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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