Seagulls flying high as Brown nets late winner
Mousehole 2, Helston Ath 1
THE Seagulls continued their 100% winning record with their most impressive result of the season so far as they left it late to defeat 2012-2013 runners-up Helston at Trungle Parc on Saturday.
Wade Brown scored the decisive goal five minutes from time to secure Mousehole's sixth successive league victory of the campaign, remarkably all won by a single goal margin.
In a goalless first half Helston had the ball in the back of the home net, only to be disallowed for a push, while Nick Pugliese came closest to giving Mousehole the lead when his effort came back off an upright.
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But it was Wayne Quinn's men who broke the deadlock only a minute into the second half when Pugliese struck a low left-foot drive in off the inside of the post.
Helston drew level ten minutes later when Mark Goldsworthy finished off a right-wing cross, before Mousehole were again denied by the woodwork with Max Davies the second home player to hit the upright.
However, the Seagulls were not to be denied and five minutes from time sealed victory with a cool one-on-one finish from Brown, who slipped the ball past advancing Helston keeper Jason Robertson.
Mousehole are now a point behind leaders Sticker, who preserved their own unbeaten record on Tuesday night when they fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Porthleven. Elsewhere on Tuesday, Truro City earned their second league win of the campaign when they beat bottom of the table Foxhole Stars 3-2 at Treyew Road.
This Saturday Mousehole are without a fixture, with their next match at Porthleven on Saturday September 21.
Mousehole: D King; M Laity, M Moon, C Russell, W Quinn, S Burt, N Pugliese, S Stevens, M Vercesi, W Brown, O Barrett. Subs: J Robinson (for Barrett), M Davies (for Moon), C Boyles (for Russell).
Penzance 4, Holsworthy 2
PENZANCE deservedly recorded their second league victory of the season at Penlee Park on Saturday, although the scoreline could have been much more comfortable had the Magpies taken more of their first half chances.
As early as the fourth minute Holsworthy were indebted to a goal-line clearance and after further chances were squandered it was not until the 22nd minute when Callum George cut inside a visiting defender before passing to Jamie Payne to fire hard and low into the bottom of corner of the net.
Seven minutes later the home side made it 2-0 when Kevin Lawrence switched wings and his deep cross was headed back across goal by Dominic Batchelor into the net.
Penzance exerted a good spell of pressure and some attractive football was rewarded with the third goal on 42 minutes when George, Lawrence and skipper Bradley Wills exchanged passes before Payne put the finishing touch to give Jack Dixon no chance in the Devon 'Magpies' goal.
Meanwhile Penzance keeper Davy Cheal was rarely troubled apart from when veteran striker Roger Bonaparte broke through the Magpies rearguard to see a one-on-one well saved.
Holsworthy came out after half-time with a lot more endeavour but conceded a fourth goal, when Lawrence and Payne combined to set up George to score.
The North Devon side pulled one back in the 50th minute when Jason Cordice punished some hesitancy in the Penzance defence before Bonaparte added a second ten minutes from time to round off the scoring.
This Saturday Penzance travel to league newcomers Bude Town (3pm).
Penzance: D Cheal, D Batchelor, L Andrew, D Mooney, J Burr, B Wills (c), K Lawrence, G Bell, C George, J Payne, L Caspell. Subs: S Richards (for Batchelor 55); R Andrew.
Elsewhere Sticker made it six wins out of six on Saturday when they turned on the style to beat previously unbeaten Vospers Oak Villa 5-1 at Burngullow Park.
And the early leaders will have been encouraged that the goals came from five different players.
Liam Dingle and Bradley Ralph strikes established a two-goal lead before the half-hour, and although Darren Ware reduced the arrears soon after, Jake Street put Sticker in firm control before the break.
Sticker added further goals through Matt Lloyd (56) and Jack Bowyer (72) to complete a very impressive victory.
Callington moved up to third with a 2-1 win at St Dennis courtesy of a 79th minute winner from Luke Avis-Riordan.
St Dennis had taken the lead through Carl Rickard (34) but Kirk Smith equalised after half-time.
Freddie Williams scored both goals as Porthleven won 2-1 at Lantoom Park against Dobwalls, whose goal came from Adam Hill.
Bude's tough baptism continued with a 7-1 defeat at Penryn. Dave Yewson scored a late consolation for the visitors.