Manchester Central moved up to third place as they secured a vital victory against a hard working Stockport Georgians side.
The opening stages of the match saw chances at both ends as both sides struggled to get a firm grasp on the game.
Josh Frith saw his curling effort go just wide of the post after a powerful drive into the box in the sixth minute. Daniel Parker tested Georgians’ keeper with a powerful shot in the 12th minute.
Steve Ledjon came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute after a delightful touch and powerful show that was saved at point blank from the Georgians keeper.
At the other end, Stockport Georgians saw their looping cross evade everyone in the box and rattle Central’s crossbar in the 21st minute.
Stockport Georgians’ keeper pulled off another fine save after Dan Burns was played through in the 24th minute and shot from a tight angle.
Dan Burns was denied yet again in the 39th minute after some neat interplay but the Georgians keeper saved well from close range.
Manchester Central went into half time wondering what more they could do to break the deadlock thanks to a fine display from Georgians’ keeper.
It looked to be a frustrating afternoon for Paul McGuire’s side after an alleged foul from Dario Germano gifted a penalty to the home side. From one brilliant goalkeeping performance to another, Ben Jupp who previously had little to do in the first half, made a fantastic save down to his right hand side to keep the scores level in the 48th minute.
That would not be the last time the referee would have to blow his whistle for a penalty. Just four minutes later, Daniel Parker played through Dan Burns, who beat his man and was taken down in the box. He scored the subsequent penalty in style with a pin-point penalty into the top left-hand corner.
Josh Frith almost extended his goalscoring run to five games in a row. However, his powerful free kick was tipped onto the post by Georgians’ keeper in the 67th minute.
His fantastic run of form would continue though as he capitalised on a poor throw in from the Georgians defender and rounded the keeper in style to make it 2-0 in the 95th minute.
The result has put Central on 40 points, nine behind top-of-the-table Hindsford and six behind second-placed Royton Town. Paul McGuire’s side still have three games in hand on both teams.
Manchester Central face Dukinfield Town away next weekend. The reverse fixture saw Central come out with a narrow 3-2 victory. Phillip Cooper’s side currently sit in tenth with 23 points.
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— Manchester Central FC (@mcrcentralfc) February 9, 2019