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Hinckley AFC
J March (62', 73')
Full time
F Francis (87')
Mon 15 May 19:30 - Cup Attendance 628

Make mine a DOUBLE please

Church completed a League and Cup Double after beating Hinckley AFC 2-1, curtesy of a Josh March brace

Church added the Polymac Packaging League Cup to the Midland Football League Premier League title after a thrilling 2-1 win against a very good Hinckley AFC.
Church though they had taken the lead in the 13' when a ball from Ashmore was headed goalbound by March only for Haydn Whitcombe to save brilliantly for a corner.
A minute late Willets headed over the bar from a cross.
After 25' the tricky Javia Roberts ran at the Church defence before firing just wide.
A minute later it was the impressive Paul Sullivan who ran at the Church defenders before his shot was saved by the legs of Price.
In the 29' March hit the post following a cross, but was adjudged offside.
In the 32' a good break down the right saw the ball cut back, only for the shot to be saved once again by Price.
In the 35' Sullivan got behind the Church defence and shot across the face of goal.
In the 36' Church had a strong penalty appeal turned down after Dubidat appeared to be charged off the ball in the box but the referee waved play on.
In the 40' Deards and Ashmore linked well before Bellis shot was deflected over bar for a Church corner. The ball was played back then to Ashmore who found Cresswell, who's shot was again saved well by Whitcombe for another corner.

A slow start to the second half saw the first chance go Hinckleys way when a free kick by Lee Butler went just over the bar.
Church took the lead however in the 62' when Josh March headed home a cross to make it 1-0.
In the 63' Dubidat shot across the goal. Church then made a change bringing on Wardle for Deards.
In the 65' Sullivan shot was saved by Price for a corner.
In the 69' Butler was booked for pulling back March as he tried to get away.
In the 70' Sauane replaced Cresswell and Darkin replaced Degville-Cross.
Church made it 2-0 in the 73' when a free kick was not cleared and Josh March pounced to score his 34th of the season.
March was then booked for a foul on Sullivan.
Church should have wrapped the game up in the 77' when somehow the ball stayed out after a chance at the near post.
Winwood came on for March after 82'
Hinckley nearly got themselves back in the game after 85' when a cross from the left found Roberts at the far post, but he missed a great chance to score.
They did however score in the 87' when another cross from the left was prodded home by Francino Francis to set up a nervous last few minutes for Church.
But held out they did and with 4 minutes injury time played the final whistle saw Church complete the league and cup double with a final score of 2-1.

Church now go for the treble when they take on Wednesfield at Molineux in the J.W. Hunt Cup Final on Tuesday 23 May ko 7.30.
Tickets can be be purchased from Steve Denny £4 with all proceeds going to the J.W. Hunt Cup Charity for the blind.

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Key moments

Goal Josh March scores for Alvechurch
Goal Josh March scores for Alvechurch
Goal Francino Francis scores for Hinckley AFC


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87:00 Goal 2 - 1
Francino Francis scores for Hinckley AFC
82:00 Sub On
Ryan Winwood is substituted on for Alvechurch
82:00 Sub Off
Josh March is substituted off for Alvechurch
76:00 Yellow Card
Josh March is yellow carded for Alvechurch
73:00 Goal 2 - 0
Josh March scores for Alvechurch
70:00 Sub On
Babucar Sauane is substituted on for Alvechurch
70:00 Sub Off
Jack Cresswell is substituted off for Alvechurch
69:00 Yellow Card
Lee Butler is yellow carded for Hinckley AFC
63:00 Sub On
Michael Wardle is substituted on for Alvechurch
63:00 Sub Off
Connor Deards is substituted off for Alvechurch
62:00 Goal 1 - 0
Josh March scores for Alvechurch
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Alvechurch
  • Hinckley AFC
  • 0
  • Josh March Goal 62:00'
  • Michael Wardle Sub On 63:00'
  • Connor Deards Sub Off 63:00'
  • Lee Butler Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Babucar Sauane Sub On 70:00'
  • Jack Cresswell Sub Off 70:00'
  • Josh March Goal 73:00'
  • Josh March Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Ryan Winwood Sub On 82:00'
  • Josh March Sub Off 82:00'
  • Francino Francis Goal 87:00'

Team selection

Hinckley AFC
  • 1. Haydn Whitcombe
  • 2. Chad Degville-Cross
  • 3. Lee Thomas
  • 4. James Williams
  • 5. Francino Francis
  • 6. Andrew Westwood
  • 7. Lee Butler
  • 8. Ryan Seal
  • 9. Javia Roberts
  • 10. Paul Sullivan
  • 11. Sean Williams
  • 12. Darious Darkin
  • 13. N/A N/A
  • 14. Isaac Cooper
  • 15. Lewis Riley
  • 16. Tom McCrystal
  • 17. Leadun Dunlevy


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