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  October 2015 News
Saturday 14th
Atherstone Town 0 - 2 Hinckley AFC
The battle of the A5 was hard fought, played on a heavy wet pitch and won by two good goals from Sean Williams and Nathan Walker, as Atherstone were beaten at the North Warwickshire Borough Council ground.

Having asked for a 'battle' on their official twitter account earlier in the day, Atherstone strangely went missing on the pitch when it was time to do so. Hinckley had had a switch around, due to unavailable players, with on loan Alex Penney making his debut in the centre defence and JJ Melligan playing his first game since he returned to the club. As Marco Adaggio was serving the last game of his suspension, and Ryan Seal was unavailable, Luke Richards was back up front, supported by Sean Williams.

It didn't take AFC long to get used to the conditions and the personnel changes as Williams opened the scoring for Hinckley on the quarter hour. Richards combined with Williams on the edge of the area, and Williams wrong footed his marker and then slotted the ball under the advancing Phil Smith. Melligan followed this up forcing Smith to gather twice as Hinckley had a spell of pressure following the goal. Atherstone had their own spell shortly before half time, and Tom Cross had to be alert to an Ashley Gray header.

After half time AFC were pretty much dominant until the final stages of the match. Richards should've added a second from the kick off but when clear for a header he placed it just the wrong side of the post. However it wasn't a long wait for the second goal, and again Richards was involved combining with Nathan Walker to set him up from the edge of the area to calmly place a curling shot around Smith into the corner of the net. Williams again found himself through in the area but his cross shot was cleared and then Mitch Tomlinson made a run from right back into the area, but couldn't get enough power on his shot to threaten Smith in the Adders goal. As the game entered the final minutes Atherstone tried to get something out of the match and Cross made an excellent reaction save tipping over Mark Latham's close range header, keeping his clean sheet and ensuring the win for Hinckley.

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