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  September 2014 News
Saturday 13th
Hinckley AFC 0 - 3 Highgate United
Another home defeat adds to Atletico's woes, 3 second half goals from Highgate did the damage, however for Hinckley it proved to be a story of chances they missed, and chances that 'Gate didn't.

Hinckley's starting line up contained four players making their debuts, including goalkeeper Matt Martin after recovering from his concussion in pre season. He was joined by Nathan Jackson, John Cordy and Jordan Nadat, which also meant a complete new partnership in the centre of defence.

The game itself was very open and 'end to end', Highgate were a good footballing side which is what you'd expect from a team in the Midland Alliance last season. There were many chances created by both sides first half and both sides were equally guilty of wasting those chances. Hinckley showed first, with Jackson powering through the 'Gate midfield but putting his chance over, then Nadat doing excellent in the left channel, squaring across the penalty area for Luke Richards, who couldn't connect properly seeing the ball drift the wrong side of the post. Highgate responded through Ricardo Richards racing free of the back line pulling his shot across goal and wide of the post, then Lei Brown running onto a through ball, with Martin saving well one-on-one. Cordy then got back to help Martin when he finally was beaten by Brown, with a covering block on the goal line. A block tackle which was reciprocated in front of the Highgate goal when Nadat ran nearly the length of the pitch breaking away from a 'Gate corner only to see his shot parried by a defender. Ricardo Richards fired well over when well placed for Highgate, before Tyrone Clark-O'Connell did well down the left forcing a corner which Cordy headed just over the bar.

If the first half was a tale of missed chances, Highgate made sure they didn't miss them in the second half. They took the lead on 50 minutes when Hinckley's new defencive pairing went missing, as a cross from Cameron Knight found Brown unmarked at the back post to head past Martin. Luke Richards responded by racing clear of the Highate defence but keeper Connor McCarthy getting low to smother the ball at his feet. Karl King was then in the right place to clear away from goal when Clark-O'Connell lifted the ball over McCarthy. There was no such luck for Nathan Walker in the 67th minute when Michael Batchelor headed a 'Gate corner goalwards, the Hinckley midfielder clearing off the line, but the officials making the judgement that the ball had crossed the line awarding the goal and doubling Highgate's lead. Luke Richards found himself on-on-one with McCarthy, the 'Gate stopper saving well, before Richards again went round McCarthy only to find the side netting from a tight angle. Luke Hinson put an effort well over the bar for Highgate, before a shot from Luke Richards also went over. The game was sealed right on time when Martin Crawford found himself unmarked on the left of the area placing the ball past Martin, with the last kick of the game. Enough chances for both sides to be a 8-8 draw, however Hinckley suffering 'stagefright' in front of goal condemning AFC to another home defeat.

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