Racing Club Warwick 1-6 Hinckley AFC

Four goals in 11 first half minutes set Hinckley AFC on the way to their first win of pre-season with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Racing Club Warwick.

Courtney Belford’s side were four goals up at half time despite playing higher level opposition at Townsend Meadow, after a clinical opening 45 minutes.

Chris Lloyd scored twice, Jack Edwards and Ben Ashby once each as AFC romped into the break ahead.

And Luke Richards added to the win with a second half brace – the only blot on the Hinckley copybook a late consolation for the hosts which denied the visitors a clean sheet.

Hinckley could even have been ahead before they took a 29th minute lead – Richards had the ball in the net but was flagged offside – before they broke the deadlock as Lloyd steered home Callum Witherington’s headed interception of a loose clearance.

Three minutes later it was two, Edwards’ cross drifting over the home ‘keeper, and straight from kick off AFC won the ball back and Lloyd lobbed home for a third goal in five minutes as Hinckley were rampant.

Four minutes before the break, Richards’ driving run down the left ended with a cross into the box where Ashby fired home a fourth goal from 12 yards.

Richards almost added a fifth before the break but saw his header saved.

He wasn’t to be denied after the break though, a quick counter attack ending with the striker burying a one-on-one to make it five.

In truth, Richards could have had at least a hat-trick but he was denied by a smart point-blank save – before bagging his second by expertly finishing off a fine passing move.

The home side netted a consolation late on, but it didn’t dampen AFC’s spirits as they recorded a first win of pre-season.

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