Match Report: Manchester Central Reserves vs Royton Town Reserves

Clinical Central beat top of the table Royton Town Reserves at The Manchester College

Hattrick hero Dan Burns, a brace from Chiekh Thian, and a goal each from Mauro Mendes and Steve Ledjon helped Central clinch three points against the top of the table Royton Town on Saturday Afternoon.

With the first team not having a game, it allowed Manager Jaimie Nevitt to bring some experience into the reserve side as they started the new year against Royton Town.

Royton started the game off the strongest having a lot of the early chances and could have been two-nil up but squandered the opportunities when they arrived. Those misses kicked Central into gear, and they started to dominate the proceedings.

Central broke the deadlock after 10 minutes, Dan Burns with some excellent footwork to get away from his defender and take a shot which went past the keeper and made it 1-0.

On another day Kaine Martin could have had a Hattrick, missing three glorious opportunities to put Central further ahead but failed to find the target.

Dan Burns and Central doubled their lead on 40 minutes.  Buba Sakiliba flicked a bouncing ball over the defence, and Dan Burns outmuscled his man before delicately clipping it over the onrushing keeper and into the net.

Dan Burns completed his hattrick two minutes after the restart. After some good work from Zak Bell to keep the ball in play and hold off two Royton Town defenders, he managed to find Dan Burns’ feet who cut inside of one defender before squeezing a shot past another and into the bottom corner.

Steve Ledjon was next to get on the scoresheet as he started and finished the move to make it 4-0. Ledjon initially picked the ball up halfway in his half before powerfully driving into Royton half. He played a lovely through ball to Mauro Mendes, and after the defender didn’t clear his cut back, Steve was there to finish under the onrushing keeper.

Chieku Thiam got his first of the match as Olly Wright produced an inch-perfect pass between two Royton defenders to send Thiam through 1-1 with the keeper, he calmly chipped the ball over the keeper and made it 5-0.

By this point, it was all Central, retaining possession and creating all of the chances. Eventually, Mauro Mendes got on the score sheet after some excellent work to prevent the ball from going for a corner he laid the ball back to Kaine Martin, who whipped in a cross which was half cleared and Mauro slammed into the roof of the net.

The scoring was wrapped up on 85 minutes, a lovely dummy by Mendes left his man on the floor and Mauro through on goal. He unselfishly pulled the ball back to the onrushing Chieku Thiam who slammed the ball into the back of the net to double his tally for the day and make it 7-0 to Central Reserves.

After the game Manager, Jaimie Nevitt and Assistant Ash Mernock said ” It’s always good to score seven goals today but what really pleased us was the clean sheet. It shows that we never stopped working at either end of the field”

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