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Consett ease into the last eight of the Durham Challenge Cup at a frosty Belle View

Consett extended their unbeaten run to 14 games as they eased into the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 5-0 win over Esh Winning at a frosty Belle View.

The starting XI saw manager Terry Mitchell give four members of his squad much-needed playing time, plus a debut to young goalkeeper Josh Wilson.

He was repaid with a professional performance which saw his side sweep into an early two-goal lead against their 2nd Division opponents, and never relinquish control of the game.

Striker Andrei-Vasile Ardelean, given his first start in nine games, repaid the manager’s faith by opening the scoring on 10 minutes, firing home from eight yards after the visitors’ defence failed to deal with Luke Carr’s corner.

Two minutes later the Steelmen were firmly in control as Luke Carr fired a 22-yard free-kick into the top corner to make it 2-0.

Six minutes before half-time Carr struck again, taking his goals tally for the season to 11. He drifted in from the right and went past two defenders before unleashing a left-footed shot which gave the keeper no chance.

On 62 minutes a driving run took Wouter Verstraaten into the penalty area, and when he found his path to goal blocked he laid the ball off to Dale Pearson, who despatched it into the bottom corner for his 27th goal of the season.

And on 64 minutes the scoring was complete when Andrei-Vasile Ardelean got his second goal of the night, pictured, and his eighth of the campaign, after Verstraaten’s pass opened up the Esh defence.

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Consett move to within four points of leaders after good second-half sees them overpower stubborn Seaham

Consett edged closer to Northern League leaders Hebburn Town tonight after a fine second-half performance saw them extend their unbeaten run to 10 games with a 5-1 win over Seaham Red Star.

The Steelmen are now only four points behind the long-time leaders, but they didn’t have it all their own way, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, at a foggy, freezing Belle View.

Darren Holden gave them a slightly fortunate lead after just five minutes, when his deep left-wing cross deceived the keeper and went in off the far post.

Dale Pearson had a chance to double the lead in the 29th minute when Seaham keeper Chris Bannon parried Luke Carr’s shot, but his follow-up hit the post.

The visitors, who’d had a couple of chances themselves, deservedly equalised in the 36th minute when big striker Dan Wilson chested down a pass, outmuscled his marker, and finished at the near post.

All too often Consett were let down by their final pass, and the scoreline remained 1-1 at half-time only thanks to skipper Arjun Purewal, who made a superb last-ditch challenge as Wilson looked set to grab a second goal for Seaham four minutes before the break.

Consett came out for the second half with much more purpose, and were back in front within a minute of kick-off. The ball was moved out wide to Pearson on the left, and his cross was perfect for Calvin Smith to finish from six yards.

Calvin Smith gets on the end of Dale Pearson’s cross to make it 2-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was the midfielder’s 13th goal of the season – his best-ever tally for the club – and he needs only two more to join the exclusive club who have scored 50 or more in our colours.

Consett were playing much better now, and in the 71st minute they got their reward when they went 3-1 up. Jake Orrell was the creator this time, picking out Pearson’s run for the No 9 to fire home his 20th goal of the season from a few yards out.

Two minutes later it was 4-1, as an almost identical move saw Carr’s cross find Holden’s run into the box, for the left-back’s second goal of the game.

The scoring was completed in the 80th minute when an excellent piece of play saw substitute Andrei-Vasile Ardelean collect the ball on halfway, turn his man and slide through a pass which left Pearson with only the keeper to beat. He duly obliged, pictured top, for his 21st goal in 21 games for the club.

Pearson almost completed his hat-trick right at the end when Max Russell, on as a sub after returning from injury, gave him a clear sight at goal, but his left-footed shot flew just over the bar.

A sixth goal would have given Consett their best win of the season, but 5-1 will do nicely, particularly after that stuttering opening half.

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Consett top their League Cup group with a 100% record on a night of firsts at Brandon

Consett eased into the knockout stage of the League Cup as they beat Brandon United on a night of firsts – one of them unwanted.

It was the Steelmen’s first visit to the Welfare Ground in 15 years, and they won 5-0 to top Group D with a 100% record, with four wins from four games.

Michael Brown made his first start for the club, and scored his first goal, while Dan Hawkins got his first goal in more than two years after recovering from a career-threatening injury.

But Matty Slocombe also made history of the unwanted kind, becoming the first Consett player ever sent to the sin bin, for dissent to the referee late in the game.

The hosts made things hard for their visitors in the first half an hour, working hard and denying them space. Their best chance came in the 28th minute, when Calvin Smith hit a superb effort from 25 yards, which young keeper Callum Simms touched onto and over the bar.

But the midfielder, who is enjoying his best-ever season in front of goal, was not to be denied, and broke the deadlock a minute later, firing in from eight yards after Andrei-Vasile Ardelean had headed down Jake Stafford’s corner. It was Smith’s 11th goal of the season.

Three minutes later it was 2-0, as Dan Hawkins cut in from the left and fired past the keeper, with the aid of a deflection.

It was the midfielder’s first goal since August 2017, when he scored in a 4-3 win at Stockton Town, though he has spent much of the intervening time injured.

It remained 2-0 at half-time, but within nine minutes of the restart it was three, as Hawkins turned provider for Michael Brown to lash home his first senior goal for the club on his first competitive start.

It was Brown’s last part in the game, as he was replaced by Dale Pearson, and the big striker made it 4-0 in the 77th minute, firing in left-footed after a free-kick from fellow sub Jake Orrell. The goal was Pearson 11th in his last nine games, making him joint-top scorer.

Slocombe, who had come on for Smith at half-time, earned his dubious place in club history in the 84th minute, when he was sin-binned for dissent after contesting the award of a free-kick against him a little too vigorously with the referee.

But the 10 men of Consett made it 5-0 in the 87th minute when Orrell’s cross from the left saw Andrei-Vasile Ardelean volley in from six yards to complete the scoring.

Pearson’s late winner gives Consett the edge over Thornaby in seven-goal League Cup thriller

Dale Pearson’s ninth goal in his last seven games gave Consett a 4-3 win over Thornaby in a cracking League Cup encounter at Belle View Stadium tonight.

The victory means that with one game still to play, the Steelmen are virtually assured of progressing to the knockout stage of the competition.

They had to come from behind twice to claim the three points in the Group D game, with the Teessiders leading twice in the first half.

The visitors opened the scoring after just three minutes when Consett went to sleep at a throw-in. The ball was crossed in deep from the right, headed back into the middle, where Thornaby captain Joe Scaife-Wheatley was on hand to make it 1-0.

It took just four minutes for Consett to level, as Thornaby failed to deal with a corner, and Andrei-Vasile Ardelean headed in from close range to make it 1-1.

It was a good, open game, with both sides intent on attacking, and Pearson almost gave Consett the lead with a cross from the left which caught on the breeze and hit the bar.

Nick Allen almost scored in the 21st minute with a fine acrobatic effort from a left-wing cross, but Thornaby keeper Adrian Beblowski pulled off a superb save, diving low to his right to scoop the ball away.

On the half-hour the keeper then saved well from Pearson, and Consett penalty claims were waved away as Ali Alshabeeb appeared to be fouled as he prepared to finish the loose ball.

Seconds later the Steelmen were behind again, as a swift counter-attack saw Thornaby striker Daniel Chapman make it 2-1.

A minute before half-time it was all square again, as Alshabeeb found Luke Carr at the end of a mazy dribble, and the No 10 finished into the bottom corner.

The first minute of added time saw Consett go in front for the first time, with a superb goal from top scorer Calvin Smith. The midfielder picked the ball up 20 yards out, looked up, and curled an unstoppable effort into the top-right corner to give his side a 3-2 half-time lead.

Thornaby looked dangerous on the break all night, and in the 56th minute Ian Ward made it 3-3 via the underside of the bar.

The last half an hour belonged to Consett, and if it hadn’t been for Thornaby keeper Beblowski, the home side would have enjoyed a comfortable victory.

He made fine saves from Carr, Jake Orrell and Alshabeeb before Dale Pearson got what proved to be the winner in the 80th minute. Carr fed the ball to the in-form striker on the edge of the box, and he unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to make it 4-3.

Two-goal Ardelean leads the way as Consett hammer highly-fancied Whickham 5-0

An outstanding team performance saw Consett hammer highly-fancied Whickham 5-0 at a stormy Belle View tonight – and it could have been more as they played the big-spending visitors off the park.

After playing well in spells in previous gamesm, and being frustrated by Whitley Bay’s rearguard action at the weekend, everything clicked into place for the Steelmen.

They had their first chance after just four minutes when Luke Carr’s pass sent Andrei-Vasile Ardelean through, but the striker’s shot was saved by keeper Adam Bartlett’s legs.

The No.9 came even closer in the 12th minute when Carr’s pass sent Darren Holden scampering down the left, and his hard, low cross picked out Ardelean, whose first-time effort came back off the bar.

Carr fired just over from the edge of the box and then fired a free-kick over the bar as the home side continued to take the game to their visitors, and new striker Dale Pearson had the ball in the net, but, in almost identical fashion to Saturday, was flagged offside by the linesman.

Dale Pearson was again denied his first Consett goal by a linesman’s flag. Pic: Gary Welford.

The 33rd minute saw another let-off for Whickham as Carr’s deep cross to the back post saw Ross Wilkinson come steaming in at the back post to head home, but again the linesman’s flag went up, seemingly for offside.

Ross Wilkinson headed home at the back post for Consett, but his ‘goal’ was disallowed. Pic: Gary Welford.

Ardelean had another chance in the 35th minute, but Bartlett saved well, and a minute later it seemed like the growing catalogue of misses might prove costly when, against the run of play, Whickham were awarded a penalty.

Holden was deemed to have pushed Scott Robson over in the box, and Carl Finnigan stepped up to take the kick, but blazed it wide.

The miss was to prove crucial, as in the 38th minute Consett got the breakthrough their dominance deserved. Holden got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Andrei-Vasile Ardelean, who beat the defender and keeper to the ball to slot home from close range.

Four minutes later it was 2-0 after a superb through ball by right-back Jermaine Metz picked out Jake Stafford’s run, and the midfielder kept his nerve to finish past Bartlett.

Jake Stafford celebrates making it 2-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett were well worth their 2-0 half-time lead, and within a minute of the restart it could have been three. Bartlett pulled off a fine double save, first from Ardelean after he was sent clear by Carr’s threaded pass, and then from Carr, who tried to curl the rebound into the corner.

The respiote was brief, however, as on 61 minutes Pearson’s flick-on played in Calvin Smith, who shrugged off his marker and curled the ball into the top corner to make it 3-0 with his fifth goal of the season.

Calvin Smith curls his shot past Whickham keeper Adam Bartlett to make it 3-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Finnigan and Tom Howard had chances for Whickham, both firing into the side netting, but on 67 minutes it was 4-0 as Pearson’s pass set Jermaine Metz flying down the wing, and he cut into the box and finished across Bartlett into the far corner to make it 4-0.

Right-back Jermaine Metz makes it Consett 4 Whickham 0. pic: Gary Welford.

Consett keeper Kyle Hayes had been a virtual spectator for much of the game, but made a superb fingertip save from Dale Burrell’s long-range strike in the 68th minute. He then made a routine save from Matty Pattison as Whickham at last showed their attacking teeth.

But it was Consett who looked more likely to score, and Bartlett saved from Holden as the home side continued to attack.

But there was nothing the keeper could do when Andrei-Vasile Ardelean grabbed his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute, sweeping home a right-wing cross from substitute Ali Alshabeeb to crown his best appearance so far in a Consett shirt.

Andrei-Vasile Ardelean gets his second goal of the evening to make it 5-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett could have made it six, but Holden’s shot was too close to Bartlett after good closing down by Alshabeeb in the 85th minute, and then he was denied by a linesman’s flag in added time after beating the keeper, with the ‘goal’ his performance deserved being chalked off for offside.

Darren Holden was denied a sixth goal for Consett by the third offside flag of the night. Pic: Gary Welford.

When the final whistle went, Consett were 5-0 winners after a sensational performance, which sets them up nicely for their next test – a trip to league leaders Hebburn Town on Saturday.

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