Helston Athletic boss Steve Massey was left frustrated after defensive errors cost his side a clean sheet in their 5-3 win at Wadebridge Town on Saturday.

Mark Goldsworthy scored his third hat-trick of the season for the Blues, with Alfie Flack and Kai Cornish also scoring for Helston.

The in-form visitors were dominant at Bodieve Park, but the Bridgers benefitted from individual errors to score three times, with Kyle Flew scoring twice, a tap-in after a sliced clearance and a penalty after a foul in the box, while Matt Lloyd grabbed the other with a close-range tap-in from a rebound.

"It was very much like the Godolphin game to be perfectly honest," Massey said. "Lots of chances, huge possession, we must have had 80 to 20 per cent possession. We must have had at least 15 good chances to score.

"I didn't think there was any danger of us losing the game, it was just very frustrating with what we're about and what we're trying to build our success on this year, particularly with clean sheets and not conceding goals, and we've conceded three and two of them were absolutely of our own making.

"That was disappointing but if I could be frustrated and a little bit unhappy, but we score five and win every week, I'll be a happy man come the end of April."

The victory also banished the ghost of Helston's defeat the last time they played Wadebridge, when they were beaten at the same ground in extra-time of their Cornwall Senior Cup third-round tie in January, despite leading 1-0 with five minutes of normal time remaining.

Massey admitted that the defeat was one of his lowest points as a manager, and told of a post-match meltdown that was reminiscent of comedy character Alan Partridge, who confessed to driving to Dundee in his bare feet in the midst of a Toblerone addiction.

"I said that to the players in the dressing room," he said. "I said this is where I had one of the lowest points of my football managerial career, which is stretching nearly 30 years now.

"It consisted of me disappearing for a week, doing an Alan Partridge-esque, driving up north willy-nilly, don't know where I was going, except I wasn't in bare feet to be perfectly honest!

"It was a low, low point and I said: 'come five o'clock, quarter past five today, I want to be going away and banishing those thoughts.'

"I've never, ever won before at Wadebridge, and when they kept pegging us back I was thinking, 'oh that's fine, we'll take them out of sight now', but they pegged us back three times and I was thinking, 'it's something with this place, if it doesn't happen today I'm not coming back to Wadebridge ever again!'"

Massey also praised young winger Cameron Wheat, who played in an unfamiliar left-back role on Saturday at the request of the Helston boss following injury to first-choice George Roberts.

Wheat has found game time difficult to come by since his move from Wendron United in the summer thanks to the fine form of Kai Cornish, who currently holds the starting jersey in Wheat's favoured wide attacking role, but Massey praised the youngster's contribution in defence.

"He's been very, very patient at the moment," he said. "Along with the St Austell guys that I wanted here, he was just as big a target [in the summer]. He was my first that I went to and the last one finally in.

"I asked him to do a role at left-back and he was superb. He was a little bit apprehensive, as you would be, and he was great. I said to him: 'you've got all the attributes to play there, I need you to play there. I certainly think you can play there, I am absolutely, 100 per cent confident you can do a job there', and so he did."