Match Report – Liversedge 1 – 2 Conestt AFC

Northern Premier League – East Division

Liversedge FC 1 (Raw 24’ pen)

Consett AFC 2 (Shaw 88’ | Skarz 90’ OG)

Liversedge: Jordan Porter (GK), Will Portman (Jack Hardacre 73’), Kwame Boateng, Joe Skarz, Kevy Tarangadzo, Kurt Harris, Alfie Raw, Jack Stockdill, Liam Hardy, Alex Wollerton, Luke Parkin (Jack Dyche 80’). Subs not used: George Proctor, Lewis Wilkinson.

Consett: James Anderson (GK), Calvin Smith, Arjun Purewal, Jake Orrell, Ryan McKinnon, Daniel Capewell (Matthew Slocombe 58’), Jack Gibbons, Kaleb Young (Jake Jensen 59’), Scott Fenwick, Will Shaw, Ben Ramsey (Jack Caygill 90’).

Referee: Connor Everard

Booked: Porter, Portman, Harris (Liversedge) McKinnon, Capewell (Consett)

Venue: Clayborn

Attendance: 159

A packed January calendar continued for Liversedge as they welcomed high-flying Consett AFC to a very cold Clayborn last Tuesday night.

The game started end-to-end, with both sides seeing early chances to take the lead. The first fell to the visitors, with Jack Gibbons chipping the ball towards the far post, looking for a teammate to head in from close range. The ball went harmlessly behind the Liversedge goal. Luke Parkin, making his first start for Sedge, tested away goalkeeper James Anderson from range, shooting only narrowly wide of the goal.

Kurt Harris would be the first name in the referee’s book for a very soft foul as Consett had possession near the halfway line on 15 minutes. Minutes later, as Consett had the ball in their midfield, Kwame Boateng intercepted a bad pass out to their right-wing for Sedge, who drove forwards with speed towards the edge of the box, getting an opportunity to strike at goal and forcing Anderson to make a very good save to deny him.

On 20 minutes, a Consett free kick would fall to striker Scott Fenwick to hit on the volley, but he could not get the power he’d have needed to beat Sedge goalkeeper Jordan Porter, who claimed the ball with little difficulty—a save which proved crucial.

As Liversedge broke forward, they worked the ball out to the right side and drew a foul from the Consett defenders, earning the hosts a penalty on 24 minutes. Alfie Raw had the ball on the spot and scored a very well-taken spot kick to give the hosts the lead midway through the first half. 1-0 to Sedge and Raw, scoring in back-to-back games.

He soon had another opportunity as Consett tried to clear their lines just before the half-hour mark, with the ball falling very kindly to his feet in midfield. He managed to get a decent shot away before any of the visiting teams could stop him, but his long-range effort was saved well by Anderson, who kept his side well in the game.

The first half’s last notable bit of action came when Consett played Will Shaw in behind, who’d timed his run well to get a shot off across Porter’s goal. The Sedge stopper did well to turn this wide, resulting in a Consett corner hit straight out of play. The rest of the half lacked some quality going forward, with few chances for both teams as defences came out on top. 1-0 to Sedge at halftime, but against a side near the top of the table, the game was far from over.

HALF TIME: Liversedge FC 1-0 Consett AFC

The second half would start quite well for Sedge, who had the better of the first 15 minutes. Nice bits of skill from Will Portman got him into a great position to cross from the right side, and he managed to pick out Boateng in the Consett penalty area, allowing him the opportunity to shoot, but he couldn’t quite hit the target. Sedge goalscorer Raw also managed to put in an excellent ball, but none of the Sedge attackers could quite reach it in time.

As Sedge pushed forward towards the hour mark, the ball was played to Boateng on the edge of the box, who managed to draw a foul with excellent skill, winning his side a free kick. Consett defender Ryan McKinnon was shown a yellow card for the foul, having been beaten by Boateng’s impressive footwork. Unfortunately, the Sedge free kick wouldn’t amount to anything.

Consett made changes around this time, with Matthew Slocombe and Jake Jensen coming on for Daniel Capewell and Kaleb Young as they looked to get back into the game, but the half wouldn’t continue at the same pace it started with. Chances became few and far between. Sedge made their change, subbing off Portman after receiving a yellow card in the 68th minute for a late challenge. He was applauded as he walked around the pitch, following an excellent showing.

As Sedge looked to win the game, they had a few more good chances. Alex Wollerton had an effort which was shot wide of the goal, and Boateng had another chance, in a similar position to his earlier one, to score from inside the box. This time, though, his effort on the volley was blocked and cleared, denying him the goal his performance really deserved. As Sedge looked for the second goal, Jack Dyche was also brought on for Parkin. Sedge goalkeeper Porter was booked in the 85th minute for wasting time in very unusual circumstances.

With the game coming to an end, a freak goal would occur in the 88th minute as Consett sent the ball into the box, hitting the post and ultimately bouncing into the net to give the visiting team an equalising goal. The goal was ultimately awarded to Consett’s Will Shaw. A colossal sucker punch for Sedge, who’d played brilliantly against a team high up in the table.

As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute, it was a disaster for the home team. Consett had snuck a winning goal. A long-range effort deflected in off the unfortunate Joe Skarz, who had been playing a very good game throughout. It was an awful moment, as Consett turned the game around in the last minutes, denying Sedge points, which they had deserved.

A late scramble in the Consett penalty box didn’t go in Sedge’s favour, as the away side cleared the ball and held onto the lead until the referee blew for full time.

FULL TIME: Liversedge FC 1-2 Consett AFC

Cam Cromack

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