02 Dec 2020 in Match Reports
A wonder strike from Craig Mahon was enough to ensure the Nash left Victory Park with a share of the points after a battling performance against Chorley.
In what proved to be an entertaining game, Curzon fully deserved something from the game with a resilient defensive performance against one of this seasons FA Cup feel good stories, Chorley.
The game didn’t take long to produce its first chance. The ball was fed into striker Dominic Knowles feet on the left of the pitch. Knowles close control saw him glide past numerous challenges and into the box, but his shot lacked any true power and was saved Matt Urwin.
The hosts enjoyed the better of the possession but carved out no real chances to trouble the Curzon defence. The Nash made them pay for this with a swift counterattack. On a second phase ball, Mahon picked up the ball on the right before cutting inside and producing a fine curled finish that buried itself into the top left corner giving Urwin no chance of saving.
Chorley once again took control of proceedings and this time increased the pressure on the Curzon backline. Multiple half chances came for the Magpies the best of which came for Scott Leather on the stoke of half time. A headed clearance from a corner fell for the defender on the edge of the area but his half volley was deflected and into the arms of Cam Mason in the Curzon goal.
HALF TIME: Chorley 0-1 Curzon
The second half continued the pattern of play seen throughout the first half. For all their possession, Chorley didn’t produce anything to really trouble Mason and it was Curzon that came closest to scoring next. Sam Walker’s corner was met by the head of Dale Whitham who helped the ball on to the far post. Marcus Poscha was arriving late but not quick enough as he agonisingly missed the ball with a diving header for an easy tap in.
Eventually, Chorley’s persistence paid off and they found their equaliser. A defensive mistake from the Nash was capitalised upon in clinical style by the Magpies. An Elliot Newby cross from the left was headed home at the back post by Mike Calverley – giving Mason in the Nash goal no chance of saving.
Both defences marshalled each other’s attacks well and limited the chances either side had. The closest any side came to winning the match was ten minutes from time. Second half substitute Harry Cardwell’s effort found the back of the net, but the referee blew for a foul on Matty Waters to leave the scores level.
There was still time for drama as the Chorley goal scorer, Calverley, received a second yellow card for a late challenge on Robbie Evans in the dying stages of the game. Curzon couldn’t make their man advantage count and left Tuesday night’s game with a well-earned point on the road.