First Team - Report
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Ossett Albion v Curzon Ashton FC Match Report
Curzon secured another three priceless points at Dimple Wells but had to live through a nervy first half before they took control of the game in the second period.
Curzon had good intentions but Matty Purcell blasted high and wide in only the third minute and a Sam Walker free kick from a good position came to nothing as the Albion defence coped easily with what Curzon had to offer.
Neither side was making much headway as the play was confined to the midfield areas but a breakaway by Ossett had Curzon worrying but Marc Thompson could only pass to a Curzon defender with two unmarked forwards waiting for a decent ball to the far post.
A period of Curzon pressure ended when Sam Walker fired over and then Graham Kay headed away a dangerous looking corner, putting the ball out for another flag kick.
Curzon were beginning to get on top and Chris McDonagh hooked over the bar after he had chased down a long kick by Josh Ollerenshaw, the bounce beating Albion centre half Andrew McManus.
The best move of the game so far saw Kris Dennis play in Connor Hampson and the full back went on a surging run before forcing a corner but the pressure was relieved when Summerskill shot over from outside the box after the flag kick had only been half cleared.
Five minutes before the interval Adam Hayton turned Andy Watson on the edge of the box but his volley landed on the roof of the net with Ollerenshaw struggling but the real drama of the first half came in stoppage time as Curzon came withing a whisker of taking the lead.
A free kick by Watson fund Matty Kay and he brought a great save out of Jody Barford, the keeper diving to his left to keep out the shot which was cleared for a throw-in. Curzon kept up the pressure and when the ball found Summerskill he curled a shot which beat Barford but crashed back off the crossbar.
Curzon began the second half as they finished the first and Albion were soon under pressure and the opening goal arrived after 50 minutes. An Ossett throe-in was charged down by Summerskill and then by Matty Purcell and as the ball broke into the box, Purcell got there first and produced a clinical finish, rifling the ball past Barford.
The goal settled Curzon’s nerves and they went 2-0 up just three minutes later. A ball by Purcell into Matty Kay brought a rash challenge by Tyrone Gray, the Albion fouling Kay as he sought the ball. Chris McDonagh stepped up and easily scored what was only Curzon’s third penalty of the season.
Curzon were now well on top and looked likely to run up a large winning margin as Kay brought out a great save from Barford, McDonagh shot wide after a good exchange of passes and Dennis had a shot blocked, McManus appearing to handle as he got in the way of the ball.
Ossett weathered the storm and Thompson brought a save from Ollerenshaw after he beat Graham Kay on 65 minutes. It was Ollerenshaw’ s first save of the match but a minute later Curzon scrambled a free kick clear and then a mix up between Graham Kay and Ollerenshaw almost saw the Curzon skipper head the ball over his goalkeeper, but Ollerenshaw recovered to parry the ball in the air before grabbing it as it came down.
Curzon almost increased their lead with 15 minutes to go as Purcell cleared a free kick to McDonagh. He played in Kris Dennis but as the keeper advanced he was forced wide, but even so he got a shot away which was stopped on the line and then two minutes later Ossett were back in the game as Thompson had his shins rapped by Hampson. To be fair, the Ossett player tried to stay on his feet but the referee pointed to the spot and Hayton put his penalty right into the corner despite Ollerenshaw guessing he right way.
Curzon were now unsure whether to attack and attempt to put the game to bed or defend and prevent Ossett from engineering any chances but the game was decided with eight minutes to go. A long clearance was headed on by Fish and as defender and goal keeper hesitated, Dennis didn’t wait and nipped in to slam the ball into the net to spark celebrations among the Curzon contingent.
Match Report by Ian Seymour