West Allotment Celtic suffer Consett defeat
West Allotment Celtic remained in the relegation zone after a 2-1 home defeat to Consett.
West Allotment fell behind when, after the Allotment defence failed to clear the ball from the box, Consett’s Michael Sweet (9) fired a strike into the corner of the net, before the away side doubled their lead through a controversial penalty scored by Luke Sullivan (29).
Allotment reduced the deficit late on through a Stu Bramley header (85) but were unable to find an equaliser as Consett held on for the win.
West Allotment went into the match on the back of three consecutive league defeats. However, a spirited display against champions Shildon on Saturday looked to give new manager Paul Stoneman some hope in claiming his first win as boss and Allotment’s first victory this season at their home ground, Whitley Park.
Allotment’s defence were facing a tough attacking partnership in Consett’s Michael Sweet and Luke Sullivan. In the ninth minute, Sweet opened the scoring after capitalising on Allotment’s failure to clear the ball and struck the ball beyond Allotment goalkeeper Chris Bannon.
Just before the half-hour mark, Consett were awarded a penalty in, what seemed, controversial circumstances. After Adam Knowles was brought down in the box by left-back Mason Stephenson, the referee, Lindsey Robinson, pointed to the spot. With Allotment faces full of disbelief, Consett’s Luke Sullivan kept his focus and calmly tucked the ball home from 12 yards out.
The Steelmen had an opportunity to make it 3-0 before the break, after an accurate cross from Consett captain, Danny Craggs, found the head of Luke Sullivan who could only put it wide.
Allotment attempted to force their way back into the match and were very close to closing the gap when Dillon Blake crashed a strike from 25 yards out onto the crossbar.
However, with Allotment caught out in attack, Consett hit the frame of the goal themselves through substitute Lewis Teasdale who side footed a shot onto the post.
Celtic found themselves a glimmer of hope through Stu Bramley’s goal. After a cross failed to meet a foot of both Allotment strikers and Consett defenders, Bramley was waiting at the back stick to powerfully head the ball beyond Consett goalkeeper Chris Elliott who could only parry it into the net.
With Consett managing to hold on for all three points, West Allotment will be looking to end their winless run of four matches when they visit on Ashington on Saturday afternoon.