Match Preview: Stockport Georgians vs Manchester Central

Manchester Central will be making the six-mile journey to Cromley Road as they take on Stockport Georgians in the Manchester Premier Division on Saturday (KO: 14:00).

Last time out, Manchester Central eased to a 3-0 victory over eleventh-placed Old Altrinchamians. Elvis Amoakwa opened the scoring with a powerful shot from 20 yards, his second of the campaign. Josh Frith soon doubled the lead with a right-footed finish after an excellent through ball from Dan Burns. Marcello Arhin created Central’s third goal with a jinxing run and neat pass to Josh Frith who teed up Dan Burns for a simple tap in to secure the three points.

Stockport Georgians have proven tough to beat in the Manchester Premier Divison in recent months. Since losing 4-3 to Royton Town in late November, Andy Jenkins’ side are unbeaten in the league with consecutive draws to East Manchester, Bolton County and Rochdale Sacred Heart.

Stockport Georgians managed their first win of 2019 after coming from one nil down away at Beechfield United to win 3-2.

Manchester Central will be hoping to continue their brilliant start to 2019 with a victory on Saturday. Last week’s result signalled eight games unbeaten in the Manchester Premier Division. A victory will see Central leapfrog Rochdale Sacred Heart into third place.

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Josh Frith strikes the ball. (cc: Gordon Marino)

Josh Frith and Dan Burns have proved to be Central’s main threats recently. Josh Frith has scored four goals in his last five games, whilst Dan Burns has six goals in his last five games.

Stockport Georgians’ top scorer Callum Campbell has seven goals in 15 appearances this season. Although his last league goal for the club came in November against Royton Town. Oliver Hemlin also looks to be a danger man with an identical record of seven goals in 15 appearances.

Stockport Georgians have the fourth best home defensive record in the league, conceding 16 goals in 10 games. Andy Jenkins’ side have a won or drawn 80% of their home league games this season. Their two home losses have come against Springhead and Heyside.

Manchester Central have proven resolute in defence away from home this season. They have conceded 13 goals away from home, the second best record in the league behind Royton Town.

Whilst Central have only scored 20 goals on their travels this season, their defensive record has given them a respectable away record. Paul McGuire’s side have won four of their seven away games, drawing one and losing two.

This will be the first fixture between both clubs this season, with the reverse fixture coming on April 13.

If you would like to travel and support the team, the details can be found by clicking on the address below:

Cromley Rd, Stockport SK2 7DT

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