Consett returned to the play-off places in Division One East of the Northern Premier League with a fine 4-1 away win at Newton Aycliffe.
Last season’s Northern League champions took an early lead at a soggy Securicorp Stadium, but Consett replied with two goals in each half to end their recent poor run of league form in style and lift them three places to fifth.
Consett thought they had scored after 11 minutes when Jake Orrell whipped in a corner which Aycliffe keeper Daniel Cameron punched backwards towards his own goal. Dale Elgie cleared off the line, and although the Steelmen were adamant it had crossed, the referee decided it was no goal.
A minute later Cole Kiernan gave Aycliffe the lead, tapping home from close range after James Anderson had saved Jake Petitjean’s initial effort. Consett were adamant the scorer was offside, but after consulting his assistant the referee awarded a goal.
It took Consett just four minutes to level as Scott Fenwick scored with a glancing header from six yards from another Orrell corner. It was the big striker’s sixth goal of the campaign, equalling his tally for last season.
Four minutes before half-time Consett took the lead. Wil Shaw did well to hold the ball up and work space for a shot, and when the Cameron fumbled, midfielder Jake Orrell was on the spot to fire in his second goal in three games from close range.
It remained 2-1 to Consett at half-time, but Aycliffe should have levelled in the 56th minute when Kiernan had a great chance, but blazed over with the goal at his mercy.
The miss was to prove costly, as three minutes later Consett increased their lead. A long ball out of defence saw Ben Ramsey surge down the left and reach the byline, before pulling the ball back to the penalty spot.
Shaw and Fenwick seemed to get in each other’s way, but it was Wil Shaw who kept his composure to plant the ball past Cameron to make it 3-1 with his seventh goal of the season, pictured top.
Aycliffe were presented with a chance to reduce the arrears on 63 minutes when Consett skipper Matty Slocombe misjudged a challenge in the box and gave away a penalty, but Anderson saved Kiernan’s spot kick with his legs.
On 68 minutes it was game over when Consett increased their lead to 4-1. Kaleb Young swung over a corner from the right and again Aycliffe keeper Daniel Cameron somehow managed to punch the ball back towards his own goal, only this time there was no defender to spare his blushes.
Two minutes later Consett’s best move of the match saw Young, Ramsey and Shaw carve the home defence open, but Cameron atoned for his earlier blunder by preventing Fenwick from making it five.
Aycliffe had a couple of chances as they sought a lifeline back into the game, but Consett defended stoutly, and even threatened to score again themselves after bringing on their latest signing, young wide man Riley Mouat, who joined this week from Spennymoor Town.
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