Hurst Green Youth 1
Charnock Richard Youth 0
History was made a week last Sunday when Hurst Green’s Youth Team played their inaugural competitive match, as they entertained Charnock Richard in the first round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup.
Playing conditions were perfect on the Smithy Row carpet and this seemed to inspire Charnock who dominated the first 20 minutes.
Fortunately the Green defence stood firm in front of the excellent Jordan Parkington, with stand in centre half Tyler Baron displaying lightening pace and fullbacks Jonny Mort and Rob Atkinson tenacious in the tackle and excellent in their distribution.
Slowly but surely the central midfield trio of George Young, Ben Aspery and Max Hutchinson took control of proceedings and the introduction of the pacey Harry Yerkess appeared to further unsettle Charnock’s defence.
With 20 minutes to go, skipper Young’s laser guided free kick provided the pivotal moment of the match when he found George Riding rising above the Charnock defence 12 yards from goal and Riding planted a firm header beyond the despairing dive of the Charnock keeper.
The home fans were then subjected to a nerve jangling finale with keeper Jordan Parkington continuing his man of the match performance with several fantastic saves, including a crucial penalty save five minutes from time.