MATCH REPORT Spennymoor Town 2-4 Curzon Ashton
Monday 16th October 2017 @ 09:41 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

National League North:

Spennymoor Town 2-4 Curzon Ashton


A game of two halves is probably an overused cliché but there is no other way to describe this match as Curzon came back from looking dead and buried to taking all three points at Brewery Field.

It didn’t take long for high flying Spennymoor to get into their stride and there was early danger for Curzon as David Foley sent a cross low in front of goal which eluded everyone after his strong run down the left.

A couple of minutes later and Foley had a shot which rippled the side netting and with under 15 minutes played a third decent chance went begging as Kallum Griffiths put his effort the wrong side of the post.

Spennymoor had already had a goal ruled out for offside but they opened the scoring on 18 minutes. Cam mason made a point blank save from Foley’s header but the ball fell to Mark Anderson who hit it into the roof of the net to give the home side a deserved lead.

It was 2-0 on 23 minutes, Glen Taylor curling a superb shot beyond Mason after collecting a throw-in and at that stage it looked like Curzon were heading for a rout but the Nash slowly stemmed the tide and their first meaningful period of possession ended with Joe Guest shooting straight at Jordan Porter, though his effort lacked power to cause the keeper any real problems.

Richie Baker then put a free kick narrowly over, but Curzon spent most of the first period penned in their own half and they received another reprieve as again a lineman’s flag ruled out a goal.

Fortunate to be only two down at half time, Curzon could have gone further behind but Taylor saw his shot deflected onto the crossbar in the opening seconds of the second half. The resulting corner was defended and it turned out to be a real turning point in the game, for within 90 seconds the Nash had halved the deficit and Spennymoor were reduced to ten men.

Following some good possession, Ben Wharton headed down into the path of Niall Cummins who was then felled by Chris Mason. A second yellow for the home skipper – he had been booked following a clash with Chris Rowney towards the end of the first half – meant that he would take no part in the remaining 30 minutes of the match.

Cummins picked himself up, saw Porter save his spot kick but kept his head to smash in the rebound.

Suddenly Curzon had a new found belief and they began to press the home side back, taking full advantage of the extra man. Baker had a couple of shots that were just too high as it was now Spennymoor who were being run ragged and after dominating since their goal, Curzon found an equaliser with Cummins grabbing his second with an excellent finish after a lay off by Rowney.

Three minutes later, on 70 minutes, Curzon took the lead after being awarded a second penalty. This time it was Joe Guest who was brought down, the winger knocking the ball past Porter before being felled by the keeper. Cummins completed his hat-trick from the spot with Porter going the wrong way and the points were made secure when Wharton scored from close range after the home defence had been carved open once again.

Barker, James Baillie and Jordan Wright all went close to adding to the score for the Nash. For their part, Spennymoor had another strike ruled out for offside when they were still leading 2-1, but they were a shadow of the side that had ripped Curzon apart in the first half.

For Curzon, it was their first away win of the season and takes their run to just one defeat in eight league games and into the top ten in the table.

By Dave Jones