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Match report Helston vs Mousehole October 2019






Mousehole’s long unbeaten record – no league defeats since Boxing Day last year, together with 12 league and two Cup games without loss in the new season after promotion – finally came to an end as they conceded three goals after taking an early lead.

To lose to a Helston side looking for their 13th consecutive win is no disgrace, but the manner of the defeat will be a cause for concern.

The hosts, after a slow start, showed no signs of taking it easy ahead of their big FA Vase ‘derby’ against Falmouth Town on Saturday, and the robust and high-intensity way they then went about their business turned out to be the main difference between the two sides.

The game unfolded in sharp contrast to The Seagulls’ encounter on Saturday with Saltash United, in which they were second-best for the first half hour but then recovered to dominate their opponents.  At Helston, the reverse was true.

From the start, Mousehole were quickly on the offensive, and might have scored more than the goal by Lez Cela, an accurate low shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 16th minute.

But then Helston started to close down the space in midfield, all too frequently catching Mousehole in possession, and then driving forward with their own quick direct style.  And that remained the pattern for much of the rest of the game, with all three of the hosts’ goals resulting from Seagulls’ mistakes.  

By the half hour, Helston were already getting on top and looking threatening.  Keeper Corey Harvey had to beat out Neil Slateford’s free kick at his near post before the equaliser came on 39 minutes when youngster Cameron Wheat – a promising winger at Wendron United, now deployed as a full back at Helston – was given too much time and space to whip in a fierce 18-yard shot.  Harvey parried the ball out but top scorer Mark Goldsworthy was the quickest to react and netted from close range.

Helston’s continuing second half pressure made a second goal seem probable, and it came when Billy Tucker took a very quick throw-in deep in Mousehole territory, releasing Neil Slateford for an unopposed run in from the right to score from a narrow angle on 58 minutes.

And the third goal which clinched the win, and moved The Blues up to second place in the table, was a simple affair, Tucker swinging in a free kick and the unmarked Wheat heading home from six yards in the 79th minute.

Mousehole had created several goal-scoring chances earlier in the match which might have provided a more comfortable cushion.  On 7 minutes Kieran Toland’s back-header was dropped over his own line by ex-Seagull keeper Jason Robertson under pressure, only for referee Nigel D’Arcy to penalise Gerens James for the challenge.  Robertson then blocked Toland’s angled drive from close-in on 11 minutes, and shortly afterwards went full length to divert Rheiss McClean’s 15-yard drive round the post on 12.  Two minutes later Toland shot wide of the far post with a clear sight of goal after a great turn at speed inside the box.

In the second half, chances for The Seagulls were few and far between.  Billy Curtis just missed the angle of the woodwork with a cross shot on 51 minutes, and Toland’s 30-yard lob towards an unattended goal was deflected after Robertson had raced out to half-clear a through ball inside added time.

Looking quickly to get back on track and maintain their top-five position, Mousehole now have another three away league fixtures in a row against teams who also came up from Division One West this season.

Tomorrow, Saturday 12th, it’s a return visit to Wadebridge Town’s Bodieve Park (3pm), the site of The Seagulls’ 7-2 victory a few weeks ago in the League Cup.

Then comes the short trip to Wendron United next Tuesday (15th) for a 7.30pm kick off under the new floodlights at The Underlane.

Following that, the destination is Lantoom Park to face Dobwalls on Saturday 19th October (3pm).

The month ends with the eagerly-awaited first-ever floodlit home match on Friday 25th October against Porthleven in the League Cup (7.30pm).

Mousehole at Helston Athletic:  Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Harding, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Kieran Toland, Lez Cela, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Rheiss McClean

Substitutes: Steven Ziboth (for Rheiss McClean, 46), Scott Imade (for Gerens James, 73), Tom Hands (for Ben Harding, 85), Ben Williams, Jamie Devine

Mousehole scorer: Lez Cela (16)

Officials: Referee- Nigel D’Arcy, Assistants – Alan Hoon & Rodney Campbell

Attendance: 286

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Match Report Mousehole vs Saltash October 2019






In the battle of the only two unbeaten teams in the league, Mousehole came out on top with a rousing second-half performance in front of their biggest home crowd of the season.

The real turning point of the match was an astute tactical change on 35 minutes by Mousehole boss Jake Ash, who is just two months into his first managerial post.

The game was preceded by a minute’s applause for Peter George, well-known supporter of West Cornwall sport, who died recently.

Visitors Saltash United then went on to justify their ‘favourites’ tag and much-vaunted reputation with a good first half-hour, controlling too much of the midfield play for Mousehole’s liking and making their trademark quick forward passes into space for the prolific strike pair of Sam Hughes and Ryan Richards.  

Mousehole keeper Corey Harvey had already made three vital saves in the 4th, 22nd and 23rd minutes before Richards put The Ashes into the lead on 25 as he latched on to a straight ball behind the defence to run on and side foot into the net off the far post.

But then came the decision that changed the balance of play and the final outcome, with Ash bringing on marksman Gerens James up front and pulling back Kieran Toland to bolster the midfield. 

Saltash’s threats receded, Lez Cela and Billy Curtis each fired wide with half chances, and the half-time team talk then re-energised The Seagulls, as they produced their most complete 45 minutes of an already good season against the best side they have faced so far.

Mousehole started the half on the front foot but in truth it was a goalkeeping blunder that brought the equaliser on 50 minutes.  Ryan Rickard failed to hold on to Amara Bakayoko’s driven free kick and Gerens James was instantly on to the loose ball to score from close range.

The noisy crowd were jubilant just eight minutes later when Bakayoko’s in-swinging corner from the right was headed in James, again from inside the six-yard box.

As Saltash looked to get back into the game, Mousehole responded in the most positive fashion, on-the-hour substitute Steven Ziboth on the left and Bakayoko on the right, superbly assisted by Billy Curtis and Paulo Sousa in wing-back roles, using their pace to push back the visitors’ defence, with Lez Cela craftily probing from midfield.

Meanwhile centre-backs Mark Richards and Ben Harding, ably supported by combative midfielder Steve Burt and the energetic Kieran Toland, kept the 58-goal visitors so quiet that Corey Harvey had a relatively untroubled second half.  And with The Ashes’ attacks repeatedly being broken up, several Mousehole chances created from deep came close to adding to the scoreline.

The game was eventually made safe in the 86th minute when yet another exciting fast break from inside his own half by Bakayoko presented Lez Cela with an unmissable tap-in.

With just under a third of the season’s league fixtures now completed, Mousehole are conveniently tucked into the leading pack of five teams in the West Division – alongside St Austell, Saltash United, Helston Athletic and Bodmin Town – with sixth-placed Falmouth Town a further seven points back.

The Seagulls are also far and away the most successful of the sides promoted from Division One, standing currently nine points ahead of last season’s champions Liskeard Athletic.

This Wednesday (7.30pm), Jake Ash’s squad face the fascinating challenge of an away league fixture at big-spending Helston Athletic, who will be keen to end The Seagulls’ unbeaten record but with perhaps one eye on their big FA Vase tie against Falmouth Town on Saturday.

Mousehole v Saltash: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Harding, Paulo Sousa, Lez Cela, Rheiss McClean, Steve Burt, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Imani Matthews

Substitutes: Gerens James (for Imani Matthews, 35), Steven Ziboth (for Rheiss McClean, 60), Scott Imade (for Kieran Toland, 90+4), Ben Williams, Jamie Devine

Scorers: Gerens James (50, 58), Lez Cela (86)

Officials – Referee: Ian Roberts; Assistants: Adam Price & Adam Batchelor

Attendance: 161

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St Dennis vs Mousehole September 2019






Mousehole managed to overcome the horrendous conditions – incessant rain becoming torrential as the match progressed, a howling wind and ankle-length grass – to record a seventh league win of the season and their third away success in eight days.

The Seagulls were returning to league action after first round Cup wins, 7-2 at Wadebridge in the League Cup and 6-0 at Porthleven in the Cornwall Charity Cup.

And another 6-goal victory maintained The Seagulls’ unbeaten start to the campaign and, remarkably, made it nine calendar months since the last league defeat, a run of 26 matches stretching back to late December last year.

Mousehole made a slow, too-casual start to the game but once they had mastered the conditions the goal chances came (and were missed) at regular intervals, and the hosts can count themselves fortunate not to have been on the end of a huge scoreline.

The goals that did go in started with Rheiss McClean in the 12th minute, receiving a forward pass on the edge of the penalty area, wrong-footing his marker and shooting right-footed low inside the post.  

Lez Cela then curled an 18-yarder against the woodwork, Imani Matthews swerved a shot just past the angle from a similar distance, Kieran Toland missed with two close-range efforts, and Cela had a shot blocked on the line with keeper James Hunkin way out of position.

Just when the half looked like ending in frustration, Mousehole scored two superb goals in two minutes to give a more realistic look to the scoreline.  Rheiss McClean hammered an unstoppable 20-yard drive into the top corner after a bout of patient passing on the left in the 44th minute.  Then, with St Dennis mounting an attack from the re-start, the ball was retrieved and two quick passes saw Toland’s lay-off put Amara Bakayoko in on goal to drive high into the net.

The hosts made the quicker start to the second half, Seagulls’ keeper Corey Harvey having to make two smart saves in the first five minutes.

But Mousehole soon settled into their familiar rhythm, and a pass inside the full back enabled Imani Matthews to race in one-on-one with Hunkin to fire into the roof of the net on 53.

Two minutes later substitute Steve Burt was set up in space to drive a first-time right-footed low shot into the corner of the net from 18 yards.

Another two minutes and it was 6-0, with five goals having come in just 14 minutes’ playing time, as Lez Cela’s long cross from the left found centre-back Ben Williams lurking in space to head down inside the post.

Mousehole continued to flood forward in worsening conditions underfoot, but the expected goal bonanza never materialised. 

Rheiss McClean was denied his third goal by the save of the match by keeper Hunkin on 83.  The visitors then went on to miss two separate penalties awarded for fouls late on, Cela’s effort beaten out by Hunkin on 89 and McClean spurning a hat-trick by hitting the post with his spot kick a minute later.

Mousehole will face much bigger tests than  that offered by the struggling Saints, starting with two much-anticipated fixtures in a row against currently the most talked-about teams in Premier West.

On Saturday (5th October) the only other unbeaten side in the league Saltash United are the visitors to Trungle Parc (3pm). The Ashes have won 10 of their 11 games so far, with a impressive goal tally of 57 against 8 and the strike partnership of Ryan Richards/Sam Hughes in prolific form.

And the following Wednesday (9th) it’s the short trip to third-place Helston Athletic (7.30pm). The Blues were reported to have spent unusually large sums of money to strengthen their squad in the summer, and one of those acquisitions Mark Goldsworthy currently leads the league’s ‘golden boot’ standings.

Mousehole at St Dennis: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Williams, Tom Hands, Paulo Sousa, Lez Cela, Scott Imade, Rheiss McClean, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Imani Matthews

Substitutes:Steve Burt (for Scott Imade, 31), Steven Ziboth (for Amara Bakayoko, 65), Sam Shulberg (for Kieran Toland, 70), Ben Harding, Mikey Flores

Scorers: Rheiss McClean (12, 44), Amara Bakayoko (45), Imani Matthews (53), Steve Burt (55), Ben Williams (57) Officials: Referee – Chris Rea; Assistants – Ken Swift & Neil Stephens

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Porthleven vs Mousehole Charity Cup Sept 2019






Mousehole raced into the last eight of the Charity Cup – this season in aid of The Merlin MS Centre* – with their second big away win in five days.

The result followed the 7-2 League Cup win at Wadebridge Town last Friday, and took The Seagulls’ unbeaten run of matches to 12 since the start of the season – and just as importantly, the goals are now beginning to reflect the performance.

Mousehole had allowed Porthleven to seize the initiative in the away League encounter five weeks ago, with the hosts coming back from two goals down to grab a last-kick penalty equaliser.  But this second meeting was different, Mousehole building up an early head of steam with four first half goals and threatening many more with a consistent display of assured passing and clever movement on a slick rain-affected surface.

The Seagulls started at a quick pace and fashioned several chances within the first ten minutes goalkeeper Ethan Fearn making a sprawling save from Kieran Toland and denying the same player and Rheiss McClean in quick succession in one-on-one situations.  But the opening goal on 19 minutes came from a defensive mix-up from a right wing cross as Fearn and centre back Jason Roberts got in each other’s way, leaving Toland to turn the ball into an empty net .

Two minutes later Lez Cela doubled the score, carrying the ball forward from halfway after a quick release by McClean and shooting low into the corner.

With Mousehole now relaxed and dominating, Scott Imade stole the ball just outside The Fisherman’s box and after an incisive one-two slid the ball home for 3-0 on the half hour.

And just five minutes later Kieran Toland hammered home a 35-yard drive high into the net after intercepting a pass and striding forward against a retreating defence, to complete The Seagull’s four-goal burst in 16 minutes.

Not content with the scoreline, the visitors continued on the front foot, with Amara Bakayoko miscuing from the six-yard line after Imani Matthews had opened up the chance with speed and skill on the left, and Fearn made a superb reaction save in added-on time from Billy Curtis’ deflected shot from the edge of the box.  At the other end Charlie Young came close with a header in the last action before the interval.

Five minutes into the second half, after a continuous spell of passing, Imani Matthews got behind the hosts’ defence to square the ball for Kieran Toland to a side-foot low into the net for 5-0 and a second hat-trick of the season taking him up to 16 goals in 12 games.

Porthleven created some chances of their own around the hour mark, Roberts heading just over from a corner, Dan Stidwell’s deflected 25 yard shot coming back off the crossbar, and Young slipping over when clean through on goal. 

Substitute Steven Ziboth came on to create a series of problems for the home side, taking advantage of quick passes out of defence and on 71 minutes raiding swiftly down the flank alongside left-sided defender Paulo Sousa for the latter to squeeze a right-footed shot from 18 yards just inside Fearn’s near post. 

Ziboth was close to claiming a goal of his own with marginally wide shots in the 73rd and 78th minutes, but the final few chances fell Porthleven’s way, with Mousehole keeper Mikey Flores having to be alert to thwart Young on 90+2 and then producing a superb flying save to stop Stidwell’s 25 yard drive going in the top corner.

The other teams remaining in the Charity Cup – which Mousehole have won twice in the last four seasons – are Falmouth Town, Godolphin Atlantic, Helston Athletic,  Launceston, Newquay, Penzance and Saltash United, with the quarter-finals due to be played midweek on 26th and 27th November.

Mousehole and Porthleven meet yet again in a month’s time, this time in the League Cup second round on Friday 25th October (7.30pm), Mousehole’s first-ever game under the new floodlights at Trungle Parc.

Mousehole have a chance to complete a two-month unbeaten sequence of games when they return to League action on Saturday (28th) with the trip to Boscawen Park to face St Dennis (3pm).  The Saints are having a disappointing season, lying 18th in the league table with only one win and two draws from their opening nine games, as well as losing their last two matches by big margins – 7-1 at St Blazey in the League Cup at the weekend and 9-3 at Penzance in the Charity Cup yesterday. 

Mousehole at Porthleven: Mikey Flores, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Harding, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Lez Cela, Rheiss McClean, Scott Imade, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Imani Matthews

Substitutes:  Steven Ziboth (or Imani Matthews, 67), Gerens James (for Rheiss McClean, 67), Sam Shulberg (for Lez Cela, 89), Tom Hands, Corey Harvey

Scorers: Kieran Toland (19, 35, 50), Lez Cela (21), Scott Imade (30), Paulo Sousa (71)

Officials: Referee – Derek Fox;  Assistants – Dave Rowe & George Pattison

Attendance: 96 *The Merlin MS Centre is an independent Cornish charity located in mid-Cornwall in a purpose-built facility providing a comprehensive range of therapies for people whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke and ME Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Contact and further details:  Bradbury House, Hewas Water PL26 7JF, telephone 01726 885530, email, and website

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Wadebridge vs Mousehole League Cup Sept 2019




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Two weeks previously a below-par Mousehole performance had seen them struggle to gain a very late equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Wadebridge Town in the home league fixture at Trungle Parc.  But in this away League Cup tie against the same opponents on Friday evening, that result was soon forgotten as The Seagulls made amends with a positive and confident display that could easily have produced a double-figure scoreline.

And the win sets up another milestone in the club’s impressive development – a second round tie against Porthleven on Friday 25th October (7.30pm), Mousehole’s first-ever home match under their newly installed floodlights.

Manager Jake Ash made five changes to the starting line-up compared with the 1-1 home draw in the last match against league leaders St Austell, and the team’s dominance indicates the strength of the squad as they took The Seagulls’ unbeaten run to eleven games since the start of the season.

In front of a sparse crowd, with the travelling Seagulls supporters outnumbering the home fans, Rheiss McClean had already driven just past the angle from 18 yards shortly after the start, before he won himself and duly converted a penalty in the 9th minute.

The youngster then sent over an inch-perfect cross in the 12th minute after some keep-ball on the right and centre-back Ben Williams doubled the lead with an unmissable far-post header.

On 18 minutes Steven Ziboth cut in from the left after a surging run and his fierce shot cannoned off the far post before hitting the other post and nestling in keeper Rob Rosevear’s arms.

Unexpectedly, The Bridgers halved the deficit in the 20th minute when a simple forward pass put Kyle Flew in the clear to score past the advancing Corey Harvey.

But straight from the re-start Mousehole restored the two-goal margin with Rheiss McClean sliding the ball home after being put through by Scott Imade’s  incisive pass by between two defenders.

The Seagull’s attacking play continued to threaten the Wadebridge goal, Ziboth and McClean both coming close to adding to the lead before the hosts created a couple of attempts in a good five minute spell.  After this, Mousehole regained the initiative to end the half on top, Rosevear making an important save from Lez Cela on 38 and a last-ditch clearance denying the visitors on 42.

Just four minutes after the interval Lez Cela made it 4-1, beating three defenders with deft movement and footwork outside the box before sending a slide-rule low shot into the far corner.

Back came the home side on 54 minutes and Lewis Prince pulled a goal back with a volley from the edge of the box after an uncleared corner.  Chances continued to be made at the other end, Rheiss McClean miscuing a shot from Ziboth’s cross when a much-deserved hat-trick goal looked likely.

Amara Bakayoko came on as a Mousehole substitute and within 12 minutes had scored one goal and laid on two more. On 74 he whipped a typical left-footed 18-yarder low into the net after some patient passing had created the space for the shot, and four minutes later his fierce drive forced the diving Rosevear to push the shot out, with Kieran Toland first to the loose ball to score.  The same combination made it 7-2 in the 83rd minute, this time Toland meeting Bakayoko’s cross at the far post.

The game ended with the visitors in complete control, Rheiss McClean again close to a treble when Rosevear tipped his 25-yard shot on to the post, and Imani Matthews firing just wide of the upright after Scott Imade had ventured forward from his well-executed holding midfield duties. 

In the next week Mousehole have two more away fixtures – at Porthleven on Wednesday 25th (7.30pm) in the first round of the Cornwall Charity Cup, and at St Dennis on Saturday 25th (3pm) in the League. 

Then comes another much-anticipated top-of-the-table league match when Saltash United – currently sharing with Mousehole an unbeaten record this season – visit Trungle Parc on Saturday 5th October (3pm). 

In a quirk of the fixture list, The Seagulls then have four away league matches in a row, before that significant evening cup tie under lights at the end of the month against Porthleven – the third of four occasions that the two teams face each other this season.

Mousehole at Wadebridge:  Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Williams, Jamie Devine, Tom Hands, Scott Imade, Lez Cela, Kieran Toland, Rheiss McLean, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth

Substitutes: Paulo Sousa for Tom Hands, 55), Amara Bakayoko (for Gerens James, 71), Imani Matthews (for Steven Ziboth, 80), Ben Harding, Sam Shulberg

Scoring sequence: First half  0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 1-3.  Second half  1-4, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 2-7

Mousehole scorers: Rheiss McLean (9 pen, 21), Ben Williams (12), Lez Cela (49), Amara Bakayoko (74), Kieran Toland (78, 83)

Officials: Referee – Adrian Clements, Assistants – Luke Wilkes & Sam Doble

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Match Report Mousehole vs St Austell Sept 2019






Billed as Mousehole’s highest-level league match in their history, The Seagulls came very close to gaining the three points needed to climb level with table-topping St Austell.

As it turned out, the Lillywhites will have been more than satisfied, and possibly relieved, with an away point from a closely contested encounter in which Mousehole had the better chances and were millimetres away from a famous victory in the closing stages.

On a perfect surface, the game had plenty of goalmouth incident, ebb and flow, and controversy, making for an enthralling 90 minutes, the two sides playing with quality albeit with contrasting styles: overall excellent value for the biggest Trungle Parc crowd of the season on a bright and hot afternoon, and a great advert for Step 6 football in Cornwall. 

The draw takes Mousehole’s unbeaten run to ten games since promotion, including four draws each of which might just have resulted in wins.  And this was a case in point, the main issue coming on 81 minutes when a low right wing cross into a busy six yard box was thumped against the underside of the crossbar, rebounding down on to the goal line and bouncing up again, with the officials unmoved by claims the ball had sprung back into play from the roof of the net.

St Austell provided the first real threat as early as the 5th minute, keeper Corey Harvey gathering a dangerous low cross at his near post. The hosts then  suffered a setback on 9 minutes when Mark Richards received a shoulder injury in a midfield tussle, the centre back going off for treatment for six minutes but eventually substituted by Ben Williams just after the half-hour.

Captain Billy Curtis scored his second goal of the season to put Mousehole ahead in the 17th minute, venturing forward from his defensive duties to the centre-forward position to plant a firm header past keeper Jason Chapman’s full-length dive into the corner of the net after a pin-point cross from the right by Lez Cela.

With The Seagulls controlling play, Imani Matthews had a clear chance to double the score just two minutes later, running on to a pass into space down the middle but over-running the ball with only Chapman to beat.

That miss became more relevant on 21 minutes as Dan Perryman drove in an equaliser at the far post following a quick forward break, and on 24 Harry Clarke looked certain to give the visitors the lead after taking the ball round Corey Harvey in another impressive St Austell attack, but Billy Curtis earned his man-of-the-match credentials by heading the shot off the line.

Back came The Seagulls and an evenly-matched half-hour ended with Chapman doing well to tip over Gerens James’ 18-yard effort and a foul on Imani Matthews deemed to be inches outside the penalty area.

The game then swung the Lillywhites’ way with the injured Kieran Toland now off the field for treatment, and in another fast raid a low right-wing cross just evaded two lurking forwards on the edge of the six-yard box.

The last five minutes before the interval saw The Seagulls completely on top, Lez Cela being crowded out as he moved on to Billy Curtis’ penetrating pass into the heart of the visitors’ defence, Gerens James turning on to Amara Bakayoko’s driven cross but firing wide of the near post from close range, the returning Kieran Toland shaving the post with a measured shot from 20 yards with Chapman beaten, and Cela’s shot being pushed out by the busy keeper for a corner from which Toland side-footed against the bar with the ball hacked clear off the line.

The end-to-end action continued early in the second half, Perryman almost putting the Lillywhites ahead in the 48th minute, slotting a shot from 12 yards against the far post with Corey Harvey then in the right place to save the follow-up.  Shortly afterwards Imani Matthews went past three defenders on the left before curving his shot past the post in the 51st minute.  St Austell then had a good five minute spell, Perryman wasting a golden chance with a miscued 30-yard lob over the stranded Harvey but a minute later forcing the keeper into a vital near-post block.

At the other end Amara Bakayoko outpaced the stretched defence with a swift break from St Austell’s own corner in the 65th minute but finished with a weak shot, and on 69 Kieron Toland’s left-footer from 10 yards in a congested area in front of goal cannoned off the unsighted Chapman’s legs.  Gerens James’ shot from Billy Curtis’ cross was deflected into the side netting on 78 and Chapman made an elastic save under his crossbar from Bakayoko’s viciously swerving corner. 

Then came the closest incident of all in the 81st minute, and with St Austell not just riding their luck but seeking a late winner Hayden Turner fired over from a very promising position.

Described by the Mousehole faithful as the best game of football seen at Trungle Parc for years, the afternoon also proved that The Seagulls can compete on at least an equal footing with the very best – in this instance, their carefully controlled possession versus St Austell’s quick and direct approach.  And on this form – and with some attention to converting chances – they will earn the right to be regarded as legitimate contenders at the top of the league as the season progresses.

Mousehole now face three away fixtures before the arrival at Trungle Parc on Saturday 5th October of Saltash United – currently the only other unbeaten side in the Division.

Next Friday (20th), The Seagulls travel to Wadebridge Town for a League Cup first round tie, with a 7.30pm kick off.

The following Wednesday (25th) sees the first round of the Cornwall Charity Cup away at Porthleven (7.30pm).

Then it’s a return to league action on Saturday 28th with a visit to St Dennis (3pm).

Mousehole:  Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Harding, Paulo Sousa, Scott Imade, Lez Cela, Kieran Toland, , Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Imani Matthews

Substitutes:  Ben Williams (for Mark Richards, 33), Steven Ziboth (for Imani Matthews, 74), Jamie Devine,  Rheiss McLean, Tom Hands

Mousehole scorer:  Billy Curtis (17)

Officials:  Referee Mark Hosking, Assistant Referees Neil Stephens & Ray Emmans

Attendance: 143

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Godolphin vs Mousehole September 2019






The Seagulls got the job done – three points away from home, a second consecutive ‘clean sheet’, with a much-changed line-up, on a misty and drizzly evening at a difficult venue, against an energetic Godolphin Atlantic.

The win takes this season’s unbeaten run to nine since promotion, ahead of arguably the biggest league match in the club’s history, a home fixture against table-topping St Austell this Saturday (3pm), with the leaders now a mere three points ahead from the same number of games.

Manager Jake Ash made several changes to the squad compared with last Saturday’s convincing 5-0 performance against Liskeard Athletic, and the replacements all played an important part in the win at Godolphin, who are re-building after the departure of some of their long-standing players in the summer.

The hosts rarely made inroads into the Mousehole defence, their main weapon being a series of 30-yard long throws into the box.  But Corey Harvey still had to be alert on two early occasions, parrying a fierce angled drive by Ben Colquahn in the 10th minute and then tipping over a dipping shot from 20 yards by Craig Harvey on 21.

Kieran Toland put the visitors ahead in the 16th minute with his 11th goal of the season, after Gerens James’ short lay-off created the space for a 20-yard effort, with diving keeper Ryan Holland beaten by the power of the shot as it spun high into the net off his body.

Mousehole had their customary superior possession throughout the half, Amara Bakayoko coming closest with shots blocked in the 20th and 30th minutes, and Tom Hands’ superb cross from the left just evading Gerens James in front of goal on 33, while Rheiss McClean’s forward bursts nearly brought goals in the 37th and 42md minutes.  At the other end Billy Curtis bravely blocked Craig Harvey’s goalbound drive from within the area on 35 in a rare Godolphin threat.

The second half continued in the same vein, Holland saving Gerens James’ low drive on 51, Ben Williams heading against the outside of the post from Rheiss McClean’s curving cross on 67,  James again coming close with a shot just past the post on 75, and shortly afterwards Holland putting himself in the way of another Bakayoko pile-driver. 

Just as Godolphin might have been thinking of mounting a late challenge at only one goal behind, Mousehole got the second goal their play fully deserved on 77 minutes.  Gerens James and substitute Scott Imade worked a fraction of space on a congested 18-yard line with a nimble one-two, with the quick-footed Imade being tripped just inside the box and then hammering home the penalty kick underneath Holland’s dive.

Five minutes’ later the result was put beyond doubt when Bakayoko’s shot was parried by Holland at full stretch and Gerens James scooped the loose ball over the keeper for 3-0.

Mousehole: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Williams, Tom Hands, Kieran Toland, Rheiss McClean, Ben Harding, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Imani Matthews

Substitutes:  Steven Ziboth (for Imani Matthews, 60), Scott Imade (for Rheiss McClean, 70), Sam Shulberg (for Gerens James, 89), Jamie Devine, Lez Cela

Scorers; Kieran Toland (16), Scott Imade (77 pen), Gerens James (85) Referee: Oliver Willcocks

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Mousehole vs Liskeard September 2019






The two best teams in last season’s Division One West met at Trungle Parc as champions Liskeard Athletic visited runners-up Mousehole for their first encounter since promotion, with the two sides in fifth and sixth place in the Premier Division.

But this was far from the expected evenly-matched contest, as Mousehole dominated proceedings from start to finish, playing with higher tempo and more incisive forward passing than in last week’s home draw with Wadebridge Town.

Four different scorers within the first hour opened up a convincing lead to confirm The Seagulls’ superiority.  Kieron Toland had already had a close-range shot blocked on 4 minutes by visiting keeper Ollie Chenoweth – his first save on a very busy afternoon – and Amara Bakoyoko had driven in from the right to shave the crossbar with a left-footer from 15 yards shortly afterwards, when the two combined in the 14th minute as Toland tapped in Bakayoko’s low cross from the byeline after a series of quick passes outside the box.

Imani Matthews then had two golden chances, shooting wide of the near post in the 19th minute after a swift one-two, and blasting over from inside the six yard box after a weaving run from the left in the 33rd.  In between, Gerens James sent an instant low shot inside the far post to double the lead in the 33rd minute.  And the marksman nearly scored twice more before the interval, racing on to Toland’s driven cross but firing wide on 35 and then forcing Chenoweth into a fine diving save from 18 yards on 44.

Any hopes of a Liskeard comeback were ended by two goals in five minutes early in the second half.  The excellent Lez Cela, playing in a more advanced role than of late, created the third goal with a skilful run and cross for Bakayoko to touch home in the 52nd minute, and Imani Matthews made it 4-0 on 57 after a rare corner by the visitors was carefully cleared into space for the wingman to race 50 yards and drive past the exposed Chenoweth, who nevertheless got his hands to the fierce shot.

There was no let-up in The Seagulls’ forward momentum and Cela almost capped an impressive display with a shot hitting the post on 60, an angled effort deflected into the side netting on 62, and a dipping 25-yard free kick tipped over by Chenoweth.  The keeper was again called into action with a full-length save from Bakayoko’s 20-yarder on 69, but was indebted to his defence for hacking Cela’s shot off the line on 71.     

Liskeard’s goal expert James Lorenz – last season’s ‘golden boot’ winner with 50+ goals and currently dual-registered with Southern League Premier side Truro City at Step 3 – was then withdrawn injured, but such was Mousehole’s control of the match that he had had no opportunity to showcase his talents, with the home back-four mopping up any sign of danger and keeper Corey Harvey having his quietest match of the season as The Seagulls earned their second clean sheet of the current campaign.

In the last 15 minutes, Liskeard were in danger of being over-run, as James laid off a perfect pass for Cela to shoot just wide, substitute Rheiss McLean’s self-made chance found only the side netting, Cela’s glancing header from Billy Curtis’ cross flew wide, and a 15-yard drive by Bakayoko  cleared the bar after another short pass by James. 

But justice was finally done in the final few minutes when Gerens James slotted in for 5-0 after Chenoweth had done well to keep out at full stretch a goalbound shot from Cela.

Mousehole have now won five and drawn three of their opening eight fixtures at the higher level, and alongside Saltash United remain the only unbeaten team in the Division.  They will be aiming to consolidate their position among the top five with a visit to Newquay to face mid-table Godolphin Atlantic on Wednesday evening (7.30pm).  Godolphin are rebuilding their squad after a major exodus of long-serving players in the summer, and have so far won two, drawn two and lost four games, their last match resulting in a 4-0 home defeat to Porthleven on Saturday. 

Then follows on Saturday (14th) The Seagulls’ biggest game of the season when St Austell arrive as league leaders at Trungle Parc (3pm).  St Austell have won eight of their nine matches and sit six points ahead having played one game more, Mousehole’s midweek trip to Godolphin in effect being their game in hand.

Mousehole:  Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Harding, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Lez Cela, Kieron Toland, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Imani Matthews

Substitutes: Ben Williams (for Steve Burt, 67),  Rheiss McLean (for Kieron Toland, 79), Scott Imade (for Ben Harding 85), Jamie Devine, Steve Ziboth

Scorers: Kieron Toland (14), Gerens James (30, 90), Amara Bakayoko (52), Imani Matthews (57)

Referee:  Mike Glanville       Attendance: 114

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match report mousehole vs wadebridge 31 aug 2019






The Seagulls put in a surprisingly below-par performance on a bright and breezy afternoon against a team they beat 6-0 towards the end of last season, and managed to come back from two goals in arrears to rescue a point with a goal right at the end of a dramatic and controversial finale.

On the positive side, the point keeps Mousehole in third place in the table and also preserves their unbeaten record in the first seven matches of this season after promotion.  Better still, The Seagulls have not lost a single league match during 2019, a run that has seen 18 wins in 21 games.

Wadebridge Town came into the match on the back of two home defeats in a week, including a 9-0 thrashing by leaders Saltash United, but their better form in away matches continued on Saturday.

The Seagulls created some early half-chances but the visitors were quickly into the tackle all over the pitch and the warning signs were already in evidence before Matt Lloyd dispossessed Lez Cela 35 yards from goal and promptly lobbed the ball over the stranded Corey Harvey in the 15th minute.

The Bridgers went 2-0 up on 22 minutes when slack defending from a floated free kick on the left was touched on and Kyle Flew was first to the ball to prod in at the post.

Mousehole’s Paulo Sousa had twice hit the bar with crosses before captain Billy Curtis scored six minutes before the interval with a low angled shot after Ben Harding’s goalbound shot had been blocked.  But the expected upping of tempo did not materialise as passes were frequently misplaced amid a general lack of urgency.

Wadebridge went back on to massed defence for the second half, leaving Matt Lloyd as their sole attacker, and his persistence nearly brought further goals in the 57th and 89th minutes, Corey Harvey pulling off important full-length diving saves on each occasion.

In the meantime, the woodwork was again The Bridgers’ saviour as Lez Cela drove a 20 yard shot against the bar on 51,  Ben Harding struck the post from 18 yards on 65, and Kieran Toland headed a nodded-back corner against the bar on 69.  Veteran stand-in goalkeeper Paul Clark was proving to be Wadebridge’s unlikely hero as he twice saved with his feet and kept out a close-range Gerens James snapshot at his near post, while he was also fortunate that several chances in front of him were mishit.

Young referee Scott McKenzie was vigilant in stopping his watch as The Bridgers increasingly resorted to time-wasting, with players receiving  prolonged on-pitch treatment and causing frequent stoppages as the officials’ decisions were disputed.  The tactics continued well after the 90-minute mark and turned out to be the visitors’ downfall, as in the 10th minute of added-on time substitute Imani Matthews turned on the edge of the box and drove a perfect shot into the top corner for a long-awaited equaliser.

Mousehole: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Ben Harding, Lez Cela, Rheiss McClean, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Steven Ziboth

Substitutes: Gerens James (for Steven Ziboth, 35), Imani Matthews (for Rheiss McLean, 64), Scott Imade (for Ben Harding, 77), Steve Burt, Sam Shulberg

Mousehole scorers: Billy Curtis (39), Imani Matthews (90+10)

Referee: Scott McKenzie      Attendance: 81

*Mousehole’s next match is next Saturday (7th September), when they will be looking to extend their unbeaten record with a home fixture against Liskeard Athletic (3pm).  The game will see last season’s Division One West runners-up versus the champions, with the two sides currently third and fourth in the Premier Division table after promotion.

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St Blazey vs Mousehole Aug 28 2019






Mousehole’s combination of passing, power and pace saw them through a potentially tricky contest and preserved their unbeaten start to the new league season.

The win sees Jake Ash’s team consolidate third place in the early table, just one point behind joint leaders Saltash United and St Austell.

St Blazey had won their last two away games and will have fancied putting Mousehole to the test on home territory, but The Seagulls completely dominated the first half despite only scoring the one goal.

Kieran Toland’s downward header from Paulo Sousa’s inch-perfect cross from the left got the visitors off to a flying start after six minutes, and more goals looked likely as the half wore on, with Lez Cela foiled twice by point-blank saves from keeper Liam Joyce and Toland having a shot cleared off the line.

St Blazey offered little as an attacking threat and will have been pleased to get to the interval only one goal in arrears.  But after surviving a flurry of half-chances at the start of the second half, with wingmen Amara Bakayoko and Steven Ziboth heavily involved, the home side started to battle their way back into the game.  Jack Alexander, scorer of a hat-trick in the previous match, forced Corey Harvey in the Mousehole goal into a flying save to push out a fierce cross-shot on 55 minutes, giving St Blazey the momentum to mount further attacks.

So it came as some relief when Ziboth doubled Mousehole’s lead in the 65th minute, firing home after an awakward right-wing cross into the area was not dealt with properly.

And four minutes later it was 3-0 as a superb run, turn and cross by impressive substitute Rheiss McClean was touched in at the far post by Bakayoko to give a more realistic look to the overall balance of play.

Then, as St Blazey were forced back by some dazzling patterns of play from midfield, Kieran Toland scored his second and Mousehole’s fourth goal on 73, side-stepping a defender and driving a brilliant left-footed shot high into the net from the edge of the box after Cela and Ziboth had carved open the right-hand side of the defence.

Toland twice came close to his second hat-trick of the season with a 25-yard free kick and a close-range shot into the side netting, before St Blazey’s Alexander scored inside the near post when given time and space on the edge of the penalty area.

MOUSEHOLE: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Williams, Paulo Sousa, Lez Cela, Scott Imade, Ben Harding, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Steven Ziboth

Substitutes:  Rheiss McClean (for Scott Imade, 65), Imani Matthews (for Amara Bakayoko, 72),  Jamie Devine (for Ben Harding, 80), Mikey Flores, Tyler Tonkin

Mousehole scorers:  Kieran Toland (6, 73), Steven Ziboth (65), Amara Bakayoko (69)

Referee: Neil Hunnisett         Attendance: 130

*This Saturday (31st August) Mousehole host Wadebridge Town at Trungle Parc in their seventh league match of the season (3pm).  The Bridgers have so far had an indifferent start, winning two games (3-2 at Sticker and 5-0 at Callington), drawing one (1-1 at home to Godolphin), but losing three – all at home: 4-1 to Porthleven, 3-2 against Liskeard last Saturday, and a 9-0 hammering at home to table-topping Saltash United on Tuesday. *The Seagulls’ SWP League Cup first round tie at Wadebridge has been brought forward one day from Saturday 21st September to Friday 20th, with a 7.45pm kick off.  Mousehole agreed to the change in order to enable Wadebridge to stage an event at Bodieve Park on the Saturday.  The winners of the tie will be at home to either Porthleven or Penzance in the second round – and if it’s Mousehole it will be on Friday 25th October.

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