Consett v Cleethorpes Town



Consett left it very late but managed to pull off an excellent 3-2 win over Cleethorpes Town to haul themselves back into the play-off places at a chilly Belle View.

Tony Fawcett’s team were down to the bare bones, with just one senior player on the bench alongside three of the club’s reserves.

They had to claim the three points the hard way, coming from behind and responding to a 90th-minute equaliser which looked to have earned the Lincolnshire side a point.

Cleethorpes took the lead on 15 minutes with a fine goal. Curtis Bateson’s pass split the Consett defence open, and Dan Gallimore took a touch before firing home from the edge of the box.

The game controversially swung Consett’s way in the 35th minute when visiting keeper James McKeown was shown a straight red card for deliberate handball.

He stumbled and fell while trying to control a backpass, and instinctively grabbed the ball as marauding Consett striker Wil Shaw closed in on him.

The referee had no hesitation in sending him off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, and Cleethorpes were forced to substitute an outfield player to bring on their spare keeper.

But the first thing Jack Pearson had to do was pick the ball from the back of his net after Kaleb Young touched the indirect free-kick short to Ben Ramsey, who fired in from 12 yards.

Half-time: Consett 1 Cleethorpes Town 1

Consett took the lead in the 53rd minute with a fine goal. The ball was fed out to Ramsey wide on the left and he beat his man and curled in a wicked low cross which Wil Shaw prodded home from six yards for 2-1.

Consett had chances to extend their lead but couldn’t take them in the face of some dogged Cleethorpes defending, and the visitors looked to have snatched a point in the 90th minute when sub Josh Venney fired into the far corner after the home side failed to deal with a long throw.

The drama wasn’t over, and with five minutes of added time signalled, Consett piled forward in search of a winner. Josh Baggs almost got it when his header from a deep cross looked to be heading into the top corner, but Pearson denied him with a fingertip save.

But there was nothing the keeper could do when the resulting corner picked out Ryan McKinnon in the second added minute, and the big centre-half’s powerful header looped into the corner.

It was his first goal since returning to the club in the summer, and it sparked joyous celebrations among most of the 284 crowd who had braved a bitterly cold night.

The result was a carbon copy of last season’s game, when centre-back Dan Capewell snatched an injury-time winner as Consett won by the same scoreline.

The result took the Steelmen – who gave young Will Blighe from the reserves a late debut as sub – up to fourth in the table.


Date Time Competition Season
07/11/2023 7:45 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24


Belle View Stadium
Belle view stadium, Delves Lane, Consett DH8 7BF, United Kingdom


Cleethorpes Town2Loss


James Anderson Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Josh Baggs Defender
Matty Slocombe Midfielder 45'
Ryan McKinnon Defender 90+2'
Arjun Purewal Defender
Jack Gibbons Midfielder
Kaleb Young Midfielder
Will Blighe Midfielder
Ben Ramsey Midfielder 37'
Adam Mitchell Midfielder
Wil Shaw Midfielder 53'
Jake Orrell Midfielder
Harvey Rudd Defender
Luke Spoor Goalkeeper

Cleethorpes Town

James McKeown Goalkeeper 34'
Ben Middleton Defender 45'
Josh Venney Forward 90'
AJ Adelekan Defender
Brody Robertson Midfielder
Jack Pearson Goalkeeper
Jordon Cooke Defender 36'
Paul Walker Defender
Tom Jamieson Midfielder
Dan Gallimore Midfielder 15'
Will Annan Forward
Josh Walker Forward
Harry Lewis Midfielder
Curtis Bateson Midfielder
Leon Dawson Defender
Harry Middleton Midfielder