HELSTON will return to action with two games in three days this week, aiming to put to bed their poor performance at Falmouth Town in the League Cup 11 days ago.

They travel to Launceston on Saturday and host St Austell on Tuesday evening (7.30pm). In a bizarre fixture schedule, they will have to wait until October 21 before they play their first SWPL Premier game of the season on a Saturday.

Boss Steve Massey said: "I'm looking for more energy than we had against Falmouth. We didn't close the ball down or work hard enough off the ball. It was far too easy for them and although the defeat is becoming more distant now, it still hurts."

Youngsters Kai Cornish, son of former striker Jerry, and Isaac Dryburgh have been brought into the squad to inject some youthful exuberance, while Massey will welcome the return of experienced defender Tom Smith, who was unavailable for the last two matches.

Matt Buchan will be suspended for the trip to Launceston after picking up his fifth booking and discipline is something Massey is keen to improve.

"It's obviously a reflection on our recent results but we've given away a lot of silly bookings. I pride myself on having a disciplined team and while I want them to play hard, I don't want them to be reckless," said the Blues boss, who has been suffering from the flu this week.

Launceston have won five of their opening 11 games, while St Austell, one of the county's top teams, have endured a terrible start to their campaign and until recently were second from bottom in the table.

"They're all tough games in this league but they're also games that I feel we can take something from if we perform," he added.

Next Saturday they have a tricky Senior Cup tie at Perranporth, who are unbeaten in the Combination League and have several former Peninsula League players among their number.