The AFC 27 game unbeaten run came to an end as Atletico were battered by league new boys
Coventry United, though the score line doesn't reflect the whole story of the match.
Coventry were always going to be a difficult games, similar to when Hinckley played
Uttoxeter at the start of last season, and having who won MFL division 2 last season,
would still carry momentum into this season. Though ultimately on the night it was
Hinckley's poor finishing that let us down as plenty of chances were created to affect
the scoreline, with none being taken
Coventry were ahead as early as the third minute when Josh O'Grady decided to unleash
a 25 yard swerving effort which sailed into the top corner. Sean Williams did well to
cross in from the right for AFC only for Simon Johnson to get no power behind his goal
effort, easily gathered by Richard Morris in the United goal. Marco Adaggio then worked
himself through the United defence only to see his chance clear Morris, but also the bar.
O'Grady then capitalised on Hinckley's midfield losing possession cheaply, and ran at
goal unleashing another ferocious long range drive which again was unstoppable doubling
the Coventry lead at half time.
Only 5 minutes into the second half and it was three for United, after good work down
the right side, the Hinckley defence got into a muddle and with the ball played central
Josh Blake guided the ball into the net from close in. Hinckley responded with Mitchell
Tomlinson battling well running the ball through the midfield and playing in Johnson one on
one with Morris, but again the former league player had a weak finish and Morris gathered
the ball. Williams then drove at goalfrom the right wing and fired in his own long range
effort, which did finally beat Morris, but rebounded off the inside of the post and was
cleared to safety. Jack Hartopp was then forced off with an injury and sub keeper Sam
Arnold took his place in goal, however on 75 minutes brought down a United player in the area,
and Jean Dakouri converted from the penalty mark, making it four.
To say a frustrating night for Hinckley is an under statement, but ultimately goals win
games and despite the numerous chances to do so, AFC failed to score for the first time since
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