I’m sure I am not the only Nash fan genuinely impressed at how quickly we pulled ourselves out of the relegation zone and jumped a large number of places in the league. Showing that they could not only do it against the likes of strugglers Ashton United and Nuneaton but, against the big boys too when some inspired goalkeeping kept a clean sheet against Chester and seeing them walk away with 3 points last week.
Keeping clean sheets have been such a difficulty for Curzon Ashton and has seen them drop points unnecessarily throughout the season, and having kept one against a team of the calibre of Chester is something to write home about for Curzon. It could have a major influence on their season, in both the points they’ve picked up but in the teams’ confidence in their defence. It also sends a message to the opposition that this is a team in a rich vein of form who are hard to beat.
It will not have skipped Darlington’s attention that Curzon have leapfrogged them in the league and that they are motoring. Having to head to Tameside stadium will not be an easy fixture for them.
This is a crucial time of year for a team like the Nash, who aren’t too many points off sneaking into the playoff spots, a remarkable feat considering they even slid into the relegation zone for a short while over the Christmas period. Yet if their current form continues it’s a less a dream, more a real possibility.
Bradshaw has done an utterly remarkable job turning around a struggling team, with a crumbling defence into a real force to be reckoned with, even in this tough league. He has achieved this in spite of Curzon’s limited financial clout and dependence on a lot of very young players. If this had been achieved in a more prominent league, he would be labelled a genius.
I was cautiously optimistic about our season before beating Chester away, now I’m very excited about the season we could now have in store.