July 16, 2013 by backofthenetjl
In their most recently friendly, Curzon endured a 2-0 defeat at the hands of League One opposition in the form of Oldham Athletic, as the Latics defeated Curzon at the Tameside Stadium. Sidney Schmeltz grabbed the first for Oldham in the 12th minute, and Charlie MacDonald netted the second towards the end of the first-half.
Neither side got in the swing of things in the early stages, but there were plenty of positives, as both sides shifted the ball around neatly and played some lovely stuff. Sidney Schmeltz looked a real threat down the right for Oldham with his blistering place, likewise did James Dayton on the opposite flank, with the new signing often drifting inside.
After a somewhat quiet opening, the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute courtesy of a strike from Dutchman Sidney Schmeltz. James Tarkowski bombed forward from Centre-back and drove towards goal, before squaring to Schmeltz, who finished impeccably. Curzon made a swift response though, with Chris McDonagh finding himself through moments after the restart, but he couldn’t get his shot away quick enough and the danger was halted.
As the half drew to a close, Oldham extended their league through Charlie MacDonald. A cross wasn’t cleared by the Curzon defence and MacDonald nabbed in to tap the ball home. Oldham continued to push forward and almost stretched their lead even further. After some great play involving Korey Smith and Jonathan Grounds, James Tarkowski found space inside the penalty area, but saw his shot crash against the cross-bar.
HT Curzon Ashton 0-2 Oldham Athletic
There was just the one change made at the break, with Callum Tongue replacing Hakan Burton in the Curzon goal. Other than that, the same players were back out for the second half as Oldham looked to build on a good half performance. As for Curzon, they were looking for a route back into the game.
Both sides then rang the changes, with Adam Rooney, Kirk Millar and a trialist coming on for the visitors, and Dale Minor and Jordan Wright getting some game-time for Curzon.
Oldham nearly increased their lead mid-way into the second half, only for a great instinctive save from Callum Tongue. An un-named trialist broke through one-on-one , but was denied by the palms of substitute goal-keeper Tongue. Curzon had their best shortly after, though Chris McDonagh’s header looped over the bar.
Substitute Richard Bennett came close to reducing the deficit for Curzon, his effort was easily gathered by Mark Oxley, though. Dean Warburton was next to have a shot on goal, his left-footed effort whistling past the post.
On the whole, an entertaining pre-season friendly with both sides showing positive signs for the season ahead. With over 1000 watching, Oldham ran out worthy winners, but it proved to be a good test for Curzon, whose next friendly is against West Didsbury and Chorlton on Wednesday.
FT Curzon Ashton 0-2 Oldham Athletic
Curzon: Burton(Tongue), Lakeland, Hampson(Minor),Hunt, Watson(Krank), Rowney, Kay(Wright), Walker(Warburton), McDonagh(Bennett), Warburton, Haughton(Hunter).
Oldham: Oxley, Brown (Trialist), Grounds, Wesolowski, Byrne, Tarkowski, Schmeltz (Trialist), Smith (Mellor), MacDonald (Rooney), Baxter (Millar), Dayton.
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