North Shields react in style with a fine victory over Consett

North Shields reacted in style with a fine performance against Consett running away with all three points down.

The Robins found themselves three goals up just a couple of minutes into the second half, and although Consett scored twice to make it 3-2, the Robins held out so the visitors couldn’t find an equaliser.

The home side took the lead on 19 minutes when a cross from the right found Paul Van Zandvliet at the back post, and he headed it back across goal, where it just about crossed the line after hitting the crossbar and post.

Jake Stafford fired just wide and Nick Allen brought a good stop from Shields keeper Greg Purvis as Consett responded, but right on half-time they conceded a second when they failed to deal with a corner, and Connor Campbell forced the ball home from close range past the ex Robins goalkeeper, Kyle Hayes.

Two minutes into the second half it was 3-0, as the visitors gave away possession cheaply in midfield and Ryan Carr hammered home a screamer from 25 yards into the top corner.

When Luke Carr hit the post for Consett it looked like it might not be their night, but they reduced the arrears on 67 minutes when a free-kick was half-cleared to Calvin Smith, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner past Purvis.

Jermaine Metz made it 3-2 in the first minute of added time when his 25-yard shot squirmed through the grasp of Purvis and crept over the line.

And the Steelmen almost grabbed an unlikely point when good work from sub Ali Alshabeeb set up Ross Wilkinson, who had been pushed up front, but the big centre-half couldn’t get enough on his shot to beat Purvis.

When the final whistle went seconds later, cheers rang out around The Daren Persson Stadium as Shields are left enjoying extending their unbeaten home run to five games.