Football: Jason Robertson is latest to leave Helston Athletic
JASON Robertson has become the latest player to leave last season's Cornwall Senior Cup finalists Helston Athletic – and there could be more following the Blues' goalkeeper out of Kellaway Park.
Robertson has agreed to join ambitious Combination League side St Day, who have also signed Helston midfielder Jordan Adlard. Robertson skippered the Blues to the Combination League title as a midfielder in 2011 and he has confirmed that he will be playing at St Day as an outfield player.
Having lost Liam Eddy to Truro City at the start of the season, the Blues were dealt a further blow when last season's top scorer Mark Goldsworthy agreed to follow Eddy to Treyew Road.
And manager Sid Taylor could lose more players, with midfielder Charlie Young linked with a move to Helston's local rivals Porthleven at the weekend.
The loss of yet another key player would come as a massive blow for Helston, who were tipped as SWPL division one west title favourites at the start of the season.
It was less than six months ago that Helston were taking Bodmin Town to a Senior Cup final replay. Five of the starting line-up from that game (Robertson, Eddy, Goldsworthy, Adlard and Davies) are no longer with the club.
After losing three of their opening six games, and following their Throgmorton Cup first round exit at Mousehole on Saturday (match report page 114), Taylor is facing his most difficult time yet as Helston manager.
Porthleven manager Dennis Annear refused to be drawn in on speculation linked the Fishermen with a move for Young, who has played for the club's second team this season.
The midfielder is, however, a player he would love to add to his young side, who were excellent in Saturday's Throgmorton Cup win at Penryn Athletic (feature match report page 114).
Annear has revealed he would like to sign one or two more experienced players to compliment his talented young squad.
Both Helston and Porthleven return to league action with home games this weekend.
Taylor's Blues welcome Perranporth to Kellaway Park, while Porthleven host league newcomers Bude Town.
Having lived in the shadow of their local rivals in recent seasons, Porthleven are beginning to take shape under Annear, and Saturday's performance at Penryn showed what they're capable of.
It's still very much work in progress at Gala Parc, but Annear believes Port are heading in the right direction.
He said: "If we can keep them together, there are a couple of players we're still after, I really think next season we can be up there challenging with the top boys."