MOUSEHOLE AFC APPOINT KEVIN RICHARDS AS FIRST TEAM MANAGER

Mousehole AFC are pleased to welcome Kevin Richards to the club’s leadership team as The Seagulls’ new First team manager.  An experienced and well-respected person throughout Cornish football, having previously managed Mullion, Porthleven and most recently Premier Division Godolphin Atlantic, Kevin joins a highly-qualified and ambitious coaching team to help the club realise its 5-year progression plan.  He will take responsibility for First team duties next week, reporting into Football and Academy Director Jason Blunt, while Jason will continue his development work with the younger players and be in overall charge of all football matters at the club.

Speaking enthusiastically about his new post, Camborne-based Richards had this to say:  “I am absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to join such an exciting adventure at Mousehole AFC.  I have already seen first-hand the work and commitment of everyone involved in this project, and I can say that I have never seen anything quite like it in Cornwall. The chance to work with a lot of people who have been friends for a long time at this football club was too good to miss, and I can’t wait to start working with the committee, the coaching staff and the players.  Kev Richards: proud to say, Manager of Mousehole Football Club.”

MATCH PREVIEW – MOUSEHOLE v DOBWALLS

This Saturday (21st October) The Seagulls play their first home League fixture of the season in the South West Peninsula League Division 1 West, against Dobwalls (3pm).

Mousehole are second-bottom of the 17-team West Division table, having played all 9 of their League fixtures away – with 2 wins (at Bude and Wadebridge), 2 draws (at St Dennis and Porthleven) and 5 defeats (at Millbrook, Wendron, Liskeard, Plymouth Marjon and Holsworthy), scoring 17 goals and conceding 29.

Dobwalls have played 10 league games, winning 4 and losing 6, with a similar goals record to Mousehole and an identical minus-12 goal difference, and stand 4 places and 4 points above The Seagulls.  Their away form (3 wins, at Bude 2-1, Holsworthy 2-1 and Elburton 4-1) is better than their home form (defeats 2-1 to Millbrook, 8-1 to Wadebridge, 4-3 to Ludgvan and last Saturday 4-0 to St Blazey).

Dobwalls changed managers earlier this season, with Craig Holman replaced by Simon Westlake and Ben Washam, who were Kevin Richards’ assistants at Premier Division Godolphin Atlantic until recently, and previously at fellow West Division club Plymstock United.

Mousehole will approach the game with some confidence after securing three wins in the last four games, including the noteworthy 1-0 ‘upset’ against higher-league Camelford last Saturday in the League Cup (that victory earning The Seagulls a third-round tie at home against another Premier Division side, top-6 Launceston, on 30th December).

In the meantime, Dobwalls’ away form will provide a stern test on Saturday – they won at Trungle Parc in April after a draw at Lantoom Park earlier – and Mousehole will have to be at their best if they are to start accumulating League points and take advantage of the start of the long run of home games lying ahead.

 

 

 

 

Match Report – Camelford 14th October 2017

MOUSEHOLE 1-0 CAMELFORD

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE CUP sponsored by Walter C Parson Funeral Directors

SECOND ROUND TIE

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2017, AT TRUNGLE PARC

Mousehole pulled off the major upset of the second round of the League Cup on Saturday, beating higher-division opponents Camelford 1-0 in their first competitive fixture at the re-furbished Trungle Parc after playing their first ten matches away from home – and in so doing achieved their first ‘clean sheet’ of the season.

This was The Seagulls’ third win in four games after league victories at Bude Town and Wadebridge Town, and after an earlier against-the-odds 3-2 win at table-topping Ludgvan in the first round they now eagerly await a third round tie on New Year’s Day (with the draw to be made this week).

Both teams had players missing from their regular match-day squads.  Mousehole were without the unavailable Bradley Wills and top scorer Jorome Slew, but Liam Andrew was fit after a broken nose suffered in the recent Leeds United ‘warm up’, Tyler Tonkin retained an unaccustomed right back position for the second match, recent signing ex-Helston Athletic defensive midfielder Jordan Adlard made his second start, and Connor Davey was available to return to the line-up.

Camelford fielded a team comprising several players who represent Cornwall Under-18s, including influential midfielder and County captain Charlie Hambly.

Each side had recorded two league wins, two draws and five defeats, and in keeping with the form guide the game was closely contested on the day between two evenly matched teams.

Mousehole started the game on the front foot, with Liam Andrew, Jordan Adlard and Matt McIlroy all coming close to opening the scoring within the first 15 minutes, but the visitors came back into the game, putting two presentable chances over and then being denied on 38 minutes by goalkeeper Steve Parker-Billinge’s spectacular diving save from a curling free kick from 25 yards.

The second half resumed with attacking play by both sides, Caleb Marsden firing wide for The Seagulls after a break from halfway on 49 minutes, captain Billy Curtis acrobatically clearing a goalbound header off the line under pressure at the other end after 55, and The Camels’ excellent young goalkeeper Luke Gwillam making a superb save to keep out Luke Johnson’s fierce drive on 62.

The breakthrough came in Mousehole’s favour after 70 minutes when Luke Johnson made another driving run past two defenders down the right and his square pass was calmly side-footed in from 15 yards by Matt McIlroy.

MOUSEHOLE’S SCORER MATT MCILROY (9) THANKS LUKE JOHNSON FOR THE PASS FOR HIS MATCH-WINNING GOAL, WITH CONNOR DAVEY (LEFT), JOSH OTTO (PARTLY HIDDEN) AND LIAM ANDREW (RIGHT) ADDING THEIR CONGRATULATIONS, WHILE CORNWALL UNDER-18s GOALKEEPER LUKE GWILLAM (IN YELLOW) COLLECTS THE BALL OUT OF THE NET

To their credit the visitors responded in great style, and an eventful five minute spell saw a decisive point in the match when Steve Parker-Billinge produced a magnificent point-blank double-save to prevent a certain equaliser, followed by more close calls as a shot just went past the post and the alert Max Hill then blocked a possible chance.

Having weathered the storm with resolute defending, the hosts wasted chances to seal victory with a couple of fast breaks, and Matt McIlroy was then thwarted by Gwillam before hitting the post with a 20-yard free kick.  But it was the Premier Division side who almost took the game into a further half hour of extra time when a header across goal trickled narrowly wide on 85 minutes, and in the final act of a fascinating match a difficult close-range chance was scooped over the bar deep into added-on time.

Manager Kevin Richards has now won his first two matches since taking over as Mousehole’s first team boss and along with Academy Director Jason Blunt will be looking with confidence to take the side’s recent form and new-found resilience into the next run of fixtures.  This Saturday (21st) Mousehole play their first League match of the season at Trungle Parc when Dobwalls are the visitors (3pm).

Mousehole:  Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Max Hill, Liam Andrew, Jordan Adlard, Kevin Lawrence, Connor Davey, Luke Johnson, Matt McIlroy, Caleb Marsden

Substitutes:  Josh Otto (for Caleb Marsden, 50), Danny Park, Yeshi Briar, Joshua Storey

Scorer:  Matt McIlroy (70)

Referee:  Mike Glanville

Attendance:  68

MATCH PREVIEW – MOUSEHOLE v CAMELFORD

The Seagulls play their first competitive fixture of the season at the new-look Trungle Parc this Saturday (14th) when they will be hoping to do a ‘giant-killing’ against Premier Division Camelford in an intriguing League Cup 2nd Round tie (kick-off 2.30pm, with extra time and penalties if necessary).

Mousehole won through to this stage of the Cup with a stirring 3-2  ‘local derby’ win a month ago at unbeaten Division leaders Ludgvan, and pulled off an against-the-odds triumph in the League at another title favourite Wadebridge by 3-1 in their last match ten days ago.  Camelford meanwhile won 4-2 at Wendron in the 1st Round.

By a strange coincidence, Mousehole and Camelford have almost identical playing records so far this season.  Both clubs have played 9 league games, with 2 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats, and are fourth from bottom of their respective leagues.  In their favour, The Seagulls’ nine fixtures have all been played away after pitch renovation work during the summer, scoring 17 goals and conceding 29, while The Camels’ record is 11 against 27.  Both teams are likely to field several youngsters who feature in the impressive Cornwall Under-18s squad.

But there are hugely contrasting records on the managerial front, with Mousehole’s recently-appointed First team boss Kevin Richards in the dugout for only his second game, while the visitors’ manager Reg Hambly has been in charge of Camelford for 26 years!

The club reports that the Trungle Parc pitch has stood up very well to the six hours of football played for the first time on the new surface when Leeds United’s youngsters and veterans visited for a celebration day on a wet Sunday 1st October, and many positive comments were received from among the large 600-strong crowd about the refurbished facilities.

Next Saturday (21st) Mousehole play their first home League game of the season when Dobwalls are the visitors (3pm).

Match Report – Wadebridge 3rd Oct 2017

WADEBRIDGE TOWN 1-3 MOUSEHOLE

SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2017

AT BODIEVE PARK

In the last of their nine consecutive away matches – being played while the Trungle Parc pitch gets ready for home matches after major drainage and re-surfacing work during the summer – Mousehole put in their best 90-minute performance of the season to make it the best possible start for newly-appointed manager Kevin Richards working alongside Football Director Jason Blunt.

The Seagulls came into the match with one win, two draws and five defeats, placing them in second-bottom position in the league.  Wadebridge had opened the season with three straight wins, scoring 19 against 2, to go top of the table, but had slipped to fifth place with only one win and a draw in the following five matches.

Mousehole were without the unavailable Jorome Slew, Yeshi Briar, Matt Moody, Josh Otto, Joshua Storey and Paolo Sousa, and the injured Liam Andrew.  But young Ben Fewkes was promoted from the Reserves at left-back, Jordan Adlard started in midfield after his recent transfer from Helston Athletic, and Caleb Marsden took up the left wing-back role, with all three making a strong contribution to the all-round team effort.

After a goal-less but evenly contested first half with missed chances at both ends, Caleb Marsden was put through on goal seconds after the re-start by Matt McIlroy’s pass from inside the centre circle and he stroked The Seagulls’ into the lead past the onrushing ‘keeper.

The visitors were then indebted to goalkeeper Steve Parker-Billinge – returning to the line-up after a six-week injury-enforced absence – who kept his team in the match with three outstanding saves in a 12 minute spell as The Bridgers tried to force their way back into the game after the hour mark.

But with captain Billy Curtis, Max Hill and Tyler Tonkin – playing in an unaccustomed right-back position – resolute and reliable in the back line, and Bradley Wills and Jordan Adlard adding steel in midfield to complement Kevin Lawrence’s creativity, Mousehole regained the initiative and in a dazzling display of forward power scored two almost identical goals in the 78th and 87th minutes.

Kevin Lawrence released Luke Johnson for a typical surging run down the right past his opponent and his low cross from the bye-line was sidefooted in at the far post by the alert Bradley Wills for 2-0.  Nine minutes later Johnson again powered his way forward to produce a strong chest-high cross which was volleyed in superbly by Wills.

The only blemish on an otherwise hugely encouraging night was a home goal deep into injury time that denied SPB the clean sheet he deserved.

If league position were the only guide, Mousehole had defied the odds, but this was a performance of intelligence and commitment that has been ‘in the making’ for some weeks.  The Seagulls’ squad, coaching staff and supporters can now look forward to the ‘homecoming’ to Trungle Parc in a positive frame of mind, as there now remain only 7 league games away, but 16 at home (including an amazing 11 in a row between 25th November and 17th February).

The first home league game of the season is on 21st October with Dobwalls the visitors (3pm), but before that comes the fascinating League Cup 2nd round tie at home against Premier Division Camelford on Saturday 14th October (2.30pm kick off, with extra time and penalties if necessary).  Mousehole earned this tie with a stirring 3-2 first round away win at Ludgvan three weeks ago, whereas Camelford progressed with a 4-2 victory at Wendron United.

Mousehole’s First team have a blank weekend coming up (7th October) with a bye in the Cornwall Senior Cup, but all other teams’ fixtures are on the club’s online ‘monthly planner’.

Mousehole at Wadebridge:  Steve Parker-Billinge (GK), Tyler Tonkin, Max Hill, Billy Curtis (captain), Ben Fewkes, Kevin Lawrence, Bradley Wills, Jordan Adlard, Luke Johnson, Matt McIlroy, Caleb Marsden. 

Substitues:  Joe Davies (for Ben Fewkes, 71), Danny Park (for Caleb Marsden, 90), Jason Simmonds (for Jordan Adlard, 90+1), Louis Graham, Paul Williams (GK)

Mousehole scorers:  Caleb Marsden (46) Bradley Wills (78, 87)

 

Referee:  Matthew Carney

LEEDS UNITED DAY!

Close to 600 people attended Mousehole’s Trungle Parc in Paul on Sunday for a celebration day to mark the launch of the club’s new Academy and Youth Development Programme and the re-opening of the refurbished pitch and facilities.

Spectators were treated to six hours of football which started off in wind-swept rainy conditions with a series of mini-games played by The Seagulls’ newly-created youth teams.  The centrepiece of the afternoon was a full-scale game between Mousehole’s First team and Leeds United’s youngsters, during which the weather helpfully relented.  And the day’s events concluded in bright sunshine with a 7-a-side ‘legends’ tournament between Mousehole, Leeds United, Cornish Veterans and RNLI.

Arriving on Saturday, the Leeds squad held an open coaching session in the afternoon at Mounts Bay Academy and were invited on to the Penlee Lifeboat in Newlyn Harbour on Sunday morning.

The visitors’ talented teenagers, playing in their club’s traditional all-white colours and in front of a large contingent of Leeds supporters travelling down for the weekend from Yorkshire as well as many located in the south west, won the match 5-1 with an impressive exhibition of ball control, passing, movement and athleticism.

But they did not have it all their own way.  After falling behind 3-0 within 15 minutes, Mousehole started to play the confident football they are capable of and came close on several occasions before conceding a penalty just before half time.  The biggest cheer of the afternoon came on 80 minutes for the hosts’ solitary goal when Yeshe Briar’s superb cross from the right was nodded down by Matt McIlroy for Paolo Sousa to touch in from close range.  A further Leeds goal in the last minute put paid to any chance of Mousehole ‘winning’ the second half.  The game proved to be very competitive and a useful test for the young Mousehole squad, who had unfortunately lost Liam Andrew with a broken nose after an accidental collision during the warm up.

A Leeds United team then made it a ‘double’, with ‘legends’ goalkeeper Neil Sullivan picking up the trophy after his side won all their games in the round-robin 7-a-side tournament.

In their programme notes, Mousehole AFC advisor Ezra Chapman wrote:  “How incredible that Leeds United agreed to send their talented starlets – as well as some of their ‘legends’ – all the way down here to mark a milestone in our club’s journey.  We have a 5-year plan to develop the club in a sustainable manner: on the playing side by focussing on youth and nurturing talent through modern coaching methods, and by improving the club’s infrastructure both in terms of facilities and commercial opportunities”.

Visitors to Trungle Parc were impressed with the new pitch – refurbished during the summer with an £80k grant from Sport England and the National Lottery – and the new 70-seater stand, contemporary-style ‘dugouts’ and re-painted clubhouse exterior.

Photos of the new Trungle Parc and match pictures can be seen on the club Facebook Page. facebook.com/mouseholeafc

Mousehole Chairman Tim Richardson paid tribute to the dedicated group of club volunteers who helped organise the day, and to all the players who participated, adding:  “Today’s big event – which has required a huge amount of planning (and learning!) – shows what a club like ours can do.  This could be the start of similar things in the future, as plans are already in place for more big-name guests visiting over the next 12 months.”

Sunday’s occasion came a few days after Mousehole announced the appointment of Kevin Richards as new First team manager.  A club statement said:  Mousehole AFC are pleased to welcome Kevin Richards to the club’s leadership team.  An experienced and well-respected person throughout Cornish football, having previously managed Mullion, Porthleven and most recently Premier Division Godolphin Atlantic, Kevin joins a highly-qualified and ambitious coaching team to help the club realise its 5-year progression plan.  He will take responsibility for First team duties next week, reporting to Football and Academy Director Jason Blunt, while Jason will continue his development work with the younger players and be in overall charge of all football matters at the club.

Speaking enthusiastically about his new post, Camborne-based Richards had this to say:  “I am absolutely delighted to be offered the opportunity to join such an exciting adventure at Mousehole AFC.  I have already seen first-hand the work and commitment of everyone involved in this project, and I can say that I have never seen anything quite like it in Cornwall. The chance to work with a lot of people who have been friends for a long time at this football club was too good to miss, and I can’t wait to start working with the committee, the coaching staff and the players.”  The new manager was among Sunday’s crowd watching his new players in action and observed:  “There are many positive and promising signs.”

*Sunday’s ‘souvenir’ programme is available to purchase by contacting mouseholefootballprogramme@outlook.com.

*In a further strengthening of links with Leeds United, Mousehole Under-9s manager Darren Wakefield – whose team reached the semi-final of the Southampton Cup in August – will take a party of players and parents on a weekend visit to West Yorkshire on 20th October to spend time at the Leeds academy and play a game against the hosts’ under-9s side.

Mousehole’s First team travelled to Wadebridge Town on Tuesday for a South West Peninsula League Division 1 West match, and have a bye in this Saturday’s Cornwall Senior Cup 1st round.  Their next game is on Saturday 14th October – an interesting challenge when Premier Division Camelford visit Trungle Parc for a League Cup 2nd round tie, which will be the first competitive fixture on the ground this season.