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Consett stumble to their heaviest defeat of the season at Sheffield as they receive a lesson in finishing

Consett’s return to winning ways proved short-lived as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season tonight, losing 5-0 to in-form Sheffield.

Manager Tony Fawcett was without five probable starters for the game, which was played at Stocksbridge. His options were so limited that he named himself among the substitutes.

The Steelmen should have had a penalty in the sixth minute when Wil Shaw’s shot was clearly handled by a defender right in front of the referee, who waved play on.

Things began to unravel five minutes later when a straightforward ball forward split the Consett defence and Cameron Johnson ran through to score.

Jack Gibbons twice went close and Charlie Watts had a free-kick tipped over the bar as Consett sought an equaliser, but they fell further behind on 42 minutes when Reece Fielding rose highest to head home a right-wing corner.

Gibbons and Shaw both had good chances in the opening exchanges of the second half as the visitors looked for a way back into the game, but were denied by great saves from keeper Edd Hall.

Instead the next goal went to the ‘home’ side in the 63rd minute – and it was all of Consett’s making. They lost the ball in midfield trying to pass their way out of defence, and sub Nathan Modest, who’d only been on the field three minutes, ran through to make it 3-0.

Nine minutes later it was 4-0 as Consett conceded another self-inflicted goal, with Jamie Yates supplying the finish this time, and in the third minute of added time Luke Mangham rubbed salt into their wounds with a fifth.

It was a well-beaten side who headed back up the motorway, but things could have been so different if they’d been awarded that stonewall early penalty and taken one or two of a plethora of chances.

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

Gary Welford