Helston Athletic Manager Steve Massey claimed his side 'battered' Tavistock in their stalemate draw at Kellaway Park.

Athletic had a man advantage for 65 minutes but failed to capitalise on their extra player as they drew 0-0 to the league leaders in the Toolstation Western League.

Josh Robins was sent off for the Lambs following a reckless challenge on Ryan Turner which saw the full-back instantly sent off.

In an interview with the Packet after the game Steve Massey delivered his verdict on the game, he said: "I'm really frustrated, you can analyse it all you like and it will do your head in. I was disappointed with the chances we looked to try and create. The crosses into the box were poor and we didn't get that break. Billy (Tucker) has had runs on goal, so has Vealy, (Craig Veal) Turns (Ryan Turner).

"You have to get in perspective, four years ago we were playing Tavistock in the South West Peninsula League and we maybe had 40 people there and a dog! Today there was well over 250 people here, the atmosphere was great. It felt like a good game. Helston are here now and we are just creating that that success of people taking notice. 

"It would have been great to have gone and nicked it today but that's just the way it is. We kept a clean sheet, we didn't really look like conceding at all, even when it was 11v11.

"On another day if one of those chances drops to us it would have gone in. Overall, I thought it was a super day for the club where we announced we are a decent team, a decent club and the support here was great, it was a great atmosphere.

Massey was quick to compliment his opposite number on their strong defensive display:"Full credit to Stuart (Henderson) and his side they were great they hung in and they're top of the league but I thought we battered them. Fair play to them they defended with their lives as you'd expect with a team top of the league but we are there and we are worthy of being there.I'm disappointed not to have got the three points."

Helston have a week to prepare for another big league clash in their next game as they travel away to Bitton who lost to 4-3 to Saltash on Saturday.

Massey gave us an insght into the mood of the dressing room after the draw. He said: "Deflated, but at the same time we will take it on Monday, Tuesday we start preparing for the big one next weekend at Bitton. We will take the plusses out of this game, there is a team top of the league, sometimes with 10 men it galvanises teams. I thought we battered them without creating that one chance, which on another day they go in.

"We have to be proud of where we have come from and where we are going."

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