Preview: Curzon Ashton v Alfreton Town

Preview: Curzon Ashton v Alfreton Town

Friday Feb 8, 2019

Alfreton Town head to Greater Manchester in the next test in the National League North campaign as we face Curzon Ashton, kick off is 3pm. 

After last weekend's disappointing defeat at home to York City, Billy Heath will want a quick reaction albeit against one of the divisions in-form sides. 

The game against York had it all but it was the Reds who were once again on the end of a defeat at the Impact Arena, with home form proving yet another struggle; even against a side who had last their last eight away league games. It started well for the visitors when Sean Newton finished superbly from a tight angle with a lobbed finish after 11 minutes to give the visitors the lead from a Reds mistake and mis-communication at the back.

However Reece Styche won a penalty after being dragged back in the box and gladly converted to level the scores on 34, before the Reds striker took another opening well in the second half to finish under the goalkeeper despite the York shot-stopper getting a touch on the effort. Alfreton appeared to be comfortable at 2-1 and heading for another three points but when Styche missed a crucial penalty on 69 minutes, York's hopes lifted and the Minstermen pressure led to the Reds imploding with six minutes left to play.

The equaliser came on 84 minutes,  Kempster finished well into the far corner from a corner, before we gave away a penalty four minutes later and Burrow planted the spot-kick to seal an incredible win for York who showed unbeliveable grit and desire in the final stages. 

Alfreton were desperately unlucky to not win the game despite dominating yet again after the York opening goal, but chances were again missed for the Reds n the first and second half, and we paid the price in the end. Working on finishing contests off with a more clinical eye for goal would have been top of the preparations list this week and we head to Curzon looking to grab a big three points to restore the good feeling following last weekend. 

We head into the game having won just one of our last seven league games (Kidderminster 0-1), the Reds away form presents far better reading with Alfreton much better on the road than at the Impact. We have lost just once in our last five away trips (Southport 2-1) with our last outing being an impressive 1-0 win at Kidderminster. 

Curzon Ashton sit in 12th place in the league table with 38 points from 28 games.

Their current playign record stands at: P28, W10, D8, L10. 

The Nash have had a managerial change this season with long standing manager Jon Flanagan departing the club in November, new boss Mark Bradshaw and 'Manager of the Month' for January has steadied the ship after the club headed into 2019 level on points with the relegation zone, Curzon registered four successive wins in January to lift themselves to 12th. 

Curzon are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions (W6, D1) their last outing came on Tuesday night with a 8-0 win at Chadderton FC in the Manchester Premier Cup. League form has seen the hosts win five of their last six league games. 

Home form for the hosts has been a struggle with Curzon winning just one of their last six home league games (L3, D2). Their last home league fixture saw a 1-1 draw with Darlington on January 26th. 

Billy Heath pre-Curzon, here

Ground Address:

Tameside Stadium, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL7 9HG.

Admission and Parking:

Reds fans can pay at the turnstiles with admission priced at: Adults £12, Concessions £6, Under 16s FREE. 

Free car parking is available with six disables spaces. There is also a large 'Over-Spill' car park located on the left at the beginning of the approach road to the stadium.

Previous Meeting:

Alfreton Town 0-1 Curzon Ashton (Tuesday 14th August 2018): We suffered a first home defeat of the season back in August on matchday four of the campaign, as a Joe Guest 90th minute strike sealed a snatch and grab win for the Nash. The Reds failed to make dominance count on the night but after this result we went on a four game winning run. 

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