Consett suffer agonising last-gasp defeat at Stocksbridge after coming back from two down

Consett’s recent poor run continued as they were beaten 3-2 on their travels at Stocksbridge Park Steels tonight, conceding a late winner after coming back from two goals down.

Manager Tony Fawcett made two changes from the side which lost to Ashington at the weekend, with Jack Gibbons returning from suspension and Charlie Watt being given a first start up front.

The opening goal came from Charlie Reaney on 23 minutes, when a corner was recycled to him on the edge of the box and his deflected shot gave keeper James Anderson no chance.

Jake Orrell brought a good save from Steels keeper Ben Townsend on 54 minutes, but it was the home side who got the vital next goal at Bracken Moor Stadium.

Tommy Marshall doubled Stocksbridge’s lead on 67 minutes when he tapped in from close range after Consett failed to deal with a corner.

The visitors almost got one back on 71 minutes when Arjun Purewal’s flick-on found sub Kieren Aplin, who brought a good save out of Townsend at his near post at the expense of a corner.

But they did reduce the arrears on 79 minutes when the referee spotted an infringement at a corner and awarded Consett a penalty, which Ben Ramsey scored from the spot.

Two minutes later it was all-square when Dan Capewell netted his third goal in two games, converting from close range after a run down the left and cross by Orrell.

But Stocksbridge regained the lead in the 89th minute when they broke down the left and Jack Dolman, who’d only been on the field eight minutes, scored what would prove to be the winner.

The defeat means the Steelmen have only one point from their last six games, and are without a win since their 3-1 victory at Cleethorpes on 27 January.

Full match report, picture gallery and stats to follow.

Gary Welford