MOUSEHOLE 6-0 WADEBRIDGE TOWN
SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE, DIVISION 1 WEST
SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2018
AT TRUNGLE PARC
Mousehole collected three vital points and gave their goal difference a massive boost with a commanding performance against Wadebridge Town on Saturday as they continue to consolidate their position among this season’s promotion candidates.
With results working out favourably elsewhere, The Seagulls have climbed up to second place in the table, and although they have played more games than their six main rivals behind them, they will argue they have got the points in the bank and will have a less congested fixture programme in the later stages of the season.
Saturday’s win completed a League ‘double’ against The Bridgers, and it was against this opposition that manager Kevin Richards was in charge for his first game in early October. Since his appointment, Mousehole have played a total of 18 games in the League and the three Cup competitions, winning 16 of those, drawing one and losing one, and in the last three matches they have beaten Premier Division Newquay, local rivals Penzance and now Wadebridge Town with an aggregate tally of 15 goals scored and none conceded.
In front of a 100+ crowd, Steve Parker-Billinge had to make an early save from Jake Williams at the expense of a corner, but it was Mousehole who opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jake Andrew turned on a loose ball on the edge of the six yard box to poke home under Ben Rosevear’s body in the visitors’ goal. And the scorer became provider on 32 when his low cross from the right was stroked in, again from the six yard line, by Paulo Sousa.
The Bridgers’ 23-goal marksman Dan Jennings had been kept very quiet until the opening minutes of the second half when his pace took him clear down the right but no-one was on hand to take advantage of his dangerous low cross. At the other end, Rosevear made a point blank save from Steven Ziboth, before Jake Andrew scored his second goal of the game – and his fifth goal in the last two matches – with a spectacular volley inside the far post from a wide angle on the right after 60 minutes. Two minutes later Steve Parker-Billinge had to tip over a sharp 12-yard drive from Paul Reed, but very little was seen of the visitors as an attacking force after that as they were pressed back and opened up repeatedly by Mousehole’s passing and movement throughout the last half hour.
Jake Andrew came close to a second successive hat-trick on 74, hitting the bar from newcomer William Vouama’s pass, before Luke Johnson drove in low for 4-0 on 76 as The Bridgers’ overworked defence failed to clear. After substitute Chris Prout had hit the post with a typical 25-yard drive, Paulo Sousa got his second from close range for 5-0 on 85, and although left back Callum Bertrand ventured forward in search of a consolation goal on 88, it was Mousehole who competed the scoring in the last minute as Luke Johnson switched to the left wing and converted a through ball with a perfect lob.
The Seagulls now have 13 League games left this season, with 8 at home and 5 away. Six of those 13 games are against teams in the top 7, with home and away ‘doubles’ against current Division leaders Ludgvan (who have not applied for promotion), and against St Blazey, and home fixtures against Elburton Villa and Millbrook.
Meanwhile, this Saturday (24th) Mousehole face their first away trip since 18th November – 12 games ago – when they travel to fourth-bottom Dobwalls (3pm). The club is running a 53-seater supporters coach to the match, leaving Penzance Bus Station at 12:15pm at a cost of £5 per person.
After that, their next two matches are both Cup ties, with the SWP League Cup quarter-final tie against East Division Teignmouth at Trungle Parc on Saturday 3rd March (2:30pm), followed in midweek by their first-ever appearance in the Cornwall Senior Cup semi-finals when they face Premier Division high-fliers St Austell at Falmouth Town’s Bickland Park on Wednesday 7th March (7:30pm).
Mousehole v Wadebridge: Steve Parker-Billinge, Tyler Tonkin, Billy Curtis (captain), Calum Elliot, Liam Andrew, Kevin Lawrence, William Vouama, Paulo Sousa, Luke Johnson, Jake Andrew, Steven Ziboth.
Substitutes: Chris Prout (for Steven Ziboth, 64), Kayne Trevaskis (for Jake Andrew, 74), Omar Dialo (for William Vouama, 79), Connor Davey, Yeshe Briar
Scorers: Jake Andrew (10, 60), Paulo Sousa (32, 85), Luke Johnson (76, 90)
Referee: Mike Glanville. Attendance: 105
*Mousehole’s home League fixture against Holsworthy has been brought forward from Easter Monday to Saturday 17th March (3pm)