ROSUDGEON 0-1 MOUSEHOLE RESERVES
TRELAWNY LEAGUE DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018
Table-topping Mousehole Reserves – already guaranteed promotion to the Premier Division – came away with all the points in a hard-fought game at fourth-place Rosudgeon, to leave them five points clear of Penwith Exiles with each side having a similar goal difference and three matches remaining. The Seagulls’ three games are all away in the space of a week – at Threemilestone this evening (Monday), RNAS Culdrose on Wednesday and Hayle on Saturday (28th) – and two wins will see them clear of The Exiles’ maximum points total.
The previous encounter with Rosudgeon earlier in the season resulted in a 2-2 draw, so Saturday’s return match was always likely to be a close contest. And so it proved. In ideal weather but with a brisk wind, the hosts were very much looking to upset Mousehole’s status as league leaders from the outset, and some tough battles were fought in midfield and defence. In a close but score-less first half, shots on the Rosudgeon goal came from JJ Simmonds, Lee Robinson and Chris Bullock, while at the other end the home side almost broke the ice from a corner, a goal line clearance by Matt Howes keeping the scores level at the interval.
The second half continued in a very similar manner, with the Rosudgeon defence remaining extremely solid and a creating a degree of frustration in The Seagulls’ ranks. Mousehole keeper Jonathan Fitchett was required to make a superb save, tipping the ball past the post from a wicked cross which evaded everybody and looked destined for the net. However, the vital breakthrough came at the other end as midfielder Nathan Goodspeed was brought down on the edge of the Rosudgeon penalty box and Lee Robinson scored with the resultant free kick.
Rosudgeon’s response was immediate, with Fitchett again making a series of fine saves, but the turning point came when a quickly-taken free kick on the edge of the Mousehole penalty box found the back of the net, but the referee disallowed the goal as the kick had been taken before his whistle, much to the home side’s annoyance. During a goalmouth scramble at the other end Michael Fitchett’s shot was deflected against the upright and the rebound gave him a second chance with his left foot which he just put wide.
All in all, a hard-working performance by The Seagulls and a vital three points against a resilient Rosudgeon side.
Mousehole Reserves: Jonathan Fitchett, Joe Davies (captain), Tom McGarry, Harry Tonkin, Jason Simmonds, Michael Fitchett, Chris Bullock, Jamie Simons, Matthew Howes, Tom Hooper, Nathan Goodspeed, Caleb Marsden, Lee Robinson, Josh Storey, Louis Main.