August 8, 2012 by backofthenetjl
Match Report on the Arthur Clancy Trophy match at Tameside Stadium…
Curzon ended their pre-season preparations with a 4-1 defeat against Ashton United in the Arthur Clancy Trophy. Both sides were experimenting for the new season and the result wasn’t too disappointing for the home side. It was a good test for Curzon nonetheless, as it allowed them to get a glimpse of what to expect in the Premier Division.
It was the visitors who made the brighter start, with Mark Peers showing some good touches down the left flank, he created the first chance of the game when he whipped in a teasing cross, that Warren Beattie met, but the header was off target. More threat from United followed, with Astley Muholland, the nifty right winger, attempting a rather speculative effort that rose above the bar. United had yet another chance to take the lead, this chance fell to midfielder Mattie Burke, after being played through by Matty Barlow, he found space just inside the penalty area, he should of really buried it and it proved to be quite a simply stop for Josh Ollerenshaw between the sticks.
Curzon started to get back in the game slightly more, they had several chances from distance, the closest they came within opening the scoring was either snuffed out or blocked. Just as they were building some momentum and getting on top, United took the lead, a brief lapse of concentration from the Curzon allowed Aaron Burns to nip in behind, then Josh Ollerenshaw misjudged the flight of the ball and Burns had near enough an open goal to aim at. He managed to sneak the ball into the bottom corner to give the away side the lead in the 32nd minute.
The home side’s best chance to level the score came from a set piece, which Bradley Robinson took. He struck a powerful effort, but it was beaten away by Terry Smith, United’s shot-stopper. Curzon were looking a whole lot more threatening and started getting the ball down a bit more, although United remained solid at the back and wouldn’t let anything pass. United were happy to hear the half-time whistle blow, because Curzon were applying pressure.
HT Curzon Ashton 0-1 Ashton United
Whatever John Flanagan said to his players at the interval, the message appeared to have been clear, as Curzon responded well and started the half the strongest. Kristian Dennis went close; his shot was comfortably held by Terry Smith though. Ashton then had a chance shortly after, Chris Lynch trying his luck from distance. Then Ashton extended their lead, Mark Peer’s fired a low shot, which only Ollerenshaw could parry into the path of the onrushing Muholland, who tapped in, the win seemed secured, but it was still early into the half. In quick succession United then grabbed a 3rd, scored by Ben Deegan, who slid in and poked home, injuring Ollerenshaw in the process, who found another low shot too hot to handle. The Premier division side weren’t finished there, they put a good string of passes together and Ben Deegan set Aaron Burn’s away, he was brought down by Ollerenshaw in the box, the ref pointed to the spot. Burns then dusted himself off and coolly dispatched his penalty.
When Matty Purcell was sent on, he started to get some joy on the right and it was the sub, who had a hand in Curzon’s goal. He made a darting run down the right, his cross was met by Tony Evans, he volleyed with the outside of his foot and it deflected off Kristian Dennis, the game was out of sight and it was only a consolation to be fair. Dennis had another chance for a 2nd late on, he beat the offside trap and delivered a left-foot finish and forced a smart save from Terry Smith.
FT Curzon Ashton 4-1 Ashton United
Overall it was a very good game, a good standard of football and both sides showing promising signs for the upcoming season.Ashton thoroughly deserved to claim the Trophy, but it was a good test for Curzon, who begin their campaign against Salford City on 18th August.
Curzon: Ollerenshaw (Green), Bowyer, Hampson, Woodford (Mather), Hunt, Cook, (Lakeland) Kay (Purcell), Walker (Summerskill), Evans, Dennis, Robinson (Metcalfe).
United: Smith (Cheetham), Frost, Caldecott (Rose), Beattie, Robinson, Lynch, Muholland (Kosylo), Burke ((Lambert), Burns(Williams), Barlow(Deegan), Peers(Harrop).