September 7, 2013 by backofthenetjl
On national non-league day, it was a top of the table clash at Tameside Stadium, as league leaders Curzon hosted 3rd placed Bamber Bridge. Curzon were victorious with a 3-2 win, with Chris McDonagh’s strike proving to be the crucial goal.
It was a scrappy start to the action, with neither side able to retain the ball and there been frequent changes of possession. The first chance of the half fell to Bamber Bridge’s Alistair Waddecar who hit a left-footed strike from the corner of the box, fortunately it was well into the grasp of Hakan Burton. Chris McDonagh had a good opportunity to put Curzon ahead, but he flashed his header past the post.
Jordan Wright was handed a glorious chance to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, he beat the offside trap after Rowney had sent him clear, but Bridge keeper Lee Doves got down well to deny him. Moments late, Doves was called into action again, this time it was Warbuton who found himself in behind, but again Doves was equal to it. But in the 27th minute, Curzon’s persistence paid off as they went ahead. Sam Walker’s in-swinging free-kick was met by Simon Woodford, whose header was too powerful for Doves to handle. The goal had been coming.
Towards the end of the half, Alistair Waddecar was presented with another opportunity to find the net, but hit his shot wide. Bamber would rue that chance as almost straight after, as Curzon extended their lead. Matty Warbuton checked inside on his left-footed in the box and his effort rolled into the bottom corner, leaving Doves stranded in the Bamber Bridge goal.
HT Curzon Ashton 2-0 Bamber Bridge
Bamber Bridge hit back in the second period and reduced the deficit in the 52nd minute, Matt Lawlor heading home a Matty Mahoney free-kick, to put Bamber back in the game. Curtis Haley found space on the edge of the area, and looked to be in a dangerous position, though he dragged his shot well wide. The game went dead for a short while, but that didn’t stop Jordan Wright from trying his luck from the edge of the box, his dipping shot was relatively straight-forward for Lee Doves, though. Shortly after, Chris McDonagh turned well and found himself in behind the Bamber back-line, Lee Doves got just enough on it to prevent the Curzon striker from getting on the score-sheet.
In the 78th minute, McDonagh finally got his goal. Dale Minor sent a lovely pass over the top, and McDonagh twisted and turned the defender inside out before firing into the net, although Doves may well have done a lot better. Curzon looked quite comfortable going into the closing stages at 3-1 up, but the two goal cushion, was cut to one as Mark Buchan headed home from close range to set up an interesting finale. Curzon held on for an important win, to stay top of the league and unbeaten.
FT Curzon Ashton 3-2 Bamber Bridge
By Josh Lawless
Curzon: Burton, Woodford, Minor, Wright (Haughton), Hunt, Young, Rowney, Walker, McDonagh (Bett), Warburton (Brooke), Lakeland.
Bamber Bridge: Doves, Bowyer, Alexander (Thomson), Lawlor, Bonaminio, Kay, Waddecar, Mahoney, Johnstone (Buchan), Wilkins, Haley.
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