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Match Report: Mousehole AFC vs Tavistock AFC

Tavi unlucky not to pick up a point after impressive second-half performance away at Mousehole!!

By Luca Sperti

Tavi came into the encounter making two changes from Saturday’s defeat at home to Evesham United, with Adam MacPherson and Ben Fowles returning to the side after significant time away. Jacob Bowker and Taylor Scarff made way, with the latter leaving the club to explore another opportunity. Moving into the encounter, very little happened in the first 10 minutes off the game with both sides trying to stay rigid and not break away from their game plans. The first chance in the match fell to the home side in the 14 minute, after Ben Fowles was penalised for a slide tackle on Mousehole club-captain Jack Carver. The resulting freekick was whipped in by Mousehole midfielder Tallan Mitchell but was caught by Aaron Dearing in the Tavistock goal. In the 16th minute the first yellow card off the evening was handed out to Tavi club-captain Ed Harrison for a foul on Mousehole’s Portuguese midfielder Paulo Ranalli Sousa. In the 17th minute a ball looked to be indirectly falling to Aaron Dearing in the Tavi goal after coming off a Tavi defender. The former Oakhampton goalie, pick up the ball with the Referee judging the goalkeeper had picked up a back-pass, therefore giving a freekick to the Seagulls only five yards away from goal. Two minutes later, Mitchell took the freekick rolling it to talisman Hayden Turner, who’s shot was blocked on the line by Tavi forward Liam Prynn, before being cleared to safety. However only a minute later the Referee was called over to the dugouts by the assistant. The Referee talked to his assistant on the left-side before brandishing a red-card to Tavistock manager Stuart Henderson, who was sent to the stands with seventy minutes still left to play. It was later found out the manager, was sent-off due to foul and abusive language to officials following the back-pass. In the 29th minute a chance for Tavi saw a corner whipped in by Tallan Burns find the head off Charlie Elkington at the back-stick, who did well to keep the ball alive. The ball then found it’s way to Alfie Cunnigham, who took one touch before being tackle by Mitchell, who then cleared the ball for the home side.

In the 34th minute a misplaced pass by former Plymouth Argyle defender Brandon Pursall was intercepted by Prynn who laid the ball to MacPherson, who took a touch before smashing a half-volley wide of Ollie Chenoweth far-post. In the 40th minute a chance for Mousehole saw Turner laid the ball back to Mitchell who let-fly from distance, but the midfielder’s shot was just flashed wide off Aaron Dearing’s goal. In the first minute off four added a chance for Mousehole saw a corner taken by Turner sail over to the far-post to Mitch Beardmore, who flicked a header over the far-post from a close-range. Only a minute later, another attack for Mousehole saw Charlie Cummings send in a cross from the right, which took a deflection and looked to be heading in. Luckily for Tavi right back Iestyn Harris was on the line to clear the ball to safety. Two minutes later, and in the fourth minute off first-half added time Mousehole took the lead. A corner from the left by Turner was taken short to Carver, who played the ball back to Turner. The former Gloucester City man, twisted and turned Elkington before floating in a cross which was flicked on by Mark Goldsworthy into the path of Exeter City loanee Cummings, who tapped the ball home. The goal was the Irishman’s first goal in English football. Very little happened after the goal from the fullback, with the Referee blowing for half-time only a few seconds later.

The Lambs started stronger in the second half and won a corner in the 47th minute after a Ben Fowles cross was cleared away by Josh Storey. The eventual corner which was whipped in by Burns was expertly cleared to safety by Storey. In the 52nd minute Mousehole made it 2-0. A through ball from midfielder found it’s way through to Mitch Beardmore on the right-wing. The Exeter City loanee did well to take a touch before making his way into the box and calmly rolling the ball into the bottom-corner, for his fourth goal for the Seagulls, against his former club. However only two minutes later, Tavi halved the deficit. After excellent play on the right-wing by Alfie Cunnigham, the ball found it’s way to Prynn, who smashed a shot which was blocked, before Fowles also let fly but his shot is also blocked. However, the ball found it’s way back to Liam Prynn, who on the turn smashed a shot on his weaker left-foot in the top-right corner, leaving Chenoweth with no chance. The goal was the strikers second in as many games and one which gave Tavi a lifeline. In the 57th minute after winning the ball back, and seeing Dearing off his line, Mitchell looked to loop a shot from distance into the net. However, the midfielders shot was miscued and didn’t trouble Dearing in between the Tavi sticks. In the 69th minute Mousehole made the first sub off the evening with forward Mark Goldsworthy being replaced by versatility man Tim Nixon. Only a minute later, Tavi were awarded a penalty after a through ball by Burns found Prynn who took a few touches before being bundle over in the box by Storey. Only a minute later the forward brushed himself off before stepping up and smashing his penalty low to the bottom right-corner. Chenoweth dived the right-way, but the sheer power in the strike from the former Torquay man beat the former Truro shot stopper. The goal was the striker’s 15th off the season and another from the spot, keeping his excellent penalty record this season intact.

Only a minute later, Tavi made their first sub off the afternoon, with Adam MacPherson being replaced, on his return to the Lambs, by George Newton. Only a minute later Mousehole made their second sub off the afternoon, with Morgan Lewis coming on to replace captain Jack Calver. In the 76th minute a chance for Mousehole, saw the dangerous Turner chop inside from the left past Harris and smash a shot from just inside the box, which was caught by Dearing. Two minutes later, Turner was booked for kicking the ball away after being caught offside, inside the Tavi half. In the 80th minute, a corner for Tavi caused mayhem in the Mousehole box, with a cross eventually finding Fowles, who’s header was comfortably caught by Chenoweth in the Mousehole net. In the 82nd minute Mousehole made their final sub off the afternoon with Callam Mconie replacing Tallan Mitchell in midfield. In the 86th minute a big chance for Mousehole saw a cross from the right by Beardmore find Lewis on the left. The Welshman took a touch, before smashing a shot with his stronger left-foot against the outside off the post, with Dearing unmoved in the Tavi goal. In the 88th minute Mousehole were awarded a free kick after Ben Fowles was penalised for a physical challenge on Turner. In the 1st minute off sixth added on, Mousehole re-took the lead. A through ball by Tim Nixon, found it’s way to talisman Turner, who did well to shrug of Ben Cross before calmly poking the ball past an onrushing Dearing, into the bottom left-corner. The goal was the forwards 28th off the season in all competitions. In the fifth minute off added time Harris won a freekick after a high boot by Mconie caught the fullback in the face. Mconie was later carded for his challenge on the Plymouth-born defender. The resulting freekick saw Tavi goalkeeper Aaron Dearing in the box. The ball was eventually cleared with Turner picking up the ball and heading towards goal, before he was brought down by Harris, who accepted the yellow to stop the counterattack. Not long later, the referee blew his whistle, with Mousehole holding on for a crucial win which sees them six 6th in the table and just one point outside the playoffs. Tavi remain in 13th position, with the club now turning their focus to Saturday, when they take on Bashley, away from home. Mousehole are also in action this Saturday, as they take on Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Moon Park.

Lineups:

Mousehole AFC: Chenoweth, Storey, Hill, Turner, Calver (Lewis 74) , Mitchell (Mconie 82), Cummings, Beardmore, Pursall, Goldsworthy (Nixon 69) , Ranalli-Sousa

Tavistock AFC: Dearing, Cross, Endacott, Elkington, Burns, Harrison, Prynn, MacPherson (Newton 72), Fowles, Cunnigham, Harris