Curzon plan for new season as players opt to stay
Monday 25th June 2018 @ 14:52 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton manager John Flanagan has continued to build his squad ahead of the club’s fourth consecutive season in the National League North.

Striker Ryan Brooke, who re-joined the club for a second spell last season, has opted to stay at the Tameside Stadium along with midfielder Andreas Bianga.

Defenders James Baillie and Will Beesley have also agreed new deals for the upcoming campaign in step six.

The four join a growing list of players to have committed for next season, along with goalkeeper Cameron Mason, midfielder Joe Guest – who won last season’s Players’ Player – and defender Michael Clarke, who has joined from Stockport County.

Midfielder Chris Rowney, who was part of the squad that won the Evo-Stik Premier Playoff Final in 2015, has also opted to stay along with Ben McKenna, who joined last season from Stockport County, as well as midfielder Paul Marshall.

Flanagan has also recruited striker Chris Sharp from Alfreton Town, while defenders Jonno Hunt, Dan Shaw and Max Cartwright have agreed new terms.

As well as going head-to-head with the usual teams including Stockport County and York City, Curzon will also renew a rivalry with Ashton United, who claimed promotion to step six via the Evo-Stik Premier Playoff Final in May.

Curzon avoided relegation with two games to spare last season thanks to Guest’s winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Spennymoor Town.

The midfielder will have the opportunity to train on the new artificial pitch at the Tameside Stadium, which is currently being re-laid with a new, state-of-the-art 4g surface following 13 years’ consecutive use.

The pitch has been made possible thanks to a large grant from the Football Foundation – secured by former CEO Natalie Atkinson – along with a string of fundraising initiatives carried out by everyone at the club, from junior to first team level.

Everyone connected with Curzon, including the Nash Amblers, will be able to take advantage of the new pitch, which is scheduled to open in time for the new season.

In other news, in a bid to attract as many players as possible to the Tameside Stadium next season, the club has launched a new ticket initiative which aims to provide affordable football for all, from juniors to OAPs, students to carers and everyone in-between.

Students can pay what they can afford, although there is a minimum £1 donation for entry, while Under 16s can register for a free season ticket.

Picture: Curzon Ashton