West Auckland Town v Consett

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Consett exited the Durham Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage tonight after yet another defeat at their bogey ground, West Auckland.

Tony Fawcett’s side dominated large parts of the game against their former Northern League rivals, and created many more chances than their hosts, but somehow lost 2-0.

It means the Steelmen’s miserable recent record at Darlington Road continues, with just one win in our last 11 visits since a 3-2 extra time victory in the county cup in 2011-12.

The manager made two changes to the side which beat Grimsby Borough three days earlier, with Wil Shaw and Jack Gibbons returning to the starting XI in place of Matty Slocombe and Scott Fenwick. With the skipper on the bench, Ryan McKinnon took the captain’s armband.

Consett had enough chances to win two games, but some less-than-clinical finishing, good saves by West goalkeeper Nick Liversedge and no-nonsense defending by a back four superbly marshalled by Gary Brown meant they headed back down the A68 disappointed yet again.

Liversedge was by far the busier keeper, saving from Jack Gibbons and Zak Atkinson inside the first five minutes as Consett, kicking up the slope, took the game to their hosts.

On eight minutes one-time Consett man Corey Nicholson had a half chance for West, but put his snapshot wide of the right-hand post. Then James Harrison tested James Anderson in the Consett goal, but it was a routine save.

Josh Baggs blazed well over as Consett continued to press for an opener, but on 15 minutes they found themselves behind when a corner was half-cleared to the edge of the box and Josh Scott volleyed home to make it 1-0.

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Josh Scott takes a swing at a half-cleared corner to make it 1-0 to West Auckland. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett responded well to falling behind; Liversedge made a good save from Kaleb Young’s perfectly-struck volley, Ryan McKinnon sent a close-range effort over the bar, Ben Ramsey fired just over after being played in by Shaw.

The Steelmen weren’t so much knocking as hammering on the door for an equaliser, and Shaw saw a goalbound effort deflected wide by a teammate on the ground.
Their best chance came a minute before half-time when Gibbons ran on to a flick-on from Anderson’s kick, but Liversedge was off his line quickly to smother his shot on the edge of the area.

Half-time: West Auckland Town 1 Consett 0

The interval arrived with West somehow leading, and the second half continued in the same vein, with Liversedge tipping over an effort from Ben Ramsey which looked destined for the top corner after his poor clearance fell to the wide man.

On 53 minutes Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a clumsy challenge on Shaw turned down, and Jake Orrell sent a free-kick just over the bar in the 62nd minute as the visitors continued to press.

But they were hit by a sucker punch five minutes later when Harrison set up former Consett midfielder Lee Hume, who found the bottom corner from just inside the box to make it 2-0.

Atkinson headed over from a superb Josh Baggs cross when he seemed certain to score, and Scott Fenwick hit the outside of the post from 20 yards after cutting in from the left flank as Consett continued to make chances.

When the final whistle left Consett couldn’t quite believe they had lost, but it was one of those nights when the ball just wouldn’t go in, and they are left to concentrate on their pursuit of a place in the Northern Premier League play-offs…

Details

Date Time Competition Season
12/12/2023 7:30 pm Durham Challenge Cup 2023-24

Ground

Wanted Stadium
Darlington Road, West Auckland, County Durham. DL14 9AQ

Results

ClubGoalsOutcome
West Auckland Town2Win
Consett0Loss

West Auckland Town

Nick Liversedge Goalkeeper 80'
Ben Dale Defender
Joey Hope Defender
Charlie Wood Midfielder
Gary Brown Defender
Liam Potter Defender
James Harrison Midfielder
Lee Hume Midfielder
Josh Scott Forward
Jordan Blinco Forward
Charlie Herron 75'
Corey Nicholson Midfielder
Kieran McWaters
Kenny Shevels

Consett

James Anderson Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Josh Baggs Defender
Jake Orrell Midfielder
Matty Slocombe Midfielder
Ryan McKinnon Defender
Arjun Purewal Defender
Jack Gibbons Midfielder
Scott Fenwick Forward
Kaleb Young Midfielder
Zak Atkinson Forward
Adam Mitchell Midfielder
Wil Shaw Midfielder
Ben Ramsey Midfielder
Kieran Scott Midfielder
Luke Spoor Goalkeeper