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Consett beat Sheffield to give their bid to avoid relegation play-offs a big boost

Consett picked up a first win in nine games today, beating Sheffield 3-0 at Belle View Stadium to give their bid to avoid the relegation play-offs a timely boost.

A tight first-half saw chances at a premium, with Consett right-back Josh Baggs twice testing visiting keeper Jordan Pierrepont with headers from Dylan Garvey crosses.

Sheffield’s best chance came when home keeper Mark Foden scuffed a clearance to Luke Aldrich, but the striker put his shot well wide.

Consett took the lead in the 57th minute when Nathan Greenwood went on a mazy run and scored his first goal for the club with a neat dinked finish.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Jake Orrell buried a volley into the bottom corner from 25 yards, giving the keeper no chance.

Sheffield almost reduced the arrears on 69 minutes when Foden tipped Connor Cutts’ shot onto the post, and Benni Ndlovu’s follow-up was blocked on the line by Ben Milburn. A minute later sub Corey Glaves saw a goalbound header cleared off the line as Sheffield enjoyed their best spell of the game.

The final word went to Consett top scorer Zak Atkinson, who came on as a sub after seven weeks out injured and made it 3-0 in the last minute, spotting Pierrepont off his line and lobbing him from 40 yards for his 12th goal of the season.

The win saw Consett leapfrog Sheffield to go 12th, and it was made even better by losses for Shildon and Grantham and the fact Lincoln United could only draw.

  • Full match report, statistics and more pictures HERE.

Next up for the Steelmen is another home game on Tuesday, against Cleethorpes Town, kick-off 7.45pm.

Gary Welford