Match Preview: Rochdale Sacred Heart vs Manchester Central

Manchester Central visit top-of-the-table Rochdale Sacred Heart on Saturday in what can be described as a must win fixture for both sides.

Rochdale Sacred Heart come into the match with an impressive 13 points from their last five matches. A 3-2 victory against third-placed Royton and a 4-1 home victory against Heyside stand out as their most notable recent wins.

Manchester Central come into this tie with similar form after four straight victories. Paul McGuire’s side have acquired 12 points from their last five matches. An emphatic 5-2 victory against Royton Town last Saturday serves as further encouragement as Central continue to establish themselves as a real force in the Manchester Premier Division.

Dan Burns in action against Dukinfield Town.


Dan Burns’ brace was crucial in securing victory against Royton Town as the winger secured his sixth goal in 10 league appearances this season. Cory Knight also continued his prolific season with his 18th goal in 15 league appearances when he appeared to accidentally chip the Royton Town goalkeeper from a drop ball situation.

Dario Germano secured his first league goal of the season in fantastic fashion with a powerful run and finish into the top corner to seal the game last week.

Rochdale Sacred Heart’s main firepower comes from Lewis Greaves who has 10 goals from 18 appearances this season. Central will also be wary of Josh Woller who scored a hatrick in the reverse fixture as Sacred Heart beat Central 5-2 at the beginning of the season.

Victory for the home side will see them reach an impressive 41 points for the season from 20 games. A win for Manchester Central could see them on 30 points and surpassing Manchester Gregorians in fifth place. Paul McGuire’s side still have four games in hand on Rochdale Sacred Heart.

If you would like to watch the match, the details are below:

Belfield Mill Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 2UB

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