Neil Marshall column: We had our chances to make the next round

Neil Marshall pushes Curzon 'keeper Matthew Green into the net at a corner.
Neil Marshall pushes Curzon 'keeper Matthew Green into the net at a corner.

It’s ended up being a disappointing week as we exited the FA Cup after two difficult games against Curzon Ashton.

We knew that it was a tough draw but thought we had a good chance to progress.

I thought we dominated the first game on Saturday but were unable to convert any of our chances.

Unfortunately for us we didn’t perform as well in the replay on Tuesday night.

In a tight first half we were unfortunate to concede right on half time when I put the ball into my own net.

The winger had got in behind us and fizzed a ball across and with the striker waiting to tap in I couldn’t quite sort my feet out quickly enough and the ball trickled in.

We started the second half slowly and they soon went 2-0 up. The gaffer (Darren Peacock) made a few changes and we started to put them under a lot of pressure.

Jacko (Mark Jackson) got a late reply with about five minutes left but no matter how hard we tried we just couldn’t find the equaliser.

It all means our unbeaten run is at an end but it’s important now that we pick ourselves up and get back to winning ways.

We are still unbeaten in the league and need to keep it that way for as long as we can.

On a sour note one of Curzon’s attackers got a red card for stamping on me which has left me with muscle and tissue damage on my shoulder blade.

It will keep me out of Saturday’s game against New Mills but I’m hopeful of a swift return in the next week or two.

New Mills are very much a Jekyll and Hyde team this year so we need to make sure that they have one of their off days and we can seal a place in the next round.