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Mousehole vs Camelford Match Report





Mousehole’s first home match at the highest playing level in the club’s history resulted in a hard-fought win and continued their impressive start to the new season with seven points out of nine and second place in the early league table.

But on a perfectly manicured surface Jake Ash’s team found it tough going against the well-organised visitors, and had to step up their game in the second half after trailing by a goal to nil at the interval.

The match was preceded by a respectfully observed minute’s silence in honour of Bill Pearce, a familiar face to many who traveled to RNAS Culdrose in the Combination League days, who died on Friday.

Mousehole were on top in the opening exchanges, coming close three times inside the first seven minutes, keeper Luke Gwillam parrying Kieran Toland’s fierce drive from 18 yards, Amara Bakayoko just unable to reach Steven Ziboth’s cross in front of goal, and Gerens James volleying wide from the same player.

The action continued with Camelford almost snatching the lead with a shot wide of the far post after the hosts had given the ball away in defence, while immediately afterwards James’ header came back off the bar.  Ziboth then had a shot hacked off the line and Seagulls keeper Corey Harvey punched away a dangerous inswinging free kick.

Both sides were trying to play out from the back but Mousehole were looking the more threatening with range of attacking angles, none more so than when Kieran Toland broke through from behind the offside trap with a now-familiar forward run in the 36th minute, only to shoot high and wide when a goal looked certain.

The miss looked particularly costly when Camelford took the lead three minutes later, centre back Leighton Carhart side-footing into the corner from 10 yards out when a long throw from near the corner flag was nodded on.  And after another three minutes it could have been a second goal when Josh Insley burst through on goal with the advancing Harvey winning the one-on-one battle with his feet.

The half-time team talk had an immediate effect as Mousehole completely dominaed the opening quarter-hour with quicker passing and more direct running.  Ziboth forced Gwillam to tip over a 20-yard drive on 51 minutes, and then followed two goals in a devastating four minute spell that completely changed the complexion of the match.  On 57, Kieran Toland took the ball in from the right after some defence-splitting passing and from a narrow angle found the far corner with a low drive for the equaliser. 

Two minutes later the same player had a ‘goal’ disallowed after Bakayoko had crossed from marginally outside the byeline, but The Seagulls were now in full flow and Amara Bakayoko scored a second with a thumping left-footed shot after a short corner had set him up to turn his marker at pace on the edge of the box.

Kieran Toland appeared to have made the game safe with his second goal in the 77th minute as his shot arrowed into the top corner from 20 yards after a Ziboth assist, but last week’s hat-trick scorer was denied another treble after being withdrawn injured five minutes later. 

Ed Harrison brought an unrealistic look to the scoreline and the balance of play with a 25-yard attempt on goal that bounced and swerved past Harvey in the 89th minute to make it 3-2.

Mousehole will be more pleased with the points than the performance, and will need to be at their best throughout the match when they travel the short distance to face Porthleven for their fourth league fixture of the season this Wednesday (21st August, kick off 7.30pm).  Port’s three matches so far have resulted in one win (4-1 at Wadebridge Town), one draw (2-2 at home to Dobwalls on the opening Saturday) and one defeat (2-0 at St Austell last Saturday).

Mousehole:  Corey Harvey, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Paulo Sousa, Lez Cela, Steve Burt, Kieran Toland, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Lukas Corner (for Kieran Toland 82), Jamie Devine, Ben Harding, Jake Ash.

Mousehole scorers:  Kieran Toland (51, 77), Amara Bakayoko (61).

Referee: Marc Rose.        Attendance: 76.

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match report bodmin vs mousehole august 2019






Anyone who doubted that newly-promoted Mousehole could hold their own against Cornwall’s long-established ‘big guns’ will now have to think again, after a comprehensive win at the home of Bodmin Town, the region’s biggest trophy winners in recent times.

Results after a tough opening two fixtures in four days, a draw at Falmouth Town followed by this win, give The Seagulls an excellent platform for the season and justify the club’s footballing philosophy, based on passing, possession and patience.

Manager Jake Ash, returning to the club where he finished his illustrious playing career a few months ago, selected the same starting eleven as in the 0-0 draw at Falmouth on Wednesday evening, except for last season’s top scorer Gerens James replacing Lukas Corner.

But it was Kieran Toland who this time grabbed the goal-scoring headlines with a hat-trick, having put Mousehole into a 2-0 lead within the first 13 minutes.  The first came after 10 minutes when a short corner routine enabled Reece Mitchell to cross into the middle, where Toland latched on to the knock-down to net from six yards.  Three minutes later the same player’s run from deep easily beat the offside trap to take the ball round the keeper and into an empty net.

The remainder of the first half saw chances at both ends, with Mousehole controlling most of the play and creating openings to no avail, while Bodmin relied on the occasional quick break from midfield.

The Seagulls came close to settling the game early in the second period, but Bodmin were handed an unlikely lifeline in the 63rd minute when a jostle on the edge of the box was deemed to be worthy of a penalty, but Max Gilbert wasted the gift by sending his spot kick wide via the outside of the post. 

The home side nevertheless piled on the pressure and came close twice a few minutes later, while at the other end Lez Cela, Gerens James and Amara Bakayoko all might have extended the lead. 

Inside the last ten minutes, an unsavoury but unpunished off-the-ball incident by Jordan Trott on Bakayoko unsettled the visitors’ composure, and with centre back Nathan Summers now deployed up front Corey Harvey had to make a great double-save to prevent the hosts getting back into the match. 

Finally, Kieran Toland brought relief with his hat-trick goal in the 86th minute , slotting in from a pull-back by Bakayoko whose electric pace on the right had created the opening.  And in the 89th minute, Bodmin got on the scoresheet when Lance Bailey drove a low shot into the far corner from 15 yards.

Mousehole and their great band of supporters will consider that their overall performance deserved a much greater margin of victory, while Bodmin may be wondering what might have happened if they had converted the chances that came their way.

Next Saturday, 17th August, sees a momentous occasion for Mousehole when they play their first home match at the highest-ever level in the club’s history with the visit to Trungle Parc of Camelford (kick off 3pm).  The Camels, who are in their 8th season after promotion to the Premier Division, open their campaign with a home game against Godolphin on Tuesday.

Mousehole:  Corey Harvey (GK), Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Ben Harding, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Lez Cela, Kieron Toland, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Reece Mitchell

Substitutes:  Ben Williams (for Reece Mitchell, 64), Steven Ziboth (for Lez Cela, 74), Lukas Corner (for Gerens James,78), Callum George, Tyler Tonkin

Mousehole scorer:  Kieran Toland (10, 13, 86) Referee: Paul Kempen

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Match Report Falmouth vs Mousehole AFC



Mousehole’s first league match at the highest level in their history resulted in a goal-less draw at Falmouth, with a sizeable crowd of 253 boosted by a large and enthusiastic contingent of Seagulls’ supporters.

This was no defensively-minded nil-nil game, with Mousehole completely dominating the first 70 minutes but failing to turn their superiority into goals, allowing the hosts to come back into contention in an exciting end-to-end finish.

Jake Ash, in his first competitive match as manager, and returning to the club where he started his senior football career, may well feel this was a case of two points dropped, but on the other hand a point at one of the south-west’s recently most successful clubs is a creditable outcome and bodes well for the coming season.

Mousehole had pegged Falmouth back in their own half for much of the first half, creating five chances and drawing ten fouls before the Town mounted a rare attack in the 40th minute. 

Lukas Corner was unable to connect with passes in front of goal in the 5th and 8th minutes, while former Seagulls’ ‘keeper Steve Parker-Billinge beat out shots by Kieron Toland (21 minutes)  and Lez Cela (35).  The ‘keeper was fortunate when he missed an inswinging corner on 22 minutes but centre back Mark Richards stabbed the ball wide at the far post.  Reece Mitchell then appeared to be tripped inside the box but loud claims for a penalty were ignored by referee Mark Hosking. 

Five minutes before half time Falmouth finally got a look-in when captain Joe Cooper came up from the back to glance a header wide from a long throw by ex-Seagull Luke Johnson. 

Amara Bakayoko had been influential in many of Mousehole’s attacking moves and his under-pressure marker Ollie Moody was substituted at half time after a succession of fouls and a yellow card.

Mousehole continued the pattern after the break, Reece Mitchell firing just wide after 48 minutes and Kieron Toland shooting over on 51, having a shot saved by Parker-Billinge’s feet two minutes later and a fierce drive parried by the keeper on 62. 

On 65 Mitchell was again denied a plausible penalty after being baulked in the area and on 72 was surging in on goal when chopped down inches outside the 18-yard line, resulting in only a yellow card for Ben Oliver but a fruitless free kick.  Closer still, Lez Cela turned the defence inside-out in the 74th minute but shot into the side netting.

It was at that point that Falmouth upped their game with some fast breaks and numbers from midfield.  Seagulls keeper Corey Harvey had to be alert to cut out two dangerous through-balls and Ryan Martt hooked over a good chance from 8 yards from a knocked-down free kick.

However, the best chance of all came Mousehole’s way on 77 after an incisive move, Mark Richards’ quick pass forward allowing Kieron Toland to race into space on the right and pull the ball back for Amara Bakayoko, only for the shot on the wingman’s favoured left foot to slide just past the far post. 

The let-off re-energised the home team and Corey Harvey had to make another two excellent saves in the last 12 minutes, tipping over a fierce 25-yard drive by Dave Broglino and then sprawling to keep out Matt Buchan’s side-foot shot in a one-on-one situation after Mousehole had uncharacteristically given the ball away.

So, a great opening game ended with honours even, with Mousehole playing plenty of good football and not looking at all out of place in the higher league, but lacking on this occasion that necessary element of ruthlessness to have secured the points long before Falmouth threatened a win of their own in the closing stages.

Challenges at this level come in quick succession, as Jake Ash takes his squad to another of his former clubs on Saturday (10th) with the journey up the A30 to Bodmin Town, Cornwall’s most trophy-laden club in recent years – kick off at Priory Park is 3pm. 

The following Saturday (17th) Mousehole host their first ever home game in the Peninsula League Premier with the visit of Camelford – kick off at Trungle Parc is 3pm.

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Peninsula Premier club Mousehole AFC are delighted to announce that goal-scoring winger Hamza Kaid has been offered a full-time professional contract with Colchester United after an impressive week-long trial.

The 20-year old becomes the third Mousehole player in less than 12 months to earn a pro football contract, proving the club’s pathway and setting the standards for all youth players in the academy and across west Cornwall, who are aspiring to become professional footballers.

Since joining The Seagulls in late October last year, Hamza has developed rapidly under the full-time training programme – Mousehole being the only club in the County to offer full-time players daily expert coaching – and has gained positive reviews for his skilful and dynamic style coupled with a double-figure tally of goals.

Mousehole’s Football Operations Director Adam Fletcher commented: “The daily training by a group of top class coaches at Mousehole has certainly made a big difference to Hamza.  There’s never been any doubt about his skill and speed, but he’s now also become a more resilient hard-working off-the-ball team player.  Although this is a jump of seven steps in the football pyramid for him, we are confident he has what it takes to make a success of it.”

Chairman Tim Richardson added: “This is great news all round – but it also demonstrates that there are lots of talented young players who, for whatever reason, have been overlooked and are in danger of not fulfilling their potential, or their dreams.  We are building a proud record of doing something about that through our trials, contacts and the work of Endorsed Academy.  At the same time this fresh talent can bring something new to the club and be a part of Mousehole’s developing success, which also provides a platform for their own advancement.”

Colchester United have played in League Two since 2016, and finished 8th out of the 24 teams last season.  The under-23s play in the Professional Development League, the second tier of Reserve football in England.  The Us moved to the brand-new 10k-capacity Colchester Community Stadium in 2008.

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Mousehole completed their pre-season programme on Saturday with an excellent all-round performance in the 1-1 draw at Tiverton Town, who ply their trade three steps above in the Southern League Premier, the same level as Cornwall’s top-placed club Truro City.  Mousehole took a deserved lead on 70 minutes through Amara Bakayoko but the higher-league hosts grabbed the equaliser in the very last minute.   Both squads were almost at full strength, but The Seagulls had looked the more comfortable team on the ball throughout and will have learned a great deal about themselves as they approach the opening game of the new season.

So it’s with a justified sense of anticipation, as well as the greatest respect, that Mousehole now travel the short distance to face Falmouth Town on Wednesday 7th August  (kick off 7.30pm) for the first league match at the highest level in the club’s history.  The Seagulls were promoted to the Peninsula League Premier at the end of last season after playing in Division One since 2007/08.  Since then, new manager Jake Ash, assisted by Ben Harding – both renowned ex-Truro City players –  have prepared a squad capable of making a mark in the new league, and perhaps surprising a few people in the process.

The pre-season programme got underway with a 1-1 home draw with Tavistock – who have just earned promotion to the Western League as Peninsula League champions – with Mousehole dominating most of the match but not capitalising on the many goal-scoring chances created.  

Then followed two games on consecutive days against Pendeen Rovers of the Cornwall Combination League (two steps below Mousehole) and Plymouth Argyle’s Academy, with The Seagulls winning both games by 8-1 and 7-1, but equally importantly giving the opportunity to provide game time to more players and try out different formations.

After Kernow Football Alliance had belatedly pulled out of the next game because of a shortage of available players, Newquay stepped in a few days later to fill a gap at short notice.  With the two teams competing in the same league this coming season, Mousehole fielded an experimental line-up but a full-strength Newquay side came out on top with a 4-2 victory.

Looking forward, after the opening league fixture at Falmouth Town on Wednesday, Mousehole then travel to Bodmin Town on Saturday 10th August (kick off 3pm), while the first home game is on Saturday 17th against Camelford (3pm).  By the end of the month, The Seagulls will have played seven fixtures at the higher level, and Jake Ash will then have clearer evidence of the potential of his squad.

* Mousehole have announced their admission prices to Trungle Parc for the 2019/20 season:

First team matches:  £5 (over-65s £3);

Reserves’ team matches: £3 (over-65s £2)

Children under-16 free.

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Ben Harding joins Mousehole AFC


Mousehole have completed the summer re-structuring of their management team with the notable appointment of Ben Harding, who will take up the post of Head of Coaching combined with First Team Player/Assistant Manager.  

Ben will take responsibility for ensuring the football philosophy is embraced and developed across all Academy and Senior teams while also supporting the commercial initiatives the club and the Endorsed Academy are building.

The 34-year old midfielder had latterly made 52 appearances over two seasons with Truro City in National League South, and stepped up as the White Tigers’ interim manager in the early part of last season.  

His playing career spans a total of more than 400 games for Wimbledon, MK Dons, Aldershot, Wycombe, Northampton, Torquay and Gosport, together with three appearances for England ‘C’ as they won the Four-Nations non-league tournament in 2008. He also represented England Youth, Under-15/16s, and won the Victory Shield with them.

London-born Harding will be working alongside Mousehole’s recently appointed Manager Jake Ash – also a former Truro City star – as The Seagulls look to continue to develop in the coming season, playing at the highest level in their history (Step 6) after promotion to the newly re-formed Premier West Division of the South West Peninsula League.

Mousehole’s Chairman, Tim Richardson, who played a major role in talks with Ben Harding, said of the appointment:  “Ben has always left a great legacy wherever he’s played, and he will make a huge contribution to our club – not least as an influential character on the pitch.  The fact that people of the outstanding calibre of Ben and Jake have committed to Mousehole shows the desire and seriousness of our ambitions.”

Harding is enthusiastic about his new opportunity: “Mousehole’s vision and aspirations for the future are not only fantastic for football in the area, but the community will see great benefits.  The people I have met here have been extremely welcoming and I cannot speak highly enough of the commitment and drive everyone at the club possesses.  I have felt totally inspired by what’s to be achieved here.  I strongly believe football has a special way of uniting people and communities, and I’m super-excited to be part of something so positive for the youth and people of Cornwall.”

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Mousehole AFC secure FA funding

Mousehole AFC are on the hunt for the next generation of female players after receiving a grant of £4,500 under the FA’s Grow the Game scheme.

The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association [The FA] and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable The Seagulls to create three new teams, providing a significant boost to female participation opportunities in Cornwall.

The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, the funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, in order to assist with the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Matt James, Academy Manager at Mousehole, is delighted with the award: “The FA’s financial support will definitely enable us to respond positively to the ever-increasing demand for footballing opportunities for girls and women in the area.  We will be now able to create and sustain a range of female teams, and promote their enjoyment, self-improvement and social and health benefits.”

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By a strange quirk of the newly issued Peninsula Premier League fixture list, Mousehole’s first two matches of the 2019/20 season are away at Falmouth Town and Bodmin Town – the first and last  clubs at which recently appointed manager Jake Ash played.

In Jake’s first ever game in management, Mousehole will travel on Wednesday 7th August the short distance to Falmouth Town, the first senior club he played for until moving to an illustrious ten year stint with Truro City.

And just a few days later, on Saturday 10th August, The Seagulls are away at Bodmin Town, where Jake spent the last couple of seasons after leaving Truro City.

Mousehole will relish the challenge of facing two of Cornwall’s biggest clubs as they start their first season after promotion at the highest level in the club’s history.  And Jake Ash will view those first two matches as a measure of the team’s capabilities as they look to make a name for themselves as serious promotion contenders again.

The Seagulls’ first home match of the season is on Saturday 17th August when Camelford are the visitors, and this is followed by another short midweek trip to Porthleven on Wednesday 21st August.

With another home match on Saturday 24th August against Callington Town, an away game at St Blazey (Wednesday 28th) and a home encounter with Wadebridge Town (Saturday 31st), Mousehole  will have played seven of the season’s 38 league fixtures in just over three weeks, four of them against teams already established at the higher level.

By the end of August, the potential of Jake Ash’s squad will be a lot clearer!

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In a significant and exciting move, Mousehole AFC have appointed Jake Ash – one of Cornwall’s best known, most respected, experienced and successful footballers – to the post of First Team Manager.

Jake Ash arrives at the club at a hugely important time, with the team on the verge of great things after a sparkling season as runners-up in Division One of the South West Peninsula League.  With promotion this coming season to the new Peninsula League Premier Division West, the team will be competing at Step 6, the highest level in its history.

And as the new Manager, Jake Ash’s remit will not just be to consolidate at that level, but to help fulfil the club’s ambition to progress in a sustainable manner further up the non-league pyramid.

Starting his senior football career at Falmouth Town, the versatile defender joined Truro City in 2005 and later became their long-standing captain.  He was a member of Cornwall’s most successful-ever football team, winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 2007, and achieving five promotions in six years with the club, still a national record.

More success was earned in recent years when Ash led Truro City to promotion into National League South (Step 2 of the NL System).  Latterly, he joined the Peninsula League’s most trophy-laden club Bodmin Town, although his recent appearances were curtailed by a lengthy injury.

For the last ten years, Truro-based Jake Ash has been Head of Football Development at Penryn College as well as the West Cornwall Schools District programme, during which time the various age groups under his leadership have achieved notable success both locally and nationally.

Speaking of his appointment at Mousehole, the 35-year old is enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead:

“This all happened quite quickly, but I couldn’t have chosen a better club than Mousehole to start my management career.  I was very much attracted by the professional ethos of the club – the vision, ambition and all-round support are amazing – and I’m also inheriting a great footballing legacy.  I certainly intend to do everything I can to justify the faith placed in me, and I can’t wait to get started!”

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