Consett dropped out of the play-off places on goal difference after being beaten 2-0 at home today by nearest neighbours Dunston in front of the highest Belle View attendance this season.
But the Steelmen – who were missing key men Ben Ramsey and Arjun Purewal – were left feeling hard done by after being denied what looked like a stonewall penalty when the game was still goalless.
Zak Atkinson, Wil Shaw and Kaleb Young all had chances for Consett in the first half, but none of them could test old boy Dan Staples in the Dunston goal.
At the other end, James Anderson stood up well to save from Dunston No 9 Jack Maskell, and midfielder David Robinson hit the post with a free header from Chris McDonald’s cross.
Consett’s best chance of an even half came on 38 minutes, when Jake Orrell threatened to slalom through the whole Dunston defence, but was denied by a superb tackle by Josh King.
It remained goalless at half-time, and the second half was more of the same, with both sides making and squandering chances in front of the season’s best crowd of 433.
There was a crucial moment in the 66th minute when Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a handball by McDonald waved away by the referee.
Five minutes later the visitors took the lead when Dale Pearson – one of five ex-Consett players in the full-strength Dunston side – broke down the left and crossed for David Robinson to score from close range.
Consett pressed hard for an equaliser, but were caught on the break five minutes into added time when David Robinson finished from out wide on the left, catching Anderson out of his goal after the keeper went up for a last-gasp corner, pictured top.
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