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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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JAKE ASH STARTS MOUSEHOLE MANAGERIAL CAREER AT TWO FORMER CLUBS

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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JAKE ASH APPOINTED MOUSEHOLE AFC 1st TEAM MANAGER

JAKE ASH APPOINTED MOUSEHOLE AFC 1st TEAM MANAGER

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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Nicho leaves The Seagulls

KEVIN NICHOLSON LEAVES THE SEAGULLS

STATEMENT FROM MOUSEHOLE AFC

“Today, Mousehole AFC wish to announce that player/manager Kevin Nicholson has left the club.

With the rapid growth of the Academy, the Board have drawn up a new structure to ensure that due care and attention is given to both the First team and the Academy so that a high quality product is offered to the young boys and girls in the area.

Following extensive discussions, it became clear that Kev felt unable to commit to the new structure, and so we have reluctantly parted company.

Kev has done a truly fantastic job with the First team and leaves Mousehole on good terms and with the club’s best wishes for achieving his goal of managing in the Football League.

The former Torquay United defender and subsequently manager – described by their supporters as a ‘club legend’ – joined Mousehole in October and achieved a remarkable 85% win ratio from then on.  The Seagulls finished the season with the best defensive and goal-scoring record in the League and an amazing 14 straight wins to claim the runners-up spot – all this while playing to the Mousehole philosophy which encourages a winning mentality with a high-energy, pleasing-on-the-eye style.

The players have shown great improvements under Kev’s leadership and will be looking to develop further their skills, experience and know-how next season to push for successive promotions.

In Kev’s time with the Academy we have seen the numbers grow and the organisation improve greatly as he and the excellent Matty James (Head of Academy) have worked tirelessly to ensure the kids, coaches and parents are looked after and supported, just as they would if part of a football league set up.

Kevin Nicholson leaves us in a great position to kick on again and take things to the next level.  He will always be welcome back at Trungle Parc as a true friend of the football club.  We would also like to thank him for his professionalism and continued support while the club have explored our options.  A statement about his successor will be made public very shortly.”

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STATEMENT FROM MOUSEHOLE AFC RE MERGER TALKS WITH PENZANCE AFC

Mousehole AFC have withdrawn from the recent approach by Penzance AFC to re-explore a potential merger between the two clubs.

Recognising that people will want to understand what has happened, there is more detail below.

At the outset, Penzance AFC explained that their rationale to merge was that it would be in the community’s interests to build a new club together.  We have therefore been working on this basis alongside each other, with a commitment to openness and collaboration.

However, in the last few days Penzance AFC have indicated that, unbeknown to us, they have also been exploring a completely different plan.

This self-evidently raises questions over the original motivation and rationale for the merge.  It also demonstrates how differently the two clubs operate and how any future collaboration would need further thought.

Moving on, Mousehole AFC wish Penzance AFC every success with their planning for the coming season and beyond.

Recently, Mousehole have played a major part in re-forming Marazion AFC as well as helping out our neighbours Ludgvan through last season, and remain firmly committed to supporting local clubs and the community in the future.

Additionally, the club would also like to pay tribute to the work of the 50-plus volunteers and committee members, whose goodwill, honesty, togetherness and relentless efforts on a day to day basis are the bedrock of realising the club’s vision.

The club have no doubt this coming season will be the most exciting in Mousehole AFC’s history.

Bring it on!

#FlyingAllTogether

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SILVERWARE FOR MOUSEHOLE WOMEN IN SEVEN-GOAL CUP FINAL

FXU LADIES 2-5 MOUSEHOLE WOMEN

CORNWALL WOMEN’S LEAGUE SUPPLEMENTARY CUP FINAL

TUESDAY 14TH MAY 2019

AT GALA PARC.PORTHLEVEN

Mousehole Women added to the club’s growing trophy cabinet after a well supported and keenly contested cup final which produced seven superbly executed goals.

FXU Ladies – the Falmouth Exeter University team playing in only their first season – contributed hugely to an entertaining match which bodes well for the development of the women’s game.

Mousehole started slowly but broke the deadlock in the 15th minute.  Tamara de Silva made a great run down the left flank from halfway to cross into the box, where Shannon Leigh got in front of her marker to stab the ball home from 10 yards.

The goalscorer then created the second goal on 35 minutes with a brilliant run and pass inside to enable Katy Barker to sidestep a defender and shoot low into the net from 15 yards.

Two stunning goals in quick succession ten minutes after half-time took the scoreline to 4-0.  Sophie Wilson surged forward from midfield to drive an accurate shot inside the post from 18 yards. And a minute later Katie Barker latched on to a long pass into space to take the ball round the advancing ‘keeper and touch the ball home.

Jo Barker then scored the goal of the game in the 73rd minute, volleying a dropping through ball into the net via the far post from fully 25 yards, to give Mousehole  a 5-0 lead.

But to their credit, FXU stepped up their game to score two almost identical goals in the 75th and 77th minutes, Holly Ridge and Hattie Norbury prompting excited celebrations among team-mates and supporters with well-judged lobbed shots from the edge of the area.

Any hopes of the most unlikely of FXU comebacks were dispelled as Mousehole stood firm to see the game out, followed by captain Lindsey Mayers lifting the cup as both sides received appreciative applause during the medals presentation.

Mousehole Women’s squad:  Megan Orchard, Tamara de Silva, Leanne Harvey, Lyndsey Mayers, Flo Davis Kirsop, Charlotte Richards, Emilie Palmer, Megan Edwards, Emma Hurworth, Katie Barker, Shannon Leigh, Jo Barker, Lena Mannon, Sophie Wilson, Stacey Hooper, Rosie Davison.

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mousehole reserves promoted to st piran league

HISTORY-MAKING SEAGULLS WIN JUNIOR CUP FINAL WITH EPIC TEAM EFFORT

FOXHOLE STARS 0-2 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES

CORNWALL JUNIOR CUP FINAL

SUNDAY 5th MAY 2019

AT TREVASSACK PARK, HAYLE AFC

Mousehole had never previously reached the semi-finals of the County Junior Cup, let alone the Final, but on Sunday, in great weather and in front of a good crowd of 417, they became the best team out of the 104 entering this season’s competition by lifting the trophy at the expense of Foxhole Stars.

The form book favoured Foxhole – leaders of the Duchy League Premier Division with only one League defeat in 20 League games – against a Mousehole Reserves side in a mid-table position in the equivalent Trelawny League Premier Division.

The pattern of the game bore an uncanny resemblance to the semi-final tie, with Mousehole getting to the interval at 0-0 despite being under severe pressure, and then asserting their authority in the second half to score the necessary goals for a deserved win.

And, just as in the semi-final, the same players – Caleb Marsden and Michael Fitchett – got on the scoresheet when it mattered, followed by a magnificent team display of character and resilience as The Seagulls resisted everything The Foxes could throw at them.

Mousehole’s Dom Angove was by far the busier of the two keepers in the first half, pulling off four goal-saving efforts in the first quarter hour, with Foxhole also hitting the woodwork on two occasions and having goalbound shots blocked in front of goal as they powered their way forward at every opportunity, while at the other end The Seagulls were unable to create any chances of note.

But the game changed dramatically, in more ways than one, just five minutes after half time when Caleb Marsden exploited some space 30 yards out to drive a superb inch-perfect shot into the top left-hand corner of keeper Matt Bullen’s net to give Mousehole the lead.

Foxhole’s celebrations were cut short a minute later as they had the ball in the net but only after a dangerous lunge on Angove spotted by Referee Jon Green.

And a completely different sort of goal put Mousehole 2-0 up in the 58th minute as Michael Fitchett sneaked in front of his marker in the middle of the box to chest down Joe Davies’ forward pass and screw the ball from an angle past Bullen into the far corner via the post.

Foxhole tried to up the tempo but every Mousehole player from front to back played their part in keeping them at bay, forcing their frustrated opponents into pumping hopeful long balls upfield, where The Seagulls’ well-marshalled defence stood their ground in the face of a late onslaught.

At the start of the after-match presentations, Mousehole Reserves’ centre-back Benji Ward received Cornwall FA’s “Man of the Match” Award.

Mousehole Reserves have won two important trophies in the last 12 months – as Trelawny League Division One champions, and with it promotion to the Premier Division this season, and now the Cornwall Junior Cup competed for by “Junior” men’s clubs at Step 9 and below.

And another milestone is ahead.  Having applied for promotion to both the Cornwall Combination League (Step 8) and the new St Pirans League (Step 7), they will be playing “Senior Football” for the first time in the club’s history.

Mousehole Reserves: Dom Angove, Matt Howes (captain), Harry Tonkin, Benji Ward, Tom Hands, Jason Simmonds, Callum George, Caleb Marsden, Jamie Simons, Michael Fitchett, Joe Davies

Substitutes: Jacob Trudgeon (for Jamie Simons, 86), Tom McGarry (for Callum George,90+2), Ben Fewkes, Alex Nixon, Tom Hooper

Scorers: Caleb Marsden (51), Michael Fitchett (58).

Referee: Jon Green     Attendance: 417

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mousehole vs porthleven may 2019

MATCH REPORT | MOUSEHOLE 6-0 PORTHLEVEN

MOUSEHOLE 6-0 PORTHLEVEN

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

WEDNESDAY 1st MAY 2019

AT TRUNGLE PARC

SEAGULLS FINISH THE SEASON WITH STYLISH PERFORMANCE AND IMPRESSIVE STATISTICS

Mousehole’s memorable 2018/19 campaign ended with a superlative exhibition of football on a beautiful sunny evening against Porthleven.

The Seagulls – already confirmed as League runners-up – were up against the third-placed Fishermen, who had won the floodlit encounter 3-2 at Gala Parc in early September, so a tight return contest might have been expected.

But the hosts banished those thoughts as they went about their business with a brisk sense of purpose, scoring two goals at the start and going 6-0 ahead just after the hour.  Lez Cela, Gerens James and Kieron Toland scored two goals each, but as in recent months this was an accomplished whole-team effort.  Nevertheless, the season’s stats highlight two individuals’ performances – captain Billy Curtis who has played every minute of every match, and Gerens James who took his overall tally to 42 goals.

The result means that Kevin Nicholson’s side finished the League season with an excellent 13 wins in a row, an amazing record since 1st January of 64 goals scored and only 5 conceded, just one League defeat since the ex-Torquay United man took over as player-manager in October, and overall the highest number of goals scored (106) and the meanest defence (21) in the Division.

Lez Cela opened the scoring after 5 minutes, taking a clever pass by Kieron Toland and firing in a shot only half-stopped by keeper Ethan Fern.  Amara Bakayoko was then denied by a great save by Fern after 8 minutes, and Josh Sims made a brilliant goal-line clearance from a lob by Toland.  But a second goal always looked likely and it was Gerens James who slotted home in the 12th minute when Hamza Kaid and Toland teed up the chance with skilful work on the left.

Kevin Nicholson’s 20 yard free kick was pushed out at the far post by Fern on 14 minutes, and two minutes later centre back Jerry Gyebi’s nimble footwork created enough space 15 yards out to curl a shot just wide.  Porthleven were looking to play on the break but their passing was too hurried.  They paid the penalty on 23 minutes after losing possession high up the field, leaving Hamza Kaid to release Toland with a quick accurate long pass into space, and the energetic Scot took the ball 50 yards out, shrugged off the covering defender and drove into the far corner to end a deadly counter-attack.

A minute later Toland’s deflected close range shot hit the crossbar and Fern was soon in action again with diving saves from Kaid, Bakayoko and Cela, before Gerens James made it 4-0 in the 36th minute, Nicholson and Cela carving out the chance on the left for a sidefoot finish.  The Seagulls’ striker was then denied a first half hat-trick as the busy Fern pushed his effort against the post just before the interval.

After James had headed over a clear chance from Bakayoko’s cross on 50, Porthleven put the home defence under a brief period of pressure, with danger-man Tornado Bello forcing Jason Robertson into an important save.  But Mousehole then scored another two goals in three minutes to confirm their overall superiority.  Lez Cela brought the ball in from the left against a retreating defence to rifle in an angled low shot from 8 yards in the 59th minute, and Kieron Toland stole the ball on the right hand side of The Fishermen’s penalty area to drive home for 6-0.

Gerens James was close to his sixth hat-trick of the season from Kaid’s low cross after 75 minutes, but Porthleven were involved in an interesting last five minutes at the other end, Robertson saving from Bello again, Rob Carey putting an unopposed chance over the bar from six yards, and Bello hitting the post with his penalty kick after being tripped on another incisive run.  And to complete Porthleven’s frustrating evening, Rob Carey was sent off for a second yellow card for dissent a short time before the final whistle.

After the final whistle, Mike Pett, vice chairman of the League Board, presented the Mousehole players with the runners-up trophy and individual medals.  Phil Hiscox, League Secretary, commended the club on its continuous improvement off the field brought about by the work of the many volunteers behind the scenes, and the players in particular on an “phenomenal” second half of the season.  He went on to wish both Mousehole and visitors Porthleven, who had sportingly stayed on the field during the presentation, the best of fortunes in the new Step 6 League next season.

Mousehole:  Jason Robertson, Billy Curtis (captain), Jerry Gyebi, Ben Williams, Kevin Nicholson, Kieron Toland, Lez Cela, Steve Burt, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Hamza Kaid

Substitutes: Paulo Sousa (for Jerry Gyebi, 71), Luke Hunter (for Steve Burt, 77), Sam Shulberg (for Kevin Nicholson), Callum George, Tom Hands

Scorers:  Lez Cela (5, 59), Gerens James (12, 36), Kieron Toland (23, 62)

Referee: Matthew Carney     Attendance: 113

 

  • After the match Kevin Nicholson paid tribute to his players and the committee and supporters, and stated his aim that next season would be even better.
  • Next season Mousehole will be promoted to Step 6 in the newly-structured 20-team Peninsula Premier League West.  They will then be competing with 11 already established Cornish teams from this year’s Premier Division – Bodmin Town, Callington Town, Camelford, Falmouth Town, Godolphin Atlantic, Helston Athletic, Launceston, Newquay, Saltash United, St Austell and Sticker – together with 9 fellow Division 1 West promoted teams Liskeard Athletic, Porthleven, Wadebridge Town, St Dennis, Penzance, Wendron United, Dobwalls and St Blazey.
  • Mousehole’s floodlights installation, in preparation for playing at the higher level, is scheduled to start in the summer and be ready for the start of the new  season.
  • Mousehole’s average attendance for League matches this season was 115, the first time it has topped the 100 mark in the 12 years of the South West Peninsula League.  Including Cup matches, The Seagulls attracted seven 100+ crowds.
  • In the three Cup competitions, Mousehole beat four Premier Division sides – Newquay and Sticker away, Millbrook and Plymouth Argyle Reserves at home.
  • Looking back, September was Mousehole’s least productive month in the League, winning only one match out of five (at Bere Alston United), drawing two (at home against St Dennis and away at Wadebridge) and losing two (to Porthleven away and St Blazey at home), resulting in 10 points dropped.
  • In their 28 League matches, The Seagulls scored five or more goals on 11 occasions, including in four away games, and kept a ‘clean sheet’ 12 times.
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gerens james vs st dennis

MATCH REPORT | ST DENNIS 1-9 MOUSEHOLE

ST DENNIS 1-9 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

SATURDAY 27th APRIL 2019

AT BOSCAWEN PARK

Far from being one of those uncompetitive, meaningless end-of-season fixtures, this was an occasion in which Mousehole used their last away game to showcase with devastating effect the quality of their passing and firepower against a Saints side starting with the incentive to win for a fourth place finish.

This was the tenth match of the campaign – more than a third of their League games – in which The Seagulls have scored five or more goals, and on this occasion there were seven different scorers and a number of notable ‘firsts’, with winger Amara Bakayoko notching a hat-trick and captain Billy Curtis, player-manager Kevin Nicholson and substitute Sam Shulberg each getting off the mark for the season.

On a bright but windy afternoon, Mousehole had already signalled their attacking intentions before Hamza Kaid looped a header inside the far post in the 9th minute.  Amara Bakayoko added a second goal on 12 minutes, getting a close-range touch after Kieron Toland’s fine 15 yard shot had hit the post.

As the one-way traffic continued, Kevin Nicholson struck a sweet left-footed free kick from 20 yards high into the far corner for 3-0.  And two minutes before the interval Bakayoko raced forward from the halfway line to shoot low into the net for a fourth goal.  In between the goals, Gerens James came close on several occasions, Toland drove just wide from the edge of the box, and Bakayoko had a cross-shot cleared off the line.

St Dennis’ first serious attack came on 39 minutes when a goalbound shot was unintentionally blocked by a home player, and immediately before half time a free kick delivered towards a crowded six-yard box skidded off the top of a defender’s head for an own goal to give the hosts a glimmer of hope at 4-1.

With the wind in their favour, The Saints created a couple of half-chances in their best period of the match in the first ten minutes of the second half.  But at the other end, goalkeeper Ryan Holland was still kept busy, foiling Kaid, Bakayoko, and Lez Cela in quick succession, and shortly after Kaid had missed the target with a clear sight of goal, Gerens James at last got on the scoresheet to make it    5-1 after 68 minutes, converting into the roof of the net from a few yards out after Toland twice had shots blocked.

Bakayoko made it 6-1 with a hat-trick goal on 72, arrowing a trademark left-footed low shot in from 15 yards after St Dennis’ defence had been pulled apart by swift passing across the pitch.  Two minutes later Mousehole’s supporters were celebrating a rare goal by popular captain Billy Curtis – who has played every minute of every match this season – as he clipped a left-footed shot into the net from just inside the area after Bakayoko’s drive rebounded off the post.

Mousehole were now creating chances galore, with a double-digit scoreline looking possible, but, much to the relief of the hosts, just two more goals were to come.  Substitute Sam Shulberg was in the right place to tap over the line after the overworked Holland had saved James’ shot with his feet after 86 minutes, and in the next attack Lez Cela scored his side’s 100th League goal of the season with a carefully placed sidefoot inside the post after yet another assist by Bakayoko.

Already confirmed as runners-up, Mousehole’s demolition of St Dennis was their 12th League win in a row since the beginning of January, with 58 goals scored and only 5 conceded.  As the highest scorers in the Division with the meanest defence, and so far with just three defeats, The Seagulls’ overall record would in most seasons have been enough to win the League – but for Liskeard Athletic’s impressive title-winning campaign during which they have lost only once.

Mousehole have one remaining fixture, this Wednesday (1st May, 6.45 kick off) at Trungle Parc against local rivals Porthleven, who have confirmed a third place finish, but were somewhat fortunate to inflict The Seagulls’ first defeat of the season, 3-2 at Gala Parc in early September.

Mousehole: Jason Robertson, Billy Curtis (captain), Jerry Gyebi, Ben Williams, Kevin Nicholson, Lez Cela, Kieron Toland, Hamza Kaid, Amin Ahmed, Gerens James, Amara Bakayoko

Substitutes: Sam Shulberg (for Amin Ahmed, 73), Paulo Sousa

Scorers: Amara Bakayoko (12, 44, 72), Hamza Kaid (9), Kevin Nicholson (23), Gerens James (68), Billy Curtis (74), Sam Shulberg (86), Lez Cela (88)

Referee: Luke Wilkes.

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Mousehole 4-0 Penzance April 2019

MATCH REPORT | MOUSEHOLE 4-0 PENZANCE

MOUSEHOLE 4-0 PENZANCE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

GOOD FRIDAY 19TH APRIL 2019

AT TRUNGLE PARC

 In front of their biggest crowd of the season, Mousehole dominated the sun-filled Good Friday ‘local derby’ from start to finish to gain revenge for their two away defeats in the Charity Cup and League at the hands of Penzance in December.

For the hosts – already guaranteed at least the runners-up spot in this season’s West Division – this was their 11th League win in a row, dating back to the beginning of the year, during which they have scored 49 goals while conceding just four.

By contrast, Penzance have had mixed fortunes in the second half of the season, winning only three times during this period, including 14 goals conceded in their last three games without scoring any.

The match went largely in line with the form book, with nothing to suggest a local derby upset.  Penzance’s defensive game plan, set up to stifle Mousehole’s attacking instincts, worked well in the first half with a 0-0 interval scoreline, but there was no stopping the Seagulls after the break as they notched up four goals and could have had several more.

Mikey Flores in the Magpies goal was the visitors’ hero on numerous occasions, but his credentials as a ‘man of the match’ contender were abruptly ruined just three minutes from the end when he persisted in arguing with referee Nigel D’Arcy and inevitably picked up a second yellow card following an identical earlier offence.

And to compound Penzance’s thoroughly frustrating afternoon, left back Gary Matthews earned a straight red card two minutes later after inexplicably head-butting Amin Ahmed in the chest as the darting substitute winger came on to create more problems on the right-hand side.

Mousehole started the match with patient controlled football, Flores superbly tipping Gerens James’ header on to the crossbar after 7 minutes and his co-defenders blocking a succession of shots and crosses in determined fashion with ex-Seagull Frazer Cadman putting in a great shift in an attempt to stem the tide.  Penzance’s first serious venture over the halfway line came in the final minute of the half, Adam Williams and Kayne Trevaskis both missing the target from distance.

Having held out successfully for the first 45 minutes, Penzance would have been planning to steal a goal on the break after the interval, but Gerens James scuppered that idea five minutes in, back-heeling the loose ball over the line from six yards after Flores had blocked Hamza Kaid’s shot following a twisting run from the left.

The goal led to Mousehole raising the tempo, winning the ball back quickly as Penzance tried in vain to get forward, and spreading passes all over the pitch.  More goals looked likely, and in a scintillating nine minutes they added another three.

Flores came out to save from Amara Bakayoko in a one-on-one challenge on 68 minutes, and injured himself in the process.  But Bakayoko was the provider for the second goal on 77,  his short low cross from the byeline prodded home from close range by Hamza Kaid.

The defiant Magpies keeper then made two excellent saves in the 78th and 82nd minutes, firstly from Kaid and then a deflected Kieron Toland shot, but Toland had the last word from the ensuing corner as he swivelled on the ball at the far post to volley into the far corner for 3-0.

Amara Bakayoko completed the scoring in the 86th minute driving in an unstoppable shot from 15 yards that cannoned into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

From that moment, Penzance might have sought to see the game out without further incident, but finishing the game with nine men gave Mousehole more opportunities, with outfield player Dan Lord donning the goalkeeper’s gloves and making a couple of important saves to keep the score down.

Both sides will be meeting again next season in the newly formed Step 6 Peninsula League West, with Mousehole having the ambition to progress further and Penzance needing to re-build to do themselves justice at the higher level.

With two games remaining, Mousehole’s result keeps their title hopes mathematically alive, but leaders Liskeard Athletic need just one point from their last two fixtures to become champions – away at local rivals Dobwalls on Wednesday evening and away again on Saturday at sixth place Wendron United.

Mousehole have a short away trip on Saturday (3pm) to St Dennis, who will be looking for a win to finish fourth.  They then finish the season at home against Porthleven, already confirmed in third place, on Wednesday week (1st May, 6.45pm kick off), with a big crowd expected to celebrate an exciting season of entertaining football.

Meanwhile, Penzance play their last game of the season on Saturday at Bere Alston United, who are second-bottom in their first season after promotion.  This will be a re-run of the match abandoned at half time earlier in the season after a downpour had left the pitch saturated.  A win for the Magpies would move them up a place above St Blazey to 10th.

Mousehole: Jason Robertson, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Williams, Paulo Sousa, Steve Burt, Kieron Toland, Lez Cela, Amara Bakayoko, Gerens James, Hamza Kaid

Substitutes: Callum George (for Lez Cela 79), Jerry Gyebi (for Ben Williams 87), Amin Ahmed (for Amara Bakayoko 87), Craig Wilcox, Tom Hands

Penzance:  Mikey Flores, Reece Evans, Gary Matthews, Kevin Lawrence, Scott Grant, Gary Bell, Adam Williams, Frazer Cadman, Kayne Trevaskis, Dave Mitchell, Mawgan Kewn

Substitutes: Lewis Caspell (for Dave Mitchell 46), Dan Lord (for Adam Williams 59), Justin Searle, Justin Miles,  Lee Denton

Scorers: Gerens James 51, Hamza Kaid 77, Kieron Toland 83, Amara Bakayoko 86

Referee: Nigel D’Arcy

Attendance: 238

 

 

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