Hurst Green come out on top in derby clash

Rob Coar scored a brace for Hurst Green
Rob Coar scored a brace for Hurst Green

Hurst Green made the short trip across Blackburn to play Mill Hill St Peters and came back with the points.

Alex Gunn made his second start of the season in goal, replacing the London-bound Adam Chester.

Both teams approached the game with a degree of caution, each attempting to win the midfield battle. Neither side seemed prepared to give an inch, and the longer the half went on, the harder the tackles became.

Byrne found himself on the receiving end of the referee’s wrath after a solid tackle was judged unfair.

Hurst Green seemed the more likely to open the scoring, but the final ball was lacking.

Brierley’s long throws were causing the home defence problems, without the being able to capitalise.

However, with virtually the last kick of the half, Coar controlled a defence-splitting pass from Scott and despatched the ball into the top right of the goal.

With the wind in their sails, Green started the second half as they left off. Within five minutes of the restart, Coar had doubled his tally when he received the ball from a throw at the edge of the box, turned an unleashed an unstoppable shot.

There were a number of close opportunities for a killer third, Walker, Coar and substitute Mort all going close, and on 65 minutes, the goal came. Mort ghosted into the box, and latched on to a Reynolds free kick, clipping the ball home.

The match became rather attritional, with one or two off the ball incidents behind the referee’s back.

Seedall felt it appropriate to give already cautioned Byrne a rest, despite a solid and effective performance in the middle of the park.

With 15 minutes to go, Mill Hill pulled a gaol back out of nowhere. A speculative shot, with the suspicion of a deflection, bounced inches past the despairing dive of Gunn.

However, Green remained composed, and were able to see out the remaining moments of the match without further incident.

Seedall was delighted to see his team pass a difficult test with aplomb, and will be looking to make it three out of three against Millom at Smithy Row on Saturday.