CURZON Ashton will entertain York City having failed to keep a clean sheet at home all season.

The Nash’s poor form in front of their own fans has also only reaped one win at their Tameside Stadium - 2-1 against Telford on October 20 - in a dozen games this term, whilst a return of eight league home goals represents the lowest haul in National League North.

A tally of six points on their own soil is also the league’s joint-lowest, only being matched by bottom-of-the-table Nuneaton.

No other team in the division, meanwhile, is without a home shut-out during 2018/19.

Alfreton Town have suffered the same fate in the league, but managed to keep FA Cup visitors Sutton Coldfield and St Neots Town at bay in autumn.

Ahead of the Minstermen’s visit, Curzon have taken just one point from a possible 12 at their Greater Manchester base, but that did come in a 1-1 draw against title-challengers Bradford Park Avenue on November 10.

Since then, Curzon have parted company with the most-successful manager in their history - John Flanagan.

In seven years at the helm, Flanagan won back-to-back promotions, reached the second round of the FA Cup and kept Curzon at their highest-ever level for the four successive seasons.

He was relieved of his duties at the end of November six games into a run of ten games without a win - Curzon’s longest sequence since promotion to the sixth tier in 2015 - which has only just ended following the 2-1 New Year’s Day triumph at Ashton United.

That victory was the first for Flanagan’s successor Mark Bradshaw, who has coached nearly every Curzon side from under-five to senior level during the last 12 years.

The former Blackpool and Halifax professional, who won caps for the England C international team, also won four trophies during his time in charge of the academy team in 2017.

Flanagan is not the only face familiar to City fans to have moved on from Curzon either.

Winger Joe Guest has netted three times in the five pervious meetings between the two clubs but made his farewell appearance against Ashton, as he prepares to pursue a footballing career in Australia, having been an integral performer for the club over the last five years.

Striker Niall Cummins, who hit a hat-trick during last term’s corresponding fixture, won’t figure this weekend either.

The 31-year-old forward moved on loan to Marine in December having, remarkably, failed to net a league goal for Curzon since that mid-February treble against the Minstermen - his only effort for the club in that time coming in September’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Radcliffe Borough.

But away supporters will recognise one player in the hosts’ ranks with ex-Bootham Crescent midfielder Danny Racchi, having made his debut against Ashton as a substitute for the injured Daniel Shaw following his move from FC United of Manchester.

Defender James Baillie will not be available, having broken his leg in October and, at the other end of the pitch, New Year’s Day marksmen Ryan Brooke and Oliver Crankshaw are top scorers with a modest six apiece for a team that are currently fifth-bottom and four points above the relegation zone.