LEIGH ATHLETIC 2, ATHERTON TOWN 4
Manchester Football League Division One
Saturday 18th August, 2017
If we are to be honest, it’s difficult to put this game into any context other than it was just one of those games. Yes, Atherton were the stronger side, both tactically and physically, but Leigh did have periods where they were on top, but they eventually fell short and paid the price for mistakes at one end and poor finishing at the other.
They started brightly, Sean Mountford scoring with a thirty yard rasping shot on twenty-five minutes, but it proved to be the spark that ignited Atherton rather than Leigh. A harsh penalty and slack defending gave Town two goals inside two minutes and a half time lead.
Athletic came out fighting in the second half and their pressure eventually told when Joshua Brennan stabbed home from close range to level the game.
But again, shortly afterwards they conceded another two goals inside two minutes, to gift the game to the visitors.
There is a long way to go this season, and their will be tougher games than this, but Leigh will need to get their new players bedded in and singing from the same hymn sheet sooner rather than later if this season is to be deemed a success.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Dale Pollitt, Dale Zinyemba, Daniel Babilinski, Thomas Babilinski; Milo Ogden, Tom Scott, Sean Mountford; Bradley McColl, Joshua Brennan, Kiel Brennan
SUBSTITUTES (Used): Adam Jones
MAN OF THE MATCH: Thomas Babilinski