Curzon leave it late to snatch second win of the season
Wednesday 15th August 2018 @ 09:03 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

It was last gasp delight for Curzon, as Joe Guest’s 90th minute strike earnt the Nash a dramatic 1-0 win at the Impact Arena over Alfreton Town.

The hosts had a number of second half chances to clinch the win through Tom Denton, however Guest made them pay as his deflected effort from 20 yards beat Sam Ramsbottom in the Town goal to make sure all three points were heading back to the Tameside Stadium.

Despite the Nash starting the brighter of the two sides it was the home side who had the first real chance through Richard Peniket. The Alfreton number 10 latched onto a header from Denton and then scrambled an effort from five yards into the grateful hands of Cameron Mason.

The Nash number one was then called into action again shortly after, first denying a looping header from Denton, and then a point-blank effort from Tom Allan.

 In spite of the home team’s pressure it was John Flanagan’s men who arguably had the best chance of the half, just before the half time whistle. A cross from the right from Connor Hughes was met by the oncoming run of James Baillie, who hit a first time effort agonisingly wide of the post from 10 yards out.

The sides went in all square at the break.

After the restart the second half started in a similar fashion to the first with Curzon dominating the early stages, and the early pressure nearly paid off as Baillie came close twice in the first ten minutes as the Curzon right-back forced two good saves out of Ramsbottom.

As the game entered the latter stages the home team began to pile on the pressure in search of the winner, with Denton being their main target.

As a result, the Town number nine had two golden opportunities to win the game- both headers of course, but fortunately for Curzon the target man missed both, to the despair of the Alfreton faithful behind the goal.

Both Denton and Alfreton would live to rue the missed chances as Guest punished the hosts late on.

The Curzon winger cut in from the right and let fly from 25 yards, and with the help of a fortunate deflection found the bottom left corner, sparking a jubilant team celebration in the dugout showing just how much the late winner meant to the whole squad.

John Flanagan will be hoping his side continue their 100% away form this Saturday as they make the trip to Bootham Crescent to face York City.

Match Report: Josh Lees