A stunning free kick from Nathan Walker was the icing on the cake for Atletico, with
a 3-0 away win at Uttoxetter Town, avenging AFC's first home defeat of the season,
despite playing the whole of the second half with 10 men.
The game between two sides in the top 5 was even during the first half, both sides
creating chances, but AFC were clinical enough to finish theirs. Uttoxeter were first
to show with a free kick just outside the area being comfortably held by Sam Arnold.
Marco Adaggio opened the scoring for Hinckley on the quarter hour, being played through
on the left cutting inside and seeing his first shot blocked, the rebound saved, but
buried his third chance into the roof of the net. Alex Woods had a great chance to
level the game on the half hour, but new Hinckley signing Michael Williams was on
hand to clear off the line. The League's top scorer James Curley was then guilty of
missing a glorious chance for Uttoxeter when unmarked in the goal area he somehow
managed to head wide of the target. The balance of the game was changed on the stroke
of half time when Curley's poor tackle on Walker kicked off a tussle between players
and Avun Jephcott was shown a red card by the ref, with Curley receiving a yellow.
AFC shuffled their formation around at half time and fully expected an onslaught from
Town, which for whatever reason never came. In fact, it was the 10 men of Atletico
that played the better football and looked more dangerous. Indeed it was AFC that
doubled their lead approaching the hour, after a twisting run by Luke Richards down
the left was stopped by a foul and with everyone expecting a cross into the area,
Walker chipped a curling free kick towards the far corner of the goal, over the head
of Alex Langridge and into the net. The second goal saw Uttoxeter visibly lose heart
and from then on it was all Hinckley despite having fewer players, though scoring chances
were rare. When the chance did come it was for Hinckley as substitute Michael Healy
took the ball on the edge of the area, controlled it and fired across Langridge into the
far corner making it 3-0 to Hinckley, and extended AFC's unbeaten run to thirteen games.
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