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MATCH REPORT | Curzon Ashton 0-2 Chorley

Four games without a win for the Magpies and without a goal to their name in that time meant Matt Jansen rang the changes up front for this visit to Curzon Ashton.


Marcus Carver, Jason Walker and Dale Whitham were moved to the bench in place of Nick Haughton, Josh Wilson (who were both rested for Tuesday’s defeat to Harrogate Town) and Delilal Brewster, who made his first start for the club.


Early pressure from the hosts was well dealt with by the Chorley defence before a searching cross from a corner was gathered up by Cameron Mason in the Curzon goal.


But Chorley’s long awaited goal came in the 13th minute when Wilson jumped to meet Adam Blakeman’s corner to head past Mason for a deserved lead.


Chorley almost grabbed a second two minutes later but the free kick was turned over the bar and the assistant had his flag raised for offside anyway.


Curzon had their first real effort on the half hour when Joe Guest forced a good save from Matt Urwin after Nial Cummins had laid him off on the edge of the area.


The home side saw another effort go to waste nine minutes before the break when Jonathan Hunt headed over Sam Walker’s free kick.  Andy Teague almost headed into his own net as the half came to a close but the cross bar came to his rescue.


15 minutes into the second half Carver was brought on to replace Brewster and almost had an immediate impact – his first attempt sailed narrowly wide before a through ball from Haughton saw him go one-on-one with Mason but he shot straight at the keeper’s legs.


Chorley finally doubled their lead, and sealed all three points, on 76 minutes. A short throw-in from Matt Challoner to Haughton saw the midfielder dribble past three Curzon players and fire into the bottom corner for a 2-0 scoreline.


Chorley: Urwin, Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (C), Leather, Jordan, Haughton (Whitham 84), O’Keefe, Wilson (Walker 78), Brewster (Carver 61), Cottrell; Subs: Anson, Mooney.


HT: 0-1 FT: 0-2

GOAL: Josh Wilson (13), Nick Haughton (76)

YELLOW: Andy Teague (44), Marcus Carver (90+3)

Referee: Paul Brown

Assistants: Daniel Bennett, Alex Clark

PLAYER MOVEMENT | Ashton moves to Ramsbottom

Goalkeeper Sam Ashton has continued his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, by signing for Evo-Stik Division One North side Ramsbottom United.


Ashton signed for Kendal Town over Christmas, and featured twice for the Cumbrian side, but has now moved to Ramsbottom to continue his progression.


LATEST NEWS | Club Lottery looking for collecting agents

Do you have a few hours to spare each month to help your local community club and earn yourself some extra cash?

The Club Lottery is looking for collecting agents to call at the homes of lottery players to collect their payments. Collections are carried out every four weeks, and collectors have up to seven days to complete their ‘rounds’.

All of our rounds are well established and are being covered by other members of the lottery team at the moment, but we need additional collectors to help spread the workload.

The role is classed as self-employed, and commission is payable at the rate of 15% of all monies collected. A further 5% is also payable as a quarterly bonus, subject to the meeting of certain criteria. Additional travel expenses may also be covered if you take on rounds out of your own area.

This work would ideally suit someone who has recently retired or works part-time or someone who just wants some regular fresh air and exercise, with the added bonus of meeting some very nice people and earning some extra cash. Whilst a lot of the collecting can be done during the day, there will be a small amount of evening and weekend work involved.

You will ideally need to have your own transport, although some of the rounds could be completed on foot if you live in the area.

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MATCH PREVIEW | Curzon Ashton v Chorley

The Magpies (10th, 35pts) make the short journey to Tameside on Saturday for their Vanarama National League North clash with Curzon Ashton (14th, 30pts) writes Alex Birch.

Seeking a cure for the January blues, Matt Jansen’s side will be looking for a similar outcome to their last Manchester trip when they demolished league leaders Salford City 3-0.

Standing in their way are John Flanagan’s mid-table outfit, who’ll be glad of a home game having played just three since the end of October.


“Curzon Ashton are always tricky. They are good at home, and their pitch is excellent, but we’ll give them a test and hopefully do a job against them” – Matt Jansen talking to Harry Lyons

Team news

Nick HaughtonMatty HughesAdam Blakeman & Khius Metz are injury doubts, but Scott Leather should return after coming on as a late sub against Kidderminster.

Last time around

The sides met on August 12 in front of 804 fans at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, playing out a 1-1 draw.Joe Guest opened the scoring for The Nash, before Scott Leather equalised for the Magpies before half time.

Previous seasons

21/11/15 NLN Curzon Ashton 4 Chorley 2 (Warburton, Cummins, Brooke (2); BondLynch)

19/03/16 NLN Chorley 2 Curzon Ashton 0 (ConnertonRoscoe)

24/10/16 NLN Curzon Ashton 1 Chorley 1 (Baillie; Walker)

25/03/17 NLN Chorley 0 Curzon Ashton 3 (Stott, Cummins, Rowney)


Blank: Chorley have kept four clean sheets in their last six league games, and 11 in total during the 2017/18 league campaign.

Struggle: The Nash have won just one of their last nine matches in all competitions, a 1-0 victory at North Ferriby in December.

Mancunia: The Magpies are on a run of nine games undefeated in Greater Manchester, with their last loss coming at FC United in March, 2016.

Finisher: Curzon’s top scorer Niall Cummins has hit double figures in goals in each of his three National League North campaigns with the club.

Match day (13/01/18)

Kick-off at the Tameside Stadium (OL7 9HG) is 3pm, with turnstiles opening around 1.30pm.

Admission is £12 adults, £6 over-65s/students & £3 under-16s.

Programmes cost £2.50.

Parking is free but limited at the ground, with an overspill car park in operation. The closest tram stop is Ashton West (five minute walk) and Ashton-under-Lyne railway station is a mile away.

Check out the statue outside the ground which features three World Cup-winning footballers born in Ashton-under-Lyne (Geoff HurstJimmy Armfield & Simone Perrotta).

LATEST NEWS | FC United match moved forward

It can be announced that our Vanarama National League North match at FC United of Manchester has been rescheduled to Friday 9 February 2018.

The tie was originally due to take place on Saturday 10 February, but has been rescheduled at Broadhurst Park with the game kicking off at 7.45pm. 

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