The Bees had their sting well and truly pulled as it rained goals for Atletico in
the glorious sunshine at Stade de St John, including two hatricks apiece for Luke
Richards and Marco Adaggio.
The writing was on the wall when it took AFC just 30 seconds to score their first
goal. From kick off the ball was worked down the left through Adaggio and Richards,
with the latter pulling the ball back to the edge of the area for Sean Williams to
power a 20 yard effort into the roof of the net. Javia Roberts should've made it two
on 10 minutes but his rising effort struck the bar. On 25 minutes AFC did score their
second, Adaggio finishing off a Nathan Walker free kick with an assist from Dominic
Smith. A superb solo run from the unlikely Alex Morris, running almost the length
of the pitch from the left back position before playing in Richards, led to the third
goal, as Richards squared for Adaggio to score again from 8 yards out. Before Roberts
scored his first goal for the club and Atletico's fourth on the stroke of half time.
After good work from Richards on the left again, he cut inside and fired goalwards only
to see his shot parried away, but unfortunately for Studley straight to Roberts following
in to tap into the net.
With the game seemingly already won, Atletico started the second half very casually and
were soon stung out of their slumber when Studley got a goal back, Andrew Millan converting on
50 minutes. However AFC stepped back up a gear and scored twice in quick succession 5
minutes after that. First from Richards with Roberts providing the assist by winding his
way through Studley defence, then Adaggio completing his hatrick with a perfectly weighted
chip over the keeper, followed by his trademark back flip. With goals going in freely, Studley
didn't want to miss out and capitalised on some sloppy defending with Fathers scoring
their second. Then on the hour Richards scored the best goal of the game and Atletico's
seventh, Roberts being the thorn in Studley's side all afternoon again set off on a mazey run
evading the Studley takles and crossed the ball to the far side of the area for Richard
to acrobatically volley into goal. With Studley now pretty much demoralised AFC dominated the
remainder of the game and Richards completed his own hatrick with 10 minutes left after
Justin Nisbett had done well on the right and a pinpoint cross to the far post saw Richards
head back in from a tight angle, the ball sneaking just inside the post to make it eight.
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