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Consett extend their unbeaten start to season to six games with 2-0 away win at Ashington

Consett made it six points from two games over the Bank Holiday weekend after an excellent 2-0 win at newly-promoted Ashington today.

Manager Tony Fawcett was without the services of six of his squad for the trip to Woodhorn Lane, and had just one experienced sub on the bench.

But a goal early in each half and an excellent defensive display was enough to secure the points against the Colliers.

The Steelmen took the lead on nine minutes, when good pressure by Scott Fenwick forced the home defence into a mistake. The ball was picked up by Jack Gibbons, and his pass played Wil Shaw through on goal, and he made no mistake for his third goal in two games and fourth of the season, pictured top.

There was little to choose between the teams in the first half, with Consett content to let Ashington have plenty of the ball.

The visitors had a decent penalty appeal turned down on 37 minutes when Shaw went down under challenge from Nathan Buddle, but the referee was unimpressed and waved play on.

Ashington’s best chance of the half came two minutes before the break when Dan Maguire turned his marker on the edge of the area and fired a well-struck effort just over the bar.

The first few minutes of the second half saw a great block by Arjun Purewal deny Craig Spooner, while at the other end Gibbons fired into the side netting and Ben Ramsey brought a good save from home keeper Karl Dryden.

But on 56 minutes it was 2-0 to Consett when a long ball out from the back saw Scott Fenwick force an error from a defender and run through to slot home past Dryden.

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Scott Fenwick fires home Consett’s second goal. Pic: Gary Welford. Top picture: Keith Marley.

Ashington almost pulled on back on 79 minutes when Consett twice cleared the ball off the line, but the visitors had a chance to wrap up the points four minutes later when Ryan McKinnon’s pass sent Shaw through and his shot flashed just wide of the far post.

On 87 minutes there was a let-off for Consett when Ashington sub Mason Hardy for once found a way through their defence, only for his shot to hit the outside of the post.

Despite five minutes of added time there was no time for the Colliers to give themselves a lifeline, and it was Consett who claimed the spoils after a classic away performance in front of a bumper crowd of 696.

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Consett manager Tony Fawcett celebrates a good three points at Ashington. Pic: Gary Welford.
  • Full match report, picture gallery, goal highlights and manager interview to follow.

Gary Welford