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Mousehole vs Bodmin Town December 2019






It’s a measure of Mousehole’s progress that they recorded a well-earned league double against a very competitive Bodmin Town side, whose impressive recent history rightly puts them among the ‘giants’ of Cornish football.

Since the formation of the South West Peninsula League 12 years ago, the Priory Park club have won a total of 15 major trophies as Premier Division champions, and League Cup and Cornwall Senior Cup winners.

From first whistle to last the crowd who braved the cold, windy and wet weather were treated to a exciting end-to-end contest with both sets of players battling hard to overcome the horrible conditions both overhead and under-foot. 

Bodmin arrived determined to make amends for their 3-1 home defeat by Mousehole in the first week of the season – their former player Jake Ash’s second match as Mousehole’s manager. 

On this occasion, the visitors started strongly in the first 15 minutes, but Mousehole gradually found their feet and keeper Scott Kellow had to make vital saves from Kieran Toland on 18 minutes and Amara Bakayoko on 22. 

Then came two goals in nine minutes.  Rheiss McClean found a tiny amount of space in a crowded penalty area 12 yards out to poke the ball right-footed into the corner to put the home side ahead in the 25th minute, but the visitors equalised when centre-back Kai Fisher slid a great 50-yard ball down the right for Ethan Phillips whose pulled-back cross was converted accurately inside the post by Harry Clarke.

With playing conditions ever worsening, the second half was lit up by three memorable goals.  Mousehole regained the lead on 59 minutes, Lez Cela driving forward from halfway to feed Amara Bakayoko just outside the corner of the box, with the wingman bringing the ball inside on to his lethal left foot to crash an unstoppable shot from 20 yards into the top left hand corner.

Bodmin then enjoyed a 20-minute period of good possession as they pressed forward threateningly for another equaliser, but Mousehole showed great character and concentration with some expert interceptions and courageous blocks to preserve the lead.

And their resilience was rewarded at the other end in the 84th minute when Kieran Toland ran at a retreating back line to square the ball for Lez Cela, who despite being surrounded by defenders skilfully switched the ball on to his right foot to curl a shot from 12 yards off the post for a 3-1 scoreline.

Recent signing Glenn Gabriel came on as a substitute in the 85th minute to keep the visitor’s defence under pressure with his direct running, and within three minutes he had scored the fourth goal, released into space on the right by Steve Burt’s quick pass to home in unopposed on goal and drive the ball firm and low into the far corner.

Mousehole remain in 5th place, now just one point behind Bodmin with two games in hand.  They have also opened up an eight point gap over 6th place Newquay from two games fewer, and ten points over 7th place Falmouth Town from the same number of matches.

Another massive challenge awaits Jake Ash’s side next Saturday when they travel to Poltair Park to face league leaders St Austell.  The two sides drew 1-1 at Trungle Parc earlier in the season in a closely-fought encounter, with The Seagulls coming mightily close to taking all three points.  At the weekend The Lillywhites won 6-0 away at last season’s promoted Division One West champions Liskeard Athletic, and are now 11 points ahead of Mousehole but have played four games more.

After the St Austell game comes an away trip to Camelford (Saturday 14th December, kick off 3pm), followed by no less than seven consecutive home games, stretching through to early February, starting with a mouth-watering floodlit encounter with Falmouth Town on Thursday 19th December (7.30pm) and then the Boxing Day clash with Penzance at 12-noon.

Mousehole v Bodmin Town: Mikey Flores, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Tallan Mitchell, Steve Burt, Kieran Toland, Rheiss McClean, Amara Bakayoko, Lez Cela

Substitutes: Gerens James (for Tallan Mitchell, 46), Glenn Gabriel (for Rheiss McClean, 85), Tyler Tonkin, Scott Imade

Mousehole scorers:  Rheiss McClean (25), Amara Bakayoko (59), Lez Cela (84), Glenn Gabriel (88)

Officials:  George Pattison (Referee), Neil Rudkin & Adam Batchelor (Assistants)

Attendance: 72

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Match Report Mousehole vs Helston Nov 2019






The Seagulls hosted their second match under their new floodlights but were upstaged by local rivals Helston Athletic whose two second-half goals put them through to the semi-finals of the Charity Cup (the Durning-Lawrence Cup)*. 

Despite defeat, Mousehole’s season still has plenty of promise, as they are still in two other cup competitions – the Cornwall Senior Cup and the SWP League Cup – as well as sitting in the leading group in the league.  

Both sides showed several changes from their usual player line-up, with Mousehole manager Jake Ash resting six regulars before Saturday’s important top-five league clash at home to Bodmin Town.

With the pitch in remarkably good condition after a month of wet weather, the large crowd witnessed a tight goal-less first-half contest with the visiting Blues more direct and physical style giving them a slight edge.  The Seagulls’ Mikey Flores with half a dozen saves was by far the busier of the two keepers, and it was only in the last few minutes of the half that Mousehole made inroads into Helston’s defence, Pasha Wilson having a great chance on his starting debut with a shot into the side netting after a long low cross from the left in the 44th minute.

In the early part of the second period, Mousehole came much more into the game, Blues’ keeper Steven Oliver having to go full length to keep out Glenn Gabriel’s 18-yard drive after a weaving run in the 56th minute.  But Mousehole soon found themselves on the wrong side of several marginal decisions by referee James Long.  Firstly, a Kieran Toland close-range ‘goal’ was disallowed for an alleged handling offence in a packed penalty area on 57 minutes, and then the home side conceded two goals in controversial fashion.

While Mousehole expecting the whistle for a foul in midfield, Alfie Flack sprinted on to a short back-pass to slot past Mikey Flores in the 71st minute, and five minutes later Ollie Brokenshire touched the ball in from close range amid loud appeals for hand-ball, with Jamie Devine sin-binned for expressing his opinion.

Mousehole have now lost twice to Helston this season – the first being a 3-1 league defeat at Kellaway Park six weeks ago – but these are the only losses The Seagulls have suffered in their 21 games in all competitions so far, and a full-strength side on the Trungle Parc pitch for the return league match on 24th January will be determined to gain revenge.

*This year’s Charity Cup is in aid of the Merlin MS Centre, which provides therapy and support for anyone in Cornwall living with a long-term neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and Parkinson’s (

This Saturday (30th November, kick off 3pm), Mousehole will be looking to record a double over visitors Bodmin Town.  In the second match of the season, a Kieran Toland hat-trick enabled new manager Jake Ash to secure an eye-catching 3-1 win at Priory Park, where he finished his playing career earlier this year.  Bodmin are currently one place and four points above fifth-place Mousehole but have played two games more.

** In the 4th round of the Cornwall Senior Cup to be played on Saturday 4th January, Mousehole have been drawn at home in a fascinating tie against present table-topping St Austell.  It was two seasons ago that The Seagulls – then a league below and the definite underdogs – caused a Cornwall-wide shock by knocking out St Austell 3-1 after extra time in the semi-finals of the same competition.  As an indication of Mousehole’s progress since then, the two sides also meet in the same league at St Austell’s Poltair Park in 10 days’ time, having drawn 1-1 at Trungle Parc on 14th September, with St Austell now currently 11 points ahead of Mousehole from four games more.

***Mousehole still have a League Cup quarter-final to look forward to in February, with the draw to be made after the completion of the other third round ties. 

Mousehole v Helston Athletic:  Mikey Flores, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis, Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Scott Imade, Paulo Sousa, Kieran Toland, Pasha Wilson, Gerens James, Glenn Gabriel

Substitutes:  Lez Cela (for Gerens James, 69), Amara Bakayoko (for Pasha Wilson, 72), Rheiss McClean (for Scott Imade, 84), Steve Burt, Sam Shulberg

Referee: James Long

Attendance: 142

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Hayle vs Mousehole Reserves November 2019






Mousehole Reserves returned to the site of their glorious and historic Cornwall Junior Cup Final win against Foxhole Stars in May, this time for a league match against their West Penwith rivals Hayle.

The wet weather had caused most local games to be called off, so much credit goes to the Hayle ground staff for getting this game on, with the adjacent 3G surface on stand-by.

Hayle, in good form after four consecutive wins, had started the match in the top four, while Mousehole were looking to build on some encouraging recent results as they looked to consolidate a mid-table position after a two-step promotion in the summer. 

Mousehole kicked off down the slope towards the clubhouse and started brightly, some slick passing between the midfield trio of Matt Howes, Nathan Goodspeed and JJ Simmonds causing Hayle problems. The first chance of the game came from the right hand side through good work between Matt James and Jacob Trudgeon, resulting in the latter’s brilliant cross coming close to a goal. 

After surviving the visitors’ bright start, the hosts started to settle into the game with in-form striker Cameron Irish putting Mousehole’s back four under pressure.  And it was Irish who put Hayle in the lead on 20 minutes, out-muscling Tom McGarry to slot a long ball from the back past stand-in goalkeeper Caleb Marsden, with Mousehole’s claim for a foul on McGarry being turned away by referee George Pattison.

The goal settled Hayle down and they forced Marsden into a couple of important saves, but Mousehole came close to levelling things up before half-time when a low powerful cross from Tom Hands somehow failed to end up in the back of net. 

The second period started in similar manner to the first half, with Mousehole moving the ball around quickly with the middle three confident on the ball.  And the bright start soon brought a deserved equaliser, as a superb free kick whipped in from the right by Tom Hands was tapped in by Michael Fitchett from six yards out for his fourth goal of the season.

After the goal, Mousehole started to sit off their opponents, allowing them to play some good football and create problems.  Marsden pulled off the best save of the match going down to his right to push round the post a shot heading into the bottom corner.  And Hayle’s pressure soon led to them regaining the lead, Toby Angwin’s fierce strike forcing Marsden into another save but unluckily palming the ball into the net. 

Straight from conceding the goal Mousehole’s first substitute Pasha Wilson nearly made an instant impact, running on to a searching pass from Goodspeed down the right hand side and hitting a great strike across the goalkeeper narrowly missing the far post. 

With 20 minutes to go, Mousehole Manager Harry Tonkin changed to a more attacking formation, bringing on Jamie Simons and Joe Davies, with the latter crossing a great ball from the left and Fitchett just missing with a header from 10 yards out.  But five minutes later came a second equaliser, Tom Hands scoring with a driven free kick from the right into the top corner.

The game was almost over when former Mousehole player Wade Brown missed a great headed chance to give Hayle the win.  But this was a very good away performance and point against one of the best sides in the league for Mousehole Reserves, with “star men” Tom Hands providing a goal and an assist, and a solid all-round performance from local Hayle lad Nathan Goodspeed in midfield.

Mousehole Reserves are now on an unbeaten run of three games, taking them up to 9th in the table.  They will look forward with confidence to their next fixture, an away trip this Saturday (30th November, 2.30 kick off) to Mullion, who are one place and one point above.  Their next home game at Trungle Parc is on Saturday 7th December (2.30pm) against Wendron United, with the two teams having drawn 4-4 at The Underlane in mid-September.

Mousehole Reserves at Hayle: Caleb Marsden, Matt James, Benji Ward (Joe Davies 70), Matt Howes (Jamie Simons 70), Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jacob Trudgeon (Pasha Wilson 60), Nathan Goodspeed, Michael Fitchett, JJ Simmonds, Tom Hands

Mousehole scorers: Michael Fitchett (55), Tom Hands (75) Referee: George Pattison

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Mousehole won 5-3 on penalties

After extra time – score at full time 1-1

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Mousehole made their longest journey of the season to the south coast of Devon, and after nearly three hours of a vigorous see-saw contest against their East Division opponents, they finally but deservedly won through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

The match between two sides with completely contrasting styles had most things to keep the spectators on their toes. 

Brixham scored an unexpected early goal, then missed a penalty.  Mousehole grabbed a very late equaliser to force the game into extra time, and soon took the lead.  The  hosts then scored twice in a minute to be 3-2 ahead with barely a minute remaining, only for Seagulls’ centre back Mark Richards to take the game to penalties with his first goal for the club.

Brixham – who like Mousehole were promoted from Division One to the Premier this season – went ahead in the 5th minute when Steve Bowker latched on to a long ball to scoop the ball over Mikey Flores in the visitors’ goal.

Mousehole were finding it hard going against opponents whose robust style suited their short and narrow pitch, although keeper Connor Smith did well to keep out three goal bound attempts by Tallan Mitchell during the first 45 minutes.

At the other end, captain Billy Curtis’ goal-line clearance prevented Brixham doubling their lead just before the half-hour, but five minutes later the hosts wasted a massive opportunity when Reece Somers fired wide from the penalty spot after Flores was adjudged to have tripped Finn Roberts.

Mousehole managed the second half much better, but it was only in the last 15 minutes that they began to create any worthwhile chances – ironically after top scorer Kieran Toland became The Seagulls’ first ‘sin bin’ offender of the season after questioning the wisdom of one of the referee’s decisions.

The ten men pressed forward against a tiring Brixham side and substitute Gerens James at last brought Mousehole level as he touched in from six yards fellow substitute Glenn Gabriel’s cross-shot in the 86th minute. 

As the visitors scented blood, keeper Smith pulled off an agile save to keep out Lez Cela’s 20-yard drive destined for the top corner.

And so to extra time. 

With Mousehole now in control and looking the more likely to break the deadlock, Rheiss McClean slotted home from close range after Glenn Gabriel’s shot was deflected on to the bar by Smith in the 12th minute of the first period to put The Seagulls ahead at 2-1 for the first time in the tie.

But another twist in the drama happened seven minutes into the second period of extra time, as Brixham were awarded a highly disputed penalty, this time Somers making up for his earlier miss to make it 2-2.  

And amazingly the home side scored again a minute later when top scorer Finn Roberts rose highest to nod a cross into the net for a 3-2 scoreline, prompting jubilant celebrations both on and off the pitch.

But in the dying moments, Smith could only parry another Glenn Gabriel shot from the edge of the box following a free kick, and Mark Richards was quickest to the loose ball to poke over the line to grab a dramatic equaliser.

In the penalty shoot-out, Brixham hit the bar with their first attempt, but Kieran Toland, Glenn Gabriel, Rheiss McClean, Lez Cela and Tallan Mitchell kept their cool to convert all five spot kicks and make Mousehole the first SWPL team through to the quarter-finals.

The League Cup quarter-final ties are due to be played on or before 29th February.

Mousehole are still in all three Cup competitions, with a home quarter-final tie in the Cornwall Charity Cup coming up against Helston Athletic next week on Tuesday 26th November at 7.30pm.

The fourth round of the Cornwall Senior Cup – with the draw yet to be made – is due to be played on or before 4th January.

In the meantime, it’s a return to League action this Friday, 22nd November, when Wendron United visit Trungle Parc for The Seagulls’ second match under their new floodlights, kick off 7.30pm.

Mousehole at Brixham: Mikey Flores, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis, Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Steve Burt, Scott Imade, Tallan Mitchell, Lez Cela, Imani Matthews, Kieran Toland

Substitutes: Rheiss McClean (for Imani Matthews, 51), Gerens James (for Scott Imade, 63), Glenn Gabriel (for Jamie Devine, 78), Sam Shulberg, Corey Harvey

Mousehole scorers: Gerens James (86), Rheiss McClean (102), Mark Richards (119). Referee: Simon Mann

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Sticker vs Mousehole November 2019




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The wet and windy conditions failed to stop Mousehole comfortably progressing to the fourth round of Cornwall’s premier cup competition at the expense of the West Division’s bottom-placed club.

The Seagulls have now won their last three away games scoring 20 goals in the process without conceding a goal.

Home goalkeeper Anton Lake had already made three good saves from Lez Cela twice and Rheiss McClean, before Scott Imade latched on to a loose ball to send his marker the wrong way and score high into the net from 10 yards in the 38th minute.

Sticker’s only real scoring threat for the whole match came shortly afterwards when keeper Corey Harvey was beaten to a through ball by Derrick Lucas but Mark Richards read the danger well to clear the winger’s lob in front of goal.

At the other end an excellent left wing cross by Jamie Devine was met with a firm header by Mousehole’s new signing Tallan Mitchell from six yards only for Lake to make a reflex save.

But in the next attack Rheiss McClean’s trickery won him space on the right and his cross was touched in by Kieran Toland at the far post for a 2-0 interval lead.

With the strong wind in their favour, Sticker might have expected to get back in the game early in the second half, but it was Mousehole who took control with quick precise passing, and the third goal arrived in the 50th minute.  Scott Imade stole the ball 25 yards out and created the space for Kieran Toland to drive low into the far corner from inside the box for his 24th goal in 19 league and cup games so far this season.

Scott Imade then grabbed his second goal and Mousehole’s fourth on 63 minutes, chesting  down substitute Amara Bakayoko’s cross from the right and sliding the ball home from 10 yards.

It was 5-0 in the 75th minute as Bakayoko got on the scoresheet with a characteristic fierce drive after being released by a well-timed pass by Tallan Mitchell.

Lez Cela completed the scoring inside added-on time with a swerving 25-yard left-sided free kick inside the near post. 

Mousehole are still in all three Cup competitions and will be looking to reach the fourth round of the League Cup on Saturday (16th, kick off 2.30pm) at Premier East club Brixham, who coincidentally won 5-1 at Sticker in the last round.  Brixham currently lie in 5th place with 9 wins and 4 defeats, but made the headlines on Saturday with a 4-3 league win at previously undefeated Ilfracombe.

The Seagulls then return to Trungle Parc for a welcome three games in a row, starting with a floodlit league fixture against Wendron United on Friday 22nd November at 7.30pm.

Following that, it’s another floodlit match at Trungle Parc as high-flying local rivals Helston Athletic visit Trungle Parc for a Cornwall Charity Cup quarter-final tie on Tuesday 26th, 7.30pm.

The month ends with the visit of another top team, Bodmin Town, for a league match on Saturday 30th at 3pm.

In the Cornwall Senior Cup, fourth round ties are scheduled for Saturday 4th January 2020.

Mousehole at Sticker: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Lez Cela, Tallan Mitchell, Scott Imade, Rheiss McClean, Kieran Toland

Substitutes: Tyler Tonkin (for Paulo Sousa, 11), Amara Bakayoko (for Rheiss McClean, 61), Gerens James (for Kieran Toland, 83),  Imani Matthews, Glenn Gabriel

Scorers:  Scott Imade (38, 63), Kieran Toland (45+1, 50), Amara Bakayoko (75), Lez Cela (90+2) Referee: Neil Hunnisett

*Mousehole’s three Senior teams achieved a clean sweep of wins at the weekend, with the Reserves defeating Redruth United 3-1 in the St Piran League, and table-topping Mousehole Women victorious by 4-3 against second place Illogan in the Cornwall Women’s Football League

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Match Report Mousehole vs Helston Nov 2019




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Second Round Tie

FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2019, 7.30pm


Rain-sodden conditions and a strong wind failed to spoil a milestone event in Mousehole AFC’s near-100 year history on Friday evening, as the new state-of-the-art floodlights – made possible with funding by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund from investment by the Premier League – were switched on in front of a large crowd of supporters and well-wishers from the West Cornwall community and beyond. 

And The Seagulls helped make it a night to remember with two spectacular goals in the last ten minutes to overcome their hard-working local rivals in the second round of the League Cup.

The much-anticipated switch-on ceremony was led by coxswain Patch Harvey and his Penlee Lifeboat crew in recognition of the close links between the club and the RNLI.

Over the 90 minutes the pitch stood up remarkably well to the day’s downpour, with both sides deserving great credit for producing a competitive and entertaining match. 

In an evenly contested first half, Amara Bakayoko had a succession of close-range chances around the half-hour mark, with Porthleven keeper Martyn Webster coming out on top each time, while at the other end keeper Mikey Flores pulled off a tremendous flying save to keep out a 20-yard drive by George Molcher destined for the top corner on 35 minutes. 

Porthleven were creating a few problems for The Seagulls with their pressing style, but all that changed after half time.  The hosts took control of the proceedings, stretching the game out wide, pegging their opponents back into their own half and setting up a series of opportunities.  Keeper Webster did well to prevent Mousehole building up a decisive scoreline, while by contrast Flores had very little serious work to do.

With the possibility of extra time looming, Mousehole’s patience paid off in the last ten minutes when Kieran Toland showed his qualities with two right-footed strikes from distance to the obvious delight of team mates and supporters alike, taking his tally to an impressive 22 goals in 18 matches.

In the 80th minute the Scot hammered a 20-yard shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar and eight minutes later confirmed his side’s second-half dominance with a low swerving free kick from slightly further out that cannoned into the net via the inside of the post.

The celebrations continued in a packed clubhouse, starting with the presentation of the ‘Mousehole Man of the Match’ award to Kieran Toland and the ‘Star Player of the Month’ award to midfielder Steve Burt.

Ties for the third round of the WCP Cup, with the draw yet to be made, are scheduled to be played on or before New Year’s Day.

Mousehole will now embark on a programme of further ground developments, including increased and improved spectator accommodation, which will meet the requirements of the next level (Step 5) of the non-league pyramid if and when they qualify for promotion to the Western League.

With that aim in mind, Mousehole’s next fixture sees a return to League action when they take on visitors Newquay at Trungle Parc this Saturday, 2nd November, kick off 3pm.  The floodlights are likely to be on again for at least the closing stages of the match, and there will be a display of fireworks donated by club sponsors TGP Construction.

Mousehole v Porthleven:  Mikey Flores, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Lez Cela, Rheiss McClean, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Imani Matthews

Substitutes:  Gerens James (for Imani Matthews,62), Ben Williams, Tyler Tonkin, Scott Imade, Corey Harvey

Scorers:  Kieran Toland (80, 88)

Officials:  Referee – Mark Hosking; Assistants – George Pattison & Dave Rowe

Attendance: 151

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dobwalls mousehole october 2019






Mousehole translated their complete dominance against traditionally combative opponents into a real goal bonanza, making it two away wins in four days with 14 goals scored and none conceded.

In bright sunshine and on a good surface, Rheiss McClean had already just missed the target on two occasions before scoring in the 9th minute, latching on to Kieran Toland’s forward pass and driving the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

On 18 minutes it was 2-0, Imani Matthews providing the chance with a jinking run and inside pass for Toland to place a 12-yard sidefoot into the far corner.

Lez Cela then scored two goals in two minutes, showing a quick change of feet to stroke into the net after another Matthews assist on the half hour, and then having some good fortune with a 25-yard shot that slid over the line under keeper Ross Ferris’ dive.

It was 5-0 in the 42nd minute as McClean was perfectly placed at the far post to head in Amara Bakayoko’s cross after a dynamic burst down the right-hand side.

Dobwalls has a rare chance straight after half-time when an angled shot by Paul Gregorscu-Adams was kept out with his legs by Corey Harvey at the near post. 

But Kieran Toland made it 6-0 on 51 minutes from a through ball, breaking through keeper Ferris’ tackle 25 yards out to place the ball into the empty net.

After several more close shaves the home side went seven goals in arrears with an own goal, Sam Cooper attempting to clear Bakayoko’s low cross but sliding it into the net in the 69th minute.

Excellent work by Steve Burt in midfield created the opening on the right for Imani Matthews to make it 8-0 with a precise shot across the keeper and in off the post.

Lez Cela then drove against the woodwork from 20 yards, with McClean’s volley from the rebound superbly saved by keeper Ferris.  But in the 88th minute Cela notched his hat-trick with a quick shot after the keeper’s block, and Bakayoko blasted the score into double figures after a clear run from halfway in the 90th minute.

Mousehole’s next fixture is the club’s first-ever floodlit match at Trungle Parc this Friday (25th) against Porthleven in the second round of the League Cup, kick off 7.30pm.

Mousehole at Dobwalls: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Lez Cela, Rheiss McClean, Amara Bakayoko, Kieran Toland, Imani Matthews

Substitutes: Tyler Tonkin (for Paulo Sousa, 46), Sam Shulberg (for Imani Matthews, 79), Ben Harding, Jake Ash

Scorers: Lez Cela (31, 32, 88), Rheiss McClean (9, 42), Kieran Toland (18, 51), Imani Matthews (77), Amara Bakayoko (90), Own Goal (Sam Cooper, 69)

Referee: Neil Lane

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Wendron vs Mousehole October 2019






In driving rain, high winds and an increasingly soggy pitch, Mousehole showed great character to master the elements and get back on track after seeing their long unbeaten league run ended at Helston Athletic last week.

This was The Seagulls’ first game under The Dron’s impressive new floodlights, and the drenched crowd saw a match full of endeavour which did great credit to both sides.

After two early goals, Mousehole soaked up a promising spell of pressure by the hard-working hosts and then pounced for another, to give them a comfortable-looking three goal half-time lead.

Gerens James nudged in Mark Richards’ 15-yard on-target header from a Rheiss McClean left-sided free kick in the 8th minute, and Kieran Toland converted a penalty on 16 minutes after James had been fouled in the act of shooting.

A winning tackle by Steve Burt on his own 18-yard line and a quick short pass by Mark Richards saw Amara Bakayoko outpace his marker on halfway to create a one-on-one chance with keeper Dan Steadman, the ball falling to Rheiss McClean who took it round the keeper to fire into the empty net in the 33rd minute.

The second period saw plenty of mistakes and half-chances in the deteriorating conditions, but Kieran Toland showed his class by outwitting the defence with great balance and a deft touch on the tricky surface, before planting a pinpoint low shot into the far corner from 18 yards in the 72nd minute.

So, three important points, from an efficient performance with a clinical cutting edge, keeps Mousehole in the leading pack of five teams, with a sizeable gap opening up with the teams behind.

*The Seagulls’ next match is at Dobwalls this Saturday (19th, 3pm), with the Lantoom Park outfit sure to provide their customary tough challenge.

*Next Friday (25th) sees the ‘big switch on’ as Mousehole play their very first floodlit game at Trungle Parc, a League Cup second round tie against Porthleven.  Kick off is at 7.30pm, but with a large crowd expected at this special occasion, and various pre-match events planned, spectators are advised to arrive early.

*In the draw for the third round of the Cornwall Senior Cup – the stage at which Step 6 teams enter the competition – Mousehole will visit Sticker on Saturday 9th November, with a 2pm kick off.

Mousehole at Wendron: Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Williams, Jamie Devine, Steve Burt, Kieran Toland, Paulo Sousa, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Rheiss McClean

Substitutes: Tyler Tonkin (for Amara Bakayoko, 72), Alex Cairo (for Ben Williams,77),  Sam Shulberg (for Steve Burt, 85), Imani Matthews, Mikey Flores 

Scorers: Gerens James (8), Kieran Toland (16 pen, 72), Rheiss McClean (33)

Officials: Referee – Matthew Carney, Assistants – Jon Green & Ray Emmans

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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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