Curzon pick up valuable point in goalless draw at Leamington
Monday 16th April 2018 10:31 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

National League North

Leamington 0-0 Curzon Ashton

 

The Nash traveled to Leamington, hoping to capitalise on a midweek win which saw them pick up the three points against fellow relegation rivals Gainsborough Trinity.

However, it was Leamington that got off to the better start, Crewe loanee Daniel Udoh found the ball at his feet in the Nash penalty area, but his deflected shot was cleared off the line by Curzon defender Oliver Thornley to keep the Nash in the game after just three minutes.

Two decent shots on target from Curzon midfielder Joe Guest were nearly enough to put the Nash ahead, Ryan Brooke’s headed pass could only find the weaker foot of the Curzon number three and he put his effort wide.

Just moments later, Guest found himself one-on-one with the Brakes keeper, a squared ball to striker Niall Cummins fell just behind the Nash forward and his strike was cleared off the line by Leamington skipper James Mace.

Approaching the 20-minute mark Curzon were looking the better side. A defensive error from the Brakes captain fed the ball through to Nash winger James Baillie who curled the ball over the bar.

The hosts picked up the pace just before half time with Ahmed Obeng winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Defender Connor Gudger stepped up to take the free-kick but fired it wide of the target, sending the game into half time at 0-0.

It seemed to be another half of missed chances after the break. Joe Guest again found himself in on goal but struggled to find enough power to worry Brakes keeper Tony Breeden.

It was a similar story just minutes later at the other end of the field as a missed header by the Curzon defence led to Daniel Udoh finding the ball at his feet, however, he failed to adjust quick enough to get a shot away and the ball was cleared.

Both sides appeared to be struggling to create any clear-cut opportunities going into the final ten minutes, but the Nash came close with an in-swinging delivery from Clark. The cross was just beyond the reach of top scorer Cummins in the penalty area.

Another delivery from Clark in the dying seconds was agonisingly close to meeting the head of his Nash midfield partner Dunwoody in the six-yard box, as Mace’s fine header cleared the danger for Leamington.

Both sides were unable to break the deadlock and the game ended in a goalless draw.

By Elena Longshaw