Match Report Curzon Ashton

Season opener ends in defeat for Garry Thompson’s young side.  

Full time: Curzon Ashton 5-0 Bradford (Park Avenue) at Tameside Stadium.

Attendance: 678

First half

After an encouraging start by Garry Thompson’s side, Park Avenue went behind against the run of play in the 24th minute to an Isaac Sinclair goal. The Curzon Ashton striker benefiting from a loose ball that fell to him in the middle of the Park Avenue half, before breaking into the box and calmly sliding the ball beneath Charlie Andrew. Despite the Avenue keeper diving the right way he was unable to prevent the opening goal. 

Eight minutes later Curzon Ashton doubled their lead with a header from Luke Wall who found space in the box from winger Sinclair’s cross to make it two-nil at the break. 

Second half

The hosts continued where they left off in the first 45 with Park Avenue unable to get a foothold in the game. Sean Miller scoring to make in 3-0 in the 58th minute beating Charlie Andrew with a calm finish. 

Oliver Thornley extended the home side’s lead further when he took advantage of a heavily congested 18-yard box from a corner to pounce on the ball as everyone was trying to find their feet.

And with two minutes before the full time whistle, Luke Merrill completed the scoring as he took advantage of a loose ball that the Park Avenue defence failed to clear on a disappointing for Garry Thompson’s first official game in charge. 

Line ups

Curzon Ashton 

Cameron Mason

Andrew Halls

Joshua Askew

Nicky Wroe

Muhamud Ali

Oliver Thornley 

Isaac Sinclair 

Robert Evans 

Micheal Elstone

Sean Miller 

Luke Wall


Liam Davies

Daniel Shaw

Luke Merrill

Callum Saunders 

Jack Banister

Bradford (Park Avenue)

Charlie Andrew 

Mitch Lund 

Akeem Hinds 

Jon Moran 

Ryan Cresswell (c)

Isaac Marriott

Alex Hurst

Ben Hedley 

Zayn Hakeem 

Elliot Holmes 

Lewis Knight


Jake Croft

Brad Dockerty 

Matty Clarke 

Sam Wright

Shaun Gardner