Atletico eventually did enough to squeeze past a tough Nuneaton Griff, replicating
the same score line as the Boxing Day game and completing another A5 double.
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The game pretty much completely followed the same pattern as the Boxing Day derby with Griff
packing the midfield and doing their best to stop AFC gaining any type of rhythm on the ball.
And again, it worked well for them, with chances being very limited in the first half. Rob
Millington was just off target with a glancing header and Aden Moore forced Sam Arnold to react
quickly to hold his free kick for Griff.
The game did open up after half time, as AFC created some spell of concentrated pressure.
Millington and Isaac Cooper combined well to set up Nathan Walker who blasted goal wards
15 yards out, only to see Alex Horton dive full length to tip away his effort. On the hour
Hinckley forced a series of corners, with Horton having to palm away Walkers inswinging
corner, before Marco Adaggio headed against the bar with Dominic Smith forcing Horton
into another good save with the rebound. Smith did open the scoring from the resulting
corner, as Walker kick dropped in the goal area and the titanic AFC centre back blasted
into goal from 3 yards out. Having taken the lead this forced Griff into a change of
tactics and the game opened up for the last half hour. Griff began to come forward in
numbers and Arnold was called into action 3 times, one a superb reaction save as a shot
deflected almost at point blank range, a save which was as good as scoring a goal. However
as Griff came forward Atletico exploited the space at the back and with 10 minutes remaining
Luke Richards made sure of the 3 points thanks to a superb through ball from Adaggio releasing
the local Hinckley striker and he outpaced his marker and fired under the advancing Horton
to make it 0-2 to Hinckley. The win keeps Atletico in second place,and the unbeaten run now
stands at seventeen games in all competitions.
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