July 3, 2014 by backofthenetjl
Newly crowned Champions Curzon Ashton went into the fixture with Warrington in irresistible form, and even with the title wrapped up, Curzon sought after doing the double over the Yellows, who had been vying for the title themselves not so long ago. After a welcoming guard of honour from the visitors, the action was soon underway, as Curzon aimed to well and truly put the icing on the cake.
The home side made a positive, prompt start to the game, with Matty Warburton turning and firing a shot towards goal which was well saved by former Curzon shot-stopper Josh Ollerenshaw. Curzon then continued to pile the pressure on the visitors and made the breakthrough in the 7th minute; an impeccably placed free-kick from skipper Sam Walker deceiving visiting goalkeeper Josh Ollerenshaw, giving Curzon an early lead. However, what had been an eventful start to the game continued, as Jonathan Hunt bundled over Chris Gahgan in the box, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a penalty. Ciaran Kilheeney stepped up and calmly slotted home the equaliser. That was the first goal conceded since the impressive win away at Warrington some ten games ago.
It was not long until the visitors, still in the hunt for promotion began to create some good openings themselves; a lovely flowing move down the left resulted in Carlos Meakin sweeping the ball over the top of the right-hand corner. Matty Warburton had been heavily involved in the opening stages; the former Maine Road man got in behind the Warrington backline and saw his effort crash against the outside of the post, much to his and the supporters disappointment. Warrington were let off on that occasion, but they weren’t moments later when Chris Young connected with Sam Walker’s sweet delivery from the left, and the power on the header was too much for Ollerenshaw. Curzon went mightily close within extending their lead, but Warburton’s effort flashed across the face of goal. Shortly after Josh Ollerenshaw dropped the ball from a Curzon corner-kick, fortunately his blushes were spared as the ball ricocheted off Simon Woodford and back into his arms.
HT Curzon Ashton 2-1 Warrington Town.
In fairness it was a relatively slow start to the second for both sides, until the scores were all-square again. In the 53rd minute, Ciaran Kilheeney directed the ball home from a corner, pulling the visitors level for the second time in the match. There was then a period where Curzon were well on top, but there were left exposed at the back for a brief period of time, allowing Scott Metcalfe to score a tremendously audacious chip. A truly astonishing goal from the former Curzon winger.
With the scores standing at 2-3, Curzon threw everything at the visitors, but couldn’t manage that final piece of quality required. The Nash carved out an opening from the right which presented Sam Walker with an opportunity on goal, though Philip Davies halted his progress with an exceptional last-ditch challenge. Four minutes added time was awarded as the game neared ever closely, but Curzon just couldn’t come up with that magic touch.
Ultimately, the game didn’t pan out as we had expected, with Warrington producing a commendable display to keep out Curzon, as well as taking their chances when it mattered. Nevertheless, this was not to spoil Curzon’s title party, as the Champions deservedly collected the Evo-Stik North Division trophy at the end of the game.
FT Curzon Ashton 2-3 Warrington Town
Curzon: Burton, Woodford, Hampson, Hunt, A Watson, Young, Rowney (Watson), Walker, Cummins (McDonagh), Warburton, Horrocks (Kay).
Warrington: Ollerenshaw, Davies, Corrigan, Meakin, McCarten, Thompson, Gahgan (Dawson), Mannix, Wharton (Bowen), Kilheeney (West) , Metcalfe.
By Josh Lawless