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  December 2014 News
Saturday 26th
Hinckley AFC 2 - 0 Nuneaton Griff
A comprehensive all round team performance saw Atletico overcome a determined Nuneaton Griff side, who clearly had set out for a draw from the off, and extended our unbeaten run to twelve matches, moving up to 4th in the league.

From kick off, it was clear Griff were loading the midfield and trying to close down Hinckley's attacking midfield, preventing the front four from creating chances. It worked to a degree as chances were very limited for AFC, however some great defence splitting balls from both Ross Clarke and Nathan Walker saw Atletico still in the ascendancy. Griff had an early let off when Marco Adaggio flicked on Clarke's corner and even though Alex Horton was beat, the ball was scrambled off the line. Clarke then played a diagonal ball through the Griff back line for Tyrone Clark-O'Connell to run onto, his cross finding Justin Nisbett at the back post who could only find the side netting. Clark-O'Connell was provider for AFC's first goal on 20 minutes, thanks to his 'mazey' run down the left going past two defenders, then crossing central for Addagio to guide the ball past Horton, giving Hinckley the lead. Clarke saw his free kick drift just over the bar, then just before half time Dominic Smith headed over Horton but the ball dropped onto the crossbar.

The chances kept coming for Atletico in the second half. Almost from KO, Walker combined well with Gardner and Adaggio,leaving him one on one with Horton who managed to parry Walkers shot and the ball was cleared by a defender. Nuneaton had not really threatened the Hinckley goal for 70 minutes, but Jack Hartopp had to be alert when Jack Webb forced him into a low save, and he was called on to gather some high balls into Hinckley's area as Griff looked to snatch something on the break. Hinckley did eventually add the second goal their dominance deserved and again it was another defence splitting ball from Clarke that found Luke Richards on the left, and as he powered to goal past his marker, instead of shooting he unselfishly squared to Adaggio, unmarked in the center, to simply tap into the gaping goal. There was still time for Michael Healy to force Horton into two more saves before the ref blew the final whistle on a 2-0 whole team performance.

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