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Consett suffer first pre-season defeat to slick Sunderland youngsters

Consett tasted defeat for the first time in pre-season tonight, going down 3-1 to an impressive Sunderland XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Academy of Light.

Terry Mitchell’s team were on the ropes for most of the first half as they struggled to cope with the sharp, hungry Black Cats side, which was a mixture of U18s/U23s.

They fell behind after 12 minutes, when a through ball from midfield left a striker with just Consett keeper Kyle Hayes to beat, and he obliged.

Hayes made a string of saves as Sunderland’s passing and movement cut the Steelmen open, but there was nothing he could do about the second goal on the half-hour, as the No 11 cut in from the left and fired home.

Things got even worse on 33 minutes, when a shot by the Sunderland No 8 from 25 yards took a wicked deflection off a defender and crept inside the left-hand post.

Consett had created little and struggled to keep the ball at times, but after making seven half-time changes, the second 45 minutes was a different story.

Dale Pearson rattled the post with a 25-yarder on 51 minutes, while Nick Allen’s header from a corner clipped the top of the bar.

This was a much-improved Consett performance, and they got their reward in the 73rd minute when Calvin Smith’s wonderful long pass from inside his own half found Colin Larkin.

The striker, who has just followed former teammate Stephen Callen from Sunderland RCA, produced a classy finish, dinking the ball past the keeper to make it 3-1, pictured top.

Larkin fired another chance into the side netting, Matty Slocombe blazed over and Carl Lawson flicked an effort just over the bar as Consett took the game to their hosts.

In the 84th minute Sunderland’s keeper made the save of the game, clawing away a header from Consett’s trialist striker which was heading for the top corner.

It finished 3-1 to Sunderland, but manager Terry Mitchell was happy with his team’s second-half display after a first half which ranked alongside their most disappointing since he came to the club.

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Consett wear down dogged Richmond Town for second friendly win

Consett made it two wins from two pre-season games today when they eventually wore down a dogged Richmond Town side to record a 2-0 win at Belle View Stadium.

Despite the two-division gap between the sides, the Wearside League outfit made Consett work hard for their win, with the breakthrough only coming thanks to an unfortunate goalkeeping error.

The Steelmen dominated the first half, and Dale Pearson almost opened the scoring on nine minutes when he powered through the visitors’ defence, but the keeper got enough on his shot for a defender to get back and clear off the line.

In the 20th minute a Calvin Smith effort was just wide when he headed Jake Orrell’s cross back across goal, pictured below.

Consett’s Calvin Smith heads wide of the Richmond goal from Jake Orrell’s cross. Pic: Gary Welford.

Richmond actually had the ball in the net midway through the half, when their No 6 met a deep cross from the right to finish at the back post, but he was ruled offside.

On 26 minutes the Richmond keeper made an excellent save from one of Consett’s trialists, pushing his well-struck shot over the bar.

Consett rang the changes at half-time, making five substitutions, and one of the newcomers, Dan Marriott, brought another good save from the keeper on 51 minutes, with a header from a right-wing cross.

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Consett’s Dan Marriott brought a good save from the Richmond keeper with this header. Pic: Gary Welford.

Another sub, Stephen Callen, then set up Dale Pearson, but the keeper denied him with a fine point-blank save at his near post.

Unfortunately for Richmond, it was a goalkeeping error which saw Consett take the lead on 61 minutes.

Good work by Callen set up Jake Orrell for a shot from the edge of the box, and although it was well struck, the ball somehow squirmed through the keeper’s grasp and bounced over the line.

This shot by Consett’s Jake Orrell proved too hot for the Richmond keeper to handle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Two minutes later an absolute rocket by Darren Holden almost doubled Consett’s lead, but fizzed wide of the right-hand post.

Richmond had defended well, but on 75 minutes they conceded a second goal. Marriott fed the ball to Callen, whose perfectly-weighted pass saw Lewis Green finish low under the keeper, for his first goal for the club, pictured top.

Richmond almost got a goal back in the 80th minute when their No 9 burst through, but Consett keeper Kyle Hayes, who hadn’t had a lot to do, saved well with his legs.

A minute from the end Carl Lawson almost made it three when he beat his man with a lovely turn and let fly from 25 yards, only to see his shot rattle the crossbar and bounce out, pictured below.

Consett’s Carl Lawson almost made it three, but this shot came back over the crossbar. Pic: Gary Welford.

In the end Consett had to settle for 2-0, but the visitors could head back to North Yorkshire knowing they had made their higher-ranked hosts work hard for the victory.

Consett’s next friendly is a behind-closed-doors game against a Sunderland XI at the Academy of Light on Tuesday night.

Cornish scores twice as Consett continue FA Vase countdown with friendly at Sunderland Academy

Consett continued their countdown to the FA Vase final at Wembley by taking on a Sunderland XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Academy of Light.

Terry Mitchell’s side are looking sharper with every game, but lost 4-3 in an action-packed match against a young Black Cats side, despite two goals from Matty Cornish, pictured top.

However, they fell behind early on when a Sunderland striker reacted quickest to the loose ball after a good save by Consett keeper Kyle Hayes.

The Steelmen levelled midway through the half when a pass from Calvin Smith sent Matty Cornish away down the right. he cut inside the left-back and drilled a left-footed screamer in off the post.

Just before half-time Consett went ahead when Dan Marriott ran between the Sunderland centre-backs, and the keeper cleaned him out as he tried to reach the ball.

Up stepped Cornish, who had scored from the spot at North Shields on Saturday, and he sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1.

Consett rang the changes at half-time, bringing on five substitutes, and before they could settle it was 2-2, as a Sunderland striker again reacted quickest from a Hayes save.

Dale Pearson replaced Cornish, and the striker was involved in the goal which restored Consett’s lead. He played a defence-splitting pass to Nick Allen, who squared it for Carl Lawson to score with a shot which nutmegged a defender and the keeper.

Straight from the kick-off Sunderland levelled again, scoring with an excellent strike into the top corner from 25 yards.

A great ball in by Ali Alshabeeb saw Ross Wilkinson power a header just over the bar as the game went from end to end.

But it was Sunderland who grabbed a fortunate winner when a shot took a huge deflection and looped over the keeper to make the final score 4-3.

Dan’s the man as Consett beat Crook in a friendly arranged to prepare for the Northern League’s restart

Dan Marriott’s first goal for the club gave Consett a 3-2 win over Crook Town today as the clubs met in a friendly intended to help get players match-fit before the Northern League restart.

And with supporters allowed back into Belle View Stadium, a good crowd was able to see the young midfielder’s superbly-executed 40-yarder, pictured top, which was the difference between the two sides.

Consett manager Terry Mitchell used the game to give his full squad some minutes, with the exception of in-form striker Dale Pearson, who was rested ahead of next week’s FA Vase tie v West Auckland.

The Steelmen took the lead on 13 minutes when Darren Holden played the ball inside to Ali Alshabeeb, who found the far corner from the edge of the box with the help of a deflection.

Crook equalised on the half-hour when Corey Nicholson, who had a spell at Consett a few seasons ago, cut in from the right and his shot beat Kyle Hayes with the help of a huge deflection off Holden.

The visitors almost took the lead four minutes before half-time when Jamie Tumilty hit the post.

But it was Consett who went in 2-1 ahead at the break when Luke Carr’s left-wing corner in added time produced a bit of a scramble, and Calvin Smith fired home.

Consett rang the changes for the second half, making six substitutions, and it was one of the newcomers, Dan Marriott, who scored what turned out t be the winning goal in the 54th minute.

Crook goalkeeper Ronan Makepeace rushed out of his area to beat Jermaine Metz to a through ball, but his headed clearance only went as far as Marriott.

The young midfielder, who has impressed enormously in his performances this season, showed tremendous vision, confidence and technique to lob the ball into the empty net from about 40 yards – the sort of goal Calvin Smith has scored a few of over the years.

To Crook’s credit they responded well, and on 74 minutes they got a goal back when Joey Smith scored with a back-post header from a left-wing cross.

Consett had further chances in the closing stages through Nick Allen, Luke Carr and Matty Cornish, but couldn’t add to the scoreline, and an entertaining, well-contested game finished 3-2.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Four-goal Dale is the Main man as Consett put on five-star show v Maltby to make FA Vase progress

Dale Pearson grabbed the headlines today as Consett beat Maltby Main 5-0 in a behind-closed-doors FA Vase 2nd Round game at Belle View Stadium.

He scored the first four goals in his best game for the club, and Jermaine Metz added a superb fifth right at the death to ease the Steelmen past their North Counties East League opponents.

The South Yorkshire side were well organised and defended well, and it took the Steelmen until the 33rd minute to open the scoring.

Matty Cornish played a ball into the left-hand channel, and Pearson lashed a powerful shot in off the near post from just inside the penalty area.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, but Pearson almost doubled his tally within a couple of minutes of the restart, only to be denied by goalkeeper James Pollard, while Calvin Smith’s header crashed back off the bar.

Just before the hour, Consett were grateful to Kyle Hayes for two good saves in a minute, first from Connor Cutts and then Bradley Beatson, and their importance was shown when Consett took complete control of the game with two goals in as many minutes.

They doubled their lead on 59 minutes when they broke quickly from their own half, Darren Holden feeding the ball to Jake Orrell, whose pass found Pearson, and the No. 9 chipped the advancing keeper.

A minute later Pearson had his hat-trick after Jermaine Metz beat the keeper to Orrell’s searching pass and lobbed it over him, for the big striker to finish from a couple of yards out.

In the 86th minute Pearson made it 4-0, taking a pass from skipper Arjun Purewal and turning his man before calmly finishing past the keeper.

And Pearson had a hand in probably the best goal of the game, supplying the pass which Metz smashed home with his left foot from 25 yards with literally the last kick of the game.

The final scoreline of 5-0 was perhaps a little harsh on the visitors, who were very much in the game for an hour, but they were unlucky to find Consett at their most clinical when it mattered.

The draw for the 3rd Round is being held on Monday, and Consett will be hoping to avoid fellow Northern League clubs Stockton and West Auckland, who also progressed today, along with the winners of the Hebburn v North Shields tie, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Two more Northern League clubs, Ryhope CW and Jarrow FC, will also be in the hat after their home ties also fell victim to the weather. They will play them on December 12.

On this day: 29 November 2013 – Consett get off to a winning start at their new home by beating Spennymoor

Consett played their first competitive fixture at their new Belle View Stadium on this day in 2013, and marked the occasion with an excellent 2-1 win against Northern League front-runners Spennymoor Town.

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On this day: 24 November 2018 – Consett beat North Shields in a nine-goal Belle View thriller

Consett sent out a message to their rivals at the top of the Northern League 1st Division with a thrilling 6-3 win over North Shields on this day two years ago.

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On this day: 17 November 2007 – Moffat is too hot to handle as Consett blow away Durham in FA Vase thriller

Consett won the battle of the Northern League’s top two on Durham City’s plastic pitch to make FA Vase progress on this day 13 years ago.

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