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Ramsey makes a good first impression as Consett hit Shildon for six in their second friendly

Summer signing Ben Ramsey, pictured top, introduced himself to Consett fans in style tonight as the Steelmen won their second friendly, beating Shildon 6-1.

The pacey wide man scored twice and had a hand in another goal as Tony Fawcett’s side derailed the Railwaymen’s preparations for life back in the Northern League.

The two teams were rivals in the Northern Premier League Division One East last season, but while Consett finished 13th, Shildon were relegated.

Consett took the lead on 28 minutes when a trialist striker robbed Shildon’s last defender of possession and drove into the penalty area, keeping his cool to fire past Foden for 1-0.

On 35 minutes it was 2-0 when Baggs went on another surging run down the left and crossed for Ben Ramsey to finish from close range, pictured below, on his first appearance for the club.

And right on half-time Consett made it 3-0 when good work by Adam Mitchell and Ramsey sent Jake Orrell down the left flank, and his low cross was diverted past his own keeper by Alex White.

Consett made a raft of changes at the break, with only Baggs and Ramsey remaining from the side which started the game, and on 52 minutes Ben Ramsey had a second goal when Orrell’s pass picked out his run through the middle and he finished with aplomb.

Shildon pulled a goal back on 57 minutes with a superb 25-yard free-kick from Jon Weirs, which curled into the top corner, giving Consett’s trialist second-half keeper no chance.

But on 75 minutes the visitors’ four-goal lead was restored when Dan Capewell, deployed in a forward role after coming back on as a sub, robbed Foden of possession as he dallied with the ball at his feet and blasted the ball into the empty net for 5-1.

It was Foden’s last involvement, as he was substituted straight after the goal, but his replacement almost conceded in similar fashion, only for a defender to deny Capewell at the expense of a corner.

From the resulting flag-kick the sub keeper somehow kept out a thunderous header from Ryan McKinnon, pushing the ball up and onto the top of the bar.

But there was nothing he could do about the sixth goal in the 86th minute, when a flowing move ended with Orrell pulling the ball back from the byline for Wil Shaw to finish from six yards for his second goal in two games.

  • Full match report, more pictures and video highlights HERE.
  • Consett’s next pre-season fixture is on Saturday 15 July, when they entertain West Auckland Town in a 3pm KO at Belle View Stadium.

Gary Welford