CURZON ASHTON 0, SPENNYMOOR UNITED 3
Curzon Ashton lacked a cutting edge as they crashed to a third straight National League defeat at home to Spennymoor United.
Nash enjoyed good possession and produced some fine approach play but, as has happened in so many games this season, they failed to capitalise in the final third.
That was the difference between the two sides with Spennymoor taking their chances.
Spennymoor had the first chance in the third minute after Jude Oyibo weaved his way into Curzon’s box and pulled the ball back for Jordan Preston whose low shot was easily saved by Chris Renshaw.
The visitors took the lead six minutes later after Oyibo set up Glen Taylor who received the ball on the edge of the Curzon’s box, spun to get the ball onto his left foot before hitting a low shot which Renshaw could only push into his own net.
Curzon’s first effort came from Alex Curron after 13 minutes as he drove at the Spennymoor’s defence before shooting over from distance.
With half an hour played, Curzon had grown into the game more and were giving Spennymoor plenty to think about with Craig Mahon prominent.
In the final minutes of the half, Curzon looked the more dangerous as Tom Peers’ shot was blocked but his second effort looked to hit a defender’s hand, but referee Richard Aspinall waved away the appeals and booked Jordan Lussey for persistent dissent.
In added time Curzon had their best chance to draw level after Adam Thomas played in a low cross from the right to the near post. Peers, with the ball slightly behind him, managed to get his shot off but it went straight at goalkeeper Harry Flatters.
The second half had a scrappy start with both sides giving the ball away cheaply.
Both sides made changes mid-half and it certainly worked for Spennymoor as they immediately went 2-0 ahead. Again it was Taylor who received the ball just outside Curzon’s box and with his trusted left foot he buried the ball home in the bottom corner.
Spennymoor could have made it 3-0 when Curzon old boy Oyibo broke behind the Curzon defence but could only watch his shot hit the far post.
Curzon have a great chance to pull a goal back after Jordan Richards put in a great cross for Peers who could only steer his header over the bar.
Spennymoor sealed victory in the 90th minute when Ethan Brierley capitalised on a deflected effort from Jordan Thewlis and bent his effort past Renshaw.
Once Spennymoor got their second goal it was one-way traffic and they deserved victory.
Curzon will be hoping to stop the rot over the next two games when they host second-placed Brackley Town on Tuesday (April 5) and Boston United on Saturday (April 9).
Curzon Ashton: (4-4-2) Renshaw; Mariette, Barton, Wilson, Richards; Thomas (Hobson 66), Lussey, Mahon, Nolan (Dimaio 79); Curran, Peers. Subs (not used): Challoner, Johnson, Cooper.
Goals: Taylor (9, 68), Brierley (90) for Spennymoor.
Report: Dave Jones