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.