21/22 Match Preview: Curzon Ashton

The Lions welcome Curzon Ashton to Nethermoor on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off for the penultimate home game of the campaign for Steve Kittrick’s side. 

Match sponsored by: Viamaster

Match ball sponsors: LPS Renewables

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here, tickets will also be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes, food and drink and 50/50 cash draw tickets. The clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Steve Kittrick will be hoping his side can gain a second win in four games to close the gap on those immediately above them in the battle to avoid relegation with the visitors on the hunt for a playoff place after an upturn in form.

Previous Meetings

The Lions travelled to the Tameside Stadium in our opening away game of the campaign and came home with a point from a 1-1 draw. Andy Kellett was introduced from the bench to play a vital role in scoring the second half equaliser.

The draw was the only time Curzon dropped points on home soil in the first three months of the campaign.

The Lions’ Form Book

Steve Kittrick has earned four points from his first three games in charge, an upturn in form at just the right time after accumalting the same points total in the previous 11 fixtures.

He will be looking for his first win in LS20 in nearly 10 years on Saturday after an unbeaten start to his tenure on the road.

The gap to AFC Telford United was cut to three points after Monday’s draw at the Horsfall but the Bucks’ superior goal difference effectively puts them four ahead.

Blyth Spartans’ win over Farsley on Good Friday extended their advantage over the sole relegation spot to four points whilst Farsley’s victory on Easter Monday puts them five ahead.

A Look At Curzon Ashton

Adam Lakeland departed Farsley Celtic to join The Nash as their manager in late October and since then he has lead his side to eight league victories and nine draws.

They sit in 14th place in the table but are just five points outside of the play off places with a game in hand which comes on Tuesday night at Alfreton Town.

Curzon have some impressive wins behind them on the road this season having seen off AFC Fylde, Darlington, Bradford (Park Avenue), Gloucester City, Leamington and Chester.

Easter weekend victories over Darlington and Chorley ended a seven game wait for three points and a run of five fixtures without a goal.

They name former Lion Craig Hobson in their strikeforce and did have Harry Flowers in their defence until recently but the former Solihull man joined AFC Telford United last month.

A Look At The Lions

The Lions were boosted by the return of Kaine Felix in Monday’s trip to BPA after he sat out the previous two fixtures through injury.

Ethan Cartwright could make his second Lions start on Saturday after he made his full debut in the West Yorkshire derby.

Scott McLean, Jamie Spencer, Shaun Tuton and Bailey Thompson also missed the game with their respective injuries.

James Gale has also missed the last two games but Andy Kellett featured on the bench on Monday and Kittrick hopes that Jamie Spencer will be fit and could make his first Lions appearance since January.

What Are They Saying?

Speaking after Monday’s 0-0 draw at Bradford (Park Avenue) Caretaker Manager Steve Kittrick said: “You are not expected to go and win anywhere but the three points would have been nice today, if you had asked yourselves a week ago if you got four points from the first week you would be happy with that. We shouldn’t be too disappointed as it is a point nearer where we need to be. Me and Luke have only been here a week and we are getting our message over.”

“We had a couple of good chances really, we made the openings and got in behind. Kaine came back in and he said to me if he hadn’t have slipped in the last minute he would have got that ball (when challenging home keeper George Sykes-Kenworthy.)”

“Ethan (Cartwright) comes from that background, he is a scouser and a no nonsense type of player. He has done well and worked hard, we threw him in because we saw enough on Friday to know what he is about.”

“We have just got to keep going and pecking away, the lads were all down in the dressing room because they haven’t got three points but you have to earn the right to get them.”

“Every game is a big game, each game is a cup final and we have to get some points, there will be some more twists and turns.”

“We hope to have Jamie (Spencer) back at the weekend, he will train on Thursday and he says he is fit. Kaine came back today and he wanted to play and he is always a threat but Scott McLean is a couple of weeks away.”

“Curzon play football, I went to watch them and I know Adam Lakeland quite well, they like to play total football so we have to combat that.”

Tickets for the game with Curzon Ashton can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day with cash payment only or online in advance here. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside here.

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