PREVIEW: Manchester Central vs Chadderton Reserves

Manchester Central host Chadderton Reserves in the Murray Trophy Quarter Final at Ten Acres Lane this Saturday (KO 15:00).

Central’s young squad will be looking to take their league form, that has seen them win their last three Division One games, into the Murray Trophy, a competition they reached the final in last season.

Chadderton are also in good form going into Saturday’s tie, winning their last five games in all competitions, racking up 24 goals in the process.

Paul McGuire’s men will be full of confidence going into the competition, as they have also racked up the goals scoring 18 goals in their last three, with the recent addition of winger Lamin Baldeh proving vital the team’s newfound freedom in the attacking third, especially in their recent 9-2 victory over Hollinwood.

Kaine Martin during the Murray Trophy group stage game against Chadderton Reserves this season

“It was emphatic wasn’t it?” said McGuire after the Hollinwood game. “I think I lost count. Look, it was great, it should’ve been a lot more goals, and there shouldn’t have been two goals [conceded].

“I’m not happy with that and I had a go at them, because it’s sloppy. You’ve got to keep going all the time, that scoreline could’ve been 15-0.”

Chadderton Reserves will be looking towards Ashley Ainsworth for inspiration at Ten Acres Lane as the forward has netted four goals in his last two appearances.

Cory Knight will be the danger man for the home side, with the FETA graduate sitting at the top of the Manchester Football League scoring charts with 19 goals.

“Chadderton are decent, we’ve always had some good challenging games with them, it’s always a close match” McGuire said.

“We loved the cup run last season, we got to the final and it was great, we’re just trying to go one better and win it this year.”

The two teams last faced each-other back in November where they played out a scoreless draw at Ten Acres Lane in the league.

Saturday’s game will surely see more goals than November’s league meeting, with both sides in scoring form and with plenty to play for, it won’t be one to miss.

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