AT TRUNGLE PARCIn one of only two games surviving the weather in the Division, Mousehole made the most of one of their games in hand to move up to fourth place in the table with a hard-earned win over Dobwalls.

Despite the continuous rain in the preceding 48 hours, the Trungle Parc surface was in superb condition on a sunny and cold afternoon, and it was only the strong wind that caused the players problems.  But it proved to be a scrappy encounter with few cohesive patterns of play until Mousehole took control of proceedings in the second half.

Dobwalls displayed their customary battling qualities from the outset, constantly disputing the officials’ decisions both on the field and from the touch line.  And it was no surprise when Referee Mark Hosking dismissed Dobwalls manager Simon Westlake after another volley of abuse five minutes from half time.

Mousehole’s top scorer Gerens James had put his side ahead in the 22nd minute with instant control and a cool side-footed finish from 15 yards when Tom Hands found him in space with a waist-high cross from the left after good work down the flank by Hermann Niamke.

The reward for the team’s patient approach came in the 71st minute when James doubled the score – and condemned Dobwalls to defeat – sweeping home Hamza Kaid’s low cross following a quickly taken free kick on the right.

When Dobwalls concentrated on playing football they had made some inroads into the final third, creating three chances in a ten minute spell either side of the hour, being denied by two great defensive blocks followed by a diving save by Jason Robertson to divert a fierce 18-yard shot by Dan O’Brien.

Having lost only twice in the League this season – and not since the end of September – Mousehole are now handily placed in fourth position, with home games against the top three to come in February and March, and an amazing seven of their last eight League fixtures to be played at Trungle Parc

The Seagulls’ next match is this Saturday (22nd, 2.15pm kick off) at fifth place St Dennis, who are on the same number of points but from three games more and with an inferior goal difference.  The Saints are one of the teams Mousehole need to finish above to be sure of securing membership of the new Step 6 League next season.

In other fixture news:

– The Boxing Day ‘local derby’ kick off at Penzance has been changed from 11am to 12 noon

– The home match against Wadebridge Town scheduled for Saturday 5th January has been postponed, as Wadebridge are involved in a Cornwall Senior Cup tie that day

– The draw for the quarter finals of the SWP League Cup sees Mousehole travel to Elburton Villa on 9th February, the sixth Premier Division side the Seagulls will have faced in Cup competitions this season, having won four of the previous five.

Mousehole v Dobwalls: Jason Robertson, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Mark Richards, Tom Hands, Luke Hunter, Steve Burt, Lorenzo Qerimi, Hamza Kaid, Gerens James, Hermann Niamke

Substitutes:  Steven Ziboth (for Hermann Niamke, 62), Lezion Cela (for Lorenzo Qerimi, 69), Abdel Ben Halima Hajjem (for Tyler Tonkin, 80), Jamie Devine, Sam Shulberg.

Scorers: Gerens James 22, 71.

Referee: Mark Hoskins.    Attendance: 37.

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