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  August 2018 News
Saturday 4th
Stapenhill 2 - 2 Hinckley AFC
Atletico opened the 2018-19 MFL1 season with a score draw away at League newcomers Stapenhill, Grant Ryan giving Hinckley the lead and Sam Belcher equalising in the second half.

Being a complete new side under Manager James Jepson every player, other than the manager, was making their competitive debut for AFC, and on a bone hard surface was difficult to keep a flowing game of football and create many goal chances. Hinckley took the lead just before half time when Louis Hamilton raced into the area chasing a through ball, reaching it just before Larkins did and the Stapenhill keeper took down Hamilton resulting in a penalty. Grant Ryan stepped up and sent Larkin the wrong way from the penalty spot, giving Hinckley a slim first half lead.

That lead was cancelled out within 10 minutes of the restart when a deep cross from the left wing saw Sam Grice unmarked on the back post to blast into goal despite Adam Harrison getting a hand to the ball. This lifted Stapenhill and they enjoyed a spell of pressure for the next 20 minutes culminating in an excellent goal for Richard Hanslow after the hour when he received the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area and a neat turn and shot saw him beat Harrison giving Stapenhill the lead. This stung Hinckley back into action from their second half slumber and AFC finished the brighter team, though goal chances were few. With 10 minutes remaining a lovely through ball released Sam Belcher one on one with Larkin, and the former Hinckley United midfielder coolly slotted the ball inside the post for the equaliser.

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