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Consett share eight goals with leaders Hebburn Town in an excellent advert for the Northern League

Consett showed their fighting spirit today by coming from behind three times to draw 4-4 in a pulsating clash with Northern League leaders Hebburn Town at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen fell behind after just four minutes, when ex-Newcastle player Michael Richardson broke down the left. Consett keeper Kyle Hayes saved his initial shot, but Ben Dibb-Fuller reached the loose ball first to give the visitors the lead.

Consett responded well, and on seven minutes they were level. Luke Carr picked up the ball in midfield and went on a mazy run where he beat three opponents before firing home to make it 1-1.

Five minutes before half-time Consett took the lead as Calvin Smith crossed from the right, Arjun Purewal controlled the ball in the box, and teed up Dale Pearson to fire home his 17th goal in his last 12 games.

Two minutes into the second half Hebburn equalised. Good work by right-back Dan Groves set up Michael Richardson to score from a few yards out.

Three minutes later the league leaders were back in front. Richardson delivered a left-wing corner into the box, and Graeme Armstrong netted from close range to make it 3-2 to Hebburn.

Incredibly, in the 53rd minute Consett made it 3-3, with right-back Jermaine Metz cutting in from the flank and beating the keeper with a near-post effort which seemed to go through his legs.

The game was now anybody’s, and Hebburn must have thought they had won it when Dibb-Fuller’s crossfield ball was rifled into the net on the half-volley by Jack Robson to make it 4-3 to the visitors in the 73rd minute.

It was a stunning goal, good enough to win any game, but Consett weren’t finished yet. On 76 minutes the game swung their way when Hebburn were reduced to 10 men after skipper Louis Storey was shown a second yellow card and then red for crudely halting the lively Carr – not for the first time.

Consett came close to levelling in the 80th minute when Carr played a free-kick short to Jake Orrell, whose well-struck effort was superbly tipped over by Hebburn keeper Andrew Jennison, at full stretch.

The Steelmen threw everything at the league leaders, and eventually their pressure paid off, when substitute Wouter Verstraaten‘s shot from just inside the box, pictured, was deflected past Jennison in the 90th minute, for his first goal for the club.

It made the final score 4-4 – probably a fair result – in a game which was a superb advert for everything the Northern League has to offer, in front of a bumper crowd of 610.

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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.

League Cup - Group D

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Consett strengthen squad by signing Dutch defender who impressed in Durham University friendly

Consett have added to their growing multi-national squad by signing 23-year-old Dutch defender Wouter Verstraaten.

A centre-back or full-back, he also plays for Durham University, and scored against the Steelmen in the recent friendly, which the students won 2-1.

He signed for Consett last week, but we have been awaiting international clearance to come through so he could play.

Wouter, who spent 11 years at the PSV Eindhoven youth academy, made his professional debut for their city rivals FC Eindhoven in 2015.

In 2016, he joined Pacific Tigers in the United States, and also played for Portland Timbers U23s. In January he was selected by Los Angeles FC in a first round of the draft for the MLS season, but did not make it to the team.

He returned to his homeland, and was signed for amateur side VV Geldrop until he came to England.