MATCH PREVIEW: Yate Town v Mousehole (H)

Yate Town v Mousehole


Mousehole AFC

Mousehole make their first ever visit to the South West Interiors Stadium this Saturday having won promotion from the Western League last season – this being their first ever season at Step 4 and they have developed a vibrant and successful set up.

Mousehole AFC is the most westerly football club in the National League system. Their ground is located just outside the village of Paul, which overlooks Mousehole and Mounts Bay in West Cornwall. The club comprises men’s first team, development teams, a women’s team, U18 and several youth teams.

In the League the Seagulls are undefeated and sit in second place with 11 points from 5 games. Mousehole are still in the FA Trophy having beaten Tavistock AFC (who knocked out Yate in the previous round) in the Second Qualifying Round – this being their first season in the competition and are due to play Larkhall Athletic away next Saturday – another long trip for them.

They have also done well in the FA Cup finally bowing out a couple of weeks ago to Salisbury City who won 5-0 in Cornwall and before this game PitchingIn Southern League Vice Chairman, David Martin, headed down to Cornwall to present Mousehole AFC with their PST Sport Club of the Month Award for August 2023.

At present the club have a Crowd Funding Scheme to build a road that will give better access to their ground and help alleviate traffic congestion on match days.

Mousehole manager, Jake Ash, brought in some new players in the summer, to strengthen his squad, notably Ryan Barrett from Blyth Spartans, Morgan Lewis from Cardiff City, Tim Nixon from Falmouth and 6ft 4 in defender Josh Storey whose previous clubs include Penzance and Helston. Josh played for England School boys 18’s side and captained the team when they played Inter Milan 18’s.

Following on from Tuesday night’s excellent performance at Bishop’s Cleeve, where a valuable point was gained in a 2-2 draw, Yate Town caretaker manager, Darren Mullings, hopes to have a full squad to choose from if James Bryne recovers from an injury picked up in training. It will be Joe O’Loughlin’s last game for the club before he moves abroad. It was only ever going to be short stay at the club but he has made a great impact, especially in the last 2 games, coming off the bench and scoring against Westbury and again on Tuesday evening.

The club will be welcoming a group from St Nicks Under 11 team to be our mascots for the day and there will be a bucket collection to help contribute funds to Chairman Mark Thorne’s walking marathon around the pitch on Sunday. The money raised will be shared equally between the club’s charity of the season, the Great Western Air Ambulance, and the Bluebells Budget Booster. Mark will start his walk at 7am and hopes to complete the walk by my mid-afternoon whilst Frampton Rangers Women’s team are playing Weston-Super-Mare Women in the Women’s FA Cup (kick-off 2pm).

Admission prices: £12 adult: Concessions (Over 65 and Students) £8: Children (11-16) £5: Under 11 Free

Programmes: £2 – special article on Dylan Lewis

The bar is open from 1.00pm

Turnstiles open: 1pm

Plenty of parking space available

Food available inside the ground.

Please note that the South West Interiors Stadium is a NO dogs ground (apart from guide dogs).