October 15, 2012 by backofthenetjl
As it was non-league day on Saturday 13th October, I was at the Tameside Stadium to see Curzon Ashton overcome Bamber Bridge. Here is my report on the game.
Curzon started the game quickly, maintaining possession in midfield early on. The first chance of the game came from a lovely through ball from Stuart Cook, which found Brian Summerskill, who poked at goal, leading to a routine save from Lee Dovey in the Bamber goal. The visitors had an opportunity almost immediately after, but Curzon escaped as the result was only a goal-kick. In the 6th minute Bamber did take the lead, from Alistair Waddecar’s in-swinging corner, skipper Luke Atherton headed home the opener from what looked like a free header. Josh Ollerenshaw was the only reason the lead wasn’t extended, the Curzon shot-stopper prevented Steve settle from netting a 2nd soon after.
Bamber were growing in confidence and continued to press Curzon, they had yet another chance on goal through Steve Settle, who forced Ollerenshaw into making a superb save. Tony Evans was presented with a great chance to equalise, but his header was saved courtesy of a wonderful save from Dovey. Straight away, Bamber went up the other end and attacked, Darren Green found himself a clear route on goal, but was denied by the outstretching leg of Ollerenshaw. Brian Summerskill had previously had an effort on goal earlier in the game and he struck a fierce shot with his right foot that Dovey did well to hold on to.
Curzon were being matched in all departments but had being applying heavy pressure on their visitors. That pressure was rewarded shortly before half-time as Kristian Dennis hit home an equaliser. Dennis evaded a number of challenges before firing the ball low past the helpless Dovey. It seemed as if Curzon would kick-on now, but infact they did the exact opposite and conceded a goal on the stroke of half-time, a lapse of concentration at the back allowed Darren Green in, who knocked the ball past Ollerenshaw and then rolled the ball into an opening net; taking the lead for the second time in the game.
HT Curzon Ashton 1-2 Bamber Bridge
Scott Metcalfe was introduced at half-time and he made an instant impact, levelling the score for the second time in the match. Curzon were looking for another to put them infront and they almost did, Matty Purcell’s chip was blocked by the visiting keeper Dovey. Then Sam Walker thought he had grabbed Curzon’s 3rd with a beautiful glancing header, only for it to be ruled out for offside, denying what would have been a sensational turnaround from Curzon.
John Flanagan must have had something to say about half-time and the team were responding, there was a lot more urgency in their play. Tony Evans completed an emphatic turn-around for Curzon with a super goal. After being found by Dennis, Evans cut in and placed the ball into the corner. Kristian Dennis added a fourth after a mistake in the Bamber defence, he latched on to a loose ball, took the ball round Dovey and drove the ball into the empty net.
Bamber did their best to get back into the game but Curzon held on to claim a very important 3 points.
FT Curzon Ashton 4-2 Bamber Bridge
Curzon Ashton: Ollerenshaw, Woodford, Furnival, Hunt, Watson, Summerskill(Metcalfe), Walker, Cook, Purcell, Dennis, Evans(Neequaye)
Bamber Bridge: Dowey, Bonamini(Reid), Hodgkiss, Atherton, Lawlor, Mahoney, Settle, Kay, Bell, Green(Marlow),Waddecar