Atletico travelled to Racing Club, but this game was as far away from the El Clįsico
de Avellaneda as you could imagine. Warwick won 2-1 thanks to some awful defending,
and a late JJ Melligam penalty failed to add any joy for AFC.
It was a nervy start from both sides with neither producing much in the way of goal
chances, though AFC could've been ahead on just 2 minutes but Luke Richards lost his
footing on the uneven surface just as he ran onto a through ball. Warwick did take the
lead on the half hour, a low cross into the box looked to be dealt with by John Clapp,
but he also fell over at the critical moment and Ryan Langmead capitalised on the error
to blast past Sam Arnold.
The second half was less interesting than the first, with all the action saved for the
last 10 minutes. Langmead put Warwick two ahead on 80 minutes after Arnold and Clapp
got themselves in a right mess, neither dealing with the ball and falling at the feet
of the unmarked Langmead to tap into the goal. Almost right on time AFC got a fortunate
decision from the ref when he awarded a penalty, and JJ Melligan returning from injury
scored to give Hinckley a glimmer of hope. Then incredibly in injury time Hinckley almost
equalised with a strong shot from Mark Bellingham being parried away by Warwick keeper
Tom Reynolds. It was to get worse for Hinckley after the final whistle when a frustrated
John Clapp remonstrated with the ref too much and he showed him a second yellow card, earning
Clapp the unenviable record of being the first Hinckley AFC player to be sent off.
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