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Grimsby Borough v Consett

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Consett looked set for a first win in seven games after going two goals up at Grimsby Borough – but the 10-man home side rescued a point after a spirited comeback resulted in a 2-2 draw.

Manager Tony Fawcett made two changes to the side which suffered a last-gasp defeat at Stocksbridge in midweek, with returning Sunderland U23s loanee Kelechi Chibueze replacing James Anderson in goal and Kieren Aplin coming in for the injured Ben Ramsey.

The lively Caine Winfarrah had the game’s first goal attempt on eight minutes when he tried his luck from distance, but it was an easy save for Consett’s on-loan keeper.

In the 10th minute the Steelmen had a strong shout for a penalty when Dan Capewell seemed to be pulled over in the area as he challenged for a cross, but the referee waved away their appeals.

A minute later the Steelmen were ahead when Jack Gibbons received the ball out on the left, cut inside and hit a shot from 20 yards which took a wicked bounce, deceiving keeper Liam Higton and ending up in the far corner to make it 1-0.

Grimsby responded well, and Chibueze made a good diving save from Winfarrow’s free-kick in the 19th minute. At the other end, Gibbons fancied his chances of adding to his tally of four goals for the season, and tried another effort from outside the box, but this time there was no lucky bounce and it sailed over the crossbar.

After a scrappy spell where the flow of the game was interrupted by some fussy refereeing, it was Consett who drew next blood, doubling their lead in the 33rd minute. Shaw was fouled to the left of the penalty area, bringing them a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Higton seemed to have one eye on the players waiting to attack a ball floated to the back post, so was taken by surprise when Kaleb Young‘s low delivery bounced across the six-yard box and crept in at the far post to make it 2-0, pictured top and video below.

 

The home again responded well, and on 41 minutes Chibueze had to be alert to save with his legs from Winfarrah, who was emerging as the home side’s main goal threat.

However, the game seemed to swing even further Consett’s way a minute later before half-time when home defender Tom Sawyer was shown a straight red card after appearing to kick out at an opponent.

Consett almost had a third goal when good play saw Aplin’s pile-driver beaten out by Higton, but it was Borough who got the next goal in added time at the end of the first half when Adam Drury finished Winfarrah’s cross from close range to give them a lifeline.

Half-time: Grimsby Borough 1 Consett 2

Despite having only 10 men, the home side started the second half on the front foot, and five minutes in they levelled, as Adam Drury scored again, this time with a delicate chip into the far corner as Consett stood off him.

They made light of their numerical disadvantage and had another chance when debutant Luke Horne was sent clear by Lewis Collins’ pass, but he fired over.

For a while it was hard to tell which side was a man down, but as the half wore on Consett began to stretch their tiring opponents. Orrell made a good chance for himself after taking Aplin’s pass, cutting inside his man and testing Higton. The keeper beat it out, but left-back Luis Adlard cleared before the lurking Shaw could benefit.

Young striker Charlie Watt had a great chance to grab a winner in the 86th minute when he latched onto Calvin Smith’s pass and beat his man, only to be denied by a fine save by Higton.

As the game entered added time there was only one team pressing for a winner, and although Watt fired a free-kick into the wall and Gibbons smashed a shot just wide, the home side held out for a deserved share of the spoils.
MATCH REPORT: GARY WELFORD
PICTURES: KENNY TAYLOR

Details

Date Time Competition Season
16/03/2024 3:00 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24

Ground

The Bradley Football Development Centre
38 Bradley Rd, Bradley, Grimsby DN37 0AA, UK

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
Grimsby Borough2Draw
Consett2Draw

Consett

Kelechi Chibueze Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Dominic Curl Defender
Kaleb Young Midfielder 33'
Arjun Purewal Defender
Dan Capewell Defender
Charlie Watt Forward
Jake Orrell Midfielder 15'
Kieren Aplin Midfielder
Jake Jensen Midfielder
Wil Shaw Midfielder
Jack Gibbons Midfielder 11'
Matty Slocombe Midfielder
Ben Milburn Defender
Jack Caygill Midfielder
James Anderson Goalkeeper