Northern League Division 1
This was the match of the day, league leaders against third and all to play for! I was not disappointed either, a very good game played in the right manner.
Consett went on the attack right from the start and were rewarded in the third minute when David Pounder met a cross from the right by Gary Ormston with his left foot and volleyed in. 1-0
The Fed seemed to take control for a while after that and when Fergal Harkin lofted the ball into the penalty area, Kane Young sent his header into goal. 10 minutes 1-1
Just after the half hour mark, Fed were awarded a penalty and Harkin's weak attempt was saved by Paul Gilmore. 3 minutes later, Andrew Bulford gave Fed the lead with a delightful left foot chip over Gilmore. 1-2
Shortly after half time, Carl Piecha's left footed strike gained a deflection on it's way into the net. 2-2
Both sides played some good football from this point and both sides will be claiming some unfair refereeing decisions cost them the winners' points, but I thoroughly enjoyed the game and think that a draw was the fair outcome.
Consett: Paul Gilmore, Mark Gaffney (David Johnson 30), Michael Coulthard, Chris Scott, Carl Piecha, Craig Robson (Steven Johnson 65), Gary Ormston, Jonjo Dickman (Andrew Cuthbertson 78), Mattie Moffat, Adam Emson, David Pounder.
Dunston Federation: Barry Poskett, Steven Pickering, David Wells, Michael Robson, Ben Cattanach, Kane Young (John Clark 87), Fergal Harkin, Michael Dixon, Mark Sheeran (Steven Preen 69) Andrew Bulford (Richard Logan 78) Steven Brown.