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  April 2018 News
Saturday 7th
Hinckley AFC 3 - 2 Coventry Copsewood
Atletico ground out a victory against a dogged Copsewood side, goals from Josh Burniston, Kai Tonge and Luke Richards, saw the points only just go to AFC.

With both teams having played on the previous Thursday you'd expect a sluggish start, but both sides contributed to an open first half being end to end. AFC took and early lead as Steve Hart was in possession of the ball central on the edge of the area and as he was closed down by a number of defenders, he simply taped the ball sideways to Josh Burniston, completely unmarked, who took the ball into the area and slotted past former Hinckley goalkeeper Jack Hartopp from 15 yards. A long diagonal ball caught out Hinckley as Lawrence Rawlings cut inside from the right, bypassed two AFC defenders then fired at Carl O'Neill who made a good save but was powerless to stop Rawlings converting the rebound. However parity only lasted minutes when Kai Tonge was released on the right, outpaced his marker, cut inside then deftly chipped the ball over Hartopp as he came out of goal. Hart saw his effort from the edge of the area tipped around by Hartopp, then Mitchell Tomlinson fired in from distance which Hartopp easily held. With Hinckley looking comfortable and 10 minutes to half time, a switch off from the AFC defence let Copsewood back into the game. As a long ball headed towards the corner flag looking like rolling out of play, it was left by the defence, but George Whitelaw chased a lost cause, got the ball and crossed to the far post where the unmarked Andre Yerou simply had the job of blasting into goal from close range. Again the scores were only level for a short period and just before half time Tonge again went on a rampage down the right, leaving his marker behind him and crossing low to Luke Richards in the centre to beat Hartopp from yards out.

The second half was pretty much a non affair as both teams began to feel the effects of their Thursday night matches. Neither keeper had any real chances to save during the second period, and the game became scrappy as tired legs led to some poor challenges from both sides. AFC held on to their slender lead and secured the points which takes the club into fourth place in the league.

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