Nash too good at Hurst Cross!
Report by David Robinson.
Curzon duly took their place in the next round of the M/C Premier Cup with 3 second half goals proving decisive at Hurst Cross. Ashton had Grant Shenton back in goal after breaking his arm pre-season against the same opposition and were straight on the attack as Lee Gaskell picked up a loose ball in midfield and stepped past 2 challenges before bringing a diving save out of Mason, and shortly afterwards he beat the offside trap but failed to pick anyone out in the middle.
Gaskell was again the man in the action as he volleyed wide from Daniel Cowan’s header from a long free kick and at the other end former Robin Iain Howard turned on to a pass before bringing a low save out of Shenton. The goalkeeper was again required to intervene making a low save with his foot as Rory Gorman latched on to a through ball before it fell to Niall Cummins and just before the break Richard Smith failed to get sufficient power behind a return pass from Mark Lees.
Smith was back in the action on the resumption again failing to test Mason and soon after a long ball saw offside appeals against Cummins go unheeded with Howard firing over but the opening goal wasn’t far away as Ashton failed to clear their lines and a poor clearance by Alex Frost allowed Hughes to fire home. Gorman was then set up by Hughes but fired over after cutting inside and Smith was there just in time to deny Howard from Gorman’s pull back with the visitors now well in control.
Halfway through the second period a break down the middle saw James Baillie racing through to finish and on the final whistle a burst of pace took sub Ryan Hall through the home defence bringing a good save out of Shenton but Howard was on hand to fire home the third goal.
Team: Shenton, Coo, Mason, Frost, Cowan, Moses (Banim), Lees, Smith, Gaskell (Yeboah), Dorney, Lofthouse (Andrew). SNU: Smith, Glennon.