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Consett end their winless run with a gutsy performance against Stocksbridge

Consett picked up their first win in eight games today to reignite their faint hopes of reaching the play-offs, beating Stocksbridge Park Steels 1-0 at a very windy Belle View.

They started brightly, and only an excellent challenge by Charlie Oglesby prevented Wil Shaw opening the scoring inside two minutes, deflecting the ball onto the post.

Shaw had another chance when he was left one-on-one with Ben Townsend, but again Oglesby got back to clear.

The visitors were perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty when the same two players tangled again, then Townsend thwarted Zak Atkinson after he chased down an under-hit back pass.

Stocksbridge’s best chance came when Kurtis Turner hit a shifting long-range effort which Consett’s on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze did did well to beat away.

Half-time was reached with the score 0-0, and Consett, now with the wind at their back, started the second half brightly.

Townsend twice saved well from Jake Orrell, but the keeper could do nothing about the winning goal, in the 62nd minute.

A defender’s clearance from a Consett corner cannoned off Wil Shaw‘s backside, looped over the keeper and into the net for his 14th – and luckiest – goal of the season.

Stocksbridge upped their game after going behind, and though they had plenty of possession, they had no real chances to force an equaliser.

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Gary Welford