Evergreen Shiels puts Seagulls on cloud nine
Mousehole 2, Sticker 0
MOUSEHOLE'S unbeaten start to the season continued as two goals from veteran marksman Matt Shiels steered them to a comfortable victory over closest rivals Sticker at Trungle Parc on Saturday.
The result capped a miserable week to forget for the visitors who succumbed to their second defeat inside seven days after a 3-2 home reverse to Callington the previous weekend, and were also leapfrogged into top spot by a Mousehole outfit who have now won all nine of their opening league fixtures.
The Seagulls made a dream start as they opened the scoring in the first minute when Nick Pugliese's corner was headed back across goal by Max Davies for Shiels to find the net from 10 yards.
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Sticker gradually recovered from this early setback but with limited attacking options and despite some neat build-up play they found it difficult to break down a resolute home defence.
And it was Mousehole who increased their lead after 26 minutes when Shiels finished off some good work from Owain Barrett and Wade Brown to find the bottom corner from 12 yards.
To their credit the visitors continued to produce some promising moves down the flanks without ever seriously troubling home keeper Dexter King.
The second half was again played at a good tempo and with Mousehole content to hold onto their two-goal advantage, Sticker again found it difficult to make inroads and it was the home side who should really have put the game beyond doubt, only to be denied by some fine saves from visiting keeper Ryan Holland.
Sticker will be keen to reignite their title challenge at Truro City this Saturday, while Mousehole will be aiming for a second league win over Bude Town inside three weeks when they make the long trip to Broadclose (3pm).
Vospers Oak Villa 3, Penzance 0
THE Magpies are still searching for their first victory under new boss Dean Mooney after slipping to a third successive league defeat at Weston Mill on Saturday.
But the Plymouth side had to show patience as three late goals finally saw off the challenge of a young Magpies side who had defended well until tiring in the second half.
Despite Oak Villa having the better of the exchanges throughout, the game remained goalless going into its final 30 minutes as the visitors showed commendable discipline to keep them at bay.
However, the pressure finally told in the 71st minute when Darren Ware's free-kick into the box was expertly headed back across goal by Mark Stevenson for Andy Harris to take one touch before rifling home the opener.
Two minutes later Vospers substitute James Pearce and Penzance's TJ Lobb were both sent off following an off the ball incident, with Pearce having barely completed five minutes on the pitch.
The incident, however, failed to disrupt Oak Villa, who dominated the closing stages and added two further goals. Both came from striker Danny Worth, who drilled home in the 84th minute from an acute angle before completing the scoring in stoppage time by tapping home substitute Jack Collier's right wing cross.
Penzance return to action tomorrow night when they welcome Porthleven to Penlee Park for a local derby (7.30pm).