Five star AFC hit ground run­ning in new era

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

HINCK­LEY AFC’s new era started in fine style as Dean Thomas led his side to a 5-0 win over Chelm­s­ley Town at Pack Meadow.

Nearly five years to the day af­ter re­sign­ing as man­ager of Hinck­ley United, Thomas re­turned to the dugout to take in­terim charge of AFC af­ter Carl Ab­bott’s de­par­ture in the week. And his reign started with a bang.

Steve Hart’s brace was sup­ported by goals from Lee But­ler, Richard Mun­day and Isaac Cooper as AFC ce­mented their place as the league’s lead­ing scor­ers writes Liam Gibbs.

Tues­day marked five years since the end of Thomas’ reign at United, but within min­utes he was bark­ing or­ders from his tech­ni­cal area like he hadn’t been away and it worked, his side tak­ing the lead within ten min­utes.

Hart was brought down on the edge of the box, and But­ler bent the re­sult­ing 20-yard free kick into the bot­tom corner.

Two min­utes later, the club cap­tain turned from scorer to provider, ping­ing in a corner which Mun­day at­tacked and pow­er­fully headed home from six yards.

Hinck­ley continued to move the ball well but chances were few and far between.

Chelm­s­ley were re­stricted to spec­u­la­tive ef­forts and nine min­utes be­fore the break Hinck­ley ex­tended their lead.

Mar­cus Jack­son re­cy­cled a cross, and de­liv­ered for Mitchell Tom­lin­son to knock down as Hart took one touch on his chest be­fore fir­ing past home ‘keeper James Kelly.

Tom­lin­son, Mun­day and Richard Lav­ery all went close as Hinck­ley sought a fourth, which came less than 30 sec­onds af­ter the break.

Kyle Minto was set free down the right and got to the by­line be­fore pulling back for Cooper, in acres of space, to pick his spot and find the bot­tom corner.

The cheers had barely died down when Hart’s stun­ner had the sup­port­ers up again, a fierce strike lashed home from the corner of the box via the in­side of the post made it five.

With the re­sult be­yond doubt, Hinck­ley were re­laxed in their play and still moved the ball well, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the 3G sur­face.

Minto missed a pair of chances to net his first goal for the club, and But­ler curled wide from 20 yards.

Chelm­s­ley continued to bat­tle in their search for a goal and had chances but Haydn Whit­comeb pre­served his clean sheet as the game me­an­dered to­wards a com­fort­able three points for the vis­i­tors.

Hinck­ley AFC be­gan the post Ab­bott era in style with a 5-0 win against Chelm­s­ley Town. Pic­ture by Ge­or­gia Py­att

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