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Jude Boyd


Cornish youngster Jude Boyd is set to leave Mousehole AFC after being awarded a football scholarship at San Jose University in California.

The Redruth-based 19-year old joined Mousehole in June 2020 after being released by Plymouth Argyle, and featured as an attacking winger in 15 of The Seagulls’ 16 first-team fixtures in the recently curtailed 2020/21 season.  

Speaking of his new opportunity, Boyd commented: 

“Although I’m obviously excited about America, I am really sad my time at Mousehole has come to an end.  I can’t thank the staff and club enough as I honestly couldn’t have had a better experience at any other club.  It has been amazing and I will be watching and supporting the boys from afar next season, and I know they are going to kick on again.”

Mousehole manager Jake Ash, who coached Jude Boyd for West Cornwall Schools under-14 and under-15 squads, was full of praise for the youngster:“He’s always had an abundance of natural skill, but he’s really developed his all-round game in senior football during his time with us.  He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and has fitted so well into our style and mentality as a group.  I am immensely fond of him, on and off the pitch, and I can’t wait to follow his journey in America.”



Mousehole have started early preparations for the 2021/22 season by capturing winger Callam Mconie from Newquay. 

The 23-year old is described as an exciting left-footer who was previously a team-mate of current Seagulls’ top scorer Hayden Turner, and the two were also fellow sports science students at Hartpury University. 

Mconie has also played at a higher level, having been on the books of Gloucestershire club Cinderford Town (Southern League, step 4) and Hereford club Westfields (Hellenic League, step 5). Mousehole’s Director of Football Adam Fletcher commented: “We’ve been tracking him for quite a while and every time we’ve seen him play he’s made a big impression and impact.  When he came on as a second-half substitute for Newquay in our win there last year he very nearly turned the game round for them.  He’s clearly a skilful, positive-thinking and forward-running player who will make a big contribution to our continuing progress.”


Penzance 1-1 Mousehole

South West Peninsula League

Boxing Day 26th December 2020

At Penlee Park

Scorers:  For Penzance, Tyler Buckley (59).  For Mousehole, Hayden Turner (70, pen)

Attendance: 258

Form-book and League position counted for little as a table-topping Mousehole were matched by a spirited Penzance in an exciting encounter, with both sides coming close to claiming all three points in front of a large crowd kept on the edge of their seats for much of the game.


  • Mousehole have won eight of their last nine games, scoring 27 goals and conceding just four, to occupy first place in the League, two points ahead of Saltash United but with a superior goal difference
  • For Penzance, this is only their third home game of the season because of issues with their clubhouse, but they have won three away to lie in 17th place
  • Mousehole are without Paulo Sousa, Kieran Toland and Amara Bakayoko, all unavailable, so this will be a good test of the strength-in-depth of their squad.  Max Gilbert, Jamie Devine and recent signing Mark Goldsworthy are in the starting line-up
  • Penzance include experienced former Mousehole players Mark Vercesi at centre back, Kevin Lawrence in midfield and Mikey Flores in goal, who will all be keen to make an impact today, and they are complemented by half a dozen youngsters eager to shine against the League leaders
  • The pitch is soggy and although perfectly playable it remains to be seen to what extent it will work against Mousehole’s playing style, particularly as it cuts up in the later stages of the game – though of course it’s the same playing surface for both sides!  There’s a big crowd inside Penlee Park and it’s drizzling.

As it happened:

8 minutes:  Max Gilbert gets down the Penzance right and puts in a dangerous cross, well dealt with by the home defence

10 minutes:  Mousehole attack again, with Tallan Mitchell latching on to a Penzance clearance to send in a low shot which Mikey Flores keeps out at full stretch

11 minutes: Josh Magin moves inside and fires a left-footer wide of Flores’ far post from 18 yards

15 minutes: Two chances for The Seagulls in quick succession, as Hayden Turner’s header from Billy Curtis’cross is cleared off the line by youngster James Swan, then Mark Goldsworthy plants a six-yard header straight at Flores

16 minutes:  It’s Penzance’s turn to threaten.  Kevin Lawrence launches a 35-yard free-kick towards the far post, Mark Vercesi heads the ball back inside and Andreas Steyne puts an overhead kick too high from 12 yards

17 minutes:  A replica move – this time Cory Harvey in The Seagulls’ goal punches clear as Vercesi again is the target man

19 minutes:  Once more – Lawrence floats in a free kick from the right-hand side of the penalty area and Vercesi’s header is hacked away from in front of goal

20 minutes gone and Penzance are right back in this game, denying Mousehole space in the final third and harrying their opponents into mistakes on a pitch that is already cutting up

22 minutes:  At the other end Tallan Mitchell creates a chance for Josh Magin with a back-heel but the shot from 18 yards is straight at Flores

25 minutes:  A clear chance for Mousehole – Mark Goldsworthy gets free from his marker on the right hand side of the box and his cross in front of goal is sliced wide by Tallan Mitchell from six yards

30 minutes:  The vocal Penzance support is loudly encouraging every Magpies tackle as the home side have stepped up a gear

31 minutes:  Penzance’s Jacob Cleverly sends in a strong cross-shot but Cory Harvey does well to collect on the treacherous surface

33 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell makes a slalom-type run over the skiddy surface and is fouled 20 yards out.  Max Gilbert whips in the free kick past the defensive wall but the alert Flores pushes the ball out for a corner

36 minutes:  The Seagulls at long last put together a trademark quick-passing move that out-foxes the Penzance defensive formation, but Tallan Mitchell’s shot from 20 yards zips wide

40 minutes:  Back come The Magpies, forcing yet another free-kick deep in Mousehole territory, but this time the danger is comfortably cleared

45+1:  Half-time – it’s 0-0, but with lots of end-to-end and goalmouth action.  Great credit to Penzance for their energy and determination, but will they be able to maintain this level in the second half, or will Mousehole make the most of their own qualities and fitness?

46 minutes:  Mousehole start the second half on the offensive, with Josh Magin manoeuvring into position on the edge of the box, forcing Mikey Flores to spread himself in front of the low goal-bound shot

50 minutes:  Flores again to the rescue for The Magpies, springing across to divert Billy Curtis’ left-footer from 18 yards

54 minutes: Mark Goldsworthy almost nicks a goal for Mousehole with a deft back-heel volley at the near post from Hayden Turner’s corner, but the ball clears the bar

56 minutes:  Max Gilbert looks certain to score for The Seagulls as he lets fly from just inside the box with the home defence for once in disarray, but Mark Vercesi puts his body in the way of the shot

58 minutes:  After surviving four close scares since half-time, Penzance benefit from another free-kick in the Mousehole half.  Kevin Lawrence delivers the customary lofted free kick to the far post, where Mark Vercesi gets ahead of Cory Harvey’s punch to head goalwards, but the ball is scrambled off the line for a corner.  Up come the Magpies’ defenders.

59 minutes:  GOAL FOR PENZANCE!  It’s the aerial menace again!  Kevin Lawrence places the corner kick into a congested six-yard box, the heads go up and the ball creeps over the line, with young centre-back TYLER BUCKLEY getting the all-important touch.  Ecstatic celebrations on and off the pitch.  Cory Harvey protests he was impeded, referee Simon Long disagrees.

62 minutes:  Mousehole substitutes – Andy Elcock for Steve Burt in midfield, and Jude Boyd for Max Gilbert, enabling Hayden Turner to move inside from a left-wing position

63 minutes:  Penzance’s Lewis Goldsworthy tries a shot, Cory Harvey makes the save look comfortable

65 minutes:  Disallowed goal for Penzance!  Lewis Goldsworthy makes a superb run past several defenders to release Jacob Cleverly for a low shot into the net, but he’s strayed fractionally offside. Fine margins!

67 minutes:  Mousehole looking to profit from that let-off.  Hayden Turner’s free kick on the right side of the box is cleared away, Jude Boyd retrieves the ball on the other side to create a near-post chance for Mark Goldsworthy but Flores again gets in the way

69 minutes:  A double save from Mikey Flores, first blocking Josh Magin’s shot, then Jude Boyd’s

70 minutes:  PENALTY!  Tallan Mitchell slides a cute pass through to put Mark Goldsworthy in one-on-one with Flores, who clatters into the striker.  There’s a two-minute delay while The Seagulls’ newest recruit is treated for a painful injury.

72 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  HAYDEN TURNER drives the penalty hard and low into the corner – anything less would have been a problem, as Flores dived the right way and very nearly got his fingertips to it.

As the equaliser is celebrated, the rain stops and the sun comes out!  Is this a sign?  A very interesting 20 minutes to come!

75 minutes:  Penzance heads have certainly not dropped:  loud appeals for a penalty as Kevin Lawrence is tackled as he dwells on the ball inside the Mousehole penalty area.  Referee waves play on. The sun has gone in again and it’s raining – so it wasn’t a sign!

75 minutes:  Mousehole’s third substitute:  Jamie Devine is replaced by Jonny Ludlam on the left in defence, as Lewis Goldsworthy has developed an appetite for direct running on Penzance’s right.

76 minutes:  Jude Boyd shoots, Mikey Flores parries

80 minutes:  Mousehole are seeing much more of the ball , but Penzance are resilient and still attack-minded

83 minutes:  Close for Mousehole twice  – Jonny Ludlam puts an inviting cross into the six-yard area but it’s just beyond the lurking Mark Goldsworthy.  Hayden Turner picks up the ball and crosses to the far post but it’s inches to high for Mark Richards, who’s up from the back looking for a winner

84 minutes:  The other Goldsworthy makes another close-control run into the heart of the Mousehole defence and looks likely to pull the trigger, but Jonny Ludlam snuffs out the danger with a well-timed tackle, prompting yet more big shouts for a penalty ignored by the referee

86 minutes:  Controversial incident!  Hayden Turner collects a loose ball after a coming-together on the Penzance 18-yard line and, with referee Simon Long indicating ‘advantage’, hammers a 15-yard right-footer past Flores for what looks like a winner.   However, Neil Stephens’ flag is raised and the referee cuts short the goal celebrations by bringing the play back for a Mousehole free-kick. 

87 minutes:  Jonny Ludlam scuffs the free kick through the defensive wall, where Josh Magin turns to shoot and the ball is cleared off the line

90+4 minutes:  Hayden Turner tries an angled drive but that man Flores blocks it at the near post

90+5 minutes:  Incredible drama – Flores slips as he clears from the edge of his area, Tallan Mitchell partially loses his footing as he returns the ball towards the unguarded Penzance net from 35 yards out, and the shot slows down enough for the athletic Tyler Buckley to get back to clear away in front of goal for a corner

90+6 minutes: Hayden Turner swings the corner into the posse of players, it’s cleared off the line again, and the final whistle sounds.

Full time score: 1-1.  It could have gone either way.  All credit to both sides for providing the large Boxing Day crowd with nearly 100 minutes of action-packed football – great value for money.  With 36 attempts on goal in total, it’s amazing only two goals were scored!

What it means:

  • The point enables Mousehole to stay on top of the League table on goal difference from Saltash United (who won later on Boxing Day).  With Bank Holiday Monday’s home fixture postponed because of Falmouth Town’s involvement in the FA Vase, the next action is on Saturday 9th January when Dobwalls are the visitors to Trungle Parc.  Before then it’s the Cornwall Senior Cup Third Round tie at home next Saturday, 2nd January (2pm) against Perranwell, who play in the league below.
  • Penzance will justifiably take heart from this performance, which will be a big confidence-booster especially for their young players.  They face another big challenge on Bank Holiday Monday (28th) with an away trip to Helston Athletic. (update: now postponed)

Mousehole team-sheet:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Jamie Devine*, Steve Burt*, Max Gilbert*, Tallan Mitchell, Josh Magin, Mark Goldsworthy, Hayden Turner

*Substituted players:  Steve Burt (by Andy Elcock, 62), Max Gilbert (by Jude Boyd, 62), Jamie Devine (by Jonny Ludlam, 75) Other substitutes: Charlie Willis, Silas Sullivan

Mark Goldsworthy debut goal vs St Austell



(Kieran Toland, Josh Magin 2, Mark Goldsworthy)




Six weeks after their last competitive action, Mousehole completed a comfortable ‘double’ over a young St Austell side, to maintain a five point advantage as League leaders, making it 51 goals scored and eight ‘clean sheets’ in 14 games.

How it happened:


Mousehole raised a lot of eyebrows by beating one of Cornwall’s leading clubs 6-1 at Poltair exactly four months ago, but the young Lillywhites have shown signs of progress in recent weeks, so it’s likely The Seagulls will find it a more challenging affair today.

Recently-signed prolific goalscorer Mark Goldsworthy is among a strong set of substitutes, as is Amara Bakayoko after a lengthy injury spell.

The pitch is soft on top but perfectly playable, and on a chilly but clear afternoon there looks to be a sizeable crowd, including good support for the visitors.

The match in progress:

6 minutes:  Mousehole move the ball fast into St Austell territory, where Kieran Toland turns to release Jude Boyd inside the full-back, but the youngster’s 10-yard shot is bravely blocked when a goal looked likely

8 minutes:  St Austell attack on the right with some attractive passing but a dangerous low cross is dealt with in a composed manner

13 minutes:  The visitors fashion a clear chance, with Chris Kilbey’s angled drive palmed over by Cory Harvey

15 minutes:  The Lillywhites are in positive mood, this time making inroads down the left, but at the crucial moment the mis-hit cross drifts high and wide

17 minutes:  Back come Mousehole – Jude Boyd is looking for his first goal of the season but shoots wide of the near post

22 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole – Josh Magin provides his customary low cross from the right towards the hear post, where KIERAN TOLAND wrong-foots a defender and places a fierce drive inside the far post from a very narrow angle

30 minutes:  Off the line!  It’s nearly a second for the hosts.  Paulo Sousa makes an energetic run into the box where his cross-shot is half-blocked by keeper Jason Chapman and as the ball squirms towards the line Kieran Barrett does extremely well to hack away

31 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole as JOSH MAGIN travels inside to create a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box, his right-footed drive taking a slight deflection before going in off the inside of the near post.  Now 2-0.

35 minutes:  Nearly a third goal as Hayden Turner is free from a right-sided corner but puts his header too high from 8 yards

38 minutes:  The visitors’ Cam Bidgood likes running at defenders but this time his self-made chance from 20 yards clears the bar

39 minutes:  It’s end-to-end and entertaining – Keeper Jason Chapman pulls off a reaction save from Hayden Turner’s close-range shot

42 minutes:  A third GOAL for Mousehole as JOSH MAGIN nets his second with a first-time drive from inside the box

Half-time score:  Mousehole 3-0 St Austell.  The visitors to their credit are trying to play the ball intelligently out of defence into upfield positions, but the hosts are fast-pressing, physically powerful and mobile.

58 minutes:  Mousehole are comfortable in possession and St Austell are defending well, but at the other end Chris Kilbey suddenly lets fly a shot from a central position on the edge of the penalty area but it goes wide of Cory Harvey’s goal

66 minutes:  Mousehole substitutes – Amara Bakayoko for Jude Boyd and Mark Goldsworthy for Josh Magin

68 minutes:  The two substitutes make a quick impact, Amara Bakayoko’s cross headed wide of the near post by the well-placed Mark Goldsworthy

75 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Max Gilbert for Tallan Mitchell

83 minutes:  The hosts have stepped up the attacking momentum.  Hayden Turner’s inviting cross is just cut out in front of goal as Mark Goldsworthy is about to convert the chance

85 minutes:  Jason Chapman thwarts Kieran Toland with a point-blank save

86 minutes:  Kieran Toland sends a fierce drive wide from 18 yards

87 minutes:  Mark Goldsworthy whips in a low cross from the left that somehow eludes Max Gilbert in front of an open goal

89 minutes:  ‘Goldie’ looks certain to score but heads Max Gilbert’s cross wide from close in

90 minutes:  Cory Harvey has been under-employed in the home goal but makes his second vital contribution of the afternoon as he shows superb anticipation to race out and grab an excellent through ball just ahead of Cam Bidgood

90+3:  It had to happen!  MARK GOLDSWORTHY marks his much-publicised transfer with a debut goal as he slots in Amara Bakayoko’s inside pass from inside the six-yard box to complete the scoring.

Final score:  Mousehole 4-0 St Austell. 

That makes an aggregate ‘double’ win 10-1.  It’s a sign of the times that a few years ago Mousehole hoped to give a good account of themselves against Cornwall’s top clubs – now they expect to win. 

St Austell can do Mousehole a big favour on Tuesday evening when they host Saltash United, who are currently five points behind in second place with a game in hand.

Mousehole: Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis, Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa, Tallan Mitchell*, Andy Elcock, Kieran Toland, Josh Magin*, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd*

*Players substituted: Jude Boyd replaced by Amara Bakayoko (66), Josh Magin replaced by Mark Goldsworthy (66), Tallan Mitchell replaced by Max Gilbert (75).

Other substitutes:  Steve Burt, Jamie Devine

Officials:  Shaun Edge (Referee) with George Pattison & Steve Tootle (Assistants)

Attendance: 163

Next Mousehole fixtures:

This Saturday, 19th December (3pm):  Away at Bodmin Town – Mousehole won the home fixture 2-1 on 3rd October

Boxing Day, 26th December (11am):  Away at Penzance

Monday 28th December (11am):  Home v Falmouth Town

Saturday 2nd January 2021 (2pm):  Home v Perranwell (St Piran League) – Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd Round.


Mousehole have strengthened their position at the top of the South West Peninsula League (West) with the signing of prolific goalscorer Mark Goldsworthy, the captain of close rivals Helston Athletic.

Goldsworthy notched up his 300th SWPL goal early last season, in two spells with Helston Athletic either side of a stint with St Austell, putting him among the county’s all-time record scorers. 

He went on to play an important part in Helston’s record-breaking 24-match winning run in last year’s League campaign, before the season was ended prematurely in March.  Up to that point, ‘Goldie’ had already netted 34 League goals, as well as another five in the Cup competitions, and was well on the way to adding to his unique tally of four consecutive ‘Golden Boot’ awards.

He was also the top scorer in the Kernow Football Alliance’s build-up to the (subsequently postponed) CONIFA World Cup last season.

 Commenting on his move further west, the Porthleven-based marksman explained: 

“At the age of 29 I’ve still got a lot of room for improvement as a player.  I’ve long been an admirer of Mousehole’s style of play, and I’ve got the greatest respect for Jake Ash, both as an opponent and coach, and Andy Graham through his coaching work with Kernow FA.  I know how the club operates and where it wants to be, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to be part of that.”

Mousehole are currently League leaders having scored an impressive 47 goals while conceding just 7, but Head of Football Adam Fletcher is by no means complacent:

 “The season has gone well so far, but we all know we can do better.  So, we are delighted to bring on board someone with Goldie’s experience and goalscoring ability.  He will add a different dimension to our attacking options.  Over the next few weeks he’ll be working hard with Gareth O’Neill (Strength & Conditioning Coach) to recover from a recurring ankle injury and join Gareth’s month-long fitness plan.”

Manager Jake Ash is convinced the signing is a massive step for the club: “Mark’s record over many years is proof of his consistency.  He has an incredible knack of knowing where the goal is – something that’s very difficult to coach – so to bring that natural skill set into this talented group of players is really exciting.  But he offers so much more than that:  his all round game and contribution to both team and club, and someone who wants to be the best he can be at everything he does”.

 If and when the season resumes in early December, Mousehole will have two consecutive home games, on 5th December against Launceston, and on the 12th against St Austell, one of Mark Goldsworthy’s previous clubs.

 Mousehole’s Chairman Deryk Heywood summarised the club’s position:  

“The signing of Mark Goldsworthy should leave no doubt about how serious we are about progression.  I cannot over-emphasise the role and reputation of our management and coaching team in making this happen, and helping us to push on with our ambitions as a club.”


Jude Boyd vs St Dennis Nov 2020


(HaydenTurner, Josh Magin 2)




In front of another sizeable crowd, League leaders Mousehole put in an impressive performance to increase the gap at the top to six points, with just over a third of their League fixtures completed, ahead of the Government’s newly imposed  four-week lockdown.

How it happened:

The team sheets show Mousehole still missing Amara Bakayoko through injury, while former Seagull Luke Johnson is among several recent signings for St Dennis.

9 minutes:  Mousehole have made a positive start on the quick wet surface, with Jude Boyd making a brilliant twisting run from halfway on the left, and has low inside pass is side-footed wide of the near post by Hayden Turner on the edge of the six-yard box

10 minutes:  The attacking momentum continues and Josh Magin is clear one-on-one but his shot from inside the area hits keeper Dan Peters and is cleared

16 minutes:  Peters is called into action again, blocking Hayden Turner as the striker outpaces the defence to create the chance for himself

18 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole:  HAYDEN TURNER repeats the exact move and this time fires a right-footer from just inside the area low into the far corner for his 17th goal of the season

26 minutes:  Josh Magin is so close to getting his first goal in a Mousehole shirt as his deflected shot skims just past the post with keeper Peters beaten

27 minutes:  Kieran Toland turns on the edge of the area and drives a rising shot millimetres wide of the far angle

29 minutes:  Josh Magin is close again, his left-foot shot striking the base of the post and rebounding to safety

30 minutes:  Half an hour gone and it’s all Mousehole – but only one goal to show for it

31 minutes:  St Dennis have a chance from a disputed free kick in a central position 20 yards out, but Luke Johnson’s fierce shot is blocked by the defensive wall

33 minutes:  Back come Mousehole and Josh Magin’s low cross from the right gives Hayden Turner a chance in front of goal but his shot bounces off keeper Peters

38 minutes:  Josh Magin is foiled again as Peters comes out to smother the chance

Half-time:  Mousehole 1-0 St Dennis – An improbable scoreline on the balance of play, but The Saints are defending valiantly, almost a lockdown in itself!

47 minutes:  It’s the same pattern at the start of the second half – Jude Boyd comes in from the left to let go a right-footer aimed at the far corner, but Peters goes full-length to palm the ball away

51 minutes:  Josh Magin is yet again scenting a goal, scooping a left-foot shot over from the middle of the box after Peters pushes out Hayden Turner’s cross from the left

56 minutes:  GOAL for JOSH MAGIN, slotting home a loose ball, and the visitors’ resistance is at last broken – great work again by Jude Boyd on the left whose low cross wrong-foots the defence

60 minutes:  Josh Magin’s in the mood for another goal, his angled shot forcing Peters into another diving save

64 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole to make it 3-0 – Tallan Mitchell floats a pass over to JOSH MAGIN on the far side of the six-yard box and his shot ricochets over the line via one of the covering defenders in front of the keeper.  Maybe an Own Goal, but the wingman deserves a second goal anyway!

65 minutes:  Luke Johnson looks keen to make an impact against his former club  but is booked by referee D’Arcy after a series of over-aggressive challenges, and is shortly afterwards substituted

70 minutes:  Mousehole substitutes – Jude Boyd is replaced by Jamie Devine and Andy Elcock by Steve Burt, with Paulo Sousa moving up to left wing and Josh Otto across to left back

76 minutes: A spectacular moment as Hayden Turner curls towards the top corner from 20 yards and Peters makes a flying save to claw the ball out

80 minutes:  Mousehole substitute:  Paulo Sousa is replaced by Kian Burns

84 minutes:  Play is stopped for several minutes after a 50/50 challenge between Kian Burns and Lee Rickard leaves the Saints’ man injured and unable to continue.  St Dennis are left to finish the game with ten men after already using all three substitutes.

89 minutes:  The ten men have a great chance as their top scorer Jacob Rowe, having battled away gamely up front throughout the match, is suddenly through but shoots wide from 15 yards with only keeper Cory Harvey to beat

90+5:  Captain Billy Curtis is raiding upfield but is denied a rare goal when his close-range shot is blocked by more gallant defending

90+6 minutes:  Full time score Mousehole 3-0 St Dennis.

With no more games scheduled until at least the beginning of December, Mousehole can be more than satisfied with the season so far, as they sit six points ahead at the top of the League with a superior goal difference over all their rivals having now scored 47 goals and conceded just seven, with eleven wins and eight ‘clean sheets’ in 13 fixtures.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa*, Tallan Mitchell, Kieran Toland, Andy Elcock*, Josh Magin, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd*

*Substituted players:  Jude Boyd (Jamie Devine 70), Andy Elcock (Steve Burt 70), Paulo Sousa (Kian Burns 80)

Other substitutes:  Max Gilbert, Jonny Ludlam

Officials:  Nigel D’Arcy (Referee) with Neil Rudkin & Neil Pitt (Assistants)

Attendance:  147 Next fixtures:  If the SWPL resumes in early December – and if the fixture list remains as at present – Mousehole will have two consecutive home matches: on Saturday 5th December v Launceston, and Saturday 12th v St Austell, both 3pm kick-offs.



(Mark Richards 4, Hayden Turner 66, 89)




The Seagulls earned their tenth win in twelve league games to go three points clear a the top of the table, but they had to show loads of resolve to battle the wind-swept conditions and a strong second-half showing from The Peppermints.

How it happened:

Both teams will be looking to recover after unexpectedly dropping points in their previous games, with Newquay’s 4-4 draw at lowly Sticker and Mousehole’s 2-2 at home to Wadebridge Town.  Newquay have had some impressive results against high-flying teams, including a win at Saltash United and draws at Camelford, Dobwalls and Helston Athletic.

There’s a strong wind blowing down the Mount Wise pitch and Newquay have it behind them in the first half.

1 minute:  Mousehole are on the offensive from the start as Paulo Sousa’s well-struck 25-yard drive bounces off keeper Harry Ashdown, but Kieran Toland is flagged offside as closes in on the rebound in front of goal.

4 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole.  Centre-back MARK RICHARDS starts and finishes the move, chipping a pass into space on the right hand side and then arriving at the back post to tap in Josh Magin’s trademark low cross along the six-yard line.

20 minutes:  close to a second goal as Josh Magin sets up Hayden Turner for a one-on-one with Ashdown but the striker fires wide of the near post. 

28 minutes:  Kieran Toland’s free kick from the right ricochets around the six yard box before Ashdown grabs the loose ball.

30 minutes:  close again, Kieran Toland’s 20-yarder is pushed out into the danger area by the busy Ashdown, but there’s no-one on hand to finish it off.

Half an hour gone:  Mousehole are on top, playing some classy football and looking likely to fashion more chances.

35 minutes:  Jude Boyd’s turn and close control take him superbly past two defenders inside the box on the left, but he can’t quite find Hayden Turner lurking inside.

38 minutes:  Newquay’s first sight of goal – Alex Cole shoots from 20 yards and keeper Cory Harvey is well positioned to save comfortably.  43 minutes – same again.

39 minutes:  A quick break puts Hayden Turner in with a shooting chance from 15 yards but the ball misses the far post.

43 minutes:  Close for Newquay.  After dominating the first half, Mousehole nearly concede – Louis Price is one-on-one with Cory Harvey, the keeper bravely blocks, the ball spins up towards goal and is scrambled off the line.  Harvey is injured in the collision and receives three minutes of on-field treatment before play continues.

45+4:  Half time score Newquay 0-1 Mousehole.  A first period with plenty of incident, including bursts of torrential rain.

50 minutes:  Louis Price has a shot for Newquay from 20 yards, straight at keeper Cory Harvey.

61 minutes:  Mousehole hit the woodwork – Josh Magin’s 25-yard volley from a central position strikes the underside of the bar with Ashdown beaten, and the ball bounces down in front of the line before being cleared to safety.

65 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole. HAYDEN TURNER makes it 2-0 after being put through on the left by a cute pass by Jude Boyd, and as the striker, keeper and defender all converge the ball squirms into the empty net.

67 minutes:  GOAL for Newquay – Alex Cole converts from the penalty spot following a mis-timed tackle by Billy Curtis on Price as he turns in the box.

70 minutes:  Newquay have upped a gear and their pressing in midfield is causing Mousehole to lose possession too frequently

71 minutes:  Gosling’s shot from outside the box is straight at keeper Harvey.

72  minutes:  Mousehole substitution – Kieran Toland (sponsored by RDR Estates) is replaced by Max Gilbert.

80 minutes:  The Seagulls are under pressure but have a rare sight of goal as Hayden Turner swerves the ball just past the angle from 20 yards.

81 minutes:  Mousehole substitution – Andy Elcock is replaced by Steve Burt.

Sensing they might get something from this game, Newquay are energetic and eager, but in truth they’re not doing much with the ball when they get into the box – Mousehole’s defence is steadfast and watertight (despite the weather!), and Cory Harvey has few alarms to deal with.

85 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Jude Boyd is replaced by Kian Burns

89 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole – HAYDEN TURNER breaks Peppermints’ hearts, coming in from the right to hammer an unstoppable left-foot drive into the top far corner from 18 yards.  That surely clinches the three points.  And it’s his 16th goal of the season.

90+3:  Full-time Newquay 1-3 Mousehole – a see-sawing second half with The Seagulls having to show character and persistence both in defence and attack.  Newquay have been in inconsistent form this season but on this performance they are much better than their current mid-table position suggests.

Jake Ash’s side lead the table by three points and travel this Saturday to seventh-place Liskeard Athletic, who are seven points behind but have a game in hand.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa, Tallan Mitchell, Kieran Toland*, Andy Elcock*, Josh Magin, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd*

*Substituted players:  Kieran Toland (Max Gilbert, 72), Andy Elcock (Steve Burt, 81), Jude Boyd (Kian Burns, 85)

Other substitutes:  Jamie Devine, Jonny Ludlam

Officials:  Darren Gay (Referee) with George Pattinson & Adam Price (Assistants)

Forthcoming fixtures:

 This Saturday, 31st October:  Away v Liskeard Athletic, 3pm

Next Tuesday, 3rd November: Home v St Dennis, 7.30pm – new fixture

Saturday 7th November: Home v Perranwell, 2pm – Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd round

Saturday 14th November: Home v Callington Town, 3pm

Wednesday 18th November: Away v Helston Athletic, 7.30pm

Saturday 21st October: Away v St Dennis, 3pm

Saturday 28th November: Home v Sticker, 3pm



(Hayden Turner 14, Kieran Toland 51)




Mousehole did more than enough to earn the three points, hitting the woodwork three times, but had to settle for a draw on a very wet and windy afternoon.

How it happened:

The Seagulls have won five games in a row, conceding only one goal, and Kieran Toland is available on the bench after several weeks’ injury absence.  The Bridgers picked up an eye-catching 4-3 away win at much-fancied Liskeard Athletic in midweek.

8 minutes:  Mousehole close to taking the lead as Steve Burt just fails to touch in a low Josh Magin cross from the right

10 minutes:  A torrential downpour!  Lots of spray from ball and boots. Referee Richard Butler warns players about the danger of sliding tackles in these conditions.  Two minutes later the rain has eased, the surface water has disappeared and the pitch is playing fine.

14 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole.  Josh Magin intercepts a sloppy Wadebridge free kick on the halfway line and slips a perfect through ball for HAYDEN TURNER to outpace his markers and prod the ball past advancing keeper Rob Rosevear for his 14th goal of the season

17 minutes: A threatening Wadebridge attack is wasted as a scuffed cross from close in on the left goes wide of the near post

26 minutes: More good approach play from the visitors with Jackson Penhallurick’s angled shot caught by Cory Harvey under the bar

30 minutes:  GOAL for Wadebridge.  The equaliser that has been looking likely for a while arrives as MATT LLOYD gets ahead of the pack to steer a strong header into the net from the edge of the six-yard box as Mousehole give away a corner on the right-hand side

33 minutes:  Cory Harvey keeps the home side level with a superb one-on-one block to deny Matt Lloyd after The Bridgers make a swift four-man break from Mousehole’s own corner at the other end

35 minutes:  Back come Mousehole with Paulo Sousa surging upfield and supplying an inside pass, but Hayden Turner’s left-foot shot hits the far post and bounces to safety

45+1 minutes:  Wadebridge’s turn – Jacob Smale gains possession deep in The Seagulls’ half but his cross in front of goal is cut out at the last moment

Half-time score 1-1:  An end-to-end 45 minutes, both sides showing plenty of attacking intent and defences keeping busy

46 minutes: Mousehole substitute – Andy Elcock is replaced by Kieran Toland

48 minutes:  A great run by Jude Boyd on the left gives Hayden Turner a half-chance but he side-foots wide at the near post

51 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole.  Hayden Turner lays the ball off cleverly in a crowded box for KIERAN TOLAND (sponsored by RDR ESTATES) to drive low into the net just five minutes after coming on from the bench

57 minutes:  The Seagulls are well on top, with Hayden Turner just kept out by last-ditch defending after an incisive break on the right

59 minutes:  A double let-off for Wadebridge as Josh Magin and Hayden Turner both fail to convert from close range after a defence-splitting move on the left

61 minutes:  GOAL for Wadebridge.  They have been under huge pressure since the interval but are generously gifted another equaliser, Cory Harvey and Paulo Sousa getting themselves into a mix-up after an innocuous forward pass, leaving JACOB SMALE to score into an unguarded net from 15 yards

72 minutes:  The Bridgers have been making the most of their good fortune, but at last Mousehole make some headway and Rob Rosevear does well to parry Hayden Turner’s fierce goalbound drive

73 minutes:  The Seagulls seem re-energised and Rosevear is forced into a sprawling save to keep out Josh Magin’s 20-yard volley

77 minutes:  Mousehole substitute:  Jude Boyd is replaced by Kian Burns

81 minutes:  The hosts are increasing the momentum.  A swift passing move puts Kian Burns through on the left, but Rosevear blocks the shot and is relieved to see the loose ball fired into the side netting

85 minutes:  Another double let-off for Wadebridge.  Kian Burns shoots against the left-hand post from inside the six-yard box, Tallan Mitchell fires the rebound against the other post, and the defenders scoop the ball off the line.  Fine margins – and not Mousehole’s day!

90+2: Full-time – it’s 2-2 and Mousehole’s first League draw of the season.  A very watchable game in difficult conditions by two entertaining and positive-thinking teams.

Mousehole:  Corey Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Andy Elcock*, Tallan Mitchell, Josh Magin, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd*

*Substituted players:  Andy Elcock (Kieran Toland, 46), Jude Boyd (Kian Burns, 77)

Other substitutes:  Jamie Devine, Max Gilbert, Jonny Ludlam

Officials:  Richard Butler (Referee), with Neil Stephens & Mark Hosking (Assistants)

Attendance:  87

Despite dropping two points, Mousehole remain in first place in the table by virtue of a far superior goal difference over Camelford and Dobwalls on the same number of points.  The next week will be a real test for Jake Ash’s squad with two away games in four days at Newquay and Liskeard Athletic, before the re-arranged home fixture against St Dennis on Tuesday 3rd November..

Forthcoming fixtures:

This Wednesday, 28th October:  Away v Newquay, 7.30pm

This Saturday, 31st October:  Away v Liskeard Athletic, 3pm

Next Tuesday, 3rd November: Home v St Dennis, 7.30pm – new fixture

Saturday 7th November: Home v Perranwell, 2pm – Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd round

Saturday 14th November: Home v Callington Town, 3pm

Wednesday 18th November: Away v Helston Athletic, 7.30pm

Saturday 21st October: Away v St Dennis, 3pm Saturday 28th November: Home v Sticker, 3pm



Tallan Mitchell (50)




In their tenth league match, The Seagulls’ character, resilience and ball-playing philosophy shone through against a tough-tackling, energetic and direct Dobwalls side, and in so doing gained a precious three points to retain their leadership of the League with a quarter of the season played.

Dobwalls came into the match in an unexpectedly high third place having won seven and drawn one of their opening nine games, whereas Mousehole topped the table with eight wins from nine and a League’s-best goal tally of 38 against four.

The key moments of the match:

Lantoom Park has always been a difficult place to go to, and it’s no surprise as the hosts start the match with their customary uncompromising style, but Mousehole weather the early storm and begin to carve out space and chances with their own brand of quick pass-and-move football.

4, 13 and 41 minutes – three identical Mousehole moves:  Josh Magin gets down the right side and fires a low cross into the six-yard box, but with no-one on hand for a simple-looking tap-in as the ball zips past the far post each time.

14 and 25 minutes – Dobwalls shots:  bustling veteran Kelvin Fyneboy finds a bit of space to attempt a left-footer from a central position just inside the box but keeper Cory Harvey is perfectly placed to gather comfortably on both occasions.

31 minutes – very close for Mousehole:  Tallan Mitchell’s 30-yard dipping shot canons against the crossbar with keeper Toby Chapman flailing.

Half-time score 0-0:  Mousehole need to continue in the same vein in the second half, but Dobwalls need different ideas.

46 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Kian Burns is replaced by Jude Boyd

49 minutes – close for Mousehole:  Keeper Chapman makes a good save from Hayden Turner’s sharp shot

50 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  TALLAN MITCHELL dashes forward alongside Josh Magin from halfway, bamboozles the last two defenders and accelerates to win the race with the advancing keeper to poke home from 15 yards.

53 minutes – close for Dobwalls:  Kelvin Fyneboy drives left-footed from 20 yards but just wide.

Dobwalls are encouraged:  they are getting the ball upfield quickly to the front men, who look lively.    

59 minutes – chance for Dobwalls:  Jamie Rowlands is in space inside the area on the left, but hurriedly scuffs his shot wide of the near post

69 minutes – chance for Mousehole:  Tallan Mitchell’s agility sees him clear on goal 30 yards out, but Bags Mariko brings him down, earning a bit of good fortune with only a yellow card.

72 minutes – very close for Dobwalls:  substitute Kevin McKallon’s brilliant overhead kick from 12 yards is destined for the corner,  until Cory Harvey pulls off an equally brilliant diving save to push the ball out for  corner – is this the moment that safeguards The Seagulls’ three points, or will Dobwalls rev up into another gear?

75 minutes – close for Mousehole:  The Seagulls are surviving the aerial bombardment and breaking quickly to create uncertainty in the Dobwalls back line:  Hayden Turner speeds clean through but a bobble sees him shoot over.

80 minutes – close again for Mousehole:  the tactics are working – Hayden Turner takes a quick shot as the home defence back-pedals, but it goes past the far post.

82 minutes – so close for Mousehole:  the game is very stretched – Jude Boyd has space to make a 30-yard run down the left and as he comes inside his right-foot shot from the angle of the box is deflected towards the far corner, but the alert Toby Chapman goes full length to push the ball out.

85 minutes – close for Mousehole:  Dobwalls are certainly playing with urgency, but they are giving the ball away too easily:  Mousehole’s defenders and midfielders are winning the ball back regularly and with quick passing to feet they are looking the more likely to score – Jude Boyd skilfully takes the ball to the byeline and sets up Hayden Turner in the middle but The Seagulls’ top scorer is crowded out.

89 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Hayden Turner is replaced by Max Gilbert

90+3 Full Time:  A fully deserved Mousehole win on the balance of play.  Two teams equally competitive but with contrasting styles.  Dobwalls have had their moments, but The Seagulls have earned the right to play football their way.  Their overall qualities are illustrated by just four goals conceded in ten League matches and a fourth consecutive ‘clean sheet’, including in three away matches.

Manager Jake Ash views the opening quarter of the season with justifiable satisfaction:    

“It was another good day today, playing against a really tough side. It was really obvious to see why Dobwalls have been successful this season, and it’s another game we’ve had to show we are multi-faceted and able to win in different ways.

That’s indicative of us this season, and it’s a huge credit to the players who started working hard as far back as April in order to be ready for the season whenever it started.  It’s no coincidence that we’ve started strongly because the boys were hitting their individualised targets that Gareth (Gareth O’Neill, Strength & Conditioning Coach) had set them, every week of every month of that lockdown. 

I’m really proud of the players and the effort they put in.  There aren’t many teams at step 5/6 that ask their players to train twice a week, but at the moment the boys are getting their rewards for all that hard work.

It’s still very early in the season, but it’s a great start and we are all really excited about working even harder and the challenges ahead.”

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa, Tallan Mitchell, Steve Burt, Andy Elcock, Josh Magin, Hayden Turner*, Kian Burns*

*Players substituted:  Kian Burns (Jude Boyd, 46), Hayden Turner (Max Gilbert, 89)

Other substitutes:  Jamie Devine, Johnny Ludlam

Officials:  Paul Kempen (Referee) with Jules Cook & Lewis Cook (Assistants)

The result gives table leaders Mousehole a two point current advantage over Camelford and three over both Liskeard Athletic and Falmouth Town, before the midweek fixtures, which see 12 teams in league action.

The Seagulls face a further test of their qualities with a trio of tough league fixtures against top-ten teams, starting with the visit of Wadebridge Town to Trungle Parc this Saturday (24th, 3pm), followed by an away match at Newquay on Wednesday 28th (7.30pm), and the important and intriguing encounter at major challengers Liskeard Athletic on Saturday 31st (3pm).



(Kian Burns 3, Max Gilbert 2, Andy Elcock 2, Hayden Turner)




The Seagulls’ squad depth and quality was clearly evident in their eighth win out of nine opening league matches to go two points clear at the top of the table as they comprehensively outclassed bottom club Godolphin Atlantic, aided by a hat-trick from winger Kian Burns.

As it happened:

Manager Jake Ash’s starting line-up is again missing Kieran Toland and Amara Bakayoko through injury, while Max Gilbert is in midfield with Tallan Mitchell on the bench.

The opening 15 minutes: Mousehole are looking an attacking threat, visiting keeper Dale England keeping out goalbound efforts from Max Gilbert, Paulo Sousa and Steve Burt, but at the other end Ben Colquhoun intercepts a mix-up at the back and slides an angled shot across an open goal and past the far post.

16 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole: KIAN BURNS is fed on the left by Max Gilbert and Hayden Turner and brings the ball on to his right foot before drilling a low shot into the far corner.

20 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  KIAN BURNS scores a quick second, shooting low with a right-footer from a central position in the box.

21 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  It’s three goals in five minutes as MAX GILBERT send a low 20-yard drive into the corner after an astute set-up by Andy Elcock.

In the next few minutes, keeper Dale England denies Kian Burns’ hat-trick with a superb diving save, blocks Hayden Turner’s angled shot with his feet, and sprawls full-length to keep out Max Gilbert’s header.

30 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  MAX GILBERT makes it 4-0, starting and finishing a move by turning on the edge of the box and finding the far corner with a low shot.

34 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  HAYDEN TURNER exploits the visitors’ lost possession in the penalty area and drives home left-footed for 5-0.

40 minutes – close for Mousehole:  Jude Boyd makes a surging run to the edge of the area and shoots just wide, and in the next attack Andy Elcock is again just wide after a defence-splitting pass by Max Gilbert.

Half Time:  It’s 5-0 to The Seagulls, but the score could already have been in double figures.

46 minutes – close for Mousehole:  within 20 seconds of the re-start Kian Burns is clean through but misses the goal and his hat-trick.

47 minutes – close for Godolphin: the visitors’ second close call of the match, as keeper Cory Harvey spills a bouncing shot from distance but gathers the ball just in time

48 – 52 minutes:  Dale England is again in defiant action in the visitors’ goal, parrying a shot from Hayden Turner, saving with his feet from Kian Burns and then Hayden Turner, and blocking a drive by Jude Boyd, this time with his legs.

56 minutes – Mousehole substitute: Steve Burt is replaced in midfield by Charlie Willis

57 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  KIAN BURNS at last gets his hat-trick goal, latching on to a Max Gilbert pass into the left-hand channel, shifting inside on to his right foot and making sure with a firm shot past Dale England into the far corner for 6-0.

60 minutes – close for Godolphin:  the visitors show they have not given up, as Ben Colquhoun flashes a 20-yard drive just over with Cory Harvey at full stretch.

62 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Mark Richards is replaced at the back by Tom Hands

The next 15 minutes: Godolphin’s keeper makes a series of six vital but scarcely believable saves with various parts of his body, much to the appreciation of the home crowd

To their great credit, Godolphin are conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and are working hard to probe some openings of their own.  A low cross from the right by Jacob Grange is just too far ahead of Ben Colquhoun in the centre.  

77 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Josh Otto is replaced by Jamie Devine

84 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  ANDY ELCOCK shows his class and composure by finding the space in a crowded box to unleash an unstoppable shot into the top corner.  This is now the third consecutive match in which Godolphin have conceded seven goals.

90 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  ANDY ELCOCK again, hooking in a deflected right-sided cross from six yards for a well-deserved second goal.

Full Time (90+2):  Mousehole 8-0 Godolphin Atlantic. It’s another Mousehole clean sheet, bringing the season’s goal tally to a remarkable 38, with only four conceded.  The scoreline could well have been doubled but for the performance of Godolphin’s outstanding man-of-the-match keeper Dale England.

The three points put Jake Ash’s new league leaders two points ahead of Camelford and Dobwalls from the same number of games played, with the latter club the hosts on Saturday in a game that is arguably The Seagulls’ biggest test of this so-far impressive season.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards*, Josh Otto*, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt*, Max Gilbert, Andy Elcock, Kian Burns, Hayden Mitchell, Jude Boyd

*Players substituted:  Steve Burt (Charlie Willis, 56), Mark Richards (Tom Hands, 62), Josh Otto (Jamie Devine, 77)

Other substitutes:  Tallan Mitchell, Josh Magin

Officials:  Lee Dudman (Referee), with Kevin Knowles & Oliver Knibb (Assistants)

Attendance:  124

Forthcoming fixtures:

  • This Saturday 17th, Away v Dobwalls, 3pm
  • Saturday 24th, HOME v Wadebridge Town, 3pm
  • Wednesday 28th, Away v Newquay, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 31st, Away v Liskeard Athletic, 3pm
  • Saturday 7th November, HOME v Perranwell (Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd Round, 2pm)