Opposition Guide: Heyside FC


Full Name: Heyside FC

Founded: 1975 (44 Years Ago)

2018/2019 Finish: Premier Division 4th

Star Man: One to watch for Heyside is last seasons top scorer Adam Dale. Having captained the side in 13 of his 21 appearances, Dale found the back of the net 17 times for Heyside including a hat-trick against Central when the sides met towards the back end of the season.

Ground: Crompton House School, Rochdale Road, High Crompton, OL2 7HS

Distance from the Manchester Communications Academy: 9.2 Miles

Getting to the ground: Getting to Crompton House is relatively easy by public transport. Jump on the pink tram line towards Rochdale and get off at Shaw and Crompton. From here you have a 0.8-mile walk to the school which shouldn’t take any more than 20 minutes. All in all, it takes approximately 50 minutes from the Communications Academy to Crompton House.

Head to Head:
The sides have clashed on 5 occasions with Central picking 3 wins and 2 draws without a single defeat.

Last Meeting: Heyside 4-5 Manchester Central (30 April 2019): The last time Central and Heyside came together is a game that will live long in the memory of those Central supporters, players and staff who were there. Having taken an lead through Elvis Amoakwa, Central were pegged back with two headed goals before a Cory Knight equaliser saw the sides go in level at half time. Two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half put the home side in control as it looked as though Central’s title challenge was coming to a very abrupt end. Central were handed a lifeline however when Jeremy Tunzele was brought down in the box, only for Dan Burns’ penalty to be well saved by the Heyside keeper. With time ticking away, the mountain Central had to climb seemingly got higher and higher until with 15 minutes to go, Josh Frith latched onto a good ball from Paul Riley before calmly dinking over the keeper to pull one back and make the score 4-3. Central still needed two goals to keep the title race alive and just five minutes later it seemed as though the comeback was well and truly back on. Dan Burns’ flick on from a Paul Riley free kick somehow managed to find Cyril Davies who acrobatically fired home a stunning overhead kick to set up a huge final 10 minutes. It seemed however, as the clock ticked over 90, that Central’s hard work was to be in vain. Having thrown everything forward in search of the winner to keep the title chase going one more week, it looked as though the draw was inevitable. This was until the 94th minute when Josh Frith curled an excellent effort into the bottom corner sparking scenes of pandemonium on the sidelines. An incredible comeback from Central who continued their amazing unbeaten run against all odds.

Did you know? Central and Heyside shared 17 goals in their 3 meetings last season, with Central scoring in second half stoppage time in all three matches!

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