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  August 2015 News
Tuesday 18th
Walsall Wood 1 - 3 Hinckley AFC
Athletico won their first ever FA Cup tie, winning at Walsall Wood's Oak Park, thanks to two late goals from Justin Nisbett and Marco Adaggio.

In an 'end to end' open game both sides enjoyed spells of dominance and both sides had chances to win the game, before Atletico scored two late goals to progress. With the higher league club now at home you'd expect them to race out the blocks and indeed Walsall had their first goal effort within a few minutes, but Drew Aiton dragged his shot wide when played in by Corey Currithers. Hinckley responded through Luke Richards cutting inside from the left flank and forcing Mariusz Kisiel to save low, then Javia Roberts also went on a twisting run from the right flank before Kisiel also saved his chance. Wood were unlucky 20 minutes in when Charlton Davies was injured in a 50/50 tackle forcing him off with a cut to the leg, increasing the tension of the game, with the Wood bench showing their anger at the unfortunate outcome. Currithers then saw his effort gathered by Sam Arnold after a deflection in the AFC area, before Hinckley took the lead just after the half hour. Javia Roberts had switched to the left flank and beat his marker playing the ball across the area, teeing up Nathan Walker on the right, who fired into the top corner, in off the crossbar, from 20 yards, giving Atletico the lead. Right on half time Wood had a glorious chance to equalise, but Holgate drove his shot against the post and Currithers skied over with the follow up.

Walsall must have suffered a half time backlash as they came out for the second half fired up and showing their higher league credential, keeping Hinckley under some sustained spells of pressure. It was no surprise when Holgate levelled on the hour finishing off a move from Shane O'Reilly crossing into the area, and a Carrithers lay off presenting the forward with his chance. Wood continued to press and only a full stretch Sam Arnold kept the score level tipping a high cross over the bar, before Carrithers saw his long range effort curl wide. AFC then found an extra gear from somehwere and from Wood doing all the attacking they were on the back foot for the last 10 minutes of the game. Roberts again cut in from the left flank beat his marker and with everyone expecting a cut back, he fired across goal, the ball just missing the post by inches. Roberts was the architect again as Atletico took the lead with 5 minutes remaining, again beating his man on the left and this time he did cut back for Adaggio, who's shot was blocked, but fell to Justin Nisbett unmarked at the far post to blast into goal from 8 yards out. Hinckley made absolute certain right on time, with almost a carbon copy, as Roberts ran into the area from the left flank, yet again, and another cut back for Adaggio saw the striker this time guide the ball past Kisiel from 8 yards out.

A great night for Hinckley AFC history, and now the club will travel to Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday 29th for the next Preliminary round of the FA Cup.

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