Manchester Central are looking to continue their eight game unbeaten run in the league when they host Leigh Athletic at Ten Acres Lane this Saturday (KO 15:00).
Central now find themselves having not lost in ten in all competitions, including the aforementioned run of eight games unbeaten in the league. That sees them sit in 2nd place in the league with 29 points after 15 games, while visitors Leigh sit in 6th position with 19 points from 11 games.
Central’s last match saw a remarkable turnaround in the Murray Trophy quarter finals against Chadderton Reserves, a real show of “attitude and character” as manager Paul McGuire described it.
Central went from finding themselves 2-0 down at half time, after a poor first half performance, to netting an injury time equaliser and then winning on penalties. Goalkeeper Jordan Hadlow earned man of the match after saving two penalties and scoring one to turn around the penalty shootout for Central after an early miss.
It was Hadlow’s second man of the match performance in Central’s last three matches, after the shot-stopper also claimed the plaudits following Central’s 2-0 win over Atherton Town at the end of January.
Central have also been in a rich vein of goalscoring form in the league recently, managing two unanswered strikes against Atherton and then netting a remarkable nine goals in their last league outing, against Hollinwood.
Leigh, by contrast, have struggled for form recently, losing their last two league matches to Pennington and Chadderton Reserves respectively, as well as a Murray Trophy cup match against Chapel Town.
The visitors to Ten Acres have also conceded eight goals in their last two matches, offering just two in reply.
Prior to their recent dip in form, though, Leigh had been on a strong league run, winning three matches in a row – the first of which was their 1-0 win over Central in the reverse fixture.
Adam Jones’ only goal of the season in the 51st minute gave the visitors the win in that fixture, though with Central’s form having skyrocketed since then the match at Ten Acres this weekend will likely be a very different affair.
Joshua Brennan leads the way in goals for Leigh with 14 this season, still some way off Central’s top scorer Cory Knight and his 19-goal haul this season.