Match Preview: Rochdale Sacred Heart vs Manchester Central

Interview Paul McGuire

Manchester Central face Rochdale Sacred Heart this Saturday at Fox Park as they aim to pick up another victory in the Premier Division. (KO: 14:00).

Central are unbeaten in their last six games, winning five of those. Their last defeat was back in Early November which came at the hands of second placed Hindsford. Last time out, Central defeated Manchester Gregorians 3-2 at The Manchester College.

This fantastic run of form has seen Central to a solid 6th position with five games in hand against table toppers Royton Town. Central could in theory reach the top of the table if they were to win all their games in hand.

However in the short term, Central have four games in hand on Rochdale, a win would close the gap between the two clubs to just five points.

The home side sit third in the table on 39 points having won 12 out of their 21 league games this season. Prior to the new year, they had won five out of six games, however, in 2019, they are yet to taste victory.

A 3-2 defeat away at Springhead was followed by a 3-3 draw away at Stockport Gregorians. Back on home turf, Rochdale will be desperate to pick up the three points as they chase down 1st placed Royton Town.

Saturday’s opponents have scored a league-high 66 goals this season so far. With Central also excelling up front, scoring 27 goals in just eight away games. This fixture promises to be one filled with attacking intent.

Central have one of the best defensive records in the division, especially away from home conceding just 12 goals and will provide stern opposition for the likes of attackers Josh Woller and Michael Kearney. The former, sits 5th for goals scored this season overall, having notched 14 goals in 20 apps.

Former Central striker Cory Knight is still the league’s top scorer having scored 22 goals in 18 apps. After the striker left to join North West Counties side Prestwich Hayes, Josh Frith has struck a recent run of form which has seen him score twice in his last two apps. This has taken his tally to 11 league goal in 19 apps.

Last season, Rochdale finished 7th on 35 points and look to have made a big improvement this season, as well as performing well in the league, the Lancashire side have also progressed through to round two of the Gilgryst Cup where they face East Manchester.

Mick Southern will be the man in the middle, assisted by Steve and Paul Roberts.

You can find directions to Fox Park here

Whilst you can read a detailed account and watch highlights from our recent victory vs Manchester Gregorians below.

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