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Rumoured Chinese takeover will make Curzon Ashton the Man City of the Non-League…or not

Just another false piece of information coming in from twitter regarding a class of 92 style takeover of Curzon Ashton?

One hopeful or attention seeking twitter account has put this out to Curzon Ashton fans:

Now I’m not saying it’s complete nonsense. Maybe they’ve got mixed up or are believing other people’s gossip and let’s be honest, stranger things have happened in football. However, Curzon Ashton fans have picked up on the tweet and have replied humorously with things such as, “it’s not April 1st.” As the fans continued to mock the tweet, the clubs official twitter page responded.

Paul Jolley, Curzon Ashton’s club director spoke to the Football Manc Cave on the matter “I can honestly say none what so ever. Someone with too much time on their hands, I think … or they know something we don’t!”

So we are all pretty sure now that this information is, in fact, all just rumours and completely made up. Either way, there are worse things that could have been made up about a team!

I’m just glad the fans and club officials can see the funny side.

Curzon Win The Frank Hannah Cup For The First Time Since 1990

Curzon Ashton v Mossley was a final only four years ago, that day Mossley came out on top winning 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw within the 90 minutes.

Today Curzon had the chance to avenge that defeat back in 2015 and win their first Premier Cup since 1990, having been runners up three times (1993, 1996, 2015).

Hyde United’s Ewan Field stadium was the stage for the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup final. The artificial pitch certainly gave both sides a chance to play some decent football.

Early on Deakin found himself in lots of room down the Nash’s right hand side, and looked to cause a lot of problems for the Mossley left back. The game settled into Curzon attack and Mossley defend type of game, and after 20 minutes Ryan Brooke broke free from the defence finding himself 1-1, he checked back to send a shot home far post. The goal was coming as Curzon piled the pressure on.

Mossley started to play with a high line, Curzon cottoned onto this and started to ping balls over the top. However, the Nash’s strikers found themselves offside more than on.

Just before the half time whistle, Mossley made it 1-1 and it certainly got the teams wheels motoring as they turned up the pressure on Curzon who went into the second half wondering how they weren’t in front.

The second half started and both sides had early chances to pinch in front. Mossley having the best chance following a passing move that many Premier League commentators would have been waxing lyrical over.

However, the pattern of play fell into a similar to that of the first half, with Curzon dominant and knowing they had more gears to find should they need it.

Just past the hour mark following great play by the impressive Luke Wall on the left, it was played across for Louis Wardle to shoot and a harsh deflection helped loop the ball over the goalkeeper.

Mossley had chances, however man of the match Wall sealed the trophy with an excellent solo goal down the right side. Intercepting the ball half way within his own half and going on a run which saw him slot the ball home from the corner of the six-yard box.

The 686 in attendance were treated to a good final. One that Mossley can take heart from as they went toe-to-toe with a team two divisions above them. It was simply the difference in levels that made the difference in the end.

Things have looked good under Mark Bradshaw since he took over, and maybe this trophy could be the start of an exciting era going forward for the Nash.

Bury Stave Off Administration for Now, Curzon Ashton Boss Mark Bradshaw Talks Cup Chances, Rochdale Making Improvements

This is the EFL and Below Show, your look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester that doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson of the Football Manc Cave for this week’s podcast.

Bury have struggled off the pitch in recent weeks as financial worries surround the club – is there a light at the end of the tunnel at Gigg Lane?

Curzon Ashton manager Mark Bradshaw chats to us as the Nash chase Manchester Premier Cup success for the first time since 1990.

We reflect on Salford’s promotion ambitions and Rochdale’s chances of safety in League One.

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Comeback Curzon Win keeps Faint Playoff Dreams Alive

In a Greater Manchester derby, the Nash come out on top after a rocky opening period which seen FC United take the lead through a well worked Willoughby goal.

Curzon just had to let the FC United tide settle before they started to take over the game. FC United could have added to their lead inside the first 15 minutes, however Curzon played well to combat the onslaught.

Five minutes before half time, Curzon turn the match in their favour with a headed goal from Miller. Curzon came out for the second half looking to grab a quick second goal, Hunt obliged at the back post from a corner with another headed goal, making it 2-1.

From that point on Curzon never looked like letting the lead slip, especially after FC United skipper Winter was sent off after an incident on the half way line.

Miller somehow with some great tricky got himself free and in a one-on-one situation, he rounded the keeper and slotted home number three to cap off a great day for Curzon.

Manager Mark Bradshaw will be pleased with back to back wins, which takes Nash upto 11th in the National League North and within six points of the playoffs with two games in hand over some of their rivals above.

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The playoffs may be a stretch to far with only eight games to play, however, in this league a good run of wins can soon elevate you up the league. Nevertheless, they could be the late surprise package considering Curzon’s form since the turn of the year.

Curzon have only lost twice in this years 12 league games, a win tomorrow night would see them three points off the playoffs. The mindset must be, if that happens – let’s go for it!

Newly Formed Football Club Follo FC Looking to Help Dads Through The Power of Football

I’m sure for the vast majority, when someone mentions amateur teams, the first thing to spring to mind is pub teams and people who work in airports pulling 11 bedraggled and hungover souls together on a Sunday morning.

However, Follo FC are a little different.

Follo FC, Follo standing for, For Our Lost Little Ones, are a new team founded in Tameside to support fathers who have lost children. Despite admirable work of many charities and heath organisations, men talking about and suffering with grief mental and health issues remains a massive stigma for many, and the importance of groups like this are immeasurable.

The loss of a child is a, mercifully, unusual situation. However, this can leave people who have experienced this isolated. The introduction of teams like this which give their members a chance to step away from their situation for the length of a training session, as well as meet people who have been in the same position and maybe have a better idea of their experience and a better idea of how to support them.

The match is a game supported by the Curzon Ashton FC foundation, and is against another local team, Infinity Initiatives FC who work to support and raise awareness of mental health issues in the local area. The game is at Curzon’s own Tameside stadium, and hopefully gains a lot of support from local football fans, especially as it falls on an international break!

Setting up a team of this ilk is as brave as it is important and being hosted at such a brilliant local ground. Supporting Follo FC is supporting the growing movement around removing the stigma around grief especially in men, and hopefully this is a movement that can grow well beyond Tameside.

The very best of luck to them all.

Find the details of tomorrow’s 1pm charity match here on Follo FC’s Twitter page

Flanagan, Clean Sheets & Lack of Funds: Curzon Ashton’s 2018 In Review…

It’s been a frustrating 12 months to be a Curzon Ashton fan!

Curzon lacks the funds that teams at this level increasingly have, here’s looking at you, Salford. And at times that has really shown, especially this season.

A 5-0 thumping away at Harrogate rounded off the 2017/2018 season for the Nash, but they had done enough to stay in the National League North, despite it looking shaky at the start of the year.

Summer friendly’s saw them take on the likes of Premiership strugglers, Burnley, and while Burnley were not starting superstars (does Burnley have any superstars? That’s a whole other article) the Nash were not disgraced and played well in the first half before likely fitness got the better of the semi-pros. But there would be plenty of encouragement to take from that performance.

The season started well with a win over Darlington away.

However, this year and more-so this season has been heavily influenced by the Nash’s seeming inability to keep a clean sheet. Despite taking on some defensive academy players from Stoke they remain struggling in this area. The really could have beaten York, Southport and Kidderminster (twice!) but on two occasions drew. This is 8 points that have been completely thrown away and is a vital part of their game they need to improve to avoid the drop into the Northern Premier.

Perhaps Curzon’s heavy reliance on young upstarts rather than experienced ex-league players is getting the better of them at times, but they may simply not have the funds to attract these players, and are completing with Hyde, Stalybridge and Ashton United in Tameside alone, not considering Salford, FC United, Altrincham, Stockport and so on in the greater Manchester area at this level.

The concentration of clubs makes getting players there a competitive aspect that smaller, less well-funded clubs are going to struggle with.

The elephant in the room of Curzon’s year was the dismissal of the enormously popular and well regarded John Flanagan. Tweets from the former manager himself suggest this was not an amicable split and I can only imagine the atmosphere in the dressing room has been tainted. I myself was a huge fan of John Flanagan but I am also not enjoying seeing Mark Bradshaw struggling for results, and I hope that dressing room issues are not the cause for this.

It’s been a frustrating year for fans of The Nash, and currently, we end the year with them sitting in a precarious position. However it was similar 12 months ago and they survived, which really has to be the main aim here. The NPL is notoriously hard to get out of with only one automatic promotion spot, and sliding down to that needs to be avoided at all costs.

Here’s hoping the Nash can get 2019 off to a good start with a win over local rivals Ashton United.

For those not familiar with Ashton United’s ground it is something out of your non-league dreams, and the sort which is fast dying out. If your hangover allows you – I’d strongly recommend getting to this game.

Curzon Will hope to Go One Better Than Their Draw Against Local Rivals Ashton United

Boxing Day has two Tameside Derbies but the one my eyes will be on is Curzon hosting Ashton United. The reverse leg of the fixture is being held on New Year’s Day, and both are really crucial games for both clubs.

This is a really good chance for Curzon to get a home win under Bradshaw. Ashton United are in free fall it seems and haven’t won a game since the 6th of November and, in that run of defeats included 6-0 hammering at the hands of sleeping giants, Stockport County.

Curzon are scoring goals, but they seriously need to tighten up their defence, having kept 3 clean sheets all season, one of which was a 0-0 draw. They have a number of young, talented players on loan from the youth sections of Premier League clubs, who they need to use the raw talent of more. They were 2:0 up against Basford in the FA trophy to lose 3:2 and 2:1 up against Southport to draw 2:2. They scored first in a defeat to Boston, need I go on?

The defensive issue is a problem. Therefore, it does need resolving if they are to avoid dropping points and, putting themselves in precarious situations about teams they are good enough to beat.

There is a slight elephant in the room that the recent managerial change may not have been popular with some of the players, having spent a long time under the old regime and, now may be suffering from a slight lack of motivation to play for the new manager.

This is speculative, of course, but all the more reason to really embrace the young players on loan and give them a chance against this opposition.

Games Over The Festive Period That Could Define 2019 for Curzon Ashton

Curzon could be in for a tough few matches over the Christmas period, and with the Nash sitting not so pretty, just four points from the drop they need to make up some ground and fast.

Chorley are going to be a tough team to beat and are looking like strong contenders for promotion and while grabbing points from them is valuable, however, beating Ashton twice could have a huge bearing on their season.

There are two Tameside Derby’s on Boxing Day. Non-league darlings Stalybridge Celtic (seriously do anyone barring Hyde fans dislike them?) are taking on Hyde and Curzon host Ashton United (the other leg of this fixture is being played on New Year’s Day).

Ashton United are, of all the Nash’s fixtures over the festive period, arguably their best chance to grab three points. Ashton are languishing in the drop zone (something Curzon are not totally clear of themselves), and have their own issues this season. This could be a must-win game for the Nash, and perhaps the same could be said for the reverse fixture a week later.

Six points a week apart from each other at a congested time would be a huge help and give Mark Bradshaw a bit of a cushion, while he works out what to do next with this inherited side.

However, fail to pick up these points and the Nash could find themselves battling to avoid the drop.

Mark Bradshaw’s First Game In Charge, These Two Players Should Help Him Blow Away FC United.

All eyes (well at least mine) will be on Broadhurst Park this weekend, to see how Mark Bradshaw gets on against FC United.

FC United of Manchester had a shocking start to the season, winning only twice in their first 13 games, but things are going slightly better for them now since the new man in charge – Neil Reynolds has taken over.

On paper, it is a kind fixture to the Nash, but Broadhurst park with its always enormous home support and a team desperate to preserve their record of never having gone down could prove a tough first fixture indeed.

The whole team will need to be behind their two managers clearly. However, here are two players that should hopefully give Curzon the edge in this contest and boost the Nash up the National League North.

Rachid Balde

Rachid Balde is an 18-year-old who is on loan from Stoke and previously was initially based at Benfica. While a bit of a diamond in the rough he has had some really top-level coaching, and I imagine his career will be at a far higher level than this when he is older. I think his raw talent could be a huge asset in a game of this level and could outpace and outskill a lot of the FC United team.

Naill Cummins

Naill Cummins has been at the club since 2012 and is one of the oldest players on the side. He has a wealth of experience at that level, including playing against FC United, and will be familiar with the side he is playing against and the ground itself, which is one of the best attended in the league, and can be an intimidating place to go.

Hopefully, the mix of experience and raw talent can see a strong start for Bradshaw’s men!

What Challenges Does New Man Bradshaw Face at Curzon This Season

Fans of National League football will have spotted the somewhat controversial dismissal of John Flanagan, who had guided the Nash to their highest ever league position and equalled their best ever FA  cup run.

While they were having a slightly frustrating season, they were picking up points against teams far higher than themselves in the league, including a recent draw with league leaders, Bradford Park Avenue.

Mark Bradshaw has been sworn into the managerial role, which could be a good fit, he is known to the club having played for them (pre-Flanagan) and managed the women’s team at Curzon in the past, however, it could be a testing time for the new manager.

Curzon Ashton are only a handful of points clear of the drop zone, and there are a lot of tough fixtures to come with FC United away this weekend, who are enjoying a resurgence of form in the last couple of weeks. Kidderminster, who are 8 points clear of them and high flyers, Chorley coming up could prove a hard induction for the new manager.

The other game this month? That would be a local derby with Ashton United.

As well as the obvious issue of replacing a fan favourite and a tough few games to get his tenure off the ground Bradshaw is also in a tough league, half of the teams in that league are in the north-west, and 2 are in Tameside, so attracting players to the club is competitive, especially as it is not one of the richer clubs in that league, and lacks the romance of say, FC United.

Curzon has a team made up primarily of young players, Oldham Athletics youth programme seems to be the prime poaching ground for them, while this means that these players have been well coached, it does mean they also lack experience, and unlike other teams in the National League North, don’t have much in the way of older ex – league footballers helping them along with the  experience, skill and the level head that goes with it.

Curzon’s porous defence also needs attention, the Nash have kept three clean sheets this season, one of which was a 0:0 draw against Spennymoor. This has led to a few draws in games that wins were achievable, they were 2-1 up against strugglers Southport recently to concede an 80th-minute goal.

They aren’t clocking up the cricket scores that can happen at this level, but they need to erase these mistakes, as this is a hard league to get out of, but so also is the Northern Premiership below them, which they do really need to avoid slipping back into. It’s an more physical game at that level and sharing with the likes of Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde could make it yet more competitive to attract players to the club.

It’s unrealistic for Curzon to aim for beyond mid-table this season I would think, Bradford Park Avenue and Chorley are looking very strong, with Chorley second with two games in hand on most of the league. With the exception of maybe rock bottom Nuneaton, every team below Curzon would have a viable shout for staying up, and quite a few around them are not well clear of the drop zone. It could be a pretty scrappy run for the rest of the season for these teams, so Curzon desperately needs to stop dropping 2 points.

Bradford needs to work with the team that Flanagan established, and will likely have loyalties to him, not the new manager. Working to gain their confidence at a really crucial time of year for the club, I fear may not be easy for him. However, as much as a fan as I was of Flanagan, a change can be as good as a reset, and I wish him the best at the club.