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York City

Sat 17 Feb 2018 | National League North | Home


Tameside Stadium




David Underwood




Having picked up 4 points from the last two games, moving them out of the relegation zone, Curzon were hoping to keep the momentum going against highflying York City.


It took only four minutes for Curzon to make their intentions known when a cross field ball found Joe Guest down the left his low cross into the box was only half cleared by York, finding Sam Walker on the edge of the box, his shot was well saved initially by keeper Adam Bartlett but Niall Cummins pounced onto the loose ball and managed to squeeze the ball past Bartlett at the near post.


On 7 minutes York were forced into an early change as Alex Pattison had to retire after being clattered by Matthew Regan in the early minutes, replacing him was Marcus Williams, making his debut for York.


On 13 minutes Bartlett came to York’s rescue to deny Curzon a second, and cross from Ben McKenna found Jake Dunwoody  who’s first time effort was superbly parried away by the keeper only to fall at Guest but Guest missed the golden opportunity to double the score by blasting high over the bar.


Curzon got a massive let off on 27 minutes Simon Heslop found Jon Parkin free inside the 6 yard box following a free kick on the left, Parkin unmarked directed his header wide of  Cameron Mason’s far post. 


A minute later Curzon were awarded a penalty after Ben McKenna was upended inside York’s box by Connor Brown, Cummins stepped up looking for his second of the game but Barlett, yet again produced a fantastic save by diving to his left and palming the ball onto the post away to safety. 


On 35 minutes Cummins did get his second and it was a delightful to watch, Curzon awarded a free kick just outside the centre circle, Walker played it wide to McKenna, who skipped past his marker, Williams and drilled a low cross which Cummins coming in blasted past Bartlett.


Curzon were now on top and three minutes later on 38 minutes Cummins claimed his hat-trick after playing a wonderful one – two with Dunwoody on the edge of the box and then keeping his composure  to blast past Bartlett.


York reeled by the score-line could not keep possession and Curzon were rampant, on 41 minutes James Baillie was found free inside York’s box but with just the keeper to beat he hit his shot wide.


York’s only real chance came  on 42 minutes when captain Sean Newton chested the ball down to volley the wrong side of Mason’s post from the edge of the box.


As half time approached Curzon created two more chances, McKenna saw his shot deflected wide then Baillie narrowly hits his shot over the bar as York tried to clear their lines.


Curzon were looking like they could score on every attack and in added time Bartlett who was having a terrific time in the York goal, yet again saved to deny Walker at the near post.


Curzon went in at half time after producing a great 1st half performance against the much favourite’s York City.


In the second half York started on the front foot trying to force an early goal to start their fight back but leaving themselves open at the back which Curzon exploited at every opportunity. On 52 minutes a quick counter from Curzon ended with Bartlett parring away a shot from Guest.


Parkin had a chance for York on 56 minutes after he brought the ball down inside the box but then he completely miskicked his shot allowing Curzon to clear and break.


From the break Curzon won their first corner of the second half, which was only half cleared by York to Guest 30 yards out.  Guest then put in a far post cross which found Walker, Walker then fired low towards the far post getting a deflection on its way to the corner of the York’s net to make it four nil to Curzon.


York’s problems got worse on 64 minutes after Parkin was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Jonathon Hunt after a challenge, Hunt had done a great man-marking job on Parkin all game which Parkin was getting frustrated with.


There was some cheer for the travelling York fans when 67 minutes Alex Kempster making his debut for York skipped past Hunt at Mason’s near post and then pass the ball past Mason to his far post.


The goal seemed to pick up York and with 10 men they pushed forward looking for a second and Curzon dropped deep.


On 75 minutes Curzon started to get a foothold back in the game and forced two corners in a matter of minutes, Curzon then made two changes in Aaron Dwyer and Ben Wharton  for Guest and Cummins respectively hoping to see out the last 15 minutes.


York over the afternoon only created a few good chances but on 85 minutes Kempster from a Jon Burn cross could only see his header come off the crossbar.


In added time substitute Wharton could have made it 5-1 as he was found free inside the York’s box but Bartlett was off his line quickly to save again.


With the last kick of the game Hamza Bencherif summed up York’s afternoon when he blasted his shot high over the cross bar from 12 yards out.


Curzon fully deserved the win and continue their revival with 7 points from their last 3 games which see them move up to 13th place. In a game which Curzon scored 4 great goals it could of easily been 7 or 8 but with 10 goals for in their last 3 fixtures the confidence is coming back into the squad.

Match Report by David Jones


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