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Consett pay for lacklustre performance at Newton Aycliffe as old boys inflict their first league defeat in four months

A lacklustre Consett were made to pay by two old boys today as Newton Aycliffe became the first team to do a league double over them this season, after a 3-0 win at Moore Lane Park.

The Steelmen were strangely out of sorts, and were beaten in the league for the first time in nearly four months by opponents who had grabbed a last-gasp victory at Belle View in September.

This time there was nothing last-gasp about Aycliffe’s win, as they were better in every department from start to finish.

They took the lead on 19 minutes, when striker Adam Burnicle – who had a short spell at Consett a few seasons ago without getting a decent run in the first XI – found the top corner from an acute angle.

Burnicle had two more chances to increase the home side’s lead, and Consett had an amazing let-off in the 41st minute when a sliced clearance hit the post, and Kyle Hayes somehow kept the ball out.

The keeper also saved from Burnicle and Liam Jarvie as Aycliffe sought to press home their dominance, but half-time arrived with the score still 1-0.

Consett had created nothing at all in the first half, but within their first two minutes of the second they had created a half-chance for Dan Hawkins, whose shot was blocked by a defender.

Then on 59 minutes Jake Orrell’s ball was laid off by Thomas McAloon to Hawkins, who forced Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford into his first save of the afternoon.

Four minutes later there was a let-off for the visitors when striker Andrei Ardelean, who left Belle View for Moore Lane Park a couple of weeks ago, turned and hit the post with a shot which had Hayes beaten.

On 67 minutes Ardelean had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside after Hayes had saved well from Burnicle.

In the 77th minute Consett had their best chance of the game, and should have levelled. A great pass from Ross Wilkinson sent Dale Pearson – on as a sub after a couple of weeks out injured – clean through, but a superb tackle by Aaron Brown thwarted him.

The ball fell kindly for Michael Mackay, and with the healthy Consett contingent in the crowd waiting for the net to bulge, Pickford made an excellent double save from the veteran striker, pictured top, to maintain his clean sheet.

Games swing on such incidents, which was proved in the 80th minute when Hayes fumbled a long-range effort from Johnson Ballan, and Ardelean – who else? – was there to finish from close range for 2-0.

Three minutes into injury time, as Consett pushed forward looking for a goal, they got caught on the break, and Burnicle scored his second of the game to make the final score a sobering 3-0.

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Consett take control of their League Cup group with a win over Bedlington Terriers

Consett went top of Group D in the League Cup tonight with a comfortable 3-1 away win at 2nd Division Bedlington Terriers.

A dominant first-half performance laid the foundations for the victory in the Steelmen’s first visit to Dr Pit Welfare Park since April 2016.

Andrei-Ardelean opened the scoring on 15 minutes with his first goal in 10 games, controlling Jake Stafford’s ball into the box superbly before turning and shooting into the far corner.

A minute later Calvin Smith made it 2-0, firing home from the edge of the box, with his shot beating the keeper with the aid of a wicked bobble. It was the midfielder’s 9th goal of the season – his best-ever tally for the club.

Just before half-time, recent signing Jake Orrell – making his first start after being given his debut as a sub at Stockton on Saturday – made it 3-0.

Jermaine Metz was fouled out wide on the right, and with everyone waiting for Orrell to deliver the free-kick into the box, he spotted a gap at the near post, and beat the keeper from an acute angle.

Jake Orrell accepts the congratulations of his teammates after his free-kick made it 3-0.

Consett had chances to increase their lead in the second half, most notably when Ardelean rolled a shot inches wide after drawing the keeper, pictured, while Orrell hit the bar with a follow-up after unselfishly setting up Ardelean and seeing his initial effort blocked by the keeper.

Substitute Leighton Hopper grabbed a consolation goal for Bedlington in the 88th minute when a long clearance from the keeper sent him clear, and he kept his cool to fire past Kyle Hayes to make the final score 3-1.

Thomas McAloon played the full 90 minutes in his first appearance since rejoining Consett, while latest signing Wouter Verstraaten came on at half-time for his debut.

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Consett make it six points from two games by edging close game at Newcastle Benfield

Consett made it two wins from their opening two games with a 3-2 success at Newcastle Benfield tonight.

Captain Arjun Purewal gave the Steelmen the lead in the 18th minute when he powered home a header from Calvin Smith’s corner from the left.

Kyle Hayes made a couple of good saves to preserve Consett’s lead, but there was nothing he could do about Benfield’s equaliser a minute before half-time, when Dennis Knight finished from close range after the visitors’ defence failed to deal with a cross from the right.

Six minutes into the second half Consett regained the lead when Ali Alshabeeb’s cross from the right saw Darren Holden try a shot which bounced up for Andrei Ardelean to head over stranded home keeper Andrew Grainger to open his account for the club.

On 72 minutes it was 3-1 as a delightful turn and pass from Luke Carr set up Jermaine Metz, who slotted past Grainger for his first goal for the club.

Benfield made it 3-2 in the 87th minute when a quick free-kick by Richie Slaughter gave Peter Glen-Ravenhill the chance to finish low past Hayes, but the Steelmen were able to see out the game to claim all three points.

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