HURST Green suffered two defeats over the week.
Last Tuesday they went down 7-3 at Rimington, who moved closer to clinching the East Lancashire League title, before somehow contriving to lose 3-2 at Worsthorne on Saturday.
In the derby, a devastating 10-minute spell just after half time, where the hosts scored an amazing five goals, proved crucial.
The visitors’ inability to defend set pieces was a major factor.
Danny Walker, Sam Hayes and Ben Walker netted for Green, who looked as far away as they ever have been from the levels of Rimington.
Then at Worsthorne, Green took the lead through a superb 25-yard effort by Coonan which flew into the top corner.
The visitors doubled their lead as Coonan’s free kick evaded everyone and found the bottom corner.
With only 15 minutes to go, however, Sam Williams had a goal controverislly disallowed for off-side, and with Green’s players still protesting, Worsthorne broke at speed and scored what looked to be a consolation.
The home side’s tails were up and equalised with another controversial effort as a long ball was flicked on to the winger who was flagged off-side, but ignored by the referee, and he crossed for the striker, who put the ball into the empty net. A draw would still have been a good result, but Worsthorne cruelly took all three points as, in the last minute, a free kick was floated in, and though Coonan won the header, the ball fell to a Worsthorne player, who threw a leg at it and the ball found the net.
• DOG Inn beat a shattered Rose and Crown 9-1 to register an eighth-successive win saw them leapfrog them into second place in the Harry Dewhurst Memorial League.
Jamie Enefer notched his fourth successive hat-trick with four more goals, Oli Steele netted twice and Liam Anderson and Liam Boyle had already scored before keeper Calum Mahon completed the rout with a penalty.
The crushing win sets up Dog for Sunday’s crucial clash with leaders Church Town at Memorial. Dog go into that match five points behind Church, but with two games in hand. Manager Simon Kerins said: “Every game is hugely important, but it would not be an exaggeration to say that this will be among the most important in our history. The only downside is that, with the best part of 20 excellent players chomping at the bit to play, it’s impossible to field all of them and I fully understand the frustration of anyone who comes into that category.”