Atletico had their last away day of the season and got the win they needed to secure
4th place in the league, earning a place in next season's FA Cup.
Studley were not the team they had been at the start of the season and the result
may have been different had this game been played when scheduled back in November.
However, AFC were now the team in form and looked at one point to run away with the
game, but a spirited fight back from Studley kept it competitive. Luke Richards gave
Hinckley a 2-0 lead within 25 minutes, first with an unmarked header from a Tyrone
Clarke-O’Connell cross, then second from another Clarke-O’Connell deep cross that
Richards slotted inside the post from a tight angle. Studley hit back though as the
Hinckley defence were a bit casual and Anthony Miller seized on a through ball to
slot under Jack Hartopp. Hinckley couldn't convert possession into goals and were hit
with a sucker punch on half time as a deep cross from Miller drifted over Hartopp and
ended in the net equalising the scores.
Hinckley made no mistake with goal chances in the second half, as right from the restart
they dominated play. Marco Adaggio had Atletico back in the lead within minutes when his
run from midfield into the Studley area was not checked and he guided the ball through
defenders and past the keeper. AFC's 100th league goal of the season was soon to follow
and Justin Nisbett had the honour after good work between Richards and Nathan Walker played
in Nisbett who showed good control and then fired past the keeper from 15 yards out.
Atletico made absolutely sure of the points 5 minutes from time when JJ Melligan's cross
was headed in by Adaggio scoring Hinckley's fifth. With news coming from elsewhere that
Uttoxeter had lost their game, meant Hinckley could not be caught in 4th place and sealed
a successful first season of attaining FA Cup football for next season.
click here for:
Studley match details