Atletico's winning run came crashing to an abrupt halt at the Pingles Bowl as Nuneaton
Griff won a bad tempered A5 derby match, ending with 6 bookings for Heartlanders and
our own Dominic Smith being sent off.
The mood of the match was set in the first few minutes when Mark Williams went in two
footed on Nathan Walker, and the referee chose not to show any card. After this the ref
steadily lost more control until the second half when a flurry of yellow cards were
eventually produced. As regards the game AFC clearly couldn't adapt to the Griff pitch
or their tactics, and Nuneaton having succeeded with their game plan were worthy winners.
Griff were ahead on the quarter hour when from a corner, Josh Ruff flicked a near post
header past Sam Arnold. Hinckley's midfield were somewhat conspicuous with their absence
and Griff were unlucky not to score a second having a goal disallowed. However just before
the half time the Heartlanders did go two up. Luke Shorthouse robbed the lackluster AFC
defence and when one on one with Arnold, slotted into the bottom left corner.
Apart from some nasty tackles from both sides, for which the referee finally started
punishing with cards, the second half was pretty much a non footballing event. AFC
couldn't get back into the game, and Griff finally scored their third 10 minutes from
time through substitute Ryan Slinn. There was just enough time left for Dominic Smith
to let his frustration get the better of himself and and two quick yellow cards in
succession saw him sent off.
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