Mousehole are record breakers
MOUSEHOLE'S amazing transformation from perennial strugglers to title challengers will now go down in Carlsberg South West Peninsula League history following Saturday's record-breaking result at Trungle Parc.
In 2008 Godolphin Atlantic equalled Wadebridge Town's ten-match winning start to the season in division one west, but that record was surpassed at the weekend as Mousehole, under joint player-managers Wayne Quinn and Matt Shiels, made it 11 straight wins since the beginning of the campaign.
Saturday's 5-0 victory over Holsworthy was the culmination of what has so far been an incredible campaign for the Seagulls, who appointed Quinn and Shiels during the summer after finishing second from bottom last season.
Mousehole have surpassed most people's expectations this season, including Quinn.
He said: "I'm absolutely chuffed to bits. This is beyond our wildest dreams.
"I spoke in the summer about how myself and Matt wanted to change the club's fortunes and win a few games.
"I didn't expect for one minute we'd win our first 11! The players, the staff and the supporters deserve this because they have put a lot of hard work in."
Despite having a squad of just 14, Quinn and Shiels have made some shrewd acquisitions since taking over from manager Darren Woodard, who remains at the club as general manager.
Mark Vercesi has captained the Seagulls this season after returning west after playing for Newquay last season, while former Penzance midfielder Steve Burt has been a good addition.
Added to that, the likes of Karl Turner, Nick Pugliese, Matt Laity, along with Quinn and Shiels, have brought an abundance of experience and quality to the Seagulls' squad this season.
Quinn said: "It's funny to think that at our first training session in the summer only five players turned up.
"Even after we beat St Dennis in our first game of the season I thought we'd do okay, but I never thought we'd go on to win 11 games on the bounce. The lads have been fantastic."
But with the season not even at the halfway stage yet, and Mousehole just two points ahead of second-placed Sticker (though they do have four games in hand), Quinn, especially with such a small squad, is taking nothing for granted.
He said: "We're just taking it one game at a time and keeping our heads down."
It is highly unlikely that Mousehole will apply for promotion if they win their first ever Peninsula League title this season.
Quinn admits premier division football would appeal to the club, but he believes it would be too soon to make that commitment.
He said: "Of course, it would be great to get promoted, but we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves.
"We are looking at possible grants from the Football Foundation, which would enable us to build a new stand. But for another season, at least, I think we'd stay in this division."
Mousehole will be bidding to make it 12 straight wins when they entertain Callington Town on Saturday (2.15pm).