Curzon Ashton could overtake Kings Lynn if they come away with three points at The Walks Stadium. But after last weeks defeat, they might need to take a new approach to the game…
Matchday six of the National League North sees Curzon Ashton playing away from home against Kings Lynn Town. Both teams have lost only one game so far this season, but Kings Lynn sit two points ahead of sixth place Curzon Ashton.
The Northerners suffered a 1-0 defeat at home in the Tameside Stadium last week against Kidderminster. The home side failed to control the game in most aspects, despite being expected to on their own soil.
Curzon Ashton escaped relegation by 14 points last season. Therefore the Greater Manchester side should definitely be upping their game this season in order to reach greater heights. The recently promoted sides such as Kings Lynn themselves, could offer greater competition than the four teams who finished below them last season.
What needs to be different from last week’s performance?
In Curzon’s first defeat of the season, they were lucky to only receive a 1-0 scoreline. But the introduction of substitutes Michael Elstone, Luke Wall and Liam David breathed a new intensity into the side. Nearly allowing the well-beaten Curzon Ashton to come away with a point.
In the game against Kings Lynn away from home they must be prepared to perform with a high intensity. Should they have a passive and lacklustre performance against the newly-promoted side, they will likely go home empty-handed.
20 year-old Michael Elstone is far too dangerous to leave on the bench, particularly against a side that they should be beating on paper. Giving him a run off the bounce of having a big impact off the bench, in a game where senior members disappointed could be what he needs to kick start an impressive campaign.
With 9 goals for and 3 goals against them so far this season, Curzon Ashton could be well on their way to having an impressive season. Squad fitness and rotation could be the key in a high table finish for a team with the potential to do so.