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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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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.

Red Rebels Aim To Rock Robins in Huge 6-Pointer

The Red Rebels look to edge closer to safety in this weekend’s local derby against The Robins. This Saturday sees two of the National League North relegation favourites, FC United and Ashton United hoping to edge closer to safety in the weekend’s massive six-pointer derby.

The two clubs sit close to the foot of the table as FC United are currently sitting in 20th and Ashton United are positioned 21st, 4 points behind their Manchester rivals. FC United are making the short trip to their neighbours Ashton United in a huge match for both clubs at Hurst Cross this Saturday.

The Reds have recently halted a run of four consecutive defeats after such a bright start under the clubs third manager Neil Reynolds, who replaced Club Legend and record goalscorer with 103 goals for the Moston outfit, Tom Greaves, in August 2018,. However, after last weeks shock result of the weekend When FC United managed to score three past title contenders Bradford (Park Avenue) at the Horsfall Stadium, the reds are hoping their impressive away record, which has previously seen them comfortably beat Kidderminster, Altrincham, Blyth and Hereford, will give them the upper hand against Ashton with them struggling to hit top form at home.

The last time these two clubs met was a night for the underdog on August 7th. FC United looked to be on their way to picking up their first 3 points of the season as they were comfortably 3-1 ahead at the break, however, the reds defence seemed to have disappeared minutes after the second half commenced. In no time, the newly promoted opposition were back in the game with the scoreline at 3-2, and by the end of the game had completed the come back with a 4-3 victory.

This Saturday’s fixture will be FC’s chance to start building confidence with back to back victories and, kicking on after Christmas as is their tradition over the last few years. Neil Reynolds will be keen to see the good performances of recent weeks which have not delivered the results they possibly deserved, repeated but this time the result included with goals added to the performances This promises to be a game not to be missed and a large crowd is anticipated due to the short distance between the 2 teams and FC’s renowned travel support.

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.

Flanagan, Clean Sheets & Lack of Funds: Curzon Ashton’s 2018 In Review…

It’s been a frustrating 12 months to be a Curzon Ashton fan!

Curzon lacks the funds that teams at this level increasingly have, here’s looking at you, Salford. And at times that has really shown, especially this season.

A 5-0 thumping away at Harrogate rounded off the 2017/2018 season for the Nash, but they had done enough to stay in the National League North, despite it looking shaky at the start of the year.

Summer friendly’s saw them take on the likes of Premiership strugglers, Burnley, and while Burnley were not starting superstars (does Burnley have any superstars? That’s a whole other article) the Nash were not disgraced and played well in the first half before likely fitness got the better of the semi-pros. But there would be plenty of encouragement to take from that performance.

The season started well with a win over Darlington away.

However, this year and more-so this season has been heavily influenced by the Nash’s seeming inability to keep a clean sheet. Despite taking on some defensive academy players from Stoke they remain struggling in this area. The really could have beaten York, Southport and Kidderminster (twice!) but on two occasions drew. This is 8 points that have been completely thrown away and is a vital part of their game they need to improve to avoid the drop into the Northern Premier.

Perhaps Curzon’s heavy reliance on young upstarts rather than experienced ex-league players is getting the better of them at times, but they may simply not have the funds to attract these players, and are completing with Hyde, Stalybridge and Ashton United in Tameside alone, not considering Salford, FC United, Altrincham, Stockport and so on in the greater Manchester area at this level.

The concentration of clubs makes getting players there a competitive aspect that smaller, less well-funded clubs are going to struggle with.

The elephant in the room of Curzon’s year was the dismissal of the enormously popular and well regarded John Flanagan. Tweets from the former manager himself suggest this was not an amicable split and I can only imagine the atmosphere in the dressing room has been tainted. I myself was a huge fan of John Flanagan but I am also not enjoying seeing Mark Bradshaw struggling for results, and I hope that dressing room issues are not the cause for this.

It’s been a frustrating year for fans of The Nash, and currently, we end the year with them sitting in a precarious position. However it was similar 12 months ago and they survived, which really has to be the main aim here. The NPL is notoriously hard to get out of with only one automatic promotion spot, and sliding down to that needs to be avoided at all costs.

Here’s hoping the Nash can get 2019 off to a good start with a win over local rivals Ashton United.

For those not familiar with Ashton United’s ground it is something out of your non-league dreams, and the sort which is fast dying out. If your hangover allows you – I’d strongly recommend getting to this game.

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.

Curzon Will Look For Thier First Win Under Bradshaw, With a Win Over Kidderminster…These 2 Players HAVE To Start

The congested Christmas period is great for fans but perhaps not so good for teams if they are struggling a bit. Curzon are only three points clear of the drop zone and, really need to pick up some points this festive season.

Kidderminster looks on the league table a tough fixture, they are in the playoffs, however following a flying September their form has taken a bit of a dip, which should give Curzon fans some hope.

After Mark Bradshaw’s first match in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat against Greater Manchester rivals FC United, he’ll be hoping his second away game can end up in three points.

With that in mind, here are two players that could be crucial to this game…

Ryan Brook

Ryan Brook, who is hugely popular with fans. One of many players pinched from Oldham, Ryan has done two spells at the Tameside stadium getting his name on the scoresheet regularly, enjoying a decent run of form at the moment scoring 4 of Curzon’s last 9 goals.

He also scored in the reverse leg of this fixture in the summer. Hopefully, he can get his name on the scoresheet again.

Cameron Mcjannet

Cameron Mcjannet, one of two young players on loan from Stoke is a talented young defender. He did get a red card against Southport but has shown plenty of ability, including getting his name on the scoresheet against AFC Telford of late, never a bad thing for a defensive player.

If he can keep everything under control and well-timed, this young man can be a real asset for an import fixture tomorrow.

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