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Wed 11 Apr 2018 | National League North | Home


Tameside Stadium




Aaron Jackson



Two goals both in added time of each half saw Curzon grab a vital three points in their quest to remain in the National League North.

On a nervy night for both teams it was Curzon who got the 1st chance to have a shot on goal after Joe Guest was brought down just outside the Trinity box, Samuel Walker stepped up but could only curl his free kick straight at Hewrick Ravas in the Trinity goal.


On 9 minutes Curzon were stretched after a defensive slip allowed  a cross-field ball to find Nicky Walker who side-stepped his marker and from 6 yards out made an opening for a shot, but Cameron Mason was in the right place to save with his legs.


After 15 minutes both teams had settled and it was a evenly matched game, both sides showing glimpses of good approach play but just failing to deliver a good final ball to create a goal scoring opportunity.


Curzon started to put some pressure onto Trinity after forcing two corners in succession after Ravas dropped the 1st one and it was hacked away for a second corner which Curzon wasted after the referee Aaron Jackson spotted a foul inside the box.


But on 25 minutes Curzon were dealt a blow when they lost their influential midfield player Samuel Walker to injury, Walker was replaced by Paul Marshall who himself has not played much football since last November.


Two minutes later Niall Cummins back in the side after injury, got onto the end of a Ben McKenna cross to flick his header goal-bound but it came to rest on the roof of the net.


At the other end on 28 minutes Mason produced a fantastic save to deny Trinity’s captain  Nathan Jarman after he hit his free kick from 22 yards to the top right corner of the goal, Mason somehow diving to his left showed a strong hand to palm it away for a corner.


On 38 minutes a long ball played forward by Trinity found Ashley Worsford in a clear offside position which assistant referee Joseph Pettitt failed to spot, Worsford held off his marker to hit smash his shot over Mason but luckily for Curzon it smashed against the crossbar. 


On 43 minutes Matthew  Regan did well to win the ball at left back and launch a quick attack find McKenna down the left but as the crowd got to their feet, McKenna ran into trouble but managed to win a corner which came to nothing.


GOAL: But as the referee Jackson indicated a minute of added time Curzon were awarded a free kick by the right touch line, Marshall whipped in a great ball which was met by Daniel Shaw who flicked his header to the far post beating everyone in its way to nestle into the corner of Ravas’s net allowing Curzon to go in at half time 1-0 to the good.


In the first minute of the second half Curzon nearly went 2 up, after Niall Cummins broke in to the Trinity box, he played the ball too far in front allowing Ravas to get down to the ball but he stumbled the ball and Cummins managed to get hold of it again and play it back to Baillie who’s cross was cleared for a corner.


Trinity showed that they were still in the game when on 49 minutes Shane Clarke hit a tremendous shot from 25 yards out and again it was Mason diving to his left who produced a great save to keep Curzon’s lead intact.


On 53 minutes manager John Flanagan made a tactical change bringing on a defender Oliver Thornley for the attacking wide man McKenna as Trinity started to put pressure onto Curzon.


With Curzon defending deep they were relying on quick counter attacks and on 57 minutes Regan breaks through Trinity’s midfield to find Baillie, Baillie running into the box could only shoot straight at Ravas.  


On 67 minutes Trinity make their first change bringing on Ben Hinchcliffe as they searched for the equaliser as they continued pile on the pressure, Curzon were now struggling to keep the ball and inviting Trinity to attack, with Cummins alone up front Curzon were finding it hard to get out of their own half.


For all Trinity’s pressure they still were finding it hard to create a good scoring opportunity but on 71 minutes Craig King came close when his shot just curled past Mason right hand post.


On 76 minutes Curzon could have put the game to bed after Regan slipped a great ball into Joe Guest, his low cross flew across the front of the goal and the in-coming Cummins just failed to get a foot to the ball to steer it into the net. 


In the final 10 minutes both teams huffed and puffed and with 2 minutes to go, Cummins released down the left played in Guest who found Baillie inside the box around 12 yards out but Baillie could create the space he needed to get a shot away and the ball was cleared. 


As for Trinity they went down the other end and camped outside the Curzon box looking for a way through and the Curzon back line stood firm, finally giving away a corner which again they defended well but with 4 minutes of added time Curzon were still not out of the woods.


GOAL: Just when Trinity thought that they might grab a point Curzon grabbed a second, winning the ball on the edge of their own box the ball was played forward, Ravas came too far out of his goal to head clear but he could only head the ball high in the air, Guest saw the opportunity and headed the ball from 25 yards high over Ravas into an open net to give Curzon all three points which sees Curzon rise to 16th place.


A vital win for Curzon as they now prepare for another three pointer when they travel to Leamington this coming Saturday.


Match Report by Dave Jones


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