Match Report Stockport County 3-0 Curzon Ashton
Wednesday 9th August 2017 11:17 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Curzon Ashton were brought back down to earth with a shuddering bang on Tuesday night as Stockport County ran riot in a 3-0 victory at Edgeley Park.

John Flanagan’s side entered the clash on the back of 4-0 victory over North Ferriby United on Saturday, while Stockport fell to a 1-0 loss at recently promoted Spennymoor Town.

The sides prepare before the game

Such was the magnitude of victory on Saturday, and prior to Southport’s victory at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday evening, Curzon found themselves top of the table – the highest position in the club’s 54 year history.

However their opening day optimism was soon wiped out on a rainy night at Edgeley Park, as Stockport took the lead in the 21st minute through a powerful strike from Harry Winter.

Curzon rarely failed to get going and found themselves two down in the 48th minute.

Former striker Matty Warburton, who joined the Hatters over summer, executed a stunning free-kick into the top right corner, leaving Cameron Mason with no chance.

Dejected, stunned and despondent, Curzon fell three behind just seven minutes later, as Stockport’s Jason Oswell tapped home from close range to cap off a memorable night for Jim Gannon’s side.

With a point to prove after Saturday’s loss in the north-east, Stockport hit the ground running from the very whistle and forced Cameron Mason into two early saves.

Niall Cummins about to unleash an effort

Having initially dealt with Matty Warburton’s rasping effort from the edge of the box, Mason was forced to save again, this time dealing with a close range header from Oswell.

Of the few chances Curzon did create throughout the evening, two of them came shortly after through the dangerous Max Leonard.

The former Glossop striker was looking to build on his two goal debut on Saturday, but instead looked on as his two stinging efforts in quick succession flew well wide of the post.

Curzon’s profligacy in front of goal was soon made to pay, as Stockport opened the scoring in the 21st minute through Winter.

Having received a cross from Oswell on the right, the former FC United man swivelled on the spot and hit a powerful shot with cannoned off the post and into the net.

The hosts were growing in confidence by this point and should have doubled their advantage through Darren Stephenson. However the striker, who joined from Chorley over summer, could only watch on as his close range effort flew past the near post.

Both sides entered the second-half in much the same fashion as they left the first.

Stockport were hungry for goals, while Curzon were stuck in first gear.

It took less than four minutes for the Hatters to register their second of the night, with what will surely be in contention for goal of the season next May.

Having been awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal, Warburton stepped up and rifled an unstoppable effort into the top right corner.

The former Curzon man was unable to contain his delight as he reeled off and celebrated with the jubilant supporters in front of the Cheadle End.

And it took just seven minutes for the Hatters to grab their third of the evening.

 

Max Leonard gets forward

Connor Hampson, who joined Stockport from Curzon towards the end of last season, played through Oswell for the striker to finish from six yards out.

 

Curzon’s Chis Rowney keeps his eye on the ball

Curzon were presented with two glorious chances to reduce the arrears in the final stages of the game. Firstly, midfielder Chris Rowney found the ball at his feet inside the box but could only blast over, and with virtually the last attack of the game, goalkeeper Ben Hinchcliffe brilliantly tipped a James Baillie free-kick past the right post.

Curzon will be hoping to put in a much improved performance when they visit Chorley on Saturday.

The Magpies fell to a 1-0 loss at title-winning favourites, Salford City on Tuesday.

 

ATTENDANCE: 3,002 (44 from Curzon)

Pictures: Lee Wild