Consett struggles continue

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NOT much is going right for Consett at present and last night’s STL Northern League First Division game at Newcastle Benfield was no exception, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

At half-time, goalkeeper Barry Poskett was forced to leave the field after losing a contact lens and, when they were defeated 4-2, the Steelmen remain in the unaccustomed position of sixth from bottom.

Yet they made a perfect start at Sam Smith’s Park when David Scorer headed in a corner after just five minutes.

Benfield quickly hit back and, by the 25th minute, enjoyed a two-goal cushion.

A Paul Antony cross was parried into his own net by Poskett before Kevin Leighton was left with a simple tap-in following a corner.

Consett were culpable conceding the third goal. Scorer attempted to head back to Poskett a long free-kick from Andrew Grainger, but the ball hit Michael Chilton and was deflected into goal.

Peter Jameson took over in goal during the interval and was beaten only once, nine minutes from time, as Ross Peareth produced a tremendous shot which gave him no chance.

Just before the end, Grainger pulled off a brilliant save at the other end and when the ball rebounded, Marc Walton drove low into the net to make Consett’s defeat more respectable.

Shildon moved into the top half of the table with a 2-1 victory over Guisborough, courtesy of Steve Johnson and Nicky Kane. Shane Henry had levelled for Town, who had Luke Bythway sent off just before the end.

In Division Two, West Allotment Celtic are fourth, but they were forced to twice come from behind at Crook Town, whose marksmen were Kyle Davis and Mark Dummett (own goal). Stephen Little and Paul Swinthenbank replied.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion went two goals up thanks to Jonathan Kemp and Adam Rowntree but had to settle for a point at home to Morpeth, for whom Stephen Anderson and Chris Lunn struck in the second half.