Peter Beardsley

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Consett 1 (Sullivan)
Newcastle United XI 2 (Campbell, Cobain)

The temperature dropped below zero on a bitterly cold November night in County Durham as Newcastle United opened Consett's new Belle Vue Stadium - but the Magpies did not freeze in this showpiece friendly.

Adam Campbell claimed the honour of scoring the first goal at the Steelmen's smart new venue, but Luke Sullivan's second-half goal looked set to give his side a share of the spoils on a night when Peter Beardsley rolled back the years in a black and white shirt.

But County Durham-born defender Jamie Cobain's late header gave Beardsley and Willie Donachie's side a victory over the Northern League outfit in front of a crowd of well over 1,000.

They were there to celebrate the unveiling of the multi-million pound stadium, which boasts an all-weather artificial surface - and it's just as well, for this match would surely have fallen victim to the weather had it been on grass - but also to watch a host of first-team Newcastle players.

Indeed, kick-off was delayed to ensure that everybody could get into the ground and Gael Bigirimana, James Tavernier and Curtis Good were all on show alongside Campbell, who looked a threat from the moment Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg eventually blew his first whistle.

He was denied by a fine double-save from former Darlington goalkeeper Jack Norton, then shot narrowly wide after Adam Laidler's effort was blocked.

Then, after a delightful through-ball from Beardsley, the England under-19 striker's attempted finish crashed back off the underside of the bar before Lubo Satka curled just over.

But midway through the first half, Campbell raced through and finished well as Assistant Manager John Carver looked on.

Consett had half-chances of their own but teenage keeper Brendan Pearson dealt well with everything they had to throw at him, while Tavernier, Andy Hall and Brandon Miele all came close for the Magpies.

Several changes were made at half-time and Consett gained impetus, levelling through substitute Sullivan.

The game was drifting towards a draw until Cobain forced Norton to tip his low shot around the post, and from Joe Kerridge's resulting corner he sent a powerful header into the net.

His eye-catching cameo continued as a cross-cum-shot clipped the bar but he'd already done enough to give his side the win and go some way towards warming up the black and white supporters.

Newcastle United XI: Brendan Pearson, Kevin Mbabu (James Morgan 44), Lubo Satka (Dave Watson 46), James Tavernier (James Atkinson 46), Curtis Good (Callum Williams 46), Gael Bigirimana (Kevin Richardson 46), Andy Hall (Adam Laidler 66), Brandon Miele (Olivier Kemen 46), Adam Laidler (Jamie Cobain 46), Peter Beardsley (Tom Coffield 46), Adam Campbell (Joe Kerridge 46)

Sub not used: Chris Terpcou