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  January 2015 News
Saturday 24th
Pershore Town 1 - 2 Hinckley AFC
Atletico move up to third with this away win, but were made to fight all the way by Pershore, as keeper Yarnold saved two penalties, and Dominic Smith scored an injury time winner.

As Pershore set themselves up determined not to lose, space in midfield was scarce and 30 minutes of play saw no real goal chances. Daniel Lennon nearly broke the deadlock for Pershore, but Alex Morris was on hand to clear off the AFC goal line. Morris then headed inches over the bar from a corner, before Atletico had a great chance to take the lead from the penalty spot. Rob Millington did well on the right and crossed to Marco Adaggio who was tripped in the area, Adaggio stepped up to take the kick, but Andy Yarnold chose the right way to dive and palmed away his effort. Just minutes later, from a corner, when Dominic Smith rose to head the ball he was clearly pushed in the back and the ref had no hesitation in awarding another penalty. This time JJ Melligan took responsibility, however the outcome was the same, Yarnold again chose to dive the right way and again pushed away the spot kick keeping the game scoreless at half time.

The second half remained as scrappy as the first, and AFC were made to rue two missed penalties when Pershore took the lead on the hour in equally scrappy fashion. Lennon was allowed time to shoot by the Hinckley defence and when that effort was blocked no one cleared the ball which ran to Joe Walsh, unmarked at the far post, to tap into the net. This awoke Hinckley out of their slumber and with the introduction of Nathan Walker as a sub, AFC began to force chances on the Pershore goal. Yarnold again made an excellent save as Millington's deflected shot was heading into the net, but the Pershore keeper had no chance with the equalising goal. Walker's freekick was heading towards the right corner of the goal, until Walsh saw his header divert it past Yarnold into the bottom left corner. For the final few minutes Hinckley laid siege to the Pershore goal, but it was defended in numbers and couldn't create any chances until a corner in injury time was curled in by Walker and Smith powerfully headed past a dejected Yarnold, who'd done so much to keep his team in the game, and send the travelling fans into raptures. This extends Atletico's unbeaten run to fifteen games and moved the team up to third in the league.

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