ATHERTON TOWN 4, LEIGH ATHLETIC 1
Manchester Football League Division One
Saturday 7th October, 2017
Athletics recent unbeaten run came to an end against local rivals Atherton Town, coincidentally the last team to beat Leigh before that recent run began. Atherton again proved to be the stronger side, and whilst Leigh did have chances to make a closer game of it they were either wasted, or squandered.
Atherton dominated the first half but couldn’t score until fifteen minutes from the break when Leigh failed to clear an attack and the ball fell at the feet of an Atherton player who couldn’t miss from six yards out.
Matthew Babilinski had two glorious chances to level before half time, the nearest of which struck the cross bar.
A half time change did produce the equaliser as substitute Keeran Parker prodded home a lose ball on fifty five minutes. At the time Leigh were going through their most productive period of the game but it was not to last.
A deflected shot, and a dubious penalty pushed Atherton back into the lead and they never looked like surrendering it.
They added a fourth ten minutes from time.
Paul Miller was brought on with twenty minutes to go for his debut, and showed some nice touches. He will be a useful addition in the months to come.
The difference between the two teams clearly showed that Atherton, with a settled side accumulated over a few seasons, will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Leigh, still re-building on the hoof, still looking for a settled eleven, will need more time to get things right.
STARTING LINE UP: Dave Fulton; Matt Rogers, Daniel Babilinski, Kerim Jones; Grady Mountford, Milo Ogden, Tom Scott, Tom Scott, Elliot Patrick; Joshua Brennan, Matthew Babilinski
SUBSTITUTES (Used): Keeran Parker, Paul Miller
MAN OF THE MATCH: Daniel Babilinski