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  January 2015 News
Saturday 17th
Hinckley AFC 2 - 2 Pilkington XXX
Pilkington hold out for draw as Atletico pile on the pressure in 'Alamo' stylee, but AFC unbeaten run still stretches to fourteen games in all competitions.

With Dominic Smith unavailable and Matt Gardner having left the club, AFC started with recalling local lad Jordan Rushton into central defence and started with Rob Millington up front. After a scrappy first half hour Reece Francis in the Pilks goal thwarted Marco Adaggio stopping his shot with his legs, and not for the last time in the match, before another local lad opened the scoring for Hinckley as Luke Richards headed JJ Melligans cross back across goal and in off the far post. Parity was restored almost immediately when Odane Barnes headed past Arnold when Hinckley failed to clear their lines. Millington was then bundled over in the area when clear on goal, but the ref deemed it to be a fair tackle, however then did give a penalty against Kieran McCalla for hand ball when the Pilkington defender used his hands to protect his face from a close shot in the area. Swings and roundabouts... Melligan stepped up to score the spot kick and give Hinckley a half time lead.

Atletico enjoyed large spells of possession during the second half, but found keeper Francis in inspired form. He saved early on from Adaggio, then held a long range effort from Nathan Walker, before AFC were hit on the break. Jacob Snape broke down the right and crossed low into the area, that no defender dealt with until the ball arrived to Anthony Fletcher, unmarked at the far post, to tap into the net levelling the scores for a second time. The Pilkington goal still led a charmed life in the last half hour, Adaggio again saw Francis save his effort, Melligan hit the bar, Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell curled an effort just over from the right side of the area, Michael Healy had an effort tipped wide and Francis smothered the ball at the feet of Walker. When Adaggio did finally beat Francis, flicking the ball past the out-rushing keeper, McCalla was on hand to clear off the line. Pilkington's Sam Hawker was then somewhat unlucky to receive a second yellow card and be sent off right at the end of the match, but there was still time for Francis to make one more excellent reflex save, again at the expense of Adaggio, who won't believe he didn't score in this game. The match finished a draw, however it did extend Atletico's unbeaten run to fourteen games.

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