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Mousehole heap more misery on troubled Blues

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 03, 2013

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Mousehole 3, Helston Ath 1

MOUSEHOLE'S unbeaten start to the season continued as the Seagulls booked themselves a home second round tie with Porthleven after knocking out last year's Cornwall Senior Cup finalists Helston out of the League Cup competition at the first hurdle on Saturday.

It was Mousehole's second victory over Sid Taylor's side inside a month after their 2-1 home win in the league three weeks earlier.

After losing their second influential striker Mark Goldsworthy who left for Truro City last week, Helston Athletic's problems show no signs of easing.

With other players being linked with a move away from the club, including Charlie Young to Porthleven, these are testing times for Blues' boss Taylor, who watched his side make a first round exit at Trungle Parc on Saturday.

It had started so well for Helston, who were rewarded for a bright opening spell when they took a 23rd minute lead through Dan Stidwell.

But the Seagulls, who have won their opening seven league games of the season, were back on level terms ten minutes later when a good through ball from midfielder Steve Burt found Wade Brown who beat advancing Helston goalkeeper Jason Robertson with an excellent lob.

Chance

And on the stroke of half-time good work by Owain Barrett and Matt Shiels gave Brown the chance to score his second and he made no mistake with another clinical finish.

And there was no way back for Helston when they fell further behind in the 53rd minute when Robertson brought down Brown in the box and Nick Pugliese tucked away the resulting penalty.

The visitors huffed and puffed in the closing stages but Mousehole, with veteran defender Mark Trevail in sound form at the heart of the defence held firm and finished worthy winners.

This Saturday Mousehole hope to welcome back skipper Mark Vercesi when they return to league action at home to league newcomers Bude Town (3pm).

Mousehole: D King, M Trevail, C Russell, W Quinn, O Barrett, M Davies, S Stevens, S Burt, N Pugliese, M Shiels, W Brown. Sub: M Moon (for Davies).

Penzance 1, Newquay 3 (abandoned 53 mins, floodlight failure)

NEWQUAY were denied a place in the second round of the Throgmorton Cup when Friday night's first round tie at Penzance was abandoned with the visitors leading 3-1.

Alan Carey's men were on course for a hard-earned victory at Penlee Park when floodlight failure ended the game ten minutes into the second half, only moments after the Peppermints scored their third goal of the evening.

However, home supporters in a good-sized crowd will feel Penzance deserved their reprieve after producing a much improved performance following heavy league defeats at the hands of Penryn (6-2) and St Dennis (7-0) the previous week.

The Magpies included St Just duo Andrew Curnow and Ashley Ellis and Hayle's Adam Northall in their starting line-up and created the better chances in the game, only for some all too familiar defensive frailties to rear their head just when they appeared to be building up a head of steam.

Newquay for their part needed a good early save from Tom Vercoe to deny Jamie Payne before the Peppermints took the lead after 18 minutes with virtually their first attack when Luke Weldhen coasted past a handful of home defenders and cut inside to plant a firm finish into the top right corner.

The visitors doubled their lead two minutes later when striker Rob Wearne again caught the Magpies' defence napping and headed home a corner from point-blank range.

The home side continued to cause problems for the Newquay rearguard and thought they had pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break when the ball had seemingly crossed the line, only for their vehement appeals for the 'goal' to stand to fall on deaf ears.

After making another bright start to the second half the Magpies were denied by the woodwork and also had strong claims for a penalty turned down before Payne deservedly reduced the arrears with a neat side-foot finish from Callum George's cross on 50 minutes.

But the home side's joy was short-lived as the visitors restored their two-goal advantage within a minute, Weldhen producing a superb finish to direct Jack Bray Evans' right-wing cross back over the head of home keeper Paul Williams and into the right corner of the net.

However, with the ground plunged into darkness moments later and two attempts at restarting the floodlights to no avail, referee Lee Mitchell had no alternative but to abandon the tie, which will now be replayed on Saturday October 26 (2.30pm). The winners of that match will be away to St Austell on Tuesday November 12.

Penzance are without a game this weekend, with their next match away to Vospers Oak Villa on Saturday October 12.

Penzance: P Williams, A Curnow, L Andrew, J Street, A Ellis, B Wills (c), C George, A Northall, J Payne, C Bullock, L Caspell. Subs: S Richards, M Spencer-Smith, L Barr.

Throgmorton Cup, first round results: Axminster 1 Appledore 5; Bovey Tracey 6 Holsworthy 1; Bude Tn 1 Uni of Exeter 5; Callington 8 Foxhole 1; Exmouth 0 Budleigh Salterton 2; Galmpton 3 Totnes & Dartington 2 aet; Godolphin Atlantic 4 St Dennis 0; Liskeard 6 Okehampton 2; Liverton Utd 2 Plymstock Utd 1 aet; Mousehole 3 Helston 1; Penryn 0 Porthleven 2; Perranporth 1 Ivybridge 3; Sidmouth 1 Cullompton 2; Sticker 3 Newton Abbot 2 aet; Stoke Gabriel 1 Truro City 0; Teignmouth 4 Dobwalls 2; Torpoint 2 Wadebridge 1; Vospers OV 6 Alphington 2.

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