Consett edged closer to Northern League leaders Hebburn Town after a fine second-half performance saw them extend their unbeaten run to 10 games with a 5-1 win over Seaham Red Star. The result left the Steelmen only four points behind the long-time leaders, but they didn’t have it all their own way, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, at a foggy, freezing Belle View.
Darren Holden gave them a slightly fortunate lead after just five minutes, when his deep left-wing cross deceived the keeper and went in off the far post.
Seaham, who came into the game second-bottom of the table, responded well, creating two good chances. First, on seven minutes, a good break gave Richard Coulson a good chance, but he fired wide. Then on 15 minutes Coulson had another clear sight of goal, and this time it took a good save from home keeper Kyle Hayes, diving low to his right, to deny him.
Dale Pearson had a chance to double Consett’s lead in the 29th minute when Seaham keeper Chris Bannon parried Luke Carr’s shot, but his follow-up hit the post.
The visitors deservedly equalised in the 36th minute when big striker Dan Wilson took a pass from right-back Scott Young down on his chest, outmuscled his marker, and finished at the near post from inside the six-yard box.
All too often Consett were being let down by their final pass, and the scoreline remained 1-1 at half-time only thanks to skipper Arjun Purewal, who made a superb last-ditch challenge, deflecting the ball out for a corner, as Wilson looked set to grab a second goal for Seaham four minutes before the break.
Consett came out for the second half with much more purpose, and were back in front within a minute of the restart. The ball was moved out wide to Pearson on the left, and his cross was perfect for Calvin Smith to finish from six yards. It was the midfielder’s 13th goal of the season – his best-ever tally for the club – and he needs only two more to join the exclusive club who have scored 50 or more in our colours.
Top scorer Pearson looked in the mood to add to his 19-goal tally, and almost did so in the 49th minute, when his left-footed effort from Ali Alshabeeb’s pass just cleared the bar. Six minutes later Pearson had another chance when he played a one-two with Jake Orrell, but again his shot missed the target.
The chances continued to come for the No 9. On 66 minutes he received a short corner from Carr, only to see his pile-driver blocked by Scott Young, and a minute later Bannon stood up well to save from the striker at the end of a good flowing move.
Consett were playing much better now, and in the 71st minute they got their reward when they went 3-1 up. Orrell was the creator, picking out Pearson’s run for the No 9 to fire home his 20th goal of the season from a few yards out.
Two minutes later it was 4-1, as an almost identical move saw Carr’s cross find Holden’s run into the box, for the left-back’s second goal of the game.
The scoring was completed in the 80th minute when an excellent piece of play saw substitute Andrei-Vasile Ardelean collect the ball on halfway, turn his man and slide through a pass which left Pearson with only the keeper to beat. He duly obliged, pictured top, for his 21st goal in 21 games for the club.
Pearson almost completed his hat-trick right at the end when Max Russell, on as a sub after returning from injury, gave him a clear sight at goal, but his left-footed shot flew just over the bar. A sixth goal would have given Consett their best win of the season, but 5-1 will do nicely, particularly after that stuttering opening half.
MATCH REPORT & PICTURES: GARY WELFORD
CONSETT: 1 Kyle Hayes, 2 Jermaine Metz, 3 Darren Holden, 4 Matty Slocombe, 5 Arjun Purewal (captain), 6 Nick Allen (sub Ross Wilkinson 56), 7 Jake Orrell, 8 Calvin Smith (sub Max Russell 69), 9 Dale Pearson, 10 Luke Carr, 11 Ali Alshabeeb (sub Andrei-Vasile Ardelean 78). Subs not used: Michael Brown, Thomas McAloon.
SEAHAM RED STAR: 1 Chris Bannon, 2 Scott Young, 3 Joe Hailes, 4 Matthew Wade, 5 Liam Gillesphey, 6 Paul Weldon, 7 Sean McRoberts (sub Morgan Dart 81), 8 Paul Gardiner, 9 Dan Wilson, 10 David Robinson (captain), (sub Mark Waite 81) 11 Richard Coulson (sub Michael Chilton 81). Sub not used: Anthony Myers.
|19/11/2019||7:30 pm||Northern League Division One||2019-20|