Hinckley's friendly against Bedworth was abandoned after 70 minutes with the Southern
League club leading 1-2, because of an overhead thunderstorm, but it was the ref's 'shocking'
performance that would be the talking point.
Hinckley started with both new defender Richard Robinson and new forward Justin Nisbett,
but it was Craig Bannister that opened the scoring for AFC early on thanks to a superb
run down the left from Tyrone Clark-O'Connell, going around his marker and placing a pinpoint
cross to the back post for Bannister to 'thunder' a header past former Hinckley keeper Denham
Hinds. Then lightning struck once with Bedworth's equaliser from Mitch Thompson when his
30 yard effort flew into the top corner giving Matt Martin no chance. The second lightning
strike was when Hinckley won a foul just inside the Bedworth half, but the ref decided to show
AFC's Nathan Walker a straight red card, for what we found out later was an alleged head butt
that only the referee seemed to see? Hinckley's 10 men competed until half time, but
began to tire in the second half. It was no surprise when Bedworth took the lead, but it
was strike three for AFC, with storm clouds getting closer, and Alex Naughton seemingly handling
the ball before controlling it and scoring Bedworth's second. The last strike of the match was
the heavy thunderstorm virtually over the ground, with the ref taking the players off due to