MATCH PREVIEW: Boothstown v Manchester Central

Central v Boothstown

Manchester Central go into their midweek game away at Boothstown – at Bridgewater Park Main Pitch (KO 18:30) –  looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Atherton Town on Saturday.

As mentioned, Central lost their last match 2-1 away against a hardworking Atherton Town side.

Goals from Liam O’Hagan and Tom Armstrong proved to be enough for the home side, though Josh Frith did convert a penalty for Central.

Manager Paul McGuire may be somewhat concerned by recent form, with Central losing two and drawing one of their last three games.

He will be hoping that his side can take control of the Boothstown match and produce a good win, rekindling some of the form Central were producing back in February that saw them score 17 goals in two games and go unbeaten in four months.

Boothstown might just be that opposition, though, having not won in their last six league games and languishing in ninth position in the table, though they have only played 14 games this season – less than anybody else in the division.

Their most recent fixture against Leigh abandoned just before halftime, after one of their players suffered a broken arm. They lost the match before that game 4-1 away to Hollinwood.

Cory Knight remains Central’s top goalscorer with 20 goals for the season.

In contrast, Boothstown’s top goalscorer Lewis Culf has managed just nine goals this season.

The last meeting between the two sides, at the end of December, finished in a 3-1 win for Central.

Cory Knight scored a hat-trick in the game, with his movement and speed causing real problems for the Boothstown defence. Central will be hoping he can do much of the same on Saturday and add to his impressive tally for the season.

View highlights of Central’s last meeting with Boothstown here.


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