AFC played their fourth game in eight days, and it showed in a below par performance
against a determined Bolehall Swifts, but ultimately did enough to win all 3 points.
After a strength sapping game against Coventry United at the weekend, it was a little
bit of an anti climax on a freezing cold night at St John's Park and Bolehall were a
team determined to take advantage. Indeed they started much the better, created more
chances and Atletico were dependent on breakaway attempts. Tom Cross was worked in goal
by attempts from Benn Minshull, Nick Hadley and Danny Hales, but it was AFC who took
the lead on the half hour when Tom Bates played in Javia Roberts on the right of the
area, who turned inside and slotted past McNulty when one-on-one. Then shortly before
half time Luke Richards saw his header from a corner cleared off the line leaving a
1-0 half time score.
Bolehall came out for the second half more determined and took the game to Hinckley for
the first 15 minutes of the half. It was no surprise when they equalised just after the
hour, Minshull scoring an excellent goal, direct from a free kick around the wall and
into the far corner. The lead was short lived as this woke Hinckley from their slumber,
and went in front again 5 minutes later as Richards took the ball down the left came
into the area and powerfully beat McNulty at his near post. Moments later it was three
goals for Hinckley, thanks to Marco Adaggio dribbling the ball past Jon Obi in the area
with the Bolehall skipper clipping the forward, and the ref awarded a penalty, with Ryan
Seal stepping up to slot the spot kick into goal. Bolehall were given the slightest glimmer
of hope in the last 10 minutes when the AFC defence went walkabout and gifted Minshull a
free run on goal, with the Swifts striker calmly lifting the ball over a stranded Cross.
Hinckley however shut up shop and played out the remaining minutes to take a vital 3 points.
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