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Consett pick up an excellent away point with a battling performance at Pontefract Collieries

Consett picked up their first away point in the Northern Premier League tonight after surviving a 90-minute aerial bombardment at Pontefract Collieries.

In a hard-fought game featuring eight cautions, Jake Orrell gave Consett the lead with his second goal in four days midway through the first half.

The Steelmen defended for their lives, but the home side’s incessant long-ball tactics eventually paid off when Adam Priestley levelled in the 69th minute.

Consett should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Zak Atkinson was played in on goal, but saw his shot saved by Lloyd Allinson. The ball rebounded back to the No 9, but his follow-up was also saved by the keeper.

On 13 minutes Consett had the ball in the Pontefract net when Atkinson headed home from Kieren Aplin’s left-wing cross, but the ‘goal’ was ruled out for offside.

On 22 minutes the Steelmen took the lead with a fine move. Byrne played the ball down the line to Holden, whose cross picked out Jake Orrell’s run into the box, and he finished first time past Lloyd Allinson to make it 1-0, pictured top.

On the half hour Consett had a narrow escape as James Baxendale hit a cross-shot against the bar, and there was an even closer call when the ball seemed to hit skipper Matty Slocombe’s hand as he blocked a shot, but again the referee was unmoved.

Ross Coombe made a string of fine saves for Consett, and their defence stood firm until the 69th minute, when Dan Capewell, who’d been magnificent all night, missed a long punt downfield from the keeper. Gavin Allott flicked on and Adam Priestley ran through and scored on the half-volley to make it 1-1.

In previous seasons Consett might have crumbled under the sort of pressure they faced here, but this side is made of sterner stuff, and when the final whistle blew they had earned a very good away point.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Gary Welford