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Curzon Ashton V Chester FC - MATCH THREAD #19 - Vanarama National Leag
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Rio Doherty
post Sep 1 2019, 12:47 PM
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We hit the road for the second time in the space of 48 hours tomorrow as we will make the trip to Greater Manchester to play Curzon Ashton away where we look to get back to winning ways. This will be the second successive weekend where we will be playing Saturday-Monday so it’s important we get yesterday out of our system and focus on getting back to winning ways.

Yesterday we threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 away at Spennymoor Town thanks to an awful refereeing decision. Up to that point we were coping really well as we defended well and stretched Spennymoor out when we had the ball. In the second half though the extra man counted for Spennymoor as we sat back and invited pressure. Both of the goals we conceded were soft errors, but hopefully we can cut those out ahead of tomorrow.

Curzon Ashton have had a mixed start to the season which sees them currently lie in mid table. They started off really well as they thrashed Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC 5-0 on the opening day and got the better of Darlington, but since then they have lost 3 of their last 4 matches. There will be 3 former blues up against us tomorrow night. Firstly, Andy Halls signed for Curzon in the Summer from Guiseley, who was very inconsistent in his spell here in the 2017-18 season. Liam Davies signed from Southport who is a contender for one of our worst players as he barely did anything whilst he was here. Finally, Academy graduate Sean Miller signed for The Nash from us in January and has actually done really well for them this season. His only appearance in his second spell here was a late cameo in our 1-1 draw away at Guiseley, but so far this season he has scored a few goals for Curzon so could be a threat tomorrow.

Although we weren’t really at fault for our defeat yesterday, it would be great to make it up with 3 points tomorrow night so that we can keep intact with the top teams. Curzon will be desperate to get back to winning ways after their recent poor form, but we just need to play like we did against Hereford FC and Gloucester City where we were brilliant in both games. Up The Seals!

Score: Curzon Ashton 0-2 Chester FC (Waring, Burton)

Attendance: 578 (305 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Burton Glendon
Dudley Asante Hughes

COYB!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 2 2019, 12:37 PM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/2VNTOyN9WT0
Includes our head-to-head record with Curzon Ashton, ground guide, plus loads more.


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 2 2019, 10:25 PM
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After a rocky first half we emerged as a completely different outfit to put in a sublime second half showing. Putting the farcical events of Saturday into perspective we bounced back so well tonight as we drew a line over it and moved on. Curzon Ashton were quite a decent side in all fairness, and although a bit risky they played the ball out from the back which was admirable. They gave us a number of scares in the first half, but we weathered the storm to teach them how to finish in the second period.

Our first half performance wasn’t as spectacular as we would have wanted it to be as we invited a lot of pressure. Despite that though we got off to a perfect start as Matty Hughes poked the ball in after just 5 minutes. For the first 10 minutes of the match we dominated as we had plenty of possession around the Curzon box and created a number of openings. George Glendon went very close to bagging his first goal as a powerful volley whistled wide of the post. Matty Hughes was the next to go close as a shot from range forced Cam Mason to make a straightforward stop. For the next half an hour it was all Curzon as we lost our ambition going forward and sat back. We survived a number of scares, and the equaliser eventually arrived at the midpoint of the half as Matthew Regan scored a free header to make it 1-1. We had to pull off a series of strong defensive blocks to keep the score level as Curzon were zipping the ball around nicely in our half. For the last five minutes of the half we pushed out and created one or two openings, which was an improvement to the previous 30 minutes. We headed into the interval level with work to do.

It’s fair to say that choice words were said by Bern and Jonno at the break as we emerged as the Chester of old in the second half. We were much more energetic going forward, had lots of possession, and brought our shooting boots along to the party. Just moments into the half we retook the lead as Akwasi Asante netted his 6th goal of the season to make it 2-1. Brad Jackson brushed past Curzon on the right to find the man of the moment who scored a tap-in. Momentum was on our side as the floodgates began to open. An inch-perfect corner by Joel Taylor found Kevin Roberts who headed home to score his first goal on his return to make it 3-1. At the other end former blue Sean Miller went close to finding a consolation as an attempt by him flashed across the face of goal. George Glendon went inches away from scoring his first goal as he unleashed a shot into the side netting. Isaac Sinclair went close for the hosts as a shot by him went wide of Russ Griffiths’ post. Matty Hughes did really well to steal the ball from Curzon in his own half which started off a counter attack. He played a great through-ball into Brad Jackson who couldn’t find the target. Hughesy was so unlucky to not have got our fourth as his goal-bound effort forced Mason to tip the ball wide. 10 minutes from the end George Waring had two bites at the cherry as his initial effort was cleared off the line, before the rebound missed the target. Our second half performance was outstanding, and we were the deserved victors at the full time whistle.

My man of the match for tonight goes to Brad Jackson who was a menace in the second half as he beat Curzon’s left hand side on a lot of occasions. Jacko played a big part in our second goal as he slipped past Curzon to assist Asante’s goal. Scott Burton had another good game in the middle of the park and is definitely improving. He made an excellent block to clear the ball off the line in the second half, and passed the ball around well. Matty Hughes was brilliant too as he started the match off with a bang with a deft finish from close range. Furthermore, he was involved in a number of our moves as his energy got him into good positions. Akwasi Asante was quiet in the first half, but he soon got going in the second as he scored our winning goal from close range. Joel Taylor was a handful once again as in the second 45 his lightning pace enabled him to start off some of our attacks. George Glendon put in a good performance as he passed the ball around nicely, and if he had kept his composure then he would have scored two tonight.

It’s great to get back to winning ways after the referee robbed us on Saturday. It’s hard to say how many supporters we took tonight as the official attendance hasn’t been confirmed, but if I was to take a quick guess then I would say 400. The togetherness between our players and supporters at the end goes to show that we really are building something here, and long may it last. Up next is a home game against Guiseley on Saturday in what will be a tricky test. There are no excuses for not being able to attend this weekend. Our last home performance was witnessed by over 2,100 home supporters in what was a scintillating 4-1 win against Hereford FC, we have since followed that up with a fantastic win tonight, the weather should be decent, and there is no Premier League drivel on offer. Let’s keep the blue flag flying high!


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Rio Doherty
post Sep 3 2019, 03:09 PM
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My match vlog:
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Hope you enjoy.


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