27 Sep 2019 in News
Curzon Ashton manager Mark Bradshaw is eager to see his side turn around their faltering form when they travel to Farsley Celtic on Saturday.
After a strong start to the season which saw them pick up eight points from their first four games, a return of only one point from the next seven and Tuesday’s FA Cup elimination at the hands of Blyth Spartans has darkened the mood around Tameside Stadium.
But Bradshaw is confident that Curzon can bounce back from that defeat: “We look forward to all our games, although we’re under no illusions that this is going to be a tough one against an in-form Farsley.
“The players worked really hard in training and they are ready to go again. Our hard work, inner character, good attitude and determination will pull us around from this current run.”
The Nash will once again be without midfielders Robbie Evans and Sean Miller, although the latter is nearing a comeback with a projected return of three weeks.
Danny Shaw will also miss this weekend’s game and fellow defender Matt Regan will undergo a late fitness test, but James Baillie is back with the squad after a brief loan spell with Abbey Hey and could be in line to make his first Curzon appearance since November 2018.
Farsley have made a strong start to life in the National League North after winning the Northern Premier League last season and have climbed to sixth after recording three consecutive victories over Bradford (Park Avenue), Kettering Town and Leamington.
They have scored three goals in each of those games and also hit three past Runcorn Town in the FA Cup last weekend.
The Nash have a favourable head-to-head record against their West Yorkshire opponents losing only one of eight games between the pair, although they haven’t met in any competition since 2014.
Farsley manager Adam Lakeland will be a familiar face to some around Tameside having previously served as first team coach during the Nash’s consecutive promotions in 2014 and 2015 before moving on to a role at Blackburn Rovers.
Written by Sam Hendry