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LISKEARD ATHLETIC 0-1 MOUSEHOLE
CORNWALL ‘DURNING LAWRENCE’ CHARITY CUP SEMI-FINAL
WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY 2018
AT MOUNT WISE, NEWQUAY AFC
Mousehole marched into the Final of the Cornwall FA ‘Durning Lawrence’ Charity Cup with a late but spectacular goal to break Athletic’s stubborn rearguard resistance.
The Seagulls were playing their third semi-final in a remarkable run of success in this season’s three Cup competitions, and after the earlier 2-0 defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup by Premier Division runners-up Tavistock, and the gallant 3-2 loss on Sunday to higher-division Saltash United in a first-ever Senior Cup Final appearance, they will fancy their chances of picking up some well-earned silverware against Wadebridge Town in next week’s Charity Cup Final.
Liskeard had finished their League season fifth in the table, one place and two points behind Mousehole, so a close contest was expected. However, the narrow scoreline was mainly due to an eye-catching display by ‘keeper Chris Hoare whose defiant shot-stopping stood between Mousehole and the much bigger goal margin their overall team performance deserved.
In the early stages of the first half Liskeard looked lively with fast breaks from midfield, and Steve Parker-Billinge was forced into a close range save from Tom Cleveland as the striker burst through on the left on 8 minutes. Mousehole gradually started to impose themselves, with Hoare foiling shots by Jake Andrew, Josh Otto and Calum Elliot twice from 30-yards, as well as tipping over a Jake Andrew header just before half time, to earn his side a 0-0 reprieve at the interval.
Mousehole continued on the offensive in the second half, with Liskeard content to fall back and rely on the speed of James Lorenz to chase swiftly delivered long balls. However, the 36-goal marksman was superbly marshalled by The Seagulls’ back line, aided by Steve Parker-Billinge’s alert anticipation.
Hoare somehow put various parts of his body in the way of goal-bound shots by Josh Otto, Tyler Tonkin and substitute Luke Johnson, while his fellow defenders increasingly resorted to desperate measures, picking up a series of yellow cards. Liam Andrew also went into the book with ten minutes to go after a clash of heads with Adam King as he keenly contested an inviting corner, the incident requiring prolonged on-pitch attention to his opponent.
And a few minutes later, on 86 minutes, Mousehole’s persistence paid off with a goal of supreme quality. After a clever piece of triangular interplay had created a few millimetres of space on the right-hand edge of the penalty box , William Vouama suddenly swivelled inside on to his left foot and released a fierce drive that was still rising into the far top corner as it sped past the helpless ‘keeper.
Mousehole safely played out the remainder of the game, including five minutes of added time, and even came close to doubling the score when Hoare yet again came to his side’s rescue, tipping over a typical strong shot from Luke Johnson.
So The Seagulls progress to their second Charity Cup Final in three years and will be looking to repeat the memorable events of two years ago when a 5-0 thumping victory over St Dennis at Bodmin Town clinched a historic Cup and League double. This time round, the other finalists are mid-table finishers Wadebridge Town, 3-2 semi-final winners over St Blazey.
The Final is confirmed for Friday 25th May at Penryn FC. Kick Off 7.30pm.
This season’s Charity Cup is in aid of the Invictus Trust, a relatively new Cornwall-based charity set up to provide for local adolescents needing mental health support.
Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jamie Thomson, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Josh Otto, Jake Andrew. Substitutes: Luke Johnson (for Paulo Sousa, 78), Connor Davey, Paul Williams, Louis Graham, Matt McIlroy.
Scorer: William Vouama (86).
Officials: Steve Annis (Referee), Adam Price & Stuart Kane (Assistant Referees), Andrew McKnight (4th Official)
MOUSEHOLE 2-3 SALTASH UNITED
CORNWALL SENIOR CUP FINAL
SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2018
AT BLAISE PARK, ST BLAZEY AFC
Mousehole played a massive part in a highly entertaining and exciting afternoon’s football in front of a near-400 crowd in warm sunny conditions, making light of their lower league status and keeping the game on a knife edge right up to the final whistle.
The Seagulls had never before in their near-100 year history reached the Final of the County’s prestigious competition – let alone the semi-finals – but by contrast The Ashes were looking to put right a record of being five-times beaten finalists in the previous 13 years. Both teams had finished their respective League seasons in fourth place, with Premier Division Saltash standing 20 places above Mousehole in the Peninsula ‘pyramid’.
But Mousehole made the worst possible start to the game in a nervous opening 12 minutes. Sam Farrant did the first damage after just 68 seconds with a lofted shot high into the net from the right side of the box after Ryan Richards had stolen possession in midfield and played a simple ball through. And Saltash’s strong tackling and direct running exposed the left side of Mousehole’s defence again as Sam Hughes broke through unchallenged from the right to slot home for 2-0 on 12 minutes despite the best efforts of Tyler Tonkin on the line.
The Seagulls’ shell-shocked players and large band of supporters were given hope two minutes later by Jake Andrew who in typical fashion was in the right place to head Kevin Lawrence’s left-sided free kick firmly down into the corner of the net for a 2-1 scoreline after just 14 minutes.
Saltash threatened further goals in the 24th minute, Steve Parker-Billinge diving to keep out a close-range drive from Farrant, with Callum O’Brien heading wide from the resulting corner. At the other end goalkeeper Ash Clelland had to be at full stretch to collect another Jake Andrew header from a pinpoint Calum Elliot free kick on 33 minutes, as Mousehole started at last to make an impact on the pattern of play. A couple of minutes before half-time Luke Johnson went off with an injury having given The Ashes’ defence a torrid time.
The Seagulls made a much more assertive start to the second half, Paulo Sousa firing a right-footed shot just wide of the far post after an incisive move in the first minute. Two more half chances came from speedy runs to the byeline by substitute Steven Ziboth operating on the left, with the Saltash defence just managing to scramble the ball away. Kevin Lawrence then drove inches past the post from 20 yards on 56 minutes as The Seagulls pegged their opponents back in their own half.
Mousehole were now enjoying much better ball possession, with Saltash relying on breakaways, feeding the ball quickly through to exploit top scorer Ryan Richards’ clever running. In a two minute spell, Jake Andrew was just unable to place his header for a likely-looking equaliser after a superb five-man passing move and a carefully measured Kevin Lawrence cross after 68 minutes, while Steve Parker-Billinge had to pull off a great save as Richards looked certain to score.
With the next goal likely to prove crucial, Mousehole conceded a third on 78 minutes in the most unfortunate of circumstances. Calum Elliot, off the field for several minutes with a blood injury, was just being waved back on to the field by referee Stuart Kane as Richards gathered a ball over the top in space normally occupied by Elliot and drove a dipping shot into the net from 20 yards for what turned out to be the winner.
To their immense credit, Mousehole stormed back to make it 3-2 in the 82nd minute with a firmly-struck Steven Ziboth penalty following a foul on William Vouama as he jinked in towards goal. The momentum was now with The Seagulls, with the rowdy crowd in fine voice and The Ashes vulnerable-looking defenders resorting to several fouls and yellow cards to break up play. Goalkeeper Clelland came to their rescue with two good saves from Steven Ziboth and from Billy Curtis as the referee rightly added eight minutes of added time in response to Saltash’s time-wasting tactics at set pieces.
At the end, Mousehole had done all they could, being the better footballing side and more committed team for the last hour, while Saltash will have been relieved to hear the referee’s whistle and at last to get their name of the Cup.
The Seagulls have a great chance to make this form count in Wednesday’s Cornwall Charity Cup Semi-Final when they face Liskeard Athletic at Mount Wise, Newquay AFC, kick off 7.30pm. Liskeard finished in 5th place, one place and two points behind Mousehole, after being neck-and-neck at the top for much of the season. The winners will play either St Blazey or Wadebridge Town, whose semi-final is tomorrow, Tuesday, at Sticker AFC, with the date and venue of the Final to be announced in due course.
Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew
Substitutes: Steven Ziboth (for Luke Johnson, 44), Josh Otto (for Jordan Adlard, 82), Connor Davey (for Tyler Tonkin, 86), Yeshe Briar, Paul Williams .
Officials: Stuart Kane (Referee), Kevin Knowles & Robin Tucker (Assistant Referees) and Derek Hughes (4th Official).
ILLOGAN RBL 3-3 MOUSEHOLE
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2018
AT OXLAND PARC
Mousehole dropped two points against bottom side Illogan in a dramatic final few minutes after looking good for the win that would have kept them in the hunt for the League title and promotion.
Unforced defensive mistakes gifted the hosts a useful point to take them off the foot of the table, and at the same time ensured that The Seagulls cannot pick up enough points from their remaining two games to finish top. And as it now stands their only chance of promotion is to finish second behind Ludgvan (who are not promotion applicants), which in turn relies on The Hurlers winning the League, Millbrook losing their last three games, and Liskeard Athletic, Porthleven and Elburton Villa all dropping more points than they gain.
On a cold dark evening with driving rain and a strong wind blowing down the pitch, Mousehole named the same starting line-up as for Saturday’s stirring win over Millbrook, whereas Illogan have had difficulty raising a team recently and on this occasion added players from the reserve and third team to their squad.
Playing with the wind in their favour in the first half, The Seagulls enjoyed periods of sustained possession and created enough chances to have built up a comfortable scoreline. But for all their dominance, it was only 2-0 at the interval, and it turned out to be a too-slender lead in the conditions.
In the 10th minute Kevin Lawrence’s inswinging left-sided corner was headed against the post by Jake Andrew, and a minute later his longer corner from the same spot was headed firmly home by the leaping Liam Andrew to make it 1-0. Lawrence and Jake Andrew with shots and Paulo Sousa with a header all came close to increasing the lead, and in an end-to-end last five minutes of the half, the Illogan goal survived a series of close-range threats, while at the other end Steve Parker-Billinge had to come out sharply to smother a chance, and an unchallenged header from in front of goal went wide. Eventually, and on the stroke of half-time, Jake Andrew doubled the score, just getting above his marker to head home from six yards in a goalmouth scramble.
Early in the second half, Mousehole came close to increasing their lead through Luke Johnson, driving high into the side netting from an angle on 55, and Paulo Sousa, denied by a smart ‘keeper save after the best move of the match on 58. But at only 2-0 down, Illogan started to make the most of the wind and slippery surface, with Steve Parker-Billinge saving from Harry Sargeant following a great driving run from the halfway line, and after Will Vouama had just failed to get on the end of a dangerous low cross by Luke Johnson, a defensive blunder let Illogan back into the match. Parker-Billinge was robbed of the ball as he attempted to shepherd the ball out of play on the edge of the box and only a foul in front of an unattended net from the cross prevented a goal, with Sargeant putting away the penalty on 68 minutes.
Normal service for The Seagulls looked to be resumed three minutes later when substitute Josh Otto coolly sidefooted home when put in the clear after a good but increasingly rare passing movement for 3-1. The youngster had a similar chance a few minutes later but chose to pass instead of shoot and the ball was cleared.
And, perhaps predictably, Illogan stepped up the energy levels in the last ten minutes. The visitors conceded an unnecessary free kick on the right-hand side of their 18-yard area, from which left back Aaron Myers skimmed a low curling shot into the far corner for 3-2 on 83 minutes. The momentum was now with the home side, constantly harrying their opponents in their own half, and as time was running out they profited from sloppiness at the back when Dave Mitchell stole the ball after a too-casual pass out of the box and duly slotted home for 3-3 and a draw which had earlier looked most unlikely. And as with the matches earlier in the season at St Dennis (4-4) and Plymstock United (3-3) when opponents built up a head of steam to overturn winning leads, Mousehole will have been thankful to hear the final whistle.
Mousehole still have a lot to look forward to this season.
Mousehole v Illogan: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew.
Substitutes: Josh Otto (for Jordan Adlard, 33), Ryan Holland (for Paulo Sousa, 70), Connor Davey (for Jake Andrew, 78), Jamie Thomson, Steven Ziboth.
Mousehole – Liam Andrew, 11 (0-1); Jake Andrew 45 (0-2); Josh Otto, 71 (1-3).
Illogan – Harry Sargeant, 68 pen (1-2); Aaron Myers, 83 (2-3); Dave Mitchell, 88 (3-3)
Referee: Marc Rose.
MOUSEHOLE 2-1 MILLBROOK
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC
Mousehole overturned a 1-0 interval deficit with an impressive second half performance to earn a deserved win which keeps them still in contention near the top of the League, and at the same time ended Millbrook’s unbeaten run of 15 League games stretching back to mid-October.
This was The Seagulls’ fourth win in a row under new Player-Manager Calum Elliot, but they had to step up a gear after half-time to prevent Millbrook going home with the win which would have given them a nine point lead over The Seagulls, who have three League fixtures left to play.
Millbrook had managed their recent fixture congestion well, with three wins in the space of five days, but despite Saturday’s defeat they will still finish top if they win their four remaining games, three of which are away.
The visitors started the game strongly, pressing the home side all over the pitch and creating enough chances to have built up a good first-half lead. Steve Parker-Billinge in the Mousehole goal had to punch away a dangerous inswinging corner in the first minute, and in the 9th minute the visitors were awarded a disputed penalty for an alleged foul tackle, but they squandered the gift Ryan Knight’s spot kick rebounded to safety off the left-hand post. Another chance went begging when Jake Foster put the ball over the bar from a long left-wing cross on 17 minutes. But the opening goal did arrive in the 32nd minute, when a right-sided free kick to the far post was headed back across goal and captain Tom Hall, who went upfield from the back for every set piece to add his height, glanced a simple downward header into the corner of the net from eight yards. And with Millbrook in the ascendancy, a swift break down the left ended with a shot over the angle. In the meantime, Mousehole had a couple of attempts on goal but William Vouama found giant ‘keeper Konstantin Andrejenko in defiant form with a couple of blocks.
The second half was a marked contrast, with Mousehole playing with renewed purpose and energy, winning most of the 50/50 balls, retaining possession across the pitch and forcing Millbrook to retreat into defensive formation. The tone was set when Paulo Sousa’s header from Luke Johnson’s cross beat Andrejenko but was hacked off the line on 47 minutes, and two minutes later Johnson’s pass across the six yard line was cleared, as was a searching Tyler Tonkin cross in the next attack. Johnson then shot just over after cutting in from the left, and, on 52 minutes, Jake Andrew’s headed ‘goal’ was disallowed for offside. But The Seagulls’ top scorer was not to be denied in the 57th minute, grabbing the equaliser with a carefully guided header into the far corner from yet another Johnson assist. Scenting another goal against deflated and tiring opponents, Johnson put in an audacious lob from 40 yards out on the touchline that sailed just wide and Will Vouama’s fierce 18-yard free kick was parried wide by Andrejenko.
In an extraordinary incident in the 73rd minute, in virtually the visitors’ only serious attack in the second period, Ryan Knight again wasted a golden opportunity to put Millbrook back in the lead when he scuffed his shot wide from close range after Jake Foster’s mis-hit shot from the right had found him lurking unattended at the far post. At the other end, Millbrook had their goalkeeper to thank with a triple save from close range shots in the 79th minute. But three minutes later, after incessant pressure, Mousehole went into the lead when Luke Johnson finished off a superb move, with Kevin Lawrence and Ryan Holland creating the space on the right for Vouama to curl a measured cross to the far side of the six yard box where Johnson raced in from the left to side-foot home.
Elliot and his men continued to look after the ball and saw the game out sensibly to maintain fifth position among the top six teams, who are now separated by just six points.
Mousehole have recorded wins against all the top sides since December except Elburton Villa (the only side to claim a home and away double over them this season), but their final away match this Tuesday at Illogan (Oxland Parc, TR16 4DQ, kick off 6.45pm) may prove to be an equally difficult assignment. With Illogan having recently replaced season-long bottom club Bude Town at the foot of the table, they will be looking to make headlines by upsetting the form book, and usually give visiting Mousehole teams a tough time.
The Seagulls then return to Trungle Parc for their last-but-one League fixture on Saturday against Plymstock United, who sit in 15th place just above Illogan and Bude. It’s an ideal opportunity for Mousehole to banish memories of a 3-3 draw at Deans Cross at the end of October, when they let slip a three goal lead. Then on Bank Holiday Monday at the earlier kick off time of 2pm, it’s League game 32 out of 32, with the visit of St Blazey who were beaten 5-2 at home by Mousehole three weeks ago.
Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Elliot, Liam Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew.
Substitutes: Ryan Holland (for Jordan Adlard, 75), Jamie Thomson, Connor Davey, Chris Prout, Paul Williams.
Scorers: Millbrook – Tom Hall (32). Mousehole – Jake Andrew (57), Luke Johnson (82).
Referee: Graham Rickard. Attendance: 70.
RNAS CULDROSE RESERVES 1-3 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES
TRELAWNY LEAGUE DIVISION 1
WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL 2018
Already promoted back to the Premier Division after relegation last year, Mousehole Reserves have been sitting on top of Division 1 for most of the season and needed a win to secure their status as League champions.
And on an evening notable for a strong blustery wind – not altogether unexpected at this venue – The Seagulls bagged the necessary three points to give an unassailable lead over Penwith Exiles with one game still to play, but they had to come from behind and work hard to get this win.
It was clear from the start that Culdrose, with nothing to lose, could taste an upset in the air, with the pressure firmly on the visitors. In the early stages little went Mousehole’s way, with Chris Bullock twice and Lee Robinson and Nathan Goodspeed off target. Then, on the break, the hosts took a shock lead, a fine shot from the left just tucking under ‘keeper Jonathan Fitchett.
Mousehole took a while to settle after this, but they then came close on several occasions with shots from Chris Bullock and Nathan Goodspeed, a free kick from captain Joe Davies that just clipped the crossbar, and a penalty shout when Michael Fitchett was brought down in the area.
A change of formation followed, with Michael Fitchett brought into a more central position to take advantage of his height and JJ Simmonds going out wide to the left wing. And it soon paid dividends when Fitchett won a cross and flicked it on to Goodspeed for a solid strike under the Culdrose keeper into the net for an equaliser and a massive feeling of relief.
In the second half the wind caused difficulty for both sides, although Mousehole seemed to adapt better, with the back four again impressive. It was not long before a break on the right wing found JJ Simmonds combining with Louis Main whose fine effort sailed into the Culdrose net for a 2-1 lead. And the champions-elect made it 3-1 a few minutes later after Fitchett’s darting run into the penalty box was halted illegally, with Chris Bullock converting the spot kick.
But Culdrose came back, only to shoot wide of the right-hand upright from a penalty of their own, then forcing Jonathan Fitchett into a finger-tip save, and setting up a tense final ten minutes before the celebrations could begin.
A key aspect of the Mousehole performance was again a tremendous team spirt, with every individual working for each other in true ‘Flying All Together’ fashion. Player-Manager Harry Tonkin led from the touchline for the second game in a row and his mentoring and encouragement, ably supported by assistant Mark Trevail, was a major feature, as it has been throughout the season.
The Squad: Jonathan Fitchett, Joe Davies (captain) Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Matthew Howes, Tom Hooper, Nathan Goodspeed, Caleb Marsden, Lee Robinson, Josh Storey, Louis Main, Jamie Robinson.
Mousehole Reserves’ last fixture of the season is this Saturday, 28th April, away at Hayle Reserves (2.30pm), who are currently in third place. The Seagulls will be looking to maintain their superb record of 16 wins and only one defeat from 19 games so far, the Division’s highest scoring team (73 goals) and the meanest defence (15).
THREEMILESTONE 1-6 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES
TRELAWNY LEAGUE DIVISION 1
MONDAY 23RD APRIL 2018, AT BOSCAWEN PARK
Already-promoted League leaders Mousehole Reserves travelled east to Truro for the second of their season-ending schedule of four away games in a week, and picked up another win in a fine performance characterised by huge team spirit with everyone playing their full part to earn the “FlyingAllTogether” accolade.
On a grey and overcast evening the rain held off until the closing stages of the match, as The Seagulls followed up Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 success at fourth-place Rosudgeon with a comprehensive win over the fifth-place Malpas-based side, to take them to within just three points of the title.
On this occasion, Player-Manager Harry Tonkin played a highly influential role from the touchline and while leaving all the hard work on the pitch to the younger players, none of them let him down and suggested there may be competition for his place!
Not long after kick-off, Mousehole had their first serious attack on the TMS goal, with Nathan Goodspeed’s shot going just wide of the upright. Shortly afterwards a brilliant cross by Michael Fitchett on the left wing found Lee Robinson on the right, who went past a defender to open the scoring.
TMS mounted attacking moves of their own, but a combination of solid defence work – with the back four of Matt Howes, Josh Storey, Tom McGarry and Joe Davies in impressive form – and a very determined mid-field ‘engine room’ keeping them at bay as was the case throughout the majority of the 90 minutes. The hosts did manage to put the ball in the net but the effort was disallowed by the referee for a foul.
Good work by Chris Bullock found JJ Simmonds in open space and the resulting shot doubled The Seagulls’ lead. Further good work from JJ returned the favour and Chris Bullock netted for a 3-0 advantage at the interval.
The second half started with another JJ/Bullock combination with the striker on target for goal number 4.
Louis Main who did some sterling work along the right wing throughout the game was replaced by Jamie Simons, quickly followed by Lee Robinson for Tom Patrick and Matt Howes for Tom Hooper. The momentum continued with another stunning pass from Fitchett on the left wing finding Goodspeed running on, who was then tumbled over in the TMS penalty box for a penalty. Chris Bullock stepped up for his hat-trick, the TMS ‘keeper made a great save, and Bullock was quick off the mark to net the loose ball for 5-0.
Nathan Goodspeed then found the net with a stunning shot from outside the box for goal number 6 to complete Mousehole’s scoring and give their goal difference a healthy boost.
Finally, TMS got a consolation goal when they were awarded a free kick just outside The Seagulls’ box and the resulting shot was deflected into the net off a defender leaving ‘keeper Jonathan Fitchett stranded.
So, it’s ‘full steam ahead’ for Mousehole Reserves with two games left to complete a superb season consisting so far of 15 wins from 18 games, two draws, one defeat, 70 goals scored and only 14 conceded. They are at third-from-bottom RNAS Culdrose on Wednesday evening (6.30pm), and then at third-from-top Hayle on Saturday (2.30pm).
The Seagulls are currently 8 points ahead of Penwith Exiles who have three games left, so one win will give them an unassailable lead and ensure they are promoted as champions in their first season since relegation from the Premier Division.
Squad: Jonathan Fitchett, Joe Davies (captain), Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Matthew Howes, Tom Hooper, Nathan Goodspeed, Caleb Marsden, Lee Robinson, Josh Storey, Louis Main.
ROSUDGEON 0-1 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES
TRELAWNY LEAGUE DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
Table-topping Mousehole Reserves – already guaranteed promotion to the Premier Division – came away with all the points in a hard-fought game at fourth-place Rosudgeon, to leave them five points clear of Penwith Exiles with each side having a similar goal difference and three matches remaining. The Seagulls’ three games are all away in the space of a week – at Threemilestone this evening (Monday), RNAS Culdrose on Wednesday and Hayle on Saturday (28th) – and two wins will see them clear of The Exiles’ maximum points total.
The previous encounter with Rosudgeon earlier in the season resulted in a 2-2 draw, so Saturday’s return match was always likely to be a close contest. And so it proved. In ideal weather but with a brisk wind, the hosts were very much looking to upset Mousehole’s status as league leaders from the outset, and some tough battles were fought in midfield and defence. In a close but score-less first half, shots on the Rosudgeon goal came from JJ Simmonds, Lee Robinson and Chris Bullock, while at the other end the home side almost broke the ice from a corner, a goal line clearance by Matt Howes keeping the scores level at the interval.
The second half continued in a very similar manner, with the Rosudgeon defence remaining extremely solid and a creating a degree of frustration in The Seagulls’ ranks. Mousehole keeper Jonathan Fitchett was required to make a superb save, tipping the ball past the post from a wicked cross which evaded everybody and looked destined for the net. However, the vital breakthrough came at the other end as midfielder Nathan Goodspeed was brought down on the edge of the Rosudgeon penalty box and Lee Robinson scored with the resultant free kick.
Rosudgeon’s response was immediate, with Fitchett again making a series of fine saves, but the turning point came when a quickly-taken free kick on the edge of the Mousehole penalty box found the back of the net, but the referee disallowed the goal as the kick had been taken before his whistle, much to the home side’s annoyance. During a goalmouth scramble at the other end Michael Fitchett’s shot was deflected against the upright and the rebound gave him a second chance with his left foot which he just put wide.
All in all, a hard-working performance by The Seagulls and a vital three points against a resilient Rosudgeon side.
Mousehole Reserves: Jonathan Fitchett, Joe Davies (captain), Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Matthew Howes, Tom Hooper, Nathan Goodspeed, Caleb Marsden, Lee Robinson, Josh Storey, Louis Main.
MOUSEHOLE 2-0 BUDE TOWN
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 21ST APRIL 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC
After wins on Monday at St Blazey and at home on Wednesday against Ludgvan, Mousehole were rewarded for their patience with two late goals and three vital points to stay near the top of the table against bottom side Bude Town on a hot sunny afternoon at Trungle Parc.
The visitors proved to be stubborn opponents who set out to stifle Mousehole’s progressive play in the final third of the pitch while offering no attacking threat of their own. However, they showed enough determination to suggest that their upturn during the second half of the season – with five wins from 11 matches, including over title-chasing Ludgvan and St Dennis, to catch up with the sides above them – might overcome their barren start to the season with 13 defeats in the first 14 games. And even more to their credit, they made their longest journey of the season with just enough players for the 11 spaces on the team sheet, when it might have been easy to forfeit the fixture.
Mousehole fielded the same starting X1 as for the Ludgvan game and proceeded to dominate possession and create chances. Luke Johnson had a goalbound volley cleared off the line on 12 minutes, William Vouama drove just past the post from 20 yards after a surging run on 20, another Johnson drive hit the post and zipped along the goal-line on 37, Ryan Holland was just too high with an 18-yard drive on 40, and Calum Elliot’s 30-yarder was parried by Gary Dinshaw in goal with Holland turning the loose ball over from 8 yards on the stroke of half-time.
The second period played out in the same manner. In the space of seven minutes Dinshaw kept his under-pressure side in the game with two diving saves from Paulo Sousa and a block from William Vouama, but was nearly beaten by his own defender when Sousa’s cross was deflected into the side netting. However, the long-awaited goal arrived in the 79th minute, Jake Andrew continuing his impressive scoring form by converting Luke Johnson’s low cross with a left-footed scoop into the roof of the net from 6 yards. Johnson himself guaranteed the three points in the 90th minute when his volley on the far side of the 6-yard box from Kevin Lawrence’s left-sided corner was too strong for Dinshaw.
Mousehole have four League games left of which three are at home. They now have a week before the first of these, against Millbrook next Saturday at Trungle Parc (3pm), with the result potentially having a decisive impact on the top positions in the Division. Millbrook – who have lost only three league games so far – would on paper be the champions if they won their games in hand, but they still have a congested fixture list with eight games to play in 15 days, including on Monday at Wadebridge and at home against Dobwalls on Wednesday.
Mousehole v Bude Town: Steve Parker-Billinge, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Josh Otto, Kevin Lawrence, Ryan Holland, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew. Substitutes: Steven Ziboth (for Ryan Holland, 60), Jordan Adlard (for Steven Ziboth, 79), Jamie Thomson, Paul Williams, Chris Prout.
Scorers: Jake Andrew (79), Luke Johnson (90).
Referee: Martin Ault. Attendance: 74.
MOUSEHOLE 2-0 LUDGVAN
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL 2018
AT TRUNGLE PARC
Mousehole gained swift revenge for their 1-0 defeat at Ludgvan on Saturday with a more-comfortable-than-expected 2-0 win over The Hurlers in the return fixture, and in so doing moved up to fourth place among a pack of eight teams all vying for the League title.
Both teams fielded changed sides from Saturday’s encounter and both had been in League action only 48 hours previously. But whereas Ludgvan had suffered a 2-1 defeat at St Dennis on Monday evening, Mousehole were buoyed by a superb 5-2 victory at fellow challengers St Blazey on the same night. And The Seagulls’ game plan worked to perfection in the circumstances, an attack-minded first half delivering two goals, and a second period of patient possession football causing the visitors to chase the game in vain.
In front of another 100+ crowd on a bright sunny evening, Ludgvan were forced on to the back foot from the first whistle, goalkeeper Mikey Davies making an alert diving save on 8 minutes and a couple of dangerous crosses from the right fizzing across goal. Ryan Holland fired over from 15 yards on the end of a penetrating move on 21 minutes, but Luke Johnson deservedly put Mousehole ahead a minute later with a fierce lofted drive into the roof of the net from the right hand side of the 18-yard line.
Captain Billy Curtis came up from the back to double Mousehole’s lead with a rare goal on 34 minutes, heading home Ryan Holland’s inswinging right-sided corner at the near post – his second goal of the season, the first being also against Ludgvan in the 3-2 League Cup tie win at Fairfield on 16th September.
Flores made another good save from Luke Johnson’s shot in the 37th minute and Jake Andrew was just over with a close-range chance from Paulo Sousa’s left-wing cross, but after showing very little attacking threat Ludgvan sprung into life in the last few minutes of the half. Wade Brown’s goalbound header from Dan Magee’s cross was kept out at full stretch by Steve Parker-Billinge in the home goal, Max Davies headed wide from the resulting corner, and Ross Duncan got on the end of another Magee free-kick but headed the ball the wrong way with Steve Parker-Billinge in no man’s land.
The expected Ludgvan blitz on the Mousehole goal failed to materialise in the second period, their only sight of goal coming when Wade Brown hooked over a difficult half chance from a corner. The hosts were content to conserve energy by stroking the ball around the whole of the pitch, but still managed to create a good chance near the end when Paulo Sousa worked his way through but Flores’ block prevented a third goal.
Mousehole have five League fixtures remaining, of which four are at home. They face bottom side Bude Town on Saturday (21st) at Trungle Parc with a 3pm kick off, before a potentially decisive fixture at home a week later against rivals Millbrook, who so far this season have dropped the fewest League points and are the title favourites – on paper, at least.
During that same period Ludgvan have five fixtures to complete as they play ‘catch-up’ after earlier postponements, with home games on Saturday (Plymouth Marjon), Sunday (Dobwalls) and Tuesday (Penzance), followed by away games on Thursday (Elburton Villa) and Saturday (Liskeard Athletic).
Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Liam Andrew, Josh Otto, Kevin Lawrence, Ryan Holland, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew. Substitutes: Steven Ziboth (for Ryan Holland, 61), Jamie Thomson (for Calum Elliot, 71), Tyler Tonkin, Paul Williams
Scorers: Luke Johnson (22), Billy Curtis (34).
Referee: Derek Hughes. Attendance: 116