Manchester Central face Atherton Town this Saturday at Butler Park (14:00 KO) as they aim to regain 2ndplace.
Central faced the team currently sat in 2nd, Chadderton Reserves last weekend, earning a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately, Chadderton Reserves are 1 point ahead of Central, so a positive result here against Atherton Town is essential.
Central have won 12 out of their last 14 games, losing only once in what has appeared to be an anomaly against Pennington. However, 10 goals have been conceded in the last 3 games so we could see a high scoring game, particularly as in Atherton’s last 6 games, there have been 23 goals.
An advantage for Central is that Atherton lost 5-2 against Elton Vale on Wednesday so Central have had longer to rest and prepare for the game. This defeat means Atherton h
ave lost 4 out of their last 5 games yet they picked up a big win against Central’s competitor Chadderton Reserves.
The recent reverse fixture at Ten Acres Lane that took place in January saw Central comfortably win 2-0 with goals from Kaine Martin and Luke Monaghan.
Top scorer Cory Knight will seek to score in consecutive games and take his tally to 21 for the season. Nevertheless, Central will not only need their attacking players to be at their best, the whole team will need to perform if they are to get back to winning ways, adding extra pressure onto Chadderton ahead of the final 3 games.
Josh Frith will also be looking to add to his impressive 2 goals in 4 games with a goal against Atherton.
View the highlights from Central’s last game vs Chadderton Reserves.