Pontefract Collieries v Consett



Consett moved to within a point of the top two in the NPL Division One East with an excellent 2-0 win at fellow play-off contenders Pontefract Collieries.

A goal in each half gave Tony Fawcett’s side a richly-deserved three points as they avenged a defeat by the same scoreline in a replayed game at Belle View in September.

They took the lead on 31 minutes thanks to Ben Ramsey‘s seventh goal of the season. He was sent clear by a superb pass from Kaleb Young and raced clear to beat the keeper at his near post.

Ben Ramsey puts Consett ahead at Pontefract. Pic by Kenny Taylor.

There was a sense of deja vu from the abandoned game at Consett when six of the eight floodlights went out with a minute of added time left to play in the first half.

The referee had no option but to take the teams off the field, and after a half-hour break in which a main fuse had to be located and replaced, the game resumed, turning straight round for the second half after the first half was concluded.

Pontefract bombarded the visitors’ penalty area with long balls, but a superb defensive performance by all 11 Steelmen repelled everything they threw at them.

The points were secured on the 72nd minute when Scott Fenwick hit the bar with a header, the ball was recycled and Arjun Purewal rose highest to head home from point-blank range and make it 2-0.

Arjun Purewal wheels away after making it 2-0 to Consett. Pic by Kenny Taylor.

Two goals almost became three right at the death when Ponte keeper Lloyd Allinson was sent off for handling the ball outside his area to illegally halt Ramsey, and Jake Orrell smashed the resulting free-kick against the post, with the stand-in keeper well beaten.


It mattered not, because when the final whistle went a couple of minutes later, it was Consett who were celebrated three hard-earned points with their jubilant, noisy fans behind the goal.


Date Time Competition Season
15/12/2023 7:45 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24


Beechnut Lane
20 Beechnut Ln, Pontefract WF8 4FU, UK


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Pontefract Collieries

Lloyd Allinson Goalkeeper 90'
Jack Greenhough Defender 88'
Harry Spratt Defender
Jack Vann Midfielder 54'
Eliot Owen Defender
Danny Burns Defender
Louie Chorlton Midfielder
Mikey Dunn Forward
Connor Smythe Midfielder
Jack Boyle Midfielder
Adam Haw Forward
Bailey Thompson Forward
Frankie Sinfield Midfielder
Callum Nicell Midfielder
Josh Burns Defender
Oli Metcalfe Defender


James Anderson Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Josh Baggs Defender
Matty Slocombe Midfielder
Ryan McKinnon Defender
Arjun Purewal Defender 72'
Jake Orrell Midfielder
Kaleb Young Midfielder
Wil Shaw Midfielder
Scott Fenwick Forward 60'
Zak Atkinson Forward
Ben Ramsey Midfielder 31'
Adam Mitchell Midfielder
Luke Spoor Goalkeeper
Jack Caygill Midfielder
Riley Mouat Forward