FC United of Manchester



First Team

Sat 8 Dec 2018 | National League North | Away


Broadhurst Park




Matt Corlett



It wasn’t a fairytale start for Mark Bradshaw as his Curzon side were defeated 2-0 away at FC United of Manchester in his first game in charge.  
A goal either side of half time for the hosts through Josh Wallen and Kurt Willoughby was too much for the Nash, who also had to play the final half hour with ten men after Mo Ali was giving his marching orders for a dangerous challenge.  
It was a nightmare start for Bradshaw and Curzon as it took FC United just two minutes to open the scoring. A free kick from the left was met by the head of Wallen, who beat Cameron Mason with his effort to open the scoring early on.  
Despite the setback, the Nash reacted well and began to dominate, with Crankshaw and Guest looking dangerous on either wing, however open chances were few and far between.  
The Nash did have the ball in the back of the net just before halftime as Brooke’s impressive overhead kick beat Lloyd Allison, however unfortunately for Brooke and his side the acrobatic strike was ruled out for offside.  
In the second half, Curzon continued to push for the all-important equaliser and came agonisingly close just after the restart.  
A free head from Guest fell to the feet of Chris Rowney whose effort from close range was agonisingly denied by the FC United defender on the line.  

In spite of their efforts, Curzon were dealt a blow just after as Mo Ali was sent off for a dangerous challenge on former Nash midfielder, Michael Potts.  
This would turn out to be a killer blow for the Nash as, as the heavens opened at Broadhurst Park so did the Curzon defence.  
Willoughby was played in on goal and he made no mistake with his finish, slotting past Mason to all but secure the win for the hosts.  

Bradshaw will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat after a week off as his side travel to Kidderminster on the 22nd of December. 


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