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  September 2018 News
Saturday 29th
Littleton 0 - 2 Hinckley AFC
Atletico got back to winning ways against basement club Littleton with 2 late goals, but made it hard work having to play an hour with 10 men after keeper Adam Harrison was sent off.

New signing Cameron Gilchrist was making his debut in central defence and player manager James Jepson brought himself back into the starting line up. And as usual games between Hinckley and Littleton are rarely pretty, with this being no exception. The closest either side got on target early on was hitting the woodwork. Grant Ryan flicked on a header from a Tom Maddison cross that grazed the top of the bar, then Ryan Reeves for Littleton fired an effort against the AFC bar when it seemed easier to score, before Ryan again fired goalwards hitting the base of the right post. The game's major talking point came on the half hour when Sam Beddoes was released through the middle and Adam Harrison raced out of his goal, Beddoes getting to the ball just before him and the Hinckley keeper brought down the player outside the area. The referee rightly blew for the foul then allowed the AFC keeper to set up his defencive wall, before deciding that even though the ball was going away from the goal, it was a goal scoring opportunity and showing Harrison a red card. George Warren the Under 18s keeper came on for his first team debut, with Sam Belcher unfortunately being sacrificed as a substitution. However the young keeper was rarely tested and made a couple of regulations saves before half time.

The second half was a pretty much non event until the closing stages. AFC having one fewer player in the midfield were struggling to keep possession and Littleton didn't really do anything with the possession they did have. With the game in the final minute Jordan Wilson danced around the Littleton defence and won a free kick on the edge of the area that Jepson took responsibility for, with the ball clipping the top of the wall and sailing into the top right corner of the goal. Then immediately from the kick off, Wilson found himself played into the left corner but instead of playing for time, he saw an opportunity and took the ball into the area, dribbling around four challenges and squared the ball to Ryan in the goal area to simply tap into goal sealing the points.

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