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Curzon forced to settle for share of the spoils
Monday 12th February 2018 @ 17:03 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton boosted their National League North survival chances with a 3-3 draw at Boston United on Saturday – although it was case of two points dropped rather than one gained.

John Flanagan’s side were three goals to the good by the 61st minute, thanks to goals from Jake Dunwoody, Dan Shaw and Ben McKenna, but the scores were level 15 minutes later as Boston scored a trio of goals to take a share of the spoils.

Despite the disappointment of drawing – a result which extended Curzon’s winless run to six matches – manager John Flanagan remained buoyant and said he would have taken a point ahead of the game. Speaking to Curzon’s media team, Flanagan said: “You don’t often go three nil up and not win it. No matter how the game goes you very often seem to see it out.

“Fair play to Boston, although we got our noses in front early, they were always on the front foot and always taking the game to us.

“Although we got another goal from a set piece, just before half-time, they were always looking the stronger side to be fair.

“They’re a good side and there’s some good players in that team, they kept possession well and they were calm, and the pressure just told in the end.

“We ended up going deeper and deeper, and we ended up defending on the edge of our box, which is a recipe for disaster. You have to be brave and we have to push up. We weren’t able to retain pressure long enough to allow the back four to get up the pitch.

“Before the game we’d have taken a point, I think, in view of their form.

“I’ve got to try and look at it philosophically. It was a tough game, and if you look at the game alone, they deserved something out of it.”

In a bid to strengthen his squad for the final part of the season, Flanagan has recruited two new players.

Commenting on Ben McKenna and Jake Dunwoody’s performances, who signed from Stockport County and Stoke City respectively, Flanagan said: “Ben scored a great, individual goal. He was very calm and the referee did well, because he was pulled back but let it run – so congratulations to him, because he did really well there.

“Ben’s very good. He runs with the ball and puts people under pressure by driving at them. He’s done very well in that respect.

“Jake’s worked really hard and scored a really good header. I’m really pleased for both of them. It’s Jake’s first start for us, and he’s done pretty well in the main throughout the whole game. Ben was excellent, and he was a good outlet for us on the right and left.”

Having scored his first goal for the Nash since joining two weeks ago, McKenna said he was buzzing to get off the mark. “That’s the main reason I left Stockport” he said. “I want to come here, I want to play and contribute as much as I can.

“I’ve known John for a while, and when I left Southport in the summer I was speaking to John and met up with him, but it didn’t quite happen. There was a bit of interest over the past few weeks, and so I wanted to jump at the opportunity to come here, get my head down and work hard and see what I can do. “

McKenna, who has previously played for Stalybridge Celtic locally, said he’s been impressed with the club so far – especially when it comes to training. “I’ve absolutely loved it; it’s been brilliant” he said.

“Five-a-side, possession, and making you work hard. It’s brilliant, because I don’t think many clubs at this level use the heart rate monitors like we do, and you can go into training on a Tuesday and have all your stats up.

“It’s where I want to be; it’s where I want to do well and I think I can do well for the club.”