Consett missed the chance to move into the Northern League’s promotion places when a lacklustre first hour cost them three points at North Shields. The Steelmen found themselves three goals down just a couple of minutes into the second half, and although they scored twice to make it 3-2, they couldn’t find an equaliser.
Manager Terry Mitchell made just one change to the side which had drawn at top-of-the-table Hebburn at the weekend, with captain Arjun Purewal returning in place of the holidaying Darren Holden, whose absence meant Nick Allen moved across to left-back. Shields had two former Consett players in their ranks, Nick Cassidy at right-back and Gary Ormston in midfield.
The first real chance of the game fell to Scott McCarthy, but Consett keeper Kyle Hayes, facing one of his old clubs, saved with his feet, and Matty Slocombe got back to clear the danger before Connor Campbell could capitalise on the rebound.
Ryan Carr was next to test Hayes as the home side took the game to their visitors, and after a good spell of pressure it was no surprise when they took the lead on 19 minutes. A deep cross found Paul Van Zandvliet at the back post, and he headed it back across goal, where it just about crossed the line after hitting the crossbar and post.
Jake Stafford fired just wide and Nick Allen brought a good stop from Shields keeper Greg Purvis as Consett responded, but right on half-time they conceded a second when they failed to deal with a corner, and Connor Campbell forced the ball home from close range.
Two minutes into the second half it was 3-0, as the visitors gave away possession cheaply in midfield and Ryan Carr hammered home a screamer from 25 yards.
When Luke Carr hit the post for Consett it looked like it might not be their night, but they reduced the arrears on 67 minutes when a free-kick was half-cleared to Calvin Smith, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner for his sixth goal of the season.
Michael Brown came on in place of Andrei-Vasile Ardelean to make his second debut for the club, two and a half years after his first, and his pace and workrate gave the attack a different dimension.
Jermaine Metz made it 3-2 in the first minute of added time when his 25-yard shot squirmed through the grasp of Purvis and crept over the line. It was the full-back’s third goal of the season, and gave Consett, who had been second-best all night, a glimmer of hope for the dying stages.
Incredibly, the Steelmen almost grabbed an unlikely point when good work by sub Ali Alshabeeb set up Ross Wilkinson, who had been pushed up front, but the big centre-half couldn’t get enough on his shot to beat Purvis.
When the final whistle went seconds later, Consett were left to reflect on what might have been, while Shields could enjoy extending their unbeaten home run to five games.
MATCH REPORT & PICTURES: GARY WELFORD
NORTH SHIELDS: 1 Greg Purvis, 2 Nick Cassidy, 3 Chris McDonald, 4 Gary Ormston, 5 Paul New, 6 Wayne Buchanan, 7 Paul Van Zandvliet (sub Cam Cunningham 33), 8 Adam Forster (captain), 9 Connor Campbell (sub Gareth Bainbridge 86) 10 Ryan Carr, 11 Scott McCarthy (sub Paul Robinson 86). Subs not used: Ben Christensen, Rhys Williams.
CONSETT: 1 Kyle Hayes, 2 Jermaine Metz, 3 Nick Allen, 4 Matty Slocombe, 5 Arjun Purewal (captain), 6 Ross Wilkinson, 7 Calvin Smith (sub Dan Hawkins 83), 8 Jake Stafford (sub Ali Alshabeeb 52), 9 Andrei-Vasile Ardelean (sub Michael Brown 78), 10 Luke Carr, 11 Dale Pearson. Subs not used: Max Russell, Joe Sloan.
|04/09/2019||7:30 pm||Northern League Division One||2019-20|