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  September 2017 News
 
Saturday 30th
 
Hinckley AFC 6 - 4 Brocton
Six goals for Atletico were just enough to seal the points against Brocton, though worryingly another unconvincing second half performance letting in 3 goals.

In an entertainment packed game only enjoyed by neutrals, AFC should've wrapped the game up by half time, but were pegged back in the second half by Brocton, and only made absolute certain of the points with an injury goal. Steve Hart and George Bowerman both created early chances but it was Brocton that took the lead on 10 minutes when Joe Hartshorne took advantage of a static defence to head home a deflected cross. A further 10 minutes and AFC had turned the game on it's head scoring three quick goals. First, a superb strike from Sean Williams getting the ball on the right edge of the area and firing into the top corner, second, Hart saw his shot parried by Adam Jenkins but only as far as Bowerman, who tapped in the rebound, and then third, the best goal of the game from Bowerman as Lee Butler chased a ball to the byline, and crossed back in to Bowerman who side foot volleyed past Jenkins from 10 yards out. Bowerman's clever chip for his hatrick goal followed but fell agonisingly over the bar onto the roof of the net. Brocton looked to hit back and Paul McMahon thought he'd scored it, only that the ref had blown for handball a long time before he got his shot off. The same player then saw his effort blocked on the Hinckley goal line, before he fired the rebound back in only to see Isaac Cooper somehow get back and clear off the line a second time. Then just before half time Hart scored his second when played free of the Badgers defence and a neat shot from the edge of the area was out of the reach of Jenkins giving AFC a half time 4-1 lead.

AFC should've come out for the second half full of confidence looking to kill off the game, but instead Brocton had the Hinckley defence on the back foot for some time, but without troubling Haydn Whitcombe. It was no surprise when Brocton scored their second after an hour, but it took a superb free kick to do so, when Hartshorne on the right of the area lifted his set piece up over the right of the defencive wall and curled in off the right post. In the last 10 minutes AFC looked to have comfortably won the game when Hart scored his second of the game and Hinckley's fifth, however a crazy last 5 minutes saw Brocton nearly snatch a draw as the AFC defence switched off. Hartshorne played an inch perfect cross field pass to Jamie Evans who ghosted in past the AFC back line and headed Brocton's third goal. Minutes later Hartshorne did it again, this time for Shaan Stuart to slot home at the back post. Incredibly going into the last minute the score was now 5-4 to Hinckley and AFC holding on for the final whistle. All nerves were settled in injury time as second half substitute Ryan Baldwin scored an excellent solo goal, dribbling past a number of Brocton players before going one on one with Jenkins coolly finishing from 8 yards.

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