Consett went back up to third in the NPL Division One East table after a comfortable win over Grimsby Borough at Belle View Stadium.
Tony’s Fawcett’s side kept their play-off challenge on track by recording their sixth consecutive home win in all competitions.
The manager made two changes to his starting XI from the win over Carlton, with Jake Orrell and Zak Atkinson starting in place of Jack Gibbons and Wil Shaw, who were both on the bench.
Atkinson had the first chance after four minutes, but his header from a left-wing cross was an easy take for visiting keeper Liam Higton.
It was to prove an entertaining game between two good footballing teams, but the goal which gave Consett the lead in the 12th minute was very much a route one affair.
Goalkeeper James Anderson punted a long ball downfield, which the Grimsby defence missed, allowing Jake Orrell to steal in, set himself, and finish coolly from 12 yards for his third goal of the season and 30th for the club.
Anderson then made a good save with his legs from opposing skipper Sam Topliss to keep his side’s lead intact as the visitors sought an equaliser.
Luis Adlard had a shot blocked and Edwin Essel fired over as the visitors had a good spell, but it was Consett who were creating the better chances in a game which flowed from end to end.
Ben Ramsey headed over from Atkinson’s cross, Orrell saw a well-struck effort saved by Higton at his near post, and Ramsey tested the keeper with a good low shot.
Scott Fenwick then glanced a header just over the bar from a left-wing corner, and Ramsey rolled an effort inches wide of the far post after good pressing by Orrell.
Reece York wasn’t too far away for Winterton with a 25-yard free-kick which curled just wide, and Fenwick fired just over after a good run by the lively Ramsey.
It was the winger who was the architect of Consett’s second goal, on the stroke of half-time. He sent in a low cross from the left which a defender cleared. But the ball fell to Zak Atkinson, who smashed it home from the edge of the box.
Higton claimed Fenwick was offside and interfering with play, but after consulting his assistant, referee Connor Scott decided the goal should stand.
Half-time: Consett 2 Grimsby Borough 0
The second half saw Consett again creating most of the chances, with Arjun Purewal heading just over from Orrell’s corner, and Ramsey firing wide from Orrell’s cutback when he seemed certain to score.
Grimsby Borough made a triple substitution on the hour in a bid to get back into the game, but their best chances came from an overhit backpass and a corner which hit the bar and bouned away.
At the other end, Ramsey lashed another chance into the side netting and Fenwick fired just wide after good work by sub Shaw.
There was a scare in the 88th minute when Tom Hipwell’s pass found Harvey Tomlinson, who shot across the face of goal, but an otherwise solid defensive performance proved enough to secure the three points.
The clean sheet was Consett’s first in 13 games, with the last one coming in the 3-0 win over Hebburn Town on 15 September.
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