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Keeper Kyle stars as Consett keep South Shields at bay

Goalkeeper Kyle Hayes was Consett’s star man as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at South Shields in their latest pre-season friendly tonight.

He led by example as the Steelmen fought a spirited rearguard action against a strong Mariners side, who play in the top flight of the Northern Premier League, two divisions above Consett

Hayes made a string of excellent saves to spare his team the same fate as recently promoted Stockton Town, who lost 6-1 at the 1st Cloud Arena at the weekend.

The only goal of the game, played in front of an impressive crowd of 1,012, came five minutes before half-time, when Consett cheaply conceded possession deep in their own half.

Callum Ross took the ball off Carl Lawson and played through the in-form Darius Osei, who slid the ball under Hayes for his third goal in two games.

It wasn’t quite one-way traffic, with Dale Pearson, Matty Slocombe and Jermaine Metz all having decent chances in the first half – the latter’s deflected shot hitting the top of the bar.

That one mistake aside, Consett defended well as they were forced to keep their discipline and shape for long spells of the game.

Shields began to lay siege to their visitors’ goal after Consett made a raft of substitutions from the hour mark onwards, but Hayes’ heroics and some determined defending by those in front of him meant the hosts had to settle for 1-0.

Consett’s final pre-season friendly is this Saturday, 24 July, when they entertain another Northern Premier League side, Workington, at Belle View Stadium.

Kick-off is 3pm, and admission costs for £5 for adults/£3 for concessions/£1 for under-16s.

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Consett will visit South Shields as part of pre-season schedule

Consett AFC will pay a visit to ambitious South Shields FC as part of their preparations for the 2021-22 season.

The Steelmen will play a friendly at the 1st Cloud Arena on Tuesday 20 July, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

A match against The Pitch In Northern Premier League side will be a tough test for Terry Mitchell’s team.

Our last visit to what was Mariners Park came prior to the 2018-19 season, when Chris Moore’s Steelmen lost 2-1.

This friendly fixture could pit us against ex-Consett player Wouter Verstraaten, who is part of Graham Fenton’s squad.

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Wouter Verstraaten, now of South Shields, in action for Consett against Hebburn.

South Shields have enjoyed several years of success, until the pandemic brought their momentum to a halt.

After winning a quadruple, including the FA Vase and Northern League title, in 2016-17, they won the NPL Division One North the following season.

In 2018-19 they reached the NPL Premier Division play-offs, narrowly losing to Warrington Town in the final.

When 2019-20 was declared null and void they were 12 points clear at the top of the NPL Premier table.

The decision denied them a fourth promotion in five years, and they tried an unsuccessful legal challenge.

In 2020-21 they managed to play just nine league games before the season was curtailed.

However, they enjoyed a club record run to the FA Cup 1st Round, before losing to League One Cheltenham Town

South Shields are the second NPL opponents we will face in pre-season; Morpeth Town will visit Belle View on Tuesday July 6.

More pre-season games will be announced as we confirm them.