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  January 2018 News
Tuesday 15th
Hinckley AFC 1 - 1 Nuneaton Griff
Atletico shared a draw with a much changed Nuneaton Griff as the Heartlanders recent turn of form saw them well worthy of a point. Grant Ryan cancelled out Jacob Snape's opener.

With Griff's recent change of manager a host of new players has seen their season turn, and available for them for this match were Bedworth United's Ryan Baldwin and Ben Steane, Jacob Snape and former Aston Villa man Lee Hendrie. This saw a first half of flowing end to end football for both sides, as Sam Belcher and Chris Hollist for AFC, and Snape and Steane for Griff saw most of the play for their respective teams. Hinckley had the first chance after good work by Belcher played in Dave Jones who crossed for Luois Hamilton to fire goalwards from 15 yards, weel kept out by Griff keeper Ashley Bodycote. Yinka Adebowale had to be alert for two regulation saves from Hendrie and Charlie Morris, before Hollist ovelapping on the left crossed for Grant Ryan, only for Bodycote to smother the ball at his feet. Morris then forced Adebowale into a diving save, before the reulting corner saw Nuneaton take the lead shortly before half time. The corner was only half cleared and Snape found himself on the left just outside the area and curled a beautiful effort just over Adebowale and under the bar. The lead didn't last long though as right on the stroke of half time Hollist overlapped on the left again, putting in the cross for Ryan, and even though the ball bobbled up, he managed to get his foot over the ball and shot on the turn past Bodycote, to level the score.

After the break Hinckley had the better of the play, but struggled to provide the final blow. Belcher saw his range effort drift wide, then he played in Ryan who also placed wide. Ryan fired over from the edge of the area, before Baldwin nearly sneaked a winner on the break for Griff that was kept out by the feet of Adebowale. Hamilton fired in a free kick that Ryan couldn't keep on target, but it was Nuneaton that came closest to a winner when Kyron Green headed against the bar from a Griff breakaway. Chad Timson did well on the right firing across goal, but had nobody on hand to convert, then Hamilton chose to shoot instead of playing in Benn Minshull who was better placed, with Bodycote making a routine save.

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