Coventry Alvis 1-3 Hinckley AFC

Hinckley AFC completed an unbeaten pre-season campaign after a sixth win from seven games, beating Coventry Alvis 3-1. 

AFC’s final outing before the start of the season was a low key affair played at a typical pre-season tempo and chances were at a premium in the opening 45 minutes.

But three second-half goals earned Hinckley victory, even though they were denied their first clean sheet of pre-season in stoppage time.

Hinckley had more of the play in the opening 45 minutes but neither ‘keeper was troubled in a flat half.

It took until the first minute of the second half for AFC to break the deadlock, when the home ‘keeper cleared the ball straight at Lewis Rankin on the edge of the box, who took a touch before burying into the corner.

And they doubled their lead just after the hour when youth team player Josh Kealey was sent through on goal and fired home a finish.

Josh Clews then hit the bar before Alvis had a golden chance to pull one back in the dying moments with a hotly contested penalty, substitute ‘keeper Zach Sutton diving away to his left to save.

That looked to have preserved a maiden clean sheet, especially when Preston Bitemo’s low drive added a third in the final minute of the match.

But Hinckley couldn’t hold onto their shutout as Alvis beat Sutton at the near post to pull one back in stoppage time.

Not that it mattered to the result as Hinckley take confidence into next week’s league opener against Droitwich Spa.

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