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Bradshaw’s Rollercoaster Season Has Set The Building Blocks, However, Strengthening in One Key Area Could Be The Key For Next Season

It’s been a rollercoaster season to support Curzon. From staring down the barrel of relegation to looking at one stage like they might have a chance of reaching the playoffs and landing the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup.

Mark Bradshaw has made great strides with this team despite a slightly rocky start over Christmas. He hasn’t been afraid to make changes, getting rid of players, and making some clever signings, making the squad a bit less dependent on young players on loans from league team academies. Curzon’s dream run did come to an end, but the building blocks have been built for a really good season.

If I was in the boardroom at Curzon, and there is probably a good reason that I am not, I would be looking to improve the back line. Curzon seemed to be holding on for draws until late defensive errors saw them come away with nothing, it also saw them come away with draws in games they should have won.

They never seem to have an issue finding the back of the net but keeping more clean sheets should be a real priority, having only kept 3 in 17 games in 2019. If this can be tightened up it would make an enormous difference to their season, as I truly believe they should be aiming for the playoffs this season, but they really need to stop dropping points.

The other point I would make, is probably out of Bradshaw’s hands, but I would really be encouraging more people to go to the ground! Getting FC United crowds week in week out is unrealistic, but Tameside stadium is a really smart set up for this level of football, with a bar and seats and toilets that aren’t in a shed, oh Curzon how you spoil us.

While Curzon aim for the playoffs next season it would be great to see the club find a way to pull big crowds, a lift for the lads on the pitch and makes it a more intimidating place to go for away teams, and who doesn’t like atmosphere at a game.

I’m feeling very optimistic about next season and hopefully tightening up defences could see The Nash as a real force to be reckoned with.

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Curzon Looking to Win the Manchester Premier Cup For the First Time Since 1990

Curzon Ashton, as part of a rollercoaster season, have a real chance of getting their day in the sun, or more accurately, evening in Hyde, by winning the Manchester Premier cup for the first time since 1990.

The final will be played at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields, a short hop from the middle of Hyde, which features some impressive floodlights and is located next to a leisure centre, in case you wanted to pop for a quick swim beforehand. In an all Tameside final they will be playing Mossley, who were gifted a spot after FC United, who seemed to be specialists at this competition had insult added to injury to a difficult season when being disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

Mossley are currently seventh in the Northern Premier League Division One West (trips off the tongue), and should be no match for Curzon, who are National League North opposition. Curzon may have hit a bit of a flat spot in their season in the league after a remarkable few months, but the gulf in class between the players at Mossley and those at Curzon, several of whom are on loan from the academies of bigger clubs could prove a straightforward win for Curzon.

This is a good competition to get behind as a neutral, it is good to see a successful initiative relating to local clubs running. They are also two clubs that contribute to their communities with the Nash having their own charitable foundation and their support of Follo FC that was recently mentioned on this site. Mossley AFC are linked to a local all ability, and increasingly popular running group.

The competition itself is inexpensive to watch and easy to get to, Ewen Fields is minutes from the ring road and walkable from Newton For Hyde, Hyde Central and Godley stations.

I’m a big believer in supporting local teams, so if you’re at a loose end on a Monday night, I’d implore you to get down there and get behind them.

Curzon Will Look To Bounce Back Against Boston Today

Guiseley hadn’t won at home since October until they managed to put one past Curzon on Tuesday night.

The Nash had a shaky first 20 minutes, and despite being fairly dominant for the following 70 they weren’t able to take any points away from this fixture. In beating FC United and losing to Guiseley, Curzon have inadvertently had a massive say in the relegation battle in the last few days.

The Nash head to York Street, or the Jakemans Stadium, as it is currently known, tucked just outside the centre of Boston, which if you’ve never heard of it, is in the middle of absolutely nowhere in Lincolnshire. It’s one for people who long for the good old days, they’ve been there since the 1930s and it’s anything but a concrete bowl.

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Curzon are currently toe to toe with Boston in the league, and fairly comfortably saw off Curzon 3-1 at the start of the season. They’ve had some good results putting four past Blyth and holding high flyers Chorley and Bradford to draws earlier in the season. As is the story for so many teams at this level, they haven’t looked as sharp of late, and have failed to keep a clean sheet since the beginning of December when beating York. However, their games tend to be quite high scoring so Curzon will need to be mindful of this, and make sure to sharpen up their defence, which again lacked decisiveness on Tuesday night. Fatigue is undoubtedly setting in, but the Nash need to make sure they make their run of brilliant form this year count.

However, Boston have their own defensive struggles and hopefully some of the pace Curzon do have up front in the form of Olly Crankshaw and Luke Wall could well prove problematic for Boston.

The Nash need to put a defeat that maybe came slightly against the run of play behind them. They have a great chance of their highest ever league finish, and can’t blow the opportunity now!

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Two Key Fixtures That Could Halt Curzon’s Push To Their Highest League Finish

With only seven fixtures left, we are really getting into the business end of the season for the Nash.

There is still a great chance of Curzon Ashton beating their previous highest league finish of 11th in the 2105/16 season, but if they are going to they really can’t afford to be dropping points.

There are a few difficult games in this run in and the stand out one’s for me are both away fixtures.

The first of these is against AFC Telford, who like a lot of teams in this division started strongly, and then have started to wobble a bit. However, their home form is good, and while their defence can be a bit questionable, they are more than capable of finding the back of the net, only failing to score in two games all season.

This could prove problematic for Curzon, who have struggled with their defence at points this season. It could be a high scoring game, which is good for the neutral! However, the Nash will need to make sure they keep things tight, and not make the mistakes they were making earlier in the season where they were scoring and playing well up front, but letting in a few too many easy goals at the back.

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The penultimate game of the season for Curzon is likely to be one of the toughest of the season, against the once mighty Stockport. They have been in flying form this season, and playing them away so close to the end of the season while they are pushing hard for automatic promotion will not be an easy fixture. They have looked dominant in several of their games this season, and comfortably put two past Curzon back in November, Curzon need to be at their absolute best to try and stop this freight train and this looks like the one fans most need to worry about.

This fixture, I imagine is local for many Curzon fans, so if you can get down, do! It’s a huge important fixture and it’s so important to get behind the team!

Fixture Congestion Not a Problem For Bradshaw’s Curzon

Curzon playing on Saturday and Monday always threatened to be a bit of a challenge. Fixture congestion can be problematic at this level of football, where players are semi-professional and need to fit these around the commitments the rest of us have, 9-5 employment and general life admin that the professionals do not need worry about.

The Nash came into these quick fire matches after a thumping defeat at home to Altrincham, where they saw 6 sail past them. When this happens and things don’t go to plan it’s important that, while errors are learnt from, a line does need to be drawn and the teams need to move on.

The first fixture saw Curzon playing high flyers Bradford Park Avenue, who I saw play earlier in the season and they pulled York apart with ease. Curzon did not let themselves be intimidated by their opponents after going 1-0 down, and pulled back two goals. While some might see Curzon finishing with a 2-2 draw as disappointing, I feel it was a performance to be proud of and showed a lot of guts to get themselves back into the game after going down while playing away to classy and well supported opposition.

Guiseley AFC offered a kinder chance to come away with three points, having not won a game since new years day, as well as Curzon’s home advantage. It was a pretty miserable night in Tameside, but Curzon came away with something to cheer about, 3 points in an uneventful 1-0 win, with a goal in the first half from Lewis Reilly.

A workman like competent display from the Nash saw them hold the scoreline, and keep their first clean sheet since the 19th of January. Also something to reward the fans that came to watch in the icy rain.

It’s all pretty close, and Curzon are still only 9 points away from the play offs, with teams who started well starting to struggle for momentum and others starting to gather a bit of pace. It’s hard to say if Curzon’s remarkable phoenix from the flames bid from relegation worries to play off contenders is still realistic.

However, the Nash, with Mark Bradshaw at the helm have shown that they aren’t here to make up numbers, and are looking like they have a real chance of bettering their previous best ever season (11th in this league) and heading into next season as a real force to be reckoned with.

Curzon Will Be Hoping to Edge Towards Playoff Contention by Beating Altrincham

Curzon’s brilliant unbeaten run finally came to an end last weekend. After a remarkable comeback against Alfreton the week before maybe it was time for another team to grab a bit of luck, and 4th place Brackley had both luck and a touch of confidence about their game that saw them beat the Nash in a fairly uneventful game with the final scoreline a 2-0 victory.

You can’t win every game so there is no point dwelling too heavily on one away defeat, after what has been an incredible 2019 so far for the Nash. Curzon are back at the Tameside Stadium on Saturday and taking on Altrincham who are currently hanging on precariously to a playoff spot but are only a mere 5 points ahead of the Nash, with the same amount of games played.

Altrincham’s league position is largely due to a remarkable start to the season, where they put four against the likes of Bradford Park Avenue and Nuneaton. However, since the festive period their league run has started to come apart a bit, they’ve played 11 games since the 22nd of December and have won only three and lost five.

Including against the likes of Leamington, a team they should easily outclass managed to put three past them, and in some increasingly frustrated play, Altrincham saw a player sent off with about ten minutes to go.

This recent decline in form should give Curzon, who are on a massive upward trajectory of improving confidence. They showed against Chester that they are capable of taking it to the opposition, and showed a remarkable amount of fighting spirit against Alfreton.

Back at home, where the fans are really starting to enjoy the momentum that’s been picked up this season, Curzon have a real chance of getting the wheels back in motion in their unlikely bid for the playoffs.

Curzon Run Continues…On to The Cup Final

Curzon Ashton’s remarkable recovery in the league has been well documented, however they are carrying on their run of form elsewhere. 

The Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup may not trip off the tongue but it’s a great tournament for local clubs, with semi-professional and non-league clubs getting a chance at their day in the sun, or more accurately, evening in Oldham. Traditionally it’s been dominated by Tameside clubs however FC United have lifted it the last twice. 

There is no chance of them defending it this year following their expulsion from the competition for fielding an ineligible player, and the cup is sure to go back to Tameside with the results from last night leaving Curzon Ashton and Mossley in the last two spots. 

Curzon had to get past National League high-flyers and high-rollers Salford City to get to the semi-final, which is no mean feat. Their opposition this time around was Chadderton FC and therefore a short trip to Andrew Street. Which is a true non-league ground with limited infrastructure and tucked away on a terraced street, it’s worth a visit if you are decidedly anti concrete bowls, and according to a colleague when I mentioned the fixture to them, “is well near Asda.” Convenient. 

Curzon came into this game in a brilliant run of form, and this was a big chance for them, with Chadderton playing in North West Counties division one – two leagues below the Nash. Curzon came in with a brilliant attitude and were utterly dominant. Putting a remarkable 8 goals past Chad. The confidence from their rapid improvement in the league was evident, and they played fantastically throughout. The scoreline was thoroughly deserved, and credit to the players and coaches for deciding to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at this tournament, despite some important league games coming up. It will be fantastic for fans to get their trip to Oldham and guarantees a big game for the club even if they fail to make the playoffs. 

Mossley, who are in the same league as Chadderton saw off Radcliffe Borough on the same evening, with the final result being 3-2. So the traditional Tameside Derby will return to Boundary Park at a yet to be confirmed date. If Curzon are in their current run of form the Lilywhites, while deserving respect, could be a great chance for a bit of silverware for Curzon this season, and following on from a recent article about making sure that fans are really getting behind their team, I’ll make sure I’m there.

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