Euxton Villa Reserves 0
Hurst Green Reserves 2
Manager Stephen Young had said that his players needed to ‘front up’ in opposition territory and his players delivered as goals from Foley and substitute Walker saw his side home.
Euxton Villa were handily placed going in to this fixture and early exchanges were even with neither side gaining any advantage. Bizarrely there had been no chances of note until the 40th minute when the referee gave the Green a dubious free kick on the edge of the Villa box. After the protestations from the home side had died down Zak Foley curled a superb free kick into the top corner of the net to put the villagers one up. HT 0-1.
In the second half Villa tried to up the tempo but the Green’s rearguard of Young, Hayes and Tipton were sublime and thwarted everything the home side could throw at them. There was a let off after a ball to the far post was slammed against the inside of the post before being cleared. Shortly after the home side’s striker looked certain to score but a superb last ditch tackle by Young saved the day.
This was to be the closest that Euxton came to scoring as the introduction of Danny Walker saw the villagers having more possession further up the field. Linking superbly with the midfield and fellow striker Mort he gave the side much needed respite and it was from a Whittaker corner on 80 minutes that he headed home the second goal. The game ran out quite comfortably for Young’s side and a much needed three points were secured. FT 0-2.
Sitting third from bottom going into the game a win was vital.
Manager Young had said that this was a season where some of his younger players were untried at this level but he was pleased with the way the season had gone so far, saying he was confident of a mid table finish.
This was a superb team effort but special mention must go to the defence and the returning Joyce in goal whose handling was superb.