FOOTBALL: Taylor says Helston are ready for tough openers

Helston Athletic boss Sid Taylor

Helston Athletic boss Sid Taylor

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

SID Taylor expects his Helston Athletic side’s Peninsula League West Division season opener at Liskeard tomorrow to be difficult.

The Blues will head into the match without Ash Stidwell, who is serving a two game suspension carried over from last season, and Chris Strike who has a groin strain.

Also unavailable due to other commitments are Jamie Thirkle, Kirk Davies and Martin Webster.

Taylor said: “We are going to have to change things around, whether it be with our shape or drafting in someone else to go in at the back, which is where we are a bit light for Saturday.

“These things happen at this time of the season so we just have to get on with it.

“Liskeard are going to be one of the favourites for the league title this season because they’ve come down from the division above and have a young side, so it will be tough, but we’re still confident going into the match.”

After playing Liskeard, Helston will then welcome Mousehole to Kellaway Park on Tuesday before St Dennis travel down next Saturday.

Taylor believes all three of the opening matches will be tough, but added the Helston players are gagging to get competitive football under their belts again.

“The boys cannot wait to get things kicked off again,” Taylor said.

“We are going to be training twice this week and I know there is a real buzz going around the club at the moment.

“Our first three games are tricky with Mousehole and St Dennis up after Saturday, but I’d be happy to get through these games undefeated.

“It is a long season though so whatever happens come next Saturday, so I won’t be too downhearted if we are beaten early up.”

Kick off for the Liskeard game is 3pm, while the match with Mouseholse begins at 6.30pm.

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