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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MATCH REPORT | PORTHLEVEN 3-2 MOUSEHOLE

SEAGULLS DOMINANT BUT DEFEATED AT PORTHLEVEN

PORTHLEVEN 3-2 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, AT GALA PARC

Something had to give when Mousehole visited Porthleven with both sides boasting a 100% record, but it was the home side who rode their luck and made the most of their chances in a dramatic local derby to edge the victory and go to the top of the West Division table.

Mousehole put in arguably their best performance of the season with some scintillating periods of attacking football, but they missed a penalty, hit the Porthleven woodwork three times, and forced ‘keeper Jason Robertson into a number of outstanding saves, while gifting The Fishermen all three goals through unforced errors at crucial times in the match.

Mousehole signalled their positive intent when Craig Wilcox and Will Vouama – the latter returning after attending higher-league trials – fashioned an opening on three minutes from the right of goal but Steven Ziboth had his shot cleared off the line.

Porthleven went into an unlikely lead in the 5th minute when Calum Elliot slipped on the edge of the box in possession of the ball, leaving debutant Jack Price to take advantage of his good fortune to run on unopposed and score a simple goal.

The lively Craig Wilcox came close to equalising in the 7th and 14th minutes, firstly with a 20-yard shot just wide of the far post and then drawing a fine save from ‘keeper and captain Jason Robertson, who turned out to be Port’s saviour on the night and was named as their man-of-the-match.

As the first half progressed The Seagull’s passing patterns and incisive forward movement pegged the hosts back in their own half for long periods.  After Steven Ziboth had been hacked down on the edge of the box after a typical direct run, Calum Elliot’s free kick on 26 minutes struck the near post and spun out to safety.

And then, three minutes before half time, Mousehole were awarded a controversial penalty when ‘keeper Robertson objected to Gerens James’ close attention by pushing him to the ground, with referee Mark Hosking consulting his assistant to confirm the decision.  However, the ‘keeper atoned for his moment of rashness and earned his side a reprieve by beating out Steven Ziboth’s penalty to preserve The Fishermen’s lead.

And that incident became even more significant when the visitors made the worst possible start to the second half, with Port doubling their lead within a minute of the resumption.  Mousehole conceded possession deep in defence on their left, and a whipped-in cross was headed home by Matt Drummond from very close in.

To their credit, Mousehole regained the initiative and on 53 minutes Gerens James just failed to make proper contact with a good headed chance from a Paulo Sousa cross.  In an ambitious substitution on 54 minutes, defender Ryan Andrew was replaced by striker Jake Andrew to partner James up front, and within four minutes the twin strikers had put The Seagulls back on level terms.  A swift defence-splitting move by Craig Wilcox and Jake Andrew down the right created the space for Billy Curtis to pinpoint a cross into the danger area and Gerens James nodded in for 2-1 in the 56th minute.  In the next penetrating move, this time down the left, Paulo Sousa darted 30 yards and his low centre was driven first time in off the crossbar by Jake Andrew for a spectacular equaliser on 58, much to the noisy delight of the large away support.

With Mousehole now well on top, Robertson saved superbly from Steven Ziboth and Gerens James, but all the previous good work was undone in totally unexpected fashion in the 64th minute when in a rare and harmless-looking Port attack, Paulo Sousa clearly handled a cross, and former Seagull Jordan Adlard converted the penalty to make it 3-2.

The Seagulls continued to carve out regular chances, creating the expectation of at least a repetition of last season’s pulsating 3-3 draw.  Both Steven Ziboth and Gerens James hit the same upright and James was inches away with two other efforts.  But Porthleven’s defence stood firm in the face of a barrage of attacks though they still had Robertson to thank for blocking a Ziboth shot from point-blank range after the wingman had tricked his way at speed past several defenders.

At the other end, the home side could have made the game safe with a breakaway in the 87th minute, but in the end they will have welcomed the sound of the referee’s whistle following five minutes of added time.

Rarely will Mousehole play such exhilarating football for no points reward, and equally Porthleven will be satisfied with a win from only a fraction of the possession and chances.

After four games played, Mousehole go into the home league game against St Dennis at Trungle Parc this Saturday (8th, 3pm) in third place, three points behind Porthleven and Liskeard Athletic, and on level points with Penzance but with a better goal difference.  Porthleven are at home to Dobwalls, while Liskeard are at Holsworthy and Penzance at St Blazey.

Mousehole v Porthleven:  Sam Shulberg, Ryan Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Paulo Sousa, Max Hill, Luke Hunter, Craig Wilcox, Gerens James, Will Vouama, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Jake Andrew (for Ryan Andrew, 54), Mze Ida-Yasser, Tom Hands, Tom Patrick, Paul Williams

Scoring:  Jack Price 5 (1-0), Matt Drummond 47 (2-0), GERENS JAMES 56 (2-1), JAKE ANDREW 58 (2-2), Jordan Adlard pen 66 (3-2).

Referee:  Mark Hosking.

Attendance:  115.

SEAGULLS FACE BIG CHALLENGE IN LOCAL DERBY AT PORTHLEVEN

SEAGULLS FACE BIG CHALLENGE IN LOCAL DERBY AT PORTHLEVEN

PORTHLEVEN v MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, 7:30pm

AT GALA PARC (TR13 9LQ)

 Mousehole travel the short distance to Porthleven this evening (Wednesday 5th, 7:30pm) as two sides with 100% records go head to head in the floodlit local derby, with each intent on preserving their perfect sequence of results.

The teams have won all three of their opening games, after which Porthleven hold a goal-difference advantage of just one, with 14 goals scored and 3 conceded, compared with Mousehole’s 11 for and 1 against.

Porthleven’s goal difference received a massive boost with Saturday’s 8-1 away win over a hastily-assembled Ludgvan line-up.  They had previously won 3-0 on the opening day at home against Wadebridge Town, and then 3-2 away at Penzance.

Mousehole’s record is a 6-1 home success against Plymstock United, followed by victories at Wendron (3-0) and, last Saturday, at Bere Alston United (2-0).

The early season encounter between The Fishermen and The Seagulls is always well attended and, with a lot of additional interest generated by the two teams’ recent successes, a good three-figure crowd is assured.  Former Manager Kevin Richards is now assistant to Alan Carey at Porthleven, which adds a further pinch of spice to the occasion.

The equivalent fixture last season was a pulsating and dramatic affair on a rain-sodden evening, with Mousehole coming back with 10 men for the last 50 minutes to equalise right at the end for an against-the-odds 3-3 draw, thanks to a Jorome Slew hat-trick.

Liskeard Athletic’s result yesterday evening (Tuesday), a 4-0 home win over St Dennis, maintains their own winning start to the season and puts them top of the West Division table, three points ahead of Porthleven and Mousehole, with a one and two goal advantage respectively, having played a game more.

Mousehole move on to league fixture No. 5 on Saturday (8th) with a home league game against St Dennis at Trungle Parc, kick off 3pm.

 

Steven Ziboth vs Bere Alston

MATCH REPORT 1st XI | BERE ALSTON UNITED 0-2 MOUSEHOLE

SEAGULLS MAKE IT THREE WINS OUT OF THREE

 BERE ALSTON UNITED 0-2 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018, AT THE DOWN

 Two early goals in Mousehole’s most distant league fixture of the season were enough to see off newly-promoted Bere Alston United on a hot sunny afternoon in west Devon.

The Seagulls had the vast majority of possession against the energetic and combative home side, who have now lost all four of their opening games.  But the little village club, who have produced a superb playing surface, deserve great credit for the ambition shown in stepping up to test themselves in the higher league.

Mousehole have now won their first three games to stand in second place in the early West Division table, and are one of only three teams – alongside Porthleven and Liskeard Athletic – to have a 100% record.  And the big challenge, as well as the end of that record, will come under the Porthleven floodlights on Wednesday evening (5th September) when The Seagulls, having conceded only once, travel the short distance to Gala Parc with the home side on equal points but one goal ahead.

In Saturday’s game Mousehole were two goals to the good by the 17th minute.  Steven Ziboth rifled a 30-yard right-footed drive low into the far corner after skipping in from the left in the 10th minute.  Then Gerens James was alert to a rebound off 17-year old ‘keeper Michael Moore from Craig Wilcox’s left-foot shot from the edge of the area to poach the second goal from close range.  The lead was nearly extended on 25 minutes as Gerens James and Mze Ida Yasser both tried to capitalise on a left wing cross, but the hosts also came close in the 37th and 38th minutes with long-range efforts.

The home side continued to play with determination after the interval, with a header from a long free kick not far off the mark on 50 minutes.  But Mousehole regained the initiative, with Mze Ida Yasser having a shot cleared off the line on 54 and Gerens James thumping a shot against the underside of the bar a minute later.

With The Seagulls dictating play, United’s over-zealous tackling earned them a dismissal for a second yellow card in the 64th minute and they were then fortunate to receive only a yellow ten minutes later as they sought to neutralise Steven Ziboth’s attacking threat.  More goals looked as though they would follow, with Gerens James, Max Hill and Craig Wilcox the closest for Mousehole, while previously under-employed ‘keeper Sam Shulberg thwarted the hosts with a diving finger-tip save from a goalbound header five minutes from time.

Mousehole:  Sam Shulberg, Ryan Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Paulo Sousa, Luke Hunter, Max Hill, Craig Wilcox, Gerens James, Mze Ida Yasser, Steven Ziboth. 

Substitutes:  Tom Patrick (for Mze Ida Yasser, 80), Paul Williams.

Scorers:  Steven Ziboth (10), Gerens James (17)

Referee:  Richard Butters

MATCH REPORT – MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 0-3 HOLMANS SPORTS CLUB

MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 0-3 HOLMANS SPORTS CLUB

TRELAWNY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC

At a very foggy Trungle Parc, visibility was a major issues for both teams and the spectators.  The referee decided the game should proceed so long as he could continue to see both goals from the middle of the pitch, and white balls were exchanged for orange to enable the players to see better.

With both teams playing flowing football during the first half, Mousehole created the better chances and could have built up a four goal lead by half time had it not been for the sterling efforts by the experienced Holman’s ‘keeper.

In the second half poor visibility continued to affect the game, but Holmans started to show their experience and control the game, resulting in a goal midway through the half.  Mousehole could not break down a very stubborn and well organised defence and it was not long before the visitors doubled their lead.  From then on, despite numerous efforts by The Seagulls, frustration and errors started creeping into their play, which resulted in a player being sent to the sidelines.

Holmans capitalised on their man advantage to score a third goal to complete a deserved victory.

Mousehole Reserves’ squad:  Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock,  Caleb Marsden,  Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Louis Main, Jamie Simons, Tom Hooper, Harry Tonkin, Joe Davies

The Reserves are currently in 4th place in the table, with two wins and two defeats.  Their next league fixture is at home on Saturday 15th September when St Day Reserves visit Trungle Parc, kick off 2:30pm.

MATCH REPORT – MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 2-0 ST BURYAN

MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 2-0 ST BURYAN

TRELAWNY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

WEDNESDAY 29TH AUGUST 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC

Despite several absences from the squad because of holidays, work commitments and injuries, Mousehole Reserves won their first local derby of the 2018/19 season in ideal evening weather, on a great playing surface and in front of a sizeable crowd.

Both teams started on the front foot in search of an opening goal and the match swung from end to end.  However, the hosts took the lead in the 12th minute when  Chris Bullock’s darting run inside the penalty box was halted by a foul, with Mze Ida Yasser stepping up to score from the spot.

St Buryan came back with a vengeance and forced a series of  fine saves from Jonathan Fitchett between the posts.  Following an offside decision in the Mousehole half, Harry Tonkin’s free kick found Chris Bullock and his shot made it 2-0.

A cross from Mze Ida Yasser across the six yard box should have resulted in another goal but it evaded everyone and was eventually cleared into safer territory by the St Buryan defence.

St Buryan did actually put the ball into the net following a rebound from the Mousehole keeper, but it was deemed offside by the referee following consultation with his assistant.  A St Buryan defender then spent 10 minutes on the sidelines but Mousehole could not take any advantage against the ten men.

The second half continued as in the first half, with two-way traffic and promising attacks by both sides, but with no further addition to the scoreline.

Mousehole had put in another solid team showing to achieve a deserved win, but full credit to St Buryan for a notable performance throughout the match.

The three points take The Seagulls up to a commendable fourth place in the Premier Division in their first season after promotion, with another home game coming up this Saturday (1st September) against Holmans at Trungle Parc (kick off 2:30pm).

Mousehole Reserves’ squad:  Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Matthew Howes (captain), Caleb Marsden,  Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Tom Patrick,  Mze Ida Yasser, Louis Main, Jamie Simons, Kyle Bickmore.

MATCH REPORT – ILLOGAN RBL RESERVES 4-0 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES

TRELAWNY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

WEDNESDAY 22ND AUGUST 2018, AT OXLAND PARC

On an evening made difficult by traffic congestion en route to the match and in overcast drizzly conditions, Mousehole Reserves faced their season’s first away match since promotion against an Illogan side boosted by the inclusion of several first team players.

The fixture was always likely to be a hard and physical game, and the hosts – with a point to prove after their weekend defeat at the hands of Penwith Exiles – were the better side and well worth their win in a game reduced to 40 minutes each way because of the failing light.

Mousehole started well and were extremely unlucky not to take the lead around the 10 minute mark, when Jonathan Fitchett in goal found his younger brother Michael lurking on the edge of the Illogan box, but his goal-bound shot was kept out by the ‘keeper’s superb finger- tip save, pushing the ball just past his post for a corner.

However as Illogan started to dominate play across the pitch they were rewarded with the first goal, and then doubled the lead just before the half-time whistle.

Mousehole’s changes at half-time saw Mze Ida Yasser making several good runs after being introduced on the right wing, but the Illogan defence was solid and made it extremely difficult to find a way through.  As the home side continued their dominance, their third goal came midway through the half, but after being reduced to nine men after two players were sin-binned for ten minutes, Mousehole stood their ground and denied Illogan the opportunity to take further advantage.

Back up to full strength, The Seagulls continued to battle on all fronts but were up against a very experienced and determined Illogan side, who made it 4-0 from a penalty near the end.

Squad:  Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Matthew Howes (captain), Caleb Marsden, Jack Ramsey, Tom Hands, Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Tom McGarry, Tom Patrick, Joe Davies, Mze Ida Yasser, Louis Main

Mousehole Reserves’ next fixture is at home this Wednesday (29th) against St Buryan at Trungle Parc, kick off 6:30pm.

SEAGULLS AT NUMBER ONE AS STEVE’S TRIO MAKES IT TWO OUT OF TWO

WENDRON UNITED 0-3 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE WEST

TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2018, AT UNDERLANE

Mousehole continued their fine start to the new campaign with another three point haul to anchor themselves – at least until the weekend’s fixtures – at the top of the West Division, a position they held at the start of their double-winning season three years ago.

With several changes to the line-up that ran out 6-1 winners against Plymstock United on Saturday, there were many positives to take from an encouraging all-round team performance, in particular the calmness and patience on the ball and the willingness to get forward into threatening areas, although the one downside was Liam Andrew’s serious arm injury on the hour which required hospital treatment and a possible lengthy lay-off.

The Seagulls had the vast majority of possession, with the hosts showing plenty of spirit but making little impact in the final third, as returning goalkeeper Dom Angove was ably protected by his defence and had a surprisingly quiet evening apart from a Scott Palmer shot past the post from 18 yards on the half hour.

Steven Ziboth grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick, including two penalties.  His first was a 25-yard drive that zipped just inside Dan Stedman’s post to give the visitors the lead on 15 minutes.  Three minutes later, Craig Wilcox made a sharp turn in the box only to be tripped and Ziboth stroked in the penalty.  The hat-trick goal came in the 90th minute when substitute Mze ’Yaz’ Ida-Yasser’s darting run into the box was halted illegally and the young Frenchman again did the business from the spot.

As the odd-team-out in this Bank Holiday weekend’s fixtures, Mousehole can now sit back and see which of their main rivals can match the standard they have set over the first two games.

The Seagulls return to action next Tuesday (28th) with a home League game at Trungle Parc against neighbours Ludgvan, kick off 6:30pm.

Mousehole squad v Wendron:

Dom Angove, Ryan Andrew, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Paulo Sousa, Luke Hunter, Max Hill, Calum Elliot, Craig Wilcox, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Jake Andrew (for Liam Andrew, 60), Mze Ida-Yasser (for Craig Wilcox, 76), Tom Patrick (for Gerens James, 90+2), Tom Hands, Sam Shulberg.

Scorer:  Steven Ziboth (15, 18 pen, 90 pen).

Referee:  Nigel D’Arcy.

match report mousehole plymstock

SEAGULLS’ SEASON STARTS WITH SPARKLING WIN

MOUSEHOLE 6-1 PLYMSTOCK UNITED

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE WEST

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC

It was a day of celebration at a sunny Trungle Parc on Saturday as over 100 spectators saw a dominant Mousehole signal their intentions with a comprehensive and entertaining 6-1 victory over their Plymouth-based visitors.

This is the season in which The Seagulls, as one of a handful of Division One clubs currently without floodlights, need to get as many points as possible to qualify for the few available promotion places in next year’s re-organised Step 6 League.

With several new faces in the team line-up, the hosts continued with their passing style of play from last season and had already come close to opening the score several times in the opening period when the inevitable goal arrived in the 13th minute as last year’s top scorer Jake Andrew side-footed home from 8 yards after an incisive move on the left and a dangerous low ball into the middle.

Three minutes later new signing Gerens James, returning to the club where it all began, opened his account from close range after another cross caused havoc in the Plymstock defence.

And to complete a quick-fire three-goal salvo in five minutes, player-manager Calum Elliot latched on to a Steven Ziboth lay-off to hammer a superb swerving 25-yard drive into the top corner.

The visitors were rarely allowed to venture forward with any purpose as Mousehole kept possession and moved the ball all over the pitch with varied passing, but on one promising occasion they hit the post from a corner mid-way through the half.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Luke Fletcher was Plymstock’s busiest player, standing in the way of several attempts to increase the score.  The shot-stopper thwarted Steven Ziboth in a one-on-one chance shortly after the break, but then left back Jack Lee unexpectedly gave his side some hope as he came up from defence to score with a low 15-yard shot that crept in off the far post in the 49th minute.

Normal service was restored five minutes later as Steven Ziboth, providing constant menace with his direct running at pace, won and converted a penalty to make it 4-1,  and Calum Elliot followed it up with a fifth goal after 57 minutes with a well-placed shot inside the near post from a Paulo Sousa cross after being set up by Ziboth.

After further near misses by the home side, Mousehole goalkeeper Sam Shulberg was suddenly called into action with a point-blank save in the 69th minute.  But a minute later it was 6-1, Gerens James grabbing his second goal as he raced in to prod home yet another Ziboth cross, and the marksman was very close to a hat-trick on 73 as Fletcher parried his header, with another new signing Ryan Andrew firing the rebound over the bar.

In the last significant action of the game the influential Sousa-Ziboth partnership on the left almost produced a 7th goal, with Fletcher pushing out Ziboth’s 25-yard shot for a corner.

The Seagulls’ second league game is the short away trip to Wendron United tomorrow (Tuesday 21st) with a 6.30pm kick off.  On Saturday Wendron were the team left without a fixture in this year’s 15-team Division, so tomorrow’s will be their first match of the season.

 Mousehole are the odd-ones-out this coming weekend but return to Trungle Parc on Tuesday 28th for a local derby against neighbours Ludgvan (6.30pm).

 Mousehole squad v Plymstock United:

Sam Shulberg, Billy Curtis (captain), Liam Andrew, Jean Bavangila, Paulo Sousa, Ryan Andrew, Max Hill, Calum Elliot, Jake Andrew, Gerens James, Steven Ziboth.

Substitutes:  Craig Wilcox (for Gerens James, 74), Tom Hands (for Calum Elliot, 74), Chris Bullock (for Jake Andrew, 80), Tom Patrick.

Mousehole scorers:  Jake Andrew (13), Gerens James (16), Calum Elliot (17), Steven Ziboth (54, pen), Calum Elliot (57), Gerens James (70).

For Plymstock:  Jack Lee (49)

Referee:  Marc Rose.     Attendance:  108.

MATCH REPORT – MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 3-0 TROON

MOUSEHOLE RESERVES 3-0 TROON

WHIRLWIND SPORTS TRELAWNY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST 2018

AT TRUNGLE PARC

Following a record-breaking season in which they were promoted as champions from Division 1, Mousehole Reserves made the perfect start to their Premier Division campaign with a solid team performance, three points and a clean sheet.

And after playing all their league games during last season at Marazion, it was especially sweet for the team to be back on home turf, and in front of a sizeable crowd.  A few new faces have been added to the majority of last season’s squad who have remained loyal.

The game finally got underway around 20 minutes late as the Troon players were delayed by heavy traffic congestion on the A30.

Both teams had opportunities in the first half, with both coming close by hitting the upright.  Mousehole gradually took charge, having a penalty appeal turned down, but after a solo run Caleb Marsden’s strike hit the back of the net just before half-time to give the hosts a deserved lead.

The second half saw Troon pushing for the equaliser, but a Mousehole attack ended with the referee awarding a penalty which drew an excellent save from the visitors’ keeper from Chris Bullock.

Troon were still in this fixture, but sound defence and good all-round play kept them at bay.  Mousehole started to re-establish their dominance and made the game safe with two goals in quick succession.  A free kick on the edge of the box saw Jack Ramsey’s shot find the back of the net and shortly afterwards Chris Bullock made it 3-0 from close in.

To their credit, the visitors never gave up in the failing light, and indeed were awarded a penalty of their own late into the second half, but Dom Angove in the Mousehole goal pulled off a fine save.

A good victory in the first game back in the top flight, and an entertaining and competitive contest.  The Reserves’ next fixture is at Illogan RBL Reserves next Wednesday (22nd August), with a 6.30pm kick off.

Mousehole Reserves’ squad v Troon:  Dom Angove, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Matthew Howes (captain), Caleb Marsden, Jack Ramsey, Tom Hands, Nathan Goodspeed, Lee Robinson, Jonathan Fitchett, Tom McGarry, Tom Patrick, Joe Davies, Kyle Bickmore, Benji Ward.

SUPERB SEAGULLS SO CLOSE TO WIN OVER HIGHER-DIVISION ‘BLUES’

MOUSEHOLE 1-1 HELSTON ATHLETIC

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY, TRUNGLE PARC, TUESDAY 7TH AUGUST 2018

Mousehole put in arguably the best performance of their pre-season programme involving four higher-division sides with a great all-round display against a Helston Athletic side aiming to improve on last season’s highly creditable 9th place finish in the SWPL Premier Division.

It was an entertaining and competitive game, with both teams including new signings, triallists and youngsters, and playing contrasting styles of football.  Mousehole’s greater ball-winning and possession created more goal chances and with better composure in the final third they would have recorded a deserved victory.

Winger Steven Ziboth caused Helston major problems throughout the game, his partnership with Paulo Sousa on the left providing regular opportunities to run at defenders and use his explosive pace.  He laid on the opening goal on 20 minutes with a characteristic burst to the byeline and a low cross which was touched in by the well-positioned Jake Andrew for one of his trademark goals from inside the six-yard box.

The Seagulls continued to look the more likely to score up until the hour mark, when a series of substitutions by the visitors enabled them to add more goal threat to their direct approach.  And it came as little surprise when youngster Alex Wharton darted through the middle to latch on to another long ball to equalise in the 70th minute.

To their immense credit Mousehole showed huge resolve to withstand the expected Blues onslaught in an end-to-end last 20 minutes and indeed had the patience and positivity to fashion the better of the late chances.

Helston’s renowned manager Steve Massey was full of praise for Mousehole’s skill, application and teamwork – as well as the performance of his youngsters as they prepare for their opening game of the Premier Division season on Friday evening at home to Sticker.

Meanwhile player-manager Calum Elliot takes his new-look Seagulls’ squad to local Cornwall Combination League side Pendeen Rovers at Borlaise Park for their last pre-season friendly this Friday (6.45pm).

Mousehole’s SWPL Division One West campaign starts on Saturday 18th August when Plymstock United visit Trungle Parc (3pm), with free entry to all-comers for this first match of the season.