03 Dec 2019 in Match Reports
Curzon Ashton 0
Kettering Town 0
Curzon Ashton followed last week’s win with another point in a scoreless 0-0 draw against Kettering Town in the Vanarama National League North. A point apiece saw both of clubs move four points clear of the dreaded relegation zone as the impactful Christmas fixtures approach. Three clean sheets in as many games will have pleased star man Cameron Mason as it’s the first time in his Curzon career that he has achieved this.
Mark Bradshaw’s side had been in a fine run of form coming into this scrap between two sides fighting at the lower end of the table. Three wins from their last three included a victory in the FA Trophy against Kidderminster Harriers to secure a tie with National League outfit AFC Fylde.
Under the floodlights of the Tameside Stadium, The Nash looked to warm things up by carrying on that impressive run of form. In the early stages of the game the referee was called into action as Kettering’s midfielder Connor Kennedy struck Robbie Evans with what looked to be an elbow. Bradshaw and his backroom staff were convinced it was a red card offence, but the foul only ended in a controversial yellow card and set the tone for the rest of the game.
Kettering had the better of the first 20 minutes and Mason was called into action when he made a crucial save with his legs to deny Matt Taylor. The Nash grew into the game as the half progressed, extraordinary counter attacking link up play on the twenty-minute mark from Connor Dimaio and Sean Miller saw the Kettering goalkeeper Paul White called into action for the first time.
On the stroke of half-time an ugly set of affairs took place as Mason was caught late by Gary Stohrer as they both dove for the ball. This sparked a brawl between both sets of players which should have resulted in a red card for the visitor’s defender, however the referee’s decision of a yellow card did not please the Nash crowd. Both sides saw themselves all level at the break with a lacklustre performance on a freezing cold Monday night at the Tameside Stadium.
The action in the second half did not improve for either side as there was little to no action to report on throughout the half. The visitors went closest to breaking the deadlock in the second half as a whipped cross from Kettering’s Taylor called Mason into action as he palmed away the danger.
Ethan Beckford and Liam Doyle made their Nash debuts in the second half and looked to make an impact to break the deadlock. Bradshaw was delighted to get the two new signings involved in a must win scenario and secure minutes under their belt at the Tameside Stadium.
Mark Bradshaw will be delighted to keep the impressive run of four games unbeaten streak alive as we next welcome mid-table side Hereford to the Tameside Stadium on the 7th December. Thank you to all Nash fans in attendance on a cold Monday night and to the travelling Kettering Town fans who made the trip.
Curzon: Mason, Baillie, Shaw, Ali, Davies, Wroe, Evans (Doyle, 78), Miller (Beckford, 84), Dimaio, Sinclair (Halls, 63), Jolley.
Subs not used: Askew, Merrill.
Kettering: White, Stohrer, Taylor, Graham, McGrath, Solkhon, Nti, O’Connor (Mitford, 84), Kennedy, Miekle, Richens.
Subs not used: Carta, Sebbeh.
Written by Dean Janahi