MATCH PREVIEW: Chadderton Reserves v Manchester Central

Chadderton Reserves

Manchester Central face a familiar opposition when they travel to Chadderton Reserves in a crucial promotion battle for both sides on Saturday (KO 14:00).

Central have faced their opponents at the Broadway this Saturday for the fourth time this season, with mixed results across the fixtures.

It will be a key game for both sides’ goals of promotion from the Manchester Football League Division One as going into the match Central sit in second position in the table, and Chadderton are in third just two points behind.

Chadderton also have two games in hand on Central, so Paul McGuire’s side will be encouraged even greater to claim the three points.

When the sides last met in the league, on 25 November, the sides played out a 0-0 draw.

The sides have also contested two Murray Trophy games this season, with the most recent success coming Central’s way.

Back in early October the sides first met, with Chadderton Reserves coming out 2-1 winners, whilst the sides saw Central claim a penalty shootout victory a 2-2 draw in the quarter-finals, back on 10 February.

That shootout win saw a man-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Jordan Hadlow, and the Central shotstopper could be pivotal in this weekend’s game too.

Jordan Hadlow penalty save vs Chadderton
Jordan Hadlow saving a penalty vs Chadderton Reserves

Chadderton Reserves have in Ashley Ainsworth the league’s joint top-goalscorer with 20 goals this season, nine of which have come in Chadderton’s last three league matches – including a six-goal haul against Westbury.

Central fare well in the goalscoring department too, with Cory Knight leading the side’s own goals table with 19 strikes for the season.

The two sides go into the match on the back of very different form in their last outing – coincidentally against the same opposition, Pennington.

Central found themselves on the back of a 5-2 defeat to Pennington – Central’s first defeat of the calendar year – after losing an early 2-0 lead and both sides suffering early red cards in the 35th minute.

In stark contrast, Chadderton Reserves welcomed Pennington to their home ground in their last match, on 31 March, and ran out very comfortable 9-0 winners.

Chadderton have won three of their last four league games, scoring 26 goals and conceding just three – two of which coming in a 2-1 defeat to Atherton Town.

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