06 Oct 2020 in News
A goal from Dominic Knowles on his league debut for the Nash earned his side a point in their opening Vanarama National League North fixture against Alfreton. Putting his side ahead in the 38th minute, Alfreton struck back with the final kick of the first half through James Jones.
In what testing conditions, both teams still got the ball on the grass and tried to play some nice football. Neither side created any real clear-cut opportunities with Theo Roberts in the Curzon goal making the only save in the opening 35 minutes of the game. The breakthrough for the Nash came in the 38th minute. Craig Mahon played a lovely weighted ball over the defence into the path of Knowles, who cut inside off the right, beat two men and sent his shot curling into the bottom left hand corner from 20 yard out. In truth it was nothing less that Curzon deserved after edging out their visitors in the first half.
However, Curzon couldn’t hold on until half time. A flurry of corners for Alfreton right at the end of the half eventually led to their equaliser. A corner swung in from the left was emphatically met by the head of Jones, leaving Roberts no chance of saving it. The Curzon players felt aggrieved that the corner was allowed to be taken but it mattered little and both sides went in at the break on level terms.
Half Time: Curzon 1-1 Alfreton
As the teams were in the changing rooms, the weather deteriorated and presented the players with horrific conditions for the second 45. It was clear that there was going to be a winner, it was only going to be one team, with Curzon dominating much of the second half. The Nash pushed hard for a winner with Mahon calling Alfreton ‘keeper George Willis into action on two occasions, making good saves in both instances. Loan signing Alex Curran also tried his luck from distance with his effort only just rising over the crossbar.
Alfreton would end the game with 10 men, after a late Josh Clackstone challenge on Curzon left back Matty Watters earned the Alfreton man his second yellow of the game.
Full Time: Curzon 1-1 Alfreton
For all their endeavour the Nash couldn’t find the winner, but nevertheless a great improvement from Saturday and a great first point on the board. Manager Steve Cunningham, taking charge of his first league game, said he was proud of his team’s reaction last night:
‘I thought tonight everyman to a tee was absolutely suburb. Overall, I’m very, very happy we were able to react, perform well and show what we’re about. Also, I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get the win because I do believe we were the better team and should have taken all three points.’
Club captain Rob Evans emphasised what his manager said, saying that he and his teammates were disappointed not to get the win last night:
‘After the game we go into the dressing room and we’re disappointed not to have won the game – that’s what we need as a squad. It’s the first point on the board and we were overall the better team. It was a pleasing performance but that’s the minimum standard now that we have to build on.’