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14 October 2014

Consett had an afternoon to forget at Jarrow Roofing, losing 5-0, with home striker John Campbell helping himself to all five goals. He opened the scoring in the first minute with a clinical finish, and made it two on 19 minutes, from ex-Steelman Lewis Teasdale's pass. He completed his hat-trick five minutes before half-time, with a penalty awarded for a push on Dan Kirkup at a corner. Consett had their chances, with Calvin Smith's cross helped onto the post by the keeper at 1-0, and Luke Sullivan hitting the other upright with a header at 2-0. Once again the misses proved costly, as Campbell made it 4-0 a minute into the second half, pictured. His fifth goal, in the 73rd minute, was the best of the lot, when he spotted Chris Elliott off his line and lobbed him from fully 50 yards, from a position near the left touchline. Consett almost grabbed a late consolation, but the keeper touched substitute Adam Nicholls' effort onto the bar. Full match report and pictures to follow.

9 October 2014

Picture: Ian Horrocks

A goal fest at Belle View as Consett defeated a youthful Newcastle under 21 side 7-4. Remarkably, Consett were 5-0 up at half time with a penalty from Michael MacKay and a solo effort from Adam Nicholls adding to a superb Luke Sullivan hat trick. The vistitors were much improved in the second half and registered goals through Tom Heardman (2) Greg Olley and Stefan Broccoli while Sullivan notched his fourth for the Steelmen in addition to a strike from Chris Moore.

> Match report and pictures

In other news, player-coach Steve Bowey has left the club to return to Newcastle Benfield after they parted company with their manager Neil Saxton. 'Bowser', who signed in the summer, made six substitute appearances for the Steelmen, scoring twice - the crucial third in the 4-2 win at Penrith and the last in the 5-0 FA Vase win at Hall Road Rangers. All at Belle View Stadium wish him well - apart from when he returns with Benfield on 8 November!

8 October 2014

CONSETT AFC’s latest addition to their backroom staff is one which will raise eyebrows in the Northern League and beyond – former Newcastle United Academy development coach Willie Donachie. The former Manchester City and Scotland defender agreed to help out after striking up a relationship with chairman Frank Bell after bringing his Magpies side for the opening game at Belle View Stadium last November.

“Willie rang me a couple of weeks ago and asked if there was any way he could be of assistance to us, " said Frank. "You’re not going to turn down the chance to have the benefit of a coach with his experience, so I nearly took his hand off. He’s watched our last three games, at Morpeth, Hall Road Rangers and Bishop Auckland, and has already suggested a few areas where we might improve. I’m absolutely delighted he’s helping us out, he’s very professional, with a brilliant pedigree, and we can only benefit from his experience.”

Willie, 63, had been coaching in California since leaving Newcastle United in February, and hopes to find another full-time job in the professional game, but is happy to lend a hand at Consett until something permanent comes along. “I was

very impressed with the set-up at Consett when I was here with Newcastle, and I thought they were very nice people. I’d been coaching out in America, in California, and when that came to end I came home to see if there was anything for me in England. When nothing came up, I rang Frank and asked if I could help in any way. There’s a lot of fear in football, with managers and coaches thinking that you’re after their job, but that’s not the case here. Everybody has been so friendly, which was made me think of the club in the first place when I found myself at a loose end.

“Manager Kenny Lindoe has been very receptive to the things I’ve suggested, and in Simon Harris, Consett have a very good up and coming coach who will do very well in the game. I like what Frank and his staff are trying to build at Consett, making the club part of the community, and I’m trying to help in whatever way I can. Yes, there’s a big gulf between players who are hoping to make it in the Premier League and those in the Northern League, but I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Some of the players here are technically very good, but the difference is that they’re not training full-time. I want to work with anyone who wants to work and learn, whether they’re young pros or non-league players. I just want to help them improve. When I was at Newcastle I coached the Under-12s as well as the Under-21s – I just want to help players realise their potential.”

With nearly 600 games as a pro to his name at Manchester City, Norwich City, Burnley and Oldham Athletic, not to mention 35 full caps for Scotland, and managerial experience at Millwall and Antigua & Barbuda, as well as coaching at Newcastle and a host of other clubs, Willie certainly has the credentials to make a difference at Belle View.

7 October 2014

Consett had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw with Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park in a game they could and probably should have won. After a tepid first half-hour the Steelmen came alive as half-time approached, but the score remained 0-0. They went ahead on 68 minutes with a controversial goal from Michael Mackay, his 15th of the season. Adam Nicholls' cross from the left saw Aris Guerin-Lokonga challenge for the ball with Bishops keeper Scott Pocklington, who went down clutching his head. The home defenders claimed a foul, but Mackay played on, slotted the ball home from 10 yards, pictured, and referee Lindsey Robinson let the goal stand. Bishops levelled on 82 minutes, when Kyle Davis slipped his marker to volley home a cross at the back post. Full match report and pictures to follow.

6 October 2014

Consett have announced that they will be playing a Newcastle United XI this Thursday 9 October 2014 at Belle View with a 7.00pm kick off. Admission is £6 adults, £3 concessions and £1 under-16s.

In today's FA Vase 1st Round draw, Consett were handed a home tie against North West Counties League side Silsden. We have, of course, aleady met once this season, when the Steelmen travelled to their Angel Telecom Stadium for an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie in August and returned with a 2-0 victory. The tie will be played at Belle View on Saturday 1 November.

4 October 2014

A 12-minute Michael Mackay hat-trick provided the platform for Consett to ease through the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Vase with a comfortable 5-0 win at Hall Road Rangers' Dene Park ground. He opened the scoring against the Northern Counties East League 1st Division side after just seven minutes, finishing at the second attempt from Adam Nicholls' pass, pictured. Three minutes later the Steelmen were in complete control when Calvin Smith spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed him from 30 yards. On 15 minutes Mackay scored his second, firing past the keeper after Chris Moore's pass sent him clear. And four minutes later the game was effectively over, as Josh Gray provided the pass for Mackay to complete his hat-trick. Consett had many more chances, but had to wait until the 80th minute for another goal, when substitute Steve Bowey sidefooted home after good work down the left by Mark Eccles and Moore. Full match report and pictures to follow.

1 October 2014

CONSETT brought their four-match losing streak away from home to an end after coming from behind to beat fourth-placed Morpeth Town 3-2 at Craik Park. Matty Slocombe got the Steelmen off to an ideal start, firing home the rebound after his shot had come back off the post after good work by Adam Nicholls down the left. But Morpeth skipper Sean Taylor headed them level on 18 minutes, then fired them ahead on the half-hour from the edge of the box. Calvin Smith made it all square a minute before the break with a 22-yard free-kick which took a slight deflection off the wall. The winner came seven minutes into the second half when man-of-the-match Nicholls surged forward from midfield and played in Aris Guerin-Lokonga, who, despite the close attentions of a defender, finished into the top corner for his first goal of the season. His celebration is pictured above. Full match report and pictures to follow.

29 September 2014

Some fixture changes to make you aware of:

Weds 1 Oct (A) Morpeth Town
Tues 7 Oct (A) Bishop Auckland
Sat 11 Oct (A) Shildon - POSTPONED, as they will be in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup that day
Tues 14 Oct (H) Dunston UTS

In the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round we have been drawn away to Ryhope CW, with the game to be played by Sat 1 Nov

27 September 2014

CONSETT slumped to their third defeat in a week and their fourth in the last five games after a worryingly toothless display saw them go down 0-3 at the Daren Persson Stadium against promoted North Shields. The Steelmen trailed 0-1 at half time to a Denver Morris close range header in the 14th minute. Despite a better performance in the second half, two goals from Gareth Bainbridge - scored in the 63rd and 89th minutes - sealed their fate. Match report and pictures to follow.

23 September 2014

A third defeat in four games saw Consett bow out of the Brooks Mileson League Cup in the 1st Round, as they were beaten 2-1 at Dunston UTS. The home side took the lead on 25 minutes when Jordan Galloway, making his first start, lost the ball just outside his own box, and grateful striker Daniel Wilson accepted the gift, firing across Chris Elliott into the far corner. Playing with an experimental formation, the Steelmen created little in the first half, but drew level within three minutes of the restart, with skipper Dan Madden getting his first goal from the club from a half-cleared corner, pictured. Parity only lasted six minutes, however, as Wilson took advantage of another defensive mistake to score what turned out to be the winner. Full match report and pictures to follow.

20 September 2014

A below-par performance at Woodhorn Lane saw Consett's unbeaten start to their Northern League season come to an end today when they lost 2-0 at Ashington. They fell behind after 27 minutes when they gave the ball away in midfield, and a swift Colliers break was finished from close range by right-back Lance McGlen. Chris Elliott made a flying save from old boy Marc Walton's header to keep the score at 1-0 at half-time as Consett struggled to get going. They thought they had equalised two minutes into the second half, when Carl Piecha headed home from a corner, only to see his 'goal' ruled out for a foul. The Steelmen created and squandered several more chances, though Michael Mackay was unlucky to see a shot hit the underside of the bar and bounce out with seven minutes to go, pictured. He then had the ball in the net after latching onto Aris Guerin-Lokonga's flick-on and rounding the keeper, but was flagged offside. But there was no way back when a cross from the left was laid back in to the path of - who else? - Walton, who sealed the win three minutes left. Full match report and pictures to follow.

16 September 2014

Consett made it three wins in three home league games, with 15 goals scored and none conceded, when they beat Celtic Nation 4-0 at Belle View Stadium. Luke Sullivan opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he beat keeper Adam Coward to Josh Gray's left-wing cross to stab the ball home from seven yards. A couple of minutes before half-time it was two when a defender tried to head Chris Elliott's huge punt downfield back to his keeper, sold him short, and Michael Mackay nipped in to score. Chris Moore got in on the act on 57 minutes, rifling into the bottom corner from just outside the box. And Mackay completed the scoring five minutes later with his 11th goal in 11 games. A superb Calvin Smith pass from deep inside his own half sent him clear, and he kept his nerve to slot past the keeper. Smith almost made it five with the last kick of the game, but his audacious 50-yard lob dropped just over the bar after he spotted the keeper off his line. Full match report and pictures to follow.

13 September 2014

Consett bowed out of the FA Cup with their heads held high despite being beaten 2-0 at Workington's Borough Park in the 1st Qualifying Round. They went behind on 12 minutes when left winger Adam Telfer marked his debut by cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner. On 38 minutes the Reds grabbed a second, when Daniel Wordsworth thumped a header against the bar from a right-wing corner, and the ball fell at the feet of his fellow centre-half Kyle May to stab home from close range. Consett, who'd had more of the possession without being able to turn it into clear-cut chances against opponents two divisions above them, had a strong penalty appeal turned down within a minute when Josh Gray appeared to have his legs whipped from under him. The second half again saw the Steelmen play the better football, but they were unable to break down their well-drilled Evo-Stik Premier League hosts. Their best chance came four minutes from the end when Steve Bowey was thwarted by keeper Jonny Jamieson, pictured. Full match report and pictures to follow.

12 September 2014

This Saturday, 13 September, Consett are playing away at Workington in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup (NB - NOT Guisborough Town at home as previously stated on this site). The club have a bus going to the match which is leaving from the ground at 10.30 am, the cost being £10.00.

10 September 2014

Consett extended their unbeaten run to nine games and picked up their first three-point haul of the season on their travels with a hard-earned 4-2 win at Penrith's Frenchfield Park. Michael Mackay gave the Steelmen an 18th-minute lead, latching on to Josh Gray's pass and slotting past keeper Joshua Richardson, pictured. But the sides went in level after the Cumbrians equalised right on half-time through Ryan Hall, who was left with a one-on-one against Chris Elliott. Four minutes into the second half the home side took the lead through Matthew Read, but Matty Slocombe made it 2-2 on 54 minutes, firing home from 18 yards. It was two inspired substitutions which won the game for Consett. First, veteran player-coach Steve Bowey restored the lead on 76 minutes, bundling home Chris Moore's deep cross at the far post for his first goal for the club. Then Luke Sullivan made certain of the points in the 89th minute, timing his run to perfection to side home Calvin Smith's cross. Match report and pictures to follow.

6 September 2014

All roads still lead to Wembley for Consett as they recorded a hard fought 2-1 win over Northern Counties East Premier side Thackley at Belle View in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Vase. A late header from substitute Adam Nicholls sent the home side through after the sides had gone to the interval at 1-1 - a 30th minute own goal from Liam Hudson cancelling out Chris Davey's 14th minute opener for the visitors. Thackley did exert more pressure in the final minutes but they couldn't find the breakthrough and Consett saw the game out to set up a tie away to Hall Road Rangers.

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2 September 2014

Consett continued their impressive start to the season with a convincing 7-0 win over West Allotment Celtic at Belle View Stadium this evening. Ryan Bell set the ball rolling on 16 minutes with a 25-yard rocket, and it stayed 1-0 until the 35th minute when three quickfire Consett goals killed the contest. Michael Mackay made it 2-0 from the penalty spot before adding the third five minutes later. A stooping header from Calvin Smith on the stroke of half time made it 4-0 at the break. Luke Sullivan latched onto a superb ball from Chris Moore to chip the keeper three minutes into the second half, and on 62 minutes Carl Piecha headed home the sixth. Mackay completed his hat trick with another header ten minutes from the end to round off a highly satisfactory night's work for the Steelmen.

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30 August 2014

Consett progressed to the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Second Division neighbours Whickham at Belle View Stadium today. Michael Mackay opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes before half time, after a foul in the area on Calvin Smith. An injury time screamer from new signing Chris Moore, pictured, sealed the issue to set up an away tie with Workington in the next round.

> Match report and pictures

25 August 2014

CONSETT extended their unbeaten start to the season to five matches, but had to be content with a point on their travels for the third time in as many away league games after a 0-0 Bank Holiday Monday stalemate at New Ferens Park. Skipper, and ex-Durham defender, Daniel Madden came closest to scoring with a 30-yarder which cannoned off the top of the bar eight minutes from time. However it was a game of few chances with a draw the fair result.

> Match report and pictures

23 August 2014

Consett won their opening home game of the season today, eventually running out comfortable 4-0 winners against a dogged Newton Aycliffe side. Adam Nicholls opened the scoring after 9 minutes, beating two defenders and sweeping a left-foot shot across the keeper. Luke Sullivan made it 2-0 on 32 minutes, firing home from an acute angle after Michael Mackay's shot was blocked, pictured. Aycliffe's best chance saw Michael Pearson clear Tom Hinchley's shot off the line. The Steelmen dominated the second half, but missed a multitude of chances, and had to wait until three minutes from time to increase their tally through substitute Jonny Wright's first goal for the club, from Sullivan's cross. A minute later David Brown gave the final scoreline a more convincing look, applying a neat finish to Gilberto Chapim's pullback.


Before the game, club Chairman Frank Bell accepted an Ice Bucket Challenge from Anthony Hudson of Consett Sunday League side East Stanley WMC. With Keith Marley of club sponsor Keith's Barbers at Annfield Plain doing the honours, Frank took a good soaking with a bucket of water containing extra ice, which he'd been duped into paying for! In turn he nominated club captain Dan Madden, coach Simon Harris and sponsors Andrew Scott of Stanley Travel and Craig Morgan of CM Flooring to do the challenge. You can watch his challenge HERE. A collection for the charity ALS is being done in the clubhouse if anyone wishes to donate.

16 August 2014

Consett made it through the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup for the first time in five years with a 2-0 win over North West Counties League side Silsden at their blustery Angel Telecom Stadium in West Yorkshire. Michael Mackay had already had an effort cleared off the line when Luke Sullivan put the Steelmen in front on 17 minutes with a diving header from Calvin Smith's pinpoint cross, pictured above. Four minutes into the second half, Mackay made it 2-0, placing his shot into the top corner from Mark Eccles' pullback, pictured below . Consett - debuting their new white and black away strip - never looked in danger of conceding, and the only surprise was that they didn't turn their dominance of the game into more goals. Their reward is a home game in the next round on 30 August against the winners of Sunday's Whickham v Bacup & Rossendale tie.

Tuesday's scheduled away game at Bishop Auckland is POSTPONED, as they drew their FA Cup tie v Sunderland RCA on Friday night, and will be replaying the tie. Our next game is now our first home league game of the season v Newton Aycliffe on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

13 August 2014

Consett had to settle for another point on their travels tonight when they drew 4-4 at Billingham Synthonia in a game reminiscent of so many last season. They led twice and had to come from two goals down in a rollercoaster 90 minutes. Luke Sullivan gave them the lead after nine minutes, after a great crossfield ball by Adam Nicholls and lovely lay-off by Mark Eccles. They could have added three more before the home side levelled on 21 minutes with a looping header from ex-Steelman Luke Richardson. Two minutes later Synners were in front after Consett gave the ball away and Michael Sweet took full advantage. And on 32 minutes Sweet struck home a half-volley to make it 3-1. Consett looked stunned, but to their credit went in level at half-time, through Nicholls' first goal from the club on 37 minutes, pictured, and then an equaliser from Michael Mackay five minutes before the break. Both sides looked vulnerable to the other's pacey attacks, and Consett regained the lead on 52 minutes when Mackay beat Billingham keeper James Briggs. It wasn't to last, however, and on 67 minutes Jack Bradbury made it 4-4. The game seemed to swing in Consett's favour with 15 minutes to go when Synners captain Stephen Gibson was adjudged to have tripped Mackay as last man and was shown a red card. But Consett could not make the extra man count and had to settle for a share of the spoils. Full match report and pictures to follow.

9 August 2014

Consett began the new campaign with a well earned point away to Whitley Bay with goals form Michael MacKay and Michael Pearson countering two strikes from perennial nemesis Paul Chow at a sun-drenched Hillheads. Whitley Bay took the lead against the run of play on 9 minutes as Paul Chow's strike from the angle of the area somehow found its way through keeper Dan Regan. Consett got the equaliser their play deserved on 35 minutes when Gilbert Chapim collected the rebound from a saved Adam Nicholls effort to tee up Mackay who made no mistake. On 54 minutes Consett took the lead through the unlikely source of full back Michael Pearson, who ran onto a Calvin Smith throw in and finished into the bottom left hand corner. Chow levelled for Whitley from the penalty spot twelve minutes from time after he had been fouled by Mark Eccles. The referee deemed the infringement to be inside the area, although Consett disputed the penalty believing the foul to have taken place outside of the box.

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5 August 2014

Consett brought their pre-season programme to an end with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Blyth Spartans at Belle View. The game was a big step up from the previous eight friendlies, and Consett had to spend much of it keeping their shape and discipline against opponents two divisions above them in the non-league pyramid. They had goalkeeper Dan Regan and one of his posts to thank for reaching half-time level at 0-0, but he could do nothing about Neal Hooks' opener on 54 minutes, as he found time and space to lob the keeper. Dan Maguire made it two on 68 minutes, rounding the keeper after the Steelmen were punished for giving away possession. And although Luke Sullivan pulled one back on 81 minutes with a header from David Brown's cross, pictured, Blyth's winning margin could have been greater. Now onto the real thing at Whitley Bay on Saturday…

1 August 2014

Consett enjoyed another goal-fest when they entertained nearest neighbours Tow Law Town in their latest pre-season friendly, romping home 9-0. The Lawyers actually had the ball in the net first, on 11 minutes, but the ‘goal' was disallowed for offside. Three minutes later Consett were ahead, with Aris Guerin-Lokonga latching onto a long ball, forcing a mistake from a defender, and firing home from 10 yards. On 23 minutes it was 2-0, as Adam Nicholls and Mark Eccles combined well down the left to set up Michael Mackay, who rifled home from the corner of the six-yard box, pictured. Two minutes later, good work by Mackay and Nicholls set up Guerin-Lokonga to sidefoot home his second. And on 28 minutes it was 4-0, as a deft pass by Matty Slocombe played in Mackay, who dinked the ball over the advancing keeper. Six minutes before the break Mackay completed a first-half hat-trick from the penalty spot after Nicholls was tripped.

Starting the second half 5-0 in front, Consett made seven changes at the break, and within two minutes, two of the half-time substitutes had added their names to the scoresheet. First, a surging run by David Brown set up Chris Youldon to fire home, and then a great ball out from the back gave Luke Sullivan the chance to lob the keeper from 20 yards, and he finished in style, pictured. On 72 minutes Calvin Smith smashed home a 25-yarder from Brown's lay-off, and with a minute to go David Scorer made it 9-0 with a thundering header from Brown's corner.

26 July 2014

Consett’s pre-season friendly continued with a comfortable win over more Northern League 2nd Division opponents as they beat Esh Winning 5-1 at Belle View Stadium. Esh – who stepped in after scheduled opponents Hebburn Town pulled out in midweek – took the lead on 11 minutes when Luke Wilson was fouled in the box and converted the resulting penalty. It took 20 minutes for Consett to restore parity. Mark Eccles put in a deep cross from the left, Josh Gray fired the ball back into the middle and Luke Sullivan finished from six yards. Two minutes before the break Consett took the lead, when an Esh defender was adjudged to have handled in the area, and Sullivan stepped up to make it 2-1 at half-time. Four minutes into the second half the lead was extended when a burst of acceleration took Gray into the box, and his pass set up Michael Mackay for a simple finish. On 53 minutes it was 4-1, as Sullivan completed his hat-trick with an assured strike from the edge of the box. Not to be outdone, Mackay made it 5-1 on 84 minutes with an even better finish from virtually the same place (pictured). It was nearly six, but Ryan Bell – making his first pre-season appearance after returning from injury – hit the bar from 20 yards.

22 July 2014

Consett continued their pre-season build-up with a good win over Northern League champions Spennymoor Town. Moors, who will be playing in the Evo-Stik League Division One North this season, sent a young side, containing just half a dozen first-teamers, to Belle View Stadium. And they paid the price, heading home on the wrong end of a 5-1 hiding. Michael Mackay opened the scoring after six minutes from a Luke Sullivan pass, and Sully made it 2-0 on 19 minutes with another for his growing collection of ‘worldies’. Calvin Smith picked him out with a diagonal pass and he let it bounce on the right-hand corner of the box before smashing it home right-footed, (pictured). Josh Gray also hit the post, and with better finishing, Consett could have been more than 2-0 up at the break. It took just 47 seconds of the second half to increase the lead, however, as Chris Youldon – one of four half-time substitutes – fired into the top corner after surging forward from midfield. Spennymoor replied within a couple of minutes, when Dan Taylor pulled one back from the edge of the box. But another of the subs, Aris Guerin-Lokonga, restored the three-goal advantage on 58 minutes, finishing from 15 yards, and he made it 5-1 on 72 minutes after being fouled in the box and tucking away the resulting penalty. It could have been more, but Adam Nicholls’ effort was superbly cleared off the line by a defender after he had rounded the keeper.

19 July 2014

Consett were in the mood for goals again in their latest warm-up game, beating Wearside League neighbours Annfield Plain 7-0 in the annual friendly. Luke Sullivan set things rolling on eight minutes with a well-taken goal. He received the ball from Dan Madden in midfield, spread it wide to Adam Nicholls, took his return pass and fired into the bottom left corner from 22 yards (pictured). On 26 minutes Aris Guerin-Lokonga made it two from the penalty spot after he had been hauled down from behind. And six minutes later it was three, when Sullivan’s cross from the left byline was chested home by Matty Slocombe from point-blank range at the back post. Calvin Smith made it 4-0 on 35 minutes after being set up by Aris following a good move down the right. And four minutes before the break Sullivan got his second from inside the six-yard box after a good run down the left and low, hard cross from Mark Eccles. On 43 minutes Adam Nicholls made it 6-0, cutting in from the left and letting fly from 25 yards. Consett made seven changes at half-time, and the ‘second half’ team took some time to get going. But one of the substitutes, Michael Mackay, made it 7-0 on 62 minutes with a deft chip over the advancing keeper after he was sent clear by a good pass from Kieran Martin. It could have been more, but Tony Coe rattled the post, and the Plain keeper made a couple of good saves.

15 July 2014

Consett recorded their best pre-season result so far tonight, with a crushing 9-1 win over Northern League 2nd Division opponents Brandon United. The visitors, playing their first friendly, found themselves behind after just 47 seconds when Adam Nicholls played in Michael Mackay, who finished clinically. The next goal came on 21 minutes, and fell to Luke Sullivan. His initial shot, a falling volley, came back off the bar, Mackay kept the ball alive in the box, and Sully made no mistake at the second attempt. The No 9 hit the post and the bar again before Mackay rifled home a 20-yarder into the bottom corner on 27 minutes to make it 3-0. A minute later it was four when Calvin Smith fired home from eight yards after Brandon failed to clear their lines. On 33 minutes Mackay completed his hat-trick, taking advantage of another mistake in the visitors' defence to make the half-time score 5-0.

Consett again rang the changes at the break, making eight substitutions, including centre-half David Scorer's first game back after a year off from football. Within four minutes of the restart it was 6-0, when Josh Gray cut in from the right and fired home left-footed from just inside the box. Two minutes later it was seven, with Matty Slocombe - also playing his first pre-season game, at left-back - popping up on the edge of the box to smash home a 20-yarder. On the hour it was 8-0, with Nicholls' cross from the right finished by a close-range header from Chris Youldon. Two minutes later it was nine, as Nicholls seized on a poor kick-out by the Brandon keeper, lifted the ball over a defender's head, surged to the byline and set up Gray's second goal of the night on a plate, (pictured). To their credit, Brandon, who had a team packed with triallists, didn't give up, and got their reward when George McCain headed a consolation goal on 66 minutes.

12 July 2014

Consett tasted defeat for the first time in their pre-season build-up as they were beaten 3-2 at Belle View Stadium by Northern League 2nd Division opponents South Shields. The Steelmen, playing their second game in less than 24 hours, started with only three of the team which took the field against Ryton. But like the previous night, it was the visitors who took the initiative, when ex-Consett player David Malloy took advantage of some poor defending to fire home on 14 minutes. Two minutes later it was 1-1, as good work from Aris Guerin-Lokonga set up Luke Sullivan to burst through and slip the ball home. On 27 minutes Consett took the lead with a well-worked goal. A Mark Eccles pass set Sullivan away down the left, and although the Shields keeper saved his effort, he retrieved the loose ball and crossed to the back post, where Ryan King - back for the summer from his scholarship in America - rose to head home from barely a yard out, (pictured). It was 2-1 at half-time, and the usual raft of changes meant Consett rarely convinced in the second half. Nine minutes in they found themselves pegged back when lively Mariners striker Damian Stevens was fouled, picked himself up and slotted away the resulting penalty. Shields claimed the victory with a minute to go when James Talbot found a gaping hole on the left, and lobbed the advancing keeper for the winner.

11 July 2014

Consett continued their pre-season preparations with another game against Northern League 2nd Division opposition, but had to be content with a 1-1 draw with Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. There was a first appearance in the Steelmen's colours for new player-coach Steve Bowey, but it was the visitors who struck first, with triallist Kris Allington given time and space to finish a cross from the right after nine minutes. Ryton's keeper made good saves from on-trial Chris Youlden, Gilberto Chapim and Calvin Smith, but it was his team who had the ball in the net again five minutes before half-time, but the 'goal' was ruled out for offside. Consett rang the changes at the break, and it was one of the substitutes, Aris Guerin-Lokonga, who headed home the equaliser from Michael Mackay's left-wing corner on 72 minutes. Consett dominated the half, but could not find a winner against a Ryton side who defended resolutely and look a big improvement on the one who only avoided relegation in their last game of last season.

In other news, Yorkshire side Armthorpe Welfare, who were due to visit Belle View Stadium on Saturday, 19 July for a friendly, have pulled out. Our Wearside League neighbours Annfield Plain have agreed to step in, with the game kicking off at 3pm.

8 July 2014

Consett began their pre-season build-up with a comfortable 4-1 win over Northern league 2nd Division neighbours Whickham. The starting XI contained five summer signings, but it was a familiar face, Michael Mackay, who scored the opening goal after just three minutes, finishing from close range after good work from one of the new boys, Josh Gray. A minute later it was 1-1 as the Highwaymen swept up the other end and equalised with a well-worked goal from ex-Steelman Steven Aiston. On 20 minutes Aris Guerin-Lokonga restored the lead, sliding the ball home after a great pass by another new face, former Hartlepool United midfielder Jonny Wright. Yet another new signing, Adam Nicholls, set up Mackay to make it 3-1 on 33 minutes, and that remained the score at half-time. Consett made six changes at half-time, and more during the second half, so it was no surprise that the game lost some of its rhythm. The only addition to the scoreline came on 49 minutes, when Scott Martindale's ball down the left sent Mackay away, and he pulled the ball back for Guerin-Lokonga to claim his second of the game (pictured above).The only Steelmen to play all 90 minutes were goalkeeper Dan Regan and defenders Michael Pearson and David Brown.

4 July 2014

The draws for the FA competitions have been made. Consett begin their FA Cup campaign on Saturday 16 August with an Extra Preliminary Round tie away to Silsden of the North West Counties League. Should we win through that game we have home tie against the winners of the Whickham v Bacup & Rossendale Borough game. Success in that match would bring a 1st Qualifying Round trip to Workington.

In the FA Vase we begin on Saturday 6 September with home game against Northern Counties East side Thackley in the 1st Qualifying Round. The winners face a trip to Hall Road Rangers four week later.

3 July 2014

Consett have made two more new signings as they build their squad for the coming season. One is Adam Nicholls, a fast, skillful 25-year-old winger who spent last season at Crook Town, but played at Wembley for West Auckland in the 2012 FA Vase final, and won a Northern League championship medal with Darlington the following season. The second is midfielder Jonny Wright, a 19-year-old local lad who attended Sunderland's Academy, and has just been released after three years at Hartlepool United. Both are quality additions to a squad which already includes the majority of last season's players.

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Guisborough Town (H)
Northern League Division One, Tuesday 21 October 2014, kick off 19:45

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Jarrow Roofing 5 Consett 0
Northern League Division One, Saturday 18 October October 2014

Northern League Div 1
Pos Team Pl GD Pts
10 Durham City 13 6 23
11 Jarrow Roofing 14 5 21
12 Whitley Bay 14 -4 20
13 CONSETT 13 6 19
14 Penrith 14 -8 17
15 Ashington 14 -1 15
16 Newc Benfield 12 5 14

(18 October 2014)

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