It was a beautiful afternoon at Marazion in contrast with the recent adverse weather conditions, and a sizeable crowd – with the numbers boosted as a result of many postponed matches locally – turned out for The Seagulls’ first home league fixture of the year.

Mousehole quickly achieved dominance and within minutes of the kick off Chris Bullock drove in a shot that just skimmed over the Lanner crossbar.  Shortly afterwards the same player made it 1-0 with a header from a well-placed cross.

As the game progressed Lanner defended stubbornly, breaking down many of the hosts’ attacks.  At the other end a superb free just outside the Mousehole box beat Paul Williams in goal but fortunately for the home side the ball rebounded off the upright.

Mousehole made the most of this close escape to go 2-0 into the lead.  After a good passage of play found Michael Fitchett free on the right wing, he entered the Lanner penalty box and was tumbled over by a defender, with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  Chris Bullock converted the penalty for his second goal of the afternoon.  Mousehole continued in control, with Lee Robinson prominent in mid-field and Jamie Simons making good runs down the left.

Lanner continued in the second half as they had finished the first period with some excellent defending in the face of numerous Mousehole attacks, one of which featured an overhead kick wide of goal by Michael Fitchett.

The visitors were once again unlucky not to score as a shot came back off the post, but it was not long before they were rewarded for their efforts, following some slack defending by the Mousehole defence.

At only 2-1 in arrears, Lanner were playing some good football, while Mousehole were going through a lean spell.  However another attack saw Chris Bullock brought down in the penalty box, and he stepped up to score his second penalty of the afternoon and complete his hat-trick.

With The Seagulls then moving up a gear, some good work by Matt Howes and Tyler Tonkin found an unmarked JJ Simmonds on the edge of the box and his shot made it 4 – 1.  This was quickly followed by a similar move, with Josh Storey dummying a defender to allow Jamie Simons to make it number 5 with a close tap in.

This was an entertaining fixture, a good all-round team effort and a well-earned victory against formidable opponents whose good play belied their lowly league placing.

The win puts Mousehole at the top of the table with 35 points, one point ahead of Hayle but with four games in hand.  The next scheduled league fixture is away at Threemilestone on 17th March, followed by a home game against Constantine on 24th.

Mousehole Reserves’ squad v Lanner:  Paul Williams, Joe Davies(captain), Lee Robinson, Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Matthew Howes, Josh Storey, Tom Hooper, Tyler Tonkin, Tom George

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