Atletico threw away a two goal first half lead with an abysmal second half performance
having to then come from behind to snatch a point against Pelsall Villa.
Everything had looked so good for AFC having worked hard to create a two goal lead.
Both David Blenkinsopp and Javia Roberts had early chances saved for Hinckley, before
Villa had a goal ruled out for offside. 20 minutes in and Hinckley had taken the lead,
with a neat little 'triangle' move down the right between Marcus Jackson and Roberts,
with the latter playing in Blenkinsopp who fired low and hard across goal where Sam Agar
had run in unmarked to blast the ball into the net. 10 minutes later and AFC had extended
the lead to two goals, after Pelsall failed to properly clear the balland it fell invitingly
to Isaac Cooper, on his return to the club, who unleased a thundebolt into the roof of
the net from 31 yards. With Villa now firmly on the back foot AFC had two great chances
before half time to extend the lead further, first was Agar being one on one against
Amrick Virdee but guiding his effort just wide of the post then Greg Pearson couldn't
get a shot on target when receiving the ball from a corner in the goal area.
Even starting the second half in the same way Agar again had a great chance 15 yards out,
but again Virdee got a touch to push the ball over. Hinckley would rue all those missed
chances as 10 minutes into the half Spencer Blackham was left unmarked from a set piece
to head home for Villa, but then almost immediately afterwards the AFC defence completely
went AWOL and this time Jordan Kent was unmarked and free to head home the easiest of
header he'll ever have to equalise the scores. Both Agar and Luke Richards were again
guilty of rushing chances and both fired over when well placed, before the turn around
was completed for Villa. With 10 minutes remaining Blackham was played through on the
right and he came inside and fired a shot across Tom Cross and into the far corner to give
Villa a deserved lead. However credit to Hinckley for dragging themselves out of the mess
they created and subsequently laid seige to the Villa goal with a number of corners, and
Pearson forcing home in a packed goal area to level the scores in injury time, snatching
a fortunate draw for AFC.
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