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A GOAL-LESS DRAW IN GREENHOUSE-TYPE CONDITIONS AS MOUSEHOLE EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN

Ashton & Backwell United 0-0 Mousehole

Western League Premier Division

Saturday 13th August 2022

At The Lancer Scott Stadium

SUMMARY                                    

Mousehole survived 100 minutes of extreme heat and the spirited opposition to finish the game strongly, without quite doing enough to claim the three points, but the draw is an improvement on last season’s result here and means The Seagulls have yet to lose after five matches in this new campaign

PRE-MATCH POINTS

Mousehole travel to south-west Bristol today looking for the result that will prevent Ashton & Backwell United being seen as a “bogey team”.

Both clubs were promoted to the Premier Division a year ago, with Ashton & Backwell spending almost all of the season in the bottom two of the Division, while Mousehole gradually established themselves in the top three.  However, the hard-working Somerset team beat Mousehole 1-0 at home and drew 2-2 at Trungle Parc.

In the final analysis, the four points gained went a long way to helping The Stags escape relegation, while the five points lost dented The Seagulls’ promotion hopes.

The hosts have had mixed fortunes so far this season, losing twice in the League: 2-1 at home to Buckland Athletic on the opening day, then 2-0 at Shepton Mallet – before a 3-2 win at Clevedon Town a couple of days ago.  In between, they lost at home to Southern League Aylesbury United in the FA Cup.

Mousehole are unbeaten in four games: a 5-1 winning start at Torpoint Athletic and a 1-1 draw at home against Saltash United, followed by an away 1-1 draw in the FA Cup at Barnstaple Town and a 3-2 Replay win after extra time this week.

The Seagulls are without captain Jack Calver, injured in the final pre-season fixture, 50-goal Hayden Turner, and striker Mark Goldsworthy, but the 16-name team sheet shows the club’s strength in depth, especially with the opportunity to field five substitutes during what promises to be a very hot afternoon.

Before kick-off the temperature is a greenhouse-matching 33C on the pitch, there’s no breeze, and the surface is, as expected, parched and dry.

 

THE KEY MOMENTS OF THE MATCH

5 minutes:  Ashton & Backwell make a lively start to the match.  Max Hill is in the right place to divert a low cross at the near post for a corner.

6 minutes:  A home corner whistles past everyone in the six yard box

8 minutes:  Mousehole attack on the break.  Steve Burt intercepts in midfield, drives forward and releases Calum Ferguson with a shooting chance, but he miscues

10 minutes:  Mousehole again – this time from Callam Mconie’s reverse pass Andy Watkins fires first time over the bar   

11 minutes:  The hosts’ Tom Anthony aims for goal from a 20-yard free kick and keeper Ollie Chenoweth makes a comfortable-looking save

12 minutes:  Ollie Chenoweth this time makes an important save ahead of the onrushing Miles Hardidge

16 minutes:  Winger Joe Bishop skips past several opponents just outside the penalty area and his angled low cross-shot goes past the far post and inches away from Hardidge’s boot.

19 minutes:  Mark Richards is ideally positioned in the heart of the Mousehole defence to clear away a dangerous cross in front of goal

20 minutes:  The home side are playing with a lot of eagerness.  Mark Richards has to do the same as a minute or so ago.

28 minutes:  From another corner, central defender Reece Hedges leaps high and heads wide of the near post.

30 minutes:  In searing heat, Ashton & Backwell are playing positively and pressing Mousehole energetically  at every opportunity

32 minutes:  Mousehole get a rare sight of goal as Calum Ferguson’s quick turn from a throw-in causes the ball to be scrambled away inside the six yard box

39 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – the injured Andy Elcock is replaced by Reece Thomson

42 minutes:  The first real near-miss for the visitors, as Tallan Mitchell puts Paulo Sousa in space on the left and his cross floats inches past the far post with keeper Coombes a hopeful onlooker

45 minutes:  Andy Watkins and Calum Ferguson fashion a half-chance which is deflected away from Callam Mconie for a corner

45+2:  Reece Hedges is up for a corner for the home side and his downward header is cleared in front of goal

At half-time it’s 0-0, with both sides showing good defensive qualities and Mousehole probably the more relieved to be on equal terms despite coming back into the game in the later stages

The second half

47 minutes:  Close for Mousehole but great goalkeeping:  Tallan Mitchell’s cross is headed goalwards by Reece Thomson and Lewis Coombes tips it over the bar at full stretch.

58 minutes:  The Seagulls put together a good move across the pitch, ending with a Tallan Mitchell shot but an offside decision against Callam Mconie at the far post

61 minutes:  Mousehole have been playing better since the interval, and this is a wonderful chance to take the lead.  Andy Watkins draws the defence out of position and squares the ball past the keeper but Calum Ferguson can’t convert in front of an open goal. 

62 minutes:  Mousehole substitutes – Callam Mconie is replaced by Louis Price, and Calum Ferguson by Josh Magin

63 minutes:  Ashton’s first threat of the second half – winger Joe Cattermole makes a surging run on the right and his shot is deflected for a corner

66 minutes:  The move is repeated

70 minutes:  Reece Thomson creates space for a shot from 18 yards but it’s straight at the keeper

75 minutes:  Max Hill comes up for a Tallan Mitchell corner and rises highest for a header which bounces past the post

80 minutes;  Mousehole substitute – Andy Watkins is replaced by Jared Sims

85 minutes:  The Seagulls look to be more in control with better possession than previously but the home defence is resolute

90 minutes:  Louis Price puts in a low cross with no-one there to apply the finishing touch

90+7 minutes:  At full time it ends 0-0, with Ashton & Backwell celebrating as if they’ve won the match!  So, a goal drought to match the un-natural conditions, with but all credit to the players of both sides for their efforts – with the hosts possibly more satisfied than the visitors with the performance and result.   

MOUSEHOLE (with used substitutes)

Ollie Chenoweth (GK), Josh Otto, Mark Richards (C), Max Hill, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Tallan Mitchell, Andy Elcock (Reece Thomson), Calum Ferguson (Josh Magin), Callam Mconie (Louis Price), Andy Watkins (Jared Sims).  Other substitute: Jamie Devine

MATCH OFFICIALS

Michael Halford (Referee) with Jonathan Cooper and Andie Lambourne (Assistant Referees)

ATTENDANCE: 91

NEXT FOR MOUSEHOLE

This Tuesday, 16th August, 7.45pm

HOME v Millbrook, Western League Premier Division

Saturday 20th August, 3pm

Away at Torpoint Athletic, Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 27th August, 3pm

Away at Millbrook, WLP

Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August, 3pm

HOME v Street, WLP

TWO HOURS OF EXCITEMENT AND DRAMA AS MOUSEHOLE EDGE FA CUP REPLAY

Mousehole 3-2 Barnstaple Town

(after extra time: score at 90 minutes 2-2)

Emirates FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round Replay

Tuesday 9th August 2022

At Trungle Parc

Summary

The “magic of the FA Cup” drew a large summers-evening crowd to Trungle Parc, with Mousehole’s late winner finally overcoming the challenge of Barnstaple Town in an enthralling end-to-end game with a real Cup-tie flavour

Pre-match points

The two teams fought out a 1-1 draw on Saturday in a match that could have been decided either way.  This evening’s replay promises to be another close encounter. 

There has to be a winner tonight – if necessary, via extra time and penalties.  The winners will be away in the next Round on Saturday 20th August to either Millbrook or Torpoint Athletic, who also replay tonight after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

This is Mousehole’s second season in the FA Cup, whereas Barnstaple are in their 74th.  Mousehole beat Helston Athletic this time last year before losing in the next Round to Plymouth Parkway.  It’s been 18 years since Barnstaple last had a good Cup run – to the Second Qualifying Round. 

Having never played each other in their previous histories, the two teams will have faced each other four times in under three months this season, with Home and Away League fixtures scheduled for October.

The Seagulls make several changes from Saturday’s line-up, with Ollie Chenoweth, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt and Callam Mconie returning, and Callum Mulholland making a first start.

Barnstaple rely again on a combination of youth and experience, including the former Helston trio of Ryan Turner, Billy Tucker and Stuart Bowker.

Some important milestones are announced before the start – Hayden Turner having notched 50 goals, Jamie Devine reaching 150 appearances, and Josh Otto about to make his 100th appearance this evening.

The key moments of the match

Mousehole are kicking towards the Cricket Club End.

5 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Josh Otto feeds Callum Mulholland with an accurate pass down the right-hand side, the Scot touches an inside pass into the box for Callam Mconie who’s tripped as he advances on goal.  TALLAN MITCHELL – who scored the equaliser from the spot on Saturday – this time fires to the other side with just enough power to get past keeper Liam Kingston’s outstretched hand.  1-0 to the hosts.

8 minutes:  At the other end Ollie Chenoweth comes out exceptionally quickly to gather a short back pass at the feet of Stuart Bowker

9 minutes:  Big shouts for a penalty as Callum Mulholland is pushed off a through ball inside the visitors’ box – Referee Green doesn’t agree

19 minutes:  Callam Mconie makes a quick break on the right and sends in a dangerous looking cross which is safely anticipated by keeper Kingston

23 minutes:  Mousehole’s turn to defend as a lofted free kick is headed on to Stuart Bowker in front of goal but he’s prevented from turning to shoot

29 minutes:  Callum Mulholland makes an exciting run from the halfway line and his 18-yard shot is bravely blocked

32 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Callam Mconie’s low shot from the edge of the area is pushed out at full stretch by Kingston to his left, Josh Otto speeds on to the loose ball and passes inside for ANDY WATKINS to anticipate the chance and prod the ball over the line from close in.  Mousehole 2-0 Barnstaple.

39 minutes:  GOAL FOR BARNSTAPLE.  Ollie Chenoweth races out of goal to get to a loose ball near the corner flag and is flattened in a collision with Stuart Bowker.  The referee awards a disputed throw-in to the visitors, which Billy Tucker delivers long into the crowded box and MATT ANDREW drives home the loose ball from the 18-yard line. Score now 2-1.

45 minutes:  Confusion and controversy!  Mousehole are on the attack, the ball goes out of play and it’s not clear whether the officials have given a corner or a goal kick.  Mousehole take a quick corner as Barnstaple are out of position expecting a goal kick, the ball goes into the net and the Referee then awards a goal kick amid big protests by the hosts.

45+2 minutes:  At half-time it’s 2-1 to Mousehole, who have generally been on top and created the better openings – but there’s only one goal in it, after that bizarre incident at the end of the half.

The second half

51 minutes:  Ollie Chenoweth is well positioned to save Billy Tucker’s 18-yard volley

54 minutes:  A huge chance goes begging as Tallan Mitchell is found unmarked with a clear sight of goal but drives into the side netting from 8 yards

61 minutes:  Now Barnstaple’s turn:  Stuart Bowker makes a break on the right and Billy Tucker volleys the pass wide from the edge of the box

62 minutes:  Callum Mulholland puts Andy Watkins into space on the left and his cross is just too high for Callam Mconie at the far post

66 minutes:  GOAL FOR BARNSTAPLE TOWN:  The visitors have been looking more threatening than in the first half and they equalise with a superb rising drive by CALLAM LAIRD from just outside the area into the far top corner past Ollie Chenoweth’s full-length dive.  Now 2-2, a good comeback.

67 minutes:  Two Mousehole substitutes – Andy Elcock on for Jared Sims, and Louis price on for Callam Mconie

70 minutes:  Barnstaple close to taking the lead – Paulo Sousa expertly diverts the ball away inside the six yard box as a fast-paced break exposes the hosts’ rearguard

71 minutes:  A similar thing happens at the other end – this time Callam Deemer rescues his side

74 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Reece Thomson is on for Andy Watkins

77 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell misses the angle of post and bar by inches with a half-volley from the edge of the box

The last ten minutes – the way the game’s going, either side can win this within normal time

82 minutes:  Yet another attempt on goal by Tallan Mitchell – this time he skims the top of the crossbar with a shot from 18 yards

86 minutes:  Mousehole pile on the pressure: two corners and a free kick come to nothing

90 minutes:  So close for Barnstaple!  A corner comes across and central defender Brodie Montague heads the chance marginally wide.

90+2 minutes:  So close for Mousehole!  Callum Mulholland darts through on the left and lays the ball back into the six yard box but it eludes Reece Thomson steaming in from the right hand side

90+6 minutes:  At full time it’s 2-2.  Time for everyone to catch their breath – including the spectators!

The first period of extra time

Mousehole start towards the Solomon Browne Stand.

93 minutes:  From a Barnstaple corner, Ollie Chenoweth makes an alert reaction save from a goal-bound header

94 minutes:  Barnstaple again, as Ryan Turner hits the outside of the near post with a low shot

97 minutes:  Mousehole make their permitted additional substitute in extra time – Jack Symons is on for Callum Mulholland

99 minutes:  Barnstaple are having a good spell – another corner comes in and it’s scrambled away in front of the line

102 minutes:  Another incident – Billy Tucker’s quick throw puts Stuart Bowker in the clear to the right of goal, he goes down heavily inside the area but Referee Green rejects loud claims for a penalty

103 minutes:  Callam Laird tries a longer-range repeat of his earlier goal-scoring drive – this time it’s fierce enough to bounce of Ollie Chenoweth’s chest at the near post before the keeper collects it

104 minutes:  Mousehole threaten for the first time in extra time, as Louis Price forces Liam Kingston into a low save at the near post

105+2 minutes:  It’s half-time in extra time, with Barnstaple having the better of the first period, but it’s still 2-2 and there to be won

Second period of extra time

106 minutes:  Jack Symons plays a great forward pass to put Tallan Mitchell through centrally with just the keeper to beat, only to place his shot wide from 15 yards

110 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  REECE THOMSON is first on to a loose ball to lash the ball into the roof of the net from six yards after the visitors’ defence blocks two shots in quick succession inside the box.

Mousehole 3-2 Barnstaple Town.  Ten minutes to go: can Barnstaple retrieve the situation and take the tie to a penalty shoot-out?

116 minutes:  There’s increasing space inside the Barnstaple half – Jack Symons has a shooting chance, with Kingston making the save

117 minutes:  An even better chance to settle the tie but Tallan Mitchell drives the ball just wide of the far post

118 minutes:  Closer still!  Reece Thomson makes a positive run forward against a retreating defence and his shot comes back off the base of the far post before being cleared

119 minutes:  Josh Otto – just announced as ‘Mousehole Man of the Match’ – successfully marshalls Stuart Bowker away from danger

120 minutes:  Barnstaple mount perhaps one last attack, the Mousehole defence stands firm, and that’s the final whistle.

Result:  Mousehole 3-2 Barnstaple Town.  That was quite a match – great value for the spectators, uncertainty right up to the end, massive credit to the players of both sides, and a superb advert for football at this level.  In the next Round, Mousehole travel to Torpoint Athletic, who won their Replay 1-0 at Millbrook this evening.

Mousehole (with used substitutes)

Ollie Chenoweth (GK), Josh Otto, Mark Richards, Max Hill, Paulo Sousa, Jared Sims (Andy Elcock), Steve Burt, Tallan Mitchell, Callam Mconie (Louis Price), Callum Mulholland (Jack Symons), Andy Watkins (Reece Thomson).  Other substitutes:  Lewis Moyle (GK), Kyle Fraser, Jamie Devine.

Officials 

Jonothan Green (Referee), with Sam Doble and Liam Bray (Assistants)

Attendance:  312

Next for Mousehole

This Saturday, 13th August, 3pm

Away at Ashton & Backwell United,

Western League Premier Division

Next Tuesday, 16th August, 7.45pm

HOME v Millbrook, WLP

Saturday 20th August, 3pm

Away at Torpoint Athletic FA Cup Preliminary Round

SEAGULLS EARN FA CUP REPLAY WITH VALUABLE DRAW AT BARNSTAPLE

Barnstaple Town 1-1 Mousehole

Emirates FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round

Saturday 6th August 2022

At Mill Road

Replay at Trungle Parc: 

Tuesday 9th August, 7.45pm

SUMMARY

Mousehole travelled to North Devon for a potentially difficult FA Cup tie and with a depleted squad fought out a creditable draw to take the tie to a replay and keep alive their interest in the Cup

PRE-MATCH POINTS

The 151st FA Cup gets underway today with the Extra-Preliminary Round between two strong Step 5 Western League Premier Division clubs, as North Devon hosts West Cornwall.

Barnstaple were relegated from the Southern League at the end of last season, while Mousehole are playing only their second season at this level.

Last season, Mousehole had a glorious start to their historic first-ever Emirates FA Cup campaign, defeating local rivals Helston Athletic 3-1 in front of their largest crowd in living memory, before going out in the next Round at home to higher League Plymouth Parkway.

Today, Mousehole are without eight of their first team squad through injury or unavailability.  Experienced summer signing Andy Watkins makes his first start of the season and another recent arrival 18-year old ex-Argyle keeper Lewis Moyle steps up for his debut.

A maximum of seven substitutes can be named, and three used.  Mousehole’s bench includes four members of their Development Team, as well as recently-signed Scottish forward Callum Mulholland-Ferguson.

If today’s score is level at the end of the 90 minutes, the replay is scheduled for Trungle Parc this Tuesday, 9th August, kick off 7.45, the outcome of the tie to be decided if necessary by extra time and a penalty shoot-out.  

A replay would displace the scheduled home League fixture against Falmouth Town.

In the League, Mousehole have so far won one away (5-1 at Torpoint Athletic) and drawn one at home (1-1 v Saltash United), while today’s hosts Barnstaple Town have won one at home (5-0 v Bitton), and lost one away (2-1 at Bridgwater United).

The weather is very warm with a welcome breeze, the pitch surface is dry and somewhat bumpy.

Mousehole are in their all-dark blue kit.

THE KEY MOMENTS OF THE GAME

3 minutes:  Ex-Helston striker Stuart Bowker creates space on his left foot 20 yards out but his shot rises well over the bar

4 minutes: Tallan Mitchell swerves a corner into a crowded six-yard box and home keeper Liam Kingston does well to clear the danger

10 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell forces his way into the Barnstaple penalty area and goes down under a challenge, but Referee Mark Hickson waves away the appeals

11 minutes:  GOAL FOR BARNSTAPLE TOWN.  Stuart Bowker sets up TOR SWANN for a chance just inside the area and his bouncing shot deceives keeper Lewis Moyle to nestle in the corner of the net

22 minutes:  Andy Watkins’ low cross results in a frantic clearance in front of the home goal

23 minutes:  The Seagulls are again on the attack, with Andy Watkins bursting forward, beating his marker and driving too close to keeper Kingston

25 minutes:  Mousehole hit the bar as Andy Watkins again does some shrewd work on the left, with Reece Thomson, a defender and keeper all converging on the cross at the near post.

27 minutes:  Reece Thomson has recovered after two minutes of injury treatment and catches the home rearguard out as he’s waved back on to the pitch – Tallan Mitchell has a clear chance as the defence is wide open but shoots wide of the far post

29 minutes: Mousehole keeper Lewis Moyle makes an important save, punching out Stuart Bowker’s angled header

30 minutes:  Half an hour gone and Mousehole are starting to ‘click’.  Louis Price threatens on the left and keeper Kingston is forced into a full-length save to turn the shot round the post

33 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Andy Watkins’ intelligent run puts him in the clear

Inside the box where he’s fouled twice by centre-back Brodie Montague for a very likely-looking penalty. There’s a delay of two minutes while Referee and Assistant have a discussion, and the offending player gets a lecture and a yellow card.  TALLAN MITCHELL then drives home the spot kick to level the score.

40 minutes:  Barnstaple break forward at speed twice in quick succession but have not made the most of their advantage

43 minutes:  Reece Thomson’s skilful change of direction and a well-judged through ball releases Andy Watkins for a run and shot towards the near top corner which keeper Kingston palms out for a corner

45 minutes:  Kingston is in action again, well-positioned to gather Reece Thomson’s reaction header inside the six yard box

45+3 minutes:   At half-time it’s 1-1, with Mousehole playing better in the later stages after a slow start.

The second half

47 minutes:  Lewis Moyle makes a confidence-boosting save at the foot of his near post from a driven angled shot as Barnstaple make a quick start to the half

52 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell collects a diagonal pass on the left, brings the ball inside and misses the near post with a right-foot shot from 18 yards

59 minutes:  Barnstaple get the ball into the net after a free kick into the visitors’ area, but it’s disallowed for offside

61 minutes:  A double save by Kingston stops Mousehole taking the lead – Josh Otto and Josh Magin combining well on the right to set up Reece Thomson for a fierce shot, and Tallan Mitchell firing the loose ball back towards goal

65 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Andy Watkins is replaced by recent signing Callum Mulholland

67 minutes:  A vital save by Lewis Moyle with a full-stretch clearance from a dangerous loose ball in front of goal

69 minutes:  Callum Mulholland uses his speed to get past a home defender in the area on the right and looks to be pushed over, but the Referee doesn’t think so

71 minutes:  A half-chance from a Barnstaple cross is miscued by the advancing forward

74 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell’s long corner from the left is met by Reece Thomson’s firm downward header at the far post, and keeper Kingston somehow keeps the ball out on the line

75 minutes:  Mousehole have been looking lively, but Barnstaple’s youngsters are full of energy – this game could go either way.

81 minutes:  Mousehole substitute:  A nasty but accidental clash of heads between Josh Magin and Brodie Montague results in a lengthy stoppage for treatment –   both players are then replaced, Josh Magin by Jack Symons

82 minutes:  Barnstaple’s outstanding young full back Callum Deemer sets off on a positive 50-yard forward run and blasts the ball goalwards from inside the box, but Lewis Moyle does equally well to keep it out with a flying save and strong hands – wonderful football by the two youngsters

83 minutes:  Lewis Moyle punches out a near post corner under severe pressure

90 minutes:  The Seagulls’ young keeper shows safe handling on the line to hold on to a downward header that looked as though it was going in

90+5 minutes:  Score 1-1.  The final whistle brings to an end a full-blooded Cup tie with much to admire, both sides coming close to snatching the win in the second period

The replay is at Trungle Parc this Tuesday, 9th August, 7.45pm.  

The winners of the replay will be away in the Emirates FA cup Preliminary Round on Saturday 20th August against either Torpoint Athletic or Millbrook, who also drew 1-1 on Saturday.

MOUSEHOLE (with used substitutes)

Lewis Moyle (Gk), Josh Otto, Mark Richards (captain), Max Hill, Tallan Mitchell, Reece Thomson, Jared Sims, Andy Elcock, Josh Magin (Jack Symons), Andy Watkins, (Callum Mulholland), Louis Price

Other substitutes:  Jamie Devine, Charlie Willis, Ryan Townson, Piran Jones (Gk), Greg Eastman

MATCH OFFICIALS

Mark Hickson (Referee) with Scott Hill & Robert Creron (Assistants)

ATTENDANCE: 143

NEXT FOR MOUSEHOLE

This Tuesday, 9th August:

Home v Barnstaple Town, 7.45pm, 

Emirates FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round replay

Saturday 13th August:

Away at Ashton & Backwell United, 3pm,

Western League Premier Division 

Tuesday 16th August

Home v Millbrook, 7.45pm, WLP

MOUSEHOLE AND SALTASH IN HIGH-INTENSITY DRAW

Mousehole 1-1 Saltash United

Toolstation Western League Premier Division

Tuesday 2nd August 2022

At Trungle Parc

Summary

The two top-performing Cornwall teams in last season’s Western League came head-to-head in a competitive end-to-end encounter, both having won their opening games of the new campaign and each coming close to grabbing all three points in front of a large and well-entertained crowd.

Pre-match points

The Seagulls started off with a 5-1 win at newly promoted Torpoint Athletic on Saturday, while The Ashes, under new management this season, recorded a 2-1 home win against Clevedon Town.

This evening, Mousehole are missing captain Jack Calver, Mark Goldsworthy and Callam Mconie through injury, while new signing Andy Watkins is unavailable.  Josh Magin returns to the squad, and the other major summer arrival Reece Thomson makes a home debut against his former club.

The visitors have the experienced goal-getter Adam Carter leading their attack.

There’s a lot of green grass on the pitch surface after being well looked after in recent weeks.

The key moments of the match

Mousehole kick off towards the Cricket Club End. 

4 minutes:  The home side are on the front foot, with Louis Price firing wide of the far post after a quickly taken Tallan Mitchell free kick

10 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – the injured Paulo Sousa is replaced by Josh Magin, with Louis Price moving leftwards and the new sub taking up the right wing position

15 minutes:  Callum Merrin has a clear sight of goal from a central position just inside the area but volleys a long way over the bar

19 minutes:  Incisive passing enables Tallan Mitchell to break free on the right and put in a low cross just out of reach of his team-mates

28 minutes:  Saltash’s Mike Smith threatens danger but drives high and wide under pressure

30 minutes:  Josh Magin’s right-sided cross is too strong to enable Louis Price to control his header in the box

31 minutes:  Adam Carter touches an Ashes corner over the bar as he falls backwards

34 minutes:  Captain Mark Richards makes an excellent interception in front of goal to end a dangerous Saltash attack

35 minutes:  Saltash come close again, this time as a header from a corner drops just wide of the post

36 minutes:  Josh Otto’s smart defensive work in the six-yard box stops Mike Smith’s low cross finding a target

37 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Just when an Ashes goal looked imminent, the scoring opens at the other end.  Josh Otto is felled by Jake Miller’s very late tackle as he places a searching pass into the Saltash half.  With the Referee indicating an advantage, HAYDEN TURNER races clear and drives a fierce shot into the top near corner from just inside the area on the right.

40 minutes:  So close!  Keeper Jordon Duffy somehow gets in the way of Hayden Turner’s six-yard shot after being set up by Louis Price’s square pass

41 minutes:  Duffy in vital action again, as Andy Elcock’s chipped pass puts Hayden Turner in on goal

43 minutes:  Hayden Turner looks to have put Josh Magin through on goal but Callum O’Brien’s foul 40 yards out makes sure he doesn’t progress – at the expense of a yellow card

Half time:  Mousehole finish the half on top and with a 1-0 lead, but the play has swung one way then the other, in a fast and physical 45 minutes.

The second half

49 minutes:  Hayden Turner creates a shooting chance for Tallan Mitchell on the edge of the box, with a defender deflecting the goal-bound effort

53 minutes:  An Ashes defender does well to block another powerful Tallan Mitchell drive

57 minutes:  The visitors surge forward and Jake Miller goes to ground in the penalty area – but Referee Green ignores the loud claims for a foul

58 minutes:  Ashes substitute Sam Hughes is through on goal and is denied by a superb block by keeper Ollie Chenoweth

59 minutes:  Mike Smith is the next to threaten for the visitors, shooting wide of the near post on the run

61 minutes:  Saltash continue the momentum, Mark Richards saving his side by bravely diverting a 20-yard shot aimed at the corner of the net

68 minutes:  GOAL FOR SALTASH UNITED.  A prolonged period of pressure by the visitors is rewarded with the simplest of goals, CALLAM O’BRIEN converting a floated corner with a downward header from an unmarked central position six yards out.  Mousehole 1-1 Saltash United.

68 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Reece Thomson is replaced by Jared Sims

71 minutes:  Inside the last 20 minutes and Mousehole get back on the offensive.  Hayden Turner latches on to Louis Price’s through-ball and rounds the keeper but shoots into the side netting from an angle on the left

74 minutes:  The ball is threaded through to Jared Sims in a great position in front of goal, only for keeper Duffy to smother the chance

77 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell drives at goal again, and again a defender blocks the shot

85 minutes:  Mousehole are having a lot of possession, but Saltash are defending in numbers and looking to counter on the break

90 minutes:  The woodwork comes to the visitors’ rescue!  Hayden Turner is face-to-face with advancing keeper Duffy inside the area.  His chip shot beats the keeper but hits the far post and rebounds across the open goal with no attacking player on hand.

Full-time:  It ends 1-1 after an ebb-and-flow game in which either side might have capitalised more on their good periods.

Mousehole (with used substitutes)

Ollie Chenoweth (GK), Josh Otto, Mark Richards, Max Hill, Paulo Sousa (Josh Magin), Tallan Mitchell, Steve Burt, Andy Elcock, Reece Thomson (Jared Sims), Louis Price, Hayden Turner.   Other substitutes:  Jamie Devine, Jack Symons, Kyle Fraser

Match officials

Jonothan Green (Referee) with Neil Rudkin & Ken Swift (Assistants)

Attendance: 212

Next for Mousehole

This Saturday, 6th August, 3pm: 

Away at Barnstaple Town (Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round)

Tuesday 9th August – three possibilities:

  • 7.45pm HOME v Falmouth Town, Western League Premier Division; or
  • 7.45pm HOME v Barnstaple Town, if FA Cup Replay needed; or
  • No game if Mousehole win or lose at Barnstaple, and Falmouth are involved in an FA Cup replay

Saturday 13th August, 3pm:

Away at Ashton & Backwell United (WLP)

Tuesday 16th August, 7.45pm:

HOME v Millbrook (WLP)

SEAGULLS GET NEW SEASON OFF TO A FLYING START WITH BIG AWAY WIN

Torpoint Athletic 1-5 Mousehole

Western League Premier Division

Saturday 30th July 2022

At The Mill

Summary

Mousehole came from behind after an indifferent opening, and after a couple of game-changing moments dominated the remainder of this east versus west Cornwall ‘derby’, much to the delight of their large away following

Pre-match points

This is an eagerly anticipated first match of the new season.  The hosts won promotion to Step 5 as South West Peninsula League Champions having notched up 100 points and 150 goals, while conceding just 32, as well as winning the SWP League Cup.  The visitors finished in third place in their debut campaign in the Western League, having been in contention for a second successive promotion until the final days of the season.

Mousehole are without five of their first team squad – Jack Calver, Mark Goldsworthy and Callam Mconie through injury, while Andy Watkins and Josh Magin are unavailable.

Today’s 16-man squad shows recent signing Reece Thomson as the only addition to last season’s group

In a newly introduced FA rule, the number of ‘used substitutes’ has been increased from three to five

There’s a good crowd inside the ground, probably approaching half of whom are Seagulls supporters.  The weather is fine and the pitch surface is bone-hard with very little green grass after the recent dry weather.

The match as it happened

12 minutes:  GOAL FOR TORPOINT ATHLETIC.  The hosts have been on the front foot so far, but they get a lucky break as the ball bounces up sharply against Max Hill’s outstretched arm, Referee Hunnisett awards a penalty and RYAN RICHARDS converts to keeper Ollie Chenoweth’s left.

20 minutes:  Loud appeals for a penalty at the other end are unheeded as Louis Price is wrestled inside the box.

24 minutes:  There’s been a lot of misplaced passing on the hard surface, but Tallan Mitchell makes a promising run followed by a goalbound shot which a defender heads out for a corner

30 minutes:  Double drama!   Torpoint take a quick throw near the corner flag while Mousehole are disputing the decision, Ryan Richards turns on the ball and is fouled, and the referee awards another penalty.  This time Ryan Richards powers his spot kick the other way and Ollie Chenoweth makes a superb save, beating the ball out to his right for a corner. 

35 minutes:  After that reprieve, Mousehole are starting to put their game together.  Hayden Turner volleys hastily over from 18 yards after keeper Jason Peters punches out a cross under pressure

37 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Hayden Turner swerves a corner kick into a crowded six-yard box, the ball drops down and LOUIS PRICE turns 180 degrees to fire  home.  After Ollie Chenoweth’s penalty save seven minutes ago, that’s another significant moment for Mousehole – an equaliser while not playing at their best.

39 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell makes another run, with his 20-yard shot kept out by the sprawling keeper

42 minutes:  Mousehole are now getting better control of the play.  Paulo Sousa aims for the top corner from a 25-yard free kick but the ball deflects off the top of the defensive wall.

At half-time it’s 1-1.  Torpoint might have been two goals up before Mousehole got going, but the visitors have come back strongly.  An interesting second half in prospect, with Mousehole surely needing to make a better start.

 The second half

48 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Half-way inside his own half, Paulo Sousa spots HAYDEN TURNER ready to move in the centre circle, his carefully-placed long forward pass enabling the striker to outpace his marker and score with a composed low shot past the keeper.  Torpoint 1-2 Mousehole.

52 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  TALLAN MITCHELL spins on the edge of the Torpoint 18-yard line and swerves an immaculate right-foot shot into the top left-hand corner with keeper Peters motionless.  Mousehole have come from behind to score three away goals in 14 minutes of playing time – somewhat reminiscent of the performance at Buckland Athletic last season.

56 minutes:  Louis Price gets on to Hayden Turner’s pass, turns and drives just too high from 12 yards.

60 minutes:  A rare threat from Torpoint as defender Elliot Crawford’s fierce shot from 25 yards is tipped over by Ollie Chenoweth

66 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Mark Richards’ downward header from a right-sided corner is partially blocked by the keeper and defenders on the line and LOUIS PRICE is in the thick of the action as he prods the loose ball into the net for The Seagulls’ fourth.

71 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Steve Burt is replaced by Jared Sims

73 minutes:  Mousehole continue to have the upper hand, Tallan Mitchell putting Hayden Turner through on goal and round the keeper for an angled shot into the side netting

76 minutes:  Torpoint’s Darren Hicks puts in a dangerous low drive which Ollie Chenoweth saves smartly at the foot of the near post

77 minutes:  Torpoint come close again as a header from the corner is cleared off the line by the well-positioned Max Hill

79 minutes:  Mousehole substitutes – Louis Price is replaced by Jack Symons, and Reece Thomson by Charlie Willis

80 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Max Hill is at the other end now, heading Hayden Turner’s corner goalwards – the keeper parries the ball but the alert TALLAN MITCHELL drives the ball left-footed into the roof of the net from near the corner of the six-yard box

85 minutes:  Hicks again makes ground on the left for Torpoint but his shot from an angle goes into the side-netting

87 minutes:  Mousehole substitutes – Paulo Sousa is replaced by Kyle Fraser, and Mark Richards by Jamie Devine, with Andy Elcock taking over the captain’s armband.  Another bit of history – for the first time in a competitive match, Mousehole have five substitutes on the pitch, half their outfield players

At full time, the scoreline reads Torpoint Athletic 1-5 Mousehole.  That penalty save an hour ago now a distant memory.  For Mousehole, a great start to the season, but a slow start to this match!

Mousehole (with used substitutes)

Ollie Chenoweth (GK), Josh Otto, Mark Richards (captain) (Jamie Devine), Max Hill, Paulo Sousa (Kyle Fraser), Andy Elcock, Tallan Mitchell, Steve Burt (Jared Sims), Reece Thomson (Charlie Willis), Louis Price (Jack Symons), Hayden Turner

Match Officials

Neil Hunnisett (Referee), with Robert Aitken & Alan Turner (Assistants)

Attendance: 164

Next for Mousehole

This Tuesday, 2nd August, 7.45pm  

HOME v Saltash United, WLP

Saturday 6th August, 3pm:

Away at Barnstaple Town, FA Cup Extra-Preliminary  Round

Tuesday 9th August, HOME, 7.45pm, against:

Either Falmouth Town, WLP

Or Barnstaple Town if FA Cup replay needed

 

MOUSEHOLE COMPLETE PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS IN STYLE

Liskeard Athletic 0-3 Mousehole

Pre-Season Friendly

Friday 22nd July 2022

At Lux Park

Friday night football drew a sizeable crowd to watch the Step 6 hosts against the Step 5 visitors, with Mousehole exerting their authority to record a welcome ‘clean sheet’ win in their final warm-up game before the start of the Western League season next weekend.

33 minutes:  Slick passing opens up the home defence, enabling Reece Thomson to drive forward to the corner of the six-yard box and square the ball to PAULO SOUSA at the far post for a right-footed shot past the covering defenders on the line

61 minutes:  Skilful interplay outside the penalty area gives TALLAN MITCHELL the space to deliver a swerving right-foot drive from 18 yards into the far corner past keeper Luke Gwillam’s full-length dive

79 minutes:  Surging forward from midfield, Andy Elcock touches the ball just inside the area to ANDY WATKINS who instantly drives an unstoppable shot into the net

Attendance: 162

This completes The Seagulls’ six-game pre-season programme, having won four (all away at Wadebridge, Wendron, Tavistock and Liskeard), lost one (home against Plymouth Parkway) and drawn one (home against St Austell), involving a combined total of 30 goals scored to entertain supporters with lots to think about and look forward to.

Mousehole’s season proper starts next Saturday, the first three matches being:

Saturday 30th July, 3pm, away at promoted Torpoint Athletic*

Tuesday 2nd August, 7.45 pm, HOME v SALTASH UNITED

Saturday 6th August, 3pm, away at Barnstaple Town (FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round)*

*Coach seats are available for supporters – see online for details

ANOTHER PSF, ANOTHER ENTERTAINING GOAL FEAST

Mousehole 3-3 St Austell

Pre-Season Friendly

Wednesday 20th July 2022

At Trungle Parc

After Saturday’s eight-goal bonanza with higher-ranked Plymouth Parkway, Mousehole continued their pre-season programme against SWPL side St Austell, the visitors scoring three quick-fire goals in six second-half minutes before the hosts replied with three of their own in 13 minutes.

The key points

The first half

Mousehole are constantly on the attack but The Lillywhites’ young defenders are resolute, and at half-time, with the aid of some near-misses and the woodwork, they’ve earned the 0-0 score line.

The second half

The visitors have offered little as an attacking force in the first 45 minutes, but amazingly they fly into a 3-0 lead before the hour mark with a trio of strikes in six minutes.

53 minutes:  CAMERON BIDGOOD sends in a long looping cross from way out on the left which finds the net via the inside of the far post

56 minutes:  RORY JARVIS takes advantage of hesitation and space in the home defence and fires home with a low shot from inside the area

59 minutes:  The same again – this time it’s NEIL SLATEFORD, and it’s 0-3.

71 minutes:  Mousehole reduce the deficit as HAYDEN TURNER latches on to Jack Calver’s chipped pass and drives a low left-foot shot just inside the far post 

79 minutes: It’s 2-3 after a muddled clearance by keeper and defender leaves HAYDEN TURNER with an open goal from the edge of the area

84 minutes: Youngster RYAN TOWNSON makes it 3-3 from close range, converting Jude Boyd’s cross after impressive footwork near the left-hand byeline

Mousehole are now in full flow against their tiring opponents, but can’t make the most of the several chances created to add to the goal rush.

Next for Mousehole

The final PSF:

Friday 22nd July at Liskeard Athletic, 7.30pm

The first League games:

At Torpoint Athletic, Saturday 30th July, 3pm (coach seats available for supporters)

At home, Tuesday 2nd August v Saltash United, 7.45pm

ENTERTAINING FOOTBALL ON SHOW AS MOUSEHOLE AND PARKWAY STEP UP PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS

Mousehole 3-5 Plymouth Parkway

Pre-Season Friendly

Saturday 16th July 2022

At Trungle Parc

 

In the first home match in their pre-season preparations, Mousehole faced opposition from two leagues above, the classy visitors sailing into a 5-0 lead before The Seagulls mounted a stirring comeback to narrow the scoreline thanks to a Hayden Turner hat-trick – an enthralling afternoon for the 132 spectators in cooler conditions than recently.

The goals:

3 minutes:  Parkway’s BILLY PALFREY strikes an immaculate 20-yard free kick into the top left corner

11 minutes:  Jack Crago outpaces everyone on the left to provide a low cross from the byeline which RIO GARSIDE converts with a low shot inside the six-yard box

21 minutes:  The same approach play this time by Ryan Lane creates an unmissable chance for the perfectly positioned RIO GARSIDE.

31 minutes:  Parkway are physical, fast and sharp – RYAN LANE dispossesses Mousehole in midfield and drives deep into defensive territory before placing a low left-foot shot past keeper Ollie Chenoweth for a 4-0 lead.

36 minutes:  Recent signing from Exeter City Ben Seymour speeds into the penalty area on the left and his dangerous low cross bounces into the net off MAX HILL for an unfortunate own goal.

45+3 minutes:  Mousehole reduce the deficit with the last action of the first half:  Tallan Mitchell delivers a low free kick from the left and HAYDEN TURNER scoops the ball left-footed into the net via a defender’s deflection.

Half-time score:  Mousehole 1-5 Plymouth Parkway

49 minutes:  Mousehole get an early goal with a well worked move – Callam Mconie’s lofted cross to the edge of the box is headed on by Reece Thomson for Andy Watkins to supply a low cross from the right and HAYDEN TURNER finishes it off from six yards.  Scoreline now 2-5.

70 minutes:  It’s now 3-5 as HAYDEN TURNER completes a hat-trick, using his pace to intercept a back pass, take the ball round keeper Kyle Moore and coolly slot home from a narrow angle on the right.

Full time score:  Mousehole 3-5 Plymouth Parkway.  The hosts have given their Step 3 Southern League Premier guests a run for their money in this eight-goal football exhibition, and can take many positives from this performance.

Next for Mousehole:

Their fifth pre-season fixture is at home this Wednesday 20th July, against Step 6 South West Peninsula League side ST AUSTELL, kick off 7.30pm.

Two days later they complete their pre-season schedule with a visit to SWPL side LISKEARD ATHLETIC on Friday 22nd July, kick off 7.30pm.

The Step 5 Western League Premier Division season starts on Saturday 30th July, away at promoted TORPOINT ATHLETIC (3pm)

Then follows the first home League match on Tuesday 2nd August against SALTASH UNITED (7.45pm)

MOUSEHOLE IN HOT FORM WITH BIG PSF WIN AT TAVISTOCK

MOUSEHOLE IN HOT FORM WITH BIG PSF AT TAVISTOCK

Tavistock 2-4 Mousehole

Pre-Season Friendly

Saturday 9th July 2022

At Langsford Park

After two away wins against Step 6 teams – 1-0 at Wadebridge Town and 5-1 at Wendron United – Mousehole faced the biggest challenge of their pre-season programme with a trip to last season’s Western League Premier champions Tavistock, now promoted to Step 4 Southern League.  But on a very hot day The Seagulls swept aside the hosts with a convincing 4-0 first-half display, to run out winners despite a second-half comeback by The Lambs.

The goals:

7 minutes: Andy Watkins plants an expertly-judged pass into the stride of HAYDEN TURNER, who fires left-footed past the advancing goalkeeper into the far corner from just inside the box.

12 minutes:  Penalty!  Jack Calver is fouled as he latches on to Andy Elcock’s chipped pass into the box, and HAYDEN TURNER converts the spot kick for a 2-0 lead.

There’s a much-needed drinks break after 25 minutes.

45 minutes:  It’s 3-0 with a CALLAM MCONIE header from six yards as Paulo Sousa drives deep into home territory on the left, enabling Hayden Turner to provide the perfect cross.

45+2 minutes:  With virtually the last action of the first half, Mousehole get a fourth goal, CALLAM MCONIE sending a low left-footed free-kick from 20 yards round the defensive wall and into the far corner with the keeper beaten by the power of the shot.

Half-time:  Tavistock 0-4 Mousehole

64 minutes:  Tavistock win a penalty and last season’s Western League top scorer LIAM PRYNN reduces the arrears from the spot.  Now 1-4.

Another drinks break at 70 minutes as the temperature shows no sign of dropping.

75 minutes:  JOSH GRANT gets a second goal for The Lambs with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Full time:  Tavistock 2-4 Mousehole

Next:  Mousehole’s first home game in their pre-season schedule is next Saturday(16th, 3pm) against Plymouth Parkway, who were promoted as champions from the Southern League Division One and start life this coming season as a Step 3 team.

SEAGULLS IN PRE-SEASON GOAL FORM AT WENDRON

Wendron United 1-5 Mousehole

Pre-Season Friendly

Tuesday 5th July 2022

At The Underlane

Mousehole made their second warm-up away trip to a South West Peninsula League side after the 1-0 win at Wadebridge Town on Saturday, this time recording a more comfortable scoreline against their hosts, who achieved an impressive third place in the League last season.

The goals:

8 minutes:  Hayden Turner’s right-wing corner kick to the far side of the six-yard box is headed back across goal by Mark Richard’s where LOUIS PRICE places a first-time left-footer into the roof of the net from eight yards.

23 minutes:  It’s 2-0 to Mousehole as TALLAN MITCHELL finishes off a fine passing move with a 20-yard curler into the far top corner of the net.

Mousehole make several personnel changes at half-time.

56 minutes: Recent signing from Penryn Athletic RYAN REEVES scores for the hosts, put through by a quickly taken free kick 20 yards out with the visitors’ defence unprepared.  Wendron United 1-2 Mousehole.

75 minutes:  Mousehole restore their two-goal lead.  Louis Price creates the opening just inside the Dron’s box for CALLAM MCONIE to drive a low left-foot shot into the far corner.

78 minutes:  A quick goal makes it 4-1.  Harry Downing sprints at speed to the byeline on the right and his low cross is belted first time high into the net by CALLAM MCONIE from the edge of the six-yard box with his less-preferred right foot.

86 minutes:  LOUIS PRICE’s close-range tap-in makes it 5-1 with the home defence failing to clear their lines.

Next:  In preparation for their second Step 5 Western League Premier season, Mousehole travel on Saturday (9th) to Tavistock, kick off 3pm.  The Lambs were promoted as WLP champions last season to the Southern League, and have recorded big wins in their two home PSFs so far: 5-0 v Falmouth Town and 4-1 v Liskeard Athletic.