ST BLAZEY didn't enjoy the best of preparations before last night's Cornwall Senior Cup semi-final against local rivals St Austell as they were beaten 4-2 at Camelford.
After a good spell of early pressure from the hosts, the Camels took the lead when Andy Boxall scored with a brilliantly taken free kick.
Moments later Reg Hambly's men doubled their lead when the impressive David Youldon fired home.
St Blazey were dealt a further blow when they lost Dave Painter to injury and they fell further behind before half-time when Boxall curled home his second free kick.
Patrick Rushton added a fourth goal for Camelford in the second half to pile more misery on the visitors.
St Blazey did, however, manage to pull a goal back through a Dan Evans volley.
And they scored a second through Tornado Bello, but it was too little, too late for Bobby Oaten's side.
St Austell were also denied victory before last night's tie at Mount Wise, though they did secure a point in a 2-2 draw with Elburton Villa at Poltair Park.
The Lillywhites took a 39th minute lead when striker Mike Body found the net from Carl Rickard's pass.
But with 51 minutes played Villa drew level as Billy Westlake scored from close range.
St Austell regained the lead in the 76th minute when Rickard volleyed home from 15 yards out.
But they were denied victory two minutes from time when Villa substitute Dan Jeffs scored from close range.
Launceston's title hopes suffered a severe blow as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Falmouth Town.
Defeat for Leigh Cooper's men ended the Clarets' eight-match unbeaten run, while victory for Town maintained their excellent run since the turn of the year.
Former Newquay striker Andy Westgarth grabbed the only goal of the game at Pennygillam in the 50th minute when he finished from close range after Launceston failed to clear a corner.
Leighton Carhart's injury time own goal cruelly denied Newquay victory in a 2-2 draw at home to Torpoint Athletic on Saturday.
It didn't start so well for the Peppermints after Glen Squires' tenth minute penalty was saved by Ben Hardie.
The bar came to Newquay's rescue on two occasions as Ben Applegate and Lewis Pacey were both denied.
But the hosts eventually fell behind when Callum Martindale curled a brilliant free kick home to give Torpoint the lead.
Matt Drummond brought Newquay level in the 78th minute when he headed home Squires' cross.
And victory looked assured when Ollie Gibson converted a penalty for Newquay in the 82nd minute.
However, with the game in injury time when Martindale's cross was headed past his own goalkeeper by Carhart.
On Wednesday evening, in a dress rehearsal for tonight's Cornwall Senior Cup semi-final at St Blazey's Blaise Park (7.30pm), Bodmin Town were held to a goalless draw by Saltash United at the Kimberley Stadium.
The result leaves Town fifth after the weekend's games, four points behind leaders Ivybridge Town.