Atletico's aim for a top four finish took a major knock as Atherstone convincingly won the
A5 Classico with the help of a Mitch Thomson hatrick.
Both sides started without their top scorers as Alex Naughton was on the bench for Adders
and Steve Hart was out injured for AFC. Hinckley thought they'd opened the scoring early
on when Luke Richards headed in James Jepson's free kick, but the goal was ruled out for a
debatable offside flag. It was then Atherstone that did open the scoring on the quarter hour
when Carl O'Neil miss-kicked a clearance straight to feet of Mitch Thomson on edge of area,
who controlled and fired past the desperate dive of the keeper. Adders doubled their lead on
the half hour when Luke Shorthouse played a one two with Thomson as the AFC defense stepped
up and even though it appeared to be offside the flag stayed down and Thomson slotted the ball
into goal giving Atherstone a healthy half time lead.
That lead became very comfortable 5 minutes into the second half when Thomson completed his
hatrick bundling the ball into the roof of the net from a right side cross despite O'Neill
getting a touch. AFC did get back into the game on the hour after Kai Tonge sent in a cross
and Luke Richards converted in the goal mouth scramble, however following the goal as Richards
went to retrieve the ball he got into a tussle with James Beeson where both were guilty of being
physical though it was only Richards that the referee showed a red card to. Down to 10 men and
struggling to get back into the game it was no surprise when Adders caught AFC on the break with
10 mins remaining as Shorthouse was on edge of area and tried to lift the ball over O'Neill,
but it took a massive deflection off Williams and past keeper into goal. A win which sees
Atherstone jump above Hinckley into the top 3.
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