24 Jul 2019 in Match Reports
We were given a harsh reality check ahead of the new season as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion.
That came despite The Nash taking the lead early on through Jack Banister, but it was all downhill after conceding a cheap equaliser five minutes later.
The saving grace is that this is still only pre-season, but it leaves the coaching staff with much to work on before the new league campaign kicks off against Bradford Park Avenue on August 3rd.
The opening ten minutes were not an indicator of things to come as Curzon began strongly with Robbie Evans and Liam Davies aggressively pushing forward in support of new signing Michael Elstone in attack.
And Evans played a key role in the opening goal when he drove at the Tadcaster defence and laid the ball off for Brad Lynch, whose cross to the back post was cooly dispatched by Jack Banister.
The hosts retaliated well to that early setback and levelled the scores with 12 minutes played. Owen Marshall got the drop on the Nash defence to head home Casey Stewart's corner.
Curzon struggled to impose themselves on the game after that and found themselves trailing going into the break when Jonathon Margetts found space in the box and drilled a shot across Cam Mason and into the bottom corner.
As the second half progressed Curzon looked every inch a squad of players who haven't played together all that often, understandable given the amount of ins and outs there have been over the summer.
Tadcaster were finding far too much space in the final third and deservedly extended their lead in the 63rd minute, Margetts again providing the finish after some great work down the left wing.
Cam Mason had pulled off a couple great saves to keep Curzon in the game, but they proved in vain as Jake Day put the final seal on an upset victory in the final minute of the game.
Curzon Ashton line-up: Mason (Lovell 85), Halls, Thornley (Shaw 67), Ali (Trialist 46), Cooke (Merrill 46), Wroe, Evans, Davies, Banister (Khoury 57), Lynch (Trialist 57), Elstone.