THREE goals in the opening 16 minutes set up Mousehole for a return to winning ways as a severely weakened Millbrook were soundly beaten at Trungle Parc.
When the home side swept ahead as early as the fourth minute through Tallan Mitchell, you feared the worst for the Brook, and goals from Mark Goldsworthy and Callam Mconie confirmed that.
As ever, Millbrook kept their heads up and Jake Foster pulled a goal back with a glancing header from Tom Payne’s corner in the 34th minute.
But any hope of another recovery from the comeback kings evaporated with Goldsworthy’s second goal of the game five minutes before the break.
Only a superb double save from Ash Clelland to deny Mconie and Goldsworthy prevented Mousehole extending their lead in the first move of the second half but the relentless pressure had to tell.
Sure enough, a fifth goal arrived in the 66th minute when a corner was played out to Mitchell on the edge of the penalty area and he curled in the goal of the game.
Mousehole continued to create problems, with Mconie and Hayden Turner especially dangerous on the flanks, but some heroic defending prevented them adding to their total.
Millbrook enjoyed plenty of possession in the last 15 minutes and left wing back Sam Morcom went on a couple of forays into the opposition penalty area but on both occasions great runs were let down by weak finishes.
Mousehole boss Jake Ash said:
“I was really pleased with our performance after a tough run.
“We could forgive the games at Tavistock and the FA Cup tie against Parkway because of the impact Covid had. But last week against Ilfracombe and Tavistock at home was tough to take because we weren’t anywhere near our best.
“Saturday was much more like us. I knew it would come after the way we trained on Thursday. The intensity was back and translated into the way we played.
“We killed the game in the first 20 minutes which was really pleasing. Hopefully that gives us a platform to kick on and get where we want to be.”
Millbrook manager Macca Brown said:
“It looked like a game at the end of a very tough month where we’ve played Tavistock, Willand, Saltash, and now Mousehole, all twice, and we can throw Helston into that mix as well.
“The bank holiday double header last weekend wasn’t kind to us in terms of injuries and when you travel to Mousehole it’s not a game where you want to be depleted in the way that we were, where we practically had the bare 11.
“On the bench we had just me and Lee Robinson, who hasn’t played for 12 months. Dave Youlden, Jack Wood, Ben Holter, Ryan Knight, Ollie Small, Ethan Hunt, Ross Hamilton were all unavailable for one reason or another.”
Millbrook will attempt to bounce back tomorrow when Buckland Athletic are the visitors to Jenkins Park (1945).
Mousehole’s next game sees them travel to Cadbury Heath on Saturday and the club are offering free travel in the players’ coach, which leaves Penzance at 0745.