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Sat 21 Apr 2018 | National League North | Home


Tameside Stadium




Benjamin Speedie




Curzon get the vital 3 points to ensure Conference North football next season after a battling display.


Curzon had a nervy start to the game, with old boy Ryan Hall involved in two moves, his first, a cross the right only found Cameron Mason at the near post and his second was  a ball slipped into his path as he made his way into the box but the ball was too far in front of him.


The game was held up as Ryan Brooke received treatment after he was clattered in his jaw, the free kick came to nothing but on 7 minutes Curzon 1st effort came when Ben Wharton broke into the Town’s box and delivered a far post cross which James Baillie scuffed and the ball went aimlessly wide.


On 15 minutes Joe Guest was set free down the left but Curzon failed to get enough bodies into the box as the ball came across and went it away from danger but Curzon had started to settle and put some pressure onto Spennymoor. 


On 20 minutes Brooke could not recover from his injury and was replaced by Ben McKenna, on 22 minutes Curzon were awarded a free kick which was floated in by Paul Marshall, Jonathon Hunt at the back post rose to meet the ball but his marker did enough to ensure Hunt did not get a firm header.


There wasn’t many clear cut chances but McKenna made Daniel Lowson in the Town goal work when he hit a shot from 20 yards out, but Lowson held it well.


GOAL: On 41 McKenna going down the right was impeded but managed to stay on his feet, the assistant flagged for a foul but referee Ben Speedie played the advantage, McKenna getting to the by-line delivered a great cross into the box when it was met by Joe Guest who planted his header past Lowson.


On the stroke of half time a cross from the right into Moor’s box found Wharton but he was clearly fouled by his marker but the referee ignored all the Curzon’s appeals for a penalty.


Curzon went in at half time one goal to the good needing to put in a good performance in the second half to ensure they get the much needed 3 points.


It was a lively start to the second half, Matthew Regan collecting a yellow card early on for a rash tackle putting Curzon under pressure, and then on 50 minutes Cameron Mason had to be alert to dive to his left and push away a shot from Glen Taylor.


Spennymoor now out of the play-off spots were piling on the pressure hitting long balls whenever possible, a long ball forward on 58 minutes found Hall who knocked Daniel Shaw out the way to present himself with a 1-on-1 with Mason, but Mason was quickly off his line to smother Hall’s shot, With Regan clearing as Robert Ramshaw came running in for the loose ball.


Curzon with a rare chance to get forward on 64 minutes tried to work their way through the Moor’s defence with Jake Dunwoody and Guest combining but Guest was caught offside as he entered the box. 


The half was failing to produce any real chances and in the last 10 minutes the three games in a week for Moors were starting to show on but on 81 minutes Baillie broke away and with only the keeper to beat he opted to go past him rather than burying the ball into the net but Lowson got a great foot to the ball and push it away, Guest put a cross in from the left which Lowson again clawed away and the chance to grab a second went.


With all the teams below Curzon losing the referee indicated 4 added minutes for Curzon to hold onto their slender lead.


With the crowd on tender hooks Ben Speedie final blew the whistle and Curzon celebrated the win and will play football in the Vanarama Conference North League next season.


Match Report by Dave Jones


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