Consett suffer frustration of seeing Pontefract game delayed, interrupted and eventually abandoned after torrential rain

Consett were within eight minutes of making it three wins in a row when their opening home game against Pontefract Collieries was abandoned tonight.

A pre-match torrential downpour left large areas of the pitch flooded, but staff and volunteers worked hard to get the game on once the rain had subsided.


The referee delayed kick-off by 45 minutes to give it every chance of being played, and it eventually kicked off at 8.30pm.

But play was interrupted just 12 minutes in when one of the floodlights failed, plunging part of the pitch into near-darkness.


After a 15-minute delay the power was restored, and Consett took the lead in the ninth minute of added time at the end of the first half when Ben Ramsey crossed for Zak Atkinson to finish into the bottom corner for 1-0.

Jack Gibbons had a shot cleared off the line and Atkinson saw an effort saved by the keeper’s feet as the Steelmen sought a second goal after the break to put the game to bed against a very physical and direct visiting side.

But with 82 minutes gone the same floodlight pylon which had caused the interruption in the first half went out again, leaving the referee with little option but to abandon the game, and the crowd of 299 to troop home disappointed.

Gary Welford