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  December 2014 News
Saturday 20th
Hinckley AFC 8 - 2 Stafford Town
Atletico completed a second double in as many weeks smashing 8 goals past Stafford Town, with Matt Gardner helping himself to four of those, the rest shared between Marco Adaggio, Justin Nisbett, Michael Healy and Isaac Cooper.

In a repeat of the reverse fixture only two weeks ago, AFC raced into a 2-0 lead early on, Nisbett did well on the right and crossed for Gardner to shoot which was parried to Adaggio 10 yards out who finished from a tight angle. Nisbett then was goal scorer after dribbling inside from the right flank and shooting across John Marlborough into the bottom left corner. Jack Hartopp, making his league debut, made two excellent saves keeping out Stafford, but with yet more dejavu Stafford pulled a goal back on the half hour through a defencive slip letting in Morgan Hurley, giving Hartopp no chance. Gardner scored the first of his four almost immediatley thanks to a defence splitting ball from Cooper finding Gardner in the right place to smash home. Gardner then followed that with his second and Hinckley's fourth just before half time, Adaggio timing his pass to beat the offside trap, then Gardner coolly lifting the ball over Malborough to give AFC a half time 4-1 lead.

A glimmer of hope appeared for Stafford when Michael Meszaros long range pile driver found the net, despite Hartopp getting a hand to his effort, but Gardner snuffed that out completing his hattrick on 50 minutes. Malborough failed to deal with a cross and as the ball dropped on the edge of the goal area a spectacular over head kick saw Gardner score Atletico's fifth. It was only another 5 minutes before Gardner completed his 4 goal haul, another perfect cross from Nisbett saw a bullet header from the Hinckley forward nestle in the back of the net. With the game practically won, Healy came on as a sub and one of his first action was to score Hinckley's seventh goal, curling an effort past Malborough from the edge of the area. There was still time for Hinckley's left back to get in on the scoring action, making a run into the penalty area and getting on the end of Mitch Tomlinson's cross to make it eight.

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