Consett ended their four-game goal drought today – but it proved to be in vain as high-flying Hebburn Town came from behind to beat them 5-1.
The Steelmen’s patched-up side took the lead in the 34th minute at the Green Energy Stadium with a stunning 25-yard strike from Scott Fenwick, pictured top.
But the Hornets equalised just before half-time through Olly Martin, and ran amok in the second half to inflict their visitors’ heaviest defeat of the season.
With Jake Orrell injured and Ben Milburn suspended, Consett had to reshuffle their pack again, giving starting XI debuts to two players, and bringing two more off the bench as their injury problems went from bad to worse.
Left-back Jack Moody and forward Scott Jasper, signed from Whickham and Ryton respectively, started the game, but neither finished it.
Moody had to be replaced at half-time by 41-year-old assistant manager Wayne Buchanan after suffering a blow to the head, while Nathan Lawrence, recently re-signed from Sunderland RCA, came on when Matty Slocombe limped off just before the hour.
By that time Consett had gone behind to Martin’s second on 54 minutes, and Hebburn added further goals from Jake Hackett (74 mins), Liam Henderson (78 mins) and James Harrison (90 mins).
The result saw Consett drop three places to 13th, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Hebburn leapfrogged Stockton Town to go second behind runaway leaders Worksop Town.
The Steelmen have a free midweek before their next game, when they entertain 8th-placed Cleethorpes Town at Belle View Stadium next Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm, and they will be hoping to get back one or two of the eight players who manager Tony Fawcett was unable to call on.
- Full match report and more pictures HERE.