MOUSEHOLE 6-0 WENDRON UNITED
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018, AT TRUNGLE PARC
Mousehole gained ample revenge for their 3-2 defeat at The Underlane in August with a comprehensive win over mid-table Wendron United, featuring a 15-minute hat-trick by Jake Andrew, and in so doing moved up to third place in the table.
The Seagulls made the most of home advantage in their 24th League match of the season, which leaves them eight games to play, five of which are at home including three against other top sides, and only five points separating the first seven teams.
Saturday’s game marked the start of a congested 30 days for the visitors, in which – as the team who have suffered the most from postponements in the Division – they have play 14 games to play, but to their credit they bounced back from this defeat to win 4-2 at Plymstock United the next day.
Mousehole took the lead in the 11th minute when Will Vouama advanced at speed down the left and his fierce left-footed shot from 15 yards was just too strong for goalkeeper Jack Mitchell.
Wendron had a couple of good minutes shortly afterwards, Scott Palmer shooting over from the edge of the box after a swift break, and then being thwarted by Liam Andrew’s last-ditch tackle in their next venture forward.
But apart from a floated cross which bounced off the top of the crossbar near the end, little was then seen of The Dron as an attacking threat as they were pressed back in their own half for much of the game, and Paul Williams, deputising for Steve Parker-Billinge in the home goal, could scarcely have had a quieter afternoon in the sunshine.
The Seagulls doubled their lead on 34 minutes, Paulo Sousa’s cross from the left being headed out to the edge of the area where Kevin Lawrence despatched a carefully-placed left-footed ‘daisy cutter’ inside the post.
Jake Andrew then was in the right place to notch a hat-trick, with all three goals coming from close range, the first on 59 after Will Vouama had opened up the visitors’ defence for Connor Davey to drive in a low cross, and the same combination worked again four minutes later to take the score to 4-0. With The Seagulls well on top, goals looked likely with every attack, substitute Steven Ziboth having a shot blocked by Mitchell on 66, before Jake Andrew forced in number five for his three-in-a-row on 74. Brother Liam came up from the back for a header cleared off the line on 76, Ziboth hit the post a minute later and then finally hammered the ball into the far corner from a tight angle after another dazzling run down the left with Kevin Lawrence the supplier.
Mousehole will have done their goal difference some good in a tight and competitive end-of-season, while at the same time their dominance could have enabled them to reach double figures.
Mousehole: Paul Williams, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Liam Andrew, Paulo Sousa, Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Adlard, Josh Otto, William Vouama, Connor Davey, Jake Andrew
Substitutes: Ryan Holland (for Jordan Adlard, 60), Yeshe Briar (for Calum Elliot, 64), Steven Ziboth (for C Davey, 64).
Scorers: William Vouama (11), Kevin Lawrence (34), Jake Andrew (59, 63, 74), Steven Ziboth (78)
Referee: George Pattison. Attendance: 92.
*Mousehole’s First Team now face four matches in eight days, starting with the away ‘local derby’ against Ludgvan this Saturday 14th (3pm), away again on Monday 16th at St Blazey (7.30pm), the return fixture against Ludgvan at Trungle Parc on Wednesday 18th (6.30pm), and another home match on Saturday 21st against Bude Town (3pm).
*Mousehole’s three teams in action over the weekend netted a total of 31 goals while conceding just three.
- The Thirds, a newly created team this season, beat Goonhavern Athletic 9-2, with Kalon Mayes scoring a double hat-trick, to go up to second place in Trelawny League Division 4 with four games remaining.
- On Sunday, top-of-the-table Mousehole Women recorded a 16-1 win at RNAS Culdrose, with Sophie Wilson grabbing seven of them, to maintain their slender lead over last season’s champions St Agnes, with the title likely to be decided by the outcome of the two matches yet to be played between them – the first of which is this Sunday (15th) at St Agnes, kick off 2.30pm.
- Meanwhile, Mousehole Reserves, who were without a fixture last weekend, remain the leaders in Trelawny League Division 1, with an 8 point lead over Penwith Exiles with five games left to play, all of them away, starting with an away trip to bottom club Lanner this Saturday (14th), kick off 2.30pm.
*Mousehole AFC youngsters Josh Otto and Yeshe Briar have been selected for the Cornwall FA Under-18s squad to play Devon in the South West Counties Youth Championship match at Wadebridge this Saturday (14th).
*Mousehole AFC will be running supporters’ coaches to the Cornwall Senior Cup Final against Premier Division Saltash United – postponed on Easter Monday because of a waterlogged pitch at St Blazey – on the re-arranged date of Sunday 13th May at the same venue (2pm kick off), with departure times and pick-up places the same. Previous seat bookings will remain valid, but any additional bookings or cancellations should be notified to Vice-Chairman Peter Robinson on 07802 903073.
*The Cornwall Charity Cup semi-finals – featuring Mousehole v Liskeard Athletic and St Blazey v Wadebridge Town – which were due to be staged this week, have been put back to mid-May to allow the completion of the backlog of League fixtures after a record number of weather-related postponements in the Peninsula League. Dates and venues for the semi-finals are to be confirmed, and the Final will be played later in May.
*Mousehole AFC have announced that their end-of-season Awards Evening will be held on Friday 1st June at The Lugger, Penzance.