Consett can look forward to their first FA Vase 5th Round appearance in 12 years after beating Lutterworth Town 3-1 today at a gale-lashed Belle View.
The winds which battered the town were so strong – gusts of 50-60mph at times – that the referee agreed to delay kick-off for an hour to let them subside a little.
And though the United Counties League side from Leicestershire had their moments, they couldn’t cope with the home side’s attackers once they got into their stride.
Luke Carr gave Consett the lead in the 38th minute when he picked up possession 25 yards out and fired home an unstoppable shot for his 12th goal of the season.
Despite kicking into the fierce wind in the second half, Consett doubled their lead in the 61st minute when a flowing move was finished by left-back Darren Holden, who cut in from the flank and dinked the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.
Lutterworth didn’t give up, and in the 73rd minute reduced the deficit with a Kade Lewis penalty after Ross Wilkinson had fouled Jordan Small.
But Consett went straight back on the attack, and skipper Arjun Purewal had a header cleared off the line, while Calvin Smith and Dale Pearson both had efforts saved.
The clincher came in the 86th minute when Jake Orrell’s pass sent Pearson clear, but instead of going for goal the Steelmen’s top scorer unselfishly squared the ball for Ali Alshabeeb to finish from six yards and make the final score 3-1.
The only negative note to the day, when a crowd of 392 braved awful conditions to watch a full-blooded cup tie, was the yellow card for Ross Wilkinson which accompanied Lutterworth’s penalty.
It was the big centre-back’s second booking in the competition this season, and means he will miss the 5th Round – the first time since 2008 and only the second time ever that Consett have reached this stage.