RI­D­LEY: WE MUST KEEP ‘CUP’ FANS IN­TER­ESTED

The Non-League Football Paper - - MIDWEEK RESULTS SERVICE -

FROM Mouse­hole to Ludg­van in West Corn­wall is just un­der eight miles but in foot­ball terms these days, it feels like a mil­lion. Last week, the team with the charm­ing name, and who play just out­side the gor­geous sea­side vil­lage, made the short jour­ney and won 11-1 in Penin­sula League Divi­sion One West – Step Seven. Re­cently, the for­mer Torquay United player and man­ager Kevin Ni­chol­son was lured to Trun­gle Park by wealthy chair­man Tim Richard­son, who de­scribes him­self as a prop­erty in­vestor and has huge am­bi­tion for the club, start­ing with the es­tab­lish­ment of an Acad­emy that has been re­cruit­ing play­ers from as far afield as Leeds. Says a state­ment on their web­site. “We have a burn­ing de­sire to progress – to build a truly amaz­ing club: the high­est-per­form­ing, be­strun, most self-sus­tain­ing foot­ball club in Corn­wall.” Com­pare and con­trast with poor old Ludg­van, rooted to the bot­tom of the league and strug­gling to field a team, and who had to face the 37-year-old Ni­chol­son and his ram­pant charges last week. In be­tween the two vil­lages is the ma­jor town of Pen­zance, whose club Mouse­hole (pro­nounced Mowsle) have al­ready been ap­proached with an un­wel­comed merger-cum-takeover. It was al­most cer­tainly mooted due to the fa­cil­i­ties at Trun­gle, a cou­ple of miles away, which need up­grad­ing and have a tricky ac­cess road, plus the greater crowd po­ten­tial of Pen­zance, pop­u­la­tion 21,200 to Mouse­hole’s 700. Now, there will be many in Non-League who’ve seen this be­fore in Corn­wall, with Kevin Heaney bankrolling Truro City be­fore his fi­nan­cial prob­lems and then the White Tigers’ own in re­cent years. Cer­tainly those in Na­tional League South who dread the trip to Truro – should they re­turn home to Treyew Road be­fore the planned Sta­dium for Corn­wall – will be con­cerned. Mouse­hole is an­other 30 miles fur­ther, which is an hour on Cor­nish roads. Could they make it up into Step 1 at least, as is the in­ten­tion? It’s a long shot, but you never know. Some­thing is stir­ring in a County famed for its Rugby Union but which loves its foot­ball de­spite be­ing one of the game’s most for­got­ten re­gions. One thing is for sure: there are haves and havenots just miles apart at ev­ery level – even down to Step 7.

CAL­I­BRE: Kevin Ni­chol­son is now in charge of am­bi­tious Mouse­hole up IT’S not quite strange there for Dave in­juries with foot­balling a bot­tle of drop­ping Beas­ant but poor on his foot, salad cream gash­ing James Rowe Aldershot’s smashed glass bot­tle a is him­self on cor­dial drink well-known of a Rabona” “Do­ing a not far off. the foot­ball has en­tered we have lex­i­con. Now Ribena.” “Do­ing a

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