Curzon boss eyes promotion
Friday 13th December 2013 @ 20:31 by Lisa B
Sports

Curzon’s John Flanagan was delighted to hear of league leaders Warrington Town’s defeat on Saturday, but the news came as little surprise to him.

Although the big-spending Cantilever Park side remain five points clear at the top of the Evo-stik First Division North, the Curzon Ashton manager does not see them as championship material.

He said: “Warrington’s defeat can only help us and it will raise a few question marks about them.

“But it wasn’t a shock to me that they got beaten as, personally, I don’t think they’re a great side.

“I think they’re okay, but for the amount of money they’re spending they should have a much better team than they’ve got.”

The Blues are seven points behind Warrington, but with three games in hand. They drew 2-2 at home to Ramsbottom United on Saturday, but lost 2-1 away at Ossett Town on Tuesday night.

The Curzon boss still has his sights set on promotion.

He explained: “When you’re up there people start getting nervous about losing games but we will lose games – it’s as simple as that.

“In fact, it’s not about losing – it’s the performance that matters.

“It’s whether you deserve to get beaten or whether you deserve to get something.

“Results tend to take care of themselves, but it’s good performances that we need to get out of the team – individually and collectively.”

Flanagan was also pleased with recent performances supplied by his two loan signings, particularly Stalybridge Celtic defender Joel Bembo-Leta who played the entire 90 minutes on Saturday.

He said: “I thought Joel was terrific and he displayed his quality.

“Physically he was very strong. He was calm in possession and I thought he was excellent.

“He’s a good acquisition even if he’s only with us for a month.

“Zack Dale only got the last 20 minutes or so and I think he was a little shell-shocked with the tempo of the game because he’s not played a lot of football at Guiseley.

“He’s not trained with us for very long so I don’t think he even knows everybody’s name yet.

“It was tough for him to be dropped into a match like that.”

Striker Niall Cummins, recently signed from Burscough, opened his Curzon account by netting Saturday’s equaliser.

by Mike Pav