South Yorkshire Times, March 19th, 1960
United Threw Away Countless Chances
Denaby United, 0: Consett, 1
Small wonder the “fans” were streaming away from Tickhill Square long before the end of the Denaby United – Consett match (says Harry Cooke). Jaded Denaby, who looked about as determined and enthusiastic as if they had just returned from the Butlin Walk, threw away countless diamond-studded chances.
United dominated 95 per cent of the game and mid-way through the first half few would have given twopence for Consett’s chances.
But although they were out-classed in every phase of the game, it was Consett’s determination – and United’s second-half apathy – that gave them victory.
Admittedly Denaby were unlucky not to score in the first half – several blistering drives by Slater, Friel and Guest putting Guthrie to the supreme test.
There was no excuse, however, for the way Denaby appeared to give up the ghost after the 60th minute. They simply stopped trying, and were content to dally about mid-field, instead of using the direct tactics which at this stage would have shattered the weakened Consett defence.
It was a 70th minute ‘out of the blue’ goal that provided the shock Denaby deserved and the “pep pill” Consett needed. William mis-kicked in front of goal, and in the space of seconds young Consett winger David Toward scored from a 15 yards drive.
Consett’s goal seemed to bring the Denaby back to life, but by then it was too late.
Denaby were unchanged for the second week in succession One point is obvious after Saturday’s display: forward line changes are needed immediately if last year’s dismal record is to be improved upon.
Consett’s chances could have been counted on one hand, Denaby missed a host, including a penalty taken by Slater; and poor shots a few yards from goal by Sapey and Guest.
Denaby: Davey, Williams(J), Foster, Hirst, Johnson, Bourne, Sapey, Guest, Shaw, Slater, Friel.
Consett: Guthrie, Sidall, Little, Hall, Callender, Marsden, Hutchinson, Nicholson, Burridge, Blackwood, Toward.
Referee: Mr. C.L. Ross, Bradford