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Brown bags late winner as Seagulls are made to sweat

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Penzance skipper Bradley Wills skips over a challenge from Dobwalls' Harry Hook under the watchful eye of referee Paul Windle during Saturday's Division One West match at Penlee Park. CIoSP.

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Mousehole 1, Perranporth 0

RUNAWAY leaders Mousehole were given a real run for their money by lowly Perranporth before succumbing to a late Wade Brown goal that handed Wayne Quinn's men a narrow victory at Trungle Parc on Saturday.

The Seagulls played against the wind in the first half and in a tight encounter chances were few and far between, although Brown came closest to giving the home side the lead when his volley from 12 yards went just wide.

The visitors' best chance of the first half fell to Bryan Hawke who latched on to a long ball which was misjudged by the Mousehole defence but his attempted lob flew just over the bar.

Mousehole dominated possession in the second half but had to wait until 10 minutes from time to ended Perranporth's brave resistance.

Man of the match Matt Shiels crossed to the back post where strike partner was there to finish with a shot that went in off the post.

Home skipper Mark Vercesi then had a fierce drive which went just wide but Mousehole comfortably saw the game out to rack up their 16th league win from 17 attempts.

It was another big three points in what is likely to be the Seagulls' last league match for three weeks, with quarter final ties in both the Throgmorton and Cornwall Charity Cup coming up in the next fortnight.

The first of them sees the Seagulls host Wadebridge Town in the last eight of the Charity Cup this Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

Mousehole: D King; S Stevens, C Russell, W Quinn, O Barrett, D Magee, M Vercesi, S Burt, N Pugliese, M Shiels, W Brown. Subs: K Turner (for Magee), S Winnan (for Stevens); E Chapman, M Moon (not used).

Penzance 0, Dobwalls 2

THE Magpies long wait for a first league victory of 2014 continued as Dobwalls struck two first half goals at Penlee Park to maintain third spot in the table.

The visitors completely dominated the opening exchanges but it wasn't until the 26th minute that they took the lead, with Dan Lawrence capitalising on some lacklustre defending to side-foot the ball past keeper Paul Williams.

Seconds later Ryan Andrew's sliced clearance gifted the visitors a gilt-edged chance to increase their lead only for a visiting attacker to miss the target with an empty net at his mercy.

But Dobwalls deservedly increased their lead on 31 minutes when the home side cheaply conceded possession from their own free kick to afford Martyn Hake a clear run through on goal and he made no mistake to put the visitors in complete control.

The Magpies eventually found their feet and had a good spell late in the first half with Callum George's cross-come-shot coming back off the top of the bar and Dobwalls keeper Josh Gilbert spreading himself well to deny Lewis Caspell with a fine save.

But despite a vastly improved second half display from the home side, in which Jamie Payne's header hit an upright and Jeremy Blake had an effort cleared off the line, they were unable to find a way past a resolute Dobwalls defence.

This Saturday the Magpies are at home to Bude Town, the team they last beat in the league when they won 2-1 at Broadclose Park in September. Kick-off is 3pm.

Penzance: P Williams; C George, W Southcott, R Andrew, J Street, L Andrew, J Currim, B Wills, J Payne, J Blake, L Caspell. Subs: R Trathen (for Blake), D Mooney (for Southcott), Z Williams (for Currim).

Elsewhere, Helston Athletic maintained fourth spot in the table with a resounding 5-1 home victory over Callington Town, who slip to sixth place.

Mark Goldsworthy, Ashley Stidwell, Dan Stidwell, Phil Black and Keegan McPhilbin were all on target for the Blues, with Fergus Nevin notching the visitors' consolation.

Ed Wilton marked his Penryn Athletic debut with his side's opening goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Truro City at Kernick.

The former Perranporth and Cornwall Youth striker finished off a neat passing move involving Russell May, Dale Band and Gregg Hobbs in the 16th minute.

Truro fought back in the second half in search of an equaliser, with Scott Palmer coming the closest to scoring only to be denied by Chris Symons.

But Hobbs made sure of a Penryn victory in the 70th minute when was left with an easy finish after Wilton was denied a second goal following a save from Truro goalkeeper Dan Peters.

Porthleven surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Vospers Oak Villa.

It had started so well for Port, who took a 37th minute lead through Jordan Annear.

And just moments later Sam Kay doubled their lead, volleying home Tom Annear's free kick.

Steve Blackburn pulled a goal back for Vospers early in the second half, before the visitors drew level through Jordan Hogan.

And five minutes from time Dan Worth set up James Pearse to score the winner for Vospers.

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