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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consett suffered late heartbreak at Wembley in today’s FA Vase final, conceding an 84th-minute goal to lose 3-2 to Northern League rivals Hebburn Town.
Terry Mitchell’s side took the game to their opponents from the start, and led twice in the first half, but were immediately pegged back both times.
Ali Alshabeeb gave the Steelmen the lead in the 18th minute when he went round Hebburn keeper Mark Foden and fired home from an acute angle.
However, the lead lasted less than a minute, as Hebburn went straight up the other end to equalise through Amar Purewal.
Consett suffered a big setback midway through the half when Jake Orrell was knocked out in an aerial challenge and had to be stretchered off.
In the 42nd minute Consett regained the lead when good work by Jermaine Metz down the right set up Dale Pearson, who beat his man and fired into the corner to make it 2-1.
Two minutes later the scores were level again, when Consett keeper Kyle Hayes made a good save from Louis Storey, but Michael Richardson reacted quickest to the loose ball to make it 2-2.
The second half couldn’t live up to the frantic pace of the first, though Graeme Armstrong had a good chace to put Hebburn ahead in the 56th minute.
Consett had a couple of decent chances of their own, but Calvin Smith and Luke Carr couldn’t find the target.
The goal which broke Consett hearts came in the 84th minute, when Richardson set up Hebburn sub Olly Martin to finish from close range at the far post.
Consett had more than played their part in a pulsating final, but although they did the town proud, it was promotion-bound Hebburn who became the eighth different Northern League club to lift the FA Vase.
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A rare goal from Matty Slocombe, pictured above, proved to be the difference as Consett beat an English Universities XI 1-0 in their last pre-Wembley friendly.
Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park ground was the venue for the behind-closed-doors game against coach Andy Coyles’ students, who had beaten National League North side Chorley 4-1 on Friday night.
Darren Holden rolled a shot inches wide at one end while Consett keeper Kyle Hayes stood up well to save in a one-on-one in the best two chances of a goalless first half.
What proved to be the winning goal came in the 54th minute, when Matty Slocombe smashed a rocket shot into the top corner, pictured below, as a half-cleared corner fell to him outside the box.
It was a well-contested game of very few clear-cut chances, though Consett were grateful to Hayes for a late save, which preserved their lead and meant they finished their FA Vase final preparations with a win.
Next stop … Wembley!
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.
Consett continued their preparations for the FA Vase final with Hebburn Town with a 4-1 friendly win at North Shields today.
The game at the Daren Persson Stadium had to take place behind closed doors, but Terry Mitchell’s side were full value for their win.
Consett took the lead on 20 minutes when Carl Lawson’s corner from the left was headed into the six-yard box by Simon Jakab, and skipper Arjun Purewal was on hand to score with a glancing header.
Ali Alshabeeb was close to making it two when he beat two men in a run down the right, but saw his low shot bounce off the foot of the far post, with no one following in.
But the Steelmen did double their lead in the 38th minute when Matty Cornish was pushed over from behind as he surged into the box, and picked himself up to tuck away the resulting penalty.
On 54 minutes it was 3-0 when a Lawson cross from a short free-kick routine evaded Ross Wilkinson and Jakab, hit the post, and went in off Jakab’s head as his momentum carried him over the goal-line.
North Shields got one back on 62 minutes when Jamie Norvell supplied a close-range finish from a rebound after Kyle Hayes had made a good save against his old side.
But the three-goal advantage was restored in the last minute when good work by Nick Allen and Alshabeeb set up Aksel Juul to fire into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
An impromptu penalty shootout after the game also saw Consett run out victors, 4-3, with goalkeeper Kyle Hayes saving two North Shields kicks and scoring one himself!
Grand National Day saw Consett exit the Durham Challenge Cup at the first hurdle today when a late winner gave Birtley Town a 2-1 win.
The delayed 1st Round tie was the first match in four months for Consett and their 2nd Division hosts.
And Terry Mitchell’s side looked rusty, to say the least, on their first-ever competitive meeting with their hosts.
In a first half of few chances it was Birtley who took the lead on 15 minutes when a long ball sent JOE BARWICK clear.
He kept his composure to round keeper Kyle Hayes and finish to give the 2nd Division side a 1-0 lead.
Consett didn’t manage a shot on target in the first half, and trailed 1-0 at the break.
But they got themselves back in the game on 57 minutes when SIMON JAKAB headed home Jake Orrell’s free-kick with the help of a deflection, pictured above.
There were few clear-cut chances for either side, though Consett were grateful to Hayes for a good diving save from Owen Lancaster, diving low to his right.
A penalty shoot-out looked on the cards until Birtley grabbed a winner four minutes into injury time.
Jack Honour’s shot was blocked and Barwick’s follow-up saved, but KELVIN THEAR was first to the loose ball for a tap-in which gave Birtley a deserved win.
- Full match report and more pictures HERE.
Consett’s hopes of making it to Wembley twice in one season were shattered today when they lost to West Auckland Town in the FA Vase 3rd Round.
The Steelmen, who are still waiting to play last season’s final, were beaten 2-1 at Belle View Stadium, despite dominating the opening period.
They could have already been three up by the time Dale Pearson put them ahead in the 15th minute with his 16th goal of the season, finishing from 12 yards after great work on the left by Darren Holden.
But West turned the game on its head with two goals in six minutes. They levelled in the 17th minute through Consett old boy David Dowson.
And in the 23rd minute their captain Jamie Harwood headed home from Michael Hoganson’s corner to make it 2-1 to West.
In the 35th minute things got worse for Consett when they lost influential playmaker Luke Carr with a dislocated shoulder after a heavy challenge by Gary Brown.
Just before half-time a great run and cut back by Jermaine Metz set up sub Matty Cornish, but West’s debutant keeper Decklan Greenwood made a good save.
Ten minutes into the second half the keeper – signed yesterday from Brandon United – made an even better save from Pearson’s well-struck shot.
Midway through the half Consett had Holden sin-binned for something he said to an official, and West almost took advantage of their extra man, with Kyle Hayes making a fine save to deny Jordan Blinco.
Matty Slocombe then cleared off the line from Dowson’s header from a corner as Consett found themselves on the ropes.
Even after Holden returned to the action, Consett found themselves unable to find an equaliser, and after six minutes of added time it was West who progressed to the last 32.
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