FA Trophy 3rd qualifying round
Match report Vs Curzon AshtonVenue: Tameside StadiumDate: 23-11-19Att: 226 (away fans: 50)

23-11-19 - Report - Curzon Ashton 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0

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The Harriers were the visitors to Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium with the Nash looking to claim their maiden win over us. The Harriers manager John Pemberton opted to switch to a back four, with Rhys Williams taking Ryan Johnson’s place in the back line whilst Tom Palmer was handed the goalkeepers jersey.

The first fifteen was cagey to say the least. Harriers had ultimate control of the ball but neither team were able to fashion anything resembling even a half chance. Tactically, it appeared that Ashley Hemmings was being employed in a free central role behind the front pairing of Ashley Chambers and Richard Peniket.

Sniffs of attempts began to establish themselves, Peniket running onto a long ball over the top only to be denied by a recovering Mo Ali. For Curzon, Sean Miller and Charlie Jolley linked well before Miller saw a shot saved; the resulting corner dealt with by Hemmings.

On the half hour Harriers were mightily unlucky not to be in the lead. A foul on Peniket twenty five yards out, right of centre, saw Weeks standing over a free kick. Running off it, He left it for Hemmings who fired it into Chambers. The front man laid it back off to the Harriers number ten who unleashed a curling dipping effort that crashed into the angle of bar and post.

Just on the stroke of half time the home side applied pressure over a concerted period of time with the Harriers unable to clear the ball far enough. The ball was then teed up for Mike Calveley to launch a twenty five yard strike past the helpless Tom Palmer.

It was a half of few chances, but Curzon Ashton led at the break.

HT: 1 – 0

At half time Ryan Johnson came on for Milan Butterfield after he had injured his shoulder in the build up to the goal. Quite frankly the opening quarter of an hour of the half was poor with literally nothing to report outside of a Liam Davies effort wide.

Ollie Shenton and Brandon Diau both came on in an attempt to change the game for Harriers, but to no avail. The home side always looked the more likely to add to their advantage and it was ever thus; a cross was hoisted into the box and claimed by Tom Palmer, who collided with Cliff Moyo. The collision dislodged the ball from Palmer’s grasp, with Sean Miller notching what will surely be the easiest goal of his career.

Miller then turned provider for Stockport loanee Connor Dimiao – the scorer of Curzon’s winner against York last week – who rounded Palmer and tucked home. It was an accomplished second half performance from Mark Bradshaw’s side and Cameron Mason had nothing to do for the majority of the game.

The Nash’s maiden victory of Harriers sees them into Monday lunchtime’s first around draw. Good luck to them.

FT: 3 – 0

Goals for Curzon Ashton: Calveley 45, Jolley 76, Dimiao 84

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Curzon Ashton Goals Subs Time Cards
Baillie   87  
Miller   85  
Jolley 81  
Sinclair   81  
Askew   85  
Worrall   87  
Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
Butterfield   46  
R Williams        
E Williams   58  
Peniket   62  
De Garis        
Johnson   46  
Diau   62  
Shenton   58  
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