Falmouth Town’s unbeaten record at Bickland Park this season came to an end after a 2-0 loss to Mousehole in the West League on Wednesday night, writes Matt Friday of Cornwall Sports Media.
Max Hill nodded for the Seagulls ahead in seven minutes before Luke Brabyn was shown a red card for Town shortly before half-time.
Andrew Elcock doubled the visitors’ lead midway through the second half as Town were temporarily reduced to eight men with two in the bin, with Scott Kellow also seeing red following a scuffle between the two sides after the whistle final.
The win sees Mousehole move up three places to fifth, with Town dropping a place to 14th following Welton Rovers’ 4-2 win at Cadbury Heath.
Mousehole wasted no time in seizing the initiative with Louis Price testing Ryan Barnes after two minutes before Hill opened the scoring just five minutes later. A corner was fired into the box and fell nicely for the centre-half to crash into the roof of the net for his first of the season.
Town, who had lost none of their last seven home games this season, quickly recovered from that early setback and gained a foothold in the game, with Jack Bray-Evans testing Seagulls glove maker Lewis Moyle before Cam Hutchison only sends an effort wide, with Tim Nixon’s inswinging cross almost slipping into the top corner.
But the hosts’ task was made more difficult shortly before the break when Brabyn was dismissed in controversial circumstances. The City captain clipped Seagulls midfielder Tallan Mitchell from behind as he tried to win the ball back, with referee James Long showing a red card to the amazement of the City contingent.
Despite being shorthanded, Town took advantage of their best chances of the game shortly after the turnaround. Nixon’s dangerous cross to the back post found Bray-Evans but the City man blazed from six yards, with his next effort minutes later looking set to find the net but for a vital block from a shirt green.
A tough job for Town was made even tougher with Annear and Nixon sent to the trash just minutes apart, briefly leaving the home side down to eight players. Despite this, they managed to keep the score at one, with Hayden Turner’s low shot inside the near post and against Barnes’ header before being cleared in what was the Seagulls’ best chance from goal .
But just as Annear and Nixon were about to return to the field, Mousehole finally found the goal to kill the game. Elcock was lucky enough to shoot just inside the box and the Seagulls midfielder made no mistake, with his powerful effort weaving under Barnes and into the net with 20 minutes left.
Mark Goldsworthy squandered a golden chance to add a third shortly after when he nodded over the bar with the gaping goal, Barnes saving from substitute Callam McOnie as the visitors looked to increase their margin of victoire.
The action didn’t stop at the final whistle with Kellow receiving a second yellow card following a clash between the two sides, with Mousehole substitute Moussa Diallo also receiving a booking for his part in the brawl.
Town’s next match is at Ilfracombe Town in the Western League on Saturday October 1 (kick-off 3pm).
Falmouth: R Barnes, S Kellow, T Moxham, J Webber, T Annear, K Gordon-Dunn, L Brabyn, C Hutchison (A Calleja-Stayne HT), J Bray-Evans (O Walker 87), L Barner (J Swan 89), T Nixon (O Pickup 73). Subs (unused): C Edney.
Red card: L Brabyn ’37
Mousehole: L Moyle, K Fraser, M Richards (J Sims 45), M Hill, H Turner, M Goldsworthy (M Diallo 78), T Mitchell (P Sousa 82), S Burt, R Thomson, A Elcock, L Price ( C McOnie 56). Subs (unused): J Symons.
Goals: M Hill ‘7, A Elcock ’70
Referee: James Long
Man of the Match: Ryan Barnes