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A complete team performance from Moors wasn’t enough to secure a third-place finish, but confidence is high heading into Wednesday’s play-off clash with Bradford (Park Avenue).
Glen Taylor opened the scoring after colliding with Curzon keeper Cameron Mason, and Moors managed a second sucker punch just before halftime when Rob Ramshaw slipped in Hibbs who showed great composure to double Moors’ lead.
Jason Ainsley’s side started the second half how they ended the first, with debutant Lewis King finding Ramshaw who calmly finished.
Ten minutes later, Curzon struggled to deal with a Moors corner allowing Scott Harrison to net his second goal in three games.
Adam Boyes sealed a comprehensive victory three minutes from full-time for his ninth goal of the season.
Moors entered the match knowing if they won and FC United of Manchester did them a favour by not losing to Brackley, they could wrap up third position on the last day of the season.
Quarter of an hour into the match Taylor was in the right place to steer in Harrison’s header, sealing his 31stgoal of the season, however Curzon fans were convinced there was a foul on keeper Mason.
In a first half where Moors hadn’t given away many chances, Harrison lacked pace on a pass and it was snatched up by Curzon striker Reece Deakin who got in one versus one with keeper Matthew Gould, who rushed out and deflected it out for a throw in.
As the first half entered the end of added time Ramshaw threaded a ball through the Curzon midfield which landed at the feet of Moors fullback Jake Hibbs, who calmly floated it over the oncoming Mason to extend Moors’ lead.
Inside the first ten minutes of the second half Moors’ full-back King glided a ball over the top that landed at Ramshaw’s feet, who’s run was perfectly timed, and he went around keeper Mason rolling it into an empty net to take the game away from Curzon Ashton.
Moors were in complete ascendency but didn’t take their foot off the gas. Hawkins skimmed a corner into the box which caused serious problems for the Curzon defence, and when the ball rolled into the path of Harrison, he powered his shot into bottom corner.
As the game approached the final ten minutes, Hawkins gave it away to Oliver Crankshaw whose effort was saved by Gould. Moors’ keeper was quick to react when Luke Wall fired in the rebound, capping off a superb double stop.
Moors entered cruise control as impact sub Boyes managed to slip his defender and bury his chance in the bottom left corner.
With a play-off date with Braford Park Avenue, with a chance for Moors to get revenge after last season’s heartache against the avenue.
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|27th April 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19|