CURZON ASHTON are looking to repeat – or even surpass – their FA Cup heroics from eight years ago upon reaching the second round proper, beating League 2 side Exeter along the way.
Tonight they play York City, just 90 minutes away from the first round proper of this year’s campaign. Here’s how:
Curzon Ashton 1-1 Consett AFC
A home tie against Northern League Division 1 side, Consett was the Nash’s first obstacle in this season’s FA Cup campaign, and until the final minute of the game, it looked like an obstacle they’d overcome.
Consett AFC’s Michael Sweet’s stoppage time equaliser cancelled out Matthew Flynn’s flying first half header, forcing a trip to the North East later that week.
Consett AFC 0-1 Curzon Ashton
A 280-mile long round trip to County Durham was made to feel a lot shorter for the Curzon fans thanks to a second half own goal from Consett’s Clark Kay.
Luke Clark, on loan from Salford City, almost put the Nash in front early on, before club captain and goalkeeper Hakan Burton pulled off an incredible save to keep the game goalless at the break.
The second half saw the home side self-destruct, with captain Danny Craggs being sent off for a headlock just three minutes before Kay found his own net, and gifted Curzon a home tie in the next round.
Curzon Ashton 4-0 Bedworth United
Goals from Jonathan Hunt, Charlie Ennis and Ryan Hall settled Curzon nerves sending the home side into the break three goals to the good after a ruthless first half display.
The 2nd half proved to be less eventful, with the Nash’s 4th, and Hall’s second goal of the game not coming until stoppage time, capping off a relatively drama free game, and taking Curzon just one round away from the first round proper.
York City 1-1 Curzon Ashton
The Nash found themselves 1-0 down early on after goalkeeper Burton fouled York’s Shaun Rooney, allowing the Minstermens’ top scorer Richard Brodie to convert from the spot.
Striker Niall Cummins’ 27th minute equaliser was enough to draw the game for Curzon, and add another 90 minutes onto their already long season, but a 90 minutes that they’ll be delighted to play.
— Curzon Ashton Live (@CurzonLive) October 17, 2016
Curzon Ashton vs York City
That 90 minutes is this evening, 45 minutes after the draw for the first round proper. The Nash will know their potential opponents and the prize that lies in stall for them if they can beat York City, a team who just last year were playing league football.