Preview: Mousehole v Falmouth Town

Falmouth Town continue their search for a first away win of the Western League Premier Division season when they head to Mousehole on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Town are looking for their first points away from home this season at the fourth attempt, following defeats at Millbrook, Helston Athletic and Ashton & Backwell United.

They will aim to make it fourth time lucky this weekend when they visit Jake Ash’s Seagulls, and four remains the operative number with the clubs meeting in a league match for only the fourth time.

Pre-season title favourites Mousehole have had a slow start to the 2022/23 campaign, having dropped seven points after five games before a Bank Holiday Monday victory at home to Street got Jake Ash’s side back to winning ways.

“A lot has been written about Mousehole and their facilities down there so it’ll be nice to go there and experience it,” Town chief Andrew Westgarth said. “Obviously they’re a good side and they’ve had their own troubles this year so it’ll be an interesting game and one we’re all looking forward to.”

He added: “It’s a game we’re excited for. We want to be playing against the better sides and testing ourselves and hopefully we can put right the disappointment of Ashton & Backwell.

“It’s a nice surface to play on and a nice venue and there’s no bigger test really. We have struggled away from home this year and haven’t been very successful, so it’ll be a tough test.”

Mousehole and Falmouth have met only three times in league competition throughout their respective histories. The teams met twice in Town’s sole Combination League campaign in 1983/84, with Town triumphing 2-0 at home and 6-0 away on their way to the title, with the sides also playing out a goalless draw at Bickland Park on the opening day of the 2019/20 South West Peninsula League season.

It will be Town’s first visit to Trungle Parc in any competition since October 2011, with Matt Drummond (2), Darren Hicks (2), Mark Vercesi (2), Ian Hodges and Tom Barwell netting as Town thrashed the Seagulls 8-0 in their Throgmorton Cup second round tie.

Last five games – Mousehole:
Aug 29: Mousehole 5-1 Street (League)
Aug 20: Torpoint Athletic 3-2 Mousehole (FA Cup)
Aug 16: Mousehole 1-2 Millbrook (League)
Aug 13: Ashton & Backwell United 0-0 Mousehole (League)
Aug 9: Mousehole 3-2 Barnstaple Town (FA Cup)

Last five games – Falmouth Town:
Aug 29: Ashton & Backwell United 1-0 Falmouth Town (League)
Aug 27: Falmouth Town 3-1 St Austell (FA Vase)
Aug 23: Helston Athletic 2-1 Falmouth Town (League)
Aug 20: Helston Athletic 2-1 Falmouth Town (FA Cup)
Aug 17: Falmouth Town 3-1 Torpoint Athletic (League)