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FA VASE: MOUSEHOLE’S “ROAD TO WEMBLEY” STARTS AT EXMOUTH ON SATURDAY

Mousehole AFC will create history this Saturday when they play their first-ever game in the FA Vase.

The national non-league competition, sponsored by Buildbase, involves clubs at Steps 5 to 7 of the National League System, whose grounds meet the FA’s standards.  The Final is held at the prestigious Wembley Stadium towards the end of the season. 

A total of 442 clubs will be in action this weekend, hoping to make progress, pick up some valuable prize money, and make a name for themselves in the later stages of the competition.

With the early stages regionalised, Step 6 Mousehole nevertheless face a big challenge in the First Qualifying Round with an away tie at Step 5 Exmouth Town, one of the top clubs in the Western Premier League.  Kick off at Southern Road (EX8 3EE) is at 3pm, with the match decided by penalties if the scores are level at full time. 

The winners of Exmouth v Mousehole have been drawn away in the Second Qualifying Round on 10th October to mid-Dorset side Sherborne Town, who play in the Western League First Division, on a par with Mousehole.  The First Round Proper is on 31st October.

Manager Jake Ash is no stranger to the FA Vase competition.  He was a member of the Truro City team which, playing at Step 6 at the time, created its own history in 2006/07 by progressing all the way to the Wembley Final and winning the trophy – the lowest-placed team to have done so, and in front of the competition’s record crowd of 36,232. 

“I think everyone involved in the FA Vase gets a feel for how special it is – however far you go.  Just the chance to go and play different opposition and test yourself outside our small little bubble down here is an exciting prospect”, said the Seagulls’ boss.

“We probably couldn’t have been handed a tougher test than Exmouth, who I’m told haven’t lost a home league game for 22 months. But our own team are in a brilliant place at the minute and I know they will be as excited by the challenge as I am.  I have no doubt if they play to the level they are capable of we will have a really good chance.”

Chairman Deryk Heywood added: “This will be a great moment for Mousehole.  I am really proud to be part of this progressive club and its Academy.  It shows how far we have come, from village football to the national stage.  It’s an incredible story behind what has happened in the last five years.  A hard-working Committee, ambitious planning, great characters, people with loyalty, creativity and integrity, and a passion for success matched both on and off the field.” 

“It would be amazing to win at Exmouth and get a momentum going.  Hopefully the whole of the County would get behind us, just like happened to Truro City in 2007/08.  Anyway, we’re on our way to Wembley – just the nine rounds to go!”.

Footnotes:

  • Mousehole are the most westerly club ever to enter the FA Vase
  • Exmouth lost their two opening games this season, a 2-0 league defeat at Plymouth Parkway and a 2-0 home FA Cup defeat last Saturday against Step 4 Melksham Town of the Southern League, but then had a 4-1 home league win against Tavistock  in midweek.
  • Mousehole have a 100% record this season, three consecutive league wins against Launceston (A), Porthleven (H) and St Austell (A) producing 17 goals scored with one conceded.
  • The Seagulls’ last fixture at home against Helston Athletic in midweek was abandoned after a serious injury to goalkeeper Cory Harvey, with 64 minutes played and Helston leading 1-0.

REFEREE ABANDONS HELSTON MATCH AFTER SERIOUS INJURY TO SEAGULLS’ KEEPER

MOUSEHOLE A-A HELSTON ATHLETIC 

ABANDONED WITH 65 MINUTES PLAYED

SOUTH WEST PENINSULAR LEAGUE PREMIER WEST

TUESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020

AT TRUNGLE PARC

Mousehole’s much-anticipated clash with close rivals Helston Athletic ended prematurely in unfortunate fashion with a serious injury to home goalkeeper Cory Harvey following a foul by the visitors’ Matt Buchan.

In the immediate aftermath, Referee Paul Kempen issued a straight red card for a reckless challenge by the striker, followed by a further 30 minutes’ on-pitch attention to the prostrate ‘keeper while awaiting an ambulance. 

Despite Helston vehemently protesting the sending off and pressing for an early resumption to play, the Referee, with the support and advice of Cornwall FA Assessor Steve Lawrence, took his time to assess the situation and, with player health and safety the priority, called the match off at 9.15pm.

The key moments:

2mins, CLOSE for Helston:  Billy Tucker’s 20-yard left-footer hits the top of the bar and goes over.

16mins, CLOSE for Mousehole:  Jude Boyd makes a great run to the byeline but his cut back is fired wide by Hayden Turner from eight yards.

Half-time score 0-0:  A fast and fiercely competitive half, with Mousehole having more of the ball but Helston looking threatening in quick breaks.

52mins, GOAL for Helston:  Two uncharacteristic mistakes at the back give Mark Goldsworthy the chance to drive home with a low shot from 15 yards

65mins, INJURY:  Helston’s Matt Buchan sprints alongside Mousehole captain Billy Curtis after a long bouncing pass through the middle.  Keeper Cory Harvey comes out at speed to jump high to claim the ball. Buchan pushes Curtis into Harvey, who is left injured and motionless on the turf.

67mins, RED CARD for Helston’s Matt Buchan for the challenge.

Play is held up for 30 minutes, whereupon the Referee abandons the match.

The ambulance arrives later and takes Harvey to hospital, with the diagnosis not as serious as originally thought, and the popular ‘keeper returns home in the early hours of Wednesday – his birthday!

Mousehole starting X1:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Kieran Toland, Tallan Mitchell, Kian Burns, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd.

Substitutes (all unused): Josh Otto, Josh Magin, Gerens James, Tom Hands, Silas Sullivan.

Officials:  Paul Kempen (Referee), with David Rowe & Dean Kitley (Assistants)

Attendance: 223

The Mousehole v Helston Athletic league fixture has been re-scheduled for Saturday 20th March, 3pm.

Mousehole travel this Saturday (19th) to Exmouth Town for a historic first-ever match in the FA Vase (Southern Road EX8 3EE, 3pm).

Then follow three consecutive league fixtures at Trungle Parc:

  • Next Tuesday 22nd September, HOME v St Blazey, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 26th September, HOME v Saltash United, 3pm
  • Saturday October 3rd, HOME v Bodmin Town, 3pm

THIRD BIG WIN IN A WEEK FOR HIGH FLYNG SEAGULLS

ST AUSTELL 1-6 MOUSEHOLE

Tallan Mitchell (2), Hayden Turner (2), Amara Bakayoko, Kian Burns

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE PREMIER WEST

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020

AT POLTAIR PARC

Table-topping Mousehole followed up their 7-0 win at Launceston and 3-0 home success against Porthleven by sweeping aside a young St Austell side with a dominant performance that might well have produced a double-figure scoreline.

How it happened – the key moments:

1min, GOAL to St Austell:  An unforced error on the edge of the penalty area presents Chris Kilbey with a gift, and he side-foots into an unguarded net from 20 yards.

7mins, GOAL to Mousehole:  Tallan Mitchell brings down a lofted forward pass with superb control and lobs over keeper Jason Chapman from 15 yards for an early equaliser.

12mins, GOAL, St Austell 1-2 Mousehole:  Hayden Turner scores against his former club to put The Seagulls in the lead, turning to shoot home from 8 yards after Kieran Toland’s cross-shot is blocked in front of goal.

25mins, GOAL, St Austell 1-3 Mousehole:  Hayden Turner scores from the penalty spot after Tallan Mitchell’s twisting run into the area is halted with a foul.

37mins, GOAL, St Austell 1-4 Mousehole:  Amara Bakayoko breaks up a St Austell attack by pressing and winning the ball midway in his own half, skips past the defender on the halfway line and ends a 70-yard sprint with a fierce left-foot drive into the corner of the net.

44mins, GOAL, St Austell 1-5 Mousehole:  The Seagulls show no let-up in their attacking intentions but have a touch of luck on their side as Tallan Mitchell’s 25-yard right-footed attempt bounces awkwardly past Chapman.

HALF-TIME SCORE:  St Austell 1-5 Mousehole

58mins, SUBSTITUTE for Mousehole:  Jude Boyd is replaced by Kian Burns

62mins, GOAL, St Austell 1-6 Mousehole:  St Austell concede their 13th goal in three games as Kian Burns sees his left-footed shot squirm under Chapman into the far corner after Amara Bakayoko bursts from midfield to create the space.

66mins, SUBSTITUTE for Mousehole:  Billy Curtis is replaced by Josh Otto, with Kieran Toland taking over the captain’s armband.

76mins, SUBSTITUTE for Mousehole:  Steve Burt is replaced by Josh Magin.

Last 20 minutes:  Mousehole completely overwhelm their opponents, creating – and missing – enough chances to double the scoreline.

FULL-TIME SCORE:  St Austell 1-6 Mousehole

The Seagulls’ 100% record from their first three matches, with 16 goals scored and 1 conceded, leaves them as league leaders, sharing the nine points with Dobwalls. 

Mousehole starting X1:  Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain)*, Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt*, Kieran Toland, Tallan Mitchell, Amara Bakayoko, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd*  (*Players substituted). 

Unused substitutes:  Tom Hands, Andy Elcock.

Officials:  Neil Hunnisett (Referee) with Andy Jenkin & Tom McCormick (Assistants).

Attendance:  150 (estimated)

The next week provides a stern test, with the visit of Helston Athletic (Trungle Parc, Tuesday 15th September, 7.30pm), followed by the away trip to Western League Premier side Exmouth Town for Mousehole’s first- ever game in the national FA Vase competition (Southern Road EX8 3EE, Saturday 19th September, 3pm).

Forthcoming fixtures:

Tuesday 15th September, HOME v Helston Athletic, 7.30pm

Saturday 19th September, Away v Exmouth Town, 3pm (Fa Vase 1st Qualifying Round)

Tuesday 22nd September, HOME v St Blazey, 7.30pm

Saturday 26th September, HOME v Saltash United, 3pm

Saturday October 3rd, HOME v Bodmin Town, 3pm

Tuesday October 6th, Away v Wendron United, 7.30pm.

QUALITY GOALS SEE MOUSEHOLE CONTINUE BRIGHT START TO SEASON

Mousehole 3-0 Porthleven

(Kieran Toland, Steve Burt, Paulo Sousa)

South West Peninsula League, Premier West

Tuesday 8th September 2020

At Trungle Parc

The Seagulls claimed a second good win in four days to maintain their leading position in the early league table, three special strikes in 14 first half minutes seeing off the visitors’ determined resistance.

How it happened – the key moments:

30’, GOAL:  Mousehole 1-0 Porthleven.  Decoy runs on the right-hand side create the space for KIERAN TOLAND to move inside and drive a left-foot shot from the edge of the box into the far top corner.

38’, GOAL:  Mousehole 2-0 Porthleven.  A blocked shot comes out to STEVE BURT who scores a rare goal with a first-time low shot from 30 yards inches inside the post past keeper Martyn Webster’s outstretched dive.

44’, GOAL:  Mousehole 3-0 Porthleven.  Running at speed on to a loose ball on the left midway through the Porthleven half, PAULO SOUSA twists and turns past the two covering defenders before despatching a fierce left-foot drive past Webster from 12 yards.

Half-time score:  Mousehole 3-0 Porthleven

56’, Mousehole SUBSTITUTE:  Kian Burns replaces Jude Boyd

67’, Mousehole SUBSTITUTE:  Andy Elcock replaces Tallan Mitchell

71’, Mousehole RED CARD:  Andy Elcock dismissed for retaliation after a tackle.

80’, DISALLOWED GOAL – Porthleven:  Charlie Young’s close-range header from a free-kick is ruled out for offside.

84’, Mousehole SUBSTITUTE:  Josh Magin replaces Hayden Turner

Full-time score:  Mousehole 3-0 Porthleven

After all the midweek fixtures, Mousehole are the only side yet to concede a goal, and top the table on goal difference ahead of three other maximum-points teams, Helston Athletic, Dobwalls and Camelford. 

Next up for The Seagulls are St Austell (Away), who have drawn both opening games 3-3 and 4-4, followed by Helston Athletic (Home) who have scored five goals in each of their first two games.

Mousehole starting X1:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Tallan Mitchell*, Jude Boyd*, Amara Bakayoko, Hayden Turner*, Kieran Toland (*players substituted).

Unused substitutes:  Josh Otto, Tom Hands.

Officials:  Nigel d’Arcy (Referee) and George Pattison & Neil Stephens (Assistants).

Attendance:  158.

Mousehole’s next three fixtures:

This Saturday, 12th September, Away to St Austell, 3pm at Poltair

Next Tuesday, 15th September, Home v Helston Athletic, 7.30pm at Trungle Parc

Saturday 19th September, Away at Exmouth Town (FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round), 3pm at Southern Road.

SEAGULLS START NEW SEASON WITH TOP PERFORMANCE

LAUNCESTON 0-8 MOUSEHOLE

South West Peninsula League Premier West

Saturday 5th September 2020

At Pennygillam

Mousehole’s first-ever league encounter with Launceston resulted in an emphatic opening-day win, four goals in each half,  a hat-trick for Amara Bakayoko, and a lofty position at the head of the league table.

How it happened:

15 mins, 0-1: Kieran Toland plants a dipping free kick from 25 yards out left of centre over the defensive wall and into the left hand corner

21 mins, 0-2:  Amara Bakayoko’s fierce cross-cum-shot from the right zips into the far corner

24 mins, 0-3:  Amara Bakayoko races in from the right to hammer home Hayden Turner’s superb cut-back across the six-yard box

30 mins, 0-4:  Tallan Mitchell drives a swerving shot into the top corner from fully 30 yards 

Half-time score: Launceston 0-4 Mousehole

60 mins, Mousehole substitutes:  Josh Otto replaced by Billy Curtis, and Steve Burt by Andy Elcock

66 mins, 0-5:  Kieran Toland scores with another free-kick, this time low inside the far post from 18 yards left of centre

69 mins, Mousehole substitute:  Jude Boyd replaced by Kian Burns

74 mins, 0-6:  Tallan Mitchell races through to convert Amara Bakayoko’s defence-splitting through ball

77 mins, 0-7:  Hayden Turner puts the finishing touch to a dazzling passing movement initiated by Paulo Sousa

85 mins, 0-8:  Amara Bakayoko scores his hat-trick goal from close range after Hayden Turner wrong-foots the defence with a sharp turn and low cross

Full-time score: Launceston 0-8 Mousehole

Mousehole scorers:  Amara Bakayoko (3), Kieran Toland (2), Tallan Mitchell (2), Hayden Turner.

The Seagulls’ win, by the biggest margin in the first round of league matches, puts them top of the first 2020/21 Premier West table on goal difference.

Mousehole starting line-up;  Cory Harvey, Josh Otto*, Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt*, Tallan Mitchell, Jude Boyd*, Kieran Toland (captain), Amara Bakayoko, Hayden Turner.

*Players substituted.  Unused substitutes:  Tom Hands, Jake Ash

Officials:  Tony Rogers (Referee) and Bryan Holden & Gavin Arnold (Assistants)

Attendance:  125 (estimated)

Mousehole’s next three fixtures (all SWPL):

Home v Porthleven, Tuesday 8th September, 7.30pm

Away v St Austell, Saturday 12th September, 3pm

Home v Helston Athletic, Tuesday 15th September, 7.30pm

MOUSEHOLE AFC APPOINT NEW LEADERSHIP QUARTET FOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Mousehole AFC are delighted to announce the new management and coaching line-up for their Development Team, who play in the St Piran League West at Step 7 of the National League System.

The quartet is: Craig Nicholls, John McCallum, Adrian Ferrell and Matt James

Craig Nicholls is a familiar face at Trungle Parc, having been a longstanding goalkeeper for Mousehole, followed by spells at Penzance and Ludgvan, before being appointed manager of the re-formed Marazion AFC, as well as coaching at Penzance Youth.  He has a well-established footballing partnership with John McCallum.

John McCallum had a lengthy association with Penzance AFC, having played in the centenary match against Liverpool in 1992, before going on to captain the club and becoming co-manager.  He also had a playing spell at Mousehole, and was latterly coach at Marazion alongside Craig Nicholls.

Adrian Ferrell has a wealth of playing and management experience with several local clubs.  He featured in goal for Marazion, Porthleven and Gulval, and managed Rosudgeon, Ludgvan and Marazion.  He was also co-manager with Gary Marks at Porthleven in the South Western League, and likewise with John McCallum at Penzance.

Matt James has already spent three seasons at Mousehole, taking responsibility for coaching within the Youth and Women’s teams, as well as playing for the Reserves. He is working towards gaining his UEFA ‘A’ badge during the 2020/21 season, and will lead the coaching of the Development Team alongside John McCallum. 

Mousehole’s Head of Football Adam Fletcher says this is a huge step forward for the club: “Our strategy for the Development team was to give it a new and specific purpose in providing a top-class coaching pathway between the Youth section and the First team.  We’ve now got the perfect combination of successful experience, local knowledge and coaching expertise to bring this to reality – a leadership team of many talents, with a distinct competitive attitude, and a vital piece of the jigsaw.”

John McCallum added:

“We were all very impressed by the overall set-up and the sensible longer-term ambition at Mousehole.  To help achieve this, we are absolutely committed to giving opportunities to any players who are motivated to learn and improve.”    

Adam Fletcher also wanted to record his thanks to a number of others: 

“We’re grateful to all the people who applied for the management position, and very much appreciate their interest in our club.  Also, huge thanks are due to Matt James and goalkeeper Dom Angove (pictured front middle), who have worked hard to ‘hold the fort’ during this transition period.  Dom’s hard work and drive has helped recruit high-quality fresh faces to the playing squad, and that role will continue alongside his ambition to play at the highest level possible..  Last, but not least, we’re really glad that the Reserves’ former assistant manager Mark Trevail has decided to remain involved, which shows his lifetime’s dedication to the club.”

MOUSEHOLE WOMEN ARE BACK…..AND RECRUITING

Mousehole Women are back in training and looking to recruit new players to both their Senior and Under-16s squads.

As the club’s ‘Pathway’ policy develops, several of the current Under-16 Girls are ready to graduate to the senior Women’s squad, who are one of the high-flying teams in the Cornwall Women’s Football League.

Long-standing manager Dawn Bateman says that the players are really enjoying getting back to training: 

“We are currently training at Trungle Parc on Sunday mornings from 11.00 to 12.00. 

New players across the age range are most welcome – they are sure to be impressed by our superb facilities and modern coaching methods. 

We can offer fantastic opportunities to:

  • Over 16s, and those who will reach the age of 16 during the 2020/21 season;
  • 14-16s, to replace the U16s who are set to progress to the senior side.

We would also like to hear from any younger girls who have the potential to progress through the age groups.

Newcomers will find Mousehole AFC is a friendly, welcoming and responsible club.  We are committed to increasing the engagement of the community with sport.  We provide high-quality coaching to enable a wide range of players to enjoy playing football, improve how they play, and fulfil their individual aspirations. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings, and if you want to  discuss anything, please contact coach Matt James by email at moj67@btinternet.com; or by ‘phone on 07850 900706

JOSH MAGIN SIGNING BOOSTS SEAGULLS’ SQUAD

Mousehole AFC have continued their summer recruitment campaign with the signing of local player Josh Magin.

Josh Magin is described as an athletic and speedy wide player with lots of natural ability, who also has the versatility to play more centrally.  He is expected to flourish under the guidance of manager Jake Ash, coach Andy Graham and fitness expert Gareth O’Neill, as the club continues to offer opportunities to local players with as-yet untapped potential.

The 29-year old has been playing for his home-town club St Ives Town in the St Piran League West at Step 7.  He was also a member of the excellent 2017/18 Ludgvan team that narrowly finished runners-up in their first season after promotion to the SWPL West Division.

Josh Magin is a qualified and experienced beach lifeguard, so his joining-up with Mousehole will add to the club’s long-standing association with the RNLI.

Manager Jake Ash has now made four recent additions to his squad, with this latest arrival coming shortly after the signing of Kian Burns from Camelford, Jude Boyd from Plymouth Argyle, and Sean Roberts formerly of Ludgvan AFC.

With an eye on the possible start of the 2020/21 campaign later in the year, Mousehole are stepping up their pre-season programme for the combined First Team and Development Squads.  As the club’s progressive coaching programme continues to grow in reputation and interest, more signings are likely over the coming weeks.

MOUSEHOLE’S BUSY RECRUITMENT PERIOD CONTINUES WITH FOURTH NEW SIGNING

Manager Jake Ash has strengthened Mousehole’s challenge for the 2020/21 season with the addition of midfielder Andrew Elcock.

The 25-year old Cornishman was pencilled in to make a playing debut for The Seagulls in March, but the Covid-19 restrictions came into force before that could happen. 

Launceston-born Andrew Elcock most recently played for his home-town ‘Clarets’ in the Peninsula Premier West, where he was noted for his ability to “pull the strings” in midfield.

He started his footballing education and career with Plymouth Argyle, where he spent seven years progressing through the Youth ranks and Academy. 

He then signed for Step 2 National League South club Bath City.  From there, he had periods with Southern League clubs Cirencester Town at Step 3 and then Bristol-based side Paulton Rovers at Step 4.  He arrived back at Launceston to resume playing following a lengthy injury lay off.

Along the way, Elcock has gained a UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge and is a highly qualified personal trainer and sports performance coach. Jake Ash’s fourth signing of the month comes after the announcements publicising the arrivals of Kian Burns, Jude Boyd and Sean Roberts.

ANOTHER EXCITING ACQUISITION AS MOUSEHOLE CONTINUE TO BUILD FOR NEXT SEASON

Mousehole have further strengthened their squad with the capture of Sean Roberts, their third new signing of the week.

His arrival comes shortly after the announcement of Kian Burns from Camelford and Jude Boyd from Plymouth Argyle.

The 24-year old is described as a busy, technically-gifted central midfield player who will fit in well with Mousehole’s positive style of play.

Sean Roberts is another player who, like Jude Boyd, is well known to Manager Jake Ash from his days as head coach of West Cornwall Schools. 

In a further connection, Roberts was also a prominent member of the highly successful 2017/18 Ludgvan team whose assistant manager was Adam Fletcher, now Director of Football at Mousehole.

The St Ives-based playmaker made a big impression in Ludgvan’s remarkable season two years ago.  Having just been promoted from the Cornwall Combination League, The Hurlers led the South West Peninsula League West Division for much of the campaign before ending up just one point behind champions Millbrook.

Roberts has recently spent some time abroad and on his return is now ready to make an impact in the next stage of Mousehole’s progression, as the club looks to improve on last season’s fourth place. As well as joining up again with Jake Ash and Adam Fletcher, he will be getting together at Trungle Parc with former Ludgvan teammates Steve Burt, Gerens James, Mark Richards, Jamie Devine and Jonny Ludlam.