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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.

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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.

Play Off Dark Horses Curzon, Close the Gap to 4 Points

If I’m dreaming, please don’t wake me up. Curzon extended their remarkable unbeaten 2019, making it 6 unbeaten and a remarkable 5 wins.

Hereford was one of the lucky games on the fixture list that managed to get the go-ahead this weekend. After a quiet first half, Hereford went 1-0 up. Being the pessimist I am I thought, oh here we go, and I think the Nash of two months ago would have crumbled, however, Curzon remained composed, and 12 minutes later Lewis Reilly managed to get an equaliser.

Curzon was not happy with the point, and defended well, parking the bus when they needed to and attacking aggressively when they had a chance. Their tenacity was rewarded when Shaun Miller hit the most superb strike from 25 yards. There wouldn’t have been many better finishes than that in the league this weekend and, was one of the strikes of the season. It was a hard-fought but deserved win, and an excellent way to celebrate long-standing stopper Cam Mason’s 100th game in net for the Nash.

This weekend’s win has left Curzon, who barely 6 weeks ago were looking like getting embroiled in a relegation battle, are now sitting just 4 points off a play-off place. Alongside, Spennymore playing Bradford PA this weekend and Southport playing Chorley, some of the clubs in those desirable play-off places will inevitably be dropping points at the hands of each other.

With arguably the toughest games of the competition out of the way, having played Chorley both home and away, they have a slightly easier run to the end of the season and the playoff dream stays alive under Mark Bradshaw.

Curzon’s Key Matches In February in Quest for Unlikely Playoff Hunt

Curzon’s most recent result of a 1-1 draw leaves them unbeaten this year and hopefully won’t put the breaks on too heavily on their chances of a playoff place.

There are two games this February I think are crucial to the Nash’s hopes this season…

The first falls this weekend against Hereford away at the utter beauty of a football ground that is Edgar Street. Curzon are comfortably clear of Hereford in the National League North so you might wonder why I think this is an important game. Well, years of supporting Manchester City in their difficult years in the 90s and 00s have taught me many things, mainly about staying warm and the location of chip shops in Reading, but also that you cannot get complacent against any team.

Hereford should be easy for a team playing as well as Curzon who are currently hard to beat, however, if they go in with that attitude and Hereford go in battling in an attempt to avoid the drop, they could drop points that they shouldn’t be.

Staying focussed against this opposition is crucial. On paper, it looks an easy three points for the Nash, and if they come away with that it could be a huge step to their playoff dreams. However, taking a point from this would mean a lot to Hereford and I imagine they will be throwing the kitchen sink at this game. Curzon need to make sure they go into this respecting this opposition, keeping the upward curve in improvement with their back line and hopefully walking away with the points they deserve.

The other game I think could have a huge baring is Altrincham at home at the end of the month. This is for two reasons, the first of which is that Altrincham are floating far higher up the league than they are, currently in the playoff, and a good performance against them is a real statement that Curzon are playing better than they ever have and are a team to be taken seriously at this level.

The second is that playing well would be a confidence boost to the team itself who will have a tough game away against Bradford Park Avenue for their first March game. Bradford PA are almost certainties for the playoff spots and I saw them pull York apart earlier this season, they will be tough opposition on home turf. However, if they have performed well against Altrincham it will be a bit of hope that they can head to Horsfall Stadium with a real chance of taking something from one of their toughest remaining games this season.

Bring the Noise! Can an increase in crowd numbers help Curzon’s unbeaten run?

The games I remember well are the ones with an electric atmosphere.
An FC United game where the home fans mocked each other depending on what stand they were in for a full 90 minutes, a more recent trip to Doncaster v Sunderland; they may have cried on Netflix but the travelling band of Sunderland away fans are incredible. And of course, every City fan from the bad old days remembers Helen Turner and her bell.

People bemoaning the lack of atmosphere in modern football definitely have a point, at the top level neutrals want to go and see the likes of De Brunye, Sane and Hazard play, and ticket prices have seen off some fans.

However in the National League and National League North, with the exception of a few groundhoppers, most people there are fans, or at least have a passing interest in the team.

There was a post in the Curzon Ashton fan group about getting home games like they used to be, scarves, flags and a lot of noise.

The Nash have had a difficult 12 months, which does put people off going to games. However, with the momentum behind them and remaining unbeaten in 2019 so far, a glimmer of hope of reaching the playoffs, hopefully, we will see a few more locals heading to the ground and getting behind their team. There is no denying that an atmosphere makes a ground a more intimidating place to go for opposition fans, and can give players themselves a bit of a lift, there’s a reason the term, “12th man” exists in the first place.

Curzon have an excellent stadium for a ground at this level, it’s a short hop from Ashton Train station (and Ikea, cheer on the Nash, buy a Sjalland chair on your way out, everyone’s a winner), it has the infrastructure to host bigger crowds than it currently pulls. When you get to the ground the shop near the entrance sells a host of old programmes, as well as various Curzon scarves, badges and shirts.

We are well and truly in the business end of the season now, and Curzon’s miraculous recovery from staring down the barrel of Northern Premiership football to potentially making the playoffs is an achievement in itself.

Curzon still have some tough games home games ahead, against the likes of Altrincham, Spennymoor and Stockport, who are all sitting pretty, higher up the league and will be trying to make sure they aren’t dropping points at this late stage in the competition.

Curzon have a real chance of the highest league position finish in their history this season, and not only that but a real chance of a playoff place, so jump on the bandwagon, grab a scarf and come and cheer on the best team in Tameside.

4/4: Bradshaw Has Got Curzon Ticking – Is a Late Surge For The Playoffs Too Much Of a Task?

I am struggling to believe that three weeks ago I was heading to Hurst Cross to watch the Ashton Derby, feeling pretty pessimistic about the chances Curzon had of survival and had pretty much resigned myself to a season watching Northern Premiership football.

However, something clicked that day for Curzon and they were utterly dominant. This was followed by two fairly kind games, in York and strugglers, Nuneaton. Chester was far more of a challenge, they were 11 league places ahead of the Nash and gunning for a place in the playoffs. Their recent slight dip in form had given me a bit of hope of the Nash grabbing a point. I didn’t think this away fixture was winnable.

Furthermore, the confidence boost that comes from having already picked up 9 points in 2019 showed on Saturday. One thing that was really impressive was Cameron Mason’s goalkeeping. It really kept Chester out of the game, and while the defence at Curzon still needs a bit of work, Mason really earned his fee on Saturday and kept a hard-won clean sheet.

Curzon have climbed 7 places in a very short space of time and are now a mere 8 points away from the playoffs. The next two fixtures at home to Darlington, who they have recently leapfrogged in the league and away to strugglers Hereford could see another 6 points, which would be huge.

There are some good teams at the top, and getting into the playoffs can be really tight. However, Curzon are looking better than they have for years, they are working together excellently. While they never really had an issue scoring goals, they used to also let quite a lot in which is something they have improved on drastically in a short space of time. If this trajectory of improvement continues they have every chance of reaching the playoffs, and in doing so their highest ever league position.

Can Bradshaw Make it 4 Unbeaten With The Revolutionised Curzon Ashton Against Chester

After a shaky start to his tenure, Mark Bradshaw has Curzon Ashton flying, winning three games in 2019 already.

There is no denying that Chester this weekend will be their toughest game, their three wins coming over floundering York, and Ashton United and Nuneaton, who look like the most probable candidates for the drop. I imagine that there will be a few nerves as the team head to Wales (yes, really, the Deva Stadium is in Wales by about half an inch).

Chester are flying high in the playoffs, 11 points and 11 league places ahead of the Nash currently. However, their form not being in quite the same rich vein as it was at the start of the season could give Curzon and their fans a bit of optimism about the chances of grabbing something out of this game.

I was initially not happy with the news that Curzon’s long-standing manager John Flanagan had left the club, and I think a lot of people felt the same. Added to this I was concerned about the initial results. However, Bradshaw’s men are now in flying form. He has not been afraid to get rid of players during the transfer window and has made clever signings from lower leagues and academies.

A change is as good as a rest, so goes the saying, and the team have got some fight back. Before Curzon had a bit of a habit of scoring early, and then conceding, leading to picking up draws on games they should have been winning and losing games they should have pinched a point from. This had left Curzon in serious risk of Northern Premier League football next season, but while the defence still needs work, Curzon are playing better and looking dominant in games again.

They have gone from looking like likely candidates for the drop to looking certain to stay up, and they could now be confident now of them finishing solidly mid-table.

Obviously this is against easier opposition than they will face this weekend, however, they can head here off the back of hitting a confidence boosting 4 goals past Nuneaton last weekend and be cautiously optimistic about taking something from this game. If they do that is a major stepping stone to well and truly turning their season around.

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