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  September 2018 News
Saturday 8th
Hinckley AFC 5 - 0 Heath Hayes
Grant Ryan netted four goals as Atletico comfortably beat Heath Hayes, recording their first home win, and the biggest win of the season so far.

Ryan returned to the team after being suspended last week, and for the first time this season both pacey wide players Nkosi Mzungwana and Matt Antcliff started, and they both proved to be the catalyst for the whole team performance. AFC put Hayes onto the back foot from the kick off, Ryan glancing an early header wide, Antcliff drilling across the face of goal, and Jean Dakouri scraping the outside of the post with his long range effort. Hinckley took the lead 20 minutes in when Ryan flicked on a goal kick into the path of Sam Belcher, beating the off side trap, and slotting past the advancing Tom Burns in the Hayes goal. A great run and cross from Mzungwana was met by Ryan who's chance went straight into the arms of Burns, before Mzungwana set up the second goal. On the half hour a tricky run down the left for Mzungwana saw him cut inside into the penalty area where he was met with a clumsy challenge from Marcus Shaw resulting in a penalty being awarded. Ryan made no mistake from the penalty spot and AFC had a 2 goal half time lead.

Within 30 seconds of the restart AFC had effectively won the game, Belcher winning the ball in midfield and playing in Ryan who held off his marker and fired past Burns scoring Hinckley's third goal. Adam Harrison had to make his first meaningful save of the game just short of the hour diving low to his left to deny Todd Sherwood after the Hayes wide man had gone on a neat run down the wing. Then just after the hour a quickfire double from Ryan, completing his hatrick in the process saw Hinckley wrap up the points. Mzungwana again ran down the left, cutting past a couple of chances and when in on goal selflessly crossed for Ryan to tap in his hatrick goal. 2 minutes later and almost exact carbon copy as Mzungwana again caused havoc on the left and setup Ryan for his fourth and Hinckley's fifth. Hayes could have collapsed at this point, but their keeper Burns decided 5 was enough as he was in outstanding form for the final half an hour. He made seven excellent saves from Antcliff, Belcher, Mzungwana, Ryan and Rich Hanslow as AFC pressed to increase their goal difference in the latter stages, but had to settle for five.

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