Grant Ryan set Atletico on their way towards the Preliminary round of the FA Cup, but Corey Armeni
hit back for Anstey in the second half and we have to do it all over again Tuesday night.
Centre back Jason Lee and young keeper Jacob Wood were making their debuts for AFC, who came
out flying from the kick off. Atletico had the lead in the first quarter hour when a perfectly
weighted through ball from Sam Belcher released Grant Ryan to deftly chip the ball over the
advancing Joe Smith in the Anstey goal. However after the goal, AFC didn't push their advantage
and play became increasingly scrappy with few chances as the ball spent a lot of time above
the centre circle. Steve Chaplin was guilty of missing one of the rare chances before half time
when after good work by Chris Hollist down the right flank saw Chaplin in acres of space, but
somehow drag his shot wide.
After the break, Anstey came out a bit more determined and enjoyed a lot of possession with the
impressive Harry Sheffield dictating a lot of the Nomads play. Anstey equalised just before the
hour again Sheffield setting up Corey Armeni, to curl the ball around Wood in the AFC goal. Moments
later Anstey should have taken the lead when Armeni was again given the freedom of the penalty area,
but this time was clipped from behind resulting in a penalty. Ashley Day stepped up to take the
spot kick, hitting the right post and the ball rebounding across the face of goal and then cleared
away to saftey. The penalty miss sapped Nomads and play became scrappy again until the final 10
minutes when the introduction of Elie Akobeto saw Hinckley push forward, and create goal chances
but unfortunately not one good enough to win the tie, the game resulting in a third consecutive
score draw for AFC.
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