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ODDS STACKED AGAINST MOUSEHOLE AS THEY SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

Tavistock 3-0 Mousehole

Toolstation Western League Premier Division

Tuesday 10th August 2021

At Langsford Park

Summary:

After the magnificent FA Cup performance against Helston on Saturday, an unfortunate combination of circumstances led to The Seagulls’ first defeat of the season against a strong Tavistock side playing their first home game of the campaign.  With Covid, illness and injury depriving the squad of key personnel and requiring players to occupy unfamiliar positions, an on-field injury with the scoreline at 0-0 caused further re-organisation for the last hour of the match. The battling Seagulls also hit the woodwork twice, created a lot of chances, and had a goal disallowed – so, all in all, this wasn’t their day.

Match preview points:

Mousehole are without captain Billy Curtis, Mark Richards, Kyle Fraser and Sean Roberts.  Midfielder Max Gilbert is at right-back and winger Callam Mconie at left-back, with Jack Rhead making a start up front and striker Mark Goldsworthy one of three outfield players on the bench.  The squad has been stretched to the limit!

Tavistock have played three away games so far, losing to Saltash and winning against Ilfracombe in the League, coupled with an FA Cup success at St Austell.  Prolific ex-Saltash goalscorer Ryan Richards, now with Torpoint Athletic, is a dual-signed substitute.

The action:

2 minutes: Mousehole half-chance.  A long diagonal pass by Andy Elcock sets Hayden Turner free on the left and his low cross is scrambled away from Jack Rhead at the near post

10 minutes:  Close for Tavistock. A long left-sided corner is headed back at the far post and bounces off the bar

13 minutes:  Close again.  The hosts use their height advantage well from another corner.  This time a downward header is cleared from in front of goal.

19 minutes:  Excellent move by Mousehole from deep defence.  Hayden Turner and Tallan Mitchell run at pace through The Lambs’ midfield and deep into opposition territory, but keeper Josh Oak just beats Jack Rhead to the one-on-one chance.

22 minutes:  Mousehole hit the post.  Hayden Turner goes off on a high-speed run to give himself a shooting chance, but the left-footed strike from just inside the box is touched by Oak on to the far post and out for a corner

Midway through the first half: Mousehole are putting together some good patterns of play.  Tavistock are more direct, but no less threatening.

27 minutes:  Another Mousehole chance.  Hayden Turner supplies a left-wing cross and Josh Magin heads over the angle from 8 yards

30 minutes:  Josh Otto is injured and leaves the field,  Mousehole are playing with ten men.

32 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell and Jack Rhead break together quickly but the final pass in front of goal is intercepted

33 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Josh Otto is replaced by Mark Goldsworthy, who will play centrally up front, with Jack Rhead moving wide, winger Josh Magin occupying the right-back berth and Max Gilbert taking up a centre-back position.  This means Jamie Devine is now the only recognised defender in the back four!

34 minutes:  Andy Elcock takes a quick free-kick to create a great chance for Jack Rhead, but the home defence closes ranks

35 minutes:  Hayden Turner drives over from 30 yards

36 minutes:  Now Andy Elcock tries his luck but is wide from 25 yards.  Mousehole seem unaffected by the enforced changes – maybe attack is the best form of defence?

40 minutes:  GOAL FOR TAVISTOCK.  A short pass 20 yards out finds a gap in the centre of the defence and LIAM PRYNN is through on goal, firing low into the net from around the penalty spot.  The Lambs have the lead but it’s somewhat against the recent pattern of play.

44 minutes:  Hayden Turner’s cross is clutched under the angle of post and bar by Josh Oak

Half-Time:  Tavistock 1-0 Mousehole.  The makeshift Mousehole side has done well in the circumstances, but Tavistock have converted their one clear chance. 

48 minutes:  Mark Goldsworthy is put through by Tallan Mitchell but the early Mousehole chance is thwarted by a great last-man tackle

49 minutes:  GOAL FOR TAVISTOCK.  It’s 2-0, the simplest of goals.  With the Mousehole defence expecting the ball to be floated into the box from a 30-yard free-kick left of centre, a short pass outside the edge of the wall gives the unmarked JOSH GRANT a clear sight of goal and he duly shoots low into the far corner of Cory Harvey’s net. 

55 minutes:  Ten minutes in, and understandably Tavistock are playing with a lot of confidence.  Goals a few minutes either side of half-time have now completely changed the game.  Nevertheless, Mousehole are still playing their way, as they look for a breakthrough.

58 minutes:  GOAL FOR TAVISTOCK.  On the break, a well-judged chipped pass puts TALLAN BURNS into space on the left and he places a superb left-foot volley into the far corner from 15 yards.  Now three goals in a little over a quarter of an hour of play.

59 minutes:  Tavistock close again.  They’re really testing The Seagulls’ defensive qualities with fast-paced attacks.  This time, left-back Josh Robins overlaps but drives wide of the far post

67 minutes:  A ‘nearly’ moment for Mousehole:  Jack Rhead bustles his way past two defenders on the right and puts a low cross into the box where Mark Goldsworthy leaves it for Tallan Mitchell whose first-time drive from 15 yards flashes just over the bar.

68 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Steve Burt is replaced by Silas Sullivan who goes to left-back, enabling Callam Mconie to join the attack

69 minutes:  Tavistock appear to have taken note of the threat from Mousehole and have retreated into a more defensive formation, with just Prynn up front.  With 20 minutes left, they’re battening down the hatches.

70 minutes:  Hayden Turner yet again outpaces the Lambs’ defenders on the left and his low cross is just out of reach of Mark Goldsworthy at the far post

80 minutes:  Ten minutes left and Mousehole continue to dominate possession, but the home defence is remaining solid

84 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Jack Rhead is replaced by Charlie Willis

86 minutes:  Mousehole hit the woodwork again.  Hayden Turner almost produces a replica of his magnificent second goal against Helston, hitting a dipping right-foot shot from near the corner of the box that hits the face of the crossbar with keeper Josh Oak beaten.  Maybe that suggests it’s not going to happen this evening?

89 minutes:  Hayden Turner has another goalbound shot deflected wide

90 minutes:  Andy Elcock lashes in a 20 yarder which the flying Josh Oak tips over

90+1:  The home keeper is in action straight after, going full length to push Callam Mconie’s shot round the post

90+2:  Mousehole are making a strong finish to the match, showing great character.  Mark Goldsworthy pounces on a loose ball in front of goal and prods it into the net, but it’s offside.  That just about sums it up!

Full-time:  Tavistock 3-0 Mousehole.  Huge credit for the depleted Seagulls squad, despite the result.  The return match at Trungle Parc at the end of the month is likely to be different!

Mousehole starting X1 (and used substitutes): Cory Harvey (captain), Max Gilbert, Josh Otto (Mark Goldsworthy), Jamie Devine, Callam Mconie, Steve Burt (Silas Sullivan), Tallan Mitchell, Andy Elcock, Josh Magin, Jack Rhead (Charlie Willis), Hayden Turner. Other substitute: Piran Jones (GK).

Officials:  Scott Robinson (Referee), with Nuria Boney & Stuart Kane (Assistants)

Attendance: 219

Next for Mousehole:

This Saturday, 14th August:  Home v Street AFC, Western League Premier Division, Trungle Parc, 3pm

  • The Somerset club, known as The Cobblers, play at the Tannery ground, after the local shoe-making industry
  • Long-established members of the Western League, they were Premier Division champions in 2018 but took voluntary demotion after one season in the Southern League despite a creditable 8th place finish
  • They are the only Premier Division club who, like Mousehole, play in green kit
  • In the FA Cup they lost 8-0 away at Fareham, and also lost two home league games, 4-0 v Exmouth and 3-1 v Brislington
  • This midweek they won 4-1 away at bottom club Bridport

Then:

Next Wednesday, 18th August:  Away v Saltash United, WLP, 7.30pm

Followed by: Saturday 21st August:  Home v Plymouth Parkway, FA Cup Preliminary Round, 3pm

MOUSEHOLE MARK A MEMORABLE OCCASION WITH A WINNING FA CUP DEBUT

Mousehole 3-1 Helston Athletic

Emirates FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round

Saturday 7th August 2021

At Trungle Parc

Mousehole capped a first-ever appearance in the 150th anniversary season of the FA Cup with a well-earned victory in a thrilling contest against ‘old foes’ Helston Athletic in front of a huge crowd of 469 – the largest home attendance in living memory for a competitive fixture and the third-highest of the weekend’s 174 Extra-Preliminary Round ties.

The scoring:  1-0 Hayden Turner 32’, 2-0 Andy Elcock 53’, 2-1 Stuart Bowker 63’, Hayden Turner 3-1 85’

Match details:

Preview points:

  • It’s a dry, sunny, breezy afternoon – weather fit for this momentous occasion
  • There’s a great turn-out of boys and girls from Mousehole Youth Academy – wearing the shirt numbers of the players, they accompany the team on to the pitch, conduct themselves impeccably and clearly enjoy their role in the introductory fist-bumps with match officials and Helston players
  • Mousehole are without Kyle Fraser from the League win at Millbrook on Tuesday, but ex-Helston striker Mark Goldsworthy has sufficiently recovered from his pre-season head injury to be named as a substitute. 
  • Helston have former Seagull Tom Hands in defence, but are missing local lad Josh Storey from their midweek home draw with Saltash United.

The action:

1 minute: Helston have the wind at their back. They’re instantly on the attack – Kai Cornish whips in a low cross from the left just ahead of Billy Tucker in front of goal

6 minutes: An identical move at the other end – Hayden Turner’s cross just evading Josh Magin

8 minutes:  Play is held up as a dog wants to get in the action at the Solomon Browne end

10 minutes:  The visitors have a dangerous-looking free kick 25 yards out and central, but Cory Harvey punches out Billy Tucker’s fierce drive

11 minutes: Helston are pressing hard all over the pitch – Mousehole haven’t yet been able to put together any pattern of play

12 minutes: Mousehole defence blocks a goal-bound shot after a pull-back from the bye-line

13 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell slides in a low cross for Mousehole but keeper Marko Radovanovic dives on the ball to snuff out the danger

14 minutes:  Dramatic moment as Stu Bowker chases a typical long ball and chips the ball past the onrushing Cory Harvey towards an open goal before a huge collision 20 yards out.  The ball goes wide of the far post but both players are lying flat out on the turf.  Memories of a similar incident in a previous Mousehole v Helston clash which was abandoned with Harvey then hospitalised

19 minutes:  With both casualties fit to continue, Cory Harvey is yellow-carded for his part in the incident and a free kick has been awarded in a great position for the visitors – but Billy Ticker’s lobbed attempt clears the bar by some distance

20 minutes:  Bowker is still up for it and fires past the far post from 18 yards

Half way through the first period – Helston are creating quite a momentum and  winning a good proportion of 50/50 challenges

23 minutes:  Half chance for Mousehole – Tallan Mitchell robs Lewis Tonkin deep into Helston territory on the left but his cross is too close to Radovanovic

24 minutes:  Another Helston long ball puts Bowker in with a chance but Cory Harvey is both quick and brave to get there first

25 minutes: Tallan Mitchell’s jinking run gives him a sight of goal but Radovanovic again reads the cross-shot well

26 minutes:  Signs of Mousehole beginning to get a better grip on the game.  Helston commit a series of fouls in the space of a couple of minutes and receive a warning from Referee James Long as they complain loudly about his decisions.

29 minutes:  Great chance for Mousehole:  Tallan Mitchell again engineers space on the left of the box and lifts a cross into the middle for the unmarked Josh Magin, but he heads straight into Radovanovic’s arms from six yards

30 minutes:  Contrasting styles – Helston are pumping long wind-assisted balls down the middle and Mousehole are gaining confidence in possession

32 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Mousehole 1-0 Helston Athletic.  Billy Curtis provides a low cross from the right which wrong-foots the defenders in the box, leaving HAYDEN TURNER to strike right-footed low inside the post from ten yards. 

36 minutes: Ryan Turner’s shot from an angle is well covered by Cory Harvey, but the Helston man has injured himself in the process and needs treatment

38 minutes: Helston’s Archie Reay is fortunate to get only a yellow card for a dubious tackle on Tallan Mitchell

43 minutes:  The alert Cory Harvey dives on the ball, with Ryan Turner falling over the prostrate keeper and claiming a penalty – Referee Long is not impressed! 

45+3:  A quietish period of play as Mousehole look to see out the half and preserve their lead.  Helston are being loudly encouraged from the sidelines.

45+7:  Half-Time:  Mousehole 1-0 Helston Athletic.  A very energetic 50-odd minutes full of action and incident – you can’t take your eyes off it.  An amazing attendance of 469 is announced.  The prospects: you can bet on Helston coming out fired up for the second half.

53 minutes:  GOAL – MOUSEHOLE 2-0 HELSTON. Helston concede yet another free kick, this time Lewis Tonkin illegally halting Tallan Mitchells’ promising run 20 yards out and earning himself a yellow card.  ANDY ELCOCK’s direct shot beats the defensive wall and the keeper’s dive to zip low into the net for Mousehole’s second goal.

54 minutes:  Back come Helston and Bowker’s lofted attempt from 20 yards lands on the roof of the net with Cory Harvey covering

58 minutes:  RED CARD FOR HELSTON:  Lewis Tonkin brings down Hayden Turner in full flight and shows his displeasure at the Referee’s decision to award a free kick – an almost inevitable yellow card (his second in five minutes) sees the young defender dismissed.  Surely this is now an uphill battle for the visitors – two goals down and still 30+ minutes to play with ten men?

59 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Sean Roberts is replaced by Mark Goldsworthy

63 minutes: GOAL FOR HELSTON.  Mousehole 2-1 Helston Athletic.  Improbably, the ten men are back in the game!  A misplaced Seagulls pass in midfield leads to STU BOWKER finding space 30 yards out with the back line exposed, and he instantly drives a superlative left-foot shot into the top right corner despite Cory Harvey’s best efforts

64 minutes:  Billy Curtis’ right wing cross is hacked away a few feet from the Helston goal line

70 minutes:  Helston have put in a powerful five-minute spell, causing Mousehole to back pedal

71 minutes: Mousehole substitute – Josh Magin is replaced by Callam Mconie

74 minutes:  Helston very close to an equaliser.  From a corner, Stu Bowker turns on the dropping ball and looks certain to score with his favoured left foot from inside the six-yard box, but Cory Harvey pulls off a defiant block to keep his side in the lead

75 minutes:  Helston are playing as well with ten men as they did earlier with eleven.  The Bowker goal has changed the complexion of the game more so than did the red card, but the visitors are undoing much of their good work by conceding too many unnecessary free kicks

82 minutes:  At last Mousehole regain the initiative and begin to stretch the Helston defence with attacks down the flanks.  Billy Curtis’ right wing cross in front of goal is just out of reach of his advanced team-mates

85 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Mousehole 3-1 Helston Athletic.  Hayden Turner has just been announced as ‘Mousehole Man of the Match’ and he further justifies the award by driving a fierce dipping right-foot from the left corner of the penalty area inside the far post past a helpless Radovanovic.  Four great goals in the match so far.

88 minutes:  Helston substitute Jackson Penhallurick makes a good run into the Mousehole box but his low shot from 15 yards is beaten out by Cory Harvey – another very important save!

90 minutes:  Mousehole are slowing the game down and sensibly retaining possession, but the visitors still get forward and gain two corners in a row

90+2 minutes:  Mousehole substitute Callam Mconie has a good chance coming in from the right to create a better angle, but hits the side netting with his usually reliable left foot

90+3 minutes:  Full -Time Mousehole 3-1 Helston Athletic.  A pulsating end-to-end fiercely competitive and value-for-money FA Cup tie, with the debutant Seagulls progressing to the Preliminary Round and a home tie against Southern League Step 4 side Plymouth Parkway in two weeks’ time.

Mousehole starting XI (and used substitutes): Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Josh Otto, Steve Burt, Andy Elcock, Tallan Mitchell, Sean Roberts (Mark Goldsworthy), Josh Magin (Callam Mconie), Hayden Turner.

Other substitutes: Charlie Willis, Silas Sullivan, Piran Jones (GK)

Match officials:  James Long (Referee) and Mark Hosking & Dean Kitley (Assistants)

Attendance: 469

Next for Mousehole:

Tuesday 10th August: Away v Tavistock, Western League Premier Division, 7.45

  • Venue: Langsford Park, Crowndale Road, Tavistock PL19 8JR.
  • Tavistock won their FA Cup tie on Saturday, 3-2 away at St Austell
  • This is their first home game of the season. In WLP, they have won away at Ilfracombe (2-1) and lost away at Saltash (2-0).

Saturday 14th August: Home v Street AFC, WLP, 3pm, Trungle Parc

  • Street have lost both their home League games, v Brislington (3-1) and Exmouth (4-0)
  • They lost 8-0 away at Step 5 Fareham Town in the FA Cup on Saturday

THREE GOOD AWAY POINTS AS MOUSEHOLE GET BACK ON TRACK

Millbrook 0-2 Mousehole

Callam Mconie (42), Tallan Mitchell (83)

Toolstation Western League Premier Division

Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Mousehole’s first away fixture since moving up to Step 5 produced a well-deserved win in south-east Cornwall against fellow promoted Millbrook, both the result and the performance helping to overcome the disappointments of the opening day home  draw with Wellington.

Preview points:

  • This is Millbrook’s first game of the season, and Mousehole’s first visit for three seasons – since the days of their friendly rivalry in the SWPL West.  The stadium has been impressively upgraded since then.
  • Millbrook’s leading scorer Jake Foster is out injured, while Mousehole have made a few changes from Saturday, with Kyle Fraser, Sean Roberts and Callam Mconie all starting, but striker Mark Goldsworthy is not yet clear to play after head injury in pre-season.

The match:

2 minutes:  Millbrook have already had two free kicks from promising positions and a corner, as they start on full power

6 minutes:  Good chance for the home side.  The lively Ricky Shepherd has a free header at the far post but puts it wide.

7 minutes:  Shepherd creates space for himself on the edge of the box, forcing Cory Harvey into a full-length save to push the low shot out for a corner.

13 minutes:  Shepherd again – latches on to a through ball to just stay onside and has a clear run on goal, but Mark Richards puts in a typical burst of acceleration to catch up with the dangerman and force him to shoot hastily wide.

20 minutes:  This looks like the start of Mousehole’s two previous matches against Plymouth Parkway and Wellington – they just haven’t got going and the opposition ought to be in the lead (but they aren’t!)

22 minutes: We’re at the mid-point of the first half and The Seagulls at last get deep into Millbrook territory, with Tallan Mitchell whipping a 20-yard shot not far over the bar

25 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell again, with a driving run into the box and a shot that’s blocked by two defenders

27 minutes:  At the other end, The Seagulls survive as a first-time shot through a ruck of players rebounds off the far post and across goal to safety

37 minutes:  Josh Otto keeps Mousehole in the match with a superbly timed goal-saving tackle, with Shepherd driving the loose ball wide from 20 yards

38 minutes:  Signs of progress by The Seagulls.  Callam Mconie gets the ball on to his favoured left foot on the edge of the box but it’s straight at the keeper

40 minutes:  Better from Mousehole.  A sustained period of possession, forcing Millbrook back for the first time.  Kyle Fraser is making some great runs down the left, stretching the home defence, with Tallan Mitchell and Andy Elcock prompting and probing

42 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  Kyle Fraser darts down the wing past two opponents, crosses invitingly into the middle and while the home defence is distracted by Hayden Turner, CALLAM MCONIE arrives at the far post to side-foot low into the net.  A sense of disbelief in the Millbrook ranks after their strong opening, but Mousehole have weathered the storm and started to play their way.

45+2 minutes:  Referee McFarlane turns down loud appeals for hand-ball as a quick one-two in the Millbrook area is cleared

Half-time:  Millbrook 0-1 Mousehole. Not the scoreline you would have expected from the opening half hour!

50 minutes:  Millbrook surge forward and Shepherd fires wide of the far post from an angle on the right

57 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell’s movement is causing the home defence a few problems – he seizes on a half-chance in the Millbrook box but is crowded out

66 minutes:  The Seagulls are looking in control.  Their ball-winning and retention is impressive.  Millbrook are caught between having to deal with Mousehole’s ability to switch play and find space, and the need to press for an equaliser

67 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – goalscorer Callam Mconie is replaced by Jack Rhead, who put in an eye-catching performance for Plymouth Parkway in the recent pre-season match at Trungle Parc.

70 minutes:  To make matters worse for Millbrook, they’ve got their hands full with the energetic and robust Jack Rhead playing centrally up front, with Hayden Turner moving leftwards. 

80 minutes:  Still no forward threat from Millbrook.  Surely they’ll need to do something in the last ten minutes?

83 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.   A classic!  Andy Elcock and Tallan Mitchell outmanoeuvre their opposite numbers in midfield, a chipped pass into space sees Hayden Turner take the ball down at speed and drive an instant low cross into the box where TALLAN MITCHELL races in to get there before the goalkeeper and backpedalling defenders to slot home.  Two great left-wing crosses, two goals!

84 minutes:  Mousehole substitution – Steve Burt replaces Sean Roberts

86 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell goes on a mazy run from deep but his 20-yard shot is straight at the keeper

87 minutes:  Millbrook have been nullified as an attacking force, but they gain a rare corner

90 minutes:  Mousehole break at speed down the right and Josh Magin fires wide

90+2 minutes:  Millbrook have the ball in the net but the header from an inswinging free kick is offside

90+3 minutes:  Tallan Mitchell sets up Hayden Turner for a one-on-one with the keeper but the side-footed shot from ten yards goes wide of the far post

Full time:  Millbrook 0-2 Mousehole.  A very good last 50 minutes sees Jake Ash’s team play the football they’re capable of.  Their first Western League win sets them up nicely for Saturday’s exciting first-ever FA Cup tie.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (c),Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Kyle Fraser, Sean Roberts (Steve Burt), Andy Elcock, Tallan Mitchell, Callam Mconie (Jack Rhead), Hayden Turner, Josh Magin.  Other subs: Charlie Willis, Jamie Devine, Piran Jones

Match officials:  Luke McFarlane (Referee) with Mark Ring & Alan Turner (Assistants)

Attendance:  193

Next:

Emirates FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round, this Saturday, 7th August at Trungle Parc:  Mousehole v Helston Athletic, 3pm.

  • Mousehole’s first-ever FA Cup tie
  • A replay is mandatory if the match is drawn after 90 minutes (replay date before Thursday 12th August, kick off 7.45pm).
  • Prize money: winners £1125, losers £375
  • The winners will be at home in the Preliminary Round v Southern League (Step 4) Plymouth Parkway on Saturday 21st August

The 2021/22 season is the 150th anniversary of the FA Cup.

MOUSEHOLE’S BIG DAY…..AND A SIX-GOAL THRILLER

MOUSEHOLE’S BIG DAY…..AND A SIX-GOAL THRILLER!

MOUSEHOLE 3-3 WELLINGTON

Steve Burt (28), Jamie Devine (45+1), Josh Magin (52)

TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

SATURDAY 31ST JULY 2021

AT TRUNGLE PARC

Playing their first game at the highest level in the club’s history, Mousehole had to settle for a draw against seasoned Western League side Wellington.  The slightly disappointing result could not detract from a magnificent day that showcased the club in the best possible light.  Nearly 200 spectators enjoyed a warm welcome to a smart stadium, first-class hospitality and a superb playing surface, together with an enthralling contest, with plenty of ebb and flow, defensive mishaps and near-misses.

How it happened:

Preview points:

  • Mousehole have never before played in the Western League, whereas Wellington have been members since 1978
  • It’s warm at pitch-side but nowhere near as hot as the last home PSF game
  • The Somerset side have had a five-hour coach journey, arriving at 2pm – it’s their longest away trip of the season.  They will play in their club colours of tangerine and black
  • Mousehole, wearing their new centenary shirts, are missing striker Mark Goldsworthy, still in recovery mode from the head injury against Parkway two weeks ago; but they have the experienced Jack Calver among the substitutes

Kick-off is preceded by a minute’s applause for Jock Liston (1948-2021), a long-standing servant to Mousehole AFC as player, secretary, treasurer and supporter

20 minutes gone:  It’s 0-0.  Wellington have seized the initiative, strong, quick and organised, with lots of forward bursts but no clear-cut chances yet.  Mousehole having to defend but doing it well so far.

26 minutes:  Mousehole suddenly in with a chance.  Tallan Mitchell intercepts a risky pass on the edge of the visitors’ box and the toe-end of keeper Connor Sidley-Adams’ boot diverts the shot just past the post

26 minutes:  GOAL FOR WELLINGTON.  Seagulls’ keeper Cory Harvey is first to a through-ball but boots the clearance straight to MILES QUICK whose first-time 30-yard drive sails into the empty net despite Josh Otto’s attempt to head clear.  A gift for the visitors, but deserved on the balance of play so far.

28 minutes:  MOUSEHOLE EQUALISER.  Hayden Turner shields the ball with his back to goal and lays the ball off for STEVE BURT to fire a right-footer from 15 yards into the far top corner.

33 minutes:  A Wellington free kick from the side of the box looks dangerous as their big defenders have come up, but the ball floats over the heads of everyone

36 minutes:  The visitors come close again as a left-sided corner is whipped low across the six-yard line without anyone getting a touch

37 minutes:  Great chance for Mousehole.  Josh Magin latches on to Jamie Devine’s lofted pass and goes past Jack Lewis and in on goal, but shoots into the side-netting from 15 yards

41 minutes:  A Wellington free kick in a central position 20 yards out by Rohan Poulsom clears the crossbar by millimetres but with Cory Harvey covering

44 minutes:  GOAL FOR WELLINGTON.  Jamie Devine trips over the ball 30 yards out, Rohan Poulsom exploits the space and feeds JAKE QUICK who shows great composure to bring the ball on to his left foot and side-foot home from ten yards.  Another gift, but a very cool finish.

45 minutes:  Hayden Turner’s speed takes him clear on the right and his low angled drive is finger-tipped by Sidley-Adams to shave the far post

45+1:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE:  It’s 2-2 as Jude Boyd’s inswinging corner is met by JAMIE DEVINE who holds his position expertly at the far post to head down into the net and atone for his earlier error

45+2:  Mousehole on the attack again, with Josh Magin’s edge-of-the-box drive deflected for a corner, but the whistle then goes for the end of the half.

Half-time:  Mousehole 2-2 Wellington.  An end-to-end affair, with Wellington looking better in attack than in defence, and twice taking the lead, but Mousehole equalising each time within two minutes thanks to rare goals from unlikely scorers.

48 minutes:  Mousehole have made a brisker start after the interval.  Tallan Mitchell’s cross-come-shot goes wide.

50 minutes:  The lively Rohan Poulsom tries an unexpected 50-yard lob for the visitors, but Cory Harvey is there to see it drift wide

52 minutes:  GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE.  The Seagulls take the lead for the first time in the match.  Hayden Turner drives in a low cross from the left and JOSH MAGIN gets in front of everybody to side-foot the ball in at the near post from six yards.

59 minutes:  Harry Gardner sends in another long-distance lob for Wellington, this time from the halfway line, with Cory Harvey perfectly positioned to chest it down

62 minutes:  So close for Mousehole!  Andy Elcock slices right through the visitors’ defence in a penetrating 30-yard run with only the keeper to beat but hits the post.

63 minutes:  Stunning save by Cory Harvey – the keeper makes amends for his earlier aberration, denying Wellington a certain equaliser with a reflex save on the line from Sam Towler’s downward header

64 minutes:  Mousehole hit the woodwork again!  Hayden Turner outpaces centre-back Tom Stone to race in on goal but hammers the ball against the near post

65 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Callam Mconie replaces Jude Boyd

67 minutes: Two Mousehole chances in quick succession. Callam Mconie miscues Tallan Mitchell’s cross at the far post, and seconds later drives wide from a promising position

72 minutes:  A Mconie cross is just out of reach of Tallan Mitchell in front of goal

74 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Jack Calver replaces Steve Burt

76 minutes:  Off the line!  Wellington defenders perform heroics to keep the ball out from both Callam Mconie and Hayden Turner

15 minutes to go:  Mousehole are on top and in control, but they need another goal.  Wellington are being forced back but they’re still in the game at 3-2!

80 minutes:  At last Wellington mount an attack, but then waste a free kick 40 yards out.

88 minutes:  Mousehole substitute – Sean Roberts replaces Josh Magin

90 minutes:  We’re at the end of normal time and the home crowd are willing the final whistle for a famous victory.

90+1 minutes:  GOAL FOR WELLINGTON.  It’s 3-3 from another defensive blunder.  Substitute Jack Porter takes a throw-in on the left, level with the 18-yard line, the ball travels unchallenged towards the near post where JAKE QUICK converts the chance from close in. 

Full time:  Mousehole 3-3 Wellington.  The result scarcely does Mousehole justice for their second half dominance.  But overall they’ve paid the price for missed chances and defensive errors, and all credit to Wellington for a worthy point over the 90+ minutes.  Plenty of positives for Mousehole and also plenty of things to learn from.

Mousehole:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis (c), Mark Richards, Jamie Devine, Josh Otto, Steve Burt (Jack Calver), Andy Elcock, Tallan Mitchell, Josh Magin (Sean Roberts), Hayden Turner, Jude Boyd (Callam Mconie).  Unused substitutes: Kyle Fraser, Charlie Wills.

Match officials:  Jon Green (Referee), Dean Kitley & Neil Rudkin (Assistants).

Attendance: 191

Next:

Tuesday 3rd August:  Away v Millbrook, Western League Premier, 7.45pm.  Millbrook’s first League fixture of the season after promotion.

Then:

Saturday 7th August:  Home v Helston Athletic, FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round, 3pm.  Mousehole’s first-ever FA Cup tie.  Winners home in the FA Cup Preliminary Round  to Plymouth Parkway on Saturday 21st August, 3pm.  Also promoted, Helston won their opening Western League fixture 7-1 away at Bridport, and are home to Saltash United on Wednesday.

SEAGULLS’ PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS OFF TO A FLYING START

Mousehole 5-0 St Blazey

Pre-Season Friendly at Trungle Parc

Scorers: Callam Mconie (32), Hayden Turner (34), Tallan Mitchell (40), Tallan Mitchell (59), Sean Roberts (89)

Mousehole, recently promoted to the Western League, hosted their former South West Peninsula rivals in an entertaining encounter full of interest and endeavour, with 80 spectators at an immaculate Trungle Parc watching their first live football since last December.

Manager Jake Ash’s squad included mostly familiar faces, with two recent arrivals in winger Callam Mconie signed from Newquay and left-sided wing-back Kyle Fraser from Porthleven, together with Ethan Elwell goalkeeping understudy, but striker Mark Goldsworthy was absent through illness.

St Blazey, with a new management team under experienced manager Phil Lafferty and a re-shaped side containing some well-known names, are widely tipped to do well and challenge for the single promotion place available this season.

The game was uneventful for the first half hour, with plenty of tough tackling, but burst into life with three goals in eight minutes.

Mousehole took the lead when Callam Mconie swerved a left-footed free kick from 25 yards low inside the near post on 32 minutes, and then two minutes later Tallan Mitchell led a high press to present Hayden Turner with a goal from an angled shot for 2-0.  The same pair combined in a neat one-two on the edge of the box for Tallan Mitchell to side foot low into the far corner on 40 minutes.  At the other end Cory Harvey made a good low save from a 10-yard drive and Neil Slateford just missed the far angle for the visitors before the interval.

Just before the hour, Tallan Mitchell exploited the space 30 yards out to score his second goal with a low shot inside the post, but the visitors then came back into the game with some promising attacks and a couple of missed half-chances.  Right at the end, Sean Roberts marked his comeback after a lengthy injury lay-off when he completed the scoring with a header following a fine left-sided break engineered by Jamie Devine.

Mousehole starting line-up:  Cory Harvey, Billy Curtis, Mark Richards, Josh Otto, Kyle Fraser, Steve Burt, Tallan Mitchell, Andy Elcock, Callam Mconie, Hayden Turner, Josh Magin.

Substitutes used:  Sean Roberts, Jamie Devine, Ethan Elwell (GK), Jude Boyd, Charlie Willis, Silas Sullivan

Next up in the pre-season schedule is the visit to Trungle Parc of Jason Blunt’s i2i Academy on Friday evening (9th July) with a 7pm kick off.

COMING UP: A BUSY ‘PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES’ MONTH FOR THE PROMOTED SEAGULLS

Tuesday 6th Home v St Blazey 7.30pm

Friday 9th Home v i2i Academy 7pm

Saturday 17th Home v Plymouth Parkway 3pm

Wednesday 21st Home v Exeter City 7pm

Saturday 24th Away v Larkhall Athletic 3pm

 

The PSF Programme

Mousehole’s First Team squad face an interesting and varied set of July friendlies as they prepare for life at the higher level in the Toolstation Western League at Step 5 of the National League System.

The details – including recent changes – are:

(The away match against Porthleven at Gala Parc originally scheduled for this Saturday, 3rd July, has been cancelled as the hosts are unable to fulfil the fixture)

St Blazey 

Home – Trungle Parc 

Tuesday 6th, 7.30pm

(The venue for this PSF has been reversed as St Blazey’s pitch is not yet ready)

Under new management and with a re-built team, St Blazey are looking to reclaim their former position as one of Cornwall’s premier clubs.  Their recent high-profile signings will be keen to show their worth and use their experience to help challenge for the leading position in the SWPL-West in the forthcoming season, with only one team eligible for promotion to the Western League Premier.

i2i Academy 

Home – Trungle Parc

Friday 9th 7pm

Friday-night football is next on the list as a well-known face returns to Trungle Parc. The Yorkshire-based international academy is staffed by a group of ex-professionals including lead coach Jason Blunt who was Mousehole’s First Team manager and inaugural director of the club’s Academy in 2017.  Recruits to the i2i Academy study for sports-related degrees at local Universities and train full-time in a professional-level programme.  For more details see www.i2isoccerscademy.com

Plymouth Parkway 

Home – Trungle Parc

Saturday 17th 3pm

After being promoted from the SWPL to the Western League Premier, Parkway have enjoyed two very impressive seasons at the higher level – albeit curtailed by COVID.  Their record was good enough to benefit from the FA’s recent ‘upward movement’ re-structuring, and they start the 2021/22 season at Step 4 in the Southern League Division One South.  With some changes to the visitors’ squad in preparation for the fresh challenge, this encounter will perhaps provide an indicator of the standard The Seagulls can expect this season.

Exeter City 

Home – Trungle Parc

Wednesday 21st 7pm

(Please note change of date)

The Saints, a top-ten team in League Two over the last few seasons, are likely to bring a mix of first-team regulars, new recruits, academy talent and triallists to Trungle Parc for The Seagulls’ last home PSF before the start of their historic first season in the WLP.  Expect a match full of technical and tactical skills, with both sides committed to a modern passing style of football.

Larkhall Athletic 

Away – Plain Ham, Bath

Saturday 24th 3pm

The journey to Bath (a 400-mile round trip) provides not just a stern test for Mousehole against higher-league opposition, but also a foretaste of a few of the away-days to be faced as a consequence of promotion to the Western League.  Larkhall are an established Southern League side – having been promoted from the WLP to Step 4 eight years ago.  The Seagulls’ last PSF comes just a week away from their much-anticipated debut in the new League. 

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Admission prices for home PSFs are £4, with concessions £2 and ‘kids for a quid’.

COVID-related precautions will be in place at Trungle Parc, as displayed on notices.

The Western League have informed clubs of their first two fixtures for the official start of the season. For Mousehole, it’s: 

Home v Wellington on Saturday 31st July; and 

Away at Millbrook in the following midweek.

The full fixture list is expected to be announced early next week, with full details to be published here.