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Ben Ramsey was Consett’s hero-turned-villain as he scored twice to end Liversedge’s run of five games without conceding but was then sent off to leave his side to see out the game with 10 men.

Manager Tony Fawcett made one change to the side which had lost at Grantham, with Ryan McKinnon returning in place of Arjun Purewal, who was unable to play after suffering concussion last week.

Consett had the strong wind at their back in the first half, and took the lead after just two minutes thanks to a short free-kick routine. Jake Orrell touched the ball to Kaleb Young, whose pass found Ben Ramsey, and the pacey attacker smashed the ball past Liversedge keeper Jordan Porter to make it 1-0.

On eight minutes Ramsey was through again, but cut back and the chance was gone, but another came along a couple of minutes later as he fired over the bar from 25 yards.

The wind was making it difficult for both sides to play good football, and there was a five-minute stoppage while weights were used to prevent the wind shifting the goal which Consett were attacking.

Liversedge had their first chance of the game on 21 minutes, when a snapshot by centre-forward Edward Church from the edge of the box flashed just wide.

Ramsey was proving a handful for the Liversedge backline, and had another chance on 23 minutes when Wil Shaw’s flick played him in, but he blazed over the bar from 20 yards.

Liversedge were slowly playing their way into the game, and had another chance on 35 minutes when Church hit a great effort from distance, which was deflected for a corner.

At the other end Porter made a good save from Ramsey and Orrell had a good shot blocked as Consett sought to double their advantage. But it was Liversedge who got the next goal on 42 minutes, as Edward Church met a deep corner from the right on the volley to fire home for 1-1.

Two minutes into added time at the end of the half Porter again made a good save to keep his side level, diving full length to his right to keep out another well-struck effort from Orrell.

Half-time: Consett 1 Liversedge 1

Consett made a change at the break, bringing on Zak Atkinson for Charlie Watt, who had become involved in something of a running battle with Liversedge left-back Jeremie Milambo and had already been booked.

The visitors now had the wind advantage, and Consett’s on-loan Sunderland U23s goalkeeper Kelechi Chibueze did well to beat out a long-range effort from midfielder Alfie Raw in the opening minute of the half.

A minute later Young almost restored the Steelmen’s lead when his clever free-kick towards the front post from an acute angle was kept out by a combination of teammate McKinnon and the upright.

But on 51 minutes they did get themselves back in front when Dan Capewell was hauled down by opposite number Dan Hartley as he challenged for a free-kick into the box, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Ben Ramsey converted the resulting penalty to make it 2-1 to Consett. It was the pacey attacker’s 14th goal of the season, one behind top scorer Wil Shaw.

The wind was increasing in strength, and brought with it driving rain, and Consett, now kicking into the teeth of a gale, found it hard to get out of their own half.

The lively Jack Dyche saw one shot deflected for a corner and another well saved by Chibueze as the visitors applied the pressure, and the No 10 then scuffed a shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

By now the wind was so strong that one goal kick by Chibueze blew back towards his own goal and out for a corner! The keeper was having probably his best game since joining on loan, and made a fine save down low to his right from Raw’s 30-yard free-kick.

A rare foray upfield in the 75th minute saw Consett force a corner, and when it was cleared to the edge of the box Shaw tried his luck from 20 yards, but didn’t unduly trouble Porter.

Two minutes later the game swung even further in Liversedge’s favour after a moment of madness by Ramsey. He felt he was fouled as he challenged for a 50/50 ball in midfield, but the free-kick went against him, and when play resumed he chased down a Liversedge player from behind and barged him over.

Ramsey was already on a yellow card from the first half, and he’d left the referee little option but to show him a second yellow and then the inevitable red, reducing Consett to 10 men.

An already-tough task had just become even harder, and Liversedge poured forward in a bid to make the most of their numerical advantage. Dangerman Church blazed one shot just wide in the 84th minute, but a minute later he found the top corner with a superb curling strike, to make it 2-2.

There were no more chances at either end, and the game ended with honours even – probably a fair result on the balance of play. This result and Sheffield’s win over Dunston saw Consett drop a place to 11th.
MATCH REPORT: GARY WELFORD
PICTURES: KENNY TAYLOR & KEITH MARLEY

Details

Date Time Competition Season
13/04/2024 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
Consett2Draw
Liversedge2Draw

Consett

Kelechi Chibueze Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Jack Gibbons Midfielder
Ben Milburn Defender 55'
Dan Capewell Defender
Ryan McKinnon Defender
Wil Shaw Midfielder
Jake Jensen Midfielder
Kaleb Young Midfielder
Charlie Watt Forward 34'
Zak Atkinson Forward 86'
Jake Orrell Midfielder
Ben Ramsey Midfielder 2', 51'
28'
77'
Harvey Rudd Defender
James Anderson Goalkeeper
Jack Caygill Midfielder