MATCH REPORT: Manchester Central vs Bolton County

Central pick up their first point of the season

Central at the third time of trying pick up their first points of the new season at home to Bolton County in the Manchester Premier Division.

Central went ahead with Cory Knights 4th goal of the season but was pegged back early in the second half from a super strike from Chris Hough in a tight affair at The Manchester College.

With some players unavailable McGuire changed his team around with Paul Riley going to right back and Daniel Parker handed his first start of the season at left back.

Central almost fell behind after two minutes for the third game running as Bolton County’s corner was headed off the line by Cyril Davies and eventually cleared to safety by Dan Burns.

In the 16th minute, a Bolton County freekick resulted in pinball around the Central box, but Finch fired over the bar. Finch also had another chance to put Bolton County one up moments after as he headed a corner against the bar.

Frith called the Bolton County keeper into action minutes later as a long throw into the box from Parker fell nicely for Frith who took it on the half volley which forced the keeper into a smart save. From the resulting corner, the ball came to the edge of the box where Marcello Arhin crossed the ball back in, but Cory Knight could only head over the bar.

Central went ahead on 25 minutes as Riche Makelele controlled the ball on his chest and played Cory Knight in over the top and Knight from the edge of the box finished into the far right corner to score his 4th goal in three games.

The goal seemed to spur Central on with Bolton County having to soak up wave after wave of Central attacks but not troubling the County keeper.

Central started the second half the strongest with Knight, Frith, and Amoakwa all having efforts at the goal but not troubling Helsby in the County goal.

Bolton County equalized against the run of play in the 54th minute as a long ball wasn’t dealt with which allowed Bolton striker Jordan McLoughlin to hold the ball up and lay it off to Chris Hough who through the aid of a slight deflection found the top corner.

After that goal, Bolton County grew into the game with Jordan McLoughlin and Kieran Hennesey forcing Elliott Simpson into some smart saves. The most impressive being a deflected shot which hit McLoughlin and was brilliantly flicked over the bar.

With neither team being able to carve out any clear opportunities the game finished level with both teams picking up their first points of the season. Next up for Central is a Friday night game away to Walshaw Sports with Bolton County facing Walshaw on Tuesday evening.

After the game, McGuire said, “It was much more like it today, I don’t think anyone can argue with a 1-1 draw and its good to get our first points on the board.”

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