Consett suffered a third successive Northern Premier League defeat today, going down 3-1 at Ossett United after a poor first half performance left them chasing the game.
The home side, who were third-bottom of the table, took the lead after just five minutes when their visitors failed to deal with a short corner routine and Adam Priestley fired home from close range.
Ben Ramsey had a chance to level on 14 minutes from Jake Orrell’s cross, but his header failed to test the Ossett keeper. It was to prove a rare opportunity in a lacklustre first half.
Ossett could have doubled their lead on 18 minutes after another set play wasn’t dealt with, but Alex Petersen volleyed just wide.
But they did make it 2-0 right on the stroke of half-time when Consett gave the ball away in midfield and a quick pass forward played in Adam Priestley, who smashed his second goal of the game into the top-left corner.
Ryan McKinnon fired the first effort of the second half just wide on 51 minutes after good link-up play around the box.
But on the hour mark Ossett made it 3-0 when a ball in from the flank was headed down and Adam Priestley completed his hat-trick with a crisp finish from the edge of the box.
Other than the three goals, Consett keeper James Anderson hadn’t had a save to make, which underlined the importance of taking chances at this level.
Priestley was in the mood for more goals, and looked set for a fourth when a through ball sent him clear, but Dan Capewell made a superb recovering tackle to half him in his tracks, pictured top.
Manager Tony Fawcett responded to going further behind by bringing on Kieren Aplin, Jake Jensen and Charlie Watt, and the changes at last sparked some life into the attack.
Suddenly the momentum was with Consett, and on 76 minutes they reduced the arrears. Kieren Aplin picked up possession just outside the box, turned and smashed home a bullet of a shot to make it 3-1.
Two minutes later Consett’s best move of the game almost brought a second goal. Orrell played the ball in to Ramsey, whose first time pass set up Aplin, but this time Ossett keeper Callum Hiddleston denied him with a fine flying save.
On 82 minutes the impressive Aplin had another chance, as his late run to the back post was picked out by Orrell’s floated cross, and he headed just wide.
It was all Consett now, and subs Watt and Jensen both had chances as the game entered five added minutes, but neither could set up a grandstand finish.
When the final whistle Ossett had won at home for just the second time this season, and completed the double over Consett, after a 2-1 last-gasp win at Belle View Stadium in October.
- Full match report, stats, and picture gallery to follow.