Tallan Mitchell’s goal eight minutes from time secured all three points for classy Mousehole against a Millbrook side who gave it their all in a hugely entertaining clash. Mousehole were already 1-0 up thanks to Callam Mconie’s 41st minute strike and while they were hardly hanging on, Mitchell’s close range finish gave the visitors a more comfortable last 10 minutes.
Jake Ash’s Seagulls look strong in all departments and it will be a surprise if they are not towards the top end of the table in their first season in the Western League top flight. Millbrook’s first taste of life at a higher level was every bit as difficult as they expected – but they should take plenty out of this performance. Indeed, had they taken advantage of a wobbly start by the Mousehole defence, Mackenzie Brown’s side might have taken something from the match. Rikki Shepherd had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring in the fourth minute when a cross from the left picked him out on the far post but his header flashed inches wide of the post when it looked easier to score. Seven minutes later Shepherd’s blistering pace appeared to be taking him away from Mark Richards, whose challenge just inside the penalty area sparked loud appeals for a spot kick from the home crowd.
But the referee waved play on. Fourteen minutes later the official booked Mitchell for a carbon copy challenge on Shepherd but this time the incident was near the halfway line. From that resulting free kick, defender Dave Youldon headed against bar and post before the ball rebounded into the grateful grasp of goalkeeper Cory Harvey. The home side continued to have the better chances and a superb cross from Ben Holter in the 34th minute found Jack Wood in the middle. His goal-bound shot was blocked and from the rebound Shepherd fired just wide. On another night, Millbrook could have been a couple of goals to the good but their failure to make a breakthrough was punished four minutes before half-time.
Mousehole were growing into the game and when a fierce low cross was fired into the penalty area, former Newquay striker Mconie arrived at the far post to provide a classy finish. Having got their noses in front, Mousehole were fancied to extend their advantage but Millbrook came out for the second half a refreshed team. And four minutes into the restart they had an opportunity with a break on the right which led to Shepherd firing a low drive across the face of goal and just wide.
Millbrook’s never say die attitude was underlined in the 56th minute when Youldon produced two magnificent challenges inside his own penalty area to prevent a second Mousehole goal. The visitors were enjoying much more of the possession by now and they looked a far more compact unit than they had done in the first half, snuffing out any threats from Millbrook. And the icing on their cake was provided by Mitchell in the 82nd minute as he arrived in the middle to finish off a superb cross from Hayden Turner.
Millbrook did have the ball in the net in injury time when Josh Toulson headed in a free kick but the linesman’s flag for offside ended the home side’s hopes of a late, late comeback.