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Anchors win at Consett secures Play-Off spot

Stockton Town sealed their Play-Off spot as they edged out a seven-goal thriller at Consett.

Kev Hayes opened the scoring before they were pegged back by Scott Fenwick’s leveller.

Nathan Mulligan and Tom Coulthard put the Anchors 3-1 ahead before Calvin Smith pulled a goal back.

The two-goal lead was restored when Fenwick scored a calamitous own goal.

Consett scored another through Nathan Greenwood to bring back the 4-3 scoreline which has dominated this fixture over the years.

That was confirmed when Hayes missed a stoppage time penalty.

Stockton started the game with intent and had the first chance when Hayes had a half-volley cleared off the line by the head of Ben Milburn.

Hayes did not have to wait long though as he gave Stockton the lead just after ten minutes in. He played a 1-2 with Stephen Thompson before he found space and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Stockton had an opportunity to double their lead when Mikey Roberts was found in the box by N.Mulligan but his volley went just over the bar.

Consett came to life and had a chance when a ball was fizzed across. Fortunately for the Anchors it evaded everyone.

They were let off again when Kieran Aplin broke the offside trap and he was denied by an excellent stop from Callum Roberts.

It was not to be third time lucky as from the resulting corner Fenwick converted to bring the home side level.

Tempers became flared at the end of the first half when Cameron Painter and Aplin were both booked for an altercation.

In the 67th minute, Stockton regained the lead when an excellent ball from the left was emphatically headed home by N.Mulligan.

N.Mulligan then turned provider soon after when, from a freekick, he picked out Coulthard who volleyed it past Consett goalkeeper Mark Foden.

It was becoming a goal fest as moments later Smith was allowed the freedom of Belle View to head in a goal back for Consett.

Another goal followed five minutes later when Fenwick played a disastrous ball back to Foden who was unable to slide it away from goal and instead turned it into the net.

It was then Consett’s turn to be on the scoresheet again when Greenwood glided a delightful third for the home side.

Finally Stockton had the chance to return to Teesside with a two-goal win when N.Mulligan was fouled by Foden. Hayes stepped up but blazed the ball wide to put an end to the goalmania.

The win coupled with other results means the lowest the Anchors can finish is third which guarantees at least a home Semi-Final in the Play-Offs.

Stockton Town have their final home game of the regular season next Saturday when they host Grimsby Borough.

Consett AFC: Foden, Slocombe, Baggs, Smith, Purewal (Wrightson 55), Milburn, Barlow, Orrell, Fenwick, Greenwood, Aplin

Unused subs: Garvey, D.Smith, Taylor, Jasper

Stockton Town: C.Roberts, Painter, McWilliams, Portas, King, Coulthard, Hayes, Butterworth, M.Roberts (Beddow 61), N.Mulligan, Thompson (Cooke 85)

Unused subs: Bulmer, Close, McDonald

Goals: 0-1, 10 min, Hayes; 1-1, 34 min, Fenwick; 1-2, 67 min, N.Mulligan; 1-3, 74 min, Coulthard; 2-3, 78 min, Smith; 2-4, 83 min, Fenwick OG; 3-4, 84 min, Greenwood

Referee: Connor Scott

Attendance: 467

Words: James Cartwright

Photo: Harry Cook

 

 

 

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