Hurst Green 5 Wyre Villa 0
In a keenly awaited fixture, second placed Wyre Villa visited Smithy Row for this mouth watering clash.
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, 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 on 46 minutes, when Coar timed his run to beat the offside trap, outpacing the visiting defenders to slot home for 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 in keeping with other home games this season the screw began to tighten on the beleaguered Villa backline.
Coar broke free again to complete his hat-trick and to make the score 4-0. The leading scorer was replaced by Danny Mort after taking a knock on his calf.
Mort made an immediate impact with his darting runs causing havoc, two superb covering tackles by the Villa centre half somehow kept him out, but he was instrumental in the fifth goal.
From another incisive move Mort broke free, but was felled inside the area, Stead dispatched the penalty via the goalkeeper. Villa continued to press, but Aspinwall superbly marshalled the home side’s rearguard to snuff out the danger.
This was a superb performance against a very good Wyre Villa side. Many thought that the scoreline was a little harsh on Villa, but the truth is that Hurst Green have got a very potent strikeforce. Equally as important was the second successive clean sheet, in which the defence looked solid under a severe examination from the opponent’s slick passing.
With top-of -the-table Turton going down at rejuvenated Bolton County, this result took the villagers to the top of the table.