Curzon Ashton 4 Lowestoft Town 1 – Trio sent off and six cautioned as Blues endure Non-League Day from hell

08:45 12 October 2015

Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher (left) hold his head in his hand as Referee Shaun Hudson (right) send Lowestoft Town Coach Dan Gleeson to the stand during the National League North match at Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne
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Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher (left) hold his head in his hand as Referee Shaun Hudson (right) send Lowestoft Town Coach Dan Gleeson to the stand during the National League North match at Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne Picture by Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd 07791 688 420 10/10/2015

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Lowestoft Town endured the Non-League Day from hell after three men were given their marching orders and Curzon ran riot.

Centre-back duo Scott Mitchell and Michael Spillane were both sent off by referee Shaun Hudson before assistant manager Dan Gleeson was ushered from the dugouts. But a convincing home win always seemed the order of the day, as Lowestoft managed only one clear shot on target in the whole game – Danny Crow’s second-half goal.

Curzon opened the scoring with the game’s first real chance 15 minutes into the contest. Jordon Wright, who caused Town full-back Adam Smith countless problems in the first-half, darted past Smith’s challenge before busting into the box.

Niall Cummins was on hand to slot home through Harry Burgoyne’s legs, as Lowestoft got off to the worst possible start.

After receiving a stern word from the referee following the goal, defender Mitchell was forced off the pitch to remove an odd-coloured under-shirt. On his delayed return to the pitch, he was collared again by the referee for his language, picking up what would later be a costly yellow card.

Lowestoft’s Spillane felt that he might have had a penalty before a largely uneventful first half was out when he clashed with Cummins in the area, but a decision was not coming. Town finished the first half with five players in the referee’s book – three of which for dissent – as frustration began to boil over with their misfortune.

Jake Reed had a golden chance to test Curzon goalkeeper Hakan Burton at the start of the second half when he charged into the box, but the chance came to nothing.

Curzon’s man of the match menace Wright eventually smashed the ball home at the third time of asking to double the hosts’ lead on the hour mark. It then took them just seven more minutes to make the score three, as a neat passing move saw substitute Chris Rowney in space on the edge of the area and he rifled a thunderbolt into the top corner.

Lowestoft sub Joe Marsden made an immediate impact when he came onto the pitch, twisting his way into the penalty area before squaring for Crow who gave Town a slight glimmer of hope. But any hope of a comeback was effectively ended when Mitchell was given his marching orders.

He lost a race with Curzon striker Shelton Payne and felled him at the corner flag, with the referee and his assistant deeming it a bookable offence – making him pay for his first-half ill-discipline. Before the 90 minutes were up, Spillane followed him into the changing rooms after making an off-the-ball remark to the referee.

Curzon captain Alex Brown rounded off the scoring three minutes into stoppage time, but assistant boss Gleeson became the third person sent off after he vented his anger towards the match official.


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