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One to watch for Curzon Ashton as they look to remain unbeaten against Kidderminster

Curzon Ashton will play their 5th league match this weekend against Kidderminster. The Football Manc Cave are walking you through previous results, stand out players and how they could line up.

Great Start

The Nash is currently 3rd in the National League North after beating Darlington 3-1. They originally went straight to the top of the league, other results impacted in them shifting to 3rd. They have gone unbeaten so far which is brilliant for Ashton.

Results:

Curzon Ashton 5-0 Bradford

Southport 0-0 Curzon Ashton

Leamington 1-1 Curzon Ashton

Curzon Ashton 3-1 Darlington

Key Players:

Issac Sinclair, the son of Trevor Sinclair is proving to be one to watch. He’s already bagged a few goals. At 18 years old, some call him a ‘wonder-kid.’ The 18-year-old will surely have all eyes on him. Sean Miller is another key goalscorer for the Nash and one who will be one to be marked by Kidderminster this weekend.

Line up:

My prediction is that The Nash will go unchanged from their game against Darlington. The 4-3-3 formation also seems to work. Despite Sean Miller scoring twice in their last game, he got taken off just after 60 minutes however he’s not believed to be injured and should start again.

Let’s hope Curzon Ashton can keep in their unbeaten run, whether it’s 3 or 1 point this weekend, if they can keep that great form going, they could end up setting themselves up for a fantastic season.

Fans would have noticed these two things from Curzon Ashton’s fantastic season opener

While legging it past the East Cheshire Harriers athletics track to make it for the whistle, I wasn’t feeling totally confident, of making the start of the game or the result. Memories still strong in my mind of a lacklustre Curzon Ashton performance against Guiseley, and watching Bradford Park Avenue pulling York apart.

On arrival at Tameside Stadium, once I had caught my breath, I was so glad it was back. There was a strong turn out from supporters, Bradford Park Avenue’s strip that seemed to be modelled on a Germany kit from the 1950s and there was a steward nailing a chicken balti pie.

My initial fears were starting to fade watching Curzon in the early stages, they were giving Bradford a lot of bother, and on the odd occasion they were getting it back the defence looked solid.

A fairly early goal for the Nash saw their confidence grow and grow, and the final 5-0 result was nothing less than they deserved, and quite frankly, it could have easily been 7 or 8.

So, what would I say we have learnt?

Curzon have learnt to defend

I have moaned at length about Curzon’s struggles keeping a clean sheet. However they saw no real issues doing so today, and Cam Mason only had to make one proper stop. Some strong, confident defending meant Mason could pop his feet up for much of the game.

There were clean strong tackles that Stuart Pearce would have been proud of, and Isaac Sinclair skinning a Bradford midfielder with a bit of skill not often seen at this level went down very well with fans. Bradford Park Avenue was not able to cause the Nash any real headaches and meant the forward players could spend time causing a real nuisance to the Bradford Park Avenue keeper.

Faith in the young players has paid off

Curzon Ashton does not have the funds of many teams at this level and has long been reliant on very young players. Something that hasn’t gone unnoticed, “we’re getting beaten off a youth team” wailed a Park Avenue fan.

However the young team under some good coaching from Mark Bradshaw looked to have come good. Adding to this the signings of Nicky Wroe (himself an ex Park Avenue Player) and Andrew Halls adding a bit of stability and invaluable experience to the young side. If today taught us anything it is that Curzon is developing and improving young players. There are some young men playing for the Nash at the moment who may have a serious future.

I’m wary not to get carried away, one game in, but the Nash was fantastic in their opening game. The support was excellent and I hope there are momentum and confidence that we can carry forward over the next few weeks.

Hopes and fears ahead of Curzon Ashton’s weekend opener today

It’s back, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to standing in freezing fields wondering what life was like when you could feel your feet, fixtures being rained off and googling where on earth Spennymoor is. (I’ll save you 20 seconds, near Durham, that was last season’s discovery).

I imagine like many Curzon fans, I’m slightly nervous about the upcoming season and unsure what to expect, last season was something of a rollercoaster. A steady start, which got a bit rocky and then rockier still after the sacking of a long term and well-liked manager.

Rollercoaster

After the initial appointment of Mark Bradshaw, the club had a run of results that saw them losing to season-long strugglers FC United and Ashton United and that left them staring down the barrel of the relegation gun. Thankfully there was a bit of revival that caused such a remarkable about-turn there was even talk of playoffs. Then Curzon’s difficulty keeping a clean sheet caught up with them, and the run of good form tailed off, and the season ended with less of a bang, more of a whisper.

And so, having just about got blood pressure down to acceptable levels, it’s going to start all over again. Curzon has been busy this transfer window, and the starting line up will see a number of new faces. Including Josh Agnew on loan from a recently promoted Salford City, two players who know the league well in Kallum Mantack from Ashton United and Jack Banister from FC United.

The type of player Curzon needed

They have also signed the sort of player that I have been saying Curzon need in Andy Halls, who is the older player Curzon’s mainly very young team really need. He has had spells with Stockport and Macclesfield, and several other teams in between which will provide the EFL experience and class the Nash craved last season.

So this season opens with a home fixture against Bradford Park Avenue who were a side to be reckoned with last season and finished 7th, a cool 11 places above Curzon in the league. However, Curzon held their own against Bradford both times last season, with a 1-1 draw at home and a 2-2 draw at Horsfall Stadium.

I’m unsure of what I feel Curzon’s realistic chances are in this fixture, but I am hoping for a more solid defensive line as I feel so many of Curzon’s many draws last season should and could have been 3 points for the Nash. They need to put a poor end to the season behind them and focus on the task at hand. Curzon showed, in flashes, that they are a team to contend with at this level, they just need to work on consistently getting those results.

As is often said, you can’t win the season in the first few weeks, but you can blow it. So here’s hoping for a strong start for the Nash.

Round table prediction: Our writers predict where Altrincham and Curzon Ashton will finish

We predicted who would finish higher in the National League North.

We cover quite a few teams here at the Football Manc Cave, and today we’ve been predicting where these teams will finish in the National League North. It’s been a tough pick with a lot of our teams switching leagues at the end of last season, but this article will focus on Curzon Ashton and Altrincham in the National League.

Both teams no doubt will be focusing on gaining promotion. Altrincham came close last season with a playoff finish, while Curzon had a fantastic turnaround under Mark Bradshaw, however the league form seemed to die off in the latter part of the season.

Curzon Ashton

They managed an 18th place finish last season out of 22 teams which seems quite disappointing, however, we’ve collectively placed them 10th. My personal guess was around the 16th mark so if there’s one thing that has come out of these results, it’s that we all think Curzon will have a better season than last.

Altrincham

They had a great last season and managed to finish 5th. We’ve all put that into consideration and we seem to think they will have a similar campaign in the 19/20 football year. I personally thought that might finish one place higher than last but collectively we have predicted they will come out at 5th again.

What do you think?

Joel Senior’s Future Looks Very Bright After Joining Burnley From Curzon Ashton

Curzon Ashton, like many teams at the Non-League level, has a squad with a number of players who haven’t quite made the cut in the academy system in other clubs.

However, for the likes of Ollie Crankshaw and Joel Senior, the opposite is true, and they have been spotted by other clubs.

Senior, in particular, has landed himself a five-tier leap up to Premier League club Burnley. For a player still in his teens, this is an incredible opportunity. We had a brief chat with Mark Bradshaw, the manager of Curzon Ashton who is delighted for the young player who he described this as being the “opportunity of a lifetime” for this “strong dynamic full back” and mentioned that many clubs were interested in him.

This will be a big leap and a learning curve for such a young player, who spent most of his career at Curzon playing for youth teams. He will go from playing with semi-pros to being in what is regarded, as one of the best and most competitive teams in the league. Potentially marking the likes of Lingard, Sterling and Salah next year, which sounds daunting.

However, I imagine for this young player this would be the stuff of dreams, as he will playing with players who would have been England regulars when he was very young, such as Joe Hart and Peter Crouch.

There is still a way to go I’m sure before he is a first team regular, and some time in the u23 ranks awaits. Nevertheless, it would be wonderful for a club with so many young players to produce a true Premier League regular, both for Joel and the club.

I’m sure all Curzon fans will join me in wishing him good luck, as will manager Mark Bradshaw.

We Look Back at Curzon Ashton’s Season Roller Coaster and What Could Be In Store For The Nash Next Season

I think a fair few Curzon Ashton supporters are sporting a few extra grey hairs at the end of this season. It been a somewhat dramatic one with some remarkable moments but, plenty of games fans would be keen to forget.

The season started promisingly enough with an away win at Darlington. A strong October, then results started to dip with the temperatures and there wasn’t a league win for the Nash in November.

There was the surprise and slightly tempestuous dismissal of manager John Flanagan, who had been at the club since 2011. It was not a smooth start for Mark Bradshaw either, with the Nash losing three of four games in December, including to league struggles Ashton United and FC United. This left Curzon Ashton with the very real possibility of being in a battle to stay up.

New year, new Nash, as Curzon entered the new year with a bang and totted up four wins on the bounce, including against high flyers Chester. This lead to a lot of talk about an unlikely bid for a play off place. Wins against Alfreton (In possibly the most bizarre game I’ve seen ever) and Hereford further strengthened this claim, before there was a bit of a bump down to earth with an away loss to Brackley and a thumping at home to Altrincham.

They looked to make a speedy recovery with a draw against high flyers Bradford Park Avenue followed by two further wins.

However, it all seemed to go a bit Pete Tong in the league, managing to be the first team since October that Guiseley pick up three points off, and not winning another league game, including ending the season with a 5-0 loss at home.

All was not lost, however, as Curzon flew through to the final round of the Manchester Premier cup and saw off Mossley comfortably in the final. This really gave fans something to cheer in a difficult season.

So what’s next for Curzon?

This is a tough league to get out of but on their day, The Nash are a good enough side to make them something to really be feared.

I’ve banged the drum about needing to make sure that they tighten up their back line. They are good up front but conceded far to many goals. Sharpen this up, draw a line under a difficult end of season and hopefully come into the next season fully wound up and ready to go and make an impact.

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.

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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Curzon Looking to Win the Manchester Premier Cup For the First Time Since 1990

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.

Curzon Will Look To Bounce Back Against Boston Today

Guiseley hadn’t won at home since October until they managed to put one past Curzon on Tuesday night.

The Nash had a shaky first 20 minutes, and despite being fairly dominant for the following 70 they weren’t able to take any points away from this fixture. In beating FC United and losing to Guiseley, Curzon have inadvertently had a massive say in the relegation battle in the last few days.

The Nash head to York Street, or the Jakemans Stadium, as it is currently known, tucked just outside the centre of Boston, which if you’ve never heard of it, is in the middle of absolutely nowhere in Lincolnshire. It’s one for people who long for the good old days, they’ve been there since the 1930s and it’s anything but a concrete bowl.

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Curzon are currently toe to toe with Boston in the league, and fairly comfortably saw off Curzon 3-1 at the start of the season. They’ve had some good results putting four past Blyth and holding high flyers Chorley and Bradford to draws earlier in the season. As is the story for so many teams at this level, they haven’t looked as sharp of late, and have failed to keep a clean sheet since the beginning of December when beating York. However, their games tend to be quite high scoring so Curzon will need to be mindful of this, and make sure to sharpen up their defence, which again lacked decisiveness on Tuesday night. Fatigue is undoubtedly setting in, but the Nash need to make sure they make their run of brilliant form this year count.

However, Boston have their own defensive struggles and hopefully some of the pace Curzon do have up front in the form of Olly Crankshaw and Luke Wall could well prove problematic for Boston.

The Nash need to put a defeat that maybe came slightly against the run of play behind them. They have a great chance of their highest ever league finish, and can’t blow the opportunity now!

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