Consett edge past Easington Colliery into last eight of Durham Challenge Cup

Consett progressed to the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup tonight with a narrow 2-1 win over Easington Colliery.

With their Welfare Park pitch unplayable, the Northern League 2nd Division side switched the game to Belle View Stadium at short notice, but didn’t allow the Steelmen any home comforts.

Consett took the lead in first-half injury time when Jake Orrell’s cross from a recycled corner picked out Arjun Purewal to head home.

Arjun Purewal heads Consett in front on the stroke of half-time. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

There was a controversial incident four minutes into the second half when Easington striker James Fairley latched onto an under-hit back pass and tried to lob James Anderson.

The ball hit the keeper outside his penalty area, and with Easington screaming for a handball, the referee decided it had hit his chest and waved play on.

Anderson made a couple of vital saves as the visitors pressed hard for an equaliser, but there was little he could do when they levelled in the 80th minute through substitute Tom Hunter.

Consett’s response was immediate, and within a minute they gad regained the lead. The ball was fed out wide to Ben Ramsey on the left, and his low cross found Wil Shaw.

The striker’s initial shot was saved by the keeper, but he drilled home the rebound for his 10th goal of the season to make it 2-1.

Wil Shaw makes it 2-1 to Consett, a minute after Easington levelled. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

The draw for the next round is due to be made on Friday, but Consett will almost certainly face a wait to find out their opponents, as the other four ties scheduled to be played tonight were postponed.

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

Gary Welford