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Match Report Tamworth 4-1 Curzon Ashton
Monday 21st August 2017 @ 11:25 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

National League North


Curzon crashed to defeat in the Midlands from a game they will have no fond memories of in the future, losing at the Lamb for the third successive season.

An unchanged starting line-up from the team that beat Telford on Monday night, Curzon began the brighter of the two sides and their early pressing almost brought a reward.

Scott Bakkor closed down the Tamworth keeper who gave away possession, but Bakkor was too far wide to immediately capitalise and his final effort at the near post was blocked for a corner.

Despite plenty of possession and playing against a shaky looking Tamworth defence, Curzon couldn’t create any real chances but were looking comfortable when Tamworth suddenly scored with a goal out of nowhere.

Left back Stephen Morley was given far too much space to tee up a shot and he hit the ball to perfection, his 25 yarder dipping over Cameron Mason and into the top corner with 15 minutes played.

Seven minutes later Ellis Deeney theatrical fall was enough to convince the referee a foul had been committed on the edge of the box.  If Stephen Moreley’s first goal was a world class strike, his second was one of the most fortunate goals he will score.  He stepped up to take the free kick and saw his effort deflect off the defensive wall to leave Mason completely wrong footed as the ball diverted into the opposite corner of the net.

Curzon took some time to recover but they eventually began to worry the home defence once again, their best effort being a flowing move which ended with Joe Guest failing to get enough power in his shot to really trouble Shaun Rowley in the home goal.

On the stroke of half time Mason kept Curzon in the game with a fine save from Connor Taylor but a two goal deficit was still going to be difficult to overcome for Curzon.

In an unusual move for John Flanagan, he made two half time substitutions, Chris Rowney and Scott Bakkor being replaced by Jordan Wright and Ben Wharton.  This, and no doubt a few harsh words ringing in their ears, seemed to inject more life into Curzon and Tamworth were pinned in their own half as the Nash sought a goal.

They came close on the hour when Niall Cummins reached a pass from Guest just ahead of the keeper, but his goalbound flick from a tight angle was intercepted on the line and the danger cleared.

Tamworth too had their moments.  Bradley Reid should have increased their lead but screwed a volley wide and then mason was forced to turn over a powerful header from Luke Jones.

If a goal was coming though it looked most likely to be to Curzon’s credit.  Matt Regan’s header went straight at the keeper, as did Jordan Wright’s strike from the edge of the box.  Two chances were put over the bar after good build up play but after looking likely to have their lead halved for so long, suddenly Tamworth were home and dry.

A quick goal kick caught Curzon napping.  The ball was kicked long by Rowley towards the right corner and then crossed into the box where Darryl Knights had acres of space to smash the ball into the unguarded net.

Two minutes later it was 4-0 as Jonno Hunt uncharacteristically gave the ball away and was severely punished as Reid took full advantage, atoning for his earlier miss by advancing forward and then beating Mason easily with a low shot.

Curzon were in disarray and it got worse as a minute later, possession was again lost and Reid looked certain to score his second only to be stopped by a desperate lunge by Steve Howson, who was shown a straight red card for his troubles.

Matthias Curley looked to rub salt in the wounds but somehow missed the target from close range and the Curzon faithful finally had something to cheer in stoppage time.  A low drive by James Baillie was turn for a corner by Rowley, Curzon kept on the pressure from the corner and eventually the ball was played deep to the far post where Cummins put the ball back across the keeper to make the scoreline a little more respectable.

A game to forget for the Nash who need to pick themselves up for the coming bank holiday games.

By Dave Jones