12 Apr 2018 in News
It was a story of stoppage time goals at the Tameside Stadium as a goal in both first, and second half additional time gave Curzon an imperative 2-0 win over relegation threatened Gainsborough Trinity.
The Nash opened the scoring through Danny Shaw on the stroke of half time, and after a hard fought second half, doubled their lead in the final minute through Joe Guest to seal the win and move Curzon three points away from the drop zone.
It was clear to see that the two sides were desperate for the points, as both flew out the blocks in search of an early opener.
It was the Nash who had the first real opportunity of the game, and it came within the first five minutes as Sam Walker hit a free kick from 20 yards straight at Hewrick Ravas in the Gainsborough goal.
The visitors then reacted quickly and had a golden chance of their own. Nicky Walker found himself one-on-one with Cameron Mason however the Trinity number ten squandered his chance, falling over the ball allowing the Nash to clear.
With 20 minutes left in the first half Curzon were struck with more injury problems as Walker limped off with a suspected hamstring injury and was replaced by Paul Marshall for his first appearance since October.
With the visitors cemented into the relegation zone they continued to push for the all-important first goal. Nathan Jarman hit a curling effort from 25 yards, which was exquisitely saved by a full stretched Mason to deny the Trinity skipper in expert fashion. A real contender for save of the season.
As the first half came closer to it’s conclusion the visitors were denied again, this time by the crossbar. Ashely Worsfold found space in behind the Nash defence and crashed his one-on-one effort into the bar. A real let-off for John Flanagan’s side.
Despite Trinity’s flurry of chances, it was Curzon who opened the scoring just before the referee’s half time whistle. Marshall’s stunning whipped in a cross from the right was met by the glancing head of Danny Shaw (we can confirm It was NOT Harry Kane) which beat the stranded Ravas to give Curzon an important lead at the break.
The frantic pace of the first half continued into the second, and Mason was called into action again as he made a superb save to deny Shane Clark from distance.
The Nash had not recorded a win over Gainsborough in their last three attempts and were determined to hold onto the lead as they began to control the latter stages of the game.
This control led to Flanagan’s side coming close to their second, as a Guest cross from the left agonisingly evaded the unmarked Niall Cummins in the centre.
After a hard-fought performance throughout the 90 minutes, Curzon finally had their second as the game entered the final moments.
A long ball over the top from Oliver Thornley was poorly judged by Ravas, and his miss timed header 25 yards from goal allowed Guest to fantastically head over the helpless Trinity keeper into the open goal, to give the Nash all three points, and a huge win in the race for survival.
Match Report: Josh Lees