Helston we’re beaten 3-1 by Mousehole in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round at Trungle Parc.

Two goals from Hayden Turner and a free kick from Andy Elcock saw the hosts through. 

Helston striker Stu Bowker scored the goal of the game, a 35 yard pile driver that flew into the top corner. 

Athletic midfielder Lewis Tonkin was sent off in the second half for two yellow card offences. 

Helston had started the game the brighter of the sides and were unfortunate to not take the lead in the 14th minute when Bowker was set in behind but his chip over the goalkeeper bounced the wrong side of the post. 

Mousehole bounced back and took the lead in emphatic fashion. Turner got on the end of a low cross to volley into the bottom corner in the 31st minute. 

The game slowed down following the goal and it wasn’t until the second half that Mousehole doubled their lead in the 52nd minute. 

Tonkin gave away a free kick on the edge of the area picking up his first yellow card. Midfielder Andy Elcock fired under the wall into the bottom corner. 



The start of the second half got worse for Athletic when Tonkin saw a second yellow in the 55th minute for kicking the ball away after a free kick had been given away. 

Against the odds Helston responded in spectacular fashion. Bowker unleashed a bullet from 30 yards that flew into the top right corner. 

Helston continued to pressurise the Mousehole defence but the hosts always looked dangerous with the extra man. Turner finished the game in with an emphatic 25 yard strike that flew into the top corner. 

Helston’s next game is against Millbrook on Wednesday August 11 in the Toolstation Western League.

Helston Athletic manager Steve Massey was far from pleased with the result, speaking after the game he said: “I’m really disappointed, it’s not what I’m in football for. I want to make Helston successful, we’ve come a long long way and afternoons like this are not what we need, I don’t like this feeling ans I’ll make sure we put things right.

"It is difficult you can’t really fault the players in any way I thought we were just as good as them its always difficult to come here anyway but we could have been 2-0 up in the first half. Their guy has taken the first goal really well and that was the difference between the sides.”

Massey bemoaned his sides discipline which ultimately cost them:
“The discipline was really poor and I hate to say that because I take responsibility for that. You can’t say that I have total control over what they do oir what goes on in their head but I’d like to think that they have enough discipline in their head to think an action might hurt us as a team. 

“I didn’t think we got outplayed, great credit to the boys for staying in the game for 30-35 minutes. We should have kept 11 men on the pitch. To get a man sent off for kicking the ball away is scandalous, he knows that he apologised in the dressing room but it killed us for the rest of the game."

Packet Man of the Match: Hayden Turner