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Mousehole AFC confirm they have submitted an application for promotion from Division 1 West to the Premier Division of the South West Peninsula League.

The club were founder members of the SWP League 10 years ago, after playing since 1962 in the Cornwall Combination League, and have been continuous members of the West Division at Step 7 since then.

Already the geographically most western-based team in the West Division, promotion would involve the club in greater travelling distances into Devon, whereas at present the longest journeys are to Plymouth and West Devon.

Mousehole won the West Division title comfortably in 2015/16 but had already decided not to apply for promotion that season because of the need for further development of the club’s infrastructure and finances.

This season The Seagulls are in the top six in the West Division table, with an impressive run of form that has seen only one defeat since the end of September, together with a 100% home record.  Of the 14 remaining League fixtures, nine are at home and five away.

To be eligible for promotion from Step 7, the team needs to finish in the top-three and ahead of its fellow promotion applicants, and the club needs to demonstrate it can make improvements to the ground and facilities to meet Step 6 standards.

Explaining Mousehole’s decision to apply for promotion, Chairman Tim Richardson said:  “The club’s ambition is to play at the highest possible level and we launched a plan last summer to achieve just that, but in a sustainable manner.  A great deal of work has already taken place to strengthen the club’s infrastructure, and we have a schedule of works to bring the ground up to Step 6 requirements, as well as a process to put the necessary finances in place.  On the playing side we have a superb management and coaching set-up and an ideal blend of youth and experience, including players who have stayed loyal to the club in recent times, some of the best local players who have chosen to join us, and a promising crop of youngsters coming through the junior teams: they all deserve the chance to test themselves and develop their abilities at a higher level.”

Now into his sixth season as Chairman of The Seagulls, Richardson continued:  “Our supporters  – many of whom have been associated with the club in various roles for several decades  – will relish seeing their team competing with some of the best non-league teams in the south-west.  On the travelling side, some people might think we are too far away ‘on the edge of the map’, and of course there will be some longer journeys…..but we already do a lot of miles, so we can cope with the extra distances (right now, we’re looking into replacing our team bus, which will help!).  Looking at it another way, our location might give us a bit of an advantage when far-away clubs have to visit us!  So, after 10 years in the West Division, and with the superb support of the newly-established Endorsed Academy, we’re ready for the challenge of stepping up, in the belief that standing still is not an option, and you only improve by setting yourself higher standards.”

Harry Tonkin Manager Mousehole Reserves






Division 1 leaders Mousehole Reserves gained a vital win with a characteristically strong team performance on Saturday to extend their points advantage over the third-place visitors.

The spiralling south-westerly wind made ball control difficult for both sides for the entire game, but Hayle turned up intent on going away with all three points and to their credit provided a real test for The Seagulls.

Both sides played attacking entertaining football from the start, but the breakthrough came only in the last five minutes of the first half, when following a cross by Joe Davies from the left, the ball cannoned off a Hayle player for an own goal and 1-0 to Mousehole.

After the break Hayle came out really strongly, keeping themselves very much in the match with solid defensive and mid-field play to thwart Mousehole’s numerous attacks.

The hosts’ Michael Fitchett won a high ball just outside the edge of the Hayle box in a one to one situation with the keeper, but after being fouled before he could pounce on the loose ball in front of an open goal, the resulting free-kick came to nothing.

Joe Davies then hit the post following a corner, and Fitchett, injured in his earlier clash with the ‘keeper, was then replaced on 65 by Jamie Simons, who scored within five minutes to double Mousehole’s lead after good work from Chris Bullock.

Further probing attacks on the Hayle goal continued with Nathan Goodspeed, Jason Simmonds, Joe Davies, Lee Robinson and Tom Patrick all having shots to no avail.  At the other end, Hayle were still a threat with continued attacks on the Mousehole goal, but a solid performance by Adam Robathan between the posts kept them at bay.

The result leaves Mousehole Reserves top with 23 points from 10 games, followed by Penwith Exiles in second place with 21 points from 9 games, and Hayle Reserves third with 15 points from 8 games.

Mousehole Reserves:  Adam Robathan, Jamie Robinson, Joe Davies (captain), Lee Robinson, Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds (sub:  Louis Main, 83), Nathan Godspeed, Michael Fitchett (sub: Jamie Simons, 65), Chris Bullock, Tom Patrick.  Other substitutes:  Tom Hooper, Matthew Howes

Next Saturday (2pm) sees Mousehole Reserves in a reverse fixture with Hayle Reserves at Trevassack Park in the Percy Stephens Cup, 2nd Round.





Mousehole Reserves made their first appearance of the 2017/18 season at Trungle Parc following the refurbishment of the ground, all previous home fixtures having been played at Marazion.

The weather was perfect after last week’s encounter with Storm Brian, both sides played attractive football throughout the 90 minutes, and the facilities and pitch were in pristine condition.  Kick-off was delayed by about 20 minutes as the referee was caught in a hold-up following a Road Traffic Accident on the A30.

This cup tie brought together Mousehole Reserves who are top of the Trelawny League Division One with 20 points from 9 games, against Helston Athletic 3rds who play in the Premier Division following promotion as champions of Division One last season and currently sit just below halfway with 9 points from 8 games.

And it was a test against higher-division opponents that The Seagulls passed well, with another competent and confident all-round squad performance in front of a good turn-out of home supporters.

The hosts mounted numerous attacks on the Helston goal from the start and dominated play in all departments.  The ice was broken in the 25th minute when a through ball from Jamie Robinson found Chris Bullock who was clipped in the penalty area and then converted the resultant penalty for 1-0.

A short while later strong appeals for a penalty were turned down in favour of a corner when Michael Fitchett was tumbled over in the box, and from the corner Joe Davies’ superb strike from outside the box cannoned just over the top of the crossbar.

Helston started strongly after the break without seriously troubling goalkeeper Adam Robathan, while at the other end the midfield trio of Lee Robinson, Jamie Simmonds and Nathan Goodspeed all had chances, but were not able to increase the score.

Shortly after coming on as a substitute for Tom Patrick, Jamie Simons was on the end of an accurate cross to place a fine header into the net to make it 2-0.

As both sides started to use their substitutes in the final period of the game, Helston’s positive attacking play resulted in fine saves in succession by Adam Robathan, before the ball was bundled into the net from a corner to halve the arrears at 2-1.

But as the clock ticked down, Jamie Simons made the game safe with his second goal and Mousehole’s third, as he latched on to a through ball and ran into the box to  beat the keeper.

Mousehole now progress to Round 3 of the Cornwall Junior Cup on 25th November, which sees the East and West leagues combine into a single draw (date of draw not yet known).

Mousehole Reserves’ squad:  Adam Robathan, Jamie Robinson, Joe Davies (captain), Lee Robinson, Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Nathan Goodspeed, Michael Fitchett, Tom Patrick, Chris Bullock, Louis Main, Jamie Simons, Liam Collinson, Tom Hooper, Matthew Howes



CORNWALL WOMEN’S LEAGUE, sponsored by Pirate FM



Mousehole Women stand proudly at the top of the Cornwall Women’s League with three away wins out of three after their superb start to the season continued with a more-than-convincing win at Gala Parc on Sunday.

Within the first 15 minutes Mousehole had stormed into a 3-0 lead.  Katy Barker on the right did some particularly good work, assisting in all three goals.  The first was a pull-back from the bye-line for an onrushing Scarlett Clouter coming in from the left to strike into the bottom corner.  Megan Davidson then added two more quick goals before being replaced by Jo Barker.  Scarlett Clouter added her second and Mousehole’s fourth from a Barker corner, striking a sweet volley which rebounded into the net off the bar and the back of the Porthleven keeper.  Emily Hardaker opened her account for Mousehole tapping in at the near post after good work from Jo Barker.  Four changes saw Megan Edwards, Becky Edwards, Lena Mannon and Stacey George come on for the last 20 minuts of the first half.  Emma Hurworth then provided an assist heading the ball through to Sophie Wilson who strode forward from her own half, beating a couple of defenders and calmly placing a low shot into the corner of the net.

Lucy Brown, Emily Hardaker and Katy Barker returned in the second half with the game following the same pattern.  Megan Edwards scored her first goal in adult football, latching on to a loose ball after Sophie Wilson had been tackled in the penalty area.  Jo Barker then slotted in sister Katy’s rolled pass to make it 8-0.  Emily Hardaker scored her second after good approach play, and Megan Davidson completed her hat trick nodding in at the far post.  Scarlett Clouter then sored her own hat trick for 11-0, and Jo Barker scored an identical headed goal to Megan’s at the far past.  The 13th and final goal was a Sophie Wilson classic, a great strike from 20 yards.

Mousehole played good football throughout the game, with some defence-splitting balls creating chances for the speedy Katy Barker.  At the other end, goalkeeper Lyndsey Mayers was determined to keep a first clean sheet of the season, showing alertness to deal with the threat when the defence was caught out by a quick Porthleven free kick.  Lyndsey Williams and Emma Hurworth formed a solid partnership at the heart of the Mousehole defence,  and if one of them didn’t get the ball, the other one did.

Mousehole Women’s next fixture is on Sunday 22nd October with a visit to Helston (2.30pm).

Team:  Lyndsey Mayers, Lucy Brown, Lyndsey Williams (captain), Emma Hurworth, Tamara de Silva, Katy Barker, Claire Hitchens Todd, Sophie Wilson, Scarlett Clouter, Emily Hardaker, Megan Davidson.

Substitutes: All used – Jo Barker, Megan Edwards, Lena Manon, Becky Edwards, Stacey George

Goalscorers:  Scarlett Clouter (3), Megan Davidson (3), Sophie Wilson (2), Emily Hardaker (2), Jo Barker (2), Megan Edwards (1)

Mousehole AFC supplied with potentially life-saving defibrillator

The club are delighted to announce that we are now equipped with a Philips Heartstart Defibrillator, a potentially life saving piece of equipment.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Harry Dewick-Eisele of Safelincs for the incredible gesture of donating this equipment to our club.

Safelincs also become the official “Fire and Safety Equipment Partner” for Mousehole AFC.

The product specs are as follows:

Philips HeartStart FRx AED Defibrillator

Designed for use in harsh environments, the Philips HeartStart FRx defibrillator guides the responder through each step with voice prompts, visual icons and CPR coaching. Suitable for use by first responders with minimal training, the HeartStart FRx is a semi-automatic defibrillator which allows a shock to be administered at the press of a button. The AED carries out regular self checks to ensure that the unit functions correctly when needed during a sudden cardiac arrest. Supplied with a FREE St John Ambulance soft carry case in first aid green. The Philips HeartStart FRx is recommended under the Government’s Department for Education guidelines.

  • Suitable for use in harsh environments – in the rain, on aircraft, ambulances, metal surfaces and industrial locations
  • Semi-automatic defibrillator – administers a shock at the press of a button
  • Can withstand a 1 metre drop onto a concrete floor
  • Carries out daily, weekly and monthly self checks – includes a pads connection and integrity test
  • Easy to use with voice prompts and visual icons to guide the responder
  • Provides CPR coaching to help guide the rescuer
  • Supplied with pre-connected SMART pads II suitable for both adults and children (1 to 8 years old)
  • Optional infant/child key adapts defibrillation therapy and CPR prompts to suit young patients
  • 8 year warranty on the defibrillator
  • Battery life:
    • Shelf life (prior to insertion) – 5 years
    • Standby life (after insertion) – 4 years
  • Retains usage information which can be transferred to a computer for analysis
  • Quick shock feature: delivers a shock within 8 seconds, following a CPR pause
  • Provides visual indication when the device is ready for use and the battery is running low
  • Suitable for use by first responders with minimal training
  • Recommended under the Government’s Department for Education guidelines



Update on the progress of the 16-23 year old players in the new Elite Programme

These are the 13 talented players we have so far selected for this ground-breaking programme:














The group have settled in well, showing a positive attitude, a clear willingness to learn and an ability to absorb all the information and guidance given.
They have been tested in the FA’s “Four Corners” Coaching Development model: physical, technical, social and psychological.

We are at an early stage in their development, but they all have shown signs of rapid improvement in the main area they all need to work on: their technical ability.  But I am convinced, based on the evidence of my coaching experience, that the time and effort they put in will reap the rewards.
This will be a continuing theme across all the youth teams.

The players have been issued with “GPS vests”.  This technological wizardry measures a whole range of the individual’s performance – for example, heart rate, how far they’ve run, the number of high intensity sprints, and how heavy the workload is on the body.  The data we get from this tracking has allowed us to monitor their response to training, assess where they are up to physically, and adapt the training sessions accordingly.

(Nathan Goodspeed, Liam Andrew, Louis Graham, Byron Wood, Finn Cross and Yeshi Briar wearing their new GPS vests)

(Jason Blunt puts the players – and the GPS vests – to the test!)

One of the benefits of this system is it can prevent injuries: so far, we haven’t had any.

In First team pre-season fixtures these players have displayed courage and maturity to take risks when playing a possession-based game. Some of these lads are just 16, and don’t look out of their depth in any way.

It’s never too late to apply!  The Elite Programme can take up to around 18 players, and we’ll be looking to fill the remaining vacancies selectively over the next three months.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be, I’d be more than happy to be contacted in the first instance on 07985 614692, or by email on

⦁ Next week we hope to announce the appointment to two new roles: Physiotherapist and Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Jason Blunt 


  • Three games played.  Three to go.


  • Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 1, scored 5 (five different scorers), conceded 4


  • Player-Manager Steve Parker-Billinge says:  “It’s been a good start to the pre-season programme, in which we have really built on all the great news off the pitch.  We now showing signs of playing to a pattern to match the coaching style.  The lads – the established players, the 16-23 year olds in the Elite Programme and new signings – have all begun to adapt well to how we intend to play.  There’s still plenty more work to be done before the season starts in three weeks’ time, but I am very happy with our progress thus far”.


  • Saturday 8th July  – at Premier Division Callington Town.  Lost 1-2 (half-time 1-1) after taking the lead through a first-half Bradley Wills header


  • Saturday 15th July  – at Premier Division Newquay.  Drew 2-2 (HT 0-1) after being 2-0 in the lead with goals from Matt McIlroy after 28 minutes and Luke Johnson on 50.  To allow all squad members game-time, both sides made many changes in the last half hour, with the balance of play shifting slightly in the hosts’ favour – they equalised with goals after 71 and 81 minutes


  • Tuesday 18th July – at Pendeen Rovers, recently promoted to the Cornwall Combination League.  A hard-working 0-2 win (HT 0-2) with a headed goal from Ben Williams (28 minutes) and a lofted drive by Tyler Tonkin (35).


  • Next: at Premier Division Helston Athletic next Tuesday (25th), 7.30 kick off, First team only


  • Then:  at Premier Division Godolphin Atlantic on Saturday 29th KO 3pm, First team only


  • Followed by:  ‘double header’ at Premier Division Sticker (last season’s Division 1 West champions), First team KO 1.30pm,  Reserves KO 4pm.


  • Saturday 12th August: season’s league opener, away at St Dennis (3pm)

1st Team Squad vs PENDEEN Tues 18th July 2017

Mousehole’s third PSF, after two encounters with higher-league Premier Division opponents (lost 2-1 at Callington Town and drew 2-2 at Newquay)

Pendeen Rovers recently promoted from Trelawny League Premier Division, after finishing 3rd, to Cornwall Combination League, one League below The Seagulls



















Pendeen Rovers play at Borlase Park (TR19 7DZ)

6:45 Kick Off, players please be at the ground for 5:30