Leigh Athletic v Hollinwood

2pm  8 October 2016

Manchester League, Division One
Leigh Athletic 1 Hollinwood 3 (att 9)

I needed to find a local game so a visit to Leigh Athletic's new home was ideal, allowing me to recomplete the Manchester League in the process.

I don't know why they've moved from their home town, but they're now based a few miles away at Culcheth High School, a modern facility that seems to double as a sports centre when there's no lessons taking place.

As a football venue it's basic. The main pitch is bordered on one side and behind one goal by fencing, behind the far goal by a wooden rail separating it from a footpath, and one touchline opens out onto the wider playing field.

There's no rope to enclose the pitch, nor anywhere for substitutes and coaches to shelter. Refreshments for spectators are from vending machines inside the school buildings.

The match was mostly scrappy, and didn't really come to life until just before half time. Hollinwood went ahead thanks to 44th minute penalty, scored by their keeper, then moments later slack defending allowed them to double their lead.

Leigh pulled a goal back in the second half and threatened to level, but were caught on the break before the end and conceded a third.

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