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Blues lodge complaint with Cornwall FA over Truro City transfer conduct
Helston manager Sid Taylor could be forgiven if he’d spent much of the last month with his eyes trained nervously on the skies above Kellaway Park.
A patchy pre-season, a string of bad results in September, and rumours of unrest amongst his players had the vultures circling and Blues fans fearing the worst, with several key first team players linked with moves away.
But after recent events involving striker Mark Goldsworthy the Blues boss reserves his vitriol not for vultures, but for White Tigers.
Goldsworthy's much talked about move to Truro City a fortnight ago left Helston without a recognised front man, and alongside the deal for Liam Eddy, meant Truro manager Steve Massey had succeeded in prising arguably Helston's two most important players away from the club.
But according to Taylor, Truro are yet to put in the mandatory seven days’ written notice of approach for the player, and as a result Helston have made a formal complaint to the Cornwall FA about their conduct.
“The way they've gone about it is just wrong,” Taylor said. “They've instigated the whole thing over the phone. We’ve written a letter of complaint about it because not once have they rung me or the club to ask if they can talk to him, but they're happy to announce it in the papers and on the radio. I thought the seven day rule was part of non-league football, but maybe I'm wrong.”
To add insult to injury Goldsworthy is yet to make an appearance for Truro and was omitted completely from their squad to face St Albans on Saturday.
"He's worked hard to get an opportunity with them, but he was told he wouldn't be playing for 'political reasons,'" said Taylor. "So I told him to get himself down to St Dennis and play for us instead."
Which he did, coming off the bench to score as Helston returned to form with a resounding 6-1 victory.
But Goldsworthy is not alone in attracting interest from other clubs. Jordan Adlard and goalkeeper Jason Robertson recently made the move to Combination League side St Day, and mischievous rumours of a move away from Kellaway Park for Charlie Young continue to circulate, despite the talented midfielder's insistence he has no intention of leaving.
Young manages the Helston Blues under 14s side, but recent Combination League appearances for Porthleven have led some to question his allegiance.
Taylor, however, knows him better than most.
"He turns out for Porthleven - and I'm doing them a favour letting my lads go and play Combo football - and then you start seeing rumours on websites and in papers that he's a main target for them. Charlie's happy. He likes his football here, and he's involved in the youth setup.
"I think there's a lot of mischief making going on at the moment," he added. "It seems like there's a load of vultures waiting to join in and have a go at Helston because it's been a difficult time for us. But we've got the right players, and the right character, and I know we'll bounce back."