01 Apr 2018 in Match Reports
It was derby day defeat for the Nash on a not so ‘Good Friday’ as table-toppers, Salford City ran out 2-1 winners at the Peninsula Stadium.
Joe Guest’s stoppage time consolation was too little too late to salvage anything for Curzon, as two second half goals for the Ammies through Lois Maynard and Jack Redshaw was enough to make sure the points stayed in South Manchester.
It was the Nash who had the first real chance of the game. A great move down the right found James Baillie who whipped in a low ball which was met by Niall Cummins, whose point-blank effort from six yards was well saved by Tim Erlandsson, to deny the Nash number nine his 16th league goal of the season.
Salford then had a chance of their own to open the scoring, but Cameron Mason was equal to the effort. Nick Haughton played a through ball into path off Anthony Dudley whose fierce effort to the bottom right corner was brilliantly saved by the feet of Mason and out for a corner.
With Salford pushing for the title and Curzon battling away from relegation the points were a must for both, however the two sides were struggling to find any opening.
As the half went on the hosts continued to pile the pressure on the Curzon backline, but for the most part the Nash stood strong. The Ammies did have a chance to open the scoring just before the break as Liam Hogan had an effort from five yards, luckily for Curzon Mason was again equal to the effort and made sure the sides went in level at the break.
After a solid first half performance the Nash were unable to follow up in the second, as Salford opened the scoring two minutes after the restart. A counter attack down the left was squared to Maynard who tapped in from six yards to give the table-toppers the lead.
Curzon looked to respond quickly and were nearly level just before the hour mark. A Sam Walker free kick from the right was met by the head of Matt Regan, whose effort from 10 yards fell agonisingly wide of the post.
Two minutes later and the hosts could have and should have doubled their lead. A cross from the left was met by the head of Carl Piergianni, who was denied by a superb goal-line clearance from Danny Shaw.
With teams around them winning, the Nash were frantically pushing for an equaliser to pull them away from the relegation battle, however they would live to rue this pressure as Salford countered and doubled their lead.
Mike Phenix broke down the left and crossed an effort into Redshaw who slotted home to net Salford’s second, and secure the points for the hosts.
Despite the second setback Curzon continued to push on and were rewarded with a stoppage time consolation. Ben Mckenna’s left footed cross found the oncoming head of Guest which beat Erlandsson in the Salford goal to reduce the Ammies’ deficit to one.
Guest’s finish was too late to salvage a point and the hosts took the win, setting up a vital clash for the Nash against relegation threatened, Alfreton Town on Easter Monday.
Match Report: Josh Lees