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Guiseley FC

Mon 4 Mar 2019 | National League North | Home


Tamside Stadium




Scott Simpson




Curzon welcomed Guiseley to the Tameside stadium for only their 2nd home night game of the season.


Guiseley showed their intention by launching a long ball forward in the 1st minute which earnt themselves a corner which was cleared easily by Curzon but as the ball was cleared and cash of heads between Guiseley’s Niall Heaton and Curzon’s Sean Miller saw a long stoppage in play.  This resulted in Guiseley having to make an early sub with Cliff Moyo replacing Heaton.


On 11 minutes Curzon launched their first attack into Guiseley’s half and good play released Oliver Crankshaw down the right but his cross into the box was cleared  with ease.  The best chance in the early stages fell to Jack Dyche when a cross from the right on 13 minute found him 12 yards out, but his effort went high over the crossbar.


Guiseley had the ball in the net on 16 minutes through Scott Garner but the referee blew for a foul but it sent a warning to Curzon that they were a threat at set pieces.


Curzon themselves won two free kicks from either side of the 18 box within 2 minutes, but both were cleared with an effort on goal the second producing a good save from keeper Marcus Dewhurst.


Curzon then took the lead on 25 minutes after a great shot from Crankshaw from outside the box which Dewhurst struggled to hold and as the ball dropped Lewis Reilly was on hand to poach and slotted past the keeper.


Just after the half an hour mark Guiseley should have grabbed an equaliser when Curtis Morrison had two bites of the cherry, his first shot on the edge of the box was blocked but his second he launched high over the crossbar.


Despite Guiseley behind in the game their looked like the side in charge of the game, forcing Curzon to defend for long periods and forcing a few corners, as for Curzon they were holding firm and defending well.


However on 40 minutes Crankshaw burst into life down the right leaving his marker for dead and putting in a great cross which Reilly was inches away from tapping home.


In added time of the first half George Cantrill went on a mazy run into the Curzon box and hit a great effort which was equally saved by Cameron Mason.


Curzon went in at half time one goal to the good but Guiseley would be pleased with their efforts and be hoping that they can get back into the game in the second half, as for Curzon they will be looking to grab a second to put some space between the two sides.


Both sides started brightly at the start of the second half Miller for Curzon burst into Guiseley’s box but lost the ball between his feet but then Guiseley launched an attack which saw Rowen Liburd’ effort deflected away for a corner.


On 51 minutes Guiseley put Curzon under tense pressure with Curzon’s new signing Joel Senior, on his home debut saving a certain goal with a goal-line clearance after Dylan Barkers header from 6 yards out was goal-bound  then a second chance seconds later from Liburd was again cleared, this time by the feet of Mason.


Luke Wall had the home fans out of their seats on 58 minutes after he cut in from the left and hit a low shot which just went inches past Dewhurst’s goal as Curzon tried to stem Guiseley’s dominance. 


On 66 minutes Curzon who were having a good spell won their 4th free kick in a matter of minutes after Crankshaw was brought down, the resulting free kick found Jonathon Hunt at the back post who’s header was superbly saved by Dewhurst.


On 73 minutes Guiseley made a sub bring on Aleks Starcenko for his debut and he nearly made a dream start hitting a effort from 25 yards which nestled on top of Curzon’s net.


Guiseley were still applying good pressure onto Curzon which included 15 corners so far but Curzon were defending well and standing strong.


Curzon made some changes bringing on some fresh young legs and in the final 5 minutes of normal time Curzon started to give their back four some rest bite as they put the pressure back onto Guiseley, winning a few free kicks and a corner which amounted to nothing but kept Guiseley in their own half. 


With 4 minutes added, Guiseley pushed everything forward and won yet another corner and as the ball came into the box Kaine Felix had two chances to put the ball in the net but twice his shot was blocked and Curzon held firm again.


As the final whistle came a big cheer came from the home crowd as they knew that these 3 points were hard earned and thanks will have to go to the Curzon’s back line who were solid throughout, especially Oliver Thornley.


Match Report by David Jones



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