Hurst Green go top of First Division

Hurst Green in action
Hurst Green in action
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Hurst Green 5, Wyre Villa 0

A five-star performance saw Hurst Green beat second place Wyre Villa at Smithy Row to go top of the West Lancashire League First Division.

The game was only three minutes old when leading scorer Alan Coar out jumped the keeper and centre half to head Hurst Green into the lead.

Wyre fought back and had the lion’s share of the possession without unduly worrying Bee in the Green goal.

The home side almost doubled their lead when Walker pulled the ball back to the waiting Coar, but for once the striker fluffed his lines.

This almost proved costly when the Wyre centre forward burst through, but Bee made a great block with his legs, and shortly after a long range effort went narrowly wide for the visitors as the first half ended with Hurst Green defending stoutly.

The second half exploded into life within a minute as Coar timed his run to beat the off-side trap, outpacing the visiting defenders to slot home his second.

Five minutes later it was three as Brierley made a great break down the right and superbly picked out Stead, who rifled home from 15 yards.

The visitors continued to play good football, but Green began to turn the screw and Coar again broke free again to complete his hat-trick, before being replaced by Danny Mort after taking a knock on his calf.

Substitute Mort made an immediate impact with his darting runs, and he was instrumental in the fifth goal as he was felled inside the area, and Stead dispatched the penalty, via the goalkeeper.