A single first half goal for Bardon Hill ended Atletico's 27 match unbeaten run as AFC finished
as runners up in the Leicestershire Senior Cup.
It was certainly not the spectacle expected from the two highest placed clubs in the
competition with the first half being really scrappy, short on goal mouth action and
the ball being in the air rather too much than was entertaining. For Hinckley, Dominic
Smith headed over from a corner, and Luke Richards got into a great position but was
too tight an angle to get his cut back on target. For Bardon, Richard Hanslow forced Sam
Arnold into a good save, before Andy Fell gave them the lead in what AFC would view as
a poor decision from the ref. With Danny Kavanagh looking to shepherd the ball out for
a goal kick, a corner was somehow awarded, and from that corner Fell headed into goal.
Minutes later, on the half hour, and Hinckley then lost Richards to an injury, being
replaced by Justin Nisbett.
The second half was definitely more like the Atletico of current form. Marco Adaggio
headed Tyrone Clarke-O’Connell's cross back across keeper Chris Martin heading for the
net, but the Bardon stopper somehow reached to tip the ball around the post. Martin
then denied Nathan Walker, before Hinckley felt aggreived not to have a penalty. Adaggio
ran into the area but was brought down just before he was about to shoot, the ball ran
to Clarke-O’Connell who then did well to get into a shooting position only to be denied
by another great save from Martin. With no foul given, injury was added to insult when
Clarke-O’Connell was forced off having injured himself when shooting. Isaac Cooper then
had another penalty appeal turned down, when he ran in the area and looked to cross only
for Ryan Walker to clearly 'scoop' the ball away with his hand, though did so on the
blind side of the ref who couldn't see the hand ball. With the game approaching the last
minutes JJ Melligan did well to win and control the ball only for his cross to be headed
just over by Adaggio. Nisbett played in Rob Millington who couldn't keep his shot down then
in the final moments Cooper's long throw caused chaos in the Bardon goal area and as Melligan
followed in his shot was blocked on the line and was cleared to safety by Bardon, who
held on to the final whistle.
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