Consett suffered a frustrating afternoon as lowly Winterton Rangers held them to a 0-0 draw at a blustery Belle View Stadium.
Manager Tony Fawcett made one change to the side which had won at Pontefract eight days earlier, with Wil Shaw coming in for Kaleb Young.
The visitors, who were desperate for points to haul themselves away from the relegation zone, had the strong wind at their back in the first half.
And they had the game’s first chance after four minutes when Joshua Dacre thought he’d lobbed home keeper James Anderson from inside the centre circle, but his celebration was cut short when he realised the ball had dropped just over the bar.
Consett’s first attempt on goal came on 12 minutes, when a good move brought a chance for Ben Ramsey, but he fired over from a difficult angle.
Right-back Sam Aynsley had Winterton’s next chance on 17 minutes after a surging run down the flank, but it ended with him firing well wide.
A minute later Scott Fenwick had Consett’s best chance of the half when Zak Atkinson helped on a right-wing cross, but the No 9 couldn’t get enough on his hooked effort to trouble Rangers keeper Nathan Popple.
Midway though the half Winterton’s Luke Williams sent in a corner from the left which threatened to dip straight in until Anderson helped it over the bar.
Goalscoring opportunities were few and far between, with the strong wind often holding passes up or carrying them out of play, but Consett had the last one of the half three minutes before the break when Josh Baggs hit a 20-yarder straight at Popple.
Half-time: Consett 0 Winterton Rangers 0
Consett began the second half strongly, and went straight on the attack looking for an early goal. Fenwick had a glorious chance within a minute of the restart, but blazed his effort over the bar when he had more time than he thought.
Wil Shaw dragged an effort just wide, then Jake Orrell’s ball over the top saw Josh Baggs beat the offside trap, but roll his shot just wide of the far post.
On 56 minutes Ramsey got in behind the Winterton defence down the left and fired just over the bar, with Fenwick and Atkinson screaming for a pass in the middle.
The closest Consett came to a goal was on 67 minutes when Orrell’s free-kick picked out Fenwick 10 yards out, but his firm header hit the bar and bounced over.
The momentum was entirely had been entirely with Consett, but the longer the game went on, the more Winterton’s rearguard action became entrenched, and the the less likely the Steelmen looked to score.
Winterton seemed content with a point, but had a chance right at the death to steal all three on a rare break upfield, but Jaime Ture dragged his effort wide when well placed.
A draw was a disappointing result for Consett, but they remained third in the table going into the festive fixtures.
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