Atletico had to settle for a score draw as the Griff game plan succesfully thwarted many
attempts for a football match to break out, with Sam Agar scoring Hinckley's equaliser
in the second half.
In a largely lacklustre first half both sides created few chances as the poor surface
did nothing to encourage football, which suited Griff's tactics of flooding the midfield.
Lee Butler had a half chance from distance early on, but the ball rose too far and cannoned
away to safety off the cross bar. Griff took the lead from a penalty 25 minutes in when
the AFC defence failed to clear a loose ball properly, and James Williams was late with
his tackle bringing down Josh Willis just inside the area. Tom Bates stepped up and sent
Haydn Whitcombe the wrong way from the penalty spot. Unfortunately Hinckley didn't respond
and could not find a way through the Griff banks of defence.
Second half it was different story for AFC, the ball began to be moved down the wings and
attacking threat became more dangerous. Isaac Cooper and Rico Taylor both came on as subs
and all of a sudden AFC had width and pace on both sides. Griff were reduced to break away
chances, but thankfully Whitcombe was on hand to thwart these. Butler curled an effort
wide from distance, Darious Darkin was smothered by defenders as he hesitated on the edge
of the area, Cooper flashed a ball across goal that everyone missed and a good move leaving
Ryan Seal in on goal was wasted as he took too long on the ball. Sam Agar scored the equaliser
with 15 minutes to go, as another passing move involving Cooper and Seal, saw Agar in the
left channel and from a tight angle with his back to goal, turned and shot in one move beating
defender and goalkeeper. Griff were more determined to defend now and pulled everybody back
leaving AFC with few openings and the game ended in a stalemate.
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