PREVIEW: Pennington vs Manchester Central

Jordan Hadlow

Manchester Central will resume their league campaign after a short break, this Saturday when they take on fourth placed Pennington at Jubilee Park (14:00 KO).

Last week’s game against Boothstown was postponed due to the weather which means Central have not played a league game since they beat Leigh Athletic 8-0 on the 17th February. They have however progressed to the final of the Murray Trophy after beating Altrincham Hale in their last match two weeks ago.

Central are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions and have had no problems finding the back of the net, scoring 23 goals in their last 4 games.

Pennington have themselves impressed of late, and are 5 games unbeaten, winning their last 4. This good run of form has come after Pennington lost 3 in a row, conceding 17 goals.

During the reverse fixture, which took place in September, Central conceded 3 goals within the first 30 minutes and entered half time 3-1 down. A remarkable second half comeback saw Central score 3 goals to overturn the deficit and win 4-3.

Forward Cory Knight is currently Central’s top scorer and the joint league top scorer with 19 goals from 25 appearances. In comparison, Pennington’s top scorer Daryl Cope has 9 goals from 20 appearances. Cope will be one to watch as he scored a hat-trick in Pennington’s recent 3-0 win over Hollinwood.

It’s not just Central’s attack that has contributed to their unbeaten run. Central have also been solid from the back and have only conceded 12 goals in their last 11 matches.

Jordan Hadlow
Jordan Hadlow in action vs Altrincham Hale

A key figure in Central’s defence is keeper Jordan Hadlow who has been ever present making some crucial saves. He has also displayed his penalty saving skills in the Murray Trophy fixture against Chadderton Reserves last month.

We should see a much changed team from the last time the two teams played each other, with only 4 of Pennington’s 11 that played Central in September, featuring in their last game against Atherton Town.

Watch Highlights of when we last played Pennington down below.

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