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More last-gasp misery for Consett as they lose to a 97th-minute goal at Grantham

Consett suffered an injury-time defeat for the second Saturday in a row today when they lost 1-0 at lowly Grantham Town.

The hosts were desperate for points to help their fight against relegation from the NPL Division One East, and grabbed all three in dramatic fashion at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

A left-wing corner was headed home by Matt Doyle in the seventh minute of added time at the end of the game, pictured top, to consign the Steelmen to a sixth defeat in their last 10 games – five of them by the odd goal.

Manager Tony Fawcett was down to the bare bones, with only one fit outfield player on the bench, and suffered a further blow midway through the first half when Arjun Purewal was knocked out and had to be substituted.

Consett, with the wind at their back, had chances through Kaleb Young, Wil Shaw and Jack Gibbons, but failed to test the Grantham keeper.

At the other end they were grateful to grateful to on-loan Sunderland goalkeeper Kelechi Chibueze for good saves from Doyle and Sam Hooper, and half-time was reached with game goalless.

The second half, playing into a stiff wind, was backs-to-the-wall time for the Steelmen, and though they were bombarded with crosses and long throws, they defended stoutly.

They had two big chances to win the game; midway through the half Jake Orrell’s corner was beaten clear by the keeper and two follow-up efforts were kicked off the line.

Then on 88 minutes Jack Gibbons had a glorious chance when Ben Ramsey’s pass sent him clear in the left channel, but Grantham keeper Curtis Hall was off his line quickly to smother the shot.

Elliott Walker and Sisa Tuntulwana had chances to snatch the win for the home side as the game entered added time, and just it looked like Consett had done enough for a hard-earned point, Doyle popped up with that last-gasp header to claim all three.

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

Gary Welford