In a game that the visitors dominated, the referee took centre stage as Manchester Central moved one step closer to promotion.
Central consolidated their position in the table with a 1-1 draw at home with Elton Vale, extending the gap between 2nd and 3rd place to three points.
The home side were lucky to go ahead when the referee failed to spot Marcello Ahrin who scored from a clear offside position with a cool finish past the Vale keeper.
Elton Vale should’ve got more from a game they dominated but had to settle for the draw after Kelvin Trippise headed in an equaliser in the dying minutes of the match.
Central started the better of the two teams with a flurry of early chances in the first five minutes but Vale slowly became more dominant as the game went on.
The goal came following a poor refereeing decision when Ahrin was not called offside after midfielder Cory Knight sent the ball over the Vale defence into the strikers path.
Vale started the better of the two teams after half time, buoyed on by Central’s earlier goal.
Central captain Cyril Davies denied Vale an equaliser early in the half with a goal line clearance in the 49th minute.
One of Central’s only chances in the second half was wasted when Ahrin blasted the ball wide six minutes later.
Jordan Hadlow made a fantastic double save 10 minutes before time to keep the score and 1-0 after a goal mouth scramble.
Despite Central’s defensive efforts throughout the half, the away side scored the equaliser following a laps in concentration after a corner in the final minute of the game was headed in by Trippise.
Manchester Central will now look toward to next Saturdays’ Murray Trophy group C game against Hindley Juniors.