Jamie Stott one of two new recent signings after Curzon's home game against Southport
It was a quiet start from both sides during the early part of the game with both sides just trying to get a foothold. On the 9th minute Curzon did just that when after a hopeful ball from James Baillie into the Southport’s box Striker Ben Wharton stuck his foot out, bringing the ball down then cleverly turning his marker before slotting past keeper Mark Halstead.
The lead lasted all of nine minutes when the returning Jamie Stott to Curzon gave a silly ball away to Southport’s Jordan Hallam, Hallam quickly made his way into the Curzon box before Chris Rowney rashly took him out with a flying tackle giving referee Paul Brown no choice but to award the penalty. Captain Steven Schumacher took the responsibility of the spot kick and hit it straight down the middle to draw Southport level.
With only twenty four minutes on the clock Southport after being a goal down took the lead in this game, again it came from another mistake and Rowney again was the culprit for not dealing with the ball properly, allowing Jordan Hallam to nick the ball go past the out coming keeper Cameron Mason to slot home from a very tight angle.
Curzon although throwing away the lead did have two penalty claims themselves as both Niall Cummins and Wharton were upended inside the Southport box and on both occasions referee Brown waving away the claims.
An excellent save from Halstead in added time denied Curzon, a deep cross from Stott found Cummins at the far post who volleyed the ball straight back and somehow Halstead managed to block the shot and steer the ball over the crossbar for a Curzon corner.
GOAL: If Cummins was denied at the far post he wasn’t going to be denied at the near post, from the corner which was played short between Stott and Baillie with the latter delivering the ball to the near post for Cummins to meet and head home with 45+4 showing on the clock.
In the second half it was Curzon who threaten first on 48 minutes when Joe Guest was released down the left, his cross was only headed away to the edge of the box to Rowney but his half effort was blocked and cleared.
Baillie was the next to deliver a cross but this time from the right on 52 minutes, just dropping the wrong side of the crossbar and hitting the net stanchion.
Apart from a run by Southport Hallam on 58 minutes which saw him run across the front of the box before being halted it was all Curzon creating the chances, with Cummins involved in most of the action, after holding the ball up well on the edge of the box and playing in Guest who hit his effort high he hit a great shot which just went wide of Halstead goal.
Both sides made changes in hope to change their fortunes and on 78 minutes Stott had a great chance to make amends for his mistake in the 1st half as he rose to meet a corner from the right but his timing was well out as he missed the header completely even though he was unmarked.
With three minutes remaining Cummins again fails to hit the target as he shoots from the edge of the box, Curzon just cannot make their second half dominance pay.
Southport who rarely got into the Curzon final third had a chance on the 88th minutes but Bradley Jackson angled shot was well saved by Cameron Mason.
The second half not as exciting as the first half when it came to goals, Curzon as the home team did pushing everything forward to grab a winner but lacked composure and quality in the final third, as for Southport they battled hard and will be pleased with the point away from home. The 2 - 2 scoreline was probably a fair result.
Photo and report courtesy of Curzon Ashton