Hurst Green battle to vital victory

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A bitterly cold spring day saw a sparse crowd look on as Hurst Green battled to a vital victory in a game spoiled by a strong wind.

The visitors were just clear of the relegation places going into the game but the home side had to win to maintain any chance of securing second place.

After an uneventful first five minutes the villagers took the lead when Bartlett’s free kick bounced awkwardly in front of the Ulverston keeper who parried it straight to Sargeson who rifled home. The visitors then had the ascendancy for a while and two fine headers fell just the wrong side of the post. On 26 minutes Rick Coar was played through and superbly held off a challenge before expertly finishing to make the scoreline 2-0.

The blustery conditions made it difficult to play any kind of controlled football and the half ended with little incident of note for either side. HT 2-0.

The second half began with the way side having a great chance but the stiker fluffed his lines. This proved costly as Coar went down in the box on the hour and the referee awarded what appeared to be a very dubious penalty. The ace marksman picked himself up and expertly slotted home to make it 3-0. Play immediately switched to the other end and after Bee had pulled off a great one handed save Lawlor slammed home the rebound.

Ulverston were showing great application for a side with nothing at stake and almost reduced the arrears when a sweet strike hit the crossbar and bounced to safety. Shortly afterwards they had a penalty appeal turned down but the introduction of Nolan Steele and Stead saw the Green regain control and the game petered out. FT 3-1

Given the stage of the season we are at Barry Bolton continues to produce excellent playing surfaces but the wind was the winner on a day when the home side got the result they required. Credit to Ulverston for their application when there was nothing riding on the game for them.

There are two games left with the trip to Lytham expected to be a thorough examination before the season culminates in a home fixture against bottom of the table Ambleside United. The Green are outsiders for the runners up spot but with Poulton and Turton locking horns something has got to give and it’s going to be another exciting finish to the season.