Consett are still unbeaten after four pre-season games – but had to make do with a draw in their latest friendly at Heaton Stannington.
The Steelmen had the bulk of possession and the better chances, but the match at a rain-soaked Grounsell Park ended 0-0.
After a cagey opening 20 minutes the first real chance fell to Consett midfielder Calvin Smith on 21 minutes, but his well-struck effort from the edge of the box was turned onto the post by Stan keeper Jonny Ball.
Two minutes later Darren Holden’s cross from the left picked out Andrei Ardelean, and although the striker took the ball down and turned well, his effort was wide of the right-hand post.
Right-back Jermaine Metz was getting forward well for Consett, and he struck a left-footed shot wide of the far post, and then dragged another effort wide of the same post after good approach play by Holden and Dan Hawkins.
The last action of the first half saw Ardelean and Ali Alshabeeb combine well to set up a trialist striker, but his 20-yarder was too high, and the interval was reached with the game goalless.
Consett’s dominance in the opening 45 minutes was such that keeper Kyle Hayes was virtually a bystander, but the second half was a different story, and as the incessant drizzle became torrential rain at times, the game began to open up.
Five minutes into the half a free-kick skidded in from the right and was cleared off the line by Consett skipper Arjun Purewal, and three minutes Liam Anderson hit a dipping volley just over the bar as the home side at last began to create chances.
On 56 minutes Hayes was called into action for the first time, saving well from Anderson, before making an excellent reaction save five minutes later from a well-struck Joe Kerridge snapshot.
The game threatened to boil over on 81 minutes when the referee asked the home bench to substitute one of their players after an ugly challenge close to the dugouts which left Consett’s trialist left-back on the ground.
Another Consett trialist was thwarted by a good save from the Stan’s substitute goalkeeper Joe Brook, who rushed out quickly to narrow the angle, while at the other end regan Paterson was off target with a back-post header.
The nearest the game came to a goal was in the 88th minute, when Consett striker Michael Brown, who impressed again in another cameo appearance off the bench, got on the end of an excellent (David Brown) cross from the left, only to be denied by a superb point-blank save by Brook.
MATCH REPORT & PICTURES: GARY WELFORD
HEATON STANNINGTON: 1 Jonny Ball (sub Joe Brook 46), 2 Ross Simpson, 3 Dan Sayer, 4 Jordan Ray, 5 Michael Hall, 6 Ryan Bailey, 7 William Walker, 8 Thibault Charmey (captain), 9 Andrew Robertson, 10 Liam Anderson, 11 Regan Paterson. Subs used: 12 Joe Blackbourne, 13 Joshua Holland, 14 Ali Stoddart, 15 Usman Ogidan, 16 Joe Kerridge, 17 Dean Imray.
CONSETT: 1 Kyle Hayes, 2 Jermaine Metz (sub Nick Allen 46), 3 Darren Holden (sub Trialist 2 46), 4 Jake Stafford, 5 Ross Wilkinson (sub Adam Male 77), 6 Arjun Purewal (captain), 7 Dan Hawkins (sub Matty Slocombe 46), 8 Calvin Smith, 9 Andrei Ardelean (sub Michael Brown 66), 10 Ali Alshabeeb (sub Trialist 3 66), 11 Trialist 1 (sub Trialist 4 66). Sub not used: Jack Brown (GK)
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