Helston Athletic enjoyed an FA Cup debut to remember after the Blues ran out 4-1 winners at Odd Down in their extra preliminary round tie on Tuesday night.

Mark Goldsworthy and Matt Buchan put Steve Massey's side 2-0 up against the Western Football League side before Bennington Mannings halved the deficit before the break, but a second for Goldsworthy and one from Olly Brokenshire secured Helston's passage into the preliminary round this weekend.

Goldsworthy opened the scoring in the 18th minute at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground in Bath when he showed excellent ingenuity to turn Matt Bye's 25-yard shot past the home 'keeper.

Brokenshire almost doubled the lead on 22 minutes when his shot whistled past the post but he did have a hand in the second when it came a minute later, flicking on Jason Robertson's long ball for Buchan to knock it past the 'keeper and tuck the ball away.

Mannings thought he'd pulled one back almost instantly when he fired home at the back post but was denied by the assistant's offside flag.

But he wasn't to be denied for long and did score in controversial fashion on 33 minutes. Helston called for offside as Josh Clark met a through ball and struck the post, with Mannings following up to score.

But Goldsworthy quickly restored his side's two-goal advantage with a super acrobatic finish, superbly hooking Buchan's header into the top corner from the centre of the box.

The Blues, who were playing in white given Odd Down's own blue colours, weathered a second-half storm from their opponents but wrapped up the tie in the 77th minute when Brokenshire volleyed home Tucker's corner at the back post.

Helston: J Robertson, W Tinsley, D Mulready, R Beattie, D Harrison, O Brokenshire, N Slateford, M Bye, B Tucker, M Goldsworthy, M Buchan. Subs: J Dingle, K Cornish, L Eddy, L Short, K Marks, E Timmons, K Daughtery.

  • Bodmin Town join Helston in the preliminary round this weekend after pulling off a sensational comeback before beating Wellington on penalties.

Miles Quick put the home side – although the game was being played at Cullompton Rangers' Edenvale Park due to an issue with the Somerset club's floodlights – in front after just three minutes before Mason Raymond doubled the advantage after nine minutes.

Bodmin had to wait until the 88th minute to pull one back through Martin Watts, before an own goal a minute later sent the game to penalties, with Bodmin prevailing 4-3.

Saltash United are also through after beating Plymouth Parkway on penalties in an eagerly anticipated local derby.

The Ashes led on 29 minutes through Fletcher Williams before Mikey Williams levelled just after the hour, but the Ashes triumphed 5-4 on spot-kicks.

Millbrook's FA Cup debut ended in a 1-0 home defeat to Bridgwater Town, while St Austell's hopes are over after losing 3-0 at debutants Newton Abbot Spurs.

Selected preliminary round ties (Saturday, September 12):

Barnstaple Town v Helston Athletic

Frome Town v Bodmin Town

Saltash United v Paulton Rovers