St Just 0, Helston Ath 1

GRAHAM BLAKE described his side's victory as their best of the season after a display full of grit and determination at a windswept St Just.

The only goal of the game arrived with virtually the last kick of the match, when Fraser Patterson smashed the ball in after a goalmouth scramble.

The Blues' task had been made harder after losing midfielders Phil Black and Mike Hallibone through injury in the first half and by the end of the match, Helston had no fewer than six 16 year olds on the pitch.

Chances were at a premium in the first half, although the visitors tried to play football despite the horrendous conditions.

Ed Huckfield and Nick Perry replaced Black and Hallibone, while St Just had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when John Bird appeared to be fouled in the area in the second period.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Patterson popped up to earn the visitors their ninth win of the season and leapfrog their hosts in the table.

Helston: R Atkinson, D Turner, B Turner, E Dunn, L Cattran, P Black (E Huckfield), M Hallibone (N Perry), K Jacka (W Paul), F Patterson, M Dawson, M Buchan. Sub not used: J Hannaford.

Helston have another tough away day when they visit title-chasing Ludgvan on Saturday.

Mullion 0, Culdrose 1

MULLION'S title hopes suffered a setback when they went down to a derby defeat to the Airmen at Clifden Parc.

It was a particularly tough loss to take after Luke Hunter saw his penalty saved two minutes from time by Culdrose keeper Kieran O'Hanlon.

The all-important goal came just after the break when Alan McInnes shot home the winner.

Porthleven's woeful run continues after a 6-1 setback at Hayle.