Hurst Green Youth upset the form book

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On a lively 3G pitch, Hurst Green Youth upset the form book with a fabulous victory against second placed Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

Bolton Boys & Girls Club 1, Hurst Green Youth 2.

By Matt Riding.

On a lively 3G pitch, Hurst Green Youth upset the form book with a fabulous victory against second placed Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

With a strong wind behind them, the Green lads started brightly and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions as long range efforts from captain George Young and Max Hutchinson flashed inches past the woodwork.

The Bolton lads were clearly rattled and the Green deservedly took the lead after 20 minutes with a memorable 30 yards strike from Hutchinson, which arrowed into the top corner beyond the despairing dive of the Bolton keeper.

To the delight of the large away support, the Green added a second goal ten minutes later following a fine exchange of passes between Dec Barnes and Harri Yerkess down the right wing. The cut back from Yerkess was inch perfect as he found Tom Jacques 10 yards out and with his back to goal Jacques turned and struck a fierce right foot shot beyond the keeper, providing the Green lads with the vital cushion of a second goal. Two minutes before half time, Green keeper Ben Armer had to be at his very best when he pulled off a fine diving save from Bolton’s centre forward who for once had broken free from the tight shackles of the Green defence.

During the half time break, manager Alex Young asked for defensive resilience and reminded the players of what had happened the previous week when the Green had surrendered a two goal lead. Thankfully he was not to be disappointed as a superb rear guard action, led by Young, Sam Waddington and John Holden kept the Bolton’s forwards at bay until the 93rd minute, when Bolton grabbed a late consolation.

On the few occasions the Bolton Lads had sight of goal, keeper Armer rescued the Green with some assured handling and a couple of brave blocks. The defence were ably assisted by tenacious midfield duo of Will Reed and Max Hutchinson, whilst Ollie Shipston played a pivotal role orchestrating the Green’s attacks whilst also preventing Bolton’s defenders from advancing beyond the half way line.

Man of the match was Sam Waddington.

By Matt Riding