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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 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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By Beating Darlington, Curzon Could Edge Closer to Playoffs – The Impossible Dream?

I’m sure I am not the only Nash fan genuinely impressed at how quickly we pulled ourselves out of the relegation zone and jumped a large number of places in the league. Showing that they could not only do it against the likes of strugglers Ashton United and Nuneaton but, against the big boys too when some inspired goalkeeping kept a clean sheet against Chester and seeing them walk away with 3 points last week.

Keeping clean sheets have been such a difficulty for Curzon Ashton and has seen them drop points unnecessarily throughout the season, and having kept one against a team of the calibre of Chester is something to write home about for Curzon. It could have a major influence on their season, in both the points they’ve picked up but in the teams’ confidence in their defence. It also sends a message to the opposition that this is a team in a rich vein of form who are hard to beat.

It will not have skipped Darlington’s attention that Curzon have leapfrogged them in the league and that they are motoring. Having to head to Tameside stadium will not be an easy fixture for them.

This is a crucial time of year for a team like the Nash, who aren’t too many points off sneaking into the playoff spots, a remarkable feat considering they even slid into the relegation zone for a short while over the Christmas period. Yet if their current form continues it’s a less a dream, more a real possibility.

Bradshaw has done an utterly remarkable job turning around a struggling team, with a crumbling defence into a real force to be reckoned with, even in this tough league. He has achieved this in spite of Curzon’s limited financial clout and dependence on a lot of very young players. If this had been achieved in a more prominent league, he would be labelled a genius.

I was cautiously optimistic about our season before beating Chester away, now I’m very excited about the season we could now have in store.

Reviewed: Mark Bradshaws’ First Month in Charge

Time flies, and it’s already been a month since the slightly acrimonious managerial change at Curzon Ashton. which saw Mark Bradshaw take charge at the Tameside Stadium.

It was a shaky start to his time at the club, as they headed to Moston for their first game to take on FC United at Broadhurst park. FCUM were ahead after a mere two minutes, extended the lead after half time, and to add insult to injury Curzon got a straight red shortly after the second goal. FC United looked to be one of the easier fixtures, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in being slightly concerned by this turn of events.

It looked to be on the up, and three points looked possible away at Kidderminster before they grabbed a 90th-minute equaliser, which was cruel as they had played solidly throughout.

Over the congested Christmas period, I imagine most fans were happy to write off the game against Chorley, who are at the time of writing 3 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. However, I also imagine several would have been confident about the home fixture against local rivals Ashton United, who have not been enjoying the rub of the green of late. While a thriller of a match with no less than 6 goals, it was frustrating to see 4 of them go to Ashton United. Curzon’s defensive issues really came to light for the last thirty minutes of the game and I’m sure there were a few frustrated fans heading home after that.

The reverse leg of the fixture was played on New Years day and unsurprisingly saw a big turnout from both fans. Curzon were completely dominant in this fixture, which wasn’t represented in the half time scoreline of 1-0 to the home team, due to a slightly controversial penalty. However Curzon came out with excellent passing accuracy and control to grab 2 goals in four minutes and despite a late flurry from United, the Nash held their nerve and defended well and held the scoreline at 2-1, picking up their first league win since October.

They were able to carry this confidence over to York, with a workman like 1-0 win at home this weekend.

Things are starting to look up for Bradshaw’s side and I hope they are able to continue this run with some confidence behind them for their next two fixtures, away matches at Nuneaton and Chester. He has also shown some intelligence in the transfer market, picking up Craig Lingfield from Nantwich FC, and also negotiating well when Championship football came calling for the talented Olly Crankshaw. Crankshaw will soon be enjoying the bright lights of Wigan, however not before finishing off his season at Tameside Stadium on loan.

Hopefully this confidence winning two games on the bounce will continue throughout the season, and some clever moves in the transfer market can give fans a bit of optimism for the rest of the season.

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.

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