Hinckley AFC 5-2 Rugby Borough

Hinckley AFC made it five wins from six pre-season games after beating step-five Rugby Borough 5-2 at Kirkby Road.

An entertaining friendly throughout saw both sides playing attractive football, with a host of good goals across the 90 minutes.

In contrast, the opener was pretty route one – Adam Barber’s pinpoint long free-kick finding the head of Matt Dawson, who guided his effort into the corner.

Chances continued to come – Rugby lofting an effort wide while Josh Clews and Jack Edwards both came close for Hinckley.

But Hinckley did grab a second when Mitchell Piggon’s stooping header converted Jack Edwards’ cross just before the break.

Rugby hit back after the interval with a fine finish from the edge of the box after Hinckley’s missed clearance, before Ky Green restored Hinckley’s two-goal lead with a header from Jordan Holmes’ corner.

Still the visitors refused to lie down and scored the team goal of the game shortly afterwards, a flowing back-to-front passing move ending with a composed one-on-one finish.

Piggon then added his second to make it 4-2 with a drilled effort from the edge of the box, before Harry Walker-Donovan finished from Lewis Rankin’s pass with the last kick of the game to make it five.

It completed Hinckley’s fifth win from six, including three matches against higher level opposition, with 11 different goalscorers in pre-season so far ahead of the final match against Coventry Alvis on Saturday.

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