Green bounce back against basement boys

Sam Hayes scores Hurst Greens third goal in Saturdays 3-0 win over Mill Hill St Peters at Smithy Row		Picture: Barry Bolton
Sam Hayes scores Hurst Greens third goal in Saturdays 3-0 win over Mill Hill St Peters at Smithy Row Picture: Barry Bolton

Hurst Green were 3-0 winners when they met bottom-of-the-table Mill Hill St Peter’s at Smithy Row in The Bay West Lancashire League First Division.

They were hopeful of bouncing back from the previous week’s defeat against a side who have conceded 69 goals and only recorded a single point this season.

The visitors, however, proved a tougher nut to crack.

The first half hour was a staid affair, both teams looking wary of each other and attacking moves limited.

Slowly, the Green began to take control and, on 36 minutes, Marco Bellanca’s defence-splitting pass found William Nolan running into the area, where he tumbled to the floor thanks to a challenge from a Mill Hill defender.

The referee had no option but to point to the spot with Tom Divver dispatching the penalty in clinical fashion.

The game improved from then on, with both sides showing more attacking intent.

It was the hosts, however, who doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.

Andrew Haworth chipped a ball into the Mill Hill box and, although everyone appeared to lose it in the low sun, Sam Hayes was quickest to react and fire home.