Leigh Athletic v Chapel Town

1pm  9 December 2017

Manchester League, Division One
Leigh Athletic 4 Chapel Town 0 (att 17)

Given the amount of snow I had to clear from my car in Manchester before heading to this game I was surprised to find none on the pitch at Leigh Sports Village.

Leigh Athletic have returned here after a season playing at Culcheth High School, but whereas they previously played on the grass pitch inside the Sports Village's running track, they now use a 3G pitch in a different part of the complex.

It's a basic set up, and typical of its type, but on a day when few grass pitches were playable locally, and even some artificial surfaces were ruled out by the amount of snow on them, it was good just to have a game that was on.

The football goals are in front of rugby posts, a sign that Leigh is primarily a rugby league town. For this game spectators were allowed to stand inside the high fence that surrounds the pitch, despite signs to the contrary, and a pair of neat dugouts on the far side provide accommodation for subs and coaches.

Leigh Athletic are going well in the league, and had few problems seeing off Chapel Town. They took a 15th minute lead, doubled their advantage early in the second half, and added two more near the end.

Chapel were hampered by losing their goalkeeper to a second half injury and having a player red-carded late on, but neither incident affected the outcome.










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