Hurst Green Reserves seal promotion with six-goal win

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Hurst Green Reserves sealed promotion to the West Lancashire League Reserve Division One with with a 6-0 win against rivals Lytham Town Reserves on Saturday.

Their fifth successive victory came courtesy of strikes from Chris Scott, Zac Foley, Graham McEwan, Jonathan Welch and a goal-of-the-season contender by Ryan Cattermole.

The away side started brightly, though their slick football failed to breach the Green defence and the home side took the lead through a Foley penalty, after Bolton had been fouled in the box.

The goal proved to be the catalyst for Green dominance, and Cattermole doubled their lead with a deft lob over the keeper, having received an arrowed ball from top-scorer Foley.

Heading towards the break, Lytham attempted to re-assert themselves, though their best chance went begging when their centre forward failed to connect with a cross played in from the right wing.

However, Lytham’s resistance was killed off when Welch unleashed an unstoppable effort from 25 yards that whistled into the net. Leading by three goals at half time.

Green were home and dry, though their relentless attacking continued after the break.

The home side capitalised on the demoralised nature of the Lytham outfit, and moments after the break, Scott weaved his way past three opposition defenders before curling a shot in to the net, albeit via a deflection.

His second goal of the game came later in the half, after a number of attempts by Lytham to steal a consolation went awry, when he latched on to a poor back pass before clipping the ball past the stranded Town goalkeeper.

Sub McEwan rounded off the rout as he was first to react when a Drake shot was parried out by the Lytham custodian, burying the ball in the net and sealing a win which highlighted the gulf between the two sides.