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  December 2017 News
 
Saturday 9th
 
Nuneaton Griff 1 - 2 Hinckley AFC
Hart break for Heartlanders as a last minute goal for Steve Hart maintained Atletico's winning streak stretching it to 7 games, which was harsh on Griff who had battled throughout and deserved a point.

The game had survived a morning pitch inspection but the turf was still heavy by kick off, dictating a scrappy game, as Griff set about a game plan to upset the odds. With AFC starting new singing Harry Harris in midfield, he rarely got a chance to get in the game as Griff started much the better. George Brindley saw an early effort blocked and then the resulting corner was scrambled away by the AFC defence, after the ball being blocked on the goal line. Griff took the lead on the quarter hour, but wasn't without controversy. Bekir Halil had been running through on goal and was fouled just inside the area, for which the ref decided it wasn't in the area but just outside. The resulting free kick was easily dealt with by Carl O’Neill and he quickly got the ball down the other end for Jack Colley to run on to score when one on one with Ty Belford. Griff kept the pressure on and Belford had to be on hand to deny Lewis Cummins. It really should have been two for Griff when Cummins found Colley with a cross, but he somehow snatched his shot and ballooned over the bar from close range. AFC struggled to create chances, and the first real effort on goal came from Luke Richards just before half time that was comfortably saved.

Hinckley were level within minutes of the second half starting, Steve Hart played in Richards through the left channel and he used his strength to get past Frazer Mullis and slot past O'Neill. A pattern of play followed with Hinckley having a lot of possession and Griff defending in a disciplined way restricting AFC goal chances. Hinckley were reduced to trying long range efforts and O'Neill had little to do as the game looked to be heading towards a draw. As the match moved into injury time, a long hopeful ball up to Hart saw him in around the back of the Griff defence and from a tight angle lifted the ball over O'Neill dropping into the back of the net stealing a win for Hinckley, when Griff had really done enough in the match to earn a draw.

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