Match Preview: Manchester Central vs Springhead

Manchester Central take on high flying Springhead this Saturday, in Central’s 7th league fixture of the season at The Manchester College (KO:15:00).

Central come into this game unbeaten in their last four, although they have only won one of those games. A 4-0 thrashing against Beechfield United just over a week ago. Last time out, Central drew 2-2 against Hindsford with Cory Knight scoring both of Central’s goals. This now takes Knight to 9 goals in 6 games with the striker in scintillating form. He is also the league’s joint top scorer alongside Hindsford’s Matthew Babilinski and Alexander Honeyball.

Springhead sit 3rd in the division and remain undefeated this season. From playing 7 games, they have won 4 and drawn 3 and currently have 15 points, 9 more than Central. However, this is no surprise as last season Springhead finished 4th on 55 points, winning 17 of their 28 league games.

Last season’s top scorer Leighton Stephenson scored 21 goals in 25 appearances and has started this season in fine form, scoring 8 goals from 4 appearances.

3 of those goals came in Springhead’s last fixture as they demolished East Manchester 5-1 away from home. Also on the score sheet during that game were Mathew Barlow and Ryan Fagan. Fagan also did well last season scoring 16 goals in 30 games, missing only one of Springhead’s league games.

This game promises goals with both sides scoring for fun recently. Central have found the back of the net 18 times in their last 7 games. Springhead, on the other hand, have scored 19 goals in their last 5 games. It will be interesting to see whether Central can breach a Springhead backline that has only conceded 8 goals in 7 games.

Although Central conceded 10 goals in their first two league fixtures, the following 4 games have only seen 5 goals conceded. Central have managed to steady the ship whilst also remaining potent up top.

‘’Everyone who plays us knows we are a match for any team on our day.’’ – First team manager Paul McGuire

The referee for this weekend’s highly anticipated clash is James Wright, assisted by Macauley Alexander and Joe Keegan.

You can also follow our reserve side as they face Dunkfield Town A (KO:14:00) at Woodhams Park (SK16 5AP) also on Saturday.

View highlights from our game vs Hindsford here

 

 

 

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