It has been an exhausting couple of weeks for the team from Mousehole after they played over 240 minutes of cup football in four days, emerging victors on both occasions.
First, the side in 4th of the South West Peninsula League Division 1 West had the Mammoth task of playing Premier Division side St Austell, where they were held to a 1-1 draw after full-time. But after a gallant extra time performance the side that were the underdogs before the match ran out 3-1 winners to progress into the final of the Senior cup.
Manager Kevin Richards was ecstatic with the performance and said that they fully deserved the win and was proud of his team following the phenomenal ‘giant’ killing.
Fast forward to last Saturday and it was yet another cup tie for Mousehole, this time the quarter final of the Walter C Parsons Funeral Directors Cup against Devonshire side Teignmouth.
“There were some heavy legs on Saturday,” said Richards and it showed again drawing 1-1 after full time, but a late goal from striker Jake Andrew secured a well-deserved 2-1 home victory teeing up another tough tie with Premier Division giants Saltash United who sit fifth with as many as five games in hand over top Plymouth Parkway.
Andrew was ecstatic to be able to get the winning goal and told Truthfal: “It was a great feeling, I’ll be honest I wasn’t looking forward to penalties so I was quite happy to nod one in before it got that far.”
But it is not the first time that Mousehole have been labelled the underdogs; they have also met the likes of Camelford and Launceston so far this season – both strong Premier Division sides – where they again proved to be the better side.
“We just play our game,” said Richards when asked for the secret to their giant-killings so far this season.
“When you play a semi-final you do have to do your homework. But mostly the games we have played against Camelford and Launceston we have taken them as they have come and we have just carried on playing our football.
“We don’t play any differently when we play Premier League sides than we do when we’re playing sides in our own division.”
We have been struggling down the bottom and just one good season doesn’t mean you’re ready to go into that level of football, week-in, week-out.
Mousehole have their sites on not just multiple silverware in the cups this season, but promotion is looming and after a 100 per cent home record so far in 2018 it looks more than a realistic prospect.
In fact, the Seagulls have applied for promotion to the Premier Division if they were to finish in a promotion spot this year, something they feel that they were not ready for when they won their division in the 2015/16 season.
“People forget where we have been for the last 10 to 12 seasons.”
“We have been struggling down the bottom of the league and just one good season doesn’t mean you’re ready as a club to go into that level of football, week-in, week-out.
“We feel now that we have got the right structure in place, we are a club that’s ambitious and we feel that the time is right for us to take that opportunity should it arrive.”
The season is not over yet though and there are still games to be played. Mousehole sit in fourth currently after playing 20 games but the teams around them have games in hand with Porthleven just behind them with two games in hand and Millbrook above them also with two games in hand on the Seagulls.
But after the season they have had so far with one final and another semi-final in the bag, confidence is soaring for the Seagulls and their self-belief certainly is justified.
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