Curzon Ashton will face FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League North, with The Nash not enjoying a great start to their season, Halifax however are 4th in the League and are perhaps favourite for the tie.
John Flanagan’s Curzon are currently in 18th and have not won a home game all season, but what seems to have been a dull beginning to the campaign, certainly has some bright gems. One such diamond in the rough is the ever present defender, Jonathan Hunt.
Fans of Curzon Ashton will be well versed with the centre-backs accomplishments. He was the centre piece the defensive line which helped Curzon win the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title in 2014. Hunt himself wrapped up the Supporters’ Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year awards for that season.
It was in this campaign that The Nash really powered to the title, starting the season as they meant to finish it by going on a 13 match unbeaten spell, including 11 wins.
In fact, Hunt himself was ever present. The big defender made 53 appearances and was part of 38 wins. Giving him a personal win percentage of 71%. Impressive numbers to back up his accolades.
Flanagan guided the side to two consecutive promotions, winning an incredible playoff against Ilkeston, as well as seeing off local rivals Ashton United in the semi-finals. As expected Hunt finished the 2014-15 season as one of the most common features in the team, making 40 appearances and chipping in with two goals.
In the 2014-15 season Hunt saw himself come up against much tougher opposition in the Vanarama National League North. Promotion into the competitive league is a joyous occasion but soon the reality kicks in and the team has to graft to gain results.
However the Curzon stalwart made his presence known in the National League North, stepping up to make over 40 appearances showing that he has what it takes to be one of the strongest defenders even at this level.
The now 28-year old will be hitting the height of his powers and his manager will be counting on him if he wants to build upon their impressive 11th place finish last season. The highest finish in the clubs history.
You can watch Billy Heath’s men come up against Hunt’s Curzon Ashton as The Shaymen travel to The Tameside Stadium on the 19th of November.
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