North Shields 0 Consett AFC 3 (05/09/2018) – Consett show their class against youthful Robins

An unbeaten Consett side showed their class as they inflict another defeat on a youthful Robins side.

A long-range Calvin Smith effort in the first half was enought to give the visitors a slender lead into the halftime break.

However, two goals from Nicholas Green and Daniel Craggs gave the Steelmen a comanding lead as the game entered its latter stages.

And despite a late flurry of chances for the hosts, they were unable to mount what would have been an incredible comeback.

After a scrappy opening couple of minutes, the Robins were the first to try their luck on goal, however, Paul Robinson could only drag his long range effort wide of the goal in the sixth minute.

This effort seemed to boost the hosts as they began to apply more and more pressure on the Consett goal. However, in the 14th minute, Luke Carr was inches away from connecting with a dangerous cross; with the ball instead going behind for a goal kick.

Carr came even closer to giving the visitors a lead when, in the 19th minute, he collected the ball on the edge of the area before curling his effort narrowly wide of the goal.

Consett were beginning to show why no-one has been able to beat them so far this season and in the 29th minute, an excellent save from Greg Purvis was the only thing to prevent Nicholas Cassidy from opening the scoring.

However, only one minute later, Calvin Smith fired a powerful shot from around 25-yards out past the outstretched fingertips of Purvis and into the back of the net; giving the Steelmen the lead.

In the 38th minute, the Robins had a glorious chance to get themselves back into the game through Robinson, following some excellent work from Jack Cooper, however, his effort from the corner of the box missed the top hand corner of the goal.

Cooper then game within a whisker of levelling the score just before the halftime break, only for his headed effort from a cross to fly straight into the hands of ex-Robin Kyle Hayes.

Consett came out in the second half all guns blazing and in the 53rd minute, they were able to double their advantage when Nicholas Gray rifled his shot into the back of the net.

This effort did not deter the Robins as they kept on trying to engineer an effort on goal. In the 60th minute, an excellent piece of play from Jordan Summerly gave the fullback a great chance on goal, only for Hayes to pull off a great save to keep his side in it.

Shortly afterwards, some linkup play between Darren Holden and Luke Carr enabled captain Daniel Craggs to have enough space to send the ball past Purvis; giving the Steelmen a commanding lead.

Having brought debutant Sean McRoberts on, Marc’s decision to introduce him into the game almost paid off when the striker cut inside of his marker in the 71st minute before curling a beatiful effort right against the upright.

As the game entered the last ten minutes, the Robins were piling forward in search of a goal and if not for an unfortunate deflection, Ben Sampson could very well have given the hosts a lifeline.

Then, in the 85th minute, Summerly once again caused the Consett defence a world of trouble when he charged forward with the ball. Unfortunately, Hayes was able to prevent him from registering a deserved goal.

The last chance to get something from the game came in the last seconds when Craig Spooner whipped in a cross to the far post, only for Gary Ormston to not quite be able to get on the end of it.

Final Score: North Shields 0 Consett 3

Attendance: 281

Referee: Mark Ryan

North Shields Starting Eleven: Greg Purvis, Craig Spooner, Jordan Summerly, Gary Ormston, Kevin Hughes (c), Noah Summers, Lewis Suddick (Sean McRoberts 54), Ben Sampson, Gary Day, Jack Cooper (Ryan Carr 54), Paul Robinson (Matty Cornish 74)

Yellow Cards: Craig Spooner 17, Noah Summers 29, Jack Cooper 40.

Unused Substitutes: Liam McNamara, David Hall

Consett AFC Starting Eleven: Kyle Hayes, Nicholas Green, Jordan Lavery (Darren Holden 63), Nicholas Cassidy, Arjun Purewal, Ryan McKinnon, Luke Carr (Michael Mackay 65), Calvin Smith, David Dowson (Michael Sweet 55), Daniel Craggs (c), Richard Juul

Yellow Cards: N/A

Unused Substitutes: Adam Male, Matthew Slocombe