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Consett v Stocksbridge Park Steels

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Consett picked up their first win in eight games to reignite their now-faint hopes of reaching the play-offs, beating Stocksbridge Park Steels 1-0 at a very windy Belle View.

Manager Tony Fawcett made three changes to the side which drew at Grimsby Borough; Zak Atkinson replaced the injured Kieren Aplin up front, skipper Matty Slocombe returned in midfield for Kaleb Young (also injured), and new dad Ryan McKinnon came into central defence, with Arjun Purewal switching to left-back and Dominic Curl dropping to the bench.

The Steelmen started brightly in front of a good-sized Non League Day crowd, and almost opened the scoring inside two minutes, despite playing into the gusty wind.

Atkinson flicked the ball on to Wil Shaw from the edge of the box, and only an excellent challenge by centre-back Charlie Oglesby prevented him scoring, deflecting the ball onto the post.

Three minutes later Shaw had another chance when he was left one-on-one with Ben Townsend, but again Oglesby got back to clear.

The visitors were perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty when the same two players tangled again, with Shaw appearing to be pulled over by the centre-back.

Stocksbridge’s best chance came in the 17th minute when Kurtis Turner hit a shifting long-range effort which on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze did well to beat away.

The game entered a spell where both teams found it hard to master the strong wind, until the 34th minute, when Townsend was off his line quickly to clear from Atkinson as he chased an under-hit back pass.

Three minutes later Calvin Smith fired just wide at the end of good passing move involving Orrell, Shaw and Jake Jensen, and although Consett finished the half on top, it ended goalless.

Half-time: Consett 0 Stocksbridge 0

Consett, now with the wind at their back, started the second half brightly. Two minutes in Townsend saved well from Jake Orrell, beating out his dipping volley, and on the hour he got down well to save again from the No 8, who was at the centre of most of Consett’s best play.

But the keeper could do nothing about the winning goal, in the 62nd minute. A defender’s clearance from Orrell’s corner cannoned off Wil Shaw‘s backside on the edge of the box, looped over Townsend and into the net for the striker’s 14th – and luckiest – goal of the season.

It was Shaw’s first goal in eight games, which coincided exactly with Consett’s winless run, and he was clearly in the mood for more, making space for himself from Slocombe’s pass before seeing one shot blocked and blazing the rebound over.

Stocksbridge upped their game after going behind, and although they had lots of possession, they had few real chances to force an equaliser, as Consett defended well, with the visitors’ only threat coming when Purewal had to get back to head off the line.

Consett saw out the game comfortably to pick up their first win since 27 January, and equal last season’s points total with eight games to go. The result leaves them eight points adrift of the play-offs, with the two teams immediately above them – Carlton and North Ferriby – still to play.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
23/03/2024 3:00 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24

Ground

Belle View Stadium
Belle view stadium, Delves Lane, Consett DH8 7BF, United Kingdom

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
Consett1Win
Stocksbridge Park Steels0Loss