Stocksbridge Park Steels v Consett



For the second time in four days, Consett suffered the agony of conceding a late winner as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The home side looked to be cruising to victory as they led at half-time through a Charlie Reaney goal, which was added to midway through the second half by Tommy Marshall.

However, Consett launched what looked to be an unlikely comeback in the last 10 minutes, first through a Ben Ramsey penalty and then another goal from Dan Capewell. However, as they searched for a winner, Stocksbridge sub Jack Dolman broke clear for an 89th-minute winner.

Consett manager Tony Fawcett made two changes from the weekend defeat to Ashington, with Jack Gibbons returning from suspension in place of Jake Jensen, while there was a first start up front for young striker Charlie Watt.

With all other games in the league called off due to weather problems, it was a relief to everyone that the game got underway, and to be fair the pitch was in decent condition, given the recent downpours.

It was Consett who threatened first as Ben Ramsey beat his marker and sent in a low cross from the left, which a home defender almost turned in for an own goal.

After that early incident, the game settled into a bit of a stalemate, with both goalkeepers largely spectators. That changed in the 23rd minute as Stocksbridge took the lead. A corner was recycled to Charlie Reaney on the edge of the box and his goalbound effort took a wicked deflection, giving James Anderson no chance.

The home side seemed inspired by taking the lead and started to control the game, and they almost doubled their lead on the half hour as Kurtis Turner found himself well placed 12 yards out, but fired his shot well over the bar.

The Steelmen did have a chance to equalise two minutes before the break as Gibbons sent in a fantastic cross from the right which Alex Phillipson looked to have diverted into his own net, only for home keeper Ben Townsend to make a good reaction save.

That was the end of the action for the half and the teams went into the break with Stocksbridge a goal to the good.

Half-time: Stocksbridge Park Steels 1 Consett 0

Neither team made changes at half-time and Consett began the second half enjoying some good possession. On 54 minutes Jake Orrell tested Townsend with a strong curling effort from 20 yards, but again the home keeper was up to the task.

The next incident arrived on 67 minutes and it was Stocksbridge who doubled their lead, and again the goal came from a corner. This time an in-swinging delivery wasn’t dealt with by the Consett defence and Tommy Marshall was on hand to prod home from close range.

Manager Tony Fawcett made a number of changes to try and get back into the game, which resulted in big Dan Capewell being sent up front, and the reward came on 79 minutes as the centre-back was fouled in the six-yard box from a set play, and Ben Ramsey stepped up and smashed the resulting penalty into the top corner.

The unlikely comeback looked to be complete two minutes later as Orrell worked his way into the left-hand side of the penalty area and his cutback was expertly buried from close range by that man Dan Capewell to make it 2-2.

The visitors could have shut up shop and tried to hold onto a point but kept Capewell up front and kept pushing forward in search of a winner which would have been scarcely believable 10 minutes earlier.

Disaster struck on 89 minutes though as Stocksbridge sub Jack Dolman, who had only been on the pitch a few minutes, broke away down the left, cut inside and placed a well-directed low effort into the bottom corner.

The ref signalled six minutes of added time, which was extended further by a few injuries in stoppage time, but despite their best efforts Consett couldn’t create a clear-cut chance for an equaliser.

The win lifted Stocksbridge to 15th, 10 points clear of the drop zone, while Consett remain 9th but are now 10 points from a play-off spot. There is a chance for quick revenge though as the teams meet again at Belle View on Saturday 23 March with a 3pm kick off.


Date Time Competition Season
12/03/2024 7:45 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24


Bracken Moor
The Jamie Vardy Stand, 2 Bracken Moor Ln, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36 2AN, UK


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Stocksbridge Park Steels

Ben Townsend Goalkeeper
Jordan Lemon Defender
Jack Tinker Defender
Luke Hogg Midfielder 36'
Charlie Oglesby Defender
Alex Phillipson
Kurtis Turner Midfielder
Ross Goodwin Midfielder
Luke Rawson Forward
Charlie Reaney Forward 23'
Jack Dolman Defender 89'
Tommy Marshall Forward 67'
Tomas Poole Forward
Alex O’ Connor Midfielder
Oliver Nowak Midfielder
Andrew Ring


James Anderson Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Dominic Curl Defender
Jake Jensen Midfielder
Jake Orrell Midfielder
Arjun Purewal Defender 66'
Dan Capewell Defender 81'
Jack Gibbons Midfielder
Kaleb Young Midfielder 76'
Charlie Watt Forward 83'
Wil Shaw Midfielder
Kieren Aplin Midfielder
Ben Ramsey Midfielder 79'
Jack Caygill Midfielder
Ben Milburn Defender