Mousehole 4-0 Plymouth Parkway

(Hayden Turner 23, 39, 50, Tallan Mitchell 79)

Pre-Season Friendly at Trungle Parc

Saturday 17 July

A Hayden Turner hat-trick helped The Seagulls to a commendable win against their higher-ranked visitors, but this success was a whole-team effort in a match with plenty of incident, not all of it of the positive kind.

How it happened


It’s hot, very hot at pitch-side.  A good test of fitness and game management for both sides.

There’s a lot of interest in this match, with Mousehole about to step up to the Western League Premier, the highest level in their history, against Parkway who’ve similarly been promoted from the WLP to the Southern League .

Both sides are missing some regulars – Mousehole are without Josh Magin, Callam Mconie, Kyle Fraser and Sean Roberts, all of whom featured in the previous two PSFs, while Mark Goldsworthy makes his first match-day appearance since Boxing Day.

The match

6 minutes:  A huge aerial challenge by experienced Parkway centre back Rob Farkins leaves Mark Goldsworthy flat out on the turf after an elbow to the side of the head, with the game stopped for six minutes for urgent physio attention.  Goldie looks in serious trouble – he’s carried off to lie prostrate on the sidelines while an ambulance is called for.  Silas Sullivan comes on as sub.  Referee Rowan Clarke deems the incident to be accidental and orders a dropped ball.

Play resumes:  Parkway are dominating possession, with Jack Rhead prominent.  They carve out a series of half-chances, but Mousehole’s defence is standing up well to the pressure.

20’ Parkway come very close.  Jack Crago is set up for a fierce drive from 15 yards destined for the roof of the net, but Cory Harvey makes a spectacular save to turn the ball over.  How important will that save prove to be?

21’ From the corner Shane Krac sends in a lob from the edge of the box forcing Harvey to back-pedal to clutch the ball under the bar.  Parkway are looking menacing.  Mousehole haven’t yet got into their usual rhythm.

23’ GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE!  Andrew Elcock fashions the chance with some clever skill 25 yards out and prods an expertly judged through ball for HAYDEN TURNER to stroke the ball from 12 yards low across goalkeeper Kyle Moore into the far corner. Very much against the run of play.

33’ RED CARD FOR PARKWAY!  Jude Boyd steals the ball just inside the visitors’ half and speeds past Rob Farkins with a clear run to goal, but is felled by the defender just outside the box.  It looks like a sending-off offence (a rare occurrence in a PSF) and Referee Clarke produces the red card without further ado.  The free kick comes to nothing.  How costly will that be for Parkway in this heat?

39’ GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE!  The Seagulls have started to flow and HAYDEN TURNER makes it 2-0 with a twist and turn on the 18 yard line and an instant shot inside the near post.

Half time at 45+8 minutes after injury and other stoppages and water breaks.  A ‘half of two halves’ with Mousehole being forced on to the back foot, but then getting into their passing pattern and making it difficult for the ten men to put together any concerted passage of play.  There are 102 spectators – quite a crowd for a PSF!

50’ GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE!  It’s 3-0 as the hosts start the second half at a fast pace.  Andrew Elcock and Tallan Mitchell pull the Parkway defence out of position, the offside trap for once doesn’t work, and HAYDEN TURNER runs on to the forward pass and around the exposed ‘keeper for a hat-trick.

70’ Little is being seen of Parkway as an attacking force, as Mousehole enjoy the vast majority of possession and demonstrate the trademark passing style that’s now starting its third season.

76’ Mousehole substitutes:  Toby Weeks for Hayden Turner and Charlie Willis for Steve Burt – a good time for these ‘Development’ youngsters to show their talents.

79’  Mousehole sub:  Ethan Elwell in goal replacing Cory Harvey

80’ GOAL FOR MOUSEHOLE!  Charlie Willis cheekily dispossesses a much bigger defender to release Toby Weeks one-on-one with the ‘keeper.  The youngster shows amazing composure and vision to tap the ball sideways for TALLAN MITCHELL to score into the empty net for 4-0. 

The ambulance has arrived and the game is halted while Mark Goldsworthy, still looking in a bad state, is carried away a stretcher to sympathetic applause. 

83’ Mousehole substitute:  16-year old schoolboy midfielder Jasper Turner replaces Andrew Elcock.  He doesn’t look out of place.

That’s three wins out of three for The Seagulls’ PSF programme, with 14 goals scored and one conceded. 

The last two PSFs are:

Home v Exeter City this Wednesday 21st July, kick off 7pm

Away v Southern League side Larkhall Athletic on Saturday 24th, 3pm

The Western League season starts on Saturday 31st July with a home fixture against Wellington (3pm).

*Update on Mark Goldsworthy: ‘Goldie’ spent two nights under observation at Treliske Hospital Truro but was due to return home later on Monday (19th) for a rest period of up to two weeks.

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