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Consett up to fourth after clinical finishing and backs-to-the-wall defending beats North Ferriby

Consett are in a play-off place and just two points behind the league leaders after beating a very good North Ferriby side 3-1 at Belle View Stadium tonight.

The win, which followed back-to-back defeats to Pontefract and Belper, lifted Tony Fawcett’s side to fourth in the NPL Division One East table.

They did it the hard way, coming from behind after conceding an early goal, and having to defend resolutely amid heavy pressure.

Tom Corner gave the visitors the lead after eight minutes, reacting quickest to a loose ball to curl a shot into the top corner from a tight angle.

It was against the run of play that Consett equalised in the 17th minute when Arjun Purewal glanced a header into the bottom corner from Jack Gibbons’ cross, pictured below.

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Arjun Purewal’s header makes it Consett 1 North Ferriby 1. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

On 34 minutes Wil Shaw put the Steelmen ahead, timing his run superbly to convert from a few yards out from another excellent Gibbons cross.

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Wil Shaw turns away after giving Consett the lead v North Ferriby. Pic: Keith Marley.

And a minute before the break Ben Ramsey made it 3-1, smashing home a tremendous half volley from 20 yards, pictured below, after Scott Fenwick flicked on a long ball.

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Ben Ramsey fires home to put Consett 3-1 up v North Ferriby. Pic: Gary Welford.

Half-time arrived with Consett 3-1 in front, despite having been second-best for long spells, and they were grateful to keeper James Anderson for a string of saves.

The second half saw North Ferriby again take the game to their hosts, but Anderson was equal to everything they threw at him, making a particularly impressive save in a one-on-one with Josh Whiteley.

When the visitors did manage to beat the keeper, in the 77th minute, he was saved by the woodwork, as Whiteley’s well-struck effort came back off the crossbar.

For all their domination of the second half, North Ferriby couldn’t get a foothold back in the game, and although Consett rode their luck at times, they held on to pick up three valuable points.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.

Gary Welford