James Williams first ever hatrick in the first half set Atletico on the way to a comfortable win
over bottom club Bolehall, keeping AFC in fourth place.
WIth availability of players, the game had to be played with central defender Rich Munday in goal,
but the AFC defence did their best to keep the ball away from, mainly by keeping it in the Bolehall
third of the pitch. And it was the defence that scored all the goals in the first half, the opener
coming on 8 minutes after Luke Richards had forced Lee Paintain to tip over his shot, the corner
was played to the far post for Rich Lavery to head back across goal and Josh Willis blasted in from
close range. Unfortunately the only time in the first half the AFC goal was threatened Munday and
Mitch Tomlinson got themselves in a mix up and Joseph Kinsella took advantage rolling the ball
into an empty net. Parity was short lived as on 22 minutes Kai Tonge forced a corner on the right
and as the ball was played into the area, Swifts failed to clear and in the goal mouth scramble
James Williams forced the ball into goal. Only three minutes later and AFC extended their lead
as Williams came forward finding himself in possession of the ball on edge of area, with the Bolehall
defence backing off and he fires a shot across keeper into the far corner. Tonge continued to
make gains on the right wing and again he won a corner on 35 minutes, this time for Lavery to stoop
low to the delivery and head into goal. Minutes later Tonge again won a corner, this time played to
the far post where Steve Hart deftly chipped the ball back to Lavery who powered his header past
Paintain. James Williams completed his first hatrick 4 minutes before half time, again coming forward
and from 25 yards out tried a speculative shot, just creeping inside the post as the keeper's dive
was just out of reach. All six first half goals being score by AFC defenders.
It only took 5 minutes of the second half for AFC strikers to finally get in the game when a
cross from the left was missed by Paintain and Hart took the ball around his marker and shot into
goal. Then on the hour, Hart was provider again, this time taking the ball to the line on the
left crossing into the centre for Richards who acrobatically half volleyed the ball to score
number eight. Richards added his second 5 minutes later with the goal of the game, bursting
through from midfield Richards took the ball to the Swifts penalty area, dribbled around 3
defenders then 'dummied' the keeper slotting the ball into goal making it nine for AFC.
Bolehall had the last goal of the game scoring a consolation with 10 minutes remaining as
the AFC defence failed to clear a corner and Reece Beacon accepted the gift blasting into the
roof of the net. With only a few games left Hinckley maintain their hold on fourth place by
virtue of goal difference, expanded with this big win.
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