George v Partington Rovers

10.15am  4 November 2017

Manchester Saturday Morning League, Division Two
George 5 Partington Rovers 4 (att 6)

In 2011 I watched George FC's first ever match in the Manchester Saturday Morning League, when they lost heavily at home. But despite that tough start I'm pleased to see they've become an established club.

They even had a brief spell running an afternoon side in the Altrincham and District League, in which today's visitors Partington currently run a couple of teams. Neither of these two have started the season well, and while that was reflected in the quality of football it was hugely entertaining.

George went ahead in the opening minute, but Partington soon levelled. The home keeper let a free kick slip through his hands to put the visitors in front, and then two goals in a minute gave Partington a 4-1 half time lead.

The scoreline was harsh on George though, and they began the second period determined to do something about it. Ten minutes after the restart they pulled a goal back, and from then on the momentum was with them.

That they managed to overturn a 1-4 half time deficit to end up 5-4 winners was remarkable, and great fun to watch. It must have been tough to take for Partington, but for a neutral observer it was terrific.

George have moved grounds since my 2011 visit. They're now based on one of three full size pitches at Broadway Park in the Davyhulme area of Manchester.

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