Brooker brace helps Hurst notch first win

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Billingshurst notched their first win of the new campaign with a 4-0 triumph at Ferring on Saturday, but assistant manager Steve Barrow has called for more from his side.

Ben Brooker opened his account for the season with a brace either side of a sublime solo run and finish from Kieran Greig, while substitute Marc Taylor also hit a late fourth.

It was small steps in the required direction according Barrow, who said: “We are still a long way from clicking into top gear.

“We created enough chances, some really guilt-edged enough to have won three games today and while this is pleasing in itself, we have got to be more clinical all over the park in everything we do, and I don’t just mean finishing off these nice passages of play and killing games off earlier.

“We’ve had direct free kicks and not worked the keeper, put corners straight into the keepers’ arms, been too heavy with the through balls and been laboured and hesitant when beyond the last defender, be it our strikers or runners from deeper.

“If we tighten up with these details our overall performance will improve out of sight and we’ll really put sides to the sword.”

Brooker’s first saw him sent clean through from a well-weighted assist from stand-in right-back Ryan Taylor and coolly finished across the keeper and into the far corner on 14 minutes.

The hosts could and should have been level when the ball dropped inside the box but was lashed inches over by an advancing Ferring midfielder.

In the second half, Lee Thomas fed Greig out on the right and the quick-footed winger danced past three half tackles as he cut in and then passed the ball beyond the keeper and into the net.

Brooker’s second on the hour mark effectively ended the contest and was the strike of the game, blistering off his right foot from distance.

Taylor got rewarded for an industrious fifteen minutes after replacing the exhausted Craig Lamper by steering home Hurst’s fourth and final goal of the game with five minutes to go.

Billingshurst: Betts, Taylor (Stepney), Dixon, Day, Lovett, Curtis, Greig, Lamper(Taylor), Chadwick (Leslie), Thomas, Brooker.