Seagulls score four to stun higher-ranked opponents
Hayden Turner takes aim at goal during Mousehole’s 4-0 hammering of Southern League side Plymouth Parkway on Saturday. PICTURE: COLIN BRADBURY
21st July 2021
By Gareth Davies
A nasty head injury suffered by striker Mark Goldsworthy marred Mousehole’s 4-0 win over Southern League Division One side Plymouth Parkway. Just six minutes into the Trungle Parc clash, Goldsworthy was involved in an accidental collision with former Truro City defender Rob Farkins.
Goldsworthy looked in some trouble straight away and after a speedy response from both medical teams, he was carried off and transferred to hospital by ambulance.
Seagulls boss Jake Ash revealed to the Voice post-match that Goldsworthy had suffered a slight fracture to his skull and a small bleed on his brain.
Miraculously, though, Ash confirmed that his ace marksman will make a full recovery and could be back playing sooner rather than later. After the lengthy delay while Goldsworthy was receiving treatment, Parkway looked the likelier to score and after 20 minutes, their recent recruit from Tavistock Jack Crago fired towards goal with home stopper Cory Harvey pulling off a brilliant stop.
From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Shane Krac and his lobbed effort had Harvey back-pedalling but thankfully, he managed to claim the ball just under his cross bar.
Mousehole slowly worked their way into the match and from a first meaningful chance of note, they took the lead.
Andrew Elcock’s defence splitting pass released Hayden Turner and he shot low across Kyle Moore and into the net. Farkins was then involved in the game’s other big taking point just after the half hour mark when he was sent for an early bath by referee Rowan Clarke.
His marching orders the result of a professional foul as Mousehole’s Jude Boyd was in on goal. Although rarely seen in a friendly match, Clarke interpreted the rules to their letter and off went Farkins. Parkway were now up against it playing a man light and Mousehole started to dominate.
It was therefore of little surprise that a second goal arrived just before the break with Turner the man to notch again.
After the interval, Turner put the game beyond any reasonable doubt when he bagged his and Mousehole’s third. A flimsy Parkway offside trap failed to function, and Turner nipped in behind the visiting rear guard, rounded Moore, and slotted home.
It was of little surprise, given the searing heat, that the game would peter out into a cat and mouse content with very little action seen in either final third as the half wore on.
However, with 10 minutes to go, promising youngster Toby Weeks found himself with just Moore to beat, but unselfishly, he squared for Tallan Mitchell to slot home.
The victory leaves Mousehole with a perfect pre-season record thus far of three games, three wins, 14 goals scored and none conceded.
Exeter City are next up for Ash’s men at Trungle Parc tonight (Wednesday) with a 7.00pm kick-off. Mousehole then complete their pre-season programme with an away trip to Larkhall Athletic on Saturday – 3.00pm.