Atletico's winning streak finally came to an end as a second half come back from Uttoxeter
saw a James Curley hatrick, including a 'worldy' from the half way line, win the game for Town.
AFC made only one change with the incoming Josh Willis replacing Rich Munday who was absent
after the birth of his child, and had a great start scoring the opening goal in the 7th minute.
Kai Tonge was brought down as he went past his man near the right corner flag, and James Jepson
played the free kick to the far post where Rich Lavery was running in to power his header past
the keeper. As Uttoxeter looked to get back in the game it developed into a bit of a midfield
stalemate and was very stop start as the referee was being particular fussy stopping the game
from flowing. Carl O'Neill was forced to make a good diving save on the half hour, but as the
match approached half time AFC forced a series of corners. As Town struggled to clear their lines
Tonge received the ball wide right and fired in a cross that the keeper could only parry away,
the ball falling at the feet of Luke Richards who controlled first then blasted into goal.
Uttoxeter switched tactics for the second half deciding to use the pace of both their forwards
instead of their midfield, which resulted in immediate dividends in the first 10 minutes as James
Curley broke away to a long through ball and O'Neill was judged to have brought him down in the
area resulting in a penalty, which Curley stepped up himself to take the spot kick and placed it into
the corner of the net. And then just after the hour mark Uttoxeter were level thanks to a superb goal
from Curley, though from an AFC point of view was very disappointing to concede in the manor they
did. Josh Burniston was through on the edge of the area when he was cynically brought down, and
with the offender already on a yellow card a red was expected. However the referee decided on no
action and as the free kick was easily gathered by the keeper, he played the ball out quickly which
was moved forward to Curley just inside his own half with much of the AFC team forward for the free
kick, Curley spotted O'Neill off his line and superbly weighted a long range effort, which dropped
beautifully over O'Neill and just inside the post to equalise the scores. Curley completed his one
man turn around with 10 minutes left, completing his hatrick, again from the penalty spot, as he
raced through on goal Mitchell Tomlinson mis-timed his tackle and brought him down resulting in
the second penalty of the night. Again Curley gave O'Neill no chance from the spot and Uttoxeter
had the lead for the first time on the night. AFC spent the last 10 minutes virtually camped in
the last third throwing everything forward but a combination of defending in numbers and wayward
finishing meant Town held on for the points.
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