Hinckley AFC 3-2 Coventry Sphinx

Two goals in the final ten minutes gave Hinckley AFC a second pre-season win over higher level opposition in a 3-2 win over Coventry Sphinx.

In what was a captivating game throughout, Hinckley went ahead early through Luke Richards only to find themselves behind at the break after strikes from Colin Smith and Ashanti Pryce.

But Hinckley finished strongly and after Luke Edwards stabbed home an equaliser, Chris Lloyd smashed home a winner two minutes from time to earn Hinckley an impressive win.

Just five minutes had been played by the time Hinckley took the lead. Lloyd and Richards combined well, the latter feeding the former through on goal and Richards finished well inside the far post.

By that time though, Hinckley had already been forced into a change after a painful looking injury to Ky Green, who landed awkwardly on his knee after challenging for a header.

But Sphinx hit back, and when Smith was left in space as they broke forward, Pryce found him and the forward took a touch before burying clinically.

It was an end to end game and both sides had good chances around the half hour. First, a fine Hinckley move involving Richards ended with Danny Harris forcing a fine double save from ex-AFC goalkeeper Tom Cross.

Shortly after, at the other end Billy Spink made a magnificent stop of his own, turning Smith’s wickedly deflected shot onto the post.

But the visitors shaded the half and took the lead as it ended, Pryce taking advantage of a mix-up in the Hinckley backline to round Spink and walk the ball into the net.

Sphinx started the second half in the ascendancy too, Pryce twice linking up with left back Danny Fraser but failing to convert either of two crosses in quick succession.

Spink then made a good save from Smith before Hinckley took their turn to have control on the game as it entered its final quarter.

They felt they should have had a penalty for handball when Lloyd’s fierce drive was blocked on the line by a flying body, and then Lewis Commins had the ball in the net but was denied by the assistant’s flag.

But when Commins went close again soon after, denied by Cross from Tom Weale’s free kick, Edwards was on hand to stab home the rebound and level.

Not content with that, Hinckley sought a winning goal and after Ryan Ball struck just over, they found it when Lloyd twisted his way past his man on the edge of the box and fired home the winner.

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