MATCH PREVIEW: Altrincham Hale VS Manchester Central

Lamin Baldeh

Manchester Central are looking to get to the final of the Murray Trophy for the second successive season this Saturday as they face Altrincham Hale at Blessed Thomas Hartford School (KO 14:00).

Central have now not lost since 11 November in all competitions a run that stretches back 11 games. In that time Central have scored 45 whilst only conceding ten goals.

Centrals last match three weeks ago saw them cruise to a very comfortable 8-0 victory over Leigh Athletic with Lamin Baldeh scoring five of the goals.

It was Baldeh’s seventh goal in three matches which makes him the danger man for Central with Lamin hoping to add to his impressive scoring record.

In Central’s last cup outing it took penalties to see off a very strong Chadderton Reserves team after battling back from 0-2 down at half time to level the score in the 94th minute.

Lamin Baldeh
Lamin Baldeh in action against Chadderton Reserves

Central will be boosted with the return of captain Tom Greenfield after injury and also the returning Josh Frith. Frith was Centrals second top goalscorer last year although he didnt play after January as he moved to Australia. Central will be hoping he can rediscover this scoring form for the run in of this season.

Ahead of the match manager McGuire said ” Altrincham Hale are a good team I dont understand what made them go down last season. They have had a good season in their league. They’re  not used to loosing and they are at home so it will be a good game”

Altrincham have been having a fantastic season themselves sitting second in their league having only lost two games all season. They have been on a seven game unbeaten run not losing since 4 November.

Hale have had an impressive record against playing teams in higher leagues this season having already seen off both Elton Vale (2-1) and Pennington (3-1) earlier on in the competition.

Last time Central faced Altrincham was last season at Wright Robinson and Central ran out 3-1 winners with Moliaf, Ahrin and Amoakwa scoring the goals for Central and Patterson scoring for Hale. (Highlights Here)

Leigh Sproston and Arron Martindale are the two danger men for Altrincham with each player scoring ten goals each. Martindale after 15 games and Sproston after 12 games.

Cory Knight still leads the way on 19 goals this season he will be hoping to beat his tally of 24 goals he got last season.

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