plymstock’s busiest player, standing in the way of several attempts to increase the score.  The shot-stopper thwarted Steven Ziboth in a one-on-one chance shortly after the break, but then left back Jack Lee unexpectedly gave his side some hope as he came up from defence to score with a low 15-yard shot that crept in off the far post in the 49th minute.

Normal service was restored five minutes later as Steven Ziboth, providing constant menace with his direct running at pace, won and converted a penalty to make it 4-1,  and Calum Elliot followed it up with a fifth goal after 57 minutes with a well-placed shot inside the near post from a Paulo Sousa cross after being set up by Ziboth.

After further near misses by the home side, Mousehole goalkeeper Sam Shulberg was suddenly called into action with a point-blank save in the 69th minute.  But a minute later it was 6-1, Gerens James grabbing his second goal as he raced in to prod home yet another Ziboth cross, and the marksman was very close to a hat-trick on 73 as Fletcher parried his header, with another new signing Ryan Andrew firing the rebound over the bar.

In the last significant action of the game the influential Sousa-Ziboth partnership on the left almost produced a 7th goal, with Fletcher pushing out Ziboth’s 25-yard shot for a corner.

The Seagulls’ second league game is the short away trip to Wendron United tomorrow (Tuesday 21st) with a 6.30pm kick off.  On Saturday Wendron were the team left without a fixture in this year’s 15-team Division, so tomorrow’s will be their first match of the season.

 Mousehole are the odd-ones-out this coming weekend but return to Trungle Parc on Tuesday 28th for a local derby against neighbours Ludgvan (6.30pm).

 Mousehole squad v Plymstock United:

Sam Shulberg, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Jean Bavangila, Paulo Sousa, Ryan Andrew, Max Hill, Calum Elliot, Jake Andrew, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Craig Wilcox (for Gerens James, 74), Tom Hands (for Calum Elliot, 74), Chris Bullock (for Jake Andrew, 80), Tom Patrick.

Mousehole scorers:  Jake Andrew (13), Gerens James (16), Calum Elliot (17), Steven Ziboth (54, pen), Calum Elliot (57), Gerens James (70).

For Plymstock:  Jack Lee (49)

Referee:  Marc Rose.     Attendance:  108.




Mousehole put in arguably the best performance of their pre-season programme involving four higher-division sides with a great all-round display against a Helston Athletic side aiming to improve on last season’s highly creditable 9th place finish in the SWPL Premier Division.

It was an entertaining and competitive game, with both teams including new signings, triallists and youngsters, and playing contrasting styles of football.  Mousehole’s greater ball-winning and possession created more goal chances and with better composure in the final third they would have recorded a deserved victory.

Winger Steven Ziboth caused Helston major problems throughout the game, his partnership with Paulo Sousa on the left providing regular opportunities to run at defenders and use his explosive pace.  He laid on the opening goal on 20 minutes with a characteristic burst to the byeline and a low cross which was touched in by the well-positioned Jake Andrew for one of his trademark goals from inside the six-yard box.

The Seagulls continued to look the more likely to score up until the hour mark, when a series of substitutions by the visitors enabled them to add more goal threat to their direct approach.  And it came as little surprise when youngster Alex Wharton darted through the middle to latch on to another long ball to equalise in the 70th minute.

To their immense credit Mousehole showed huge resolve to withstand the expected Blues onslaught in an end-to-end last 20 minutes and indeed had the patience and positivity to fashion the better of the late chances.

Helston’s renowned manager Steve Massey was full of praise for Mousehole’s skill, application and teamwork – as well as the performance of his youngsters as they prepare for their opening game of the Premier Division season on Friday evening at home to Sticker.

Meanwhile player-manager Calum Elliot takes his new-look Seagulls’ squad to local Cornwall Combination League side Pendeen Rovers at Borlaise Park for their last pre-season friendly this Friday (6.45pm).

Mousehole’s SWPL Division One West campaign starts on Saturday 18th August when Plymstock United visit Trungle Parc (3pm), with free entry to all-comers for this first match of the season.

Endorsed Cup a great success


Several hundred spectators descended on Trungle Parc last weekend for a great exhibition of competitive football played the modern way, as the inaugural Endorsed Cup tournament got off to a flying start, featuring the talented under-18 youngsters from Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers, together with hosts Mousehole AFC.

Newcastle United proved too strong for Huddersfield Town in the opening match on Friday afternoon, as The Magpies won 4-0 with a composed performance to reach Saturday’s Final.

On Friday evening Bolton Wanderers defeated Mousehole 4-1 with a scintillating display of creativity and speed, Steven Ziboth grabbing a late consolation goal for The Seagulls from the penalty spot.

Less than 15 hours later, Mousehole were back in action against Huddersfield Town in the Saturday morning third-place contest, gaining a somewhat unexpected but highly creditable 2-0 win with another Steven Ziboth goal and a second from a trialist striker.

The showpiece Final on Saturday afternoon saw Bolton Wanderers pick up the handsome Endorsed Cup by overcoming Newcastle United 3-0 in another brilliant 90-minutes of spellbinding football, impressively orchestrated in midfield by influential captain Luca Connell – surely a name that will come to prominence in future years.

The visiting teams were chaperoned by members of the Mousehole committee and enjoyed visits to some of the West Cornwall attractions.  The teams’ coaches and managers said they were delighted to play their part in a first-ever tournament of its kind in Cornwall, and viewed the tournament as a valuable opportunity for the youngsters to bond together as they spent time together away from their home areas and play in a genuinely competitive tournament.

For Mousehole’s player-manager Calum Elliot, this was a useful exercise in assessing his promising new squad and developing The Seagulls’ trademark passing style, as the preparations gather pace for the new SWPL West Division season, which starts with a home match against Plymstock United on Saturday 18thAugust.