November struggles end with a point


West Lancs Div 1

Hawcoat Park 1

Hurst Green 1

Hurst Green made the long journey north to Barrow to take on a Hawcoat side and pick up points after two heavy home defeats.

Since Hurst Green joined the West Lancashire League, Cumbria had proved a happy hunting ground, unbeaten in a dozen visits. But Green had to settle for just one point this time.

Manager Seedall said: “It’s been an awful month for us, and we really need to kick on in December and try and string a few wins together, and if we can do that then this away point will be a good one.”

Green had the best of the opening exchanges, and took the lead when Brierley raced down the right wing, and took the Hawcoat keeper by surprise with a looped cross- come-shot into the left hand top corner of the goal. Green should have doubled their lead when a left in-swinging corner from Bolton was met on the full from centre back Bartlett, only for a defender to dangle a loose leg out, the ball cannoning off his ankle to safety.

Hawcoat slowly found their way back into the game, finishing the half the stronger team but without converting their chances.

The home side picked up where they left off and were causing Green problems with their midfield proving willing runners, producing great link up play with the forwards. They deservedly equalised, a cross-come-shot evading everybody, and looping over Chester in goal.

Green then withstood a ten minute battering, but the back three of Aspinwall, Bartlett, and Enefer showed true grit, denying everything Hawcoat had to offer.

Both teams had decent chances to win it, but the sides cancelled each other out and the game resulted in a point a piece.

It wasn’t by any means a great advert for football but the determination, and work rate from both sets of players was to be admired.

Green will be glad to see the back of November. A long undefeated run game to an end, and they have struggled to get back to winning ways.