Tag: League Cup

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.

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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  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Cup games cause several of Consett’s fixtures to be changed

Despite the fact the new season is just a week old, Consett fans already have a raft of fixture changes to add to their diaries.

For a start, yesterday’s FA Cup draw with Dunston means we will now replay the tie at the UTS Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 13. Admission is £7 for adults and £4 for concessions.

This means the home league game which was meant to be played that night against Guisborough Town has been rescheduled, to Tuesday, September 17.

Meanwhile, Whickham’s progress in the FA Cup means our home league game against them, which was due to be on Saturday, August 24, will now take place on Tuesday, August 27 – cup replays permitting, of course.

Finally, Bedlington Terriers have moved their midweek games from Tuesday to Wednesday, which means our League Cup game at Welfare Park will now take place on Wednesday, October 2, a day later than scheduled.

Consett will face Benfield, Thornaby, Bedlington and Brandon in the new-look League Cup

The draw for the new-look opening group stage of the Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup was made today.

This season, the initial stage sees the league’s 40 teams divided into eight groups of five, and each team will play the other once.

Two games will be at home, and two away, and the top two from each group will progress to the last 16, where the competition reverts to a knockout basis.

Each team was seeded according to where they finished in the league last season, so Consett, who finished 4th, were among the eight top seeds.

We have been drawn against fellow Division One clubs Newcastle Benfield and Thornaby, and Bedlington Terriers and Brandon United from Division Two. The games have been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday 10 September: Consett v Newcastle Benfield

Tuesday 1 October: Bedlington Terriers v Consett

Tuesday 8 October: Consett v Thornaby

Wednesday 16 October: Brandon United v Consett

League Cup - Group D