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Consett have to settle for a point as dogged Bridlington get the draw they need to stay up

Consett ended their second season in the Northern Premier League with a 1-1 home draw with Bridlington Town, who secured the point they needed to avoid relegation.

Tony Fawcett’s side started brightly, and Kaleb Young gave them the lead on six minutes with his first league goal of the season, pictured top.

Zak Atkinson’s pass sent Young clear, and though his touch looked to have let him down, hesitancy by keeper James Hitchcock let him in to finish from close range.

Hitchcock made amends by saving Jake Jensen’s 25-yarder, then top scorer Wil Shaw could have doubled Consett’s lead from Calvin Smith’s clever pass, but fired over.

Shaw was also denied a penalty when he appeared to have been dragged down by a defender, but the referee waved away his appeal.

Bridlington levelled on 31 minutes when Consett failed to deal with a corner and Benn Lewis‘s header was adjudged to have crossed the line before Ben Milburn cleared.

Glen Sani thought he’d put Bridlington ahead two minutes into the second half, but was ruled offside, then they were awarded a penalty after Smith fouled Lewis Dennison, but the striker’s spot kick was saved by Sunderland U23s loanee Kelechi Chibueze.

Hitchcock denied Atkinson a farewell goal at one end, while Chibueze thwarted Pete Davidson at the other end after a mazy run, and a point apiece at the end was about right.

The point means Bridlington stay up on goal difference, despite wins for the bottom two, Brighouse Town and Winterton Rangers.

Consett finished 12th with 49 points – a place and three points better off than last season – but left to reflect on a poor second half of the season which saw their play-off challenge fall away.

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Patched-up Consett come close to grabbing a point at play-off contenders Carlton Town

A Consett side depleted to way beyond the bare bones were beaten 2-1 at play-off hopefuls Carlton Town today – but came close to taking a point they deserved.

Manager Tony Fawcett was without the services of eight first-team players, and with the 11 he had left to choose from including two goalkeepers, had no option but to name himself in the starting XI.

The 44-year-old donned the No 9 shirt 12 years after hanging up his boots, and played the first 45 minutes before being replaced for the second half by his only sub – goalkeeper James Anderson.

But a brave performance by the Steelmen saw them denied only by a superb display by Carlton keeper Felix Annan, who made the save of the season at 0-0.

It came in the 16th minute when Arjun Purewal powered a header goalwards from a right-wing corner and Annan pulled off an unbelievable stop, pictured top, with a defender scrambling the ball to safety. Even then Consett might have been awarded a penalty, as Fawcett was dragged to the ground as he went for the loose ball.

Carlton took the lead on 37 minutes when Niall Hylton broke down the left and crossed to the near post, where Alex Hardwick finished from close range.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, but the hosts started the second half well and Hardwick was denied a second goal a couple of minutes in by Consett keeper Kelechi Chibueze.

But there was nothing the Sunderland U23s loanee could do in the 49th minute when Carlton attacked again down the left and the ball ended at the feet of Niall Hylton, who finished into the roof of the net.

Consett stayed in the game, and almost got themselves back in it on 78 minutes when a through ball left Wil Shaw in a one-on-one with Annan, and the keeper raced off his line to deny him.

Five minutes later it was game on when Annan made another superb save from Kaleb Young’s 25-yarder, only to see Wil Shaw pounce on the rebound to fire home his 16th goal of the season.

Carlton, who needed a win to all-but-guarantee their place in the play-offs, did everything they could to see the game out, and the frustration proved too much for Jack Gibbons, who was shown a straight red card in the fifth added minute after a fracas following time-wasting in the corner.

It was a sad end to a wonderfully spirited performance, where the only 12 available registered players did the club and their travelling support proud, only to lose by the finest of margins – and a top-drawer performance by Felix The Cat.

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Another late goal costs 10-man Consett as Liversedge come from behind twice to draw

Consett conceded a costly late goal for the third time in four games as they drew 2-2 with Liversedge at a gale-lashed Belle View.

Ben Ramsey was the Steelmen’s hero-turned villain as they ended the visitors’ run of five games without conceding a goal.

The pacey forward scored after just two minutes, when a short-free-kick routine saw him latch onto Kaleb Young’s pass and smash the ball past Jordan Porter.

He blazed two more chances over in the first half and was denied by a good save from Porter as Consett made the most of the strong wind at their back.

Liversedge equalised on 42 minutes when Edward Church volleyed home from a right-wing corner to make it 1-1 at the break.

Consett regained the lead six minutes into the second half when Ramsey scored from the penalty spot after Dan Capewell was hauled down at a free-kick.

Liversedge, who now had the wind behind them, piled forward, and Jack Dyche missed two good chances before Alfie Raw brought a fine save from on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze with a 30-yard free-kick.

The game swung Sedge’s way on 77 minutes when Ramsey was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, and Church curled an equaliser into the top corner with five minutes to go.

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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.

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Consett give leaders Stockton Town a fright but have to settle for a point after second-half comeback

Consett gave league leaders Stockton Town a fright at a soggy Belle View today – but had to settle for one point instead of three after giving away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw.

Tony Fawcett had to juggle his depleted pack yet again, and had three youngsters on the bench, but his side took the lead very much against the run of play on 22 minutes through Ben Ramsey.

Jake Orrell’s long pass split the visiting defence, and Ramsey, who had missed the previous four games through injury, lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

Stockton continued to dominate, and Consett were grateful to top scorer Wil Shaw for a goal-line clearance from Tom Coulthard’s shot on 25 minutes as the visitors forced a series of corners.

On 41 minutes the Anchors went close again when their former Consett striker Michael Sweet headed wide from close range.

But two minutes later the home side doubled their lead as another Orrell pass sent Ben Ramsey in again, and he took advantage of indecision between keeper Nathan Harker and a defender to score his second goal of the game, and 12th of the season.

Consett reached half-time two goals to the good, and started the second half well, with Orrell seeing his free-kick saved and Shaw going close when Stockton failed to clear the rebound.

Stockton had a ‘goal’ disallowed a minute later for offside, then a fine save by Consett keeper Kelechi Chibueze foiled Kevin Hayes as the visitors stepped up the pressure.

Stockton made two substitutions in a bid to force their way back into the game, but it was Consett who threatened next, when Ramsey wriggled free of his marker to set up Shaw, who couldn’t keep his shot down.

It was a crucial miss, as Stockton found a way back into the game on 70 minutes. Consett failed to deal with a right-wing corner, and Michael Sweet forced the ball home from close range to make it 2-1.

Unfortunately for Consett, Dominic Curl, who’d been outstanding at left-back, was injured trying to prevent the goal, and the resulting reshuffle swung the game Stockton’s way.

On 75 minutes they got an equaliser when skipper Adam Nicholson powered home a back-post header from another corner.

Consett were hanging on as the game entered its closing stages, and had a huge let-off on 86 minutes when Stephen Thompson volleyed wide from close range when a goal seemed certain.

Dangerman Hayes had three chances to clinch the win for Stockton, but one shot went just over, a second clipped the top of the bar and a third was headed away as Consett dug in.

When the final whistle went a point apiece was probably a fair outcome, and although the result slightly dented Stockton’s promotion charge, Grimsby Borough’s 3-0 win at Cleethorpes Town meant Consett slipped a place to 10th, 11 points adrift of the play-off places, with five games to play.

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Consett end their winless run with a gutsy performance against Stocksbridge

Consett picked up their first win in eight games today to reignite their faint hopes of reaching the play-offs, beating Stocksbridge Park Steels 1-0 at a very windy Belle View.

They started brightly, and only an excellent challenge by Charlie Oglesby prevented Wil Shaw opening the scoring inside two minutes, deflecting the ball onto the post.

Shaw had another chance when he was left one-on-one with Ben Townsend, but again Oglesby got back to clear.

The visitors were perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty when the same two players tangled again, then Townsend thwarted Zak Atkinson after he chased down an under-hit back pass.

Stocksbridge’s best chance came when Kurtis Turner hit a shifting long-range effort which Consett’s on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze did did well to beat away.

Half-time was reached with the score 0-0, and Consett, now with the wind at their back, started the second half brightly.

Townsend twice saved well from Jake Orrell, but the keeper could do nothing about the winning goal, in the 62nd minute.

A defender’s clearance from a Consett corner cannoned off Wil Shaw‘s backside, looped over the keeper and into the net for his 14th – and luckiest – goal of the season.

Stocksbridge upped their game after going behind, and though they had plenty of possession, they had no real chances to force an equaliser.

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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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Late lapses prove costly for Consett as they’re beaten at Hebburn

Consett were five minutes away from picking up a rare point at one of their bogey grounds, Hebburn Town, today, but late lapses saw them slip to a 3-1 defeat.

Tony Fawcett’s Steelmen got off to the worst possible start, going a goal down in the fourth minute, when Amar Purewal was allowed a free header from a corner.

And they were grateful for on-loan goalkeeper Kelech Chibueze for keeping the score at 1-0 in the 15th minute when he saved a Purewal penalty.

The let-off spurred Consett into action, and they were unlucky not to level in the 20th minute when Zak Atkinson’s header was cleared off the line.

It remained 1-0 to Hebburn at the break, and Consett again came close to an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Dan Capewell’s header hit the bar.

There was a big slice of fortune involved when they did make it 1-1 in the 58th minute when Hebburn keeper Kieran Hunter fumbled Ben Ramsey’s right-wing corner into his own net for an own goal.

The game went to and fro without either side creating many clear-cut chances on a heavy pitch in blustery conditions, but Hebburn got the vital next goal on 85 minutes.

Consett were pushing forward looking for a winner when a long ball sent Amar Purewal away and he finished to make it 2-1.

The visitors threw men forward looking to salvage a point, but Hebburn broke on them again from a set-piece in the 90th minute and the ball was squared for sub Liam Murray to convert from close range and make it 3-1.

The result saw Hebburn leapfrog Consett to go back into the play-off places, with the Steelmen left in sixth, but with a game in hand on two of the top five.

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