Local Football: Barrow Wanderers, Hurst Green, Stacksteads St Joseph’s, Rimington Reserves

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Barrow Wanderers 0, Hurst Green 5

Hurst Green moved into third in the West Lancashire League Second Division with a comprehensive win over struggling Barrow Wanderers.

Leading scorer Alan Coar added another three to his tally of 14, making him the division’s leading scorer.

And Sam Hayes grabbed a brace.

The visitors held firm during a first half which saw the home side use the conditions to their favour.

They fired long balls up to the big centre forward with the Barrow midfield always in support.

However, Green held firm and hit the home side several times on the break.

It took half an hour for the visitors to take the lead.

Coar capitalised on a misplaced clearance, his shot eventually finding the back of the net.

With the wind and slope in the away side’s favour in the second half, they were completely dominant.

Coar extended Green’s lead as he diverted a long-range shot into the net.

Hayes scored Green’s third from the spot after Coar was brought down en-route to goal.

Hayes added his second as he scored the goal of the game.

His turn and shot was too quick for the Barrow keeper.

Coar then completed his hat-trick, finishing a powerful run with a strong strike.

Green next host Ladybridge in the league today (Saturday), hoping to continue their promotion push, kick-off 2 p.m..

Stacksteads St Joseph’s 3, Rimington Reserves 3

A YOUNG Rimington side overcame a two-goal deficit to claim a draw with Stacksteads St Josephs.

Rimington were forced into several positional changes due to late withdrawals, and the side put in a disjointed first half performance in which they allowed their opponents to dominate play.

Comical defending gifted the home side an early lead after a free kick was headed up and over the keeper.

A second goal soon followed when the ball was drilled home to gift the hosts a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The second half saw a resurgent Rimington begin to play to their potential, and they quickly pulled a goal back after Tom Walsh was upended in the box after a strong run.

Man of the match Luke Conti slotted home the resultant penalty and then went on to later outpace the Stacksteads defence to score the equaliser.

Rimington completed the turnaround when Michael Clarkson beat the Stacksteads keeper to a through ball and placed it over the line.

However, Rimington then sat back and allowed Stacksteads to snatch a late equalising goal.

James Taylor ducked out of the way of a fiercely-driven free kick, giving the keeper no chance to make a save.