Former Sunderland player Pascal Chimbonda scored an own goal as Consett AFC came from behind to beat Washington 4-1 in the Northern League Division one on Saturday.

Jack Hanson gave Washington the lead but three second half goals, after David Dowson’s equaliser, meant the visitors ran out comfortable winners at Nissan.

The hosts started the better and took a deserved lead inside 15 minutes, when Hanson took advantage of a bad kick by Consett goalkeeper Ross Coombe to shoot in off the right-hand post.

Washington should have doubled their lead on 21 minutes as Hanson’s cross picked out Vincent Gash, who was allowed a free header, but could only direct it wide.

Consett got back on level terms, 10 minutes before half-time, when Michael Sweet fed strike partner Dowson, who picked his spot in the bottom-left corner for his 9th goal of the season.

The Steelmen began to control the game and the home side had to defend on onslaught for the rest of the first half.

A minute into the second half the visitors did take the lead after skipper Danny Craggs’ left-wing corner was flicked on at the near post causing a scramble, Chimbonda attempted to clear but could only divert into the back of his own net.

Consett went on to dominate and another goal looked only a matter of time, and it came on 67 minutes when a swift counter-attack ended with Dan Hawkins unselfishly squaring for Craggs to tap home to make it 3-1.

Five minutes later it was 4-1 when a Craggs free-kick was cleared as far as Matty Slocombe 25 yards out, and he cracked home his first goal of the season.

More goals looked certain, but Washington keeper Dan Gladstone kept the score from getting embarrassing, making three good saves from Michael Sweet and another from Dowson.

The result keeps Washington second bottom with a trip to Team Northumbria to come next weekend.