In our series looking at our opposition for next seasons 2016/2017 National League North season, we come to Curzon Ashton.\r\n\r\n‘The Nash’ are currently enjoying the best spell in the club’s history, having finished in it’s highest ever league position of 11th in English football’s second tier of non-league.\r\n\r\nManager John Flanagan’s successful five-year tenure continues as Curzon look to build on the wave of momentum they are riding on, having tasted promotion twice in as many years before last season.\r\n\r\nIt’s always a tough ask for sides to keep themselves in the league once promoted, but they did so well and the strong finish bang in the middle of the National League North table will see them looking up, not down.\r\n\r\nLast season we met first of all in January, with a 3-1 win for City carrying on the run we were on at the time. City’s post festive cheer saw a stunning volley from Lewis Hall open the scoring before Rob Cundy got his first career goal. Hall bagged a second as City took maximum points.\r\n\r\nThe return fixture saw City flirting with the drop zone but a share of the points in a 1-1 draw edged us away with Colby Bishopscoring the goal to take something away from Tameside.\r\n\r\nBack to the here and now, club captiain Alex Brown has opted to retire from football so they won’t have his influential backing on the pitch next term, however they have brought in new bodies.\r\n\r\nExperienced centre-half Danny Hall has come in from National League side Guiseley so the younger players will be able to look up to the likes of him.\r\n\r\nHe’s played in the Football League for the likes of Oldham Athletic, Shrewsbury Town and Chesterfield and that knowledge of the game will be important for Curzon. He also has great experience at this level, having been a major part of the Guiseley team that won promotion to the National League in 2014/2015.\r\n\r\nHall is joined by Michael Potts, Paul Ennis, Iain Howard, Ryan Hall and Jonny Higham who have all come in to the club, however Matty Warburton has opted to join Salford City for next year.\r\n\r\nWith the Nash remaining in the league so well next season, they will be looking for their first victory over the Tigers. We look forward to welcoming them back to Gloucestershire next season.

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