Consett brought their three-game losing streak to an end tonight, but had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw v Newton Aycliffe after playing the last part of the game with only 10 men.
Manager Tony Fawcett rang the changes, making four changes to the side which had lost in disappointing fashion at Ossett United on Saturday.
It meant full debuts for Jake Jensen and Dominic Curl, a first start of the season for Kieren Aplin and a first appearance since October for Ben Milburn as he returned from injury.
There were very few chances in a first half which saw the visitors dominate possession but create little, and half-time was reached with the score at 0-0.
Consett started the second half in much more positive fashion. Jensen had missed a couple of headers and Aycliffe keeper James Winter did well to deny Kaleb Young before the Steelmen opened the scoring in the 60th minute.
Jake Orrell swung in a delightful free-kick from the right which Jensen only just failed to connect with, but Arjun Purewal, running in behind him, kneed it home from a few yards to make it 1-0.
Orrell went close to make it two when his shot from an acute angle was tipped over by Winter, only for the referee to award a goal kick.
Then the game swung the visitors’ way on 66 minutes when Jack Gibbons was dismissed after being shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.
Aycliffe began to dominate again, and they got an equaliser on 70 minutes when Liam Jarvie’s shot was too hot for keeper James Anderson to handle and the loose ball rebounded in off the unfortunate Dan Capewell for an own goal.
Aycliffe thought they had snatched a winner in the 83rd minute when Ethan Wood scored direct from a corner, but the ‘goal’ was disallowed for a foul on the keeper.
Then Consett sub Charlie Watt had a chance of grabbing the glory when he burst through the middle with five minutes left, but a superb foot in denied him at the expense of a corner.
A draw was probably a fair result based on chances, and it left Consett 9th and Aycliffe 7th – the same positions they occupied before the game.
- Full match report, stats, and picture gallery to follow.