Tag: grantham town

grantham

More last-gasp misery for Consett as they lose to a 97th-minute goal at Grantham

Consett suffered an injury-time defeat for the second Saturday in a row today when they lost 1-0 at lowly Grantham Town.

The hosts were desperate for points to help their fight against relegation from the NPL Division One East, and grabbed all three in dramatic fashion at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

A left-wing corner was headed home by Matt Doyle in the seventh minute of added time at the end of the game, pictured top, to consign the Steelmen to a sixth defeat in their last 10 games – five of them by the odd goal.

Manager Tony Fawcett was down to the bare bones, with only one fit outfield player on the bench, and suffered a further blow midway through the first half when Arjun Purewal was knocked out and had to be substituted.

Consett, with the wind at their back, had chances through Kaleb Young, Wil Shaw and Jack Gibbons, but failed to test the Grantham keeper.

At the other end they were grateful to grateful to on-loan Sunderland goalkeeper Kelechi Chibueze for good saves from Doyle and Sam Hooper, and half-time was reached with game goalless.

The second half, playing into a stiff wind, was backs-to-the-wall time for the Steelmen, and though they were bombarded with crosses and long throws, they defended stoutly.

They had two big chances to win the game; midway through the half Jake Orrell’s corner was beaten clear by the keeper and two follow-up efforts were kicked off the line.

Then on 88 minutes Jack Gibbons had a glorious chance when Ben Ramsey’s pass sent him clear in the left channel, but Grantham keeper Curtis Hall was off his line quickly to smother the shot.

Elliott Walker and Sisa Tuntulwana had chances to snatch the win for the home side as the game entered added time, and just it looked like Consett had done enough for a hard-earned point, Doyle popped up with that last-gasp header to claim all three.

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

Consett dragged into relegation battle after defeat at Grantham Town

Consett have been drawn into the heart of the Northern Premier League relegation fight after suffering a 3-0 defeat today at Grantham Town, the division’s second-bottom side.

Conceding two goals in the first half left Tony Fawcett’s team with a mountain to climb, and a third late in the game left them just a point outside the relegation play-off places.

The Steelmen’s side was much stronger than the one which drew at home to Ossett United last week, with Ben Milburn, skipper Arjun Purewal and Adam Mitchell returning to the defence.

But it was Consett’s failure to take three good chances in the first half which ultimately cost them the game.

They fell behind after just five minutes when Danny Barlow gave away a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right of the penalty area. McCrory floated the ball in and burly striker Gregg Smith powered home an unmarked header at the back post to make it 1-0.

It took until midway through the half for Consett to show their attacking teeth, when Milburn recycled a half-cleared free-kick to set up Jake Orrell, but the keeper was off his line quickly to save at the expense of a corner.

From the resulting flag-kick centre forward Scott Fenwick had a clear header at goal, but put his powerful effort, pictured below, inches over the bar.

Grantham almost doubled their lead on 37 minutes when a mix-up between Consett keeper Mark Foden and Milburn saw Lee Shaw nip in, but his lobbed effort bounced wide of the far post.

On 42 minutes Consett had another chance to level when Barlow was pushed over right on the edge of the box. He took the resulting free-kick himself, but his left-footed effort narrowly cleared the crossbar, pictured below.

A minute before the break Grantham doubled their lead. A quick break saw Shaw crash a shot against the bar, and left-back Joe Stacey reacted to the rebound quickest to fire home.

Being 2-0 down at half-time left the Steelmen with a mountain to climb, but for the first quarter of an hour of the second half they gave it a real go.

Fenwick hit a rising 25-yarder over the top, Nathan Greenwood had one shot, pictured below, saved and another blocked, and Matty Slocombe fired inches wide from 25 yards.

Again the misses would come back to haunt Consett, as they conceded again in the 77th minute to kill any hope of a comeback. A corner from the left saw Foden’s punch fall straight to Ashton Hall, who smashed it back past him on the volley.

There was no way back from that, and the defeat means it’s now eight games since Consett won a game, picking up just three points out of the last 24.

Wins for Lincoln United and Shildon reduced Consett’s cushion between their 14th place and the relegation play-off places to just one point, though they can take slight solace from the fact that Brighouse Town and Carlton Town – who we face in our final two away games – both lost today.

Tadcaster Albion, who lost 2-0 at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels, are relegated.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.
grantham

Grantham Town trip is next for Consett as they look for precious Northern Premier League points

Consett’s next game is on Saturday, 25 March, when we make the long trip to Lincolnshire to visit Grantham Town for a 3pm kick-off.

They play at the council-owned South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Trent Road, Grantham (NG31 7XQ), which has been their home since October 1991. With a capacity of 7,500, it’s probably the biggest ground we’ll play at this season.

It’s a 166-mile trip via the A1(M), A1 and A607, which should take about three hours if you’re making your own way there.

The usual limited number of seats are available now on the official club coach to the game, priced at our standard £20 awayday fare. Places must be booked and paid for in advance at the clubhouse or by calling (01207) 588886.

Grantham are an established Step 4 club, having played in the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division for 10 years, and almost winning promotion to the National League in 2017-18, only to miss out in the play-offs.

However, they were relegated last season, and although they were among the favourites for promotion, they’ve found themselves scrapping at the other end of the table.

When the sides met at Belle View back in November they drew 2-2, with Zak Atkinson equalising for Consett and then putting us ahead, before Grantham grabbed a late leveller.

grantham
Zak Atkinson scores for Consett against Grantham in the 2-2 draw back in November.

Back in August they had their scheduled home game v Worksop Town postponed in bizarre circumstances, when part of the pitch was dug up by crows, attracted by a tasty meal of chafer grubs, which had infested areas of the playing surface.

After Grantham we have only two away games left this season, on consecutive Saturdays in April. The first is a trip down to Nottinghamshire to face Carlton Town, who are also fighting for their NPL life near the foot of the table, on 8 April.

That’s followed on 15 April by the final away game of the season, when we head down to West Yorkshire for a first ever visit to Brighouse Town. Seats on the official club coach to both games are available now.