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Consett edge past Crook Town in the fog to get their pre-season up and running

Consett got their pre-season preparations up and running tonight with a 3-2 win over Crook Town at a very foggy Belle View Stadium.

They took a two-goal first-half lead, but were pegged back to 2-2 before grabbing a spectacular winner late in the game, which was somewhat lucky to get finished.

The Steelmen took the lead on 27 minutes when Dan Capewell brought the ball out of defence and played a fine through ball to Stephen Hall, a recent signing from Birtley Town. The big striker kept his cool to slot past the keeper for 1-0.

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Stephen Hall celebrates opening his goal account for Consett. Pic by Gary Welford.

Ben Ramsey almost doubled their advantage with a 20-yard strike, which Crook keeper James Barron saved well, and from the resulting corner Capewell went close, powering a header just wide.

On 38 minutes Consett did get a second goal, and this time it was a fine individual effort from Ben Ramsey, who picked up possession on the right, drove forward and unleashed a dipping effort which went in off the underside of the bar.

Capewell almost made it three with a right-footed volley, but was denied by a fine one-handed save by Barron, and the scoreline remained 2-0 at half-time.

Both sides rung the changes for the second half, with Consett making five substitutions, bringing on Jake Jensen, Adam Lennox and three trialists, including a young goalkeeper.

The Northern League side reduced the arrears in the 64th minute when Kurt Matthews headed home a right-wing cross.

And seven minutes later it was all-square after another Crook raid down the right saw Ethan Bewley fire in from 12 yards.

But the last word went to Consett, and they grabbed the winner in the 75th minute when their trialist right-back advanced down the flank, played a one-two with Adam Lennox, and found the top corner from 20 yards.

  • Consett’s next friendly is on Saturday, when they entertain National League North side Spennymoor Town at 3pm. Admission is by cash only at the turnstile, priced £7 for adults, £5 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.

Gary Welford