A TREMENDOUS second half display, combined with an almighty collapse by the home team, enabled Hurst Green to get back to winning ways.
Braces from Sam Williams, Chris Leighton and Alan Coar set Green on the way to victory - their first in the league since November, although the Arctic weather had a lot to do with that!
There were several players missing once again, however, Sam Williams and Stuart Davies have both stepped up from the reserves with aplomb and both gave excellent attacking displays.
The visitors didn’t have it all their own way, as the first half was a very competitive one.
The first 20 minutes were very even, Green defending stoutly and strong on the break.
Green took the lead following a cut back from George, and Sam Williams was on hand hand to sidefoot home.
The home side stepped things up, and grabbed a deserved equaliser as a cross was lashed into the net by the centre forward.
The second half saw one-way traffic, as Green looked quicker and fitter.
Coar’s determined play got Green in front via a deflection, and then Williams grabbed his second, a beautiful curling shot into the far corner.
Green were now utterly dominant in all areas and Coar smashed home his second before Chris Leighton’s excellent free kick made it five.
Chippendale headed in Bamber’s cross for the sixth, and Leighton finished off the scoring late on as his long range deflected effort wrong footed the keeper.
Final Score: Stacksteads St J 1, Hurst Green 7
Green host bottom side Enfield on Saturday (kick-off 2-15 p.m.).
The reserves lost 5-0 to Rock Rovers Reserves.