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Curzon crumble at in-form Southport
Saturday 24th February 2018 @ 19:33 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

National League North

Southport 3-1 Curzon Ashton

It was a day to forget at the seaside for the Nash as John Flanagan’s side were beaten by Southport at a sunny Haig Avenue.

Things got off to a brilliant start for Curzon, as they opened the scoring within the first 15 minutes through Matt Regan.

However, two quick goals from the hosts, through Jason Gilchrist and a Danny Shaw own goal gave them the lead at the break.

Elliott Osbourne then netted a third for Port in second half injury time to give his side the win and send the Nash back to the Tameside Stadium pointless.

It was Curzon who started the better of the two sides and they nearly had the lead five minutes in. A lay-off from Joe Guest found Sam Walker, whose effort from six yards ricocheted off the Southport keeper, and former Nash man, Steven Howson. Unfortunately for Walker and Curzon, the keeper pounced on the loose ball and it was cleared to safety.

Curzon continued to beat down the Port defence, and their early pressure paid off with a little under 15 minutes on the clock. Walker whipped in a free-kick from the right, which was met by Regan who crashed his header onto the post. Fortunately the Curzon defender made no mistake with his second attempt, latching onto the rebound and slotting home to give the Nash a deserved lead.

Despite taking the lead, Curzon allowed the home side back into the game. The league’s top goal scorer, James Gilchrist was found free in the box from a cross from the right and finished past Cameron Mason to level things up with 20 minutes left in the first half.

Things then went from bad to worse for Curzon. Shaw found space 35 yards from the Nash box and played a heavily weighted pass back to Mason. The pass proved too heavy and quick for the Nash number one, as he watched it fly past him and into his own net.

The second half started as the first ended, as Port continued to put Curzon on the back foot. Mason was forced to make a save down to his right to deny Dion Charles from extending the lead.

With just over 20 minutes left, Aaron Dwyer entered the fray for Curzon in replace of Joe Guest.

Within 10 minutes of being on the field, the winger nearly levelled. James Baillie’s cross found the substitute eight yards out from goal, however Dwyer directed his effort just over the Southport bar.

Five minutes later and Curzon had another golden opportunity to equalise, but Jonothan Hunt’s header from Walker’s corner was straight at Jon Worsnop.
As the sun began to fall on Haig Avenue, so did the Nash’s chance of an equaliser as Port found their third in injury time.

Charles controversially beat the offside trap and squared for Osbourne, who tapped home to give his side a 3-1 win, and all three points.

By Josh Lees