Match Report: Manchester Central 3 – 2 Dukinfield Town

Manchester Central scored a late winner to continue their promotion push as they beat bottom-of-the-table Dukinfield Town at The Manchester College on Saturday.

The first action came from the backline as Paul Riley clipped a ball through to Dan Burns – the winger teed up Josh Frith who’s shot trickled past the left post in the eighth minute.

Central grabbed their first of the afternoon just two minutes later. Josh Frith made a powerful run down the right flank, beating two Dukinfield Town defenders in the process, his low cross was met by Cory Knight who still had plenty to do but managed to slot home from 6 yards out.


Manchester Central free kick.

Central continued to mount the pressure over the next 30 minutes with half chances coming for both Cory Knight and Dan Burns. However, Central were unable to grab that important second goal.

This proved costly for McGuire’s side, Number 14 for Dukinfield Town wriggled free of his marker and headed in at the near post from the corner to make it 1-1 at the break.

Dukinfield Town started the second half the stronger side with the momentum still with them. Central defended resolutely and waited for their moment to pounce.


Cory Knight dribbles past his man.


That patience paid off in the 58th minute, Cory Knight latched onto a through-ball and turned from goalscorer to provider with an unselfish pass to Josh Frith who slotted home into the empty net.

The next 20 minutes saw a flurry of chances for both sides as Dukinfield Town searched for the equaliser and Central looked for the goal to seal the game.

Dukinfield Town’s persistence paid off in the 80th minute when number 4 scored from close range to make it 2-2.

Despite the setback, Paul McGuire’s side kept pushing for that seemingly elusive third goal. It was Josh Frith who once again stepped up in the 90th minute and finished with precision through the keeper’s legs to make it 3-2 and incite wild celebrations around the ground.

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