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Tamside Stadium




Benjamin Speedie



10 Man Curzon lose to County


A large crowd were in attendance for this local derby against Stockport County which also saw two former players in Matthew Warburton & Samuel Walker return to the Tameside stadium now with today’s opposition. 


It was a frantic start to the game with both sides getting stuck in and plenty of free kicks given away.  But the first piece of action came on 6 minutes after Cameron McJannett delivered a great cross from the left towards Chris Rowney but Scott Duxbury was there to head away for the first corner of the game.


Curzon delivered a short corner to Connor Hughes who delivered a far post cross which found Adam Morgan, Morgan did well and headed home  only to see the assistants flag raised at the far side.


On 10 minutes County get into Curzon’s half and win their first corner of the game but Curzon managed to stop them from delivering the ball into their box.


On 19th minutes after some good pressure from County they create their first good chance of the game as Warburton feeds in Nyal Bell at the edge of Curzon’s box but Bell could only drill his effort wide of Cameron Mason’s post.


After 25 minutes it was County who settled and started to put pressure onto Curzon, Joe Guest was lucky not to go into referee’s Ben Speedie’s book after he brought down Sam Minihan as he tried to launch another County attack. But for all County’s pressure Curzon were defending well.


Danny Shaw on 30 minutes put his own side under pressure with a poor pass into his own box as County’s Bell latches onto the ball but Shaw recovered well to win the ball back and clear the danger.


37 minutes into the game with not many chances created McJannett made a run from left back through the centre and tried a long range effort from around 25 yards which he dragged wide of Ben Hinchcliffe’s post.


Stockport County on 43 minutes were awarded a penalty after Daniel Morton was adjudged to fouled Ash Palmer inside the box, former player Walker stepped up and placed it past Mason to his bottom right corner.


Curzon nearly hit back when a cross from the right by Morgan found Guest lurking around the 6 yard box but he could only head over the cross bar into the top netting.


Curzon went in at half time a bit disappointed having defended well and working hard against a Stockport side who had a lot of possession but never really hurt Curzon 


Curzon came out for the second half with purpose and Morgan had the ball in the net again, after a minute but again the flag was raised by the assistant. Then Connor Hughes burst into life making two great runs at the County’s back four, on the second run making a one-two with Morgan he hit a curling effort goal-wards forcing in Hinchcliffe to turn the ball over for a corner.


As the hour mark approached County started to put pressure onto Curzon and Mason had to be on his toes making good saves from Elliott Osborne and Mulhern, then Curzon were glad to see Osborne fire over from 15 yards when Adam Thomas found him with a cushioned header into the box.


On 68 minutes McJannett made things worse for his team when he hit Thomas with force and was shown his second yellow card of the game reducing Curzon to 10 men for the last 22 minutes.


With 15 minutes to go County made sure of all three points when taking the advantage of the extra man the dangerous Osborne hit a screamer into Mason’s top corner to make it 2-0.


On 83 minutes it was nearly three as Mulhern hits the post with a header from 6 yards out. 


On 87 minutes Ryan Brooke worked hard to create an opening for himself but his effort was easily collected by Hinchcliffe but in added time Mohamud Ali forced Hinchcliffe into a fine save from 20 yards.


County over the 90 minutes deserved the win and the 3 points but with Curzon going down to 10 men it was always going to be a mountain to climb.

Match Report by David Jones


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