Despite a second half of one way traffic, Coventry Copsewood frustrated Atletico, and
defended themselves a point in a score draw at Allard Way.
Even though Hinckley had a lot of possesion and created a lot of chances, defending errors
meant AFC had to come from behind twice in the game and couldn't force a late winner. Andy
Westwood was making his debut in midfield, but it was the defence that was in need of help
on the quarter hour when a cross into the area was punched away by Haydn Whitcombe but the
ball was played back in straight away as the defence failed to clear and Lawrence Rawlings
was on hand at the far post to force the ball into goal. AFC equalised 5 minutes later when
Ryan Seal picked out James Williams far post run on the right, playing the ball diagonal
across the area far enough away from O'Donnell in the Copsewood goal and Williams beat the
keeper to the ball, to finish from a tight angle. On the half hour another error let Copsewood
back into the game, as a low cross through the area was mis-kicked by Mike Harvey and the
ball fell to the back post to a surprised Jake Upton who tapped into the net giving Coventry
the lead again.
The second half was pretty much one way traffic, with Copsewood sitting on their lead, defending
in numbers and having the occasional breakaway. AFC were having plenty of possession but as Coventry
put 10 men behind the ball, really struggled to break down the defence, and when they did chances
were wasted. A wake up call for Hinckley half way through the second half came as Copsewood
thought they had scored a third on the breakaway, but the attempt was ruled out for offside.
With 15 minutes remaining, Westwood made his first contribution to the club when he ran onto
a channel ball on the right, took the ball into the area and was then brought down by O'Donnell,
a penalty the resultant award. Ryan Seal stepped up to score his 51st goal for the club equalising
the scores from the penalty mark. With time running out AFC had three good chances to take the
points, first an Isaac Cooper effort was clawed away by O'Donnell and then Mark Williams on the
half volley from 20 yards out saw his effort rise just over the bar. With virtually the last
kick of the game Paul Sullivan was played through and in on goal, as O'Donnell came out, he tried
to flick the ball past him, however the Coventry keeper got enough of a touch on the ball to
force it wide, and the game finished in a score draw.
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