2019 got off to the perfect start for Atletico with a win over Stapenhill, and a clean sheet
on debut for keeper Yinka Adebowale.
The goalkeeper signed midweek from Newark Flowserve started his first game, giving young keeper
George Warren a much needed rest, and in the first 30 minutes made sure AFC kept a clean sheet.
Hinckley started brighter with good movement going forward looking constantly to overlap on
the left as Chris Hollist enjoyed his freedom, linking well with Sam Belcher in midfield.
Tom Cox had to be alert to save at the feet of Ryan Murphy, before Tyrone Burton saw his effort
saved on the line by Cox. Louis Hamilton saw his shot come off the legs of Cox and Belcher curled a
long range effort just over the bar. Stapenhill's plan was to catch AFC on the break and succeeded
a number of times, though were rescued by Adebowale with 3 good saves, thwarting James Disney,
George Teeney and Charlie Rumin. Hinckley shored up the defence towards the middle of the first
half and though never quite comfortable, were not really threatened that much for the rest of
the game. Once Alando Lewis had given Hinckley the lead late on in the first half with his
debut goal for the club, Stapenhill didn't really have a plan B, other than some agricultural
tackling. The goal came after great work by Sam Belcher running from centre circle to wide
right of the area, crossing low to Lewis in the centre with Steve Dennahy dithering in front
of him the AFC striker 'nutmegged' the Swans defender wrong footing Cox in the Stapenhill goal.
As if to show how the lead wasn't that comfortable, AFC were 'let off' at the start of the second
half as Disney chanced a shot on the turn and the goal post came to the rescue. Hollist was a
thorn in the Stapenhill side all afternoon and he did well on the left to beat two men and cross
low though nobody was on hand to convert, but just after the hour the same move produced Hinckley's
second goal. Hollist getting to the goal line going around two defenders, cutting into the area
then crossing to the back post for Dave Jones to force into goal despite Cox getting his body
behind the effort. Rumin would be considered very lucky to have stayed on the pitch after his
scything tackle on Belcher only saw him yellow carded, but the Hinckley midfielder nearly made
him pay more with his free kick, though was superbly saved by Cox diving full length and AFC
settled for the 3 points and the clean sheet.
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