History was made recently as Hurst Green’s youth team played their inaugural competitive match.
Green beat Charnock Richard Youth 1-0 at Smithy Row in the first round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup.
The winning goal came with 20 minutes to go, as skipper George Young’s free kick was headed home by George Riding rising above the Charnock.
Keeper Jordan Parkington was man of the match, making a series of saves, including a penalty five minutes from time.
The locals then earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at Coppull United to progress to the second round of the LFA Cup on Sunday morning.
Oliver Shipston gave Green a deserved lead after 15 minutes when he calmly stroked a loose ball home from 12 yards.
With 10 minutes remaining, a soft penalty was awarded by the referee, which was smashed home to level the score.
In injury time, with penalties looming, Shipston whipped in an inswinging corner from the left, and Tom Jacques rose at the near post to bullet a header into the roof of the net.
Sunday sees Green’s first league match at home to Bolton Boys and Girls Club, kick-off 11 a.m.