Four-goal Dale is the Main man as Consett put on five-star show v Maltby to make FA Vase progress

Dale Pearson grabbed the headlines today as Consett beat Maltby Main 5-0 in a behind-closed-doors FA Vase 2nd Round game at Belle View Stadium.

He scored the first four goals in his best game for the club, and Jermaine Metz added a superb fifth right at the death to ease the Steelmen past their North Counties East League opponents.

The South Yorkshire side were well organised and defended well, and it took the Steelmen until the 33rd minute to open the scoring.

Matty Cornish played a ball into the left-hand channel, and Pearson lashed a powerful shot in off the near post from just inside the penalty area.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, but Pearson almost doubled his tally within a couple of minutes of the restart, only to be denied by goalkeeper James Pollard, while Calvin Smith’s header crashed back off the bar.

Just before the hour, Consett were grateful to Kyle Hayes for two good saves in a minute, first from Connor Cutts and then Bradley Beatson, and their importance was shown when Consett took complete control of the game with two goals in as many minutes.

They doubled their lead on 59 minutes when they broke quickly from their own half, Darren Holden feeding the ball to Jake Orrell, whose pass found Pearson, and the No. 9 chipped the advancing keeper.

A minute later Pearson had his hat-trick after Jermaine Metz beat the keeper to Orrell’s searching pass and lobbed it over him, for the big striker to finish from a couple of yards out.

In the 86th minute Pearson made it 4-0, taking a pass from skipper Arjun Purewal and turning his man before calmly finishing past the keeper.

And Pearson had a hand in probably the best goal of the game, supplying the pass which Metz smashed home with his left foot from 25 yards with literally the last kick of the game.

The final scoreline of 5-0 was perhaps a little harsh on the visitors, who were very much in the game for an hour, but they were unlucky to find Consett at their most clinical when it mattered.

The draw for the 3rd Round is being held on Monday, and Consett will be hoping to avoid fellow Northern League clubs Stockton and West Auckland, who also progressed today, along with the winners of the Hebburn v North Shields tie, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Two more Northern League clubs, Ryhope CW and Jarrow FC, will also be in the hat after their home ties also fell victim to the weather. They will play them on December 12.

Gary Welford