Helston warned ahead of clash
HELSTON Athletic's players will be warned that they must buck their ideas up – or risk falling further behind in the division one west title race.
The Blues return to action after an extended break on Saturday when they travel to joint league leaders Mousehole.
And manager Sid Taylor will be hoping for a much better performance from his players than last time around, when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Penryn Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday last month.
Mousehole, who finished second from bottom in division one west last season, have been rejuvenated following the summer arrival of Wayne Quinn and Matt Shiels as joint managers and a number of impressive signings.
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Coach Nigel Thwaites believes Helston will need to up their game considerably at Trungle Parc on Saturday (3pm) or risk falling further behind in the title race.
He said: "The lads have been stewing since the Penryn game and hopefully we can put things right against Mousehole.
"It's going to be difficult, and if we take the same attitude as we did against Penryn then we'll be coming away with nothing again.
"This early in the season, as well, it's important that we keep picking up points, otherwise we'll be playing catch up.
"And in this league, this season, I don't think we can afford to keep dropping points."
A number of players have been keeping themselves match fit by playing for other teams over the last week or so.
One of those, striker Rob Carey, has scored two in two games for Mullion in the Combination League.
Thwaites hopes the forward can carry on that form for Helston.
He said: "Rob is a very good, strong player and hopefully he can carry on scoring for Helston."
Carey was brought in by manager Sid Taylor to replace Liam Eddy, who joined Truro City during the summer.
Helston are close to full strength for Saturday's clash, with Jamie Thirkle 'confident' he will be available after injury.
Dan Stidwell played for Helston's third team at the weekend and should be fit after limping off against Penryn with a groin injury.
The Blues will also check on the fitness of Tom Russell in training this week as the midfielder recovers from an injury.
Porthleven, meanwhile, who were beaten 5-2 at Callington Town on Saturday (match report page 113), are away to Dobwalls this weekend.