Helston Athletic's dream of Wembley is over for another year after the Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Fareham Town in their second round proper tie on Saturday.

Charlie Cooper's early strike and Archie Willcox's second-half header did the damage for the Hampshire side, who go on to face Plymouth Parkway in the third round this weekend.

The Wessex League side got off to the perfect start when Ash Tattersall's cross found Cooper on the right of the box, with the right-back taking a touch before firing past goalkeeper Sam Borthwick in only the sixth minute of the tie.

New signing Ryan Turner forced a save out of Fareham 'keeper Dan Kempson as Helston looked to respond immediately, and they were screaming for a penalty in the 17th minute when George Davis collided with Billy Tucker and sent the latter to the floor, but the referee waved the appeals away.

Helston looked to turn the screw after the break as Blues debutant Owen Howe tested Kempson before Dan Harrison and Turner both came close within a matter of seconds.

But the Hampshire side struck the crucial blow just before the hour when Tom Settle's corner was headed past Borthwick by Willcox.

Any hopes of a Helston comeback were firmly extinguished a few minutes later when Brokenshire was given a straight red for a two-footed challenge on Ethan Jones.

The Blues thought they had one back in the 73rd minute when Lewis Tonkin fired in following a spot of pinball in the six-yard box, but was ruled out for handball from Howe in the build-up.

Helston: S Borthwick, W Tinsley, J Storey, H Jewell, D Harrison, O Brokenshire, P Cattran, M Bye, O Howe, B Tucker, R Turner. Subs: M Buchan, R Beattie, L Tonkin, L Eddy, K Cornish, K Daughtery, J Murphy.