HATTERS IN QUEST FOR CUP AS CURZON CURSE THE BAR
ADAM Thomas’ strike early in the second half was enough to put the Hatters in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup.
Thomas’ winning hit came after just under 2,000 fans endured a first half where the ‘magic of the cup’ was missing its conjurers, with few first half chances.
Curzon’s Max Leonard tried to light the game up early with an acrobatic effort but it floated harmlessly wide.
His team-mate Joe Guest was man of the match against Leamington on Monday night but that didn’t show in his poor decision to shoot after 30 minutes when Niall Cummins was in space.
Guest did however fire the first shot on target just before the end of a poor first half, shooting straight at Hatters keeper Ben Hinchliffe from distance.
County hadn’t mustered a shot on or off target by that stage. Curzon were the better side, a fact not lost on County manager Jim Gannon.
“Curzon went about their business with a fairly aggressive manner and they showed a good appetite,” he said.
“I said to the players at half time that they can’t keep that up for the whole game. Keep working them and keep making good decisions.”
County’s Sam Walker served notice of better things to come with their first shot on target five minutes into the second half before Thomas curled County’s second shot on target into Cameron Mason’s far corner.
The lead was not what the home side deserved but if ever a game needed a goal, this was it.
They could have had a second minutes later but Bohan Dixon and Jason Oswell got in each other’s way.
The Hatters moved up a gear as the half wore on, Oswell’s barnstorming run not matched by his cross to Ben McKenna as Mason intervened.
Oswell manufactured a chance for himself in the dying embers, flicking the ball up with one foot and volleying over with the other.
Nash manager John Flanagan was disappointed with Curzon’s second-half performance.
“We lost a bit of intensity in the second half. I thought we played well in the first half and we stayed organised for long periods and they didn’t really cause us any problems. Maybe we were just a bit too open in the second half,” he said.
Curzon could have equalised with the last kick of the game but Matthew Reagan’s deflected shot hit the crossbar and Edgeley Park exhaled.
The National League North rivals resume their campaigns on Saturday. Curzon are away at Brackley Town while Stockport host North Ferriby United.
ONE IS ENOUGH! Adam Thomas is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring the winner
FORCE: Sam Walker strikes at the Nash goal during the Hatters’ victory