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Consett leave it late but grind out a win against plucky Penrith

Consett left it late but finally managed to grind out a 2-1 win against a dogged Penrith side at Belle View Stadium today.

And they used up a slice of luck too, with Jake Orrell’s corner going straight in to give them an injury-time winner in the Northern League Division One game.

Consett dominated in terms of possession and chances, but the Cumbrians defended superbly until the very last kick, when their hosts got the bit of luck their display deserved.

The Steelmen took the lead in the 31st minute, when Dale Pearson was fouled near the corner of the box. Orrell floated in the free-kick, and Ross Wilkinson was there to guide home a header, pictured below.

The lead lasted just two minutes as Penrith responded well, scoring from their first clear-cut chance. Max Brown broke down the right, fired the ball across and Mikey Williamson poked it home at the second attempt.

It remained 1-1 at half-time, and the second half saw Consett up their game considerably, laying siege to the visitors’ goal.

On 54 minutes a fine cross from Carl Lawson on the right saw Penrith keeper Luke Miller tip Ali Alshabeeb’s close-range header onto the bar, and then save Pearson’s follow-up on the line.

Matty Cornish replaced Alshabeeb in the 58th minute, and Consett immediately looked more threatening, even when they lost Pearson for 10 minutes after he was sent to the sin bin for dissent.

Miller saved Cornish’s shot with his outstretched leg, then palmed over Darren Holden’s well-struck effort as Consett piled on the pressure.

Cornish had two more attempts saved by the young keeper, Pearson blazed over the bar from Orrell’s cross, and then Miller made a brave stop at Pearson’s feet as Penrith defended for their lives.

Just when it seemed like Consett were going to have to settle for a point, the fourth minute of added time saw Jake Orrell swing over a corner from the left, and it missed everyone in the middle before bouncing up off the wet pitch and ending up in the top corner.

Contrasting emotions as Consett celebrate their late, late winner against Penrith.
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Cornish double helps Consett put five past Bishops as normal service is resumed at soggy Belle View

Consett put their recent wobble to bed in style tonight when they hammered Bishop Auckland 5-1 in monsoon-like conditions at Belle View Stadium.

A home game against Division One’s bottom side was just what Terry Mitchell’s side needed after three defeats in successive matches, and they sent their visitors away empty-handed with a dominant display.

Dale Pearson put Consett in front after 10 minutes when great work by Jermaine Metz put the ball on a plate for him six yards out. He couldn’t miss, and didn’t, and from that point the result never looked in doubt.

Dale Pearson finishes Jermaine Metz’s pass to make it 1-0. Pic by Gary Welford.

Jake Orrell fired just wide across the face of goal, before Ali Alshabeeb was inches away from converting Pearson’s low, hard cross from the left.

Pearson then brought a fine save from Bishops keeper Nick Liversedge, who has so often been a thorn in Consett’s side in recent seasons.

But even Liversedge couldn’t prevent Consett’s second goal on 35 minutes. He saved Lewis Green’s initial shot, but was helpless to stop Jake Orrell finishing the follow-up from close range.

Consett were well on top, but gave their visitors a lifeline on 39 minutes when failure to clear their lines saw Kyle Hayes’s attempted clearance charged down by Jack Cooper, and Bruno Pilatos fired home the loose ball.

It remained 2-1 to Consett at half-time, but the second half saw them lay siege to the visitors’ goal.

Jake Orrell scored Consett’s second goal and made the third. Pic by Gary Welford.

On 58 minutes it was 3-1 when Orrell whipped in a corner and the ball went in for an own goal off a Bishops defender – probably right-back Cameron Martin.

It was one-way traffic now, and Calvin Smith, Darren Holden and Alshabeeb all went close for Consett as the rain lashed down.

On 73 minutes Matty Cornish came on as a sub for the outstanding Orrell, and within a minute he had made it 4-1, turning home the loose ball after great work down the flank by Alshabeeb. It was the midfielder’s second goal since returning to the club in the summer.

Ten minutes later Cornish had another, when, after good approach play by Pearson and Lawson, he picked his spot in the bottom corner and stroked the ball past Liversedge to make it 5-1.

Bishops almost grabbed a consolation goal right at the death when Cooper rounded Hayes, but Simon Jakab got back to clear off the line.

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Consett start their league campaign in style by hitting Seaham Red Star for six

Consett got their Northern League Division One campaign off to a great start tonight with a thumping 6-2 win at Seaham Red Star, with six different players on the scoresheet.

The Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the Steelmen, but they made light of that with a powerful display which blew their hosts away.

Indeed it’s fair to say Terry Mitchell’s rampant side could easily have doubled their tally, as they missed at least another half a dozen good chances.

They opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when Jake Orrell swing in a free-kick from the left and Simon Jakab met the ball at the front of the six-yard box to head home his first goal for the club.

Consett’s Darren Holden takes on former teammate Dan Hawkins. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dale Pearson almost made it two when he smashed a 25-yarder against the crossbar in the 11th minute, but the Steelmen only had to wait three more minutes for a second goal, as Ross Wilkinson fired home at the back post, pictured top, from another Orrell corner after the keeper dropped the ball.

A moment of sloppiness proved costly for Consett in the 22nd minute, when a backpass fell straight to veteran striker Andrew Johnson, and he rounded Kyle Hayes to halve the deficit.

It remained 2-1 at half-time, but Consett – wearing their entire all-blue third kit for the first time – wrapped up the points with three goals in a scintillating 11-minute spell at the start of the second half.

On 50 minutes it was 3-1 when theyb roke quickly from defending a corner, and the move ended with Carl Lawson laying the ball back to Calvin Smith, who buried it in the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Three minutes later it was 4-1, when, after good work by Ali Alshabeeb down the left, the outstanding Jake Orrell played a one-two with Lawson and finished high into the net.

Jake Orrell was outstanding for Consett, scoring and claiming two assists. Pic: Gary Welford.

And on 61 minutes it was 5-1, when a clever dummy by Pearson left Darren Holden to run clear through on goal, and he finished through the keeper’s legs.

Last season’s top scorer Pearson should have made it six in the 74th minute when he latched onto a long ball, but fired into the side netting.

Seaham got a goal back in the 79th minute when Hayes made a good save from a free-kick, but former Consett player Dan Hawkins reacted quickest to prod the ball home from close range.

But within a minute Consett’s had restored their four-goal advantage with a piece of clinical finishing from Matty Cornish, who slotted home the rebound after the keeper had saved fellow sub Thomas McAloon’s initial effort.

Michael Mackay’s shot brought a good save from Seaham’s keeper. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett could have scored more, but Seaham keeper Andrew Jennison pulled off the save of the game from a curling Orrell effort, and also denied Michael Mackay as the visitors threatened to run riot.

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New boy Carl Lawson’s debut double sees Consett progress in the FA Cup

Consett kicked off their season tonight by progressing into the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Ryhope CW, with summer signing Carl Lawson helping himself to a debut double.

He put the Steelmen ahead in the 63rd minute, pictured above, and 10 minutes later added a second goal, which turned out to be the winner.

Lawson and the club’s other summer signing Lewis Green both started the Extra Preliminary Round tie, while Matty Cornish made a second debut, two years after his first.

But it was a familiar face, Darren Holden, who gave Consett the lead after six minutes, firing in off the base of the post, pictured, after good work by Cornish and Lawson.

Former Consett player Jack Walker headed Ryhope level from a corner on 35 minutes, and an even first half ended 1-1.

Consett were grateful to Kyle Hayes for a vital stop in the 61st minute, and two minutes later they retook the lead, as Carl Lawson fired home the rebound after Cornish’s effort was saved.

Sub Ali Alshabeeb missed a golden chance to wrap up the game on 61 minutes, putting Jake Orrell’s cross wide from a couple of yards. But a couple of minutes later Carl Lawson made it 3-1 when his curled cross from the right somehow ended up in the net without anyone in the middle touching it.

Ryhope scored an injury time consolation when Robbie Bird stuck one in the top corner from out wide on the left, but there was barely time to restart, and it was Consett who have a home tie against Northern Premier League side Ossett United in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 12 September.

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Consett complete their pre-season friendlies with a behind-closed-doors win over Sunderland Under-23s

Consett completed their pre-season schedule tonight with a good 3-2 win over Sunderland Under-23s at the Academy of Light.

The game was played behind closed doors, with only players, club staff and officials allowed, and Terry Mitchell’s side were well worth their win over the young Black Cats.

Sunderland took the lead after just four minutes, when their centre-back headed home at the back post from a free-kick in from the right.

But Consett were level after 10 minutes when Jake Orrell’s pass played in Calvin Smith, and the midfielder scored at the second attempt after the keeper saved his first effort, pictured.

It remained 1-1 at the break, but after the usual rash of half-time substitutions Consett took the lead two minutes into the second half.

A slick move down the left ended with Orrell passing to Matty Cornish, who had just come on, and he fired home to make it 2-1.

A third goal came in the 72nd minute, when Daniel Marriott’s pass sent Michael Mackay in on goal, and the veteran striker held his nerve to slot the ball past the keeper.

Both sides had further chances in a good, free-flowing game, and Consett keeper Kyle Hayes made a couple of fine saves.

But Sunderland had the last word when they got a goal back in the last minute to make the final score 3-2 to Consett.

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