FA Cup Replay Curzon Ashton v York City
Monday 17th October 2016 @ 10:29 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Football Sports

Excitement is steadily building ahead of Curzon Ashton’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay against York City this evening at the Tameside Stadium.

The Nash forced a replay after claiming a 1-1 draw at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

Curzon had to work hard for the replay after falling a goal behind in the eight minute.

The referee was left with no choice but to award a penalty to York after goalkeeper Hakan Burton brought down Shaun Rooney inside the box.

The Minstermen’s leading goalscorer, Richard Brodie, duly stepped up and sent Burton the wrong way.

Curzon battled hard after falling behind and were rewarded before the half-time whistle with a much-needed equaliser.

Niall Cummins managed to convert a Joe Guest cross from the tightest of angles to send the Curzon faithful, embarked behind the goal, into raptures.

The score remained the same throughout the second-half despite numerous chances for both sides.

Iain Howard had a glorious opportunity at the end of the clash to confirm Curzon’s place in the first round proper, but the striker could only look on in despair as his wayward effort flew over the bar.

As for tonight’s replay, York will have a new manager in the dugout following the announcement that former boss Gary Mills has re-joined the club after departing Wrexham last week.

Mills will take control of York for the first time this evening after being announced as the new boss on Sunday morning.

The 54-year-old takes over from Jackie McNamara who stepped down from the position after a poor start to the season, which has left the Minstermen sitting 19th in the National League table.

However, McNamara’s involvement with the club is far from over, as the former Celtic midfielder has been appointed as the new Chief Executive.

Upon announcing Mills’ appointment, York issued a statement: “Gary brings with him a depth of knowledge and experience at this level, together with a track record of getting the most out of players and is well known for his exciting, attacking and, when necessary, pragmatic brand of football to achieve positive results.”

York fans will be hoping that Mills can replicate the previous success of 2012, which saw the club promoted back to League Two via the play-off final against Luton Town.

However, in order to do so, Mills will need to address the defensive frailties which have seen the squad concede 26 goals in 15 games.

Having failed to win an away game this season, York fans could well be expecting the worst this evening.

But they need not worry too much, as Curzon have also failed to pick up a solitary win at home this term.

The Nash have collected 12 of their 13 points on the road this season, leaving the club 19th in the National League North.

The winner of tonight’s clash will receive a prize fund of £12,500 and a place in the first round proper.

The draw for the next round is taking place at 7pm on BBC Two.

Curzon have been assigned ball number 60.