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  January 2017 News
 
Saturday 7th
 
Hinckley AFC 5 - 0 Berkhamsted
Luke Richards scored his 50th goal for Atletico and Lee Butler converted a superb free kick, easing the club into the last 16 of the FA Vase, with a comprehensive victory over Berkhamsted.

With Paul Sullivan injured Luke Richards returned to the starting line up, and what an impact the Hinckley favourite would have on the start of the game. In the first minute James Williams was brought down in the penalty area, but the ref ignored the claims for a penalty and awarded a corner, from which Lee Westwood then won a free kick 25 yards out. Lee Butler placed the free kick around the wall and into the top corner of the net, giving AFC the perfect start. 5 minutes later and the lead was doubled, with keeper Haydn Whitcombe starting a complete team move through midfield involving Westwood and Butler, who switched play to Javia Roberts on the left, playing in the overlapping Lee Thomas, who took the ball to the byline then cut it back into the goal area where Richards ran in and blasted it into the roof of the net. Unbelievably come 10 minutes on the clock and Hinckley would be 3-0 ahead, as Seal played in Richards through the left channel he powered past his marker, slipped the ball past Tasker in the Berko goal, and slotted the ball into the net from a tight angle. Hinckley continued to dominate the game as Berko appeared shell shocked, Ryan Paddock headed over from a corner, Jamal Clarke was unlucky with an overhead kick, Seal hit the base of the post before he also put another effort just wide, and Butler saw his second free kick tipped away by Tasker, keeping the score down to 3-0 at half time.

The second half continued where the first ended, just 2 minutes in and Richards ran down the right channel playing in Seal who's first time shot was parried by Tusker, but only as far as Roberts at the far post who tapped the ball into the unguarded net making it four. On the hour the game and the tie were sealed, this time with Seal finally getting on the score sheet as Tasker missed a clearance kick and Seal controlled the ball and placed it past the covering defender on the line. It was only in the last half hour with the game over that Berkhamsted showed any fight. Ashton Campbell and Ikem Odeh both put efforts wide and Whitcombe had to be alert when Paddock diverted a free kick goalwards, before Brad O’Donovan had a chance for a consolation but pulled his effort wide when well placed. Hinckley held out for an emphatic win continuing their record breaking FA Vase run into the last 16 of the competition.

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