06 Jul 2019 in Match Reports
With 'Super Saturday' in full swing at Wimbledon, the Nash endured a not-so-super Saturday of their own after suffering defeats against Wigan Athletic u23s and Vauxhall Motors.
The first team squad made the early start with an 11am kick off at the Christopher Park training ground in Wigan.
There were six changes made from the team started against Cheadle on Tuesday: Andy Halls, Robbie Evans, Kallum Mantack, Brad Lynch and Callum Saunders all played from the off along with Cam Mason in goal after his return from Australia.
Curzon made a blistering start and Brad Lynch threatened twice in the first five minutes only to put his first effort wide before having his next shot well saved at the near post.
A well-drilled Wigan grew into the game but the Nash finished the half strongly, Callum Saunders coming within inches of opening the scoring when his close range header hit the underside of the crossbar.
A slew of substitutions disrupted the flow of the second half, until Wigan capitalised on a mix-up in the Curzon defence to grab what would turn out to be the winning goal.
The response in the final ten minutes was positive and only some great goalkeeping denied the Nash a deserved equaliser in a game which drew plenty positives despite the final score.
There a quick dash across to the other side of the Mersey where a group of youth players and trialists took on Vauxhall Motors.
After a hard fought first half, it was left to the most experienced head in the squad, Danny Shaw, to put Curzon ahead just before the break when his cross took a deflection and squirmed in at the near post.
But the lead lasted less than ten minutes of the second half when Vauxhall smartly worked the ball into the box and finished clinically.
After changing their strip at half time, Vauxhall seemed like a totally new team and two goals in quick succession put the game out of reach for the Nash.
Despite the results, these were two very useful outings as Mark Bradshaw continues to hone together his new look squad ahead of the beginning of the new campaign in a month's time.