West of the Fields

CURZON ASHTON 0 ALFRETON TOWN 2

National League North

I came into this game with at least one record that had to fall. This was my third visit to The Tameside Stadium, Curzon winning the 2 previous games 2-0 and then 4-0. Would this match the increase? 6-0 on the cards? My only previous encounter with The Reds was also a victory, though this had been at North Street.

Following my arrival at The Nash’s home I quickly remembered the reason I don’t visit here more often. The two ends are open and even on a fairly mild afternoon for the time of year, any gust, wind or breeze is bitterly felt. If you do venture to these parts in the cold months, make sure you wrap up warm.

The away fans, if they were feeling any cold, were soon warmed up as their team took the lead in the 2nd minute. After some less than convincing defending by the hosts Town had an attacking throw-in. Launched in, missile like, flicked on, Morgan-Smith arrived in the box ahead of his marker and steered the ball in by his shin via the far post. Alfreton were ahead. 0-1.

Back came Curzon, Askew, a late replacement due to a warm-up injury, fired straight at Wright. Corners were won but despite causing a bit of bother didn’t look likely to find the way to an equaliser. At the other end, Johnson had a long range missile like free-kick tipped over by Mason. Back came Curzon. Probing. Trying. Creating. But unable to finish.

Alfreton looking dangerous on the break, a last ditch foot preventing Morgan-Smith from being presented a great chance. Curzon’s chance for glory from a free-kick, Dimiao’s effort was close, but no cigar. The referee bizarrely giving a corner. As the half came to a close, you got the feeling that the hosts had wasted their chance(s).

Five minutes into the second period the visitors were awarded a penalty, Morgan-Johnson brought down, Johnson stepped up and scored. 0-2. And so the game as a contest was done. Curzon had the ball. Struggled to break down a solid defence and when chances were presented the hosts could not take them. Alfreton looked dangerous on the break, especially Morgan-Johnson, though his afternoon was tarnished when he was shown a red with 10 minutes remaining.

As I left with just added on remaining to head off to my second game the game played out to the end. If Alfreton Town continue to defend and play as a unit like this they will start to move up the table. Curzon Ashton, on this performance, need to find somebody who can put the ball in the net. Despite all their possession, half-chances and general paly they do not look like a team that has many goals in them. It could be a struggle.

Attendance: 160

Moment of the Match: Town’s substitute Oyibo. Went on a bit of a run, nutmegged one Nash defender before putting another on his arse. Brilliant.

Match Tunes: Murmur – REM