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Up For The Cup Curzon progress to the FA Cup Second Round for first time since 2008
Tuesday 15th November 2016 @ 12:28 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Football Sports

Curzon Ashton have booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008 after beating Westfields FC 3-1 in a first round replay on Monday evening.

A first-half brace from Adam Morgan and a solitary effort from Niall Cummins in the 70th minute proved to be enough on the evening, although substitute Nick Harrhy grabbed a late consolation for the visitors in the 93rd minute.

Adam Morgan with Curzon CEO Natalie Atkinson

Adam Morgan with Curzon CEO Natalie Atkinson

A crowd of 1,074 descended on the Tameside Stadium to witness a result which leaves Curzon with the mouth-watering prospect of inviting Bury or AFC Wimbledon to the Tameside Stadium for the second-round on Sunday 4 December.

What’s more, the tie is being featured on BT Sport One, thus providing the Nash with an appearance fee which is estimated to be in the region of £75,000.

It’s fair to say that John Flanagan’s side have defied the odds to reach this stage of the competition, having beaten Consett AFC and Bedworth United in the earlier rounds, before executing a surprise victory over National league outfit York City in the Fourth Qualifying Round in mid-October.

The Nash then proceeded to salvage a 1-1 draw at Westfields in the original tie nine days ago in Herefordshire.

The second round tie is arguably one of the biggest in Curzon’s 53 year history, as victory could herald a trip to a Premier League giant such as Manchester United or Manchester City.

Furthermore, the forthcoming tie will be the first 2nd Round game played on Ashton soil since Hurst FC – who became Ashton Utd in 1947 – beat Halliwell 3-1 on 18th November 1885.

Despite winning the encounter, the match was declared void, thus forcing a replay at Halliwell.

However, due to Hurst’s refusal to play, Halliwell went through.

History aside, it goes without saying that everyone associated with Curzon is extremely excited, not least the players and management team who have endured a somewhat miserable league campaign thus far.

Having signed for the Nash in October, former Liverpool striker, Adam Morgan, has notched four times in five appearances for the club, with three of those coming in the FA Cup against Westfields.

The 22-year-old opened the scoring on Monday evening in the 23rd minute with a deflected effort into the bottom left corner, before adding a second ten minutes later with a simply wonderful strike on the edge of the box.

Westfields rarely threatened throughout the game and their lack of quality was made to pay.

Niall Cummins put the game beyond any reasonable doubt with 20 minutes remaining, as the striker ran onto Iain Howard’s flick-on and clipped a sublime finish over Kieron Blackburn in goal.

As the game was entering its dying stages, Nick Haarhy converted a cross from close range to deny the hosts clean sheet.

Curzon’s second round opponents will be confirmed this evening following the replay between AFC Wimbledon and Bury.

The Nash return to National League North action this weekend, at home, to promotion chasing FC Halifax Town.

A video preview of last night’s game with CEO Natalie Atkinson can be found here:

Highlights from Monday’s game can be viewed on the following link:

(Main Picture: Maxine Seymour)