Coar at the treble as Hurst Green maintain promotion push

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Hurst Green continued their promotion push, hitting seven past Ambleside on Saturday.

Heavy showers made for a difficult surface, the ball zipping way off the slick surface.

The hosts were first to conquering the conditions on 17 minutes, when the Ambleside centre half hesitated in the box, and McLean was quick to rob him, with his cross headed home by Coar.

It wasn’t long before Coar repaid the favour. With 34 minutes on the clock, he flicked a long clearance from keeper Harris on to McLean, who rifled the ball into the net.

The showers abated and the sun came out for the second half. Perhaps this energised the visitors, who for the first 10 minutes of the half were well on top. A succession of corners failed to produce the goal their endeavours perhaps deserved.

Green eventually woke up, and when McLean was fouled on the edge of the box, Bartlett’s hard and low free kick left the keeper with no chance.

Within a minute it was 4-0. When an Ambleside attack was snuffed out, Green broke in numbers. and McLean crossed for the unmarked Hayes to bullet a header into an empty net.

Fresh legs were introduced, with Nolan replacing the ever-busy Mort, Scott for Hayes, and five minutes later, Byrne replaced Cookson.

The substitutions added to the home side’s dominance. Scott fed Byrne, and Byrne slid the ball to Coar, who turned sharply and hit an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

On 85 minutes, Barnes sent Nolan sprinting up the wing. He crossed to McLea,n who took a couple of touches before slamming in his second of the game.

Ambleside hit a consolation three minutes from the end from the spot, but Green had the final word, when McLean, bearing down on goal and his own hat trick, unselfishly laid off for Coar to take that particular accolade.

On Saturday, Green are at Burscough.