Match Preview: Hindsford vs Manchester Central

Manchester Central take on 2nd placed Hindsford for the second time this season this Saturday at Squires Lane (KO: 14:00).

The reverse fixture saw a competitive encounter that finished 2-2 at The Manchester College just 2 months ago. Cory Knight scored a brace in 8 first-half minutes whilst Jack Valentine and Alex Honeyball were on target for Hindsford.

Honeyball continued his goalscoring form after playing Central and he is the league’s 2nd top scorer with 13 goals from 13 apps.

Our own Cory Knight is, in fact, the league’s top goal scorer and he will be aiming to add to his brace scored vs Hindsford earlier on. He has 16 goals from 13 apps

Things have changed slightly since the last fixture. Central were building on their first win of the season when Hindsford arrived whereas Hindsford were unbeaten at the top of the table. However, they have slipped to 2nd after losing all 3 of their games in October, conceding 9 goals in the process.

Their blistering start to the season means that they are only 1 point off 1st placed Royton Town, who they also played last weekend in the Gilchrist Cup, losing 3-2.

Hindsford remain stronger at home. They are currently unbeaten, winning 5 out of their 6 home games so far this season, conceding only 3 goals and scoring 20.

They have scored more goals away, with 21 yet have conceded 14. A big comparison to their defensive steel shown at home.

Nevertheless, they have the best goal difference in the league with +25 and have still lost the least amount of games, losing only twice.

For Central, it’s been a while since our last home game. Central lost 2-1 away at Beechfield on the 13th October. They have then lost their next two games in the Manchester Challenge Trophy and Gilchrist Cup against Egerton and Bolton County.

In the Premier Division, Central sit 7th with 15 points. 9 behind Hindsford, however, we have only played 10 games compared to Hindsford’s 12 and Rochdale Sacred Heart’s 14.

Central’s home and away form can’t really be compared due to Central playing 10 games at home yet only 4 away. From their 4 away games, they have won 2, drawn 1 and also lost 1.

Central will be eager to put the past two cup defeats behind them and resume their otherwise good league form. Central have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 3 league games this season.

A good attacking game should be expected with both teams eager to claim the victory in this 2nd fixture between the two sides.

You can come and support the lads at Hindsford (M29 8JF).

And you can view the match preview for our Reserve side’s fixture against Moorside Rangers here, and watch highlights from the score draw vs Hindsford earlier in the season below.

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