10 Nov 2020 in Match Reports
Despite plenty of chances, Curzon Ashton fell to a 1-0 defeat to Gateshead at the International Stadium under the floodlights in Tyneside.
A second-half strike from Jordan Cook was enough for the home side to claim all three points against Curzon who hit the post three times in 90 minutes.
The result saw Curzon potentially play their best game of the season with a dominant defensive display as luck seemed to be the ultimate downfall.
Curzon started the game well and saw a chance straight from the off. Connor Hughes saw an opportunity from 25-yards on the volley after a good knock-down from Darren Stephenson. Hughes forced the ‘keeper to a good save in an effort which could have easily hit the back of the net.
The Nash managed to control the game well and put in a solid defensive performance in the opening 45 minutes as Hughes’ chance kept the game at stalemate.
Once again, Curzon looked to start the game strong with Douglas header rattling the post straight off the free-kick. The ball dropped to Dale Whitham who’s effort flew over the bar.
Dominic Knowles was next to test James Montgomery in the Gateshead goal as his acrobatic effort narrowly went over from Craig Mahon’s cross on 48 minutes.
Despite the brave start, Curzon found themselves a goal down through substitute Jordan Cook. After a whipped cross on the right-hand side, Cook was there to convert into the back of the net from Kal Griffiths’ ball.
Steve Cunningham’s side looked for that equaliser and made a triple substitution on 69 minutes. Jude Oyibo, Alex Curran and debutant Jacob Hanson came into play.
Two chances soon came about with Stephenson fizzing a fast ball right into the danger zone on 71 minutes. No one was there to convert, as Curzon kept coming forward through Oyibo who’s short-range effort was cleared away by the oncoming Heed defender.
The Nash continued to keep coming forward and saw a couple of chances denied late into the game. One of which saw Hughes’ shot from six-yards force Montgomery to a class save onto the outside of the post.
With minutes remaining, Paul Turnbull’s free-kick looked to be flying into the roof of the net, only to be denied by Montgomery once again who punched over the bar.
continued to pose a dominant threat from set-pieces as his header rustled narrowly wide of the post with the full-time whistle ringing around the stadium.
The Nash now travel to Kettering Town on Saturday in hope of getting some extra points on the board before a home tie against AFC Fylde.