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Missed chances prove costly for Consett as Belper Town’s snatch and grab sees them complete a league double

Consett were made to pay for missed chances as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat by second-placed Belper Town at a soggy Belle View Stadium today.

Tony Fawcett’s side started brightly and could have been three goals up inside 20 minutes. Belper keeper Daniel Moore saved twice in as many minutes with his feet from Ben Ramsey.

Then top scorer Wil Shaw hit the post from close range with the goal at his mercy after great work down the right by Jack Gibbons.

Belper had a couple of half chances without really troubling their hosts’ goal, but Consett finished the half in the ascendancy, with Gibbons flicking an effort just over the bar from Ramsey’s cross.

It remained 0-0 at the break, but Moore thwarted Ramsey again on 52 minutes, clawing away his header, then made an even better save from Jake Orrell after the midfielder turned his man inside out.

Belper’s best spell of the game saw their top scorer Kevin Bastos denied twice by Consett’s on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze with the help of the woodwork. 

But the striker grabbed his 18th goal of the season and what turned out to be winner in a goalmouth scramble in the 73rd minute, finishing from point-blank range to make him the league’s top scorer.

Moore, who shaded centre-back Danny South as man of the match, made another save from Dan Capewell’s close-range header, pictured top, as Consett pushed the big centre-back up in search of an equaliser.

Then substitute Kieren Aplin, making his first NPL appearance since last April, hit the bar after latching onto Capewell’s flick-on and cleverly beating his defender, but Belper held on for their fourth win and third clean sheet in a row.

The win strengthened their position at the head of the pack chasing leaders Stockton Town, but a win for Newton Aycliffe, who Consett face in their next home game, saw Consett slip a place to seventh, three points from the play-offs.

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Consett take the lead away at league leaders Belper Town but come home empty-handed

Consett pushed league leaders Belper all the way at the Raygar Stadium today but came home with nothing to show for their efforts, after losing 2-1.

Despite being without the injured Matty Slocombe, suspended Ben Ramsey and unavailable Jake Orrell, they put in a good performance against hosts who were playing a division higher last season.

There was little to choose between the teams in a first half of very few chances, and it was no surprise when the game remained goalless at half-time.

The second half saw Consett take the game to their opponents, and they were rewarded when they took the lead in the 61st minute, when Kaleb Young threaded a pass through to Wil Shaw, who finished from 10 yards, pictured below.

Belper centre-back Kieran Walker spent the afternoon launching enormous throw-ins into the Consett box, but the visiting defence coped with everything that was thrown at them.

That all changed in the 74th minute, when the Steelmen’s defence failed to deal with the threat for only the second time in the game, and Kevin Bastos, the league’s top scorer, nipped in to nod home the equaliser from the flick-on.

Four minutes later the home team got what turned out to be the winner. Consett cleared their lines from a corner, and James Cadman sent the ball back into the danger area from 30 yards.

The flight of the ball seemed to deceive Consett keeper James Anderson, and what looked a speculative effort at best ended up in the top corner.

Manager Tony Fawcett threw on another forward, Scott Fenwick, for the last 10 minutes as his side sought a way back into a game they’d looked in control of, but the remaining time and five added minutes passed without the Steelmen managing to conjure an equaliser.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview and picture gallery to follow.