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Hurstpierpoint II (Home) - Division 2
Result: 2 - 0 (Won)

Scorers: Lee, Ternouth

The reserves followed up on despatching top of the league with another 3 points against bottom side Hurst. It was not the best game to be honest, the pitch was sticky and chances were few and far between first half. Chaz worked hard up top and caused the Hurst defence a few problems, at the other end Ellison saved well from a nice Hurst free kick but that was pretty much it. The first half was disjointed for the Swans, mainly due to a serious injury to skipper Mullen; he was first to the ball in a crunching 50-50 but the Hurst player’s studs were showing and caught him just above the ankle. He played on but the ref sent him off to stem the blood and although lengthy treatment (basically loads of tape and a new sock!!) put us down to 10 for over 5 minutes, Chilmaid and Shaldoum were excellent, nullifying everything Hurst had to offer. Lee and Fugl were looking dangerous on the wings for the Swans but the Hurst keeper was never really troubled, the only half chances fell to Chaz and Baz who both shot wide.
We were better second half although it was nip and tuck early on. On 55 minutes, Mullen and Ashdown combined to release Lee and he went on a 40 yard run down the right, beating two players and hitting a cross-shot that crept in at the near post for 1 nil. Fugl was now causing their right back all sorts of problems and setting up chances for Irvine and Chaz which were spurned. Shaldoum headed a Lee corner wide as well as we pushed for the second. Ternouth came of the bench for the injured Mullen on 60 minutes and made a real impact; An Irvine long throw caused panic in the Hurst defence and Ternouth smashed a nice half volley home from 14 yards for 2 nil. The back 4 were superb limiting Hurst to a few long shots second half and Fugl continued to give their right back a torrid time but he missed any easy chance after beating two players.

Not the best performance but 3 points helped ease the reserves away from the relegation battle. Chaz worked tirelessly up top and was unlucky not to get a goal on his first start but grabbed the MoM for a superb work rate. The only negative (although everyone bar Mugs thinks this is a good thing!) was Mullen’s injury, the skipper was straight up A&E to be stitched up after going off and will miss the next few weeks.