First derby

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Longridge Town Res ........ 1

Hurst Green Res............... 2

Houston Cup First Round

This eagerly awaited first derby in the history of both clubs was somewhat spoilt by the horrific weather conditions and the heavy pitch.

In-form Hurst Green started clear favourites against struggling Longridge but derbies and cup football often bring up surprise results.

Hurst Green scored after 20 minutes after a fine Cattermole pass released Scott who smashed the ball in off the near post from 12 yards. Mort then should have scored a second goal soon after when he smartly rounded the keeper but shot agonisingly wide.

Longridge did have a couple of half chances before half time but the villagers went in 1-0 at half-time.

Hurst Green then took a two-goal advantage after 50 minutes after a defensive howler, which left 17-year-old Danny Mort having the simple task of putting the ball into an empty net for his 11th league goal in eight starts.

The large travelling support expected the flood gates to open as Hurst Green were playing with a hurricane force wind behind them. However the young Longridge lads did not buckle and worked tirelessly chasing down every ball. Indeed, Evason scored a fine 25 yard lob to ensure that a tense last 15 minutes ensued.

Final whistle saw honours going to Hurst Green who probably shaded the match overall. However Longridge can take great heart from their endeavours and the villagers will expect an equally tough game in the league game next week, also at Longridge.