Consett got their Northern League campaign off to a winning start today, beating a dogged Seaham Red Star 3-1 at Belle View Stadium.
Wearing their new red and black away kit, the Steelmen gave debuts to two of their new signings, left-back Charlie Exley and midfielder Callum Guy.
Both did well, and Guy turned out to be one of the key men in the game, which saw Consett take the lead, pegged back, then take three points with an impressive second-half display.
The game was preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of all those friends and family members we’ve lost in the last 18 months, particularly Steven Clark, who died this year. A Consett AFC shirt was presented to his son, pictured below, and,at his family’s request, a collection held in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The game got off to a tentative start, with both sides sounding each other out, and the first chance fell Consett’s way after 10 minutes, when, after a patient build-up, Exley fired wide from an acute angle.
On 18 minutes the Steelmen went even closer when Guy’s effort from the edge of the box was deflected just wide.
Consett opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Carl Lawson took Calvin Smith’s crossfield ball down on his chest, turned, and smashed an unstoppable effort in off the bar from 22 yards, pictured below.
Seaham players and staff were incensed, claiming he had handled the ball, but the referee was having none of it and the goal stood.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Seaham equalised two minutes later, with right-back Jordan Patterson getting on the end of Lee Kerr’s cross to glance in a header.
The goal signalled the start of a good spell for the visitors, and on 33 minutes they had the ball in the net again, but this time it was ruled out by the linesman’s flag.
Six minutes before half-time Consett almost restored their lead, when Jake Orrell played in Luke Carr, whose dinked effort was saved by Seaham keeper Andrew Jennison, and centre-back Max Nelson cleared the loose ball before Dale Pearson could take advantage.
Half-time: Consett 1 Seaham Red Star 1
There were no changes at the break, and Consett had the first chance of the second half, with Ross Wilkinson stooping low to get his head to Carr’s floated free-kick from the right, but the connection wasn’t enough to trouble the keeper.
On 51 minutes Smith – playing, unusually, as a conventional centre-back – picked up Consett’s first yellow card of the season, for a foul on the halfway line.
A minute later the Steelmen were grateful to keeper Kyle Hayes for saving with his feet from Adam Lennox, in what turned out to be Seaham’s best chance of the half.
The visitors’ veteran midfielder Lee Kerr then hit a shot which was heading for the top corner, but Hayes read it all the way and made a comfortable save.
On 58 minutes Consett were forced into a change when Wilkinson limped off after a late challenge which earned Seaham midfielder Mark Robinson a yellow card. The big centre-half was replaced by Arjun Purewal, who took the captain’s armband from Carr.
Five minutes later the home side regained the lead with a fine goal. Guy started the move in midfield, spraying the ball out wide for Pearson.
The No.9 made for the byline before pulling the ball back for Callum Guy, who had continued his run into the box, to finish from 10 yards, firing into the roof of the net for 2-1, pictured below.
Consett’s tails were up, and Lawson, Pearson and Exley all had chances to increase the lead before they scored a third goal to clinch the game in the 79th minute.
This time Guy returned the favour for Dale Pearson, setting up the striker to score from eight yards after seeing the Seaham keeper save his initial effort.
The final score could have been more. Jennison made an excellent save from Orrell, who burst clean through after robbing Kerr in midfield, and sub Dan Marriott curled an effort just wide after Orrell turned provider.
But manager Terry Mitchell was happy enough to get three points on the board, ahead of a week in which his side faces two tricky away games, in the league at Northallerton on Wednesday, then the FA Cup at Whickham on Friday.
|31/07/2021||3:00 pm||Northern League Division One||2021-22|