League leaders Mill Hill proved too strong for Hurst Green as they were dumped out of the President’s Cup.
The defeat now only really leaves pride to play for as only a mathematical miracle will enable Green to win the league.
The first half saw the home side waste some glorious chances, and, combined with a lack of belief and imagination in the attacking third, meant that the locals meekly bowed out of the cup.
Green could have been two goals to the good during a first quarter in which they were rampant. Both Danny Walker and Tom Bamber had efforts cleared off the line, but the missed chances gave Mill Hill encouragement.
Shackleton gave them the lead as he finished with aplomb past Anderson, with Green outnumbered at the back. And Green got lucky as the front two combined again to release the striker, but he took too long and Anderson superbly smothered the shot.
To their credit, Green grabbed an equaliser tas Bamber’s knockdown from a corner allowed Sargeson to sweep home.
But Green lost their belief and their way. Mill Hill’s front two and wingers began to dominate, with Green struggling to deal with their crosses and long throws, Anderson being called into action on a number of occasions.
It wasn’t a surprise when Mill Hill grabbed the winner as another corner caused confusion and Eastwood followed in his initial shot that crashed against the bar.
Green threw men forward in a desperate attempt to get back into the game, with only Leighton having a chance of note, but his shot flew over.
Green return to league action at home to BGSOB on Saturday, kick-off 2-15 p.m. at Smithy Row.
Final Score: Hurst Green 1, Mill Hill 2