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Consett back up to third after beating Grimsby Borough to make it six home wins in a row

Consett are third in the NPL Division One East table after a comfortable 2-0 win over Grimsby Borough at Belle View Stadium today.

Tony’s Fawcett’s side kept their play-off challenge on track by recording their sixth consecutive home win in all competitions.

It was an entertaining game between two good footballing teams, but the goal which gave Consett the lead in the 12th minute was very much a route one affair.

Goalkeeper James Anderson punted a long ball downfield, which the Grimsby defence missed, allowing Jake Orrell to steal in, set himself, and finish coolly from 12 yards for his third goal of the season and 30th for the club.

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Jake Orrell gives Consett the lead v Grimsby Borough. Pic by Kenny Taylor.

Anderson then made a good save with his legs from opposing skipper Sam Topliss to keep his side’s lead intact as the visitors sought an equaliser.

Ben Ramsey missed two good chances, firing one just wide of the far post and bringing a good save from keeper Liam Higton with the other.

But it was the winger who was the architect of Consett’s second goal, on the stroke of half-time. He sent in a low cross from the left which a defender beat Scott Fenwick to. But the clearance only fell as far as Zak Atkinson, who smashed it in from the edge of the box.

Higton claimed Fenwick was offside and interfering with play, but after consulting his assistant, referee Connor Scott decided the goal should stand, and Consett went into the half-time break 2-0 to the good.

The second half saw Consett create most of the chances, with Arjun Purewal heading just over from Orrell’s corner, and Ramsey firing wide from Orrell’s cutback when he seemed certain to score.

Ramsey lashed another chance into the side netting and Fenwick fired just wide after good work by Wil Shaw, but two goals proved enough to claim the three points as the Steelmen put in a solid defensive performance.

The resulting clean sheet was Consett’s first in 13 games, with the last one coming in the 3-0 win over Hebburn Town on 15 September.

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

Gary Welford