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Consett in the pink after beating Spennymoor Town in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett gave their new pink third strip a perfect debut tonight when they beat Spennymoor Town 2-1 in the Durham Challenge Cup at a blustery Belle View.

The Steelmen had one of the toughest ties of the 1st Round against their former Northern League rivals – now fling high in the National League North.

But a goal in each half was enough to ensure Tony Fawcett’s side progressed to the next round, despite a late Moors fightback.

Consett had a strong wind at their back in the first half, and took the lead on 26 minutes with a route one goal.

Keeper James Anderson launched a huge clearance downfield, and indecision between Spennymoor’s keeper and one of his defenders allowed Ben Ramsey to steal in, round the keeper and tap in for 1-0, pictured below.

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Ben Ramsey rounds the Spennymoor keeper to tap in Consett’s first goal. Pic: Keith Marley.

Ten minutes later Consett had a big penalty shout when Scott Fenwick went down under challenge as he chased a ball into the box, but the referee waved the appeals away.

The second half saw Spennymoor make an attacking change by bringing on their top scorer Glen Taylor, but it was Consett who got the game’s vital second goal.

Sub Jack Gibbons, who’d only been on the pitch two minutes, won a free-kick by running at the visiting defence and drawing a foul from right-back Hari Bondarenko, winning a free-kick and earning the No 2 a booking.

Up stepped Jake Orrell, who sent a superb free-kick into the far top corner, which had the keeper grasping at thin air, pictured below.

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Jake Orrell’s free-kick beats the Spennymoor keeper for Consett’s second goal. Pic: Kenny taylor

Spennymoor did show their attacking teeth and last, and Glen Taylor pulled a goal back in the 81st minute when he headed in a free-kick from a few yards out.

Moors threw men forward in an attempt to force a late equaliser which would have meant a penalty shoot-out, but it was Consett who came closest to scoring again, when Fenwick’s lob over Ryan Johnson just failed to clear the keeper’s fingertips.

It mattered not, because the Steelmen saw the game out comfortably to claim their place in the 2nd Round after knocking out last year’s county cup runners-up.

  • Full match report, picture gallery, stats, and goal highlights to follow.

Gary Welford