Hurst Green entertained Tempest with a determination to re establish their free flowing football following some recent performances that haven’t attained the usual high standard.
Manager Seedall made several changes to the starting line up with Byrne, Walker and Wilkinson all returning to the side. Kicking with the slope the home side were irrepressible and Walker had the first chance with only 15 seconds on the clock but he couldn’t capitalise. Stead and Coar both missed chances but the home faithful didn’t think they’d have to wait too long to witness a goal.
However, when it did arrive on the half hour it was for the away side who capitalised on some slack play on the edge of the Green box to take the lead with a crisp finish. 0-1. The villagers were playing more fluently than of late though and Wilkinson who was sublime and class personified throughout poached the equalizer. HT 1-1.
The away side must have fancied their chances in the second half with the slope in their favour but they never seemed to factor in the superb play and work rate of Ashley Brierley. Following on from his demolition of the Fulwood left flank the previous week, here he was at it again making lung bursting forays down the right. With the game evenly poised the home side got their noses in front when Coar rifled home to make it 2-1. Then came a pivotal moment when Tempest had a gilt
edged chance to equalise but they struck the bar when it seemed easier to score. Driven on by Byrne and Howarth the Green extended their lead when the returning Walker slotted home to make it 3-1.
Manager Seedall sent on Nolan and this superb talent made an immediate impact with his close control and dribbling skills. It was from an outstanding run that he unselfishly laid the ball back for fellow substitute Hayes to slot home with his first touch. F.T. 4-1
This result was a much needed fillip after a mini blip in results. The defence looked more solid than of late with Aspinwall excelling in a more central role. Danny Walker was creative and inventive in an advanced role. It was an excellent match for the neutral and was watched by another healthy crowd.