HELSTON Athletic have made it through to the final of the Cornwall Senior Cup and will be looking to return as champions for the first time in 86 years.

Helston faced Saltash United in their semi-final clash that turned out to be an absolute rout after the blues netted four and secured their place in the final, with Colwell, Payne, Shepherd, and Wilson all managing to get their names on the scoresheet.

The blues made the final ten years ago where they played Bodmin at Saltash and were held to a goalless draw, with the replay being played at Truro City which saw Helston lose out in extra time.

Helston’s club chairman, Paul Hendy, told The Packet: “We’re delighted to be honest. The club hasn’t won the cup since 1937, so to get to the final this year, we’re absolutely delighted with it.”

After storming to victory in their semi-final clash with Saltash, the Blues will have now found out whether it will be Millbrook or local rivals Wendron United that they’ll be facing in the final. Unfortunately, that semi-final will be played after The Packet goes to press on Tuesday evening.

Paul continued: “We’ll take that game as it comes and fingers crossed we can bring the Cornwall Senior Cup back to Helston for the first time in what will be 86 years.”

Falmouth Packet: Paul HendyPaul Hendy (Image: Newsquest)

When asked whether he’d like to see a Helston vs Wendron final, Paul replied: “It would be great for West Cornwall, wouldn’t it? It would make for a good final, certainly for the people of West Cornwall.

“At the end of the day, whoever the finalists are, we’ll take them extremely seriously, Wendron are doing extremely well and full credit to them in the South West Peninsula League.

“Whoever it is, we know we’ll be in for a tough game, and we’ll be out to try and win the cup and bring it back for Helston and the people of Helston who have waited so long for that.

“If I’m being honest it wasn’t the scoreline I was expecting, Saltash are top of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division and have been for the majority of the season, so we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game.

“Did I feel that we could win it? Yes, I did. Did I think we would wini it by four goals to nil? It was a dream to be honest. The guys took their chances and they put them away. Four nil wasn’t flattering to us, we deserved that victory.”

Having not played a quarter-final due to the unfortunate folding of Godolphin in the midst of their cup run, Helston have put together a fine string of results having beaten St Blazey at home 4-0 in the previous round.

Before that, Helston had faced Torpoint, a game which had ended all square after extra time, and went on to beat them 4-2 on penalties.

Paul added: “There’s something about the number four in this competition that’s given us a little bit of luck, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Helston’s senior squad aren’t the only team to have recorded decent cup runs, with the side’s women’s, under 18s and under 13s all currently reaching semi-finals in their respective cup runs and Helston being represented in four county finals.