09 Sep 2018 in News
It was more away day delight for Curzon as John Flanagan’s side ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Altrincham at Moss Lane.
Goals either side of half time from Connor Hughes and Oliver Crankshaw gave Curzon another impressive win on the road, their third in five away trips.
On a dull and gloomy Greater Manchester day, it was the Nash who started the brighter of the two sides and the deadlock was nearly broken within ten minutes.
A superb delivery from Crankshaw into the danger area was cleared, but only to the feet of Cameron McJannett on the edge of the box, who hit a low driving effort just past the far post.
Curzon continued to dominate and nearly opened the scoring through Joe Guest’s fast thinking.
The Curzon winger took a quick free kick 30 yards from goal, laying off Alex Samizadeh, whose curling effort was well saved by Elliot Wyne in the Altrincham goal.
Ten minutes later and Guest was again at the forefront of the Curzon attack.
This time latching onto a Crankshaw delivery, however the Nash number seven scuffed his effort just wide of the mark.
After knocking on the Altrincham door for the majority of the first half, John Flanagan’s side were finally let in two minutes before half time.
A deflected Crankshaw cross from the right fell to Hughes, who smashed home into the roof of the net giving Curzon a well-deserved lead at the break.
After the restart, it was more of the same as the Nash kept control of the game.
Five minutes into the second period, Hughes came close to doubling the Curzon lead, as he latched onto his own through ball and forced a good save out of Wyne.
Wyne however was beaten moments later as the Nash netted their second goal of the game, and what a goal it was.
Crankshaw cut in from the right, beating his man with ease and curled a stunning effort into the top corner giving Wyne no chance, netting his first goal in a Curzon shirt in style.
Forget ‘bend it like Beckham’, it’s all about 'curl it like Crankshaw’.
The Robins looked to react quickly and did have the ball in the back of the net themselves, fortunately for Flanagan’s men Tom Peers’ effort was ruled out for offside.
As the game entered the final stages Flanagan’s side continued to look a threat going forward and came close through Guest and Niall Cummins, however, both had their efforts saved by Wyne.
The win ends a four-game run without three points and leaves the Nash just three points off the National League North play-off places.
Match Report: Josh Lees