ADEL Gafaiti's late header sealed victory for Truro City against a determined Helston Athletic side.

Truro had more of the ball but their lower division opponents stood strong for the majority, with a goal in either half from Niall Thompson and Gafaiti completing an unbeaten pre-season for Paul Wotton's side.

Truro were first out of the traps, with captain Jamie Richards narrowly heading wide at one end before Will Dean brought a good save from Jason Robertson.

Neil Slateford was a shining light for Helston, with the former Truro man's excellent cross flying through the Truro box before a shot of his own was easily dealt with by James Hamon.

Hamon was involved shortly after, with his failure to claim George Roberts' cross allowing another into the box, but it just evaded the head of Mark Goldsworthy.

Harlain Mbayo then had a shot headed off the line before Luke Jephcott had a couple of efforts as Truro began to turn the screw.

They then got their reward ten minutes before the break as a long ball over the Helston defence found Thompson, who calmly lobbed Robertson.

The higher-division hosts had the lion's share of the possession in the second half but struggled to test Robertson, thanks in part to some superb defensive work by the Blues.

Ryan Beattie made a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Rio Garside, who looked all but certain to make it 2-0.

Roberts produced a similarly important block to thwart Harrison Davis, while sub Cameron Wheat got back to clear Jephcott's cross, who also fired a couple of attempts off target.

It seemed as if Helston were destined to hold them to just the one after Gafaiti's header hit the crossbar, before James Ward's follow-up was saved by Robertson, with Harrison Jewell doing well to head a third effort over his own bar.

But the Helston resistance was finally broken six minutes from time when Jephcott's thunderous volley was blocked inside the box, with the rebound falling kindly to Gafaiti who headed in from ten yards.

Truro: J Hamon, H Davis  R Law, A Gafaiti, H Mbayo, J Richards, W Dean  A Booth, L Jephcott, R Garside, N Thompson. Subs: L Rooney, J Ward, M Smallcombe.

Helston: J Richardson  K Davies, G Roberts, R Beattie, H Howlett  J Storey, L Tonkin, M Bye, S Beattie, M Goldsworthy, N Slateford. Subs: H Jewell, C Wheat, R Chinn, A Wharton  A Flack, C Young.