Atletico had a second half no show, for the second week running, letting in 3 goals without reply, as Ilson
smashed four, with Lee Butler getting AFC level at half time.
The first half was very open with end to end football, without either team creating many chances, but
it was Ilson who scored on the quarter hour with their first chance. A long ball down field bounced
high and as Haydn Whitcombe came out of goal to meet it, Alex Marshall got there first and headed
it over the AFC keeper into the net. Then followed a spell of pressure for Ilkeston, without
adding to their goals tally. Hinckley equalised 7 minutes before half time when George Bowerman was
brought down on the edge of the area, and Lee Butler took a perfect free kick leaving Ian Deakin
rooted to the spot as the ball flew into the top corner. AFc finished the half in the ascendency
and one last chance for Bowerman as his chip went over Deakin, but landed on the top of the net,
leaving the scores level at half time.
The match turned early in the second half thanks to a superb goal form former Notts County player
Montel Gibson. As the ball was played across field Gibson with his back to goal, chested the ball
then flicked it over himself and James Williams, quickly turning and leaving himself one on one
with Whitcombe placing the ball wide of the AFC keeper into goal. This lifted Ilson and AFC never
really got back into the match after this. Gibson added to his goals 10 minutes later being played
in by Marshall and slotting under Whitcombe. Then former Hinckley United keeper Deakin made an
absolute superb save to deny Bowerman saving his header at point blank range as Hinckley looked
to get back in the game. The game was wrapped up in the final minute by Marshall as he ran onto
a defence splitting long ball and scored when one on one with Whitcombe.
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