Hawcoat Park 1 Hurst Green 2
Hurst Green maintained their incredible record of never having lost a league game in Barrow with a hard fought 2-1 victory at Hawcoat Park.
The home side had the better of the early exchanges and a tremendous block from Barnes denied the hosts. The Green began to take control with the rampaging Coar missing a couple of gilt edged chances. Adam Bee, in the Hurst Green goal, was in fine form racing from his line to make a couple of superb saves.
The deadlock was broken on 25 minutes with a smart finish from the hard working Byrne. The lead was doubled 10 minutes later when Brierley produced a storming run which left Coar with a tap in. HT 0-2.
Hawcoat started the second half in the ascendency with Bee making two more excellent saves, the Green were also saved by the woodwork. The away side had chances to extend the lead through Coar and Brierley but these were squandered. A nervous last 10 minutes ensued, when Barnes unfortunately headed into his own net from a corner. Green were giving everything to the cause and Bolton was hospitalised with acute concussion as he heroically headed away from his own line. Cattermole smashed a 25 yard drive against the bar as the away side hit back but the final whistle came as a massive relief.
Every player gave their all for the cause and although Hawcoat played their part in an entertaining game, Hurst Green deserved their victory.
Everyone at the club wishes Oliver Bolton best wishes and a speedy recovery.