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Fixture Preview Curzon Ashton v Chorley
Monday 24th October 2016 @ 10:11 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Football Sports

Curzon Ashton are back in National League North action against Chorley at the Tameside Stadium tonight.

John Flanagan’s side enter the clash on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Brackley Town on Saturday.

Prior to Saturday’s defeat, Curzon had progressed to the first round of the FA Cup after beating York City 2-1 in a replay on Monday evening.

The Nash have been rewarded with a clash at Westfields FC – the lowest ranked side to remain in the competition – on Saturday 5 November.

Despite their cup exploits, Curzon have struggled in the league this season, especially at home, where they’ve failed to register a solitary victory.

However, their away form isn’t too bad, having collected three wins, three draws and two losses on their travels.

Curzon enter tonight’s clash in 19th spot – six points above Altrincham who occupy the last remaining relegation spot.

In stark contrast, Chorley occupy third spot, having won eight and drawn three of their opening 15 fixtures.

The Magpies have lost just two league fixtures this season, with their latest defeat coming on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Stockport County.

Tipped to be challenging for the title, Chorley are managed by Matt Jansen for the second consecutive season.

The club fell way below expected standards last season, finishing the campaign in 8th spot and seven points from a play-off position.

However, the Victory Park outfit have made a glowing start to this season and will be hoping to maintain the pressure on league leaders AFC Fylde with victory at the Tameside Stadium this evening.

Defensively, Chorley are the best in the league, having conceded just ten goals in 15 fixtures, but their attacking threat shouldn’t be a cause for concern, as they’ve only managed to notch 20 times this season, compared to Darlington and Fylde who have registered 39 and 44 respectively.

Meanwhile, Curzon have conceded 32 goals but scored 18, thus suggesting their attacking threat could still cause problems for the visitors tonight.

Whichever way you look at it, Chorley will undoubtedly be entering tonight’s fixture as favourites, but defeat to Stockport on Saturday, combined with the prospect of a fired up Curzon squad fighting relegation, could well prove tricky for Matt Jansen’s side.

LEAGUE: National League North
VENUE: Tameside Stadium
KICK-OFF: 7.45pm