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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)



Andy Elcock (60), Hayden Turner (86)




Mousehole had beaten Porthleven 3-0 at Trungle Parc in the second match of the season with goals by Kieran Toland, Steve Burt and Paulo Sousa, but Porthleven are in good form having won three and drawn one in their last four matches.

Jake Ash’s starting line-up shows youngster Josh Otto paired with Mark Richards at centre back, and Amara Bakayoko and Kieran Toland missing through injury.

2 minutes – close for Mousehole:  Porthleven ‘keeper Martyn Webster smothers Hayden Turner’s dangerous low cross from the right

5 minutes – close again:  Webster parries Hayden Turner’s fierce drive from 15 yards and the loose ball is cleared to safety

12 minutes – closest yet:  Paulo Sousa and Tallan Mitchell skilfully carve out a shooting chance on the left hand angle of the box for Kian Burns but his right-footed drive swerves just past the far post

25 minutes – even closer:  Kian Burns races on to a through ball, rounds Webster and rolls a shot along the goal line from a very tight angle

31 minutes – another chance:  Hayden Turner fires over the bar after another slick passing movement inside the penalty area

33 minutes – once more!  Tallan Mitchell scampers through and Webster blocks the one-on-one effort

35 minutes – three chances in one move:  Tallan Mitchell’s cross shot is pushed out at full stretch by the busy Webster and two follow-up shots are blocked bravely in front of goal

38 minutes – again:  Kian Burns’ pace takes him through with a straight run on goal, but the last defender takes both man and ball 25 yards out.  Referee Hunnisett awards a free kick, but strangely Porthleven’s Ross Duncan protests and is promptly sin-binned for the rest of the half.  Surely this is now a great time to get that expected  goal against the ten men?

40 minutes – nearly there:  Andy Elcock latches on to a partially-cleared corner and drives just wide from 18 yards

43 minutes – clearest chance yet:  Josh Magin’s low cross finds Hayden Turner free in front of goal just six yards out, but despite excellent control and a quick turn The Seagulls’ top scorer hits the outside of the post

Half-time score 0-0:  The home supporters can scarcely believe the scoreline.  The pattern of play resembles an exhibition match.  Mousehole have had enough scoring chances to make the second half a formality.  Will Porthleven come out with a renewed sense of purpose and make Mousehole pay?

51 minutes – the second half is continuing in the same manner:  Josh Magin makes some space for himself and shoots just over from 20 yards

60 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  It’s taken an hour, but Mousehole take a deserved lead at long last!  ANDY ELCOCK scores his first goal for the club, running in with perfect timing to scoop in from 10 yards, as Tallan Mitchell’s quick-thinking short free-kick by the corner flag releases Josh Magin to drive the ball low the ball into the middle

66 minutes – nearly a second:  Paulo Sousa dribbles in from the left but stumbles when well placed

67 minutes – Porthleven shot:  Cory Harvey’s first save of the match, an easy catch from Jamie Thomson’s 25-yarder

70 minutes – close for Mousehole:  Kian Burns’ low free kick from 25 yards zips wide

20 minutes to go:  Will one goal be enough?

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

72 minutes – close to No.2:  Steve Burt rounds off a sparkling defence-splitting move with an 18 yard shot well kept out by keeper Webster

75 minutes – very close:  Hayden Turner takes the ball round Webster but fires wide under pressure

Porthleven are noticeably playing further forward as they sense they might get something out of the game after all

77 minutes – another near miss for Mousehole:  Jude Boyd bursts forward to drive past the angle from 25 yards

86 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  With the Mousehole bench loudly telling the players to “Keep the ball”, Jude Boyd surprises everybody by turning, running and driving at goal from 20 yards.  Webster goes full length to divert the low shot but the alert HAYDEN TURNER this time makes no mistake, slotting in from close range for his 11th goal of the season.

87 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Josh Magin is replaced by Max Gilbert on the right-hand side of the attack

90+4 minutes – full time: a second consecutive ‘local derby’ 2-0 away win, a 100% away record in the league, and the sixth ‘clean sheet’ in this season’s opening nine games.

The Seagulls’ third win in a week takes them to within one point of the top of the table, with a game in hand over leaders Camelford and Dobwalls, and a far superior goal difference.  The top of the table will become clearer in the next week, with Camelford facing Dobwalls on Tuesday, and Mousehole travelling to Dobwalls on Saturday. 

In the meantime, a home match for Mousehole comes this Tuesday (13th) when Godolphin Atlantic are the visitors to Trungle Parc for a 7.30pm kick off.   The league’s bottom-placed team have had a difficult start to the season, with just one point from their opening nine games and 40 goals conceded.

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

Substituted players:  Kian Burns (Jude Boyd, 71), Josh Magin (Max Gilbert, 86)

Other substitutes:  Jamie Devine, Tom Hands, Jake Ash

Officials: Neil Hunnisett (Referee), with Dave Dodson & Neil Pitt (Assistants)

Forthcoming fixtures:

  • This Tuesday, 13th October, HOME v Godolphin Atlantic, 7.30pm
  • 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

*Mousehole have been drawn at home against Perranwell in the third round of the Cornwall Senior Cup, to be played on Saturday 7th November (kick off 2pm).  ‘The Well’ are currently in a mid-table position in the St Piran League West, the same level as Mousehole Development Team.






Mousehole’s two early second-half goals at lowly Wendron United were enough to pocket the three points and consolidate their position among the leading pack in the league table

How it happened – the key moments:

At kick off, Manager Jake Ash has made three changes in the starting line-up compared with Saturday’s hard-fought win over Bodmin Town, with a new centre-back pairing of youngsters Josh Otto and Tom Hands, and Andy Elcock replacing the injured Kieran Toland.

11 minutes – close for Mousehole:  a typical dash down the left wing by Amara Bakayoko ends with a low cross which Hayden Turner touches over the bar from inside the box

26 minutes – close for Mousehole:  the same combination again, this time Hayden Turner firing wide

33 minutes – close again:  Andy Elcock bursts forward from his defensive midfield duties but shoots wide from 20 yards

40 minutes – some over-exuberant tackling as the hosts look to nullify Mousehole’s midfield control

45+5 minutes – closest yet for Mousehole:  Tallan Mitchell’s surges forward from midfield but his shot from 25 yards is matched by keeper Adam Peters who saves under the bar

Half-time score 0-0:  a rare blank sheet for The Seagulls as they have not yet found a way to convert their clear superiority into goals

55 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole: the anticipated breakthrough comes as HAYDEN TURNER races through on the left to find Tallan Mitchell on the right of the penalty area, whose driven cross-shot is headed into the top corner by The Seagulls’ leading scorer

59 minutes – close for Wendron:  Tom Hands makes a great tackle to bring to a halt a threatening move inside the box

60 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Andy Elcock is replaced by Max Gilbert

62 minutes – GOAL for Mousehole:  It’s 2-0 and a second for HAYDEN TURNER, with a quick shift on to his right foot left of centre on the edge of the box, and a neat curler low inside the far post for his 10th goal of the season

68 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Tallan Mitchell is replaced by Kian Burns

75 minutes – close or Mousehole:  Max Gilbert shows his shooting qualities with a swerving 25-yard free-kick just past the post

77 minutes – final Mousehole substitute:  Josh Magin is replaced by Jude Boyd

80 minutes:  Mousehole are now one short as Amara Bakayoko limps off, with all three substitutes already used

85 minutes:  The Seagulls have been in control and untroubled until now, but The Goats are beginning to have more of the ball as they sense an opportunity to get back into the game against the ten men

88-90 minutes – Wendron efforts:  a right-wing cross and two long-range shots come to nothing as Mousehole see the game out

90+4 minutes – Full time:  Wendron United 0-2 Mousehole

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Josh Otto, Tom Hands, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Andy Elcock*, Tallan Mitchell*, Josh Magin*, Hayden Turner, Amara Bakayoko

*Players substituted:  Andy Elcock (by Max Gilbert), Tallan Mitchell (by Kian Burns), Josh Magin (by Jude Boyd).

Other substitutes:  Mark Richards, Charlie Willis

Officials: Shaun Edge (Referee), with Kevin Knowles & Toby Murfin (Assistants)

A competent performance notable for the strength-in-depth of the squad and of course the three points, which makes it six wins from seven league games and an impressive 26 goals scored with only four conceded, including four ‘clean sheets’. 

Attention now turns to the visit to Gala Parc on Saturday to face a Porthleven side that has recovered from a poor start to the season – including a 3-0 defeat to Mousehole at Trungle Parc – with three wins and a draw from their last four league games.

October fixtures:

Saturday 10th, 3pm, Away v Porthleven

Tuesday 13th, 7.30pm, HOME v Godolphin Atlantic

Saturday 17th, 3pm, Away v Dobwalls

Saturday 24th, 3pm, HOME v Wadebridge Town

Wednesday 28th, 7.30pm, Away v Newquay

Saturday 31st, 3pm, Away v Liskeard Athletic.



(Amara Bakayoko, Hayden Turner)




Football was the winner at a windswept Trungle Parc as Mousehole showed great character to resist Bodmin’s tactics and execute their own game plan to record a third consecutive success against the League’s most trophy-laden club.

How it happened – the key moments:

5 minutes:  Close for Mousehole – Amara Bakayoko, back after  three-week injury lay-off, fires a fierce angled shot from the left just past the far post

9 minutes:  Close for Bodmin – Chris Reski’s goalbound shot from 15 yards is blocked for  corner.  The corner is marginally too high for the two onrushing central defenders closing in on goal

10 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole – Amara Bakayoko is back on the goal trail, beating the offside trap through the middle to drive the ball left-footed inside the post

11 minutes:  GOAL for Bodmin – The visitors are gifted an immediate equaliser as Martin Watts’ characteristic left-footed free kick from 25 yards is driven straight at Cory Harvey, but the Seagulls’ keeper lets the ball bounce off his chest and Stuart Bowker heads in an easy chance from close range

15 minutes:  Close for Mousehole – Amara Bakayoko’s back-heel is cleared off the line after Hayden Turner opens up the defence with  a great run and cross on the right

24 minutes:  Close for Bodmin – Cory Harvey makes amends for his earlier lapse by grasping a header destined for the top corner

25 minutes:  Close for Mousehole – Mark Richards brings the ball forward at speed from the back and releases Hayden Turner, but the striker fires wide of the near post

32 minutes:  Close for Mousehole – Hayden Turner scoops over from six yards as Tallan Mitchell creates the chance from the byeline on the left

45 minutes:  Close for Bodmin – Dan Jennings’ pace gives him a half-chance but he shoots wide of the far post

Half-time: Mousehole 1-1 Bodmin.  The wind is causing passes to be over-hit.  Mousehole have more of the ball and look more likely to score, but Bodmin are determined to break up the play, with ever-increasing fouls, dissent and yellow cards.

52 minutes:  close for Mousehole – keeper Ollie Chenoweth makes an alert save at the far post from Amara Bakayoko’s low cross

57minutes:  Mousehole again close – Amara Bakayoko outpaces the defence from the halfway line but shoots wide from 15 yards

60 minutes:  Mousehole substitute:  Steve Burt is replaced in midfield by Andy Elcock

Little is seen of Bodmin as an attacking force, but the tackles are certainly hotting up.  Mousehole are continuing to play their passing brand of football and are now dominating.

63 minutes:  Close for Mousehole – Kieran Toland is fractionally wide with a low 20-yard drive

66 minutes:  Close again – Josh Magin dispossesses last-man Watts but his first-time shot goes past the post

67 minutes:  Closer still – Andy Elcock hits the top of the crossbar from 18 yards after a perfect lay-off by Kieran Toland

68 minutes:  GOAL for Mousehole – Hayden Turner starts and finishes a thrilling passage of play, bursting clear on the right to put in a low cross, with Tallan Mitchell and Josh Magin both having shots cleared off the line.  The ball is recycled on the left hand side where Amara Bakayoko’s pin-point cross is met with a superb leap and header from 8 yards by The Seagulls’ top-scorer.  The hugely-celebrated goal is a merited reward for Mousehole’s refusal to be knocked out of their stride.

80 minutes:  Close for Mousehole – Kieran Toland nearly gets the third goal but keeper Chenoweth does well with the block

82 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Tallan Mitchell is replaced in midfield by Max Gilbert

85 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Josh Magin is replaced by Kian Burns

90+5:  Full time:  Mousehole 2-1 Bodmin Town.  A niggly game is finally over, with Mousehole glad to get the three points after home defeat to Saltash the previous week, but also taking great credit for the performance in difficult circumstances.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt*, Tallan Mitchell*, Kieran Toland, Josh Magin*, Hayden Turner, Amara Bakayoko

*Substituted players:  Steve Burt (by Andy Elcock), Tallan Mitchell (by Max Gilbert), Josh Magin (by Kian Burns)

Other substitutes:  Josh Otto, Jude Boyd

Officials:  Scott McKenzie (Referee), with Mark Hosking & Liam Mankee (Assistants)

Attendance: 143

Mousehole are now in 5th place with games in hand over those above.  They now face two away ‘local derby’ games:  firstly, against 16th place Wendron United (this Tuesday), who lost 4-1 in their last match to previously win-less bottom club Launceston; and then Porthleven (this Saturday), who are beginning to pick up form after a slow start to the season, including a 3-0 loss to The Seagulls a month ago.  Then follows a home match on Tuesday 13th against lowly Godolphin Atlantic, who currently have only one point from their first eight games.

Remaining October fixtures (2 Home, 5 Away):

Tuesday 6th October, 7.30pm, Away v Wendron United

Saturday 10th October, 3pm, Away v Porthleven

Tuesday 13th October, 7.30pm, HOME v Godolphin Atlantic

Saturday 17th October, 3pm, Away v Dobwalls

Saturday 24th October, 3pm, HOME v Wadebridge Town

Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm: Away v Newquay

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

Leading Goalscorers:

8 Hayden Turner

5 Amara Bakayoko, Tallan Mitchell

4 Kieran Toland

Total goals: 26 for, 4 against

Home Attendance

4 matches:  highest 158, lowest 138, average 146 (excludes the 223 at abandoned game v Helston)






Mousehole’s maximum-points start to the season came to an end as they were edged out in a hard-fought encounter against arguably the best team they have faced so far.  The Seagulls had convincingly won all four of their League matches with an aggregate score of 23 goals against one, but The Ashes had won six of their opening seven games, including three FA Cup victories against higher-league opposition.

How it happened – the key moments:

12 minutes – Close for Mousehole:  Josh Magin fashions a chance for himself with a run from the right, but having brought the ball on to his left foot and with only keeper Ryan Rickard to beat, the wingman fires over the bar from 8 yards

39 minutes – GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE:  KIERAN TOLAND (sponsored by RDR Estates) runs across the defence line to touch home Josh Magin’s perfect low cross to the near post for a lead they have worked really hard for.

41 minutes – Close for Mousehole:  Hayden Turner just loses out in a one-on-one race with keeper Rickard

45+3 minutes – GOAL FOR SALTASH:  With seconds remaining, Mousehole squander their lead, an unforced error on halfway giving the visitors the chance to counter-attack with an immediate ball down the right and a quick inside pass leaving BEN HOLTER free on six yards, and his shot squirms under Corey Harvey for an equaliser: their only threat in the first half and a potential psychological advantage at the interval.

Half-time score:  1-1

47 minutes – close for Saltash:  Sam Farrant’s angled shot skims along the goal-line and millimetres wide.

50 minutes – close again for Saltash:  The visitors are making a strong start to the second half.  Cory Harvey just about keeps out Reece Thomson’s effort and the resulting corner flashes past the far post, needing only a touch from the Ashes’ big defenders.

59 minutes – GOAL FOR SALTASH:  REECE THOMSON gives the visitors a 2-1 lead, turning his marker easily on the edge of the box and firing a right-footer low into the corner past Cory Harvey’s dive, a goal that had been looking likely since the resumption.

62 minutes – Two Mousehole substitutions:  Josh Magin replaced by Kian Burns, and Jude Boyd by new signing Max Gilbert

66 minutes – Close for Saltash:  Reece Tomson loses out to Cory Harvey in a one-on-one chase

71 minutes – Mousehole substitute:  Steve Burt is replaced by Paulo Sousa

75 minutes – Pattern of play:  Saltash are resolutely defending their lead with a five-man back line and energetic tracking-back, denying Mousehole space in the final third;  The Seagulls are being forced to play across the pitch; keeper Rickard is being well protected and has nothing serious to deal with.

87 minutes – Chance for Mousehole:  patient play on the left gives Paulo Sousa a clear sight of goal but he scuffs wide from 10 yards with his usually reliable left foot

90+4 – Full-time whistle and Saltash celebrate their 2-1 win with obvious delight.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Josh Otto, Steve Burt*, Tallan Mitchell, Kieran Toland, Josh Magin*, Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd*.

*Players substituted: Steve Burt by Paulo Sousa, Josh Magin by Kian Burns, and Jude Boyd by Max Gilbert

Unused substitutes:  Tom Hands, Dom Angove (GK) 

Officials:  Matthew Carney (Referee), with Darren Winkworth & Derek Hughes (Assistants)

Attendance: 138

Mousehole are in 4th place in the early League table, and will be looking to get back on track this Saturday (3rd October) with the visit of Bodmin Town (3pm), who face bottom club Launceston at home on Wednesday.  Newquay, Saltash and new leaders Camelford are now the only unbeaten teams, with the latter two facing each other in midweek before The Ashes’ home FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie against Southern League Sholing on Saturday.

Forthcoming fixtures:

This Saturday, 3rd October: HOME v Bodmin Town 3pm

Tuesday 6th October: Away v Wendron United 7.30pm

Saturday 10th October: Away  v Porthleven 3pm

Tuesday 13th October:  HOME v Godolphin Atlantic 7.30pm.