Hurst Green ease through to next round

Hurst Green ran out 4-1 victors
Hurst Green ran out 4-1 victors

Hurst Green progressed into the next round of the President’s Cup after a hard-fought game, on a difficult pitch at Ambleside.

Hurst Green made the trip to Cumbria, and the picturesque Ambleside, and credit to the hosts for managing to get the game on, with most of the West Lancashire League falling victim to the weather.

Green had the better of the opening minutes, with Oliver Bolton, recently recalled to the first team, posing threats down the left, and Ash Brierley causing similar issues down the right.

Bolton’s assist led to the first goal, when his pile-driver of a free kick was only parried by the keeper to the feet of Chris Cookson to poke home from close range.

Half chances fell to Bartlett, with header from a corner just off target, and a long range effort from Chris Scott.

Playing conditions were not conducive to Hurst Green’s normal passing game.

On the verge of half-time, Bolton was adjudged to have his shirt pulled in the box and Bartlett stepped up to slot the penalty home.

The hosts came out fighting in the second half and Green were forced onto the back foot.

Ambleside mounted a wave of attacks, ending with a fine header from their centre half from a corner.

This seem to spark the Green into life, and with good link up play from Danny Walker and Oliver McClean, the ball fell to Chris Byrne, who coolly slotted in from 15 yards out.

This more or less killed off the game, but there was time for Danny Walker to buy another penalty, which stand-in captain Bartlett slotted home once again.

A special mention goes out to young goalkeeper Michael Pilkington who was drafted into the side at the 11th hour and produced a wonder save at 2-1.

The back three of Enefer, Bartlett and Aspinwall all stood firm in the latter stages of the game, neutralising any attacking ambitions of the home side.

Other positive notes, include the introduction of youth again from the bench, in the form of Danny Mort and James Barnes.

Greens reward for knocking out Ambleside is a home tie to Dalton next month.