With the changes he has overseen, Steve Watson has said he would be “amazed and disappointed” if bad memories of York City’s trips to Curzon Ashton were still hanging over his players.
On Saturday (3pm), National League North leaders York will be looking to return from the Nash’s Tameside Stadium with a positive result for the first time in four visits.
The first-ever meeting between the sides in Ashton-under-Lyne back in 2016 saw NLN outfit Curzon beat City – then of the National League – 2-1 in an FA Cup replay. In 2018, Niall Cummins scored a hat-trick as the Nash ran out 4-1 winners and, last season, a sole Ryan Shenton goal condemned York to a 1-0 defeat.
But Watson is adamant his side should be past it now.
He said: “It’s a completely different team and environment we’ve created now.
“I would be amazed if anyone has been thinking like that and disappointed if they were, but I don’t think they are.”