Hurst Green Youth lose toLangho 0-2

In a well contested local derby, Langho left the fog bound Smithy Row with all three points although the Green certainly gave their close neighbours a tough examination for the full 90 minutes.

Hurst Green Youth 0 Langho 2

In a well contested local derby, Langho left the fog bound Smithy Row with all three points although the Green certainly gave their close neighbours a tough examination for the full 90 minutes.

For the opening period it was the visitors who started the brighter of the two teams and home keeper Ben Armer had to be in fine form with three tremendous reflex saves to keep the scores level.

The Green’s first noteworthy attempt came after 20 minutes when marauding left back, Rob Atkinson, ran half the length of the pitch before striking a superb left foot shot from 25 yards which Langho keeper Rodgers did well to save. Within five minutes, the Green came even closer when Max Hutchinson rose magnificently to meet an in swinging Ben Aspery corner, only to see the ball fly agonisingly over the bar.

Unfortunately the Green were to rue this missed opportunity as within a couple of minutes Musker gave the visitors the lead following a defensive lapse in the Green’s defence. As the Green lads tried to regroup they were dealt a further sledgehammer blow, as the influential Ben Aspery had to be replaced after suffering a serious injury following an innocuous challenge. However, the Green lads regrouped and just before half time were unlucky once more as Cory Longton threaded a laser guided pass through to Harri Yerkess, whose pace took him beyond the Langho defence only for the Langho keeper once again to produce a fine save.

The Green started the second half poorly and within two minutes went further behind to a deflected strike from Downes. However, the Green lads were undeterred and rallied once again, some superb work from Ollie Shipston finding captain George Young 12 yards out only for keeper Rodgers to produce another fine save.

The Green knew it wasn’t to be their day when with five minutes left on the clock, Tom Reede raced clear of the Langho defence only for his attempted lob to drift wide of the far post.