Atletico ended the year on a high winning a fourth consecutive match, beating landlords Heather,
goals coming from James Williams, a super free kick from Lee Butler, and rounded off by Javia Roberts.
In an even first half, both sides saw a lot of possession but didn't create much goal chances. Haydn
Whitcombe was alert to Luke Pinnock's long range strike and for AFC Paul Sullivan clipped the
top of the cross bar from 30 yards out. Hinckley took the lead on 25 minutes from a corner, that Mark
Williams flicked on at the near post, then as Heather failed to clear James Williams blasted into
the roof of the net. AFC soon had the chance to double the lead as Sullivan was bundled over
in the box and Ryan Seal stepped up to take the penalty, however Ben Allsop in the Heather goal
made a great save to keep the score down to 0-1 at half time.
Sullivan was substituted for Luke Richards at half time due to an injury, but it was Whitcombe
that saw the first action of the second half. Shane Smith broke forward for Heather and laid the
ball back for Eddie Wilson to fire goalwards, but was denied by a super reaction save from Whitcombe.
Seals then thought he had made up for the penalty miss when he put the ball in the Heather net but
only to see the goal ruled out for offside. AFC did double the lead on the hour from a free kick
just outside the D, that Lee Butler took responsibility for, and placed perfectly in the top right
corner giving Allsop no chance. The home side were dealt a cruel blow not long after when Callum Rudd
handled a through ball to Seal, but it was the defenders second yellow card offense and the
ref had no choice but to send him off. Then with 10 minutes remaining the points were all but sealed
as a Seal cross to Javia Roberts at the back post was bundled over the line at the second attempt
making it 0-3 to AFC. Heather scored a consolation goal in the last moments when Mitchell Woodbine
fired neatly across Whitcombe into the bottom corner from 15 yards out, but AFC held on to finish
the year sitting in third place in the league table.
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