Hurst Green avenge drubbing to climb to third place

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Hurst Green hosted Turton on Saturday, keen to avenge an early season drubbing.

On a fine day and immaculate pitch, manager Seedall was able to call on a virtually full squad.

Impressive performances in the reserves led to a promotion for veteran Reynolds. His strength and experience in the middle of the park were invaluable.

The first half was largely uneventful. Right wing back Brierley made regular forays forward, but Green could not find any to capitalise on his incisive crosses.

At the back, the defence kept the Turton forwards quiet, and restricted the opposition.

Green upped the gears after the break. Reynolds volleyed over from 20 yards, before a Brierley cross was sliced narrowly wide by the onrushing Haworth.

On 53 minutes, the deserved goal arrived. Reynolds’ cross found Walker unmarked eight yards out, and his pin-point header evaded the keeper. Three goals in three weeks now for Walker.

A triple substitution saw Bolton, McLean and Coar replace Brierley, Hayes and Walker.

With five minutes to go. The ball found Coar sitting on the shoulder of the last defender. With trademark strength, he shrugged off his shadow’s attention, and fired in past the keeper.

Green defended superbly through the match, restricting Turton to few clear sights of goal.

Green’s victory saw them leapfrog Saturday’s opponent’s, Dalton, into third place.

Hurst Green Reserves continued their impressive run, with a superb display on a difficult pitch at Turton.

Tom Bartlett returned from injury, with the returning Tipton and Sargeson named on the bench.

Green started the brighter and were rewarded with a rather fortuitous goal which the in-form Danny Mort claimed. Ryan Cattermole opened his Hurst Green account with a expertly-finished lob following a sublime pass from McEwan, rounding off some excellent recent displays.

As the half went on, Turton came back into the game and should have scored as the number 10 blazed over the bar.

As the half came to a close, a fantastic move nearly resulted in what would have been an early contender for goal of the season as Barnes forced the keeper into a smart save.

After the break, Mort coolly finished to make it 3-0, before Tipton came off the bench, curling one in the top corner.

Mort completed his hat-trick with another excellent finish, following a great ball from Scott.

Sargeson and Morgan were introduced as Green continued to dominate, though the game finished 5-0.

Saturday sees the reserves travel to Burscough as they look to continue their form.