In a highly entertaining game both sides showed the watching crowd that there is a lot of talented young players at both of these established Evo-Stik league clubs.
Curzon started the game the brightest of the two sides and Nathan Martin
quickly played in Raul Corriea down the left but his marker quickly came across to defend well against him, then seconds later Martin slipped a delightful ball between to the two central defenders to set up Jordan Wright
, Wright then beat his marker but saw his effort go agonisingly wide of the far post. But as the game settled Bamber Bridge showed why they have had a good season, some great passing and movement saw them nearly take the lead on the 6th minute when Curzon's keeper Hayden Buckley-Smith
misjudged a cross from the right and saw it bounce off the crossbar towards a incoming Bridge forward, but luckily for Curzon, he could only head into the side netting.
Bamber opened the scoring on 21 minutes after again, a delightful move in which the pacey Daniel Kinsey played in Chris Scott who's first time cross was met by Luke Massie at the near post and he poked the ball home.
Curzon had their chances to pull level through Corriea, Michael Linney
and again Wright after good interlinking play by Martin and Harry Odell
but each time Curzon couldn't take advantage.
But in recent games Curzon reserves have bounced back in the second half and with only a goal down at half time it was time to regroup.
The start of the second half saw Bridge dominate, Kinsey firing strongly, but Buckley-Smith holding the shot well then a free kick given needlessly away by Curzon saw Jason Simpson head just wide.
Curzon did have their chances the best was following a free kick when twice Curzon had good shots on target only to see them blocked by their own players, but on sixty minutes Curzon made the break through.
A move down the right, resulted in a far post cross which found Wright, his initial header was well blocked by Bridge's keeper Ryan White but he couldn't hold it. As the ball dropped Wright was the quickest to react and poked the ball home.
The goal rocked Bridge and Curzon had a good spell and five minutes later they we're in front, a ball played down the right channel for Corriea looked to be covered by Bridge's left back Reece Holland but Corriea showed great pace and strength to win the ball, push his marker aside and pull the ball back for Linney who blasted past White at his near post.
But for all the hard work to get their noses in front, Curzon allowed Bridge back into the game when Lewis Swarbruck lifted the ball over Buckley-Smith from around 15 yards inside the Curzon box.
At 2-2 you felt the game was far from over, even with Curzon making changes due to the first team requiring players for their last game of the season, they were still showing their hunger to win the game.
On 72 minutes they got their rewards when the referee awarded them a free kick, 2 yards from the goal line to the right of the box. Linney delivered a near post cross which Alex Jones
duly headed home.
Curzon were then looking more likely to win the fixture as they created some great chances, Corriea came close and Linney had a couple of long range chances, the best move came after Bridge were awarded a corner, the corner was cleared and Curzon's left back Ryan McDonagh
quickly broke down the left hand side, playing the ball inside to Linney at the halfway line, Linney then quickly played in Matthew Dell
down the right and Dell was unlucky to see his powerful effort well saved by White.
But just when Curzon thought that they would win the game, they gave Bridge a lifeline and it proved decisive. With five minutes to go keeper Buckley-Smith played a dreadful ball out to centre back Theo Lindezey and put him under pressure from forward Simpson then in a rash tackle referee James Morgan adjudged Lindezey to have brought Simpson side the box. With that Simpson duly stood up to place the penalty into the bottom left hand corner.
In the last couple of minutes there was drama at both ends of the pitch which shows the commitment from both young sides, Matthew Dell
promoted from the youth side had his second shot on goal since coming on as substitute but he couldn't believe it when he saw it beat White only to come off the post. Then Bridge lucky to get with that, went up to the other end, feeding Simpson with a great chance to win the game, but Buckley-smith was equal and he pulled off a great double save.
With the first team's semi-final play off game this coming Monday, five or six players could be on first team duty this coming Saturday for the first team's final league fixture which will leave the reserves looking at signing on players from the youth team for their final league game, home to Workington but if they show the same work rate and commitment as the four youth players from Curzon's youth have done in tonight's game then the reserves should finish off the final game with a win!!!.
Match Report by Dave Jones