By Luke Vinton (@LukeVinton_)
Michael Sweet scored twice as Consett inflicted a heavy 5-0 defeat on West Allotment Celtic.
Consett took 40 minutes to break the deadlock after Luke Sullivan converted an accurate spot-kick before captain Danny Craggs (45) doubled their lead just before the half-time whistle.
Consett’s striker, Sweet, grabbed his side’s third (49) after latching onto a defensive error from the Allotment defence. Sweet grabbed his second goal of the match late on (86) before Lewis Teasdale completed a comprehensive victory in injury time.
After Allotment’s league tie against Bishop Auckland was postponed last weekend, the club faced a Consett side who had suffered two successive home defeats to West Auckland and Stockton Town.
The home side dominated possession in the early stages of the match and showed glimpses of play to show the side were flying high in fifth place, with Luke Sullivan firing wide and Lewis Teasdale testing Allotment goalkeeper Chris Bannon with a stinging strike.
The Steelmen remained patient and were rewarded when skipper Danny Craggs was taken out inside the penalty area by Allotment captain Ian Dunn. Luke Sullivan, Consett’s top goalscorer so far this season, dispatched the ball brilliantly into the bottom left corner for his 25th goal of the season.
Consett sensed another opportunity to double their lead before the break. After a quick counter-attack, the move was finished off by Craggs, a constant threat in the middle of the park, who put his side two goals ahead before the whistle blew for half-time.
In the second half, Consett began where they left off as Sweet robbed the ball off Allotment defender Michael Hall before firing the ball home.
West Allotment rarely threatened to test the Consett goalkeeper while Consett were quite the opposite, producing many attempts at goal. After Matty Slocombe produced a through ball to Sweet, the number nine made it four as he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
The scoring was completed by Lewis Teasdale after another threaded through ball found the attacker who made no mistake from inside the penalty area.
West Allotment Celtic face West Auckland at Whitley Park next Saturday and will be focused on attempting to gain three valuable points in their bid for survival in the Northern League.