As predicted ... I gave England a go on Friday night ... only 5-0 ? Hmmm - even Mossley got more than that on Saturday afternoon (a 6-0 thrashing of bottom club/crisis club Garforth Town) !!
Aaah yes, Saturday - no problems at work - although I did miss the train into Ashton (that'll teach me to eat food !). However the bus got me into 'town' early enough and a brisk walk up to the Tameside Stadium got me there in time for a pre-match lemonade (always calms the shutter finger y'know !). Visitors Bamber Bridge got off to a flyer, taking the lead after only 6 minutes through captain Luke Atherton. Curzon looked a touch disjointed to me, but kept plugging away and grabbing an equaliser just before half-time ... only to throw it away two minutes later with a defensive 'cock-up'. Curzon boss John Flanagan must have had the loan of Sir Alex Ferguson's hair dryer because they came out after the break with all guns blazing equalising almost immediately after the restart (yep ... I was still coming out the club/loo !!). Two more goals in two minutes put the home side right on top, and try as they might, Brig were unable to get back into the game. So Curzon get back on track after their 2-1 reverse at New Mills last Monday.
This Sam Walker effort was chalked off for offside ...
However that 6-0 win mentioned earlier keeps Mossley firmly on top of
the Evo Stik 1 North for now - but Skelmersdale United kept their 100%
record for the season with a 4-0 defeat of Harrogate RA .... if if
anyone out there is at a loose end on Tuesday night - may I recommend a
trip to Seel Park to see Mossley play ... Skelmersdale United. Now that
should be a real test - for BOTH sides !
Pictures from the Curzon game can be found at
Curzon Ashton 4 Bamber Bridge 2
... and yes - it started to get a bit chilly over yonder Ashton Moss as the game progressed - gloves are a definite for the camera bag now I feel !! Grabbed a lift back to Mossley after the game (cheers Dave !!) before getting changed and heading down to Manchester - the Royal Exchange to be exact - to see "The Country Wife". The train into Manc was fun (not !) - but we were just glad we weren't going t'other way !!
Look out Greenfield /Marsden/Slaithwaite/Huddersfield - the "Rail Ale Bell Ends" are coming ...
An interesting play - a "Restoration Comedy" that was very rude in its day - and with me having been up since 0545 hrs, it was hard work concentrating on following the language (a bit like following a Shakespeare play when you're not much of a "language afficianado" !!) - and even the linguists in our party agreed that some of the dialogue was "a bit fast"!
Royal Exchange last night ... sneaky snap !!
Home on the last train - not quite as bad as going down - time some some quick admiration of the plastering which had been going on all day - the rest is being done now as I type - and a quick peep round the scores ... as well as the two results already mentioned, Ashton United got a very good 2-1 win away at Hednesford Town to make up for that midweek defeat by Marine; Stalybridge went to Worcester City and won 2-1 thanks to a Kristian Platt winner three minutes from time; Droylsden continue to struggle following a 3-0 reverse at Gainsborough Trinity; and last but by no means least Hyde FC got a welcome 2-1 home win over Tamworth in their 1830hrs kick (part of the "Non League Day" wotsit) - still bottom of the Conference Prem, but they came from behind to beat a team 17 places above them - well done !
Colne 0-0 Droylsden - We're staying in the Holiday Inn just outside Royal Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire; it's bloody awful to be honest. We don't give two hoots. After a fail...
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