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  January 2017 News
 
Saturday 14th
 
Hinckley AFC 1 - 2 Bromsgrove Sporting
Atletico ended their 5 match winning run after losing to champions elect Bromsgrove Sporting in this top of the table clash at Stade de St John.

With Paul Sullivan still injured and Sam Agar still unavailable, the forward partnership of Javia Roberts and Luke Richards carried on. The only change to the team from the Vase win was Sean Williams brought into midfield for Andy Westwood. The match however was not the greatest, on a very sticky pitch flowing football was at a premium, and Bromsgrove adapted to the conditions quicker and better than Hinckley. Sporting got off to a great start taking the lead in the second minute, as Haydn Whitcombe jumped to catch a long ball into the area, he appeared to be impeded and the ball dropped to the floor at the feet of Jason Cowley who bundled the ball into the net from close range. Hinckley kept a lot of possession after this, but couldn't create real goal chances whilst Bromsgrove were happy to hit to the corner trying to catch AFC on the break, which ultimately worked much better for them. Reece Hewitt pulled a shot across goal, Rob Bunn struck wide with his effort, before Bunn again forced Whitcombe into a good save. For AFC Darryl Thomas overlapping on the left had the better of Aaron Roberts most of the half, but time and again his crosses were wasted. Just before half time Roberts went on a solo run beating 3 defenders but his shot was tipped around the post by Jon Brown in the Sporting goal.

After the break, again Hinckley had a lot of possession as Bromsgrove began to sit deeper but again struggled to create many chances. The task became more difficult on the hour when striker Luke Richards was scythed down from behind by Luke Edwards, for which the player only received a yellow card, though Richards was helped off the pitch unable to walk. Sporting took advantage of the change and a fine individual goal from Hewitt doubled their lead, as he skipped a couple of challenges dribbling to the edge of the area and fired into the top corner from 20 yards out. Undeterred AC stuck at the task and pulled a goal back immediately as Darious Darkin was allowed space 25 yards out and he fired a shot through the crowded area which deflected past Brown. As Hinckley chased the equaliser the game opened up with both sides wasting chances. Roberts forced Brown into a diving save tipping his chip over the bar and Ahmed Ali blazed over when well placed in the area. In the dying moments of the game Lee Butler stepped up to take a free kick and the ball curled just the wrong side of the post, meaning Sporting finished with the 3 points.

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