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Tamside Stadium




Thomas Kirk




Curzon Ashton FC hosted a community day at the Tameside Stadium before today’s fixture…. To finish off a great day Curzon, struggling as of late earned a great point from the high-flying Salford City.


Curzon started well against the confident Salford City side in the bright sunshine at the Tameside stadium but it was Salford who recorded the first shot on target after Richard Allen inside the box hit a low effort towards the near post but Curzon’s stopper Cameron Mason was equal to the task getting down sharply to smother the shot.


As Salford settled Jack Redshaw had a fierce shot from inside the Curzon 18-yard box but Steve Howson did well to block the shot.


On 10 minutes Mason came off his line to race Joshua Askew to a loose ball but Askew got their 1st but Mason was lucky to see the effort hit the side netting


Curzon were now defending in numbers and were guilty of giving the ball away in the midfield areas and on 15 minutes great play from Askew as he pulled the ball back for Emmanuel Dieseruvwe but again Howson was in the right place to make a great block from the shot.


A rare attack from Curzon on 19 minutes saw Joe Guest and Niall Cummins link up well but the final ball to Max Leonard was over hit and the chance fell away.


A break in the game on 25 minutes for an injury to Daniel Shaw after a clash of heads saw time players from each side take the chance to get some water on board.


Play continued with Salford applying all the pressure and it got a little messy in the centre circle after Matthew Regan and Allen engaged in a pushing match right in front of the referee Thomas Kirk.


GOAL: On 35 minutes Curzon took a surprised lead after Cummins with his back to Salford’s goal smartly turns and plays in Leonard, Leonards makes his way into the box and slides the ball past the on-rushing keeper Maxime Crocombe.


Two minutes later Curzon went close to doubling their lead when Cummins was free inside the box, with Crocombe again off his line quickly Cummins lifted the ball over him but saw it go just wide of the far post.


Salford still having a lot of pressure were getting frustrated as they could not create a decent chance on goal as Curzon defended in numbers on the stroke of half time Scott Burton had a long-range effort which was deflected straight in Mason’s arms.


HT 1-0


Curzon started the 2nd half with the first effort of the half (46 minutes) after Howson cleared header was headed on by Cummins into the path of Leonard, Leonard opted to take his effort early but he dragged it wide.




Salford looking dangerous on set pieces were awarded a corner on 58 minutes, carl Piergianni rose the highest but was left frustrated as headed high over Mason’s crossbar.


On the hour mark Salford were getting closer with all the possession as they forced a few corners,


GOAL: on 65 minutes following a corner Curzon failed to clear the ball, Mason manged to save one on the line from Jack Redshaw but as the ball came in again Lois Maynard was on hand to slot the ball home through a crowded box.


Salford could have taken the lead on 67 minutes when Redshaw broke into the box down the left-hand side but a great save from Mason denied them the lead.


On 70 minutes, another corner for Salford and another great block by Mason as bullet header by Askew from 6 yards out was goal bound.


Curzon made some changes to try and get back into the game with the tough tackling Chris Rowney replacing Matthew Crothers and making his debut Sam Madeley replacing the goal scorer Leonard.


Curzon best move of the half came on 84 minutes when Guest was set free inside Salford’s box, he pulled the ball back to the free Madeley but he got the ball tangled in his feet and scuffed his shot and the chance to become an instant fans favourite.


Into added time Salford threw everyone forward for a corner and Piergianni was left shocked as his header deflected off the crossbar for a goal kick to Curzon.


Curzon who had defended in numbers and who were under constant pressure from a very good Salford side came off with a very hard-earned point.


Match Report by Dave Jones


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