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Depleted Consett bow out of the Durham Challenge Cup to Shildon

A much-changed Consett side suffered a cup knockout for the second time in four days tonight, beaten 3-0 at home by Shildon.

The Steelmen’s starting XI for the Frank Pattison Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round tie showed seven changes from the side which took to the field against Wythenshawe Town at the weekend.

They were without skipper Arjun Purewal, top scorer Dale Pearson and utility man James Martin through injury, while Kyle Hayes, Jermaine Metz, Luke Carr and Colin Larkin dropped to the bench.

That meant starts for Ross Coombe, Lewis Green, Nick Cassidy, Nick Allen, Ross Wilkinson, Stephen Callen and Dan Marriott, with Darren Holden, Calvin Smith, Matty Slocombe and captain-for-the-night Jake Orrell the only survivors from Saturday.

Shildon, who now play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a level above their hosts, included two Consett old boys in Danny Craggs and Michael Sweet.

It took a superb save from Coombe to deny Craggs a goal on his return to Belle View Stadium, the keeper showing unbelievable reactions to keep out his close-range header in the 19th minute.

But there was nothing he could do to prevent Billy Greulich-Smith, so often a thorn in Consett’s side, from opening the scoring on 21 minutes, heading home Kurt Matthews’ cross from the right.

Marauding right-back Aidan Heywood doubled Shildon’s lead on 33 minutes with a lovely curling finish from the edge of the area, and it remained 2-0 at half-time.

Consett came out strongly at the start of the second half, with Callen denied at the near post by keeper Matty Bateman, and Wilkinson inches away from turning in Orrell’s inswinging free-kick.

But it was game, set and match to the visitors on 58 minutes when Michael Sweet made it 3-0, slotting home a penalty after Allen had fouled Heywood just inside in the box.

Slocombe had a well-struck drive saved by the keeper and put a header just wide from Orrell’s corner as Consett sought a consolation goal, but it wasn’t to be, and it was Shildon who advance to the last eight of the county cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Gary Welford