Anchors rescue point at Consett

Stockton Town came from two goals down to earn a valuable point at Consett.

Ben Ramsey’s first half brace put Consett in control at the break.

The Anchors pulled a goal back through Michael Sweet. Captain Adam Nicholson then netted the vital equaliser with a back post header.

Stockton created the better chances to win the game but had to be satisfied with the point.

Manager Michael Dunwell named three changes from Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Carlton Town. Josh Baggs and Michael Sweet came in to face their former side, while Shane Henry also made his first start since February.

Stockton made a strong start to the game and had the game’s first effort when Kev Hayes curled over from the edge of the box.

They were denied again when Dan Capewell made an excellent block to deny Stephen Thompson who was open in the box.

Consett took the lead with their first attack of the game. A long ball caught out the Stockton defence and Ramsey powered in before he lifted the ball over Harker.

Stockton’s response was good and they had half chances through Sweet who had a shot blocked and Coulthard who saw his strike comfortably saved.

Bigger chances fell to Henry who blazed over inside the box after corner was cleared into his path. Then Sweet came inches from connecting with a cross from Hayes.

Shortly before half time, Stockton were hit with a sucker punch when an almost carbon copy of the opener was produced when Ramsey was released and he beat Harker to the ball before slotting into the empty net.

Half Time: Consett AFC 2-0 Stockton Town

Stockton thought they had a goal back seven minutes into the second half but the Sweet was flagged for offside when he tapped in from the six-yard box.

Consett almost put the game to bed but Wil Shaw couldn’t keep his composure as he fired over following a quick break.

The Anchors then did get their deserved goal, Coulthard had a header saved but Sweet was able to put in the rebound.

It was soon back on level terms when Hayes’s corner from the right was headed in at the back post by Nicholson.

Stockton were in the ascendency and had great chance to win it when a freekick into the box deflected to Thompson but his effort was narrowly wide.

Hayes then skimmed the bar with a dipper from range.

Thompson was presented with another good chance but he could only strike at Chibueze.

The final chance came when Glen Butterworth drove a shot wide from distance.

Full-Time: Consett AFC 2-2 Stockton Town

Consett AFC: Chibueze, Smith, Curl (Jensen 74′), Purewal, Milburn, Capewell, Shaw, Young, Watt, Orrell, Ramsey

Unused subs: Slocombe, Caygill, Scott, Rudd

Stockton Town: Harker, King, Baggs, Portas, Nicholson, Coulthard, Sweet, Henry (Butterworth 65′), Fowler (Roberts 60′), Thompson, Hayes

Unused subs: Painter, McWilliams, Beddow

Goals: 1-0, 22 min, Ramsey; 2-0, 43 min, Ramsey; 2-1, 70 min, Sweet; 2-2, 75 min, Sweet

Attendance: 500

Photo: Harry Cook

Words: James Cartwright

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