Match Preview: Manchester Central vs East Manchester

Manchester Central v Heyside

Manchester Central take on 11th placed East Manchester this Saturday at The Manchester College as they aim to make it 8 games unbeaten. (KO:15:00).

Of those last 7 games, Central have won their last 3 in a row in all compeitions. Wins came against Springhead, Heyside and most recently, Old Stretfordians in The Manchester FA Challenge Cup. 5 second half goals from Central in addition to the 2 before half time, gave Central a 7-1 win in their first compeitive cup fixture of the season. Marcello Ahrin scored once, Mauro Mendes scored a brace whilst Josh Frith netted an impressive 4 goals.

It’s back to Central’s league campaign this weekend. Central are currently 7th with 12 points from 8 games. A few teams infront of Central in the division have played as many as 11 games so a win is not only ideal for Central to continue their superb form, but to also catch their rivals.

Central have been on fire up top during their last 2 games having scored 12 goals and conceding 3. This should give them confidence as they face a side that have condeded 24 goals in 11 games. However, East Manchester’s away record is better than their home one. They have only conceded 7 and have scored 10 goals away from home versus their 17 goals conceded at home and 9 scored.

East Manchester are only 4 points behind Central so a win for them would also help them move futher up the table, towards Central. They sit 12th with 8 points, just 4 from Beechfield United who are bottom.

Last time out East Manchester returned to winning ways in the Challenge Trophy as they beat Hollinwood 7-1.

East Manchester are no strangers to Central. The two sides faced eachother in the Murray Trophy 2017 final, with East Manchester winning the cup on penalties 4-3.

The visitors were superb last season finishing 3rd on 56 points. They only lost 6 of their 28 league games with Sam Jones netting 25 goals during the season. Jones and second top scorer from last season Brad Byrne are however no longer with the club. George Etchells is this season’s leading marksman with 4 goals from 10 apps.

Cory Knight lead’s Central’s scoring charts for the league season. He has 11 goals from 9 apps and is in imperssive forn. Likewise is Josh Frith who scored 4 in the Challenge Cup last weekend. His league tally stands at 5 goals from 9 apps.

The referee for this weekend’s game is David Truman, he will be assisted by Will Sanderson and Pablo Iglesies Cordoso.

Whilst the first team are in action at home, our reserve side face Bolton Lads & Girls Club Reserves with kick off at 2pm (BL3 1SD).

View the highlights from our last league game vs Heyside below –

 

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