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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.

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‘A Tough Pill to Take’ FC United’s Battling Performance Could Help Survival Hopes

This weekend saw FC United face their local rivals, Stockport County, which resulted in the reds 16th loss of the season against a strong County side battling for promotion who got their 9th consecutive win.

Stockport looked to be the team on top in the opening minutes, however, it was the reds who broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a goal from FC’s number 9 Kurt Willoughby, scoring his 11th league goal of the season. The goal seemed to set County back as the game levelled out and even saw United’s recent signing Mike Donohue miss a one on one chance against The Hatter’s keeper Ben Hinchcliffe. County levelled the score on the 45th minute after a fine reaction save from Lloyd Allinson saw the ball rebound to striker Frank Mulhern, whose cross into the box looped into the reds goal via a deflection off FC’s right back Joel Senior.

The teams who are at opposite ends of the table went into the break all square. It was County who looked to be in control for the majority of the second half without really threatening FC’s goal, however, FC still had the chances and Stockport still had to rely on their number one as Hinchcliffe made a superb reaction save to stop Chris Sharpe getting on the score sheet with a flicked header at the near post. Regardless, the Reds pushed for a winner which would’ve seen them get even closer to safety and spending another season playing in the National League North. Stockport guaranteed their ninth consecutive win and their three points on the 88th minute after Oldham loanee Jamie Stott scored the winner in what was his last game for the men in blue.

The game seemed to tell a familiar story for the Reds as they were never out of control of the game, however the lack of clinical finishing once again cost the Reds points and leaving them now with fourteen cup finals to save themselves a place in the league for next season. Their lack of finishing is going to be something that manager Neil Reynolds is going to have to look to improve on, if United are going to play their football at this level.

Breaking news on Monday has meant The Red Rebels may have an insurmountable mountain to climb, with news coming out they are under investigation from the National League for fielding an ineligible player – which has already seen them kicked out of the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup.