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Consett made to rue missed chances again as they lose at home to Ashington

Consett were made to pay for missed chances today as they lost 3-2 at home to Ashington, who picked up their first win in five games.

The visitors led after just 24 seconds after attacking down the right. Wilson Kneeshaw’s shot was saved by James Anderson, but the ball broke for Paul Van Zandvliet to score.

Wil Shaw should have levelled on 19 minutes, but rolled his shot wide, then Ashington keeper Karl Dryden made a fingertip save from Calvin Smith’s well-struck 20-yarder as the home side sought parity.

Tony Fawcett’s side equalised a minute before half-time when Dryden saved well from Shaw, only to see the rebound go in off Dan Capewell‘s knee.

Ashington had dominated the first half, but Consett stepped up a gear after the break, and were on the front foot for most of the second half.

Sub Charlie Watt missed a golden chance on 69 minutes after good work by Ben Ramsey, and a minute later the visitors regained the lead when ex-Consett man Charlie Exley fired in through a crowd of players.

Consett’s reply was immediate, with Dan Capewell stabbing in his second goal of the game from a couple of yards out after Dryden spilled a corner and Arjun Purewal helped the ball back into the danger zone.

Dryden made amends with big saves from Zak Atkinson, Jake Orrell and Atkinson again, while Capewell was denied a hat-trick when his header was cleared off the line.

The winning goal came in the 85th minute when Connor Thomson‘s shot took a huge deflection off a defender and looped over the stranded Anderson.

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

Gary Welford