Consett went third in Division One East of the Northern Premier League after a 2-1 win over fellow play-off hopefuls Carlton Town at a chilly Belle View Stadium.
Manager Tony Fawcett made three changes to the starting line-up from the defeat at Bridlington, with Matty Slocombe and Kaleb Young returning from suspension and Jack Gibbins fully recovered from illness.
Dan Capewell missed out through injury, while Jake Orrell and Adam Mitchell dropped to the bench, which also saw Zak Atkinson in the squad for the first time in a month.
After a minute’s applause in memory of former club secretary Ian Hamilton, who died earlier this month, Consett started quickly, and had a chance inside the first minute when Ben Ramsey chased a long ball, but was denied by a good challenge by right-back Kyhle Sargent.
The early exchanges were even, but it was Carlton who created the game’s first chance on 13 minutes, when David Adegbola was allowed sight of goal from close range, but shot wide when a goal seemed inevitable.
A couple more half-chances fell Carlton’s way, but weren’t taken, and while Consett played some good football at times, their final pass or cross was lacking, and they had little in the way of goalscoring opportiunities to show for their efforts.
The best chance of the first half fell to Adegbola four minutes before the break, and Consett were grateful to keeper James Anderson, whose good save ensured they got to the break with their clean sheet intact.
Half-time: Consett 0 Carlton Town 0
Consett suffered a blow three minutes into the second half when winger Ben Ramsey was forced off with a shin injury, but the introduction of Atkinson as his replacement changed the face of the game.
With him up front alongside Scott Fenwick and Wil Shaw, Consett suddenly carried a much greater goal threat, and they got their reward when they took the lead on 59 minutes.
Atkinson started the move, feeding the ball out to Young on the right, and the midfield man’s cross picked out Scott Fenwick, who volleyed home on the half-turn to make it 1-0 with his eighth goal of the season.
Midway through the half Consett should have doubled their lead when Atkinson and Young combined again to sent Shaw clean through, but the Steelmen’s top scorer for once failed to get his effort on target.
Then on 75 minutes Atkinson had a good chance when Young played him in, but Carlton keeper Felix Annan stood up well to make a good save.
Five minutes later Consett got the second goal they had been threatening to give themselves some breathing space. Orrell did well down the right and although his cross was cleared by a defender, the ball fell straight to Jack Gibbons, who fired in his third goal of the season for 2-0.
Carlton pulled a goal back deep into in added time through Zac Hill, but Tony Fawcett’s side saw out the game to claim three excellent points.
There was drama after the final whistle when Carlton striker Lamin Manneh was sent off for using foul and abusive language towards the match officials.
MATCH REPORT: GARY WELFORD
PICTURES: KENNY TAYLOR & KEITH MARLEY
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