PREVIEW | Curzon Curtain-Raiser
Aug 5, 2019 166 Views

PREVIEW | Curzon Curtain-Raiser

Southport will look to build on their opening day draw as they prepare for their first home game of the season against Curzon Ashton.

The 0-0 stalemate in the North East against Gateshead may not have been the most exciting start to the campaign but nonetheless it was still a solid beginning.

Ahead of the next match, the Port will  reflect that the missed chances against the Heed will need to be taken for the side to go one better and claim their first victory of the season.

Although midweek opponents, Curzon Ashton, did not enjoy the best pre-season, their campaign got off to a blistering start, beating Bradford (Park Avenue) 5-0 at the Tameside Stadium.

24 minutes into the game, Issac Sinclair, the son of former West Ham and Man City striker Trevor, opened the scoring for the Nash.

Eight minutes later, Luke Wall made it two, before Sean Miller, Nicky Wroe and Luke Merrill all added their names to the scoresheet in the second half to complete a resounding victory.

The big win leaves the Nash top of the early Vanarama National League North standings, and they will no doubt hope to continue that form against the Port.

With five different scorers in the game against The Avenue, the Curzon attack could give Liam Watson’s side a tough defensive challenge.

Meanwhile Mark Bradshaw, a one-time Port player himself, will be hoping that his side can come away with a better result than they did in the three meetings between the sides last year, after two defeats and a draw against the Port.

The last of those clashes back in April, saw Dion Charles, Jack Sampson and Marcus Wood all score in a 3-0 victory.

Whilst points wise the Nash were in no trouble of relegation, they were still only two places off the bottom three and will hope Saturday’s victory will mean that a better season awaits.

Written by Amos Wynn

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