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MOUSEHOLE ON THE RIGHT ROAD WITH WIN AGAINST STREET

Mousehole 4-1 Street

Western League Premier Division

Saturday 18th September 2021

At Trungle Parc

Summary

The Seagulls gained their third win in a row thanks largely to a trio of unanswered first-half goals in an entertaining encounter against their hard-working mid-Somerset visitors

Pre-match points

Mousehole’s last two matches have been a 5-1 home win against fellow-promoted Millbrook, followed by a 3-1 away success last Saturday at established Western League side Cadbury Heath

Today’s visitors – nicknamed The Cobblers after the local shoe-making industry- are also long-serving members of the WL, joining first in 1911, and were champions as recently as 2017/18, spending one season in the Southern League before opting for voluntary demotion.  Nowadays the Somerset club’s strategy centres on developing young local talent.

Mousehole are without the unavailable Steve Burt and Sean Roberts, while recent arrival Connor Leak-Blunt starts in midfield.

It’s an eye-catching spectacle as the two teams appear on the pitch in bright sunshine, The Seagulls in their customary dark green and Street in their change strip of canary yellow (they are the only other WLP team whose club colours are green), while Cory Harvey is in an all-orange keeper’s kit and his opposite number Harley Wilkinson in a shade of all-violet.

The match – key points

First half: Mousehole are facing the Cricket Club end

3 minutes:  Mousehole come close.  Tallan Mitchell finds Hayden Turner on the left with a long diagonal pass.  A sprint and a low cross, keeper Harley Wilkinson half-saves and Billy Curtis’ follow-up shot is deflected for a corner.

6 minutes:  Street’s turn.  Ben Fowles stretches to reach a right-sided corner but can’t direct his header on target

10 minutes:  Play is scrappy as both sides are guilty of sloppy passing in the opening stages

11 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE. Suddenly, a chance is crafted for MARK GOLDSWORTHY as he’s put through one-on-one with the keeper and strokes the ball home from 25 yards

15 minutes:  A misplaced pass gives The Cobblers a chance to break forward from midway in the own half, but the well-positioned Harry Foster heads over a pinpoint cross from the right

25 minutes:  Another chance for the visitors as Anele Ncube heads down a lofted free-kick into the area and Ben Fowles drives a first-time volley over the bar from the edge of the box

27 minutes:  Harley Wilkinson comes to Street’s rescue with a full-length save from Billy Curtis’ low 15-yard shot

35 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Hayden Turner makes another surging run down the left and his low cross is touched in from six yards by JOSH MAGIN who’s come in from the right – a replica of the first goal at Cadbury heath last Saturday.  Mousehole 2-0 Street.

39 minutes:  Nearly a third goal.  Mousehole are making inroads in the left channel: a low cross towards the near post finds Mark Goldsworthy who spins and shoots, but keeper Harley Wilkinson turns it out for a corner

40 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  A low corner comes in from the left towards the near post where MARK GOLDSWORTHY flicks it over the line, with two green-shirted colleagues eagerly bundling it into the net

45+2:  At half time it’s Mousehole 3-0 Street, a comfortable-looking scoreline after an indifferent start – but despite the visitors having a good share of possession, Cory Harvey has been untroubled in the home goal, compared with the busy Harley Wilkinson 

47 minutes:  New boy Connor Leak-Blunt brings the ball quickly forward and sets up Hayden Turner for a shot – but it’s straight at the keeper

48 minutes:  A poor pass gives Ben Fowles a sight of goal and Cory Harvey makes his first real save of the match

49 minutes:  Street are undeterred by the scoreline – they break at pace down the right and Harry Foster plants a far-post header onto the roof of the net

56 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – the injured Hayden Turner is replaced by Callam Mconie

65 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Connor Leak-Blunt is replaced by Silas Sullivan

70 minutes:  An incident-packed few seconds!  Street defenders do superbly well to clear the ball off the line twice in the same Mousehole attack.  The ball goes down the other end where it’s a GOAL FOR STREET – Ben Fowles marks an industrious and energetic display by coolly slotting home an accurate low shot from 15 yards. Mousehole 3-1 Street.  The Cobblers want to get on with it – will the game now get stretched?

72 minutes:  Mousehole looking to make the game safe – Callam Mconie drives low from an angle, Harley Wilkinson parries the ball onto a defender and it squirms over the bar with the goal gaping.

73 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Keeper Wilkinson is for once caught out by a swirling right-sided corner, leaving JAMIE DEVINE to head into the net from close in.  Mousehole 4-1 Street.

84 minutes: Street are taking the game to Mousehole, who now seem to be in relaxed mode.  A left-wing burst and a dangerous low cross requires the alert Mark Richards to clear the ball away at the near post

85 minutes:  And again.  A quickly taken short corner sees the ball curl past the far post

86 minutes:  A goalbound shot is blocked inside the area as the home side are pegged back

90+2 minutes:  The last action of the match as, fittingly, it’s Street’s Ben Fowles going for goal, but his 18-yard shot is too high.

Full-time:  Mousehole 4-1 Street.  Good entertainment, with both teams trying to play an attractive style of football.  Job done and a good nine-points-out-of- nine sequence for The Seagulls.  Credit to Street for a positive performance in the second half, which they “drew” 1-1. 

Mousehole (with used substitutes)

Cory Harvey (GK), Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Andy Elcock, Tallan Mitchell, Connor Leak-Blunt (Silas Sullivan), Josh Magin (Jacob Grange), Mark Goldsworthy, Hayden Turner (Callam Mconie). 

Other substitutes: Kyle Fraser, Charlie Willis

Officials:   Stuart Kane (Referee), with Ken Swift & Eric Sleeman (Assistants)

Attendance: 138

Next for Mousehole

This Saturday, 25th September: Away at Shepton Mallet, FA Vase Second Qualifying Round, 3pm

  • Shepton Mallet are the only unbeaten side in this season’s Western League Premier
  • They won the First Qualifying Round 1-0 away at Exmouth, while Mousehole had a bye
  • Free seats are available on Saturday’s coach, at various pick-up points (details are online)

Then Saturday 2nd October: Home v Saltash United, Cornwall Senior Cup First Round:  Note kick off time is 2pm

MOUSEHOLE CREAM OFF THREE POINTS AT CADBURY HEATH

Cadbury Heath 1-3 Mousehole

Western League Premier Division

Saturday 11th September 2021

At Springfield

The scoring

Josh Magin 2’ (0-1), Tallan Mitchell 67’ (0-2), Callam Mconie 79’ (0-3), Brae Williams 87’ (1-3)

Summary

The Seagulls enjoyed a satisfying day out with a well-earned win against experienced Western League side Cadbury Heath on their longest away trip of the season to the far eastern outskirts of Bristol.

Pre-match points

Cadbury Heath, affiliated to Gloucestershire FA,  have been an established, though mostly lower half of the table, WLP side for 10 years

Their record this season is just 5 points from 11 games, with a home win against Street, and home and away draws against Clevedon Town

Mousehole are two points ahead of today’s hosts from 5 fewer games – in fact they have played the fewest League games of the 19 teams in the Division

The Seagulls have travelled without goalkeeper Cory Harvey (ill) and Josh Otto (injured), but have a full complement of five substitutes including new signings Jacob Grange and Connor Leak-Blunt, while understudy keeper Ethan Elwell makes his debut.

The match as it happened

Mousehole kick off down the slope with a stiff breeze at their backs

1 minute:   Matt Huxley fires in a low shot for The Heath after an interception, but Ethan Elwell gets down quickly to make the save

2 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE – Hayden Turner makes a trademark run down the left and his low cross is sidefooted home from eight yards by JOSH MAGIN coming in from the opposite flank at just the right moment.  Cadbury Heath 0-1 Mousehole.

6 minutes: Tallan Mitchell sends in a volley from the edge of the box after a long Hayden Turner throw, but home keeper Jordan Schofield is well positioned to save

14 minutes: A half chance for the hosts as giant striker Octavian Gala heads down a cross and Matt Huxley volleys over from a difficult angle

16 minutes: Sean Roberts breaks through the Heath’s midfield and feeds Mark Goldsworthy in space on the right – his pull-back finds Tallan Mitchell to shoot from 20 yards, but it’s too high

21 minutes: Paulo Sousa is up with the next Seagulls’ attack, his cross from the left hitting the near post and going out

24 minutes:  Cadbury Heath’s tall men are looking to gain advantage from lofted passes – this time they have a ‘goal’ from a corner disallowed for a push

26 minutes: Mousehole’s short corner routine gives Sean Roberts the chance to turn and shoot from 10 yards – just over the bar with keeper Schofield beaten

29 minutes:  A big chance for 2-0 as Mark Goldsworthy is put through one-on-one but he can’t get the ball past the keeper’s outstretched leg

30 minutes:  Mousehole have created the better chances in the first half hour, though Cadbury Heath are by no means out of it

31 minutes: Mousehole substitute – Callam Mconie replaces Hayden Turner who has a back injury

32 minutes: Tallan Mitchell’s drives a left-sided corner to the far corner of the six yard box where Billy Curtis heads wide

35 minutes:  Ten minutes to go to half time and this hard-working Heath side are upping the tempo

41 minutes: The offside flag foils an otherwise well-worked ‘goal’ by Mark Goldsworthy

42 minutes:  Close for Cadbury Heath – Ethan Elwell goes full length to parry winger Josh Williams’ fierce angled drive, and Mark Richards is on hand to clear the loose ball in front of goal

43 minutes: Close again for the home side as a cross-shot from the left is deflected past the far post

45+3 minutes: The half time whistle ends a somewhat scrappy half between two sides with markedly different styles.  The hosts have finished the half well and will no doubt exploit the slope and breeze after the interval.

60 minutes:  Cadbury Heath are up for this.  They’ve had a couple of dangerous free kicks and corners, and Josh Williams, a big strong man with a remarkably good touch, has driven a volley just over the bar from an angle on the edge of the box.  Mousehole are going to have to ’dig in’ and earn the right to play their way.

67 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  The Seagulls have been gradually getting back into passing mode.  TALLAN MITCHELL is involved in some clever interplay 30 yards out from the home goal and has enough space and time to stroke a left-footer from 18 yards low into the corner past the keeper’s dive.  Cadbury Heath 0-2 Mousehole, and a bit of relief in the visiting camp!

69 minutes:  A fluent move enables Josh Magin to shoot and Jordan Schofield dives full length to push it out for a corner

70 minutes:  Jamie Devine superbly heads a far post cross back in front of goal where Mark Goldsworthy nets, but it’s offside, not 0-3.

72 minutes: At the other end The Heath have a ‘goal’ disallowed for a foul

74 minutes:  Mousehole close to a third goal.  Keeper Schofield and Josh Magin contest a pass through the middle, the ball runs free and Tallan Mitchell lobs over from 35 yards

76 minutes: And again.  This time Billy Curtis scoops over Josh Magin’s low right wing cross from 8 yards 

79 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  It’s been coming.  Josh Magin again causes problems for the home defence with a low cross – it’s scuffed away under pressure and CALLAM MCONIE picks up the loose ball, turns and hammers it into the roof of the net with his right foot from eight yards.  Cadbury Heath 0-3 Mousehole, and more breathing space.

80 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – the scorer Callam Mconie is replaced by Connor Leak-Blunt on the left

82 minutes:  Mousehole keeper Ethan Elwell is alert to a Heath through ball and races out bravely to claim it

84 minutes:  Dramatic moment!  Jamie Devine clears an awkwardly bouncing pass forward into The Seagulls’ penalty area, but the assistant referee flags for hand ball, and despite the protests it’s a penalty.  Junathain Walker now with a great chance set up his side’s expected rousing finish to the match…….debutant keeper Ethan Elwell dives to his left to pull off a magnificent save, pushing the powerful spot kick up and over the bar.

87 minutes:  GOAL FOR CADBURY HEATH.  The hosts get a goal back for 1-3 as substitute Brae Williams’ shot from 20 yards goes in just under the bar.  How important, now, was that penalty save a couple of minutes ago?  

88 minutes:  Yet another disallowed ‘goal’ as Tallan Mitchell is caught offside

90 minutes:  Cadbury Heath nearly profit from their aerial tactics as centre back Joe Smith heads wide from a corner

90+3 minutes:  Full time Cadbury Heath 1-3 Mousehole.  Now two wins in a row for The Seagulls and a first win of the season against an established Western League side.  

Mousehole line-up (with used substitutes)

Ethan Elwell (GK), Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Andy Elcock (Steve Burt), Tallan Mitchell, Sean Roberts, Josh Magin, Mark Goldsworthy, Hayden Turner (Callam Mconie)(Connor Leak-Blunt).  

Other substitutes: Jacob Grange, Kyle Fraser

Match officials

Referee: Simon Laraway

Assistants: Adrian Forrester & Mark Oswin

Attendance: 62

Next for Mousehole

This Saturday, 18th September:

– Home v Street AFC

– Western League Premier

– Trungle Parc

– Kick off 3pm

Street have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 6 games in the League so far.  They have the same points tally (10) as Mousehole but have played three games more.

Followed by:

Saturday 25th September:

– Away v Shepton Mallet

– FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round

– Playing Fields, BA4 5XN

– Kick off 3pm

In the FAV1QR, Shelton Mallet won away at Exmouth Town 1-0, while Mousehole had a bye. Supporters’ seats will be available on the coach – details will be announced later

Connor Leak Blunt signs for Mousehole AFC

EX-LEEDS AND SHEFFIELD UNITED YOUNGSTER CONNOR LEAK-BLUNT JOINS MOUSEHOLE

In the second announced signing of the week, Mousehole have captured the services of talented 19-year old midfielder CONNOR LEAK-BLUNT, son of Jason Blunt, the former Seagulls manager and inaugural Academy Director.

Starting his football career with Leeds United as an eight-year-old, Connor progressed through the age groups to earn a full-time three-year professional contract, playing for the under-18s and U23s.  He was then signed by Sheffield United but, after changes in the club’s management and coaching set-up, his contract at The Blades was not renewed. 

After a short spell at Middlesbrough, he has recently been playing in Italy in Serie B, but has decided to return to the UK to resurrect his career – and renew his acquaintance with Mousehole – with the full support of father Jason, who is now a lead coach with the i2i international academy in Yorkshire.

Mousehole manager Jake Ash is clearly delighted:  “We are really excited about the signing of Connor. Obviously we have known about him for a while because of Jason’s ongoing connection with the club.  It was really pleasing to hear from Jason that he saw lots he liked about the way we worked and played when he brought his i2i Academy team down here for a pre-season fixture.  As a result, he could see that this would be a good environment for Connor at this stage of his career.  I am super-impressed with Connor’s enthusiasm and hunger to work hard and develop his game here at Mousehole.  I have absolutely no doubt that he will add real quality to the team and to the club at large.”

Speaking about his move, Connor said:  “I’m absolutely buzzing to be here at Mousehole.  I have come here to develop as a young player by training every day, working hard and helping the team to get positive results.  Can’t wait to get started on this journey and see what the future holds.”

Earlier in the week, the club announced the signing of winger Jacob Grange from Wendron United, as it looks to strengthen its playing resources for the Western League campaign ahead.

Jacob Grange joins Mousehole AFC

EXCITING WINGER JACOB GRANGE MOVES WEST TO MOUSEHOLE

Mousehole AFC are pleased to welcome new arrival JACOB GRANGE to their First Team squad.

The 20-year old (pictured) moves to Trungle Parc from Wendron United, where he has earned favourable reviews for his part in The Dron’s promising start to the season, with five wins out of seven and third place in the table.

The winger is well known to The Seagulls’ recently-appointed assistant coach Jack Greenwood, whose previous football role was as Wendron United’s manager.

In his first taste of action for Mousehole, Jacob Grange was introduced as a substitute late in the home win against Millbrook on Saturday.

The new Seagulls recruit commented:  “Moving to Mousehole, with the opportunity to showcase my ability at a higher level, was too good to turn down.  I very much enjoyed working with Jack Greenwood previously, and to join up with him again, and the other coaches who will help me develop was key.” 

Director of Football Adam Fletcher explained:  “Jacob is a tenacious, courageous winger who loves to go forward at every opportunity and is capable of making the step up in standards.  His ability and attitude fit the qualities we admire as we seek to establish ourselves in the Western League.”

Adam Fletcher and manager Jake Ash have been extremely busy in the last few weeks as they look to strengthen the First Team squad to meet the challenges of competing at the highest level in the club’s history.  Another highly significant announcement is expected later in the week.

MOUSEHOLE BACK ON TRACK WITH BIG WIN AGAINST MILLBROOK

Mousehole 5-1 Millbrook
Western League Premier Division
Saturday 4th September 2021
At Trungle Parc

Scoring: Tallan Mitchell 4’ (1-0), Mark Goldsworthy 11’ (2-0), Callam Mconie 15’ (3-0), Jake Foster 33’ (3-1),
Mark Goldsworthy 40’ (4-1), Tallan Mitchell 66’ (5-1)

Summary

Mousehole put in a hugely improved performance as they recorded a resounding win over fellow-promoted Cornish side Millbrook, to end an unfortunate period in which they have suffered four consecutive defeats and a Covid outbreak among the squad.

Pre-match points

Mousehole and Millbrook have almost identical League records so far this season, each with one win, one draw and three defeats, with Millbrook having the edge with a marginally better goal difference. So today’s match could be a tight affair.

Both sides were knocked out of the FA Cup at home in the Preliminary Round against higher-ranked visitors, Plymouth Parkway and Willand Rovers (in a replay), respectively, of the Southern League.

A month ago Mousehole won 2-0 at Millbrook with goals by Callam Mconie and Tallan Mitchell, so a win today would make it an early ‘double’.

Mousehole have new signing Jacob Grange from Wendron United among the substitutes, while Sean Roberts starts after injury but Josh Otto is still sidelined.

As it happened – key moments of the match

2 minutes: A bright start for Mousehole – Callam Mconie drives into the side netting from an angle on the right

4 minutes: GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE. Mark Goldsworthy puts a quick short pass into space for TALLAN MITCHELL to turn 25 yards out, slalom swiftly and with great balance through the defence, and round the keeper to slot the ball calmly into the net. Mousehole 1-0 Millbrook.

11 minutes: GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE. An excellent passage of control and movement ends with Callam Mconie putting in a low cross from the right towards the near post where MARK GOLDSWORTHY gets ahead of his marker to side-foot home from six yards. Mousehole 2-0 Millbrook.

15 minutes: GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE. Quick passing out from the back outstrips the visitors’ midfield, enabling Hayden Turner to race down the left, cut inside and drive a right-footed shot in from 18 yards – keeper Ashley Clelland gets down to push the ball out but CALLAM MCONIE shows great anticipation to get to the loose ball first and score from eight yards. Mousehole 3-0 Millbrook with a quarter of an hour gone.

18 minutes: Nearly a fourth goal as Paulo Sousa dashes down the left and puts the ball in front of goal – but it’s just out of reach of Mark Goldsworthy and Callam Mconie

25 minutes: Hayden Turner repeats his earlier move, making a long run down the left and coming inside on to his right foot, with his low shot zipping past the far post

26 minutes: More attacking from The Seagulls, Callam Mconie picking up a misplaced Millbrook pass and shooting wide of the near post from 18 yards with keeper Clelland motionless

33 minutes: GOAL FOR MILLBROOK. JAKE FOSTER takes advantage of an unusual amount of space at the near post to head home a right sided corner

35 minutes: The goal has given Millbrook a lift – they’re starting to enjoy more possession with some neat play

40 minutes: GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE. Tallan Mitchell and Hayden Turner open up the centre of the visitors’ defence, the ball is half cleared and MARK GOLDSWORTHY shows his goal poaching pedigree with an expert touch and a calm finish from eight yards

45+1 minutes: Half time, Mousehole 4-1 Millbrook. A five-goal value-for-money first half (from a Mousehole point of view!)

Second half – opening 15 minutes: Millbrook are defending in numbers, effectively denying the hosts any way through

61 minutes: An energetic long run by Millbrook’s left wing-back Sam Morcom ends with a shot that doesn’t have enough power to trouble Cory Harvey in the home goal

62 minutes: Callam Mconie has an opening in a central position inside the visitors’ box on his favoured left foot, but superb defending blocks the shot and it goes out for a corner

65 minutes: An almost identical repeat of what happened three minutes ago!

66 minutes: GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE. Hayden Turner passes a left-sided corner to TALLAN MITCHELL lurking unmarked 20 yards out – he shifts it onto his right foot and places a perfect curler inside the far angle, giving the keeper no chance. Mousehole 5-1 Millbrook.

71 minutes: Mousehole substitute – Paulo Sousa is replaced by Kyle Fraser in the left wing-back position

72 minutes: Close to a Goldie hat-trick, as Callam Mconie makes a surging run to the byeline on the right, but a last ditch defensive toe-poke prevents the striker from converting the cross at the near post

73 minutes: Ashley Clelland goes full length to beat out Hayden Turner’s 20-yard drive

76 minutes: Mousehole substitute – Sean Roberts is replaced by Steve Burt in midfield

80 minutes: Mousehole substitute – Callam Mconie is replaced by newcomer Jacob Grange on the right

82 minutes: Millbrook create a threatening-looking attack – it’s Sam Morcom again up from the back to drive the ball low and not far wide of the far post from the edge of the area

85 minutes: Millbrook still in positive mood – they get two corners in a row but nothing comes of them

89 minutes: And again, Millbrook mount a quick break with Mousehole adrift upfield – Rik Shepherd’s tireless running gives him a shooting chance from 18 yards which is deflected for a corner

90 minutes: Sam Morcom goes on another left-sided raid and his low cross into The Seagulls’ danger area is cleared

90+1: Full time, Mousehole 5-1 Millbrook.

Mousehole team sheet (with used substitutes): Cory Harvey (GK), Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa (Kyle Fraser), Sean Roberts (Steve Burt), Tallan Mitchell, Andy Elcock, Callam Mconie (Jacob Grange), Mark Goldsworthy, Hayden Turner. Other substitutes: Silas Sullivan, Josh Magin

Attendance: 93

Match officials: Referee: Tim Burley; Assistants: Marc Rose & Tony Corrigan

Post-match points

Mousehole out of a rut and back to doing what they do best. Millbrook working hard despite the deficit and ending the match with credit.

The win gives Mousehole a 100% record against Cornwall opponents so far this season, with an FA Cup win against Helston Athletic and now a ‘double’ against Millbrook. This will be put to the test on Wednesday 6th October with a League visit to Saltash United.

Next

This Saturday (11th), away versus Cadbury Heath AFC for a Western League Premier Division fixture (3pm), at Springfield, BS30 8BX.

The club invites supporters to travel free on the players’ coach. Timings are: Penzance Bus Station at 07.45am, Crowlas at 08.00am, Chiverton Cross (Starbucks) at 08.20am, Fraddon (Macdonalds) at 08.40am, Launceston (bridge under A30) at 09.15, with a short stop at Exeter Services J30/M5. To book: contact Chairman Deryk Heywood on 07969 625795.

Then

Saturday 18th September: home WLP fixture versus Street AFC, Trungle Parc 3pm

MOUSEHOLE ENCOURAGED BY PERFORMANCE IN NARROW DEFEAT TO HIGH-FLYING TAVISTOCK

Mousehole 1-2 Tavistock

Toolstation Western League Premier Division

Saturday 30th August 2021

At Trungle Parc

Scorers: Josh Grant 2’ (0-1), 47’ (0-2), Mark Goldsworthy 65’(1-2)

Attendance 171

Compared with Saturday’s below-par performance in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Ilfracombe Town, this was a vastly improved showing by The Seagulls despite being narrowly edged out by one of the promotion favourites, who completed a ‘double’ by scoring very early in each half.

Pre-match points

Mousehole lost 3-0  in an earlier midweek visit to Tavistock, at the start of the Covid outbreak within the squad. 

Today The Seagulls are without the injured Josh Otto and Sean Roberts, but Jamie Devine returns after missing Saturday’s match, while Paulo Sousa makes his first start of the season.  Five substitutes are named, which is a positive contrast with the two available on Saturday.

Tavistock have had a very good couple of Western League seasons since promotion and are rightly considered to be one of the strongest contenders for further progress up the non-league ladder. 

Today The Lambs include in their squad two players borrowed from Camelford, and name just three on the bench.   

Mousehole have lost three games in a row, including an FA Cup tie, so getting back on track is important – but it will be a big challenge this afternoon.

As it happened: key moments of the match

1 minute and 36 seconds: GOAL FOR TAVISTOCK.  Neat quick passing on the right creates the space for a cross to the edge of the six-yard box where JOSH GRANT is perfectly positioned to plant a firm header past Cory Harvey.  Mousehole 0-1 Tavistock.  A simple goal for the visitors.  The worst possible start for the hosts.

4 minutes:  Tavistock close again – Liam Prynn has a sight of goal but hits the side netting

8 minutes:  Tavistock have the ball in the net from a low right wing cross but it’s ruled out for offside

11 minutes:  Mousehole break forward and Callam Mconie’s dangerous low cross from the right byeline is hacked away

17 minutes:  The Lambs return to the attack with Liam Prynn hitting the crossbar with a fierce drive from an angle

18 minutes:  Mousehole impose themselves for the first time with a period of sustained possession and three corners in a row – all well defended

30 minutes gone:  The visitors are quick to close down space whenever Mousehole try to weave their way through from midfield

32 minutes:  Nearly a surprise goal for The Seagulls.  Callam Mconie drives in a low left-footed free kick from wide on the right.  It’s aimed at the near post but keeper Josh Oak sees it in time to get down to push it out at the very last moment.  Great skill by both players.

34 minutes:  A quarter-chance for Steve Burt as he bursts forward into Lambs’ territory, but his left-footer is wide from 20 yards

36 minutes:  A good period of play for Mousehole ends with Mark Goldsworthy down with a blow to the head as he and centre-back Lewis Daw compete for a ball down the middle.  Referee Darren Gay decides on physio treatment but no foul.

38 minutes:  Nearly 0-2: an out-of-the-blue lob from 45 yards goes over Cory Harvey but bounces wide

39 minutes:  And again:  Cory Harvey makes a tremendous one-on-one block from close in to deny Liam Prynn

40 minutes: Mousehole retaliate – Steve Burt fires in a rising left-footer from an angle and Josh Oak tips it over

42 minutes:  Closest yet for Mousehole – Tallan Mitchell’s 25 yard drive beats Josh Oak but hits the crossbar and goes over

44 minutes:  Josh Oak keeps his side in the lead as Callam Mconie cuts inside on the right and drives in a trade-mark left-footer – but the keeper watches it all the way and tips it over

45 minutes:  From the corner, Jamie Devine’s near-post glancing header hits the unsuspecting Mark Goldsworthy and spins over the bar from six yards

45+3 minutes:  At half-time it’s Mousehole 0-1 Tavistock.  The visitors look threatening going forward but Mousehole have dug their way back into the match with a couple of good periods of play.  The second half could be very interesting.

Second half underway.

47 minutes:  GOAL FOR TAVISTOCK.  This time it’s even quicker than in the first half – just 1 minute, 10 seconds after the resumption.  A long throw, an onward header, the ball is allowed to bounce and the unmarked JOSH GRANT scores low from 15 yards.   Mousehole 0-2 Tavistock.  A lot of Mousehole’s good work from the first half is immediately undone – it’s now an uphill task for them, but a good cushion for The Lambs.

50 minutes:  Liam Prynn turns and shoots from inside the box as Mousehole back-pedal, but Cory Harvey does brilliantly to keep it out with a full-length diving save

53 minutes:  A replica move at the other end – Josh Oak keeps out Callam Mconie’s 18-yarder and the loose ball is cleared by the resolute defence

56 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Callam Mconie is replaced by Josh Magin in the same right-sided attacking position

58 minutes:  The Hayden Turner-Tallan Mitchell interplay looks promising on the approaches to the Tavistock box.  It’s halted by a deliberate foul.  Andy Elcock drives in the 25 yard free kick from a central position but the wall stands big and tall and it’s blocked.

65 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  MARK GOLDSWORTHY breaks through a tackle on the 18 yard line, advances a few paces and hammers the ball right-footed into the top left-hand corner.  Not even Josh Oak could stop that.  The striker’s first goal of an injury-hit season.  He’ll be so relieved.  His team-mates will now believe they can get something out of the match.  Will Tavistock regret not converting their earlier superiority into more goals?  Mousehole 1-2 Tavistock.

66 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Steve Burt is replaced by Kyle Fraser at left wing-back with Paulo Sousa moving further forward

73 minutes:  Nearly!  A Tallan Mitchell angled free-kick is scraped off the line at the far post

15 minutes to go:  Mousehole have most of the possession but Tavistock are compact, forcing the hosts to play sideways and out wide

83 minutes:  There’s space in the Mousehole half and a chance for The Lambs to make the game safe with a quick break, but Ed Harrison puts it over the bar

85 minutes:  Josh Oak reads Andy Elcock’s swerving 25-yard lob well and clutches it under the angle of bar and post

86 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Mark Goldsworthy is replaced by Gerens James.  Can he force home the equaliser to add to his 500 career goals?

90+2 minutes:  Mousehole still pressing and patient, Tavistock still well organised in the final third. The last chance.  Hayden Turner’s long throw is headed on by Jamie Devine and after a desperate scramble the ball comes out to Josh Magin – but it’s on his less=deadly left foot, and his half-volley from the edge of the box goes wide

90+4 minutes:  Full time:  Mousehole 1-2 Tavistock.  Tavistock fully justifying their reputation as one of the best all-round sides in the Division.  Credit to Mousehole for the way they came back into the game after a dreadful start to each half. 

Mousehole (and used substitutes): Cory Harvey (GK), Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt (Kyle Fraser), Tallan Mitchell, Andy Elcock, Callam Mconie (Josh Magin), Mark Goldsworthy (Gerens James), Hayden Turner

Other substitutes: Silas Sullivan, Jonny Ludlam

Next match

This Saturday 4th September: Home v Millbrook, 3pm

Mousehole’s first and only League win (2-0) came at Millbrook in early August, with goals from Callam Mconie and Tallan Mitchell.

Promoted to the Western League this season, Millbrook are, like Mousehole, still finding their feet at the higher level.

The teams have almost identical playing records, each having played 5 League games, won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3, with Millbrook having a marginally better goal difference

Followed by:

Saturday 11th September, WLP, 3pm: Away v Cadbury Heath, at Springfield BS30 8BX

The club will be running a players’ coach with seats for supporters – details online and at the end of the Millbrook match report.

JACK GREENWOOD JOINS MOUSEHOLE COACHING TEAM

Mousehole AFC’s priority emphasis on coaching has been significantly reinforced by the appointment of Jack Greenwood (pictured), who until recently was manager of Wendron United and previously their assistant manager.

Jack Greenwood will have a potentially wide-ranging role, including insights into prospective opponents and players, as well as contributing ideas to the coaching and training strategy.

In his four years as Wendron United manager, Greenwood led The Dron to their highest-ever League finish, including elevation to the South West Peninsula League Premier Division as a result of FA re-structuring, and to the club’s best-ever run to the semi-final of the Cornwall Senior Cup.

Earlier, having played for Truro City and Wendron, his on-field career was halted by a knee injury, but he has always had an eye on coaching. 

Greenwood says he is excited to be involved with Mousehole:  “I feel honoured to be part of such a forward thinking club.  I’ve been completely taken aback by how friendly and receptive everyone at the club has been, from the bar staff to the groundsman to the players themselves…it’s been really refreshing.  I’m really looking forward to working with this talented group of players.  Their ability levels are much higher than I ever anticipated – but above that, it’s their attitudes that have impressed me hugely.”

Manager Jake Ash is pleased to welcome Jack Greenwood on board at Trungle Parc: “We have always admired what he achieved at Wendron and, just as importantly, how he went about it.  Once we knew he was taking a step back from first team management there we started to think about how he could fit in with our existing coaching team.  In that sense he will give us another set of eyes from a coaching and tactical point of view, but also help provide us with intelligence about other teams, the wider local scene and any potential players who might fit our model.”

UNDER-STRENGTH MOUSEHOLE EXIT FA CUP AGAINST HIGHER-LEAGUE PARKWAY

Mousehole 1-3 Plymouth Parkway

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 21st August 2021

At Trungle Parc

Scorers:  Hayden Turner 1’ (1-0), Tom Bath 4’ (1-1), Matty Andrew 35’ (1-2), River Allen 80’ pen (1-3)

Attendance 352

The Seagulls’ second match in this season’s first-ever appearance in the FA Cup ended in defeat at the hands of Southern League side Plymouth Parkway, with the visitors showing their pedigree against their Covid-hit hosts to gain control of the match after a sensational start to the tie.

Match preview points:

  • Mousehole have had nearly a third of the regular squad suffering from Covid, resulting in the postponement of their last two Western League fixtures.  Four players – excluding the still-recovering Tallan Mitchell and Piran Jones – have only just completed their ten-day self-isolation period and are in the starting line-up.
  • So, the big question for The Seagulls is how the team will fare, with no-one having played or trained since the game at Tavistock on 10th August.  The injured Josh Otto is missing but striker Mark Goldsworthy starts.
  • Mousehole beat Parkway 4-0 in a pre-season friendly a month ago, but the visitors’ teamsheet today shows many changes from that occasion.  Today it’s likely to be a different contest!
  • Mousehole have won, drawn and lost in this season’s three League matches since promotion, and beat local rivals Helston Athletic 3-1 in their FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round tie a fortnight ago to reach this stage.
  • Parkway were promoted from the Western League to the Southern League Division One South this season and in their two League fixtures so far they’ve gained two points from a home draw following an opening-day away defeat.

The match as it happened:

Before kick off, there’s a minute’s reflection on the life of Malcolm ‘Megs’ Brown who died recently, having served Mousehole with distinction for over six decades as player, manager, Committee member and latterly Club President

Kick-off sees Mousehole playing towards the Solomon Browne end

20 seconds:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE!  There’s a moment of indecision in the Parkway defence 35 yards out, HAYDEN TURNER drives forward with the ball and fires low into the far corner from just inside the box.  Mousehole 1-0 Parkway.  What a start!

2 minutes: Parkway retaliate, Matt Andrew shooting low from 18 yards – it’s straight at Cory Harvey who just manages to retrieve the ball as it squirms under him

4 minutes:  GOAL FOR PARKWAY – TOM BATH is put through after a loose Mousehole pass and he takes his one-on-one chance with composure to slide the ball past Cory Harvey.  Mousehole 1-1 Parkway – and it’s not even up to 5 minutes yet!

5 minutes:  Close for Parkway as Jack Crago’s inswinging cross from the left hits the top of the bar and goes out

9 minutes:  Cory Harvey to the rescue with a full-length diving save at the foot of the post from Tom Bath’s header.  Aaron Bentley has a great chance in front of goal from the corner but heads over.

11 minutes:  Mark Goldsworthy comes close for Mousehole with an angled drive from the right, tipped round the far post by keeper Tyler Coombes

21 minutes:  Parkway are looking impressive.  Jack Crago creates space for a shot from 25 yards but it’s wide

22 minutes:  Parkway close again as Tom Bath hits the side netting from a wide angle

25 minutes:  Another attack, with Tom Bath fashioning a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box – but it’s past the post

27 minutes:  It’s been a long time since Mousehole threatened the visitors’ goal, but Callam Mconie is not far away from Hayden Turner’s low cross to the near post

28 minutes:  Cory Harvey makes a one-on-one save as Parkway resume their attacking intentions

30 minutes:  Jamie Devine puts his body in the way of a goalbound shot from inside the Seagulls penalty area

31 minutes:  Another near-miss for Parkway –  centre back Callum Rose heads a floated corner wide from a very good position

35 minutes:  GOAL FOR PARKWAY.  It was coming!  MATT ANDREW is the first to a bouncing rebound coming back off the post and pokes the ball home from 15 yards with Cory Harvey out of position and Jamie Devine wrong-footed on the line.  After their horrendous start, no more than Parkway deserve

38 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – winger Callam Mconie is replaced by Sean Roberts as Mousehole look to reinforce their midfield

43 minutes:  Centre back Aaron Bentley takes aim from fully 40 yards and it’s swirling towards the top-corner before Cory Harvey makes a flying save to keep it out

Half-time approaching and Parkway are now slowing the game down.  They should be further in the lead by now.  Mousehole have been second-best but with this scoreline they’re still in the tie. 

Half-time 45+3:  Mousehole 1-2 Plymouth Parkway.

51 minutes:  Hayden Turner’s low shot after a speedy run down the left is saved by Parkway keeper Tyler Coombes at his near post

59 minutes:  Mousehole are having a good period.  Andy Elcock rifles in a 30-yard free kick and Tyler Coombes goes full-length to push the ball out

61 minutes:  Kyle Fraser’s lofted diagonal pass into space is just beyond Sean Roberts racing forward to the edge of the box

65 minutes:  Parkway have been under a bit of sustained pressure for the first time in the match, but without conceding any clear-cut chances.  They’re still dangerous going forward – Tom Bath scuffs his shot wide when well placed inside the Mousehole box

Half-way through the second half:  Mousehole 1-2 Parkway.  Mousehole substitute – Paulo Sousa replaces Billy Curtis, taking up a right-sided forward position with Josh Magin dropping back into right-sided defence

78 minutes:  Parkway close – Jack Crago chases a bouncing ball down the middle but can’t bring it down in time to shoot

80 minutes:  GOAL FOR PARKWAY.  A 25 yards free kick goes into a crowded penalty area where substitute Callum Hall is tripped as he latches on to the loose ball.  Captain RIVER ALLEN drives the spot kick hard past Cory Harvey into the corner.  Mousehole 1-3 Parkway.  That probably is a fair reflection of the overall balance of play.

81 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – striker Gerens James for midfielder Steve Burt

86 minutes:  Parkway are now in no hurry, but they suddenly burst forward and Cory Harvey makes an exceptional full-length save from Tom Bath’s volley from 15 yards

90+2 minutes: Andy Elcock floats a free kick into the Parkway area where Mark Goldsworthy leaps above the taller defenders to plant a header over the bar from 10 yards

90+4 minutes:  Mousehole defenders somehow scoop the ball off the line amid a fast Parkway raid upfield

90+5 minutes:  Full-time Mousehole 1-3 Plymouth Parkway.  The visitors earn a well-merited passage through to the FA Cup First Qualifying Round, with a display of strength, class and composure.  Mousehole’s disrupted preparations proved to be a major setback, but a full-strength side can now return to League action with renewed confidence.

*Mousehole’s scheduled League fixture at home against Millbrook on Tuesday 24th August has been postponed, as Millbrook have an FA Cup Replay on that date after a late 3-3 draw away at Southern League Willand Rovers.

*The Seagulls are next in action this Saturday, 28th August, with an away Western League fixture at Ilfracombe Town (3pm).

*This is a followed by a home League fixture on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, when Tavistock are the visitors (3pm)

Mousehole (and used substitutes):  Cory Harvey (GK), Billy Curtis (Captain) (Paulo Sousa), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Kyle Fraser, Steve Burt (Gerens James), Andy Elcock, Josh Magin, Hayden Turner, Mark Goldsworthy, Callam Mconie (Sean Roberts).  Other substitutes: Ethan Elwell (GK), Toby Weeks, Tyler Tonkin, Silas Sullivan

PAULO SOUSA RETURNS TO BOOST SEAGULLS’ SQUAD

Mousehole AFC are delighted to confirm that Paulo Sousa, one of Mousehole’s many outstanding performers of the last few years, has committed to another season at the Trungle Parc club.  

He is available for selection as The Seagulls host their big FA Cup Preliminary Round tie against Plymouth Parkway tomorrow (Saturday 21st).

Last in action for Mousehole in December, when they were top of the League, Paulo returns as the team have made a promising start to the new season after a historic promotion to the Western League and a winning first-ever FA Cup appearance in the Preliminary Round.

A naturally left-footed player who can play as a defender or wing-back, Sousa originates from Madeira- the same birthplace as Cristiano Ronaldo – and has thrilled the Trungle Parc faithful for four seasons with his eye-catching displays of skill, speed, tenacity and assists, as well as a fair number of goals in his own right.

Mousehole Manager Jake Ash likens Paulo Sousa to a new signing, even though he is so well known at the club: 

“When the pandemic really ramped up at Christmas, we had no hesitation in suggesting that he went back to see family.  So we haven’t seen him since then. But he is so familiar with the club, and the club with him, that although he will take a little bit of time to be ready for a full 90 minutes, he will bed in so fast.”


“Paulo has tremendous ability and brings so many talents to the team and club at large. I am so pleased to have him back and can’t wait to see him on the pitch again in a Mousehole shirt.”

Paulo is enjoying the prospect of resuming his career with The Seagulls:  “I’m looking forward to being able to get back to the coaching sessions and to improve in every single aspect so I can help the team progress – starting with the FA Cup.”

“I’m also really happy to be surrounded by a group of people within the club who have an elite mentality and a relentless mindset, and a group of players who are strong characters and friendly personalities – Mousehole’s ‘core assets’”.