Match Preview: Beechfield United vs Manchester Central

Manchester Central v Beechfield United

Manchester Central look to extend an eight game unbeaten run in all competitions when they face Beechfield United in the Manchester Football League Premier Division on Saturday (KO 15:00).

Opponents Beechfield go into the match at the Salford Sports Village bottom of the Premier Division, with just one win in their opening nine matches, while Central sit in mid-table.

After nine matches, manager Paul McGuire’s men have won four games and drawn three – having not lost since their opening two fixtures.

The two club will be very familiar to one another, having already met once this season at The Manchester College in a 4-0 win for Central.

Central’s top goalscorer Cory Knight – who now has 12 goals in 10 appearances – bagged a brace, while goals from Bevan Burley and Josh Frith rounded off the scoring.

Central’s last match was an impressive 4-1 win over East Manchester, with goals coming from a healthy mix of players. Knight netted once again, while Frith, Mauro Mendes and Dan Burns all got on the scoresheet as well.

Charlie McGrath got a consolation for East Manchester, but it was a confident victory for McGuire’s side and continues their good form. Central have won their last three league matches, and last four games in all competitions.

Beechfield, meanwhile, lost 1-0 to Old Altrinchamians in their last outing, with a Dave Drinkwater goal enough to give the home side the victory.

They did win their previous meeting before that, though, in the Manchester FA Challenge Trophy – winning 4-2 against Trafford United at Salford Sports Village.

Beechfield are a side that Central are well accustomed to facing, with the two sides having finished second and third respectively in Division One last season before being promoted.

Central played against their opponents this Saturday three times last season, with McGuire’s side coming out victors in two of the them.

Knight scored when the sides last met last season too, opening the scoring in a 2-0 victory for Central, and is once again likely to be the danger man up front.

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