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Consett get season off to a flier with four second-half goals at Kendal to make FA Cup progress

Consett got their season off to a fantastic start today as a superb second-half display saw them win 4-1 at Kendal Town in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

Manager Tony Fawcett gave full debuts to six players: goalkeeper James Anderson, defender Harvey Smith, midfielder Kaleb Young, and attackers Jack Gibbons, Wil Shaw and Ben Ramsey.

And although there were a number of players missing due to injury and other commitments, Consett still had a strong bench, including Scott Fenwick and Jake Orrell.

Kendal had already started their season and came into the game full of confidence, after winning their first two league matches – both by 1-0 scorelines.

The first 20 minutes was played at a frantic pace, with both sides hitting the woodwork. The game started to slow down as half-time approached, and the teams looked to be heading into the break level.

But in the third minute of stoppage time a poorly-judged back pass to Anderson allowed the lively Steven Yawson to intercept the ball and finish low past the keeper for 1-0.

There were no changes at the interval, but there was a noticeable change in Consett’s tempo and they were straight on the front foot and making inroads into the Kendal defence.

The reward came on 53 minutes as Gibbons set Zak Atkinson away on goal. His initial effort was superbly saved by Kendal keeper Chris Cheetham, but the No 9 was quickest to react and slotted the rebound home.

Only three minutes later, the game was completely turned around as Ben Ramsey scored a fantastic goal. The winger took the ball down on the edge of the area and turned past two defenders before slamming an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

The visitors extended their lead on 76 minutes, with Ramsey involved again. The No 11 hit an effort from the edge of the area that the keeper could only parry to the edge of the box, and sub Scott Fenwick connected on the half volley, crashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Any doubt about the result was removed two minutes from time as Scott Fenwick got his second and Consett’s fourth as he met a lovely free-kick from Orrell to head Consett into the next round, and a meeting with our old Northern League friends Penrith.

  • Full match report HERE. Picture gallery and post-match interview to follow.

Gary Welford