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Consett have to settle for a point as dogged Bridlington get the draw they need to stay up

Consett ended their second season in the Northern Premier League with a 1-1 home draw with Bridlington Town, who secured the point they needed to avoid relegation.

Tony Fawcett’s side started brightly, and Kaleb Young gave them the lead on six minutes with his first league goal of the season, pictured top.

Zak Atkinson’s pass sent Young clear, and though his touch looked to have let him down, hesitancy by keeper James Hitchcock let him in to finish from close range.

Hitchcock made amends by saving Jake Jensen’s 25-yarder, then top scorer Wil Shaw could have doubled Consett’s lead from Calvin Smith’s clever pass, but fired over.

Shaw was also denied a penalty when he appeared to have been dragged down by a defender, but the referee waved away his appeal.

Bridlington levelled on 31 minutes when Consett failed to deal with a corner and Benn Lewis‘s header was adjudged to have crossed the line before Ben Milburn cleared.

Glen Sani thought he’d put Bridlington ahead two minutes into the second half, but was ruled offside, then they were awarded a penalty after Smith fouled Lewis Dennison, but the striker’s spot kick was saved by Sunderland U23s loanee Kelechi Chibueze.

Hitchcock denied Atkinson a farewell goal at one end, while Chibueze thwarted Pete Davidson at the other end after a mazy run, and a point apiece at the end was about right.

The point means Bridlington stay up on goal difference, despite wins for the bottom two, Brighouse Town and Winterton Rangers.

Consett finished 12th with 49 points – a place and three points better off than last season – but left to reflect on a poor second half of the season which saw their play-off challenge fall away.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview video and picture gallery HERE.

Gary Welford