Craig Bannister staked an early claim for a first team starting position, scoring
five goals for himself as Hinckley hit eleven against Bartley Green Illey.
I'd hope the hosts wouldn't feel too down hearted as it was their first ever game,
Bartley Green Illey being a new club having reformed when Bartley Green folded last
season. This was only the third time BG Illey had got together as a team, and by the
end of the second half clearly showed the signs of early pre season fatigue.
The important thing on the day was that the hosts got themselves up and running and
raised a few pounds to keep them running, but a football match was played and Hinckley
were in control start to finish. Luke Richards started the scoring early on, followed
by Nathan Walker firing one from the edge of where the area would've been. Marco Adaggio
added number 3 before a momentary lapse of concentration at the back let in BG Illey
to score their goal. The lead was extended just before half time when Adaggio beat the
offside, went round the keeper and was brought down, JJ Melligan stepping up to convert
the kick from the penalty mark.
After half time Hinckley made a number of substitutions and introduced a few fresh legs,
which had a major impact on BG Illey who were visibly tiring by the minute. Matt Bailey was
first to take advantage, coming from his midfield position, through a number of weak tackles,
and around the keeper to slot in goal number five. Number six followed shortly from a
corner, being half volleyed from the edge of the area by Maison McDonnell. Then Craig Bannister
took over the game, showing his ruthless side as BG Illey were 'out on their feet', linking
up well with Bailey in the centre and Lewis Gorle overlapping wide on the right, finishing
the scoring with goal numbers seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven,