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  November 2014 News
Saturday 15th
Hinckley AFC 6 - 1 Alvis Sporting
Alvis were all shook up as Atletico went on a 6 goal charge, scoring 3 in each half, and leaving Sporting feeling lonesome tonight.

The Alvis keeper Jack Hartopp may have checked into the heartbreak hotel, after being given almost no protection by his defence, but he pulled off a series of super saves which almost certainly kept the score in single figures.

The opening half hour was fairly even with both sides playing football, though Hartopp was the busier of the two keepers. Matt Gardner was first to show for AFC, chipping just over the bar from the edge of the area, before Luke Richards powered down the left and came inside to fire goalwards, only for Hartopp to make the save. Some lazy defending in the Atletico area presented Michael Healy with a chance for Sporting, but the Hinckley defence rallied and thwarted his effort. AFC took the lead on 25 minutes, and when they did, the Alvis heads dropped and Hinckley pretty much dominated the game from that moment. Rob Millington did well to win the ball and play in Nathan Walker on the edge of the 'D' and he curled a shot over Hartopp into the top corner. Gardner then headed just over from a corner, and Hartopp was again on hand to save from Richards when one on one. Richards was then provider for the second goal as he beat his man to the goal line and crossed low to Gardner to slot home 8 yards out. Walker almost scored a carbon copy of his first goal, though this time Hartopp managed to shift his body and just tip the ball over the bar, however from the resulting corner Atletico scored their third. With the help of some comedy defending from Alvis the corner was played short and then crossed to the far post where Gardner had sneaked in, and despite Sporting thinking he was caught in an offside trap, there was no going back as Gardner simply turned the ball over the line with his chest, to give a half time score of 3-0.

The second half started sluggishly, though the tempo changed with the introduction of Marco Addagio, who immediately went all out for goals. Just after the hour, Richards again did the hard work in the left channel, crossing to Adaggio who controlled the ball 12 yards out then powered a shot past Hartopp. A circus moment of comedy extravaganza followed for goal number five minutes later, a corner was played in and Jordan Rushton headed goalwards hitting Gardner on his back, the deflection falling to the feet of Alex Morris who 'shinned' the ball awkwardly and everyone watched as it trickled off at an angle and rolled over the goal line. They all count. Adaggio saw his longe range effort drift the wrong side of the post, then JJ Melligan had a powerful shot from the edge of the area well saved by Hartopp. Goal number six was scored with 20 minutes remaining and was a good solo effort for Adaggio, as he got the ball on the edge the area, dribbled around to defending tackles into the area then beat Hartopp from 12 yards out. Alvis had not left the building and with the match in it's final minutes Morris learned that only fools rush in as his mistimed tackle in the area gave away a penalty for Sporting. Healy stepped up to give Sam Arnold no chance form the spot, scoring a consolation for Alvis. Melligan could've made it seven in the dying moments but Hartopp did great to parry his shot from 8 yards, and then pulled out an even better save to stop the old hound dog, as he followed in the rebound, from point blank range. The game finishing 6-1 and fully reflected the dominance Atletico had enjoyed.

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