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Rebels bounce back from a goal down to earn a late victory at Curzon Ashton
Tuesday 28th March 2017 @ 11:23 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton were unable to claim a third successive league victory on Monday evening as FC United came from a goal behind to claim a late victory at the Tameside Stadium.

The Nash took an 18th minute lead through Matthew Warburton but were pegged back in the 70th minute through Nathan Lowe, before Matt Wolfenden grabbed a winner in the dying stages to send the majority 829 crowd wild.

Curzon manager John Flanagan said his side’s second-half performance was hard to take, while adding: “It was a poor performance in terms of the second-half, where we’ve looked like we’ve gone back two seasons to be quite honest with you.

“It was very Curzon-like. I’ve seen it on many occasions and can’t quite put my finger on what it is.”

Curzon controlled the game in the first-half and created a number of good chances to add to their opener.

However, United returned for the second-half a completely different side and deservedly equalised in the 70th minute.

Having found the ball at his feet on the edge of the box, Lowe looked up, picked his corner and rifled home a well placed shot into the bottom right corner.

In the ascendency by this point, Karl Marginson’s side went in search of the winner and they were finally rewarded with two minutes left.

Unable to deal with a teasing cross inside the box, Curzon panicked and failed to clear the danger, allowing Wolfenden to fire home from six yards out.

Critical of the manner in which his side conceded, Flanagan said: “It was down to poor defending in the end that they got the goals they did.

“A great strike for the first one, so fair play to him, but we’ve not picked him up and put pressure on the ball outside the box.”

Flanagan was in no doubt that his defenders should have dealt with the second goal much better: “We’ve not dealt with the first ball into the box” he said.

“The two centre-halves are challenging for the same ball, not got a clean header away, it’s run out, it’s come back into the box and it’s fallen to one of their players, which it does sometimes.

“When it does fall to the opposition, 10 or 12 yards out, they’re likely to hit the target.”

Asked if he was frustrated not to have scored a second goal, Flanagan said: “Crucially, you’ve got to be able to score that second goal as it makes it a much bigger chase for the opposition.

“One goal is never going to be enough in any game – unless you’re Arsenal from years ago – but we’re not.”

Following Monday’s loss, Curzon remain in 12th position and 16 points above the relegation zone.

In no danger of being dragged into a relegation fight, the Nash can enter the remaining six games free of any pressure.

With this in mind, Flanagan is hoping for an improvement from his side during Saturday’s fixture against Gloucester City at the Tameside Stadium.

Looking ahead to the tie – which has been branded as the club’s community day in conjunction with Active Tameside – Flanagan said: “I don’t think it’s about having to change anything; It’s performing on the day.

“Football is a brilliant game because you don’t know what is going to happen.

“In this league, everybody can beat everybody – you never know for sure who is going to win.

“It’s frustrating, but I’ve been getting frustrated for the past 25 years that I’ve been managing. That will not change as I’m always looking for improvement.”