Hurst Green’s second string bag five

Hurst Greens second string scored five goals
Hurst Greens second string scored five goals

The ever-excellent Smithy Row pitch ensured that this was one of only a handful of West Lancashire League fixtures to survive the weather.

The game started quietly, with both sides looking a little sluggish after the seasonal break.

However, Green started to move through the gears.

On 16 minutes, Mort sent Foley through on goal, but the keeper managed to stretch out a fingertip to turn the ball over the bar.

From the resulting corner, Cattermole fired the ball into the near post, allowing captain Bamber to glance the ball home off his shoulder.

Four minutes later, Green thought they had doubled their tally when Olly Bolton lashed home another Cattermole corner, only for the referee to cancel the goal out, having seen a handball.

While not firing on all cylinders, Green were commanding in possession, and continued to attack.

On 32 minutes, Mort beat the off-side, and despite a stumble in the box, managed to regain his footing, skipping past three defenders before sliding home.

The two-goal cushion perhaps caused Green to relax too much. With half-time in sight, Young missed a clearance, and when Bamber slipped in the box, County took advantage and fired past Joyce.

Despite seeing their team dominate, co-managers Young and Holden demanded an improvement in the second half, and the team responded.

A fizzing Foley strike was fumbled past the post by the keeper, and five minutes later, veteran forward Hayes rode several challenges in a mazy run into the box, allowing Mort to strike home off the post.

On 68 minutes, the County keeper flapped at a cross from Bywater, finding only Foley with his clearance, who finished confidently.

Foley had his second five minutes later.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, a dummy threw the defender and his unstoppable strike left the keeper with no chance.

The win took Green second in the table ahead of the dery with Longridge Town on Saturday, again at Smithy Row.