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  November 2016 News
 
Sunday 13th
 
Paget Rangers 1 - 4 Hinckley AFC
Another FA Vase hatrick for Ryan Seal put an end to Paget Rangers run in the competition and saw Atletico through to the 3rd round for the first time in our short history.

Paget Rangers, playing in Midland Football League Two had already knocked out Highgate and St Andrews from the Premier division on their way to the 2nd round and in front of their record crowd of 311, including a very large away contingent, Atletico would have to be very wary of taking them lightly. AFC started with an unfamiliar back line due to injuries and unavailability, meaning James Williams started at centre back, with Lee Butler at right back, and Tom McCrystal slotting into Butlers Midfield position. All nerves of Paget charging out the blocks vanished within 10 minutes as AFC used the quality of the artificial surface to pass the ball around freely and Pete Williams dribbled to the right edge of the area and crossed to the back post where Ryan Seal headed back to goal, hit the under side of the bar and bounced down just over the goal line before being cleared by a defender. The linesman spotted this and the goal was awarded giving Hinckley the lead. As AFC continued to take advantage of the slick surface Reiss Wagstaff was forced to make two saves, both from Seal efforts, before the Hinckley captain doubled the lead on the half hour. Darren Michael lost possession on the edge of his own area as he intercepted a through ball and Seal took advantage by lifting the ball over the advancing Wagstaff, dropping into the net making it 0-2. Then just before half time Hinckley's domination of the first half was rewarded with a third goal, as from a corner Seal knocked the ball down to Paul Sullivan on the right edge of the goal area, who turned and fired goalwards the ball beating Wagstaff and into the goal off the far left post.

Obviously if Paget were going to get anything out of the game they would have to come out second half looking to push forward, and this they did. Haydn Whitcombe tipped round a Dean Morris long range effort, and then on 50 minutes Paget scored a life line. Darren Michael made up for his earlier mistake, as the AFC defence backed off him, he unleashed a 30 yard thunderbolt that even though Whitcombe got a hand to it, had enough power to make it's way into the net off the inside of the post. This woke AFC out of their second half slumber, and as Butler was switched back into his midfield role, began to shut down the Paget attacks. Lee Thomas saw his long range effort tipped over by Wagstaff, and Javia Roberts fired straight at the keeper as AFC sought to finish off the tie. Former Hinckley forward and non league goal machine Mark Bellingham came on for Paget with 15 minutes left, and even though he has scored over 700 goals, Whitcombe was equal to his efforts saving twice from his chances. The tie was sealed, literally, with 10 minutes remaining as Seal completed his hatrick, running onto a through ball from Pete Williams, then taking the ball around defender and keeper, coolly slotting into the empty net making it four for Hinckley, winning the game, and putting into the 3rd round for the first time ever.

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