After the nightmare of a midweek battering, Atletico were in dream land scoring thirteen
goals against Pelsall Villa at Stade St John, with Mark Bellingham scoring four first half
goals, and Luke Richards helping himself to a second half hattrick.
Hinckley dominated this match from kick off until final whistle, and even though Pelsall
never gave up, even when constantly conceding, Sam Arnold in the AFC goal was largely a
passenger for the game.
Hinckley went ahead as early as the first minute, John Melligan ran from the midfield,
down the right flank and crossed central to Matt Bailey to score from 12 yards out.
John Clapp nearly made it two moments later but his header was straight at Ryan Taylor
and the Villa keeper made an excellent reflex save to deny the AFC centre back. Clapp
only had to wait a few more minutes, though, as from another corner he again headed
goalwards, this time beating Taylor and in to the goal off the underside of the crossbar.
It was 3-0 on 19 minutes when a corner was played in from the right side to the near post
for Mark Bellingham, who had lost his marker, to glance his header past Taylor. Straight
from the restart it was four goals! Hinckley regained posession and played through Bailey
in the centre to run on to and slot past the keeper for 4-0. 5 minutes later and it was
a quintessential quintuple (you don't get to write that often...), though Taylor would be
a little disappointed with the fifth goal as Adrian Jones tried a speculative effort from
the edge of the area which seemed to be covered by the keeper until it took a wicked deflection
off a Villa defender and into the top right corner. Half an hour gone and incredibly
Atletico were 5-0 up, but it didn't stop there. The best goal of the game came in the 37th
minute, created by Tyrone Clark-O'Connell running past a couple of defenders on the left hand
side, getting to the byline then cross to the far right of the goal area to the waiting
Bellingham who acrobatically volleyed into goal, giving Hinckley the joy of six. Bellingham,
not satisfied with two completed his hattrick and then added his fourth before half time. Bailey
was played through the middle again, with Taylor saving well when one on one, but couldn't
hold the ball, which ran loose to the feet of Bellingham following up to simply tap into the
empty net. Then right on half time Bellingham took the ball through the middle, drew the keeper
and slotted it past him giving an almost unbelievable half time score of Hinckley 8 - 0 Pelsall.
Having scored four Bellingham was given a rest and replaced with Luke Richards at half time,
itching to get in on the goal action, he had completed his own hattrick in 25 second half
minutes. On 56 minutes Sean Williams making his debut as a sub on the Atletico left side,
took the ball down the wing and crossed in to the middle for Craig Bannister to play on to
Richards at the back post and blasted into the roof of the net. 2 minutes later Richards
scored his second when he beat the off side trap, was one on one with Taylor, but deftly
chipped the ball over the keeper into the goal. With 20 minutes remaining he completed
his hattrick again beating the Villa offside, taking the ball around the keeper, shooting
goalwards and despite the covering defender trying to make a last ditch tackle, the ball
couldn't be stopped from going over the line taking Hinckley to eleven goals. Richards turned
provider with 10 minutes left, again too fast for the Pelsall back line, but having to
take the ball wide to the left of goal, but laying the ball back into the centre to the unmarked
Melligan 6 yards out, to sidefoot the ball into the net. Unlucky thirteen was scored
right on the stroke of full time with almost a carbon copy of the last goal, Richards
breaking down the left crossing back into the area, this time for Bannister to score and
round off a remarkable win for AFC.
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