Helston 6-1 Mousehole
From Paul Parfitt
A glorious April Sunday afternoon welcomed the return of league football to Kellaway Park for the first time in 2021. Unbeaten Helston were playing host to third placed rivals Mousehole as the Blues looked to carry on their fine form from 2020 and push towards securing a first league title and promotion to the South Western Regional Football League.
Helston started brightly with Abi Locke finishing a good move assisted by debutant Eve Moore who has recently signed from Bideford Ladies. It was role reversal after 26 minutes as Locke set up Moore with a superbly driven cross into the six yard which Moore expertly pivoted on to steer home for her first for the club.
Helston enjoyed a period of control without ever finding top gear and manager Parfitt rung some changed on the half hour mark making use of the leagues roll on roll off substitution rules. Five minutes before half time Locke won the ball in midfield and from 20 yards out curled a wonderful shot inside the far post giving the Mousehole keeper no chance.
After the break Helston showed a little more dynamism with Moxom and Yould controlling midfield with some simple play, this dynamism was spurred on in part by the quick fourth goal scored by captain Sasha Sparkes who finished a cross from Barker-Thomas. Helston’s control in this period was rewarded with Sparkes turning provider this time for a driven finish from Katy Barker-Thomas.
Helston had two free kicks in a dangerous area one of which Barker-Thomas appeared to have scored from only for the referee to deem that it had not crossed the line. The Mousehole keeper pulled off several saves to deny the Helston forwards and when Yould and Moxom combined to send Sparkes through for the home team’s sixth in the 65th minute the result was confirmed. Helston will feel they could and should have scored more but Mousehole fought back and scored and excellently worked goal from Midfield with Richards driving through to score in the 72nd minute.
Both teams were obviously pleased to be back on the pitch for the first time in months and there were signs of rustiness from both sides. Helston will be content in knowing they got the points but the manager will also know there are areas to work on and opportunities to improve in the coming weeks. Helston host Illogan this coming Sunday in their next league fixture.
HELSTON: N Marable, G Sweet, S Sparkes-Bond, E Brewer, C Demouy, D White, K Moxom, A Locke, E Moore, S Sparkes (c), K Barker-Thomas Subs Used: K Yould, R Hannaford, L Bate, S Clouter, C Sparkes-Bond.
Scorers: Locke 5, 40, Moore 26, Sparkes 48, 65, Barker-Thomas 52.
MOUSEHOLE: C Britten, I D’escrivian-Nott, F Davies-Kirsop, B Hayward, T lobb, L Mannon, S Richards, R Storey, L Taylor, L Williams, S Wilson Subs Used: K Mayall, H McEwen, J Spencer-Amos.
Scorer: Richards 72.