HELSTON Athletic may be facing the prospect of a third season in the second tier of Peninsula League football, but manager Sid Taylor insists he won't rest until the Blues are playing Premier Division football.
At the end of one of the biggest weeks in the club's history, Helston's faint hopes of landing the Division One West were ended by newly-crowned champions Godolphin Atlantic on Saturday (match report page 110).
And providing Godolphin are granted the one promotion spot by Peninsula League officials at the end of the season, Helston will be spending another season in Division One West.
But after taking Premier Division champions Bodmin Town to a replay in the Cornwall Senior Cup final last week, before losing 3-2 after extra-time, Helston have shown that they can compete against the best.
Nonetheless, after finishing second best to Godolphin this season, Taylor and his players are fully prepared for another season in Division One West.
He said: "You know at the start of the season you need to finish as high as possible when there are four teams looking to go up.
"Really you need to win it and I do hope Godolphin go up because they deserve it. I don't think they'll struggle in the league above because they've shown everyone that they can play some great football and hopefully they can push on and improve all their facilities."
He added: "We might have to go up next year, but I think given the chance if we get it think we could be a positive for the Premier Division.
"We could definitely hold our own up there and bring something to the league. We get great support, the ground and facilities aren't too bad. We're improving as a club, on and off the field, so hopefully we'll be an asset when we go up."
Taylor admitted Saturday's encounter at Kellaway Parc was perhaps a game too far for his players, especially against their title rivals, following 120 minutes of football against Bodmin last Tuesday.
He said: "It was a big ask and today, against Godolphin, it was too much. It's probably not an ideal game that we would have wanted. We could have done with a nice easy bottom of the league game against someone.
"But we've got to pick ourselves up, stop feeling sorry for ourselves now and move on."
Taylor has revealed he hopes to retain the majority of his squad for next season's renewed title assault.
The Blues' boss will be particularly keen to keep hold of strike duo Mark Goldsworthy and Liam Eddy, who have scored a staggering 93 goals between them this season.
He said: "I'll speak to them at the end of the season and my first aim will be to keep everybody here.
"Once we know who's not going to be here then we'll hopefully sign local players to take their places."