Grantham Town trip is next for Consett as they look for precious Northern Premier League points

Consett’s next game is on Saturday, 25 March, when we make the long trip to Lincolnshire to visit Grantham Town for a 3pm kick-off.

They play at the council-owned South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Trent Road, Grantham (NG31 7XQ), which has been their home since October 1991. With a capacity of 7,500, it’s probably the biggest ground we’ll play at this season.

It’s a 166-mile trip via the A1(M), A1 and A607, which should take about three hours if you’re making your own way there.

The usual limited number of seats are available now on the official club coach to the game, priced at our standard £20 awayday fare. Places must be booked and paid for in advance at the clubhouse or by calling (01207) 588886.

Grantham are an established Step 4 club, having played in the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division for 10 years, and almost winning promotion to the National League in 2017-18, only to miss out in the play-offs.

However, they were relegated last season, and although they were among the favourites for promotion, they’ve found themselves scrapping at the other end of the table.

When the sides met at Belle View back in November they drew 2-2, with Zak Atkinson equalising for Consett and then putting us ahead, before Grantham grabbed a late leveller.

Zak Atkinson scores for Consett against Grantham in the 2-2 draw back in November.

Back in August they had their scheduled home game v Worksop Town postponed in bizarre circumstances, when part of the pitch was dug up by crows, attracted by a tasty meal of chafer grubs, which had infested areas of the playing surface.

After Grantham we have only two away games left this season, on consecutive Saturdays in April. The first is a trip down to Nottinghamshire to face Carlton Town, who are also fighting for their NPL life near the foot of the table, on 8 April.

That’s followed on 15 April by the final away game of the season, when we head down to West Yorkshire for a first ever visit to Brighouse Town. Seats on the official club coach to both games are available now.

Gary Welford