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Consett v West Auckland Town



An injury-time goal from veteran striker Colin Larkin gave Consett’s season a much-needed lift tonight as they twice came from behind to secure a cup semi-final place by beating West Auckland Town 3-2.

Andy Coyles’ side put in their best performance for weeks against the same visitors who they had ground out a 1-0 win over in the league seven days earlier.

The result means Consett travel to Ashington for a Division One Cup semi-final on Tuesday 12 April – four days before they complete their league fixtures with a game against the same opponents at Belle View Stadium.

Consett were the better side in the first half, and it was against the run of play that West Auckland took the lead on 38 minutes, as Ross Wilkinson headed the ball into his own net under challenge from Gary Brown as they contested a free-kick.

A minute later Consett were level, from another set play. Jake Orrell played the ball in from the right, Wilkinson did well to keep it alive in a melee of bodies, and Alex Francis fired home from close range against one of his old clubs, pictured below.

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Alex Francis makes it 1-1 in a goalmouth scramble. Pic: Gary Welford.

However, parity lasted just three minutes, as Francis went from goalscoring hero to villain, tripping Jordan Blinco to gift West a penalty, which Arron Thompson converted.

It remained 2-1 at half-time, but Consett, whose football was much more fluid than in recent weeks, went on the attack from the start of the second half, creating chance after chance.

Dan Marriott fired just wide, David Dowson had a shot cleared off the line after the keeper dropped a corner, and Orrell’s 20-yard free-kick hit the post as the Steelmen poured forward.

The pressure was rewarded on 65 minutes when Luke Carr’s excellent pass picked out Calvin Smith‘s run to the back post, and he tucked the ball under the keeper to make it 2-2, pictured below.

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Calvin Smith finishes under the keeper to make it 2-2. Pic: Gary Welford.

There was a let-off for Consett in the 69th minute as West’s top scorer Blinco failed to convert from close range, but just as the game looked like it was heading for penalties there was one final twist.

In the first of three minutes of added time, Orrell’s corner from the right caused chaos in the West box, and Colin Larkin pounced on the loose ball, turned and fired home his 16th goal of the season to take Consett through.

  • Full match report, stats and more pictures to follow.


Date Time Competition Season
05/04/2022 7:30 pm Division One Cup 2021-22


Belle View Stadium
Belle view stadium, Delves Lane, Consett DH8 7BF, United Kingdom


West Auckland Town2Loss


Kyle Hayes Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder 65'
Darren Holden Defender
Lewis Green Midfielder
Arjun Purewal Defender
Alex Francis Midfielder 39'
Ross Wilkinson Defender 38'
Daniel Marriott Midfielder
Jake Orrell Midfielder 90+2'
David Dowson Forward
Carl Lawson Forward
Luke Carr Midfielder
Nick Cassidy Defender
Colin Larkin Forward 90+1'
James Martin Defender
Matty Slocombe Midfielder

West Auckland Town

Sam Guthrie Goalkeeper
Jamie Cobain Defender
Liam Hegarty Defender 58'
Arron Thompson Midfielder 42'
Liam Potter Defender 50'
Gary Brown Defender 13'
Ryan Wright Midfielder
Reece Noble Midfielder
Jordan Blinco Forward
Cieran Jackson Midfielder
Corey Nicholson Forward
Kyle Fryatt Forward
James Harwood Defender
Adam Mitchell Forward
Daniel Mitton Defender
Leon Scott Midfielder