Consett Reserves’ first season ended in disappointment tonight when they lost 4-2 in the Wearside League Division 3 League Cup final at Belle View.
The young Steelmen, who were previously a junior side, had already clinched promotion, finishing 3rd in their league.
And they looked like they might end a memorable season with a promotion and cup double after taking a two-goal first-half lead against Chester-le-Street United Reserves.
They took the lead with a penalty by top scorer Jamie Edmunds in the 17th minute, pictured below, after Jacob Kennyford’s header struck a defender’s raised hand.
And after Kieran Scott hit the post direct from a corner, Adam Wrightson made it 2-0 in the 35th minute, racing onto a pass into the right-hand channel and beating the advancing keeper to fire home, pictured below.
Four minutes before half-time Chester-le-Street got a goal back through Benji Jackson, who finished into the bottom corner from 25 yards, to make it 2-1 at the interval.
Chester started the second half strongly, and on the hour it was all-square, as Sam Johnson beat the keeper at his near post to make it 2-2.
Consett suffered a further blow when 24-goal Edmunds had to go off after taking an accidental knee in the face as he challenged the Chester keeper, pictured below.
And on 72 minutes the visitors took the lead through Scurfield, who applied a first-time finish from a free-kick.
Consett threw the kitchen sink at their visitors as they sought an equaliser to take the game to penalties, and Chester were grateful to keeper James Hughes for two point-blank saves with an outstretched leg.
As the game entered its ninth added minute the Steelmen had one last chance after being awarded a free-kick, and even sent their keeper up for the setpiece.
But when the delivery was cleared and Chester broke quickly, Sam Johnson was left with the simple task of running the ball into the empty net to make it 4-2 with the last kick of the game.