Report: Nash leveller denies Harriers

Late strike denies Reds a victory…

Ryan Croasdale

CURZON ASHTON struck a late equaliser to deny Harriers an Aggborough victory and seal a 2-2 draw in National League North.

Harriers were ahead at the break thanks to a great strike from skipper Croasdale just two minutes shy of the interval, a first period that the host had dominated.

The start to the second half triggered a chance in that capacity as Curzon levelled swiftly through Matt Regan, but the ideal response saw Ironside restore that lead with a looping header.

That looked to be that until Cummins struck late to claim a late share of the spoils.

It was one-way traffic in the first 45, Williams having a header turned on to the bar after just three minutes, Sonupe then blazing across the target after his great pace had set him free.

Ironside and Bradley continued to pepper Cameron Mason between the sticks, both getting in a pair of headers before, advancing forward, Bradley stabbed at a loose ball Mason had spilled, scooping it just over the bar.

The breakthrough was deserved when it came and it was a moment of quality as Croasdale breezed past his man and drove an angled finish across Mason and into his bottom corner.

As in control as Harriers were, Curzon were soon level after the restart as Regan turned home a delivery off a short corner with Hall left helpless at close range, Hall then at his best soon after to turn away a more spectacular Regan attempt.

Harriers have had their character questioned in recent weeks but it showed through here as, within eight minutes they were back in front thanks to Ironside’s third of the season, a header that dropped beyond Mason and into the net from Sonupe’s ball.

From there, all that remained was for Harriers to try and see out the win but, at the very last, a sweeping move forward saw Cummins slam the ball into the net with Hall just getting a palm to it.

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