JORDAN Harris' late goal denied Helston Athletic a deserved point on their visit to South West Peninsula League leaders Exmouth Town on Saturday.

Harris gave the hosts an eighth-minute lead but the Blues were level just nine minutes later through Kai Cornish, with the score remaining unchanged until two minutes from time, with Harris netting again to break Helston hearts.

The hosts got their noses in front on eight minutes when slack marking at the back post allowed Harris to nip in and tuck Aaron Denny's cross past Helston 'keeper Barrie Wyatt.

But the Blues went on the attack and restored parity after just 17 minutes, with Cornish meeting Matt Bye's long ball over the defence and driving it past the goalkeeper.

The goal lifted the visitors but it was Exmouth who had the better chances of the rest of the half, striking both the post and crossbar with separate efforts.

Helston picked themselves up after the break and threatened to take the lead on a few occasions, with Cornish having a couple of chances before Scott Beattie saw his strike deflect wide of the mark.

But just when it looked like the Blues were to become just the fifth side to take something away from the King George V ground this season, Harris popped up with his 23rd of the season with two minutes to go to put his side eight points clear at the top of the table.

Helston: B Wyatt, K Davies, H Jewell, R Beattie, R Chinn, M Bye, J Thirkle (A Williams), L Tonkin (A Flack), S Beattie, K Cornish, A Wharton (K England).