Sat 13
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Consett 4-1 Gateshead

Consett 4-1 Gateshead

By Jack McGraghan
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Gateshead’s second game of pre-season ended in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Consett on a temperamental afternoon in County Durham.

The Heed took the lead against the run of play 14 minutes in as Mason Fawns prodded home from close range, before Ali Alshabeeb and Luke Carr struck to put Consett ahead at the break.

The hosts added a third via Carr’s chipped penalty before substitute Michael Brown made it four two minutes later as a young Gateshead side fell to defeat.

The game began in typical pre-season manner with both sides keeping the pace of the game away well from breakneck speed, with it taking 10 minutes for the first chance to be created.

Adam Male whipped the ball into the centre of the area for striker Andrei-Vasile Ardelean who headed just wide of Matt Bancroft’s far post as Consett showed the visitors why they should remain wary.

However, Fawns put the Heed ahead just four minutes later, finishing off Connor Smith’s low cross from close range after he was fed down the right-wing by Danny Greenfield.

Despite going a goal down though, the Northern League Division One side began to pile the pressure on a youthful Gateshead side’s goal in search of an equaliser.

It took nine minutes for the hosts to draw themselves level, as Alshabeeb latched onto a long ball forward before slotting past Bancroft and into the far corner to bring things back to square one.

Gateshead grew into the game after being hauled back level and initially looked the more likely of the two teams to find the net for the second time, with the trialist striker’s volley forcing Kyle Hayes into a save just after the half-hour mark.

It proved to be Consett who would hold the lead heading into half-time however, and in fine fashion, as Carr took aim and fired the ball in off the post from 25 yards to leave Bancroft with no chance and set the scene for the second 45.

Both sides would see goals chalked off early on in the half, with Kostas Dabizas’ close-range effort from Connor Smith’s corner disallowed for a foul on Kyle Hayes before former Gateshead forward Lewis McGeoch saw his strike chalked off for offside.

Consett were left wondering how they hadn’t doubled their lead on the hour mark however, as Ardelean met Jermaine Metz’s cross into the area only to somehow play the ball back to sender from point-blank range.

Greenfield came close to restoring parity for Gateshead on 67 minutes as his mazy run ended with a shot from 15 yards that forced Hayes into a close-range stop.

Consett ensured the win was theirs with a two-minute double-salvo beginning after 72 minutes however, as Carr converted from the spot following Trialist’s foul on Brown before roles were reversed as Carr played a ball across goal for Brown to tap home.

Substitute Sam Carson almost grabbed a consolation for the Heed in the game’s dying embers, but Hayes was there once again to deny him and preserve the hosts’ three-goal lead.

Consett XI: Hayes; Metz (Trialist, 76’), Male, Stafford, Trialist, Purewal, Alshabeeb, Smith (Hawkins, 45’), Ardelean, Carr, Trialist (Brown, 65’)
Unused subs: Johnson, Wilkinson, Trialist, Trialist.

Goals: Alshabeeb (25’), Carr (39’, 72 (pen)), Brown (74’)

Bookings: none

Gateshead XI: Bancroft (Thebe, 82’); Garrity, Gibson, Dabizas (Brown, 82’) , Trialist, Mohammed (Stephenson, 61’), Smith (Carson, 82’), Greenfield, Trialist (Robson, 45’), Trialist, Fawns (Cranston, 61’).

Unused subs: none

Goals: Fawns (14’)

Bookings: none

Referee: Andrew Kitchen

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Sat 13, Jul 2019