Hinckley AFC slumped out of the Leicestershire Senior Cup as they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by an Ashby Ivanhoe side who played with the confidence of a team who’ve won five of their last six league games.
The home side went two up before Lewis Collins’ penalty gave AFC hope of a comeback – but Sam Grouse soon added another to seal Ivanhoe’s progress.
After a quiet start to the game, the home side began to get on top and Brandon Bache made a trio of fine saves before Ashby went in front just before half time. Bache fouled Will Groocock who was clean through, and Groocock got up to fire home the penalty.
Ashby doubled their lead on the hour, Groocock made good progress down the right flank and drove in a low cross that George Teeney converted.
Midway through the half, visiting fans were given hope when Collins converted a spot kick after Jeremie Agholor was tripped.
But Ivanhoe completed the scoring ten minutes from time when Grouse sprinted clear of the AFC defence before drilling home his shot to ensure Ashby head through to round three.
Ashby: Tommy Dyche, Jake Conkay, Liam Storer, Joe Neal, Will Robson, Gabe Webster, Josh Thomas, Ash Garner, Will Groocock (Sam Grouse 64), George Teeney (Trey Wilkes 84), Harry Stewart. Subs not used: Andy Hulley, Will Pickering, Macauley Holmes.
Hinckley: Brandon Bache, Matt Dawson, Jeremie Agholor, Ben Birch, Tom Weale, Ben Whitehead, Ben Newport (Adam Barber 45), Joe Cairns (Lewis Collins 60), Lewis Padmore (Isa Abraham 45), Jack Edwards, Harry Walker-Donovan. Subs not used: Luke Wilson, Chandler Pegg