AFTER seeing their second influential striker Mark Goldsworthy leave for Truro City last week, Helston Athletic's problems show no signs of easing, writes Lee Hall.
With other players being linked with a move away from the club, including Charlie Young to Porthleven, these are testing times for Blues' boss Sid Taylor, who watched his side make a first round exit at Mousehole on Saturday.
It had started so well for Helston, who took a 23rd minute lead through Dan Stidwell.
But the Seagulls, who have won their opening seven league games of the season, were back on level terms ten minutes later when Steve Burt found Wade Brown who beat Helston goalkeeper Jason Robertson with an excellent lob.
And on the stroke of half-time good work by Owain Barrett and Matt Shiels gave Brown the chance to score his second and he made no mistake.
And there was no way back for Helston when they fell further behind in the 53rd minute when Robertson brought down Brown in the box and Nick Pugliese tucked away the resulting penalty.
Dave Worthington's first half strike was enough to send Truro City out at the first attempt at division east side Stoke Gabriel on Saturday.
City, who included new signing from Penryn, Matt Roberts, in their squad, fell behind in the 20th minute when Worthington's long range effort beate stand-in goalkeeper Scott Palmer, who usually plays as a striker.
Truro had chances to score in the second half but were denied on several occasions by Stoke goalkeeper Dominic Alpin.
It took premier division leaders Ivybridge Town until the second half before finally taking the lead against Perranporth at Ponsmere Valley.
Substitute Andy Parker's close range effort put Town in front after 52 minutes.
The Pilchards equalised through a Martin Bennetts header, before Ivybridge fought back to win thanks to goals from Parker and Jordan Walton.