HARTLEPOOL United’s Durham Cup hopes are over after a 4-3 defeat at Consett tonight.
The Northern League outfit were deserved winners at Belle View, former Pools striker Michael Mackay scoring one and having a hand in two of the other goals.
The only bright spot for Pools was that first-Team winger Jack Compton came back after a calf strain, playing 71 minutes of the tie.
Mackay put Consett ahead after a defensive blunder in the third minute.
But it looked brighter for Pools when two goals in right minutes put them 2-1 up.
Zak Boagey’s brilliant finish made it1-1 with Nialle Rodney nodding in from close orange in the 32nd minute.
However, Consett levelled before half-time through Aris Lokonga.
Pools went behind two minutes into the second half, midfielder Scott Canham beating Andy Rafferty with a good shot from the edge of the Box.
Rafferty then saved Pools with two excellent saves from Lokonga.
But he was powerless from preventing sub Slowcombe from scoring from.close orange after good work by Mackay.
That made it 4-2 and while Rodney scored a stunner two minutes into stoppage time it was too late to save Pools.