Hurstpierpoint 1sts 4-2 Furnace Green Rovers

Hurst successfully completed their first league double of the season by seeing off Crawley side Furnace Green Rovers this weekend at home – having achieved this already in the cup.

Something Hurst have become accustomed to in recent weeks is taking the lead very early on, Luke Martin did not disappoint the Blue Dogs faithful slotting in his 7th of the season after five minutes.

The ground quickly got boggy and the quality of football, sure enough, declined at an equal rate. Very few chances for either side included an in-swinging corner headed off the line for FGR and a free kick just over the bar from skipper Bartram.

A pass back from scorer Martin, followed by a mix up in midfield let the ball to the Rovers’ strikers feet who outpaced Godfrey and finished past Chris Gallimore in the sticks – despite getting a hand to it. 1-1 the half ended.

Just like the first half Hurst started quickly and with the first opportunity came the second goal. Martin again slotting it into the bottom corner after a spell of possession – the goalkeeper however not covering himself in glory as the ball trickled off of him.

Ten minutes later and Hurst doubled their lead; another Bartram free kick crossed in from the right hand side, again, left the keeper looking silly and regretting not taking his gloves off to eat that stick of butter at half time.

Subs Blaxall, Shorter and the returning Jepson were all on the pitch just after Rovers had snatched their second of the day after Oecken misjudged a header leaving Gallimore one on one again.

Hurst however saw the game out relatively in control, Luke Martin claimed his second hat-trick of the season against FGR in the last minutes side footing into an open net after a good bit of dribbling from Ross Shorter.

By far the least attractive game of football you’re likely to see all season but Hurst happily take the three points after a stumble in form, keeping them top of the league with other teams having games in hand.

Man of the match: Scott Taylor

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