Hurst Green in seventh heaven

Hat-trick hero Mort celebrates with Reynolds
Hat-trick hero Mort celebrates with Reynolds

Hurst Green responded to back to back defeats in style, with a thumping victory over Poulton Town, despite several enforced changes.

Regulars Coar, Hayes, Byrne and Howarth were all unavailable to start for various reasons.

However, the strength in depth of the squad was never more evident.

Mort, Scott and Cook came into the starting XI, after all impressing in the reserves in recent months, and Aspinwall started after a spell on the bench.

The start to the game would not have indicated the final score in any way, as Poulton looked the brighter, passing the ball round with confidence and working tirelessly to win the ball back.

Green were therefore fortunate to take the lead as a McLean strike took a wicked deflection off the Poulton centre half.

This was followed moments later with McLean playing a wonderful through ball to Mort, who opened his first team account after rounding the keeper.

Poulton, possibly feeling somewhat hard done by, looked like they were back in the game, scoring with a well-struck volley following a poor defensive header from Welch.

Green quickly followed this with arguably the goal of the afternoon with a delightful dink over the keeper from McLean.

The second half was a much more one-sided affair.

Poulton again started the brighter, but it seemed their hard work in the first half caught up with them.

Mort, 17, carrying a slight calf injury, scored his second and third of the game in quick succession following some good forward work from both Walker and McLean.

Byrne and Barnes replace Mort and Cook and helped maintain Green’s dominance, with Scott and Welch continuing to cause Poulton problems down the right.

Welch made it 6-1 following a sublime move involving Reynolds, Scott and Welch, before McLean completed the second hat-trick of the day to cap a fine individual performance.

Special mention to keeper Adam Chester and his back four of Aspinwall, Welch, Enefer and Bartlett who were all superb throughout.

It would have been apt for Chester to keep a clean sheet in what could have been his last game for the club.

He has been a marvellous asset to the club, with everyone wishing him the best in his relocation down south.