Hurst Green Youth ended the season in fine style with an emphatic win against local rivals Longridge Town.
The Green welcomed back Ben Aspery following a three-month absence due to injury and he was instrumental in a terrific performance, as he tormented the Longridge defence along with fellow strikers Tom Jacques and Tom Reede.
Aspery helped himself to a superb hat trick, the pick of the bunch coming midway through the second half as he expertly found the keeper’s top right corner from 25 yards.
Aspery also had a hand in at least three other goals and his overall performance was worthy of a higher stage.
Jacques also performed admirably, combining pace and power and deservedly completed his own hat trick at the beginning of the second half with another composed finish.
The mercurial Reede tormented the Longridge defence throughout the entire match and can count himself unlucky only to bag a brace, as Longridge Keeper Chauhan pulled off several magnificent saves to deny him a deserved hat trick. Reede’s opening goal was undoubtedly a contender for goal of the season as there appeared to be little danger when he received the ball on the half way line.
However, the visitors were slow to react to the league’s fastest striker, as the lightening quick Reede powered passed four defenders before striking an unstoppable blockbuster in off the far post from 25 yards.
Green’s midfield trio comprised of home debutant, Jack Burton, Will Reed and John Holden. Burton gave an assured performance whilst also helping himself to a superb goal, nonchalantly striking a half volley into Chauhan’s top left corner from the edge of the box. Stand-in skipper Holden put in another powerful display in the centre of the park, deservedly helping himself to a couple of goals.
Will Reed provided an outstanding example of tenacious midfield guile and for the last 20 minutes he also superbly marshalled the Green’s defence, along with Matt Farnsworth and George Riding.
However, full credit to the Longridge lads for their never say die attitude as Green keeper, Max Blewitt, had to produce a couple of fine saves in the last 15 minutes, whilst the Green woodwork was also struck on two occasions. Longridge deservedly scored a consolation goal in injury time following a neat finish by Turner.