DERYK HEYWOOD BECOMES GENERAL MANAGER OF MOUSEHOLE AFC AND ENDORSED ACADEMY

In a significant development Mousehole AFC have appointed Deryk Heywood –  Chairman of Porthleven AFC – to the role of General Manager.  He will be responsible for both developing the commercial model of the club, working closely with its Endorsed Academy, while also driving forward the increasing number of developments at a local level.

Deryk Heywood who re-located to West Cornwall over 40 years ago explained his decision to move across to Trungle Parc:  “I’ve been at Porthleven for several years and made many good friends, and this last season was our best in the League for ten years. So its been a big decision to leave.  But the opportunity to be involved in something unique, with such huge ambition, energy and vision at Mousehole AFC, and joining the growing leadership team of the club, was simply too good to miss. Its incredible to see a club that is engaging so deeply with its community, schools, the RNLI and beyond – its fantastic.”

Deryk went on to explain his involvement with local football and how he was returning to a club very close to his heart.  As a former local player, which included an interesting stint at Mousehole – Deryk is no stranger to the West Cornwall football scene, and has many fascinating stories to tell.  “My first ever game of football in Cornwall was for St Just Youth team in 1974.  I then played in goal for Herland Rangers in the West Penwith League from 1975 and eventually joined Mousehole, where I have some fantastic and actually very emotional memories.”

“So, as you can imagine, I’m massively looking forward to returning to Mousehole, this time in a different capacity and applying myself to ensuring that both the club and Endorsed Academy achieve their vision and goals.”

The club would like to wish Deryk every success in his new role and welcome him to the team.

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SEAGULLS THANK NEIGHBOURS

Mousehole AFC would like to formally thank Penzance AFC and their Chairman Terry Burgess for their willingness to explore a shared way forward for the future.

Although we will not be progressing together, we would like to put on record our greatest respect for the club and chairman and will continue to enjoy the healthy but competitive rivalry that exists between our two clubs.

In the meantime, Mousehole AFC continue to be fully committed to exploring all opportunities to better serve our community and create a brighter sporting future for our kids.

Several exciting developments are being put in place and announcements will be made in due course.

 

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SEAGULLS CELEBRATE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Over 100 Seagulls’ players, partners and supporters attended The Lugger Inn, Penzance, on Friday 1st June to celebrate a highly successful season for the club as a whole.

The opening presentation by Ezra Chapman referred to the many successes on the playing side. The First team finished 4th in the South West Peninsula League West Division as well as winning the Cornwall Charity Cup and reaching the Cornwall Senior Cup for the first time in the club’s history.  The Reserves were promoted to the Trelawny League Premier Division as champions of Division 1, with only one defeat and a record-breaking 100% away record.  The newly-established Thirds finished in fourth place in Trelawny League Division 4 with a team assembled only at the start of the season.  Mousehole Women recorded their highest-ever position as they came runners-up in the Cornwall Women’s League, beaten only by champions St Agnes.

In terms of infrastructure, the club had quadrupled the number of teams to 13, including nine youth teams, and trebled the number of registered players.  Improvements had been made to Trungle Parc, planning permission was in place for floodlights and the ground now met the standards of the League above.  Many other developments were in the pipeline as the club continues into an era of significant change.  The Committee had been strengthened and there are up to 35 volunteers who regularly contribute their time and expertise to the running and further development of the club.


Votes for player awards were as follows:

Club player of the year was Luke Johnson

First teamer Jake Andrew picked up three awards:  Manager’s player of the season, Most improved player and top-goalscorer with 25 in total.

Third team player Jowan May was his team’s leading goalscorer and also the top scorer in the whole club with 38 goals.

Top goal-scorer for the Reserves’ was Chris Bullock (28 goals) and for the Women’s team Sophie Wilson (30)

The club’s young male player of the year was Tyler Tonkin and the young female player was Megan Edwards, while Josh Storey was the most promising player.

The First team player’s player was Liam Andrew.

For the Reserves, the Manager’s player was Jason ‘JJ’ Simmonds, while the players’ player was Nathan Goodspeed.

The Third team Manager’s player was Kalon Mayes and the players’ player was Joe Gibson.

For the Women’s team, the Manager’s player of the season was Carly Jacka, the players’ player was Katy Barker, and the most improved player Flo Davies Kirsop.
Sportsman of the year was Tom George.

 

On the non-playing side the following awards were announced:

Club person of the season: Andrew Large
Supporter of the year: Antony ‘AJ’ Munro
Chairman’s Special Award: Ben Gibson


*At the South West Peninsula League Annual Presentation evening in Plymouth on Saturday 2nd June, Mousehole AFC were awarded prize money for their League Cup progress (the longest West Division surviving team in this season’s competition, and losing semi-finalists), and for finishing 4th in the table as well as runners-up in the ‘Respect’ scores.  They also had the second best average home attendance (92) in Division One West, which was better than that of 9 of the 20 clubs in the Premier Division.

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SEAGULLS SPARKLE IN TROPHY TRIUMPH

MOUSEHOLE 5-0 WADEBRIDGE TOWN

CORNWALL FA ‘DURNING LAWRENCE’ CHARITY CUP FINAL

FRIDAY 25TH MAY 2018, AT PENRYN ATHLETIC AFC

Mousehole finished off their season with a performance of style and power – and goals to grace any Final – to lift the Charity Cup with a convincing 5-0 scoreline for the second time in three years.

The Seagulls had progressed to this season’s Final of the 16-club competition having conceded only one goal in wins over Ludgvan, Penzance and Liskeard Athletic, while Wadebridge had beaten champions-in-waiting Millbrook, Carharrack and St Blazey.

The Cup was donated by Truro MP Sir Edward Durning Lawrence over 100 years ago,  and this year’s chosen charity is the Invictus Trust, a Cornwall-based organisation set up recently for teenagers who need mental health support  (more information at www.invictustrust.co.uk).

Mousehole had finished their South West Peninsula League Division 1 West season in fourth place after a remarkable run of form from October, with only three League losses in 24 matches, together with narrow defeats to higher-league opposition in the League Cup semi-final and in a first-ever Senior Cup Final appearance.  The Bridgers had achieved seventh place, falling away after a promising start to the season, and had already been beaten by Mousehole 3-1 at home and 6-0 away.

The kick-off to the delayed Final – eventually scheduled three weeks after the official end of the League season – was preceded by the on-pitch presentation by the Cornwall FA of a Cap to Mousehole’s talented youngster Josh Otto in recognition of his eight appearances for the County’s Under-18s.

The match got off to a high tempo start in front of a sizeable crowd made up mostly of Seagulls supporters, and it was a highly committed Mousehole side – fielding five players from the 5-0 Final win over St Dennis two years ago – who completely dominated the first half.  Jamie Thomson had a goalbound shot deflected for a corner after 2 minutes and Tyler Tonkin volleyed just over from 25 yards in the next attack.  Goalkeeper Rob Rosevear made a great save from Luke Johnson’s fierce drive in the 15th minute, but on 24 the striker opened the scoring with dazzling 50-yard run at speed past two defenders and an unstoppable drive high into the net from just inside the box.

In the five minutes before the interval, Mousehole came close to increasing the lead their play deserved, Paulo Sousa firing wide from 18 yards, Luke Johnson denied again by Rosevear and shortly afterwards sliding a shot across goal and just wide.

The second half opened with Wadebridge fortunate to be only one goal down but showing some belief as Nathan Bonney fired a half-chance over the bar from an angle on 48.  But another spectacular goal saw Mousehole go two up in the 51st minute as Kevin Lawrence – making an impressive return to his former club territory – met a square pass with a first-time side-footed inch-perfect shot into the top left-hand corner from a central position 20 yards out.

Wadebridge created a chance after a breakaway on 56 minutes when 37-goal top scorer Dan Jennings had a shot blocked, and two minutes later Mousehole had a self-inflicted scare when ‘keeper Steve Parker-Billinge’s miskick from a difficult back pass trickled narrowly wide.  At the other end Kevin Lawrence put paid to any chance of a Bridgers’ comeback when he broke through two defenders’ tackles in the left-hand corner of the penalty area and swerved a brilliant right-footed shot just inside the far post for 3-0 on 64 minutes.

And it became 4-0 after 79 minutes with another ‘goal of the season’ contender.  This time Luke Johnson released Tyler Tonkin for a rampaging run down the right and his chipped ball into the middle was volleyed acrobatically into the roof of the net by Jake Andrew from around the penalty spot.  And the striker was on hand again in the first minute of added time, as youngster Louis Graham – with his first touch after coming on as a substitute – moved the ball forward adeptly into space where Andrew won the challenge with the converging defender and goalkeeper to roll the ball into an empty net.

So with the First team’s season ending on a memorable evening, the Reserves gaining promotion as Champions, the newly created Thirds finishing a creditable fourth, the Women’s team achieving a highest ever runners-up spot, and the new Youth teams showing great promise, Mousehole AFC have much to be proud of and, just as importantly, a great deal to look forward to next season and beyond.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (c), Liam Andrew, Calum Eliot, Kevin Lawrence, Jamie Thomson, Josh Otto, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew.    Substitutes:  Connor Davey (for Josh Otto, 64), Jordan Adlard (for Jamie Thomson, 85), Louis Graham (for Paulo Sousa, 90), Paul Williams

Scorers:  Luke Johnson (24), Kevin Lawrence (51, 64), Jake Andrew (79, 90+1).

Officials:  Martin Ault (Referee), Marc Rose & Stephen Nute (Assistant Referees), Shaun Edge (Fourth Official).

SUPER STRIKE PUTS SEAGULLS INTO ANOTHER CUP FINAL

LISKEARD ATHLETIC 0-1 MOUSEHOLE

CORNWALL ‘DURNING LAWRENCE’ CHARITY CUP SEMI-FINAL

WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY 2018

AT MOUNT WISE, NEWQUAY AFC

 Mousehole marched into the Final of the Cornwall FA ‘Durning Lawrence’ Charity Cup with a late but spectacular goal to break Athletic’s stubborn rearguard resistance.

The Seagulls were playing their third semi-final in a remarkable run of success in this season’s three Cup competitions, and after the earlier 2-0 defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup by Premier Division runners-up Tavistock, and the gallant 3-2 loss on Sunday to higher-division Saltash United in a first-ever Senior Cup Final appearance, they will fancy their chances of picking up some well-earned silverware against Wadebridge Town in next week’s Charity Cup Final.

Liskeard had finished their League season fifth in the table, one place and two points behind Mousehole, so a close contest was expected.  However, the narrow scoreline was mainly due to an eye-catching display by ‘keeper Chris Hoare whose defiant shot-stopping stood between Mousehole and the much bigger goal margin their overall team performance deserved.

In the early stages of the first half Liskeard looked lively with fast breaks from midfield, and Steve Parker-Billinge was forced into a close range save from Tom Cleveland as the striker burst through on the left on 8 minutes.  Mousehole gradually started to impose themselves, with Hoare foiling shots by Jake Andrew, Josh Otto and Calum Elliot twice from 30-yards, as well as tipping over a Jake Andrew header just before half time, to earn his side a 0-0 reprieve at the interval.

Mousehole continued on the offensive in the second half, with Liskeard content to fall back and rely on the speed of James Lorenz to chase swiftly delivered long balls.  However, the 36-goal marksman was superbly marshalled by The Seagulls’ back line, aided by Steve Parker-Billinge’s alert anticipation.

Hoare somehow put various parts of his body in the way of goal-bound shots by Josh Otto, Tyler Tonkin and substitute Luke Johnson, while his fellow defenders increasingly resorted to desperate measures, picking up a series of yellow cards.  Liam Andrew also went into the book with ten minutes to go after a clash of heads with Adam King as he keenly contested an inviting corner, the incident requiring prolonged on-pitch attention to his opponent.

And a few minutes later, on 86 minutes, Mousehole’s persistence paid off with a goal of supreme quality.  After a clever piece of triangular interplay had created a few millimetres of space on the right-hand edge of the penalty box , William Vouama suddenly swivelled inside on to his left foot and released a fierce drive that was still rising into the far top corner as it sped past the helpless ‘keeper.

Mousehole safely played out the remainder of the game, including five minutes of added time, and even came close to doubling the score when Hoare yet again came to his side’s rescue, tipping over a typical strong shot from Luke Johnson.

So The Seagulls progress to their second Charity Cup Final in three years and will be looking to repeat the memorable events of two years ago when a 5-0 thumping victory over St Dennis at Bodmin Town clinched a historic Cup and League double.  This time round, the other finalists are mid-table finishers Wadebridge Town, 3-2 semi-final winners over St Blazey.

The Final is confirmed for Friday 25th May at Penryn FC.  Kick Off 7.30pm.

This season’s Charity Cup is in aid of the Invictus Trust, a relatively new Cornwall-based charity set up to provide for local adolescents needing mental health support.

 Mousehole: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jamie Thomson, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Josh Otto, Jake Andrew.  Substitutes:  Luke Johnson (for Paulo Sousa, 78), Connor Davey, Paul Williams, Louis Graham, Matt McIlroy.

Scorer:  William Vouama (86).

Officials:  Steve Annis (Referee), Adam Price & Stuart Kane (Assistant Referees), Andrew McKnight (4th Official)

Mousehole vs Saltash Cornwall Senior Cup Final

STUPENDOUS SEAGULLS SO CLOSE TO MAJOR CUP UPSET

MOUSEHOLE 2-3 SALTASH UNITED

CORNWALL SENIOR CUP FINAL

SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2018

AT BLAISE PARK, ST BLAZEY AFC 

Mousehole played a massive part in a highly entertaining and exciting afternoon’s football in front of a near-400 crowd in warm sunny conditions, making light of their lower league status and keeping the game on a knife edge right up to the final whistle.

The Seagulls had never before in their near-100 year history reached the Final of the County’s prestigious competition – let alone the semi-finals – but by contrast The Ashes were looking to put right a record of being five-times beaten finalists in the previous 13 years.  Both teams had finished their respective League seasons in fourth place, with Premier Division Saltash standing 20 places above Mousehole in the Peninsula ‘pyramid’.

But Mousehole made the worst possible start to the game in a nervous opening 12 minutes.  Sam Farrant did the first damage after just 68 seconds with a lofted shot high into the net from the right side of the box after Ryan Richards had stolen possession in midfield and played a simple ball through.  And Saltash’s strong tackling and direct running exposed the left side of Mousehole’s defence again as Sam Hughes broke through unchallenged from the right to slot home for 2-0 on 12 minutes despite the best efforts of Tyler Tonkin on the line.

The Seagulls’ shell-shocked players and large band of supporters were given hope two minutes later by Jake Andrew who in typical fashion was in the right place to head Kevin Lawrence’s left-sided free kick firmly down into the corner of the net for a 2-1 scoreline after just 14 minutes.

Saltash threatened further goals in the 24th minute, Steve Parker-Billinge diving to keep out a close-range drive from Farrant, with Callum O’Brien heading wide from the resulting corner.  At the other end goalkeeper Ash Clelland had to be at full stretch to collect another Jake Andrew header from a pinpoint Calum Elliot free kick on 33 minutes, as Mousehole started at last to make an impact on the pattern of play.  A couple of minutes before half-time Luke Johnson went off with an injury having given The Ashes’ defence a torrid time.

The Seagulls made a much more assertive start to the second half, Paulo Sousa firing a right-footed shot just wide of the far post after an incisive move in the first minute.  Two more half chances came from speedy runs to the byeline by substitute Steven Ziboth operating on the left, with the Saltash defence just managing to scramble the ball away.  Kevin Lawrence then drove inches past the post from 20 yards on 56 minutes as The Seagulls pegged their opponents back in their own half.

Mousehole were now enjoying much better ball possession, with Saltash relying on breakaways, feeding the ball quickly through to exploit top scorer Ryan Richards’ clever running.  In a two minute spell, Jake Andrew was just unable to place his header for a likely-looking equaliser after a superb five-man passing move and a carefully measured Kevin Lawrence cross after 68 minutes, while Steve Parker-Billinge had to pull off a great save as Richards looked certain to score.

With the next goal likely to prove crucial, Mousehole conceded a third on 78 minutes in the most unfortunate of circumstances.  Calum Elliot, off the field for several minutes with a blood injury, was just being waved back on to the field by referee Stuart Kane as Richards gathered a ball over the top in space normally occupied by Elliot and drove a dipping shot into the net from 20 yards for what turned out to be the winner.

To their immense credit, Mousehole stormed back to make it 3-2 in the 82nd minute with a firmly-struck Steven Ziboth penalty following a foul on William Vouama as he jinked in towards goal.  The momentum was now with The Seagulls, with the rowdy crowd in fine voice and The Ashes vulnerable-looking defenders resorting to several fouls and yellow cards to break up play.  Goalkeeper Clelland came to their rescue with two good saves from Steven Ziboth and from Billy Curtis as the referee rightly added eight minutes of added time in response to Saltash’s time-wasting tactics at set pieces.

At the end, Mousehole had done all they could, being the better footballing side and more committed team for the last hour, while Saltash will have been relieved to hear the referee’s whistle and at last to get their name of the Cup.

The Seagulls have a great chance to make this form count in Wednesday’s Cornwall Charity Cup Semi-Final when they face Liskeard Athletic at Mount Wise, Newquay AFC, kick off 7.30pm.  Liskeard finished in 5th place, one place and two points behind Mousehole, after being neck-and-neck at the top for much of the season.  The winners will play either St Blazey or Wadebridge Town, whose semi-final is tomorrow, Tuesday, at Sticker AFC, with the date and venue of the Final to be announced in due course.

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew

Substitutes:  Steven Ziboth (for Luke Johnson, 44), Josh Otto (for Jordan Adlard, 82), Connor Davey (for Tyler Tonkin, 86), Yeshe Briar, Paul Williams .

Officials:  Stuart Kane (Referee), Kevin Knowles & Robin Tucker (Assistant Referees) and Derek Hughes (4th Official).

Attendance:  392

SAM’S THE MAN – FORMER TORQUAY AND YEOVIL MAN JOINS THE SEAGULLS

Mousehole and the Endorsed Academy have significantly bolstered their strategy for a bright future with the appointment of Sam Shulberg, who will play a multiple role in the club’s long-term plans.

Shulberg was the First-team goalkeeping coach at Yeovil Town – the youngest in Football League history – and stepped in as Assistant Manager on an occasion, as well as being instrumental in the set up of their Academy.  Joining from Torquay United where he began coaching the First team and ended up running the Academy, he is a UEFA-qualified coach. 

As the inaugural Head of Education for the Endorsed Academy, the 23-year old will be responsible for both Further and Higher Education Learning, which will form an integral and vital part of the partnership between Endorsed and Mousehole AFC.  

The 23-year old is full of enthusiasm for his new venture:  “The ambitious developments and vision of Mousehole and the Endorsed Academy are very much in line with my own thinking.  I’m delighted to be able to make a contribution as we continue to realise the potential in this untouched ‘goldmine’ area for young talent. I’m looking forward to breaking new ground with the Head of Education role, as we develop exciting plans to build an incredible club and sports platform in Cornwall.”

Shulberg is no stranger to Mousehole, as he deputised in goal for the injured Steve Parker-Billinge when The Seagulls pulled off a shock 3-2 win in the League Cup at unbeaten leaders Ludgvan earlier in the season.

LATE GOALS END SEAGULLS’ TITLE HOPES, BUT STILL LOTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

ILLOGAN RBL 3-3 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2018

AT OXLAND PARC

 Mousehole dropped two points against bottom side Illogan in a dramatic final few minutes after looking good for the win that would have kept them in the hunt for the League title and promotion.

Unforced defensive mistakes gifted the hosts a useful point to take them off the foot of the table, and at the same time ensured that The Seagulls cannot pick up enough points from their remaining two games to finish top.  And as it now stands their only chance of promotion is to finish second behind Ludgvan (who are not promotion applicants), which in turn relies on The Hurlers winning the League, Millbrook losing their last three games, and Liskeard Athletic, Porthleven and Elburton Villa all dropping more points than they gain.

On a cold dark evening with driving rain and a strong wind blowing down the pitch, Mousehole named the same starting line-up as for Saturday’s stirring win over Millbrook, whereas Illogan have had difficulty raising a team recently and on this occasion added players from the reserve and third team to their squad.

Playing with the wind in their favour in the first half, The Seagulls enjoyed periods of sustained possession and created enough chances to have built up a comfortable scoreline.  But for all their dominance, it was only 2-0 at the interval, and it turned out to be a too-slender lead in the conditions.

In the 10th minute Kevin Lawrence’s inswinging left-sided corner was headed against the post by Jake Andrew, and a minute later his longer corner from the same spot was headed firmly home by the leaping Liam Andrew to make it 1-0.  Lawrence and Jake Andrew with shots and Paulo Sousa with a header all came close to increasing the lead, and in an end-to-end last five minutes of the half, the Illogan goal survived a series of close-range threats, while at the other end Steve Parker-Billinge had to come out sharply to smother a chance, and an unchallenged header from in front of goal went wide.  Eventually, and on the stroke of half-time, Jake Andrew doubled the score, just getting above his marker to head home from six yards in a goalmouth scramble.

Early in the second half, Mousehole came close to increasing their lead through Luke Johnson, driving high into the side netting from an angle on 55, and Paulo Sousa, denied by a smart ‘keeper save after the best move of the match on 58.  But at only 2-0 down, Illogan started to make the most of the wind and slippery surface, with Steve Parker-Billinge saving from Harry Sargeant following a great driving run from the halfway line, and after Will Vouama had just failed to get on the end of a dangerous low cross by Luke Johnson, a defensive blunder let Illogan back into the match.  Parker-Billinge was robbed of the ball as he attempted to shepherd the ball out of play on the edge of the box and only a foul in  front of an unattended net from the cross prevented a goal, with Sargeant putting away the penalty on 68 minutes.

Normal service for The Seagulls looked to be resumed three minutes later when substitute Josh Otto coolly sidefooted home when put in the clear after a good but increasingly rare passing movement for 3-1.  The youngster had a similar chance a few minutes later but chose to pass instead of shoot and the ball was cleared.

And, perhaps predictably, Illogan stepped up the energy levels in the last ten minutes.  The visitors conceded an unnecessary free kick on the right-hand side of their 18-yard area, from which left back Aaron Myers skimmed a low curling shot into the far corner for 3-2 on 83 minutes.  The momentum was now with the home side, constantly harrying their opponents in their own half, and as time was running out they profited from sloppiness at the back when Dave Mitchell stole the ball after a too-casual pass out of the box and duly slotted home for 3-3 and a draw which had earlier looked most unlikely.  And as with the matches earlier in the season at St Dennis (4-4) and Plymstock United (3-3) when opponents built up a head of steam to overturn winning leads, Mousehole will have been thankful to hear the final whistle.

Mousehole still have a lot to look forward to this season.

  • They have a chance of improving on last year’s sixth position in their last two League matches, both at home, with lowly but resolute Plymstock United the visitors on Saturday (5th May) at 3pm, followed by the Bank Holiday Monday finale against currently 7th placed St Blazey at the earlier kick off time of 2pm.
  • Then on Sunday 13th May, it’s the Cornwall Senior Cup Final – The Seagulls’ first-ever appearance in the County’s prestige cup competition – against Premier Division Saltash United at Blaise Park, the HQ of St Blazey, kick off 2pm.
  • Following that, Mousehole face Liskeard Athletic in the semi-final of the Cornwall Charity Cup on Wednesday 16th May at Newquay FC, kick off 7.30pm, with the winners facing either Wadebridge Town or St Blazey in the Final (date and venue to be confirmed).

Mousehole v Illogan:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Liam Andrew, Calum Elliot, Billy Curtis (captain), Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew.

Substitutes:  Josh Otto (for Jordan Adlard, 33), Ryan Holland (for Paulo Sousa, 70), Connor Davey (for Jake Andrew, 78), Jamie Thomson, Steven Ziboth.

Scorers:

Mousehole – Liam Andrew, 11 (0-1);  Jake Andrew 45 (0-2);  Josh Otto, 71 (1-3).

Illogan – Harry Sargeant, 68 pen (1-2); Aaron Myers, 83 (2-3);  Dave Mitchell, 88 (3-3)

Referee:  Marc Rose.

PROMOTED CHAMPIONS SIGN OFF SEASON IN FINE STYLE

HAYLE RESERVES 3-5 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES

TRELAWNY LEAGUE DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018

AT TREVASSACK PARK 3G PITCH

 Mousehole Reserves completed their League fixtures and finished off a memorable week – having guaranteed themselves promotion three games previously and then securing the title at RNAS Culdrose on Wednesday – with another win in an exciting end-to-end game at third-place Hayle Reserves on Saturday.

Their superb playing record for the League season reads:  Played 20, Won 17, Drawn 2 and Lost 1, with 78 goals scored and 18 conceded.  Those stats, remarkable in themselves, conceal a fascinating club record in that they won all ten of their away games during the season, the only  Mousehole team to achieve that in living memory.

Playing their fourth game in a week, The Seagulls were without Matt Howes, JJ Simmonds and Lee Robinson, but still had enough strength in depth in the squad to put a competitive side on the field.  It took a lot of effort to get going and start playing in the more accustomed manner, with early shots on goal from Tom Hooper and Nathan Goodspeed going wide of the target, and Jonathan Fitchett in the Mousehole goal having a busy period and just managing to finger tip a Hayle shot over the bar.

However, against the flow of play The Seagulls scored the opener with a combination between Chris Bullock and Tom Patrick whose shot found the back of the net.

Hayle then started to pile on the pressure, the Mousehole defence looking in trouble as numerous attacks started to break through the line, and it took some sterling work by Player-Manager Harry Tonkin to calm the situation.  But Hayle were rewarded for the efforts when a forward dribbled past several defenders to shoot home for an equaliser.  Fitchett was called on again to make a superb save to keep the scores level, though he was powerless as Hayle scored their second to take the lead a minute before the half-time whistle.

Following the start of the second half Mousehole appeared more focused, and good work by the forwards resulted in several on-target shots.  The Hayle ‘keeper made a fine save to keep out a Chris Bullock free kick at the expense of a corner, but from the resulting flag-kick Josh Storey headed in to make it 2-2.    Shortly afterwards Michael Fitchett’s mid-air challenge resulted in a head injury and he was replaced by Caleb Marsden.  Marsden had missed the two midweek games through injury but he quickly established some influence and a few minutes after shooting just wide of the post he scored to put Mousehole into the lead again at 3-2.

Responding to this setback Hayle were awarded a penalty, but the spot kick hit the upright and was netted on the re-bound, with the assistant referee flagging for offside but over-ruled by the referee, so that the scores were now level at 3-3.  Back came Mousehole, and Josh Storey popped up for his second goal to take the score to 4-3.  It was not long before Mousehole were awarded a penalty of their own, and after some ‘discussion’ it was the captain’s decision to give the opportunity to Josh Storey, and he duly despatched the kick for his hat-trick to complete the scoring.

After another ‘Flying All Together’ performance, the League Championship Shield was presented by a Cornwall FA official to Mousehole Reserves’ captain Joe Davies and the team, together with individual player medals.

The squad has developed a winning mentality, as evidenced by their season’s playing record, and the only ‘what-might-have-been’ is the other silverware they might have picked up if the various Cup competitions had not been cancelled after a weather-disrupted few months.

So, Harry Tonkin and Mark Trevail’s men return to the Trelawny League Premier Division just one season after relegation, and they will be looking to continue their impressive form at the higher level when the new campaign gets under way in late August.

Mousehole Reserves on the day:  Jonathan Fitchett, Joe Davies (captain), Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Tom Hooper, Nathan Goodspeed, Caleb Marsden, Josh Storey, Louis Main, Kyle Bickmore, Mark Trevail, Tom Patrick, Tom George.