Vercesi nets last-gasp winner as Mousehole equal league record
Bude Town 0, Mousehole 1
THE Seagulls made it a perfect ten wins from as many matches as they equalled the west division's record for the most victories at the start of a season with this hard-fought success at Broadclose on Saturday.
Newcomers Bude have struggled to adapt to life in South West Peninsula League football so far this season, but there were plenty of positives for their manager Andrew Haines as they gave the runaway leaders a real fright before going down to a late goal from Seagulls skipper Mark Vercesi.
Only a fortnight earlier Bude had suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat by the Seagulls at Trungle Parc, but the visitors didn't have it so easy on this occasion, despite starting the first half strongly, with the home keeper making some good saves.
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But with Wayne Quinn's side for once leaving their shooting boots at home, Bude gradually gained in confidence and even started to pose a threat themselves on the counter attack, although the visitors defended stoically to ensure the half ended goalless.
The second half proved an equally scrappy affair, with the hosts creating a couple of decent openings and Mousehole keeper Dexter King being called upon had to produce two superb saves.
Mousehole continued to struggle to break down a resolute Bude defence, but it's often said that the mark of a good team is one that finds a way to win when they have not been at their best.
And the Seagulls did just that when they netted the all-important winner came five minutes from time when player-boss Quinn delivered a trademark free kick and Vercesi showed his class to cruelly deny Haines' men what would have been a hard-earned and unlikely share of the spoils.
Quinn's men have to wait until Saturday November 9 for the opportunity to break Wadebridge Town's record of 10 consecutive wins when they travel to play the Bridgers, who set the record in 2007-2008 before champions Godophin Atlantic repeated the feat last season.
This Saturday Mousehole host Porthleven in the second round of the Throgmorton Cup (2.30pm).
Mousehole: D King, M Laity, W Quinn, S Stevens, O Barrett, M Davies, S Burt, M Vercesi (c), N Pugliese, M Shiels, W Brown. Subs: E Chapman (for Shiels), L Patchett (for Laity).
Penzance v Porthleven
(Postponed, floodlight failure)
THE Penlee Park floodlights failed for the second consecutive home match as Friday night's local derby was postponed without a ball being kicked in anger.
Three weeks earlier the Magpies were losing 3-1 to Newquay and heading out of the Throgmorton Cup when the lights went out, with the tie due to be replayed this Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).
A double from Truro City's veteran striker Andy Bowker helped condemn second placed Sticker to a third straight defeat at Burngullow Park on Saturday.
City, who defeated St Dennis 4-1 last Tuesday, took a 15th minute lead when Bowker fired low into the bottom corner.
Sticker did manage to draw level after 35 minutes as Jason Rogers fired the ball into the roof of the net.
But Bowker's close range finish restored City's lead just after the break, and as Sticker pushed forward for an equaliser Harry Evans put the game beyond them with the visitors' third.