The Nash come away with a point at high flying Brackley

Another gutsy away performance saw Curzon come home with a creditable and well deserved point at high flying Brackley, as they proved once again that they can live with the best teams in the league.


Brackley are unbeaten at home and had conceded only one goal at St James' Park prior to this game but that record didn't stop Curzon from taking the game to their hosts and they had the better of the early exchanges with little to show apart from a James Baillie free kick that went too high.
A quick break by Brackley saw Lee Ndlovu flash a shot across the face of the goal and s the home side became more dominant, Curzon survived a scramble before Cameron Mason claimed the ball.
Brackley took the lead on 25 minutes, Glenn Walker smashing home a free kick which left Mason rooted to the spot.
It was barely deserved but parity was restored when former Fylde and FC United midfielder Richie Barker marked his debut with his own stunning free kick, his effort clipping the post on the way in giving Danny Lewis no chance.
Just as it was looking as though the teams would go in level at half time, Brackley retook the lead. A free kick was pumped into the box and only half cleared, Aaron Williams effort looking to be more of a case of putting the ball back into the danger area than a shot on goal, but the ball crept in at the far post to give Brackley a 2-1 lead.
Tyrell McKenzie was inches away from his first Curzon goal as his shot squirmed under the keeper who was relieved to see the ball trickle the other side of the post in the first minute of the second half.
Curzon then survived a game of pinball in their box with shots ricocheting from one player to another but it was the closest they came to another goal as the Curzon defence did a superb job in keeping the home forwards at bay.
Curzon too though were finding it difficult to create anything meaningful and they looked consigned to defeat when Niall Cummins was sent off for an off the ball incident while a substitution was being made.  The referee, as is usual in these cases, failed to spot the home players part in the clash.
Just as five minutes of stoppage time was indicated, Curzon produced their second equaliser of the afternoon.  A throw in on the right was worked inside and McKenzie played the ball into the path of Joe Guest who slammed a curling shot past Lewis to earn a well deserved point.
Match Report by Ian Seymour courtesy of
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