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SETTING THE SCENE
The curtain may come down on the 2018/19 National League North season for Moors at Curzon Ashton on Saturday, but one eye will be on the play-off’s as Jason Ainsley’s side look to pip Brackley to third spot.
Maximum points over the Easter Weekend confirmed Moors’ slot in the knockout phase of the play-off’s, but there is still a chance to claim a valuable bye to the semi-final stage should Brackley slip up at home to FC United.
Glen Taylor’s goal in the dying stages of Easter Monday’s dramatic clash with Chorley had huge repercussions around the league, with Stockport taking poll position in the title race, but Ainsley will be more concerned about continuing a fine run of form which has seen Moors gather a serious surge of momentum as the season reaches it’s nail-biting conclusion.
Saturday’s opponents Curzon Ashton may seem like ideal opponents with the Manchester side having nothing to play for and in the midst of a rotten run of form, but Moors must be wary of a side they are yet to beat since promotion to this level in 2017.
Defeat at The Tameside Stadium coupled with an Altrincham win at relegated Ashton United could see Moors drop to 5th with Alty boasting the better goal difference.
In order for Moors to break into the top three, Brackley must drop points at home to Northern Premier League bound FC United, allowing Ainsley’s side to move above them with three points.
- Only Nuneaton have a worse record than Curzon Ashton over the last five games. Curzon have collected 1 point from a possible 15.
- In comparison, Moors have picked up 12 points from the last five games having collected just two points from the previous five fixtures.
- Glen Taylor’s header against Chorley on Easter Monday was his 30th goal in all competitions this season, just 14 fewer than Curzon’s overall league total in 2018/19.
- Curzon have won 20 points from a possible 60 at home this campaign. They have performed better away, winning 29 points from a maximum of 63.
- Moors are yet to win against Curzon since promotion to the National League North in 2017. Defeats by scoreline’s of 2-4 and 0-1 were followed up with a 0-0 draw in October.
LAST TIME WE MET
It’s been a season of mixed fortunes and inconsistent spells for Curzon Ashton, accumulating with a poor end to a campaign which had serious promise in February. A patchy August was followed top with a rotten run of form which the saw the end of long serving manager John Flanagan.
The Nash were winless in five league games and has just been knocked out of the FA Trophy by the Northern Premier League’s Basford United. The shock decision came after Flanagan won two promotions with Curzon to take them into Step 2, the highest level the club has operated at, and then avoided relegation for the past three seasons on a modest budget.
At that time, Curzon sat four points above the drop and seven off the play-off places. When Flanagan left Curzon Ashton in late November it was the end of an era, but Mark Bradshaw managed to step in and turn the club’s fortunes around. Four successive wins in January had everyone looking on with envy at one of the National League North’s lesser fancied sides.
After moving themselves four points clear of bottom three having been level with the relegation zone going into 2019, they grabbed 13 points from five games, including impressive wins over York City and Chester in a marvellous month.
However, Bradshaw has been unable to continue that great form till the end of the season, with a 1-0 loss at Guiseley at the end of March signalling the start of a barron April. Five defeats and one draw in their last six has seen dreams of a top half finish evaporate, and now Curzon will be glad to still be safely above the drop zone.
LAST FIVE RESULTS
22/4/19 | NLN | Stockport County 2-0 CURZON ASHTON
19/4/19 | NLN | CURZON ASHTON 0-3 Southport
13/4/19 | NLN | AFC Telford 3-1 CURZON ASHTON
6/4/19 | NLN | CURZON ASHTON 1-1 Leamington
30/3/19 | NLN | Boston United 4-1 CURZON ASHTON
ONE TO WATCH | CAMERON MASON
Former Chesterfield youth team player who made the move to non-league in recent years. After working through the youth and reserve sides, he has recently driven his way to become first choice for the Nash.
INFO FOR TRAVELLING MOORS SUPPORTERS
Pay at the Turnstiles
Concessions (over-65): £6.00
Students: £6.00 / *Pay What You Can Afford (*When producing free student season ticket)
Under 16s: £3/ * Free (*When producing U16 free season ticket/ also allows half price adult entry)
The Tameside Stadium
The Tameside Stadium has been the home of Curzon Ashton football Club since 2005. The ground has two covered stands and is fully terraced on all four sides. It currently holds the FA ‘B’ Grading.
The Tameside Stadium
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M60 (from Stockport) Junction 23 turn left off slip road, then get into the second from left lane to go through the lights onto the A6140 sign-posted Ashton. Keep on the A6140 until you come to a set of traffic lights with a cinema on your right, turn left at these lights, follow road over a bridge then over a mini-roundabout then turn left after the mini-roundabout. Ground is at the bottom. [b]ALL VEHICLES MUST PARK IN THE CAR PARK ON THE RIGHT. COACH PARK ON LEFT
Total Capacity 4,000
Seated Capacity 527 (seats available in the covered Main Stand)
Standing Capacity 3,673
Covered Accommodation 1,100 (standing cover available opposite the Main Seated Stand)
A variety of hot and cold food and drink is available from the Snack Bar before, during and after each game. The Sports Bar serves a wide variety of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks and is open to all visitors before, during and after games. We have a large Function Room which is used for Wedding Receptions, Birthday Parties (Nothing below 21st), Wedding Anniversaries, Christenings and Christmas Parties
Free car parking is available with six disables spaces. There is also a large ‘Over-Spill’ car park located on the left at the beginning of the approach road to the stadium.
Please respect our neighbours when leaving the stadium.
The club shop is also open on match-days and sells a wide range of league and non-league programmes, replica shirts, scarves, pin badges and other club merchandise.
Matchday sponsors can book access to the sponsors’ lounge and enjoy the excellent quality corporate hospitality that it provides. Potential sponsors should contact the club for further details of corporate packages on offer, or visit the sponsors section of the website.
Curzon Ashton Football Club