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Consett were within eight minutes of making it three wins in a row when their opening home game against Pontefract Collieries was abandoned tonight.
A pre-match torrential downpour left large areas of the pitch flooded, but staff and volunteers worked hard to get the game on once the rain had subsided.
The referee delayed kick-off by 45 minutes to give it every chance of being played, and it eventually kicked off at 8.30pm.
But play was interrupted just 12 minutes in when one of the floodlights failed, plunging part of the pitch into near-darkness.
After a 15-minute delay the power was restored, and Consett took the lead in the ninth minute of added time at the end of the first half when Ben Ramsey crossed for Zak Atkinson to finish into the bottom corner for 1-0.
Jack Gibbons had a shot cleared off the line and Atkinson saw an effort saved by the keeper’s feet as the Steelmen sought a second goal after the break to put the game to bed against a very physical and direct visiting side.
But with 82 minutes gone the same floodlight pylon which had caused the interruption in the first half went out again, leaving the referee with little option but to abandon the game, and the crowd of 299 to troop home disappointed.
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Consett made it three wins in a row for the first time since they joined the Northern Premier League by beating Pontefract Collieries 3-1 at a freezing, windy Belle View today.
The game was preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of Consett supporter Darren Blakey, who died this week.
And the Steelmen put on a performance he would have loved as they sent their visitors back to Yorkshire on the end of a defeat.
Pontefract had the strong wind at their back in the first half, and had early chances through Joe Lumsden and Jack Vann.
Jake Orrell missed a one-on-one with the keeper before Consett took the lead in the 19th minute, with Kieren Aplin firing into the bottom corner, pictured below, after turning his man. It was his sixth goal of the season, making him joint second-top scorer with Orrell.
Within a minute the visitors were level when Jack Greenhaugh’s long throw was only half-cleared and Spencer Clarke made it 1-1.
On 25 minutes Aplin thought he had a good shout for a penalty when he turned Clarke and appeared to be tripped, but the referee thought otherwise and booked him for diving.
Half-time was reached with the score still at 1-1, and the first 25 minutes of the second half were something of a non-event as both sides struggled to cope with the strengthening wind.
But Consett began to get on top, and took a deserved lead in the 72nd minute. They were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box for a foul on Aplin.
He took the kick himself, and keeper Lloyd Allinson made a good save, touching the ball onto the post, but defender Josh Baggs reacted quickest to turn it home from six yards out, for his first goal for the club.
Three minutes later the points were in the bag as Aplin’s pass found Calvin Smith, who turned and smashed the ball past Allinson from 15 yards. It was his first goal of the season.
- Full match report and more pictures to follow.
Consett picked up their first away point in the Northern Premier League tonight after surviving a 90-minute aerial bombardment at Pontefract Collieries.
In a hard-fought game featuring eight cautions, Jake Orrell gave Consett the lead with his second goal in four days midway through the first half.
The Steelmen defended for their lives, but the home side’s incessant long-ball tactics eventually paid off when Adam Priestley levelled in the 69th minute.
Consett should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Zak Atkinson was played in on goal, but saw his shot saved by Lloyd Allinson. The ball rebounded back to the No 9, but his follow-up was also saved by the keeper.
On 13 minutes Consett had the ball in the Pontefract net when Atkinson headed home from Kieren Aplin’s left-wing cross, but the ‘goal’ was ruled out for offside.
On 22 minutes the Steelmen took the lead with a fine move. Byrne played the ball down the line to Holden, whose cross picked out Jake Orrell’s run into the box, and he finished first time past Lloyd Allinson to make it 1-0, pictured top.
On the half hour Consett had a narrow escape as James Baxendale hit a cross-shot against the bar, and there was an even closer call when the ball seemed to hit skipper Matty Slocombe’s hand as he blocked a shot, but again the referee was unmoved.
Ross Coombe made a string of fine saves for Consett, and their defence stood firm until the 69th minute, when Dan Capewell, who’d been magnificent all night, missed a long punt downfield from the keeper. Gavin Allott flicked on and Adam Priestley ran through and scored on the half-volley to make it 1-1.
In previous seasons Consett might have crumbled under the sort of pressure they faced here, but this side is made of sterner stuff, and when the final whistle blew they had earned a very good away point.
- Full match report and more pictures HERE.
Consett were today handed an away fixture at Cleethorpes Town on the opening day of their debut season in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.
The trip to Linden Club in Grimsby will be on Saturday 13 August – seven days after the Steelmen open their season with an FA Cup visit to Goole AFC.
It is a tough start, as the Owls finished third in Division One East last season, and it’s followed by a first NPL home game against more familiar opponents, North Shields, on Tuesday 16 August.
The return game against the club who pipped us to the Northern League title last season is at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday 7 January.
Other games of note include a trip to Dunston on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, with the Tynesiders visiting Belle View on Monday 2 January.
We face more ex-Northern League foes, Shildon, at Dean Street, on Tuesday 6 September – four days before playing them there in the FA Trophy! The return league game at Belle View is on Tuesday 7 February.
The games against Hebburn Town are on Saturday 22 October (home) and Saturday 4 March (away), while we play Stockton Town away on Boxing Day, 26 December, and at home on Easter Monday, 10 April.
There’s only one far-flung midweek awayday at the moment – to Pontefract Collieries in West Yorkshire on Tuesday 23 August – our second away game (though there may be more, depending on cup progress).
- A full list of Consett’s fixtures for the 2022-23 season is available HERE.