CORNWALL SENIOR CUP Saltash Utd vs Helston Athletic

Manager Dane Bunney says the Cornwall Senior Cup remains a favourite competition for the Ashes, despite their elevation this season to the Western League.

The Ashes take on Helston at Kimberley Stadium on Saturday in what many see as the tie of the last eight.

Bunney says: “The Senior Cup still means as much to us. We have been in the last three finals so we have a rich recent history in the competition.

“Our promotion to the Western League has coincided with a period of transition in terms of the playing squad so it will be good for some young players to win a trophy.”

Before they can think about that the Ashes face a stern test against Helston. The league meetings between the sides have both been draws, 1-1 at Kellaway Park and goalless at Kimberley.

Bunney: “The two league games between the two teams have been very tight affairs. Both teams seemed almost scared to lose the game.

“With this being a cup game, something has to give.

“I hope home advantage counts for something but having said that our form away is much better than our home form this season.

“But I’m sure Helston know they are coming for a battle.”

Bunney expects to pick from a full squad apart from recent signing Neil Slateford, who is cup tied after playing for St Blazey earlier in the competition at Millbrook.

Verdict Too close to call. Two teams thriving in the Western League and full of experienced, quality players. As the two draws in their league encounters illustrate, there is little between them.

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