Atletico comfortably beat Pershore Town at Stade de SJP, with Ryan Seal opening the
scoring with a superb 45 yard strike from the half way line, an early contender for
goal of the season.
With Sam Agar unavailable, Seal was starting up front, and Sean Williams making his 50th
appearance for the club started on his right side, and straight from kick off the two
were combining well as AFC showed all the attacking intent. The partnership provided
Lee Butler with an early chance, however the diminutive midfielder put his shot just over.
With a quarter gone the partnership combined again resulting in the goal of the season
so far. Former Hinckley goalkeeper Tom Cross took a goal kick that Ryan Paddock headed
back to the centre circle, Sean Williams took the ball down and played it to Seal just
inside the Pershore half, who hit the ball first time catching Cross well out of goal
and could only watch as the ball sailed into the net. View the goal for your self here:
Ryan Seal goal on Youtube. The lead was extended 10 minutes later by Sean Williams as
he ran through the Pershore defence, he was clipped by a defender in the area, but stayed
on his feet and fired goalwards from 15 yards with a slight deflection taking the ball
past Cross. Pershore threatened on the half hour for the first time in the match when James
Clarke beat Haydn Whitcombe to a through ball, but Jamal Clarke was on hand to clear off
the line. Then Whitcombe saved easily from Gareth Evans just before half time.
10 minutes into the second half and the game was virtually won for AFC when Seal played in
Lee Butler on the right of the area and his effort from a tight angle could only be parried
by Cross and fell back at the feet of Butler who's goal bound follow up went into goal via
a deflection from prone defender Steve Webb. The match was over as a contest with 15 minutes
remaining when Butler's run was ended in the area by Shaun Griffiths who then received a
second yellow card for the challenge, being sent off. Captain Seal took the spot kick and
sent Cross the wrong way scoring Hinckley's fourth goal. AFC could've extended the lead
further as a Sean Williams effort hit the cross bar, Butler saw his shot parried away,
Peter Williams fired just over and Seal saw his chance deflected into the arms of Cross.
Pershore scored their consolation goal minutes from time, as a bit of lazy defending allowed
a cross to come in to the back post for James Clarke to head past Whitcombe unchallenged.
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