A suberb second half rear guard performance saw Atletico through to the next round of the
League Cup, beating Premier side Coleshill Town after extra time.
With the daunting task of trying to grind out a result against one of the top Premier sides, AFC
came flying out of the blocks looking to shock Coleshill. Javia Roberts pace was causing trouble
from the kick off and on 10 minutes as he danced around their defence he was brought down on the
edge of the area. Lee Butler lined up the free kick then curled the ball around the wall and into
the top far corner of the goal, giving Atletico and early lead. With Jordan Nadat and Luke Shorthouse
up front for Coleshill you'd expect them to create chances which they did looking to get back in
the game. Haydn Whitcombe was called into action a number of times and every time was up to the
task. AFC extended their lead on the stroke of half time with Ryan Seal running through the middle
of the Coleshill ranks and being brought down just inside the area. He stepped up to take the penalty
himself, making no mistake and ensuring Hinckley took a 0-2 lead into half time.
As expected Coleshill came out for the second half determined to show their higher status and turn
the game around, putting a lot of pressure on the AFC back line. Cory Curruthers reduced the
deficit 10 minutes into the half when he went on a run down the right channel into the area
and finished neatly from a tight angle. Then just after the hour a long range effort was
superbly saved by Whitcombe at full length, but Jordan Nadat was on hand to poke in the rebound
equalising the scores. Coleshill now threw everything forward trying to force the winner, but
Jamal Clarke and MArk Williams in the centre and Whitcombe in goal stood strong with a series
of blocks and good saves keeping the scores level at full time, taking the tie into extra time.
With both teams tiring, the first period of extra time was uneventful. Coleshill had the majority
of possession but didn't create any serious chances, whilst AFC were looking to pick up on the
breakaway. Whitcombe was called into action once, but that was another superb full length save
tipping a free kick over the bar.
The second period saw Hinckley win the game with two opportunist goals. First a great
through ball from Seal fund Andy Westwood making a run, and he reached the ball just before the Town
keeper, tapping it past him and it trickled into the net giving Hinckley the lead again with 5 minutes
remaining. As Coleshill pushed everything forward a ball cleared out of defence came to Roberts
out wide right on the half way line. He turned his man with a quick flick, and instead of heading
towards the corner flag, he aimed in on goal, jinked past the central defender and slotted the
ball under the keeper scoring Hinckley's fourth goal, and putting the club into the 3rd round of the
League Cup for the first time.
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