Cup exit for Mousehold
Mousehold 0, Yelverton 2In the Shoetraders Cup Mousehold started the game well, controlling the ball, and for the first 10 minutes all the play was in the Yelverton half.
Mousehold 0, Yelverton 2
In the Shoetraders Cup Mousehold started the game well, controlling the ball, and for the first 10 minutes all the play was in the Yelverton half.
An early chance by Nick Tyrrell had the keeper forced to leap into the air to punch the ball over the bar to stop it crossing the line.
However, just 11 minutes in, and out of nothing Yelverton were 1-0 up; almost the first action in the Mousehold half Yelverton had a long throw-in, one of their players headed it on, and it went over the keeper clear to another player waiting on the far post to nod it in.
Mousehold didn't put their heads down for a second and were straight away on the attack again.
Nineteen minutes in the Yelverton keeper had to pull off another last-ditch save, knocking Joe Wilkes's shot over the bar.
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However, the play was not all Mousehold's way as just a minute later a long, fast, level shot had beat the keeper, but rebounded off the crossbar with such force it went all the way back to the centre circle - a classic crossbar challenge shot from Yelverton.
Despite battling and pushing, it was still 1-0 to Yelverton at the break.
As the manager rightly said, Mousehold's attitude was right; they were outplaying Yelverton most of the time, and it really seemed only a matter of time before a chance became a goal.
But 20 minutes in there was no change in the scoreline, and the manager started bringing on some subs to try and break the deadlock.
Both sides had chances, and close calls, but it wasn't until the 88th minute that the second goal came, and it was to Yelverton, to finish Mousehold's hopes for the Cup this year.
Despite the loss, the Mousehold players should take all the positives from this game - they played brilliantly, kept focused and determined. It was not the same team that lost to Drayton during the week, and manager Ryan Slatford was rightly proud of the performance his players produced on the day.
Man of the Match awarded to captain Brett Macey, for keeping everyone focused on the pitch and for his rugged defence.