Hurstpierpoint Firsts 0-1 West Hoathly

Hurst looked to bounce back in the league after last weeks cup defeat to Burgess Hill Albion.

Oecken returned from suspension to replace Taylor at left back and Hayter came in for D’Alessio meaning Hurst returned to last seasons 4-2-3-1 system.

Hoathly broke the deadlock after 20 minutes – an in-swinging free kick was sliced into the net by Stu Ritchie.

The possession was evenly shared in the half and the keepers weren’t really tested.

The second half was more of the same until the last 30 when Hurst began dominating the ball in the Hoathly half but with no success.

A stamp on captain Ed Bartram sparked some ugly scenes with players throwing their handbags at each other. The referee, although missing the initial stamp, dealt with the situation well.

Notably, Max Moses came on near the end to make his first team debut.

A late penalty shout wasn’t given after skipper Bartram danced his way into the box but was deemed to have just fallen over by the match official.

Man Of The Match: Simon Blaxall

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