Consett were five minutes away from picking up a rare point at one of their bogey grounds, Hebburn Town, but late lapses saw them slip to a 3-1 defeat.
Manager Tony Fawcett made two changes to the side won at Cleethorpes the previous week, with Arjun Purewal and Zak Atkinson coming in for Kaleb Young and Scott Fenwick. New signing Dominic Curl had to settle for a place on the bench.
The Steelmen got off to the worst possible start, going a goal down in the fourth minute, when Arj’s twin brother Amar Purewal was allowed a free header from a corner to make it 1-0.
Hebburn wanted a penalty in the 14th minute when former Consett man Dean Briggs crossed the ball into the box, and it seemed to strike Arjun Purewal on the hand, but the referee waved away their appeals.
But three minutes later the Hornets were awarded a penalty when Aidan Heywood’s solo run was ended when he was clipped by Dan Capewell in the box, and this time the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
On-loan goalkeeper Keleche Chibueze pulled off a fine save from Amar Purewal’s spot kick, however, diving low to his right, and Capewell atoned for his error by beating the striker to the rebound to keep the score at 1-0.
The let-off spurred Consett into action, and they had their first attempt on goal in the 19th minute when Ben Ramsey’s effort was blocked at the expense of a corner. From the resulting flag kick they were unlucky not to level when Atkinson’s header was cleared off the line by Dan Groves.
Consett forced a succession of corners, but Hebburn defended well, and although there were a couple of goalmouth scrambles, with the ball dropping in dangerous areas, the visitors were unable to create a clear-cut chance.
Half-time: Hebburn Town 1 Consett 0
It remained 1-0 to Hebburn at the break, and the end to end nature of the game continued in the second half, with Consett again going close to an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Capewell’s header from a left-wing corner hit the bar.
There was a big slice of fortune involved when they did make it 1-1 in the 58th minute when Hebburn keeper Kieran Hunter fumbled Ben Ramsey’s right-wing corner into his own net for an own goal.
The game ebbed to and fro, with Consett’s on-loan keeper Keleche Chibueze saving down low from Matthew Elsdon, and Wil Shaw beat home keeper Hunter to a long ball out on the right flank, but unable to get a shot on target from a difficult angle.
An untidy spell followed amid a rash of substitutions as both sides looked for the vital next goal, with the heavy pitch and blustery conditions not conducive to anything resembling flowing football.
Hebburn began to get on top, and it was them who got the breakthrough on 85 minutes. Consett were pushing forward looking for a winner when a long ball sent Amar Purewal in behind and he outmuscled a defender before finishing past Chibueze to make it 2-1.
Consett threw men forward looking to salvage a point, but Hebburn broke on them again from a set-piece in added time and midfielder Leo Robinson, making his debut on loan from Hartlepool United, pulled the ball back for sub Liam Murray to convert from close range and make it 3-1.
The result saw Hebburn pick up their first win in six games to leapfrog Consett and return into the play-off places. The Steelmen, who have returned empty-handed from four of their last five visits to Hebburn, dropped to sixth, but with a game in hand on two of the top five.
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