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2 May 2016


Consett AFC today announced the appointment of Mark Eccles as their new manager, with immediate effect. The 35-year-old has been acting as interim manager since the departure of Colin Myers on 5 March, and has now been given the job on a permanent basis. Under his guidance, the Steelmen's fortunes have been transformed, with the team currently on a seven-game unbeaten run, having won their last six. His 13 games in charge have produced eight wins, three draws, just two defeats and 27 points. That compares with three wins, a draw, nine defeats and 10 points in the 13 games prior to him taking charge. This is even more remarkable when you look at the number of players not available due to injuries and work commitments.

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30 April 2016


Consett completed their home fixtures with a good 4-2 win over Newton Aycliffe. It was their sixth consecutive win, and saw them leapfrog their visitors to go sixth in the table. They had to come from behind to do it, after Stuart Banks gave Aycliffe the lead against the run of play in the 35th minute. Nathan Steel headed them level five minutes later from Luke Sullivan's cross, and it was 1-1 at half-time. Steel scored again from close range in the 72nd minute, but the lead lasted only four minutes when Dennis Knight whipped in a free-kick from 30 yards. But in a grandstand finish Sullivan restored Consett's lead on 84 minutes, firing home across the keeper into the bottom corner, (pictured), and a minute before the end he completed the scoring with a deft chip. Full match report and pictures to follow.

In other news, Consett's final game of the season at Whitley Bay has been moved back 24 hours, and will now take place at Hillheads on Tuesday 10 May, kick-off 7.30pm.


26 April 2016


Consett's excellent current form continued with a 5-1 home win against Bishop Auckland. The Steelmen took the lead after eight minutes when Dan Hawkins headed home from a Danny Craggs corner, and a looping header from Luke Sullivan made it 2-0 five minutes before the break, pictured. With the unseasonal snow at Belle View a blizzard in the second half, Bishop pulled one back on 67 minutes after a defensive mistake. Sullivan scored his second and Consett's third in the 74th minute - his 100th goal for the club. Calvin Smith added a fourth six minutes from time from 20 yards, and Lewis Gibbons opened his Consett account in the 89th minute to complete the scoring. Match report and pictures to follow.


23 April 2016


CONSETT completed their fourth league ‘double’ of the season, winning at Dr Pit Welfare Park, and relegating their hosts in the process. Danny Craggs smashed home Consett's opener after 16 minutes, and Luke Sullivan netted six minutes before the break to make it 2-0 at half time. Terriers fought back in the second half and a brace from Ryan Drane levelled the scores midway through the second half. With the game heading for a draw, Dan Hawkins headed Consett ahead again three minutes from time (pictured) and Nathan Steel's close range effort in the last minute made the final score 4-2.

> Match report and pictures


19 April 2016


Consett enjoyed a good win tonight against Sunderland RCA, winning an open and entertaining game 5-1 at Belle View. Michael Sweet got them off to a great start with his 25th goal of the season after just three minutes, capitalising on a poor back-header to beat two defenders and fire into the bottom corner. The lead lasted just seven minutes after Stephen Little was judged to have barged over Callum Hope, and Colin Larkin squeezed in the resulting penalty. A minute later the Steelmen's lead was restored. Jordan Lavery's corner from the left caused chaos in the RCA ranks, and although the ball looked to have struck an opponent last, Calvin Smith is claiming the goal, pictured. There were plenty of chances at both ends but no more goals until the 69th minute, when Danny Craggs took a pass from Josh Gray, feinted inside his man, and buried the ball into the bottom corner from 15 yards.On 80 minutes RCA's hopes of getting anything out of the game ended when a suspiciously offside-looking Nathan Steel unselfishly squared for Sweet to slot home his second of the game. And the scoring was completed four minutes from time when Gray cut in from the left and fired into the top right-hand corner.

> Match report and pictures

16 April 2016

Consett's match at Whitley Bay today has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch.

12 April 2016

After a day of constant heavy rain, this evening's game at Marske has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch.

9 April 2016


Consett beat FA Vase holders North Shields in a fascinating tussle at Belle View Stadium in a game which was touched by controversy. Josh Gray put Consett 1-0 up from the penalty spot after 17 minutes, pictured, the spot kick having been awarded for a clearly accidental handball. Stuart Donnison levelled on the stroke of half time, but the Steelmen were 3-1 within seven minutes of play recommencing after the break. Nathan Steel headed home in the 48th minute, and then another Luke Sullivan special from the half way line put Consett two ahead. Gareth Bainbridge pounced on hesitancy in the Consett defence to pull the score back to 3-2 seventeen minutes from time, but the home side held on for the win.

> Match report and pictures


6 April 2016


Consett returned from the long midweek trip to Frenchfields Stadium with three points after a battling 1-0 win over Penrith. On a heavy, wet pitch they had to dig deep in their second game in three days, but came home happy after Dan Hawkins' winner midway through the second half. Good work by Jordan Lavery and Michael Sweet down the left set up Josh Gray, who got in behind his man and to the byline, and his cross was bundled home by Hawkins from point-blank range. Full match report and pictures to follow.


4 April 2016


A much-improved Consett performance saw them head home from Sam Smith's Park with a point after a 1-1 draw in their re-arranged game at Newcastle Benfield. The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes, when player-manager Paul Brayson fired a first-time shot into the corner from Michael Riley's pass. It was his 32nd goal of the season. The Steelmen's top scorer Michael Sweet equalised three minutes into the second half, taking down Calvin Smith's cross from the left and volleying home superbly from eight yards, pictured. It was his 24th goal of the season in all competitions. Peter Jeffries made a couple of good saves to keep the scores level, and Jordan Nellis had a late chance to snatch all three points, but fired wide. Full match report and pictures to follow.


2 April 2016


Consett conceded five goals at home for the second game in a row, however that's where the similarity to last Tuesday's 8-5 thiller ended, as the Steelmen served up a horror show in losing 0-5 to Ashington at Belle View. Andy Johnson, who was unplayable all afternoon, set the ball rolling when he cut in from the left to curl a shot into the corner. Consett looked dead and buried when two goals in three minutes just before half time from Ben Harmison and Damien Stevens gave the Colliers a three-goal advantage at the break. Any hopes of a second half revival lasted all of three minutes, as an unmarked Harmison made it 0-4. Harmison converted a right wing cross two minutes from time complete his hat trick, which meant Ashington inflicted Consett's heaviest defeat at their new ground.

> Match report and pictures


29 March 2016


A depleted Consett side served up a magnificent night's entertainment tonight when they beat Washington 8-5 in one of the craziest games in the club's history. They were three-up inside 12 minutes, contrived to throw away the lead and go behind early in the second half, then stormed back to win in a thrilling final quarter. The game was a personal triumph for striker Michael Sweet. Stranded for so much of the season out on the wing, he was played through the middle and scored four times. He gave the Steelmen the lead after four minutes, finishing from Nathan Steel's cross. Six minutes later it was 2-0, pictured, thanks to the same combination. When Sweet was tripped on 12 minutes and Josh Gray scored from the penalty spot, Consett were 3-0 up and cruising. Washington played their way back into the game, and were awarded a penalty on 28 minutes, but Peter Jeffries saved Mark Davison's kick. The visiting No 10 wasn't to be denied for long, however, bulleting home a header from a corner six minutes later. Sweet had a chance to complete his hat-trick on 37 minutes, but delayed his shot and allowed the keeper to save. The miss proved costly, as John Butler took advantage of some woeful defending to score twice in as many minutes to make it 3-3 by half-time. Consett were already without seven players through injury and suspension, and things got worse when skipper Dan Madden failed to emerge for the second half, forcing a defensive reshuffle. On 58 minutes Gray, who switched to left-back, headed into his own goal as he tried to steer the ball back to Jeffries, and Consett incredibly trailed 3-4. But Jordan Nellis, who'd come on for Madden, levelled on 69 minutes, and Steel made it 5-4 a minute later. Nellis scored again on 76 minutes, and when Sweet completed his-trick with 10 minutes to go, most people though the game was over. Washington striker Butler had other ideas, and fired home to complete his own treble a minute later, but the last word went to Sweet, who grabbed his fourth of the night in injury time to make the final score 8-5. Full match report and pictures to follow.


22 March 2016


Consett came from behind to draw 1-1 with Seaham Red Star at Belle View Stadium tonight - but were disappointed not to have taken all three points after another much-improved display. The visitors took the lead on 10 minutes when Craig Lynch chipped Peter Jeffries from an acute angle, and the rest of the half was fairly even. But recent signing Nathan Steel, pictured, who came on as a half-time sub, levelled with a thundering header from Danny Craggs' cross on 50 minutes, and saw a shot hit the bar and bounce down on the line two minutes later. Seaham keeper Shaun Newbrook made the save of the game from Craggs on the hour, and Consett squandered several other decent chances to win the match. Full report and pictures to follow.


19 March 2016


Consett were full value for the point they brought home from a 0-0 draw at North Shields, and could have had all three, despite finishing a match with only 10 men for the SEVENTH time this season. Jordan Lavery was shown a straight red card after the referee decided he had prevented a goalscoring opportunity by pulling back a forward outside the box in injury time at the end of the game. Consett had several chances to take all three points against a Robins side who had won their last five games. Calvin Smith brought a good save from Sean McCafferty, and Lavery hit the bar in a good spell of early pressure. Gareth Bainbridge was Shields' main goal threat, and had three good chances, the best of which saw Peter Jeffries save bravely at his feet. Josh Gray, Jake Stafford and Michael Sweet all had chances to break the deadlock in the second half, but the much-improved Steelmen had to settle for one point, instead of three. Full match report and pictures to follow.


16 March 2016


The positivity shown in Saturday's performance turned into points tonight when Consett deservedly won 3-1 at West Allotment Celtic in Mark Eccles' second game as interim manager. They were the better side from start to finish, but had to come from behind after David Henderson gave the hosts the lead against the run of play in the 11th minute. Midway through the first half Jordan Lavery equalised with his first goal for the club, firing home from the edge of the box from a half-cleared corner, pictured. Just before half-time the Steelmen had a goal disallowed, with Dan Hawkins judged to be offside when he flicked the ball on for Michael Sweet to convert. But seven minutes into the second half they took the lead through Ryan McKinnon, whose glancing header from Lavery's corner looped over the keeper. And after Calvin Smith had seen a thunderous 25-yarder come back off the post, he completed the scoring in the 81st minute with a sublime chip from 25 yards after good work by winger Josh Gray, who has re-signed from Ashington. Full match report and pictures to follow.


12 March 2016


Mark Eccles didn't exactly get off to the start he wanted as interim manager today as his Consett team lost 3-0 at home to Dunston UTS - but there were plenty of positives to take from the performance, if not the result. They fell behind after just five minutes, when the defence were caught out by a long pass and Steven Richardson beat the onrushing Peter Jeffries to the ball. Matters got worse on 10 minutes when Luke Sullivan was shown a red card for a supposed stamp on Matthew Fisher. Things threatened to unravel further on 37 minutes, when Dan Hawkins was judged to have tripped Fisher, and the referee awarded a penalty. But Jeffries ensured it stayed 1-0 at half-time, superbly saving Fisher's spot-kick. The Steelmen's task became even harder on 67 minutes when Michael Liddle's cross from the left found Malky Morien unmarked, and he headed home to make it 2-0. And to add insult to injury Consett were reduced to nine men on 86 minutes when Joe Grant was harshly adjudged to have brought down former Consett forward Aristote Guerin as last man, and Morien converted the resulting penalty. Even with 10 men, Consett were the better side for long spells, and created a number of chances, but could find no way past Dunston keeper Andrew Clark, who made a string of good saves. Full match report and pictures to follow.


9 March 2016


Consett suffered the frustration of seeing their match at Newcastle Benfield abandoned tonight in the 26th minute, with them leading 1-0. Former manager Kenny Lindoe was in charge on a one-off caretaker basis, as player-coach Mark Eccles, who has been appointed as interim boss until the end of the season, was unavailable due to work commitments. After a day of steady rain, it was touch and go whether the game at the rain-lashed Sam Smith's Sports Ground would go ahead, but the referee decided to give it a try. Visiting fans were pleased he did when Michael Sweet headed the Steelmen in front on 19 minutes from Joe Grant's cross to the near post, but seven minutes later, with surface water beginning to gather, the referee decided to call a halt in the interests of player safety.


5 March 2016


Consett slipped to their ninth defeat in their last 13 games today as they went down 2-1 to West Auckland at a muddy Darlington Road. Luke Sullivan's 12th goal of the season, pictured, put the Steelmen ahead in the 21st minute, and Danny Craggs missed a glorious chance to make it two on the half hour. Shaun Hudson levelled for West six minutes before the break, and Adam Burnicle - who had a short spell at Consett a couple of seasons ago - scored what turned out to be the winner 10 minutes into the second half, as the season continues to unravel at an alarming rate. Full match report and pictures to follow.

More drama was to follow after the final whistle when manager Colin Myers decided to leave the club. Consett AFC would like to say a massive thank you to Colin for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.



24 February 2016


Consett manager Colin Myers' return to his old stomping ground had a far-from-happy ending tonight when his side suffered their worst defeat of the season, 6-2 at Bishop Auckland. The only player to emerge with any credit was striker Jordan Nellis, a new signing from Morpeth, who scored both the Steelmen's goals in a generally shambolic team performance. He put them ahead after two minutes with his first touch, firing home from Luke Sullivan's through ball, only to see Scott McCarthy level on nine minutes. Bishops took the lead in the 32nd minute, when Andrew Johnson pounced on a loose ball in the box to smash it past his old teammate Peter Jeffries, who was captain for the night. Johnson also had a hand in the third goal five minutes before half-time when his shot came back off the post and Sam Orritt netted the rebound. The second half turned into 'The AJ Show', as Johnson netted three almost identical goals, after the visiting defence allowed him to run through on Jeffries in the 52nd, 60th and 70th minutes. Nellis grabbed a consolation for Consett with 11 minutes left (pictured), after Michael Sweet's shot had been saved, but the game was long since over - the eighth defeat in the last 12 matches. Full match report and pictures to follow.


20 February 2016


In a thrilling game at Belle View today, Consett beat third bottom Whitley Bay by the odd goal in seven. Consett took the lead after just five minutes with a 25 yarder by Dan Hawkins, but Whitley levelled with a header by Adam Shanks. Luke Sullivan beat several players and set up Ryan Cummings to put Consett back in front, then new signing Chris Mordue crossed for Sullivan to make it 3-1 (pictured). Whitley pulled a goal back with an unmarked header from a corner by Micky Laws, and at the start of the second half Paul Kane equalised. But Consett recovered, and Michael Sweet got the winner from a through ball. They could even afford to see Sweet have a penalty saved by Whitley keeper Andy Jennison.


16 February 2016


Consett missed another chance to move closer to the 1st Division's leading pack tonight when they could only draw 0-0 with Jarrow Roofing at a bitterly cold Belle View Stadium. Both sides had several chances, with James Fairley hitting the woodwork for the visitors in the second half, and Michael Sweet doing the same for the Steelmen. Consett also had a strong penalty claim turned down in injury time when Matty Slocombe appeared to be felled as he shaped to shoot from eight yards out, but the referee gave nothing. The game ended goalless, which means that Consett have now not scored a goal at home since the 6-3 win against Newcastle Benfield on 3 November 2015. Full match report and pictures to follow.

The main talking point came after the game when it emerged that after 308 games and 271 goals in Consett's colours, the club's all-time record goalscorer Michael Mackay - an unused substitute in the game - is leaving, to sign for ... Jarrow Roofing. So long, Micky, and thanks for all the goals.

 

12 February 2016

Tomorrow's away game at Penrith has been POSTPONED due to the pitch being in an unplayable condition.

9 February 2016

Consett suffered the frustration of a late postponement tonight when their game at Marske United was called off an hour before kick-off. Despite the pitch passing a 1pm inspection, the match referee decided at 6.45pm that it was unplayable..

6 February 2016


Consett suffered one of their worst defeats of the season, losing 0-3 at the hands of the 1st Division’s bottom club – and ended a match with only 10 men for the fifth time in a campaign in which they are repeatedly taking one step forward and two steps back. Having reached half time goalless, Thibault Charmey put the home side in front in 56th minute with a tap in from Ryu Williamson's pass. Jordan Lavery was sent off for a two-footed tackle 20 minutes from time and further Norton goals from Stephen Jackson (72) and Nicky Martin (81) decided the game.

> Match report and pictures .


2 February 2016


Consett leapfrogged Ashington to go seventh after two goals in the first 12 minutes laid the foundations for a 2-1 win at Woodhorn Lane. Consett scored after just 42 seconds, Luke Sullivan scoring from the rebound after Michael Sweet's effort was blocked. In the 12th minute Sullivan turned provider, providing the cross for Sweet to steer a superb header home from six yards (pictured). Andrew Johnson pulled one back for the Colliers five minutes before half time, but there was no further scoring after the break and Consett claimed the points.

> Match report and pictures


1 February 2016

Several fixtures have been moved around by the Northern League, some at very short notice, chief among them being that we are now playing Ashington away TOMORROW night, 2 February, kick off 7:30. Other changes are the away games at Benfield (now 9 March) and Marske (now 9 February) which have effectively been swapped; and the away games at Penrith (now 13 Feb) and Bedlington (now 6 April) which have also been swapped.

The updated fixture list is here

26 January 2016


Consett's final chance of silverware this season was blown away when they lost 1-0 to South Shields in the 2nd Round of the Durham Challenge Cup - two months after the Mariners won by the same scoreline at Belle View in the FA Vase. In a poor game of few real chances, Shields, with a stiff breeze at their back, enjoyed the better of the first half, while Consett had the upper hand in the second. The result swung on two incidents in the closing stages of the game. First, on 76 minutes, Michael Sweet's shot was deflected onto the bar by a defender's boot and the Shields keeper's fingertips. Then, nine minutes later, Lee Paul Scroggins rattled the bar at the other end with a 20-yard thunderbolt. Before the woodwork had finished shaking, ex-Steelman Lewis Teasdale went down under Peter Jeffries' challenge, and the referee pointed to the spot. Former Sunderland and Middlesbrough player Julio Arca made no mistake with the penalty, to send the 2nd Division leaders through to a last-eight meeting with Gateshead. Full match report and pictures to follow.

Our scheduled opponents this Saturday, Newton Aycliffe, are in FA Vase action, so that game will now be played on 30 April, and we are without a game this weekend. Our next scheduled fixture is away at Norton & Stockton Ancients on Saturday, 6 February. The next home game is Tuesday, 16 February, v Jarrow Roofing, KO 7.30pm..


23 January 2016


Consett's first competitive fixture of 2016 ended in a disappointing 0-1 defeat at Washington today. With Lewis Gibbons - on loan from Darlington - making his debut, Consett started brightly with a flurry of chances in the opening five minutes. Thereafter though, the match degenerated into a turgid affair and both keepers were largely untested. A match which was seemingly drfting towards a goalless draw suddenly exploded into life five minutes from time. A headed clearance dropped invitingly for Michael Tait on the edge of the box and he lashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Worse was to follow, as Peter Jeffries was sent off for an altercation with a visiting player in the aftermath of the goal. Match report and pictures to follow.


18 January 2016

Consett's Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round tie against South Shields tomorrow night has been POSTPONED and will now take place next Tuesday 26 January.

12 January 2016


After playing just one game in six weeks, Consett were glad to get some much-needed match practice under their belt as they recorded a 5-0 friendly win over Heaton Stannington at Belle View Stadium in the clubs' first-ever meeting. The match was a personal triumph for striker Michael Sweet, who scored four times. Luke Sullivan got the ball rolling after eight minutes, firing home from 12 yards, pictured, and turned provider for the second on 20 minutes, laying off Michael Mackay's deep cross from the left for Sweet to finish from close range. Mackay almost made it three on the half-hour, rattling the crossbar from 12 yards, but after a rain-soaked first 45 minutes the score remained 2-0 at half-time. The weather relented after the break, but the Steelmen's almost incessant attacks didn't, and the lively Sweet made it 3-0 just a minute in, punishing a dreadful goalkeeping mistake from a backpass to slot home the easiest goal he will ever score. Dan Hawkins also struck the woodwork before setting up Sweet for his hat-trick on 76 minutes. Sweet claimed his fourth of the night in the final minute when the ball broke kindly in the area for him to round the Stan keeper and make it 5-0.


2 January 2016

Another game falls victim to the weather. Today's away match at Newcastle Benfield has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch.

26 December 2015


Consett played some football for the first time in four weeks, and in the process ended their four-game losing streak beating tenants Durham City 3-0 "away" in a high-noon Boxing Day showdown at a rain-soaked Belle View Stadium. Consett took the lead in the 15th minute when Jordan Lavery, headed a Danny Craggs corner goalwards header, and Michael Mackay helped it in from five yards out, pictured. The second goal, twelve minutes later, was another goal of the season contender from Calvin Smith, who scored from the centre circle, five yards inside his own half. Michael Sweet added the third just after the hour mark, reacting quickest when Dan Hawkins thumped a shot against the post to fire home the rebound from six yards.

> Match report and pictures


19 December 2015

Consecutive lost a fourth consecutive game to the weather as today's away game at Penrith was POSTPONED. The unprecedented rainfall in the Cumbrian area means that their pitch is waterlogged.

12 December 2015

Today's home game against Jarrow Roofing, along with every other Northern League game, was POSTPONED due to heavy snow in the region.

4 December 2015

Following a pitch inspection at lunchtime today, tomorrow's away game at Marske United has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch. We are trying to arrange a short-notice home friendly for 3pm on Saturday, depending on other call-offs. Watch this space and the club's Facebook and Twitter accounts for details.

2 December 2015

Tonight's game away at West Allotment Celtic has been POSTPONED, due to a waterlogged pitch.

28 November 2015


Consett slumped to their fourth successive defeat today when they were beaten 3-2 at Jarrow Roofing, with all the goals coming in the first half. They got off to the worst possible start, with Kerry Hedley giving the hosts the lead after just three minutes, and Paul Chow doubled their advantage six minutes later. Luke Sullivan gave the Steelmen hope on 19 minutes, beating former teammate Dan Regan to Jake Fowler's corner to head home, pictured. And Michael Sweet levelled on 45 minutes, taking advantage of a poor throw-in to steal the ball and fire past Regan. But in the fourth minute of first-half injury time Consett conceded a soft goal, which turned out to be the winner. Regan's punt downfield found Chow, who fired past goalkeeper Peter Jeffries from an acute angle. Chow could have seen red in the second half for thrusting his head into Joe Grant's face, while Consett sub Ryan King had the ball in the net for what appeared to be a late equaliser, only to be ruled offside. But a point would have been more than Consett deserved, as they were indebted to Jeffries for a string of good saves, while never really threatening at the other end. Full match report and pictures to follow.


24 November 2015


In this evening's re-arranged FA Vase 2nd Round tie, Consett went down 0-1 in extra time to Second Division leaders South Shields. In a tight game, there was no scoring in normal time, with Consett coming closest to breaking the deadlock when substitute Jordan Lavery hit the post with an overhead kick in the 3rd minute of stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes. The deciding goal came in the last minute of the first half of extra time when Adam Sakr forced home a Foley cross. The Mariners go on to play Morpeth Town in the next round, and we wish them good luck.


21 November 2015


Today's FA Vase 2nd Round tie at home to South Shields has been POSTPONED due to ice and snow on the pitch and spectator areas. It will now be replayed Tuesday night, 24 November, with a 7:30 KO at Belle View.


17 November 2015


Consett were well beaten on their first visit to Seaham Red Star in seven years, losing 3-0 at a sodden Seaham Town Park. But it could have been much worse if it hadn't been for goalkeeper Peter Jeffries, who pulled off a string of saves against a side who had won only once at home in the league all season, and were fourth-bottom at the start of play. The Steelmen gave debuts to two new faces, right-back Lance McGlen from Bedlington Terriers and midfielder Jake Fowler from Durham City. But they were lucky to be only a goal down at half-time, which came from Paul Gardiner on 13 minutes, after the referee allowed play to continue after Stephen Little looked to have bundled over recent signing Ryan Noble. Consett's best chance came just before the break when two goalbound efforts were cleared off the line, pictured, by Jack Walker, who had a spell at Belle View last season. Luke Sullivan hit the post early in the second half, but Seaham remained much the better side, and Consett's chances of getting anything out of the game disappeared on 54 minutes when Little's sliding challenge in the mud felled Noble, and Lewis Wing smashed home the resulting penalty. Substitute Dan Robinson made it three on 75 minutes, heading home from Lee Kerr's free-kick on the right touchline, after Matty Slocombe was booked for a needless foul. Full match report and pictures to follow.


14 November 2015

Today's game at North Shields was POSTPONED, again due to a waterlogged pitch.

11 November 2015


Depleted Consett bowed out of the League Cup at the first hurdle tonight when they were beaten 3-2 by league leaders Morpeth Town at Craik Park. The game saw skipper Dan Madden make his first start in nine weeks after injuring his elbow at Newton Aycliffe, and there `was a second debut for David Colvin at left-back, seven years after his last game for the club. Morpeth were the better side in the first half, and took control with two goals in as many minutes. On 19 minutes, Ben Sayer cut in from the right and drilled a low shot inside the left-hand post, then Michael Chilton doubled their lead with a simple finish from Sean Taylor's cross. Ryan King reduced the arrears three minutes before the break, firing home from Calvin Smith's right-wing cross. But within 60 seconds the hosts' two-goal lead was restored as left-back James Novak set up Jordan Fry for a first-time finish to make it 3-1 at half-time. Consett were much improved after the break, and King could have had a hat-trick, hitting the bar with one shot, and having another cleared off the line. Michael Mackay made it 3-2 with his 17th goal of the season on 66 minutes, pictured, but all Consett had to show for a spirited 45 minutes was four yellow cards to add to the two they picked up in the first half, as Morpeth appealed for bookings for almost every challenge. Full match report and pictures to follow.


7 November 2015

Today's game at Ashington has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch.

3 November 2015


Consett survived a spirited Newcastle Benfield second half comeback to prevail 6-3 at a foggy Belle View Park. A strike in the first minute from Michael Mackay put the Steelmen ahead and further goals from Sullivan, Sweet and Little gave Consett a 4-0 half time lead. However, second half goals from Tony Lancaster, Daniel Taylor and Steven Baptist brought Benfield right back in the game before home nerves were settled by Matty Slocombe and a further strike for Michael Mackay who was skippering the side on his 300th appearance for the club.

> Match report and pictures


31 October 2015


Consett's first-ever visit to Wearside League side Wolviston's Metcalfe Park ground resulted in a 3-0 win today in the 1st Round of the Durham Challenge Cup. Luke Sullivan gave them the lead on seven minutes, finishing Paul Buzzeo's cross from inside the six-yard box. The Steelmen missed a hatful of chances, Michael Mackay being particularly profligate, before Michael Sweet made it 2-0, pictured, on 28 minutes, from Calvin Smith's pass. Mackay completed the scoring on 67 minutes, after Danny Craggs' pass left him with just the keeper to beat, which he did to draw level with Sweet at the top of the goalscoring charts, with 14 each. The game marked Adam McLane's first start in a Consett shirt, and a half-hour cameo from Dan Madden - his first appearance since he was injured at Newton Aycliffe on 8 September. Our reward is a home tie with big spending 2nd Division leaders South Shields - Julio Arca and all - to be played by 9 January. Full match report and pictures to follow.


29 October 2015

This Saturday, 31 October, Consett will be in Durham Challenge Cup action, playing their 1st Round tie at Wearside League side Wolviston. The match is being played on a Saturday, with a 2:00pm kick off, as Wolviston have no floodlights. For those travelling to the game, Wolviston play at Metcalfe Park, Wynyard Road, Wolviston, TS22 5NE, which can be located here on Google Maps.

Meanwhile at Consett, Belle View Stadium will be playing host to the FA Vase tie between Durham City and Seaham Red Star. The Durham side are currently homeless having been evicted from New Ferens Park by the ground's owners.

24 October 2015


CONSETT completed the double over league leaders Shildon after deservedly beating the Railwaymen for the second time in three weeks. Danny Craggs' opening goal on 21 minutes was a real goal of the season contender, a swerving, dipping 25-yard effort into a stiff breeze that found the top-right corner. With the Steelmen looking to take a one-goal lead into the break, Shildon equalised through Ben Wood in first half stoppage time. A brace from Michael Mackay late in the second half settled the affair: the first on 76 minutes following a long punt from keeper Peter Jeffries, pictured, and the second a last minute penalty.

> Match report and pictures


17 October 2015


Dunston's trio of former Consett players came out on top today when they beat the Steelmen 3-1 at UTS Stadium - and it could have been a lot worse. Old boys Scott Martindale, Michael Pearson and Dale Burrell all lined up against the Steelmen, and Martindale opened the scoring on 10 minutes, finishing at the back post after the visitors' defence hesitated at a free-kick. Ten minutes later it was 2-0, as Danny Craggs' clearance was charged down by sub Matty Fisher, and Malky Morien reacted first to smash the ball into the far corner. Steven Richardson hit the bar with a flying header on 37 minutes, and a minute later Morien made it 3-0, losing his marker to head home at the back post. Morien also hit the bar after being played in by Richardson, and a ragged-looking Consett were lucky not to be five-down by half-time. The second half couldn't be any worse, and Consett were much improved after replacing both full-backs at the break. They got a goal back on 79 minutes through Michael Sweet - his 13th of the season, pictured - after Matty Slocombe flicked on Luke Sullivan's cross, but they never looked like getting anything out of the game after that awful first 45 minutes.

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10 October 2015


Consett marked Non League Day with a 3-1 victory over West Auckland Town which lifted a place, to seventh, but the bottom side made them work all the way for the three points. The Steelmen, who have a debut to midfielder Joe Grant, a new signing from Crook Town, missed the chance to get off to a flying start after just six minutes when Michael Sweet saw his penalty saved after Matty Slocombe was fouled. Danny Craggs hit the bar with a 25-yard free-kick before Consett went ahead on 42 minutes, Luke Sullivan following in to finish from close range, pictured, after his own shot hit the post. Three minutes after the break their lead was doubled when Ryan King got to the byline on the right and pulled the ball back for an easy tap-in for Sweet. West got one back on 76 minutes when Thomas Marron fired into the bottom corner, but Consett sealed the game six minutes later when the pass of the game from Calvin Smith freed fellow substitute Michael Mackay, who found space between two defenders to bury his shot into the bottom corner and make it 3-1.

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6 October 2015


Consett may have turned over league leaders Shildon on Saturday, but they found high-flying Morpeth Town too hot to handle at a foggy Belle View tonight. Colin Myers' side were missing six players through injury – five of them on contract – but that's no excuse for the poor display which saw them beaten 5-2 by the Highwaymen, who went second in the table. Morpeth had already had several good chances, including one which hit the bar, when Luke Sullivan put Consett ahead on 27 minutes against the run of play. He ran in unmarked to head home Dean Briggs left-wing cross from six yards – he's pictured wheeling away in the fog. Morpeth then hit the post and had a shot cleared off the line, and it somehow remained 1-0 to the hosts at the interval. The fog lifted slightly after the break, but sadly the same couldn't be said for Consett's performance, and the game was effectively settled by three goals in an eight-minute spell. Lee McAndrew got the equaliser on 50 minutes, cutting in from the left to fire into the opposite corner, and Sean Taylor put the visitors in front three minutes later, starting the move in midfield and continuing his run into the box for a simple finish from Michael Chilton's well-timed return. Chilton made it 3-1 on 58 minutes, heading home at the back post from right-back Stephen Forster's cross. And it got worse for Consett; Ben Sayer made it four on 80 minutes, smashing home a half-cleared ball from 25 yards, and Taylor got his second of the night three minutes later, slotting home Keelan Nellis's cross from the left. Skipper Danny Craggs pulled one back for Consett with a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner on 85 minutes, but it was scant consolation on a very disappointing night.

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3 October 2015


Depleted Consett pulled off arguably their best result of the season so far when they deservedly beat league leaders Shildon 2-1 - the second year in a row they have won at Dean Street. The Steelmen were missing five players through injury, including four defenders, and had already had a good penalty shout turned down when they took the lead in the sixth minute. Young striker Ryan King - starting instead of Michael Mackay - headed home from Danny Craggs' corner, pictured. Consett were much the better side in the first half, and went two-up on 35 minutes when Michael Sweet's deflected shot looped over the keeper for his 11th goal of the season. Craggs thought he'd made it three on 64 minutes with a free-kick from out near the left corner flag, but the referee disallowed the 'goal', apparently for offside. Eight minutes later the game seemed to swing in the home side's favour when Dean Briggs was shown a straight red card after tangling with Gary Brown. But a determined rearguard action frustrated Shildon almost to the end, with their consolation goal from Mark Doninger's header coming in the seventh of nine added minutes which the referee found from somewhere.

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29 September 2015


Consett came back to earth with a bump after the weekend's FA Cup heroics, struggling to a 1-1 home draw with lowly West Allotment Celtic. The visitors, third-bottom at the start of play, had the better chances in a disjointed first half, and Consett were a little fortunate to reach the break level. Their performance was tired and disjointed, not helped by the fact they had three new signings making their debuts - left-back Jordan Lavery from Bishop Auckland, centre-back Stephen Little from Bedlington Terriers, and teenage midfielder Dean Briggs, brought in on loan from Gateshead as cover for Dan Hawkins, who faces a month out with a broken thumb. The Steelmen had a good 10-minute spell at the start of the second half, but Allotment took the lead on 62 minutes when top scorer Dale Pearson converted a penalty after being brought down by keeper Peter Jeffries. Consett just about deserved their equaliser on 82 minutes, when Luke Sullivan scored with a looping back-header from Briggs' left-wing free-kick, pictured.

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26 September 2015


GALLANT Consett came within eight minutes of knocking National League North side Bradford Park Avenue out of the FA Cup, but were undone by two late goals. Casual observers would have been hard-pressed to notice the three-division difference between the two sides, as Bradford enjoyed more possession, but Consett created the better chances. Consett broke the deadlock With 74 minutes on the clock when Bradford keeper Stewart came rushing out of his box to head a bouncing ball clear. But his headed clearance dropped to Hawkins, who unerringly despatched it back over the stranded keeper and into the unguarded net. Their lead lasted just eight minutes, however, as substitute Chib Chilaka levelled the scores. The Steelmen's hearts were broken in the fifth minute of added time, Bradford midfielder Richard Marshall finding the top corner to deny Consett even a draw, which was the least Consett deserved. Nevertheless, they left to a standing ovation from the 616 crowd – a new ground record for a competitive game at Belle View.

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19 September 2015


Consett beat Bedlington Terriers 2-0 at a canter today in an ideal preparation for next week's FA Cup tie against Bradford Park Avenue. Michael Mackay put the Steelmen ahead after just two minutes, lobbing the keeper, pictured, for his 10th goal of the season. That made him joint-top scorer with Michael Sweet, who replaced him at half-time. Some good work by another second-half sub, Luke Sullivan, set up Calvin Smith for the second on 53 minutes, with the midfielder firing into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

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18 September 2015

The draw for the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round has seen Consett handed a very rare trip to a Wearside League ground. The Steelmen will travel to Wolviston, a side that we beat at Belle Vue Park at the Preliminary Round stage almost exactly 10 years ago. Two goals from Craig Tate gave us a 2-1 win on that oaccasion. The tie is to be played on Saturday 31 October, or during the preceding week.

15 September 2015


Consett recorded a 5-2 win over lowly Norton & Stockton Ancients – but made far harder work of it than it needed to be. Consett were ahead on 14 minutes through Michael Mackay, who scored after winning a challenge with the keeper. On 33 minutes it was 2-0 when Michael Sweet followed in a Mackay shot for an easy finish. Three minutes later it was three, with Ryan Bell the scorer of one of the most audacious goals seen in almost two years at the new stadium, lobbing the keeper from all of 45 yards. Three down at half time, the visitors pulled it back to 3-2 with goals from Ryu Williamson (54 minutes) and Nicky Martin (70). Sweet then rounded the keeper to make it 4-2 in the 76th minute (pictured). Calvin Smith then scored with another long-distance lob to complete the scoring seven minutes from time.

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14 September 2015

In today's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round draw, Consett have been handed a home tie against former Football League club Bradford Park Avenue. The Yorkshire side now ply their trade in the Vanarama National League North and will be a stiff test for the Steelmen. The match will take place at Belle View Park on Saturday 26 September. Our league game at Whitley Bay, scheduled for that day, has been postponed.

 

12 September 2015


Consett progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup today with a win over North West Counties League side Colne FC which was much more convincing than the 3-1 scoreline. Michael Sweet gave them the lead in the 12th minute with a lob over the keeper, and within 90 seconds Dan Hawkins had made it two with a first-time shot from inside the box, both goals coming from passes by David Brown. Sweet scored the third on the hour with a diving header from Michael Mackay's pinpoint left-wing cross (pictured), and although Colne grabbed a consolation 10 minutes from time through Spencer Jordan, the result was never in doubt.

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8 September 2015


Consett ground out a point in a 0-0 draw at Newton Aycliffe in a game which was more a war of attrition than a football match. Aycliffe almost scored two minutes into the second half with a Dennis Knight free-kick which hit the bar, and Danny Craggs almost grabbed all three points for the Steelmen with an injury-time setpiece, but saw James Winter pull off a superb save from his top corner-bound effort. Winter also saved well from a Michael Sweet header, while the visitors survived a late penalty shout, and keeper Peter Jeffries denied Mattie Moffat right at the death. More worryingly ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie with Colne, the Steelmen lost skipper Dan Madden late on to what looks like a dislocated elbow.

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5 September 2015


Consett were beaten 2-1 by Guisborough Town for the second time in two weeks, despite taking the lead at the King George V Stadium. Michael Sweet had already put a header just wide and had a shot saved in a one-on-one with the keeper when he gave Consett the lead in the 37th minute with a fine looping header from Calvin Smith's cross (pictured). Luke Sullivan almost made it two a couple of minutes later when he forced a good save from Nick Liversedge with a 30-yarder as the Steelmen finished the half well on top. It was a different story after the break, and Guisborough equalised on 64 minutes when Steven Snaith headed home at the back post from a right-wing corner. Sweet then struck a shot against the bar, and saw the ball bounce down onto the line and be scrambled away, before substitute Connor Smith secured all three points for the Priorymen in the 83rd minute, slipping the ball under Peter Jeffries after two defenders went for the same ball.

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31 August 2015


CONSETT recorded their first home league win of the season at the fourth attempt – but not before going an early goal down, surviving a sending-off scare and giving away a two-goal lead when they looked to be cruising against their nearest neighbours. Callum Patton opened the scoring for Durham from the penalty spot on 7 minutes, although Consett were grateful that Peter Jeffries only received a yellow card for the foul. Visiting defender Adam Crathorne deflected the ball into his own net to level the scores six minutes later. Danny Craggs curled a 36th minute free-kick over the defensive wall to give the Steelmen at 2-1 half time lead. Consett increased their lead just 36 seconds into the half through Michael Mackay (pictured), although the two-goal lead lasted all of four minutes as Craig Lynch scored from a rebound to make it 3-2. Patton scored his second penalty of the game on the hour mark to bring parity to the game again, and with the game seemingly heading for a draw, that man Mackay popped up to secure all three points with a looping header two minutes from time.

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29 August 2015


CONSETT progressed to the next round of the FA Cup with an excellent win over a Scarborough side who had a 100% record this season – and it could have been an even more emphatic win against the Evo-Stik League 1st Division North leaders, who hadn’t conceded a goal before this game. Michael Mackay opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he rounded on-loan Bradford City keeper Chandler Hallwood to score (pictured). The visitors went down to ten men early in the second half, as centre-back Lloyd Henderson received a straight red card on 49 minutes for hauling back Michael Sweet, just four minutes after coming on as a half time substitute. Sweet then sealed the victory six minutes from time, drawing the keeper and slotting the ball home. The only negative from an excellent team performance came with two minutes to go, when Luke Sullivan was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

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25 August 2015


CONSETT twice came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with a dogged Penrith side at Belle View Stadium. Penrith took the lead on the stroke of half time through Martyn Coleman, who smashed the ball home from eight yards. Whatever the manager, Colin Myers, said at the break had the desired effect, as 30 seconds into the second half they were level when Michael Mackay sent a looping header into the far corner. The Steelmen were stunned, however, when Penrith regained the lead within 90 seconds as Jake Smith headed home. In the third minute of stoppage time Consett snatched a dramatic equaliser, Michael Sweet bundling the ball home at the back post from a great Mackay cross.

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22 August 2015

Consett went down to their first defeat of the season, losing 1-2 at home to Guisborough Town. Chay Liddle opened the scoring for the visitors before Keiran Megran hit a superb volley from an acute angle to level the match. Guisborough's winner came ten minutes from time from substitute - and ex-Consett player - Peter Bulmer.

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18 August 2015

Consett eased in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, winning this evening's replay against Billingham Synthonia 8-0. The visitors played virtually the whole game with ten men after Adam Clough was sent off for a handball on the line. Michael Mackay buried the resulting penalty to set the Steelmen on their way. A brace from Danny Craggs, a second from Mackay, and a Michael Sweet header against his old team meant that Consett were 5-0 up by half time. The second half had barely started when Luke Sullivan smashed a 30 yarder for Consett's 6th, and Mackay then completed his hat trick to make it 7-0. Sullivan completed the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick, and Consett will now entertain Scarborough Athletic of the Northern Premier League Division One North in the next round.

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15 August 2015

Today's FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie at Billingham Synthonia ended in a goalless draw, which means the sides will meet again in a replay at Belle View Park on Tuesday night, 18 August. This of course means that our league game away at Seaham Red Star, scheduled for that night, has been postponed.

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11 August 2015

Belle View Park saw its first league action this evening as Consett played out an excellent 2-2 draw against reigning Northern League champions Marske United. The Steelmen took the lead when Michael Sweet scored with a diving header from Matty Slocombe's pinpoint cross. Samuel Garvie levelled eight minutes before the break to make it 1-1 at half time. Michael Mackay opened his account for the season with a fine 25-yard strike on 78 minutes to put Consett back in front, only for Nathan Mulligan to level for Marske with 2 minutes left.

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8 August 2015

Consett's Northern League campaign got off to an almost perfect start as a clinical away performance resulted in a 2-0 victory at Sunderland RCA. A first half goal from new boy Michael Sweet was added to in the second half by old boy Luke Sullivan to give the Steelmen the three points. The only negative from the game was captain Dan Madden correctly being dismissed for violent conduct in the dying seconds with the game already won.

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1 August 2015


Consett wrapped up their pre-season in positive fashion with an excellent 2-1 win over Northern Premier League side Workington at a sunny Belle View Park. All of the goals arrived in an entertaining second half with Rob McCartney giving the visitors the lead before Michael Sweet and then Michael MacKay strikes gave the home side a well deserved victory.

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29 July 2015

Consett ran out 3-2 winners in their only away friendly of this pre-season after making the short trip to Wearside League neighbours Annfield Plain. David Colvin, Danny Craggs and Luke Sullivan were on target for the Steelmen.

25 July 2015

Consett returned to winning ways in today's pre-season friendly against Northallerton Town at Belle View this afternoon, running out 4-1 victors. Michael Sweet headed in a superb cross from the right by Mark Eccles to make it 1-0 to Consett. Calvin Smith continues his good start to the season to score the second, before a well worked goal by Northallerton pulled it back to 2-1. Just before half time Sullivan scored with a brilliant header to make it 3-1 at the break. Sullivan added a fourth in the second half to complete the scoring.

17 July 2015

Another friendly defeat for Consett as they lost 1-3 to Scottish League Two side Queen's Park, however it was a good competitive workout for the Steelmen. William Mortimer gave the visitors the lead after just 2 minutes after a defensive mistake, but Michael Mackay equalised from close range on 15 minutes after the keeper failed to hold a David Brown free-kick. Another defensive error let Mortimer in again on 37 minutes to restore Queens Park's lead, and the number 9 completed his hat-trick on 40 minutes from the penalty spot after being brought down by keeper Peter Jeffries.

14 July 2015

A first friendly defeat of the season for Consett and they went down 1-3 to a Sunderland XI at Belle View Stadium this evening. A brace from Michael Mandron, one a penalty, put the visitors two up before Calvin Smith pulled one back with a 25 yard thunderbolt. Sunderland scored a third almost immediately after.

11 July 2015

Consett's excellent start to their pre-season work continued with a 6-0 victory against a youthful Gateshead team at Belle View this afternoon. The scorers were Dan Hawkins (2), Michael Mackay (2, 1 pen), Matty Slocombe and Calvin Smith.

9 July 2015

Consett opened their pre-season campaign with a 6-3 win against a Consett & District Sunday League Select XI at Belle View Stadium this evening. On target for Consett were Michael Sweet (3), Michael Mackay (2) and Josh Gray.

6 July 2015

Consett fans get their first chance to see some of the club's new signings this week when the Steelmen begin their pre-season programme on Thursday, 9 July, with a fundraising game at Belle View Stadium against a Select XI from the CM Flooring Consett & District Sunday League.

All proceeds will go to the Liam Britton Foundation, set up in memory of a young local Sunday league footballer who died in November 2014.

Kick-off is 7.30pm, and admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. All proceeds will go to the charity, which aims to raise awareness of depression and related mental illness in young people, with emphasis on the importance of early diagnosis of the symptoms and treatment of these conditions.

3 July 2015

In today's FA Cup Extra preliminary round, Consett were drawn away to recently relegated Billingham Synthonia. The tie will take place on Saturday 15 August, and if the Steelmen come through that. their reward will be a home Preliminary round tie against Scarborough Athletic of the Northern Premier League Division One North two weeks later.

7 June 2015

Consett manager Colin Myers, continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the coming season. In addition to Michael Sweet, Peter Jeffries and Dan Hawkins, whose signings were announce at the Presentation Evening last month, five more players have been added to the squad. Central defenders Adam McLane and Jake Cairns have been recruited from Bishop Auckland and Willington respectively, midfielder Ryan Cummings joins us from Blyth Spartans, experienced goalkeeper Ryan Graham is a new arrival from Crook Town, and Kieran Megran (midfield) returns for a second spell at Consett having made 26 appearances in 2010-11 season.

6 June 2015

At today's Northern League AGM the fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced. Consett will begin their campaign with an away game at Sunderland RCA on Saturday 8 August, before making their first appearance of the season at Belle View the following Wednesday when they entertain Northern League champions Marske United.

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In the Northern League Cup draw, also made today, the Steelmen have been given a bye to the 2nd Round where they will travel away to play the winners of the Morpeth Town v Bishop Auckland 1st round tie.

29 May 2015

Congratulations go out to new signing Michael Sweet who, at this evening's Northern League Awards Dinner, won Northern League Young Player of the Year for 2014-15.

29 May 2015

Also announced at last night's Presentations Evening were a number of high profile pre-season friendlies at Belle View Stadium. We will entertain our neighbours from the Vanarama Conference Gateshead, before playing a rare friendly against opposition from north of the border in the the shape of Queen's Park from Scottish League Two. After that we will play Alfreton Town, who were also in the Vanarama Conference last season, but have been relegated to the National League North. Then finally we will entertain Workington of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, a side we have faced twice in recent years in the FA Cup. The dates in full ...

Sat 11 July 2015 Gateshead (H) 3:00pm
Fri 17 July 2015 Queens Park (H) 7:30pm
Sat 25 July 2015 Alfreton Town (H) 3:00pm
Sat 1 August 2015 Workington (H) 3:00pm

15 May 2015


Michael Mackay was a double winner at Consett AFC's presentation night - and he could yet make it a hat-trick of awards. The record-breaking striker, who became the club's all-time top scorer in 2014-15, picked up Top Goalscorer and Player of the Year awards, pictured above. And he's on the shortlist for Northern League Player of the Year. The good news is that Micky has signed a new contract, which gives him two more years to add to his 253-goal haul.

Players' Player of the Year was Matty Slocombe, who is shortlisted for the Northern League Young Player of the Year award for the second time. He has also committed himself to the club for the next two years.

Also on the Northern League shortlists for both Player and Young Player of the Year is Michael Sweet, who struck 34 goals in all competitions for relegated Billingham Synthonia. He's agreed to join Consett for next season and is pictured with Chairman Frank Bell.

Two other new arrivals have also been secured, both from EvoStik League Blyth Spartans - Peter Jeffries, who manager Colin Myers describes as "the best goalkeeper in the Northern League - and the two above", and utility player Dan Hawkins. Both were members of the Spartans side which reached the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in the season just ended, and previously played for Colin at Bishop Auckland.

Several of last season's Steelmen have also agreed to re-sign for 2015-16, with skipper Dan Madden and left-back David Brown signing new two-year contracts.

Away from the first team, Consett hope to field a Reserve side next season in the new Wearside Development League, playing home games at Belle View Stadium.

Last but by no means least, the Chairman's Award at the presentation night went to Tommy Connelly, who has been a sponsor, management committee member, gateman and much more for almost 30 years, for both the first team and Consett Juniors. Pictured below. receiving his award from Frank Bell, he's taking a well-deserved rest, but we hope he'll be able to come along and enjoy games next season.



25 April 2015


CONSETT ended their season the same way as the previous one – with a home defeat by West Auckland – but at least this time they were went down with all guns blazing, with only the visitors’ keeper standing between his side and a trouncing. After tight opening half-hour, two goals in six minutes from Steven Richardson seemd to have given the visitors a decisive lead, but Danny Craggs fired the Steelmen back into the game three minutes before half time, pictured. Luke Sullivan then headed Consett level ten minutes into the second half. Despite several good chances being thwarted by Daniel Lowson in the West goal, the Steelmen were to end on the losing side, with Alex Francis making it 2-3 eight minutes from time.

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18 April 2015


A SECOND-half comeback saw Consett win their final away game of the season 6-3 at Sunderland RCA today - but they had to recover from a 2-0 half-time deficit to secure the three points. They dominated the first 45 minutes at Meadow Park, but trailed to goals by Clayton Davis after just four minutes and Joe Hughes midway through the half. The fightback began three minutes after the break when RCA centre-back Ross Preston headed against Lee Bythway for an own goal, and Jack Walker levelled with his first goal for the club in a goalmouth scramble 15 minutes later. On 67 minutes Matty Slocombe gave Consett the lead for the first time, and they never looked back. Josh Gray made it 4-2 on 79 minutes, and substitute Chris Moore was credited with No 5 two minutes from the end, pictured. RCA's Stephen Bogie scored from the halfway line straight from the restart, but Michael Mackay came off the bench to complete the scoring in added time with his 48th goal of the season.

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14 April 2015


CONSETT returned to winning ways this evening with a 2-1 success over a doughty Penrith side at Belle View Stadium. The Steelmen dominated the first half, but it remained 0-0 at half-time, with an Adam Nicholls shot which clipped the outside of the post the nearest they came to scoring. He was unlucky enough to do it again after the break, but it was from his pinpoint cross that Michael Mackay headed Consett in front on 70 minutes, pictured, with his 47th goal of the season. Two minutes later Mackay turned provider, racing onto Calvin Smith's pass and pulling the ball back for Danny Craggs to slam home. Penrith got one back through Martyn Coleman with eight minutes to go when he beat the offside trap and rounded keeper Joe Longstaff as he rushed out of his goal. But Consett held on for the three points which take them back to eighth in the table.

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11 April 2015


Consett scored their 100th league goal of the season today, but it didn't count for much, as they were blown away 4-1 at a windy Belle View by championship hopefuls Marske United. Josh MacDonald gave the visitors the lead on eight minutes when Craig Gott's pass sent him clear and he finished confidently past keeper Joe Longstaff. Consett's best chance of an equaliser fell to Josh Gray 10 minutes later, but his 25-yarder smacked the bar, and it remained 0-1 at half-time. Five minutes into the second half, Marske, with the wind at their back, doubled their lead, when Glen Butterworth's cross-shot ended up in the top corner. Just before the hour MacDonald made it 3-0 with his second of the game, and he completed his hat-trick with a 30-yard free kick seven minutes from the end. In between, Michael Mackay got Consett's consolation goal - his 46th of the season in all competitions - from the penalty spot on 66 minutes, pictured, after Luke Sullivan was fouled by Liam O'Sullivan. But in truth the depleted Steelmen, who were missing three players, got what they deserved after a lacklustre performance against a Marske side who were superior in every department.

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4 April 2015


WITH 17 goals in their last three games, and a shootout in prospect between the league's top two scorers, Consett fans can have been forgiven for anticipating an Easter goalfeast at Sam Smith's Sports Ground. What they didn't expect was to see Consett lose 7-0 to Newcastle Benfield - their worst defeat in 27 years. Things began to unravel in the 13th minute when Steven Turnbull, making his debut at centre-back, was sent off for denying Benfield striker Dan Taylor a goalscoring opportunity on the edge of the box, pictured, even though the forward got past him and got his shot away, which was saved. The referee called play back, red-carded Turnbull, and gave Benfield a free-kick, which came to nothing. Benfield quickly made their extra man count, with Taylor heading them in front on 18 minutes from Paul Brayson's cross, and making it two five minutes later with a tap-in from Michael Riley's set-up. Brayson hit the bar with a volley before making it 3-0 on 31 minutes from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by keeper Joe Longstaff, who was lucky to escape with a yellow card. Consett brought on midfielder Matty Slocombe for left-back David Brown at half-time in an effort to get back into the game, but their slim hopes of a revival lasted four minutes, as ex-Steelman Richie Slaughter rifled in No 4 from the edge of the box. On 75 minutes Taylor completed his hat-trick, and on a day best forgotten, there were further goals for sub Chris Hardy (80mins) and Mark Turnbull (90 mins) as Benfield pressed home their advantage. It was Consett's worst defeat since an 8-0 home loss to Billingham Synthonia on 20 February 1988.

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28 March 2015


Michael Mackay's 250th goal for Consett was the highlight of today's 6-3 win over Bedlington Terriers, which saw both sides serve up a feast of attacking football despite the gale-force wind which battered Belle View Stadium. The visitors drew first blood, with Andrew Keenan opened the scoring after just two minutes, but Luke Sullivan levelled immediately, touching home Danny Craggs' cross from point-blank range. Craggs also created the second goal, as it was his corner which was headed home by skipper Dan Madden midway through the half. Then Calum Donohoe headed through his own goal right on half-time to give Consett a 3-1 lead. Bedlington, with the wind at their back, reduced the arrears on 70 minutes through Jordan Nellis, but another own goal by Adam Harvey restored Consett's two-goal lead five minutes later. Then came Mackay's historic goal, as he took Chris Moore's pass, deceived two men, and fired into the bottom corner on 76 minutes, before Sullivan headed his second of the game with seven minutes to go. There was still time for Andrew Ferrell to score with a deft chip from 30 yards after spotting Consett keeper Joe Longstaff off his line to make the final score 6-3 - taking the total of goals scored in this fixture to an astonishing 31 in the last three games!

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24 March 2015


Consett enjoyed their best win so far under new manager Colin Myers when they hammered Celtic Nation 7-1 at Gillford Park Stadium. Luke Sullivan's header from Danny Craggs' corner gave them the lead on 21 minutes, but the home side levelled nine minutes later through Dean Crozier after a mistake by debutant keeper Joe Longstaff. Michael Mackay's 43rd goal of the season a minute before the break, pictured, gave Consett a slender interval lead after a fairly even opening half, with little indication of what was to follow. Josh Gray, on as a second-half substitute, set up Craggs to make it 3-1 on 51 minutes, and that opened the floodgates. Two minutes later Calvin Smith made it four, chipping across the keeper into the top corner after a lightning break. Longstaff atoned for his earlier error with a couple of decent saves before a Mackay penalty made it 5-1 on 76 minutes, and Chris Moore hit number six after a poor kick-out by the Cumbrians' keeper three minutes later. The final goal came on 80 minutes, when Mackay, clean through and looking certain to complete his second hat-trick in four days, unselfishly gave Aris Guerin-Lokonga a tap-in.

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21 March 2015


Consett made it five wins out of six under new manager Colin Myers today, beating bottom club Crook Town 4-0 at the Millfield, thanks largely to a Michael Mackay hat-trick. It took 31 minutes for him to open the scoring, firing home his 40th goal of the season, (pictured), after a flowing move involving Mark Eccles, Aris Guerin-Lokonga and Adam Nicholls. Crook old boy Nicholls was again the provider for Mackay's second, a diving header six minutes before the break. Mackay completed his hat-trick - his fourth of the season - four minutes into the second half, and Aris-Guerin-Lokonga made it 4-0 on 53 minutes after being sent clear by Chris Moore. With no more goals, the highlight of the closing stages was the debut as a sub of 18-year-old Dale Stones from Consett Juniors. The result moves Consett up to 8th, and second in the form table, behind league leaders Guisborough Town.

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17 March 2015

Consett continued their promising form under new manager Colin Myers, coming from behind to win 3-2 at Newton Aycliffe this evening. Danny Craggs continued where he left off on Saturday with the opening goal in the 4th minute, however Jordan Laidler equalised for Aycliffe four minutes before the interval to make it 1-1 at half time. The home side went 2-1 up with a penalty converted by Banks, but Scott Martindale levelled the scores soon afterwards. With a draw looking on the cards, Matthew Slocombe netted to clinch the points in the 82nd minute. The win takes us up to 54 points and 9th place in the league.

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14 March 2015


Consett gained some measure of revenge for their drubbing by Jarrow Roofing earlier in the season by beating them 3-0 at Belle View Stadium. The Steelmen dominated the first half, but it took a sweet free-kick from Danny Craggs to break the deadlock on 38 minutes. Michael Mackay hit the post a minute later, but it remained 1-0 at half-time. Craggs made it two on 61 minutes, robbing a defender and driving into the box before firing home, pictured. Roofing had striker Malky Morien red-carded following an altercation with keeper Chris Elliott, before Calvin Smith completed the scoring on 81 nine minutes from time by dispatching a poor kick-out by visiting keeper Andy Hunter back over his head from 35 yards.

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10 March 2015


Consett suffered their first defeat under new manager Colin Myers tonight, losing 2-1 at Marske United in a controversial game in which they finished with only nine men. Michael Mackay's 39th goal of the season put them ahead after seven minutes and he should have doubled the lead six minutes later, when he missed a penalty. The spot-kick was awarded for a foul from behind by Adam Wheatley on Aris Guerin-Lokonga, for which the Marske defender received only a yellow card. A minute later the tables were turned when Marske were awarded a penalty in similar circumstances. But Michael Pearson was shown a straight red card for his foul on Sam Garvie, and Jamie Owens converted the kick to make it 1-1. Two minutes into the second half Consett thought their hosts should have been reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Robert Deans charged out of his area to illegally halt Mackay as he chased a long ball, but again only saw yellow, when they couldn't have complained if the card had been red. Four minutes later Matty Slocombe became the second Consett player dismissed, for a second yellow card, and before the nine men had a chance to reorganise, Danny Brunskill volleyed what proved to be the winner on 53 minutes.

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7 March 2015


Consett put a dent in Shildon's title hopes with a hard fought and well earned 1-0 victory at a blustery Dean Street. An 84th minute strike from Josh Gray (pictured) was enough to separate the teams after a tight encounter on a difficult surface. The Consett back four, expertly marshalled by man-of-the-match Dan Madden, kept a clean sheet for an extremely rare away win at Dean Street.

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3 March 2015

Consett ran out 4-1 winners in their friendly with Durham University at Belle View Stadium - the sides' second meeting in three weeks. Luke Sullivan gave them the lead from close range after just five minutes, applying the finishing touch to a low left-wing cross into the box, and Aris Guerin-Lokonga made it two on 19 minutes with a header from Calvin Smith's corner. Josh Gray got the third six minutes later, drilling home a loose ball, before David Green pulled one back for the students on 32 minutes. The only goal of a second half played in biting wind and intermittent sleet came nine minutes before the end, when Michael Mackay ran onto a through ball and slipped his shot past the keeper.

Consett: 1 Elliott, 2 Walker, 3 Brown, 4 Madden,5 Martindale (sub Pearson 60), 6 Eccles (sub Slocombe 46), 7 Sullivan, 8 Wright, 9 Guerin-Lokonga, 10 Smith (sub Craggs 46), 11 Gray (sub Mackay 55).

28 February 2015


Consett marked their first game under new manager Colin Myers by hitting Steve Harmison's Ashington for six at Belle View Stadium. Josh Gray got them off to an ideal start when he scored at the second attempt after just four minutes, but the Colliers levelled with a James Harmison header on 33 minutes. Matty Slocombe restored the lead three minutes later, firing home from Gray's pass, but the teams went in level after Glen Taylor equalised again, this time from the penalty spot after Scott Martindale's foul on Dylan Williamson. Chris Moore put Consett back in front six minutes into the second half, and after that they never looked back. In the 72nd minute Michael Mackay secured his place in the history books when he slotted home his 242nd goal for the club, (pictured), beating Colin Mcleod's all-time club record. Not content with that, he added another, his 38th of the season, five minutes from the end, and substitute Luke Sullivan made it 6-2 in injury time.

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In other news, a friendly has been arranged at Belle View this Tuesday, 3 March, against the Durham University side coached by Chris Moore. Kick-off is 7.30pm, and admission is £3 for adults, £1 for OAPs and concessions.


21 February 2015


Consett threw a spanner in the works of North Shields' title challenge after a well-earned 2-2 draw at Belle View Stadium. Michael Mackay opened the scoring after half an hour, finishing at the second attempt, pictured, after the visiting keeper saved his bundled first effort from Chris Moore's cross. It was his 36th goal of the season and his 241st for the Steelmen - equalling Colin McLeod's all-time record. Shields made a double change at half-time and it paid immediate dividends, as one sub, Gary Day, set up the other, Denver Morris, to make it 1-1 on 51 minutes. Luke Sullivan fired a tremendous 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to restore Consett's lead on 68 minutes, but the scores were levelled again as Day finished from close range five minutes later. Both sides had further chances, but it ended honours even, which was about right.

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18 February 2015


Consett have appointed former Bishop Auckland boss Colin Myers as the successor to Kenny Lindoe. The 46-year-old from Washington was chosen from more than a dozen applicants, from which he was considered the outstanding candidate for the job.

He agreed terms today, and will meet his new players for the first time tomorrow night. Coach Simon Harris will take training and pick the team for Saturday's home game v North Shields, and Colin will assume full charge on Monday.

Colin, who has been assistant manager at Blyth Spartans since June 2013, helping them to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup this season, said: "I am delighted to be joining a club whose ambitions match my own. I'm coming here to win things, and can't wait to get started."

Chairman Frank Bell said: "The calibre of candidates who applied for the job was exceptional, including some with great knowledge of the Northern League and higher levels, and we believe we have the right man in Colin to take us forward.

"He has the rest of this season to assess the players and address what is required for us to seriously challenge for honours. Our aim is to win the Northern League and FA Vase within the next two years, and we hope the supporters will give Colin and the team their full backing."

Both Simon Harris and goalkeeping coach Ben Cole will remain at the club as part of Colin's backroom staff.

Meanwhile, Consett have registered an Under-21 side with the FA, and hope to have the side, which is seen as an important link between the juniors and the first team, set up in time for next season, with Kenny Lindoe overseeing recruitment and development of players.


14 February 2015


Consett were well-beaten by high-flying Guisborough Town today, going down 3-0 at the King George V Stadium. Missing the injured Luke Sullivan, the Steelmen were toothless up front, and it was no surprise that they found themselves two down to their second-placed hosts by the break. Luke Bythway opened the scoring on 17 minutes, slotting home the rebound after Dan McWilliams' initial effort was blocked. And he doubled the advantage 10 minutes later, firing home after good work on the right by Adam Gell. Consett didn't force a serious save out of Guisborough keeper Daniel Dixon all game, and although they improved in the second half, they couldn't really complain when James Risbrough made it 3-0 in the 89th minute.

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10 February 2015


Consett drew 3-3 in a friendly against a very useful Durham University side at a foggy Belle View tonight. The Steelmen took the lead against the run of play when Aris Guerin-Lokonga swept home Adam Nicholls' pullback from 12 yards on 21 minutes. It was 2-0 seven minutes later when Luke Sullivan was tripped by the left-back as he ran onto a pass from his strike partner, and picked himself up to tuck away the resulting penalty. But the Students, coached by Consett winger Chris Moore, reduced the arrears on 38 minutes when Brandon Goode finished from six yards from a right-wing cross, and levelled two minutes before the break when David Green's shot slipped through Chris Elliott's grasp. The fit, slick young Durham side, who play in the BUCS Premier North, took the lead five minutes into the second half when Gustavo Silva rifled home from the edge of the box. Calvin Smith spared Consett's blushes when he curled a free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards on 54 minutes to complete the scoring. With the fog getting worse, it was a miracle the game finished, but it somehow did, and it ended honours even.

Consett: 1 Chris Elliott 2 Michael Pearson 3 Mark Eccles 4 Jonny Wright 5 Scott Martindale (sub Carl Piecha 46) 6 Dan Madden (sub Chris Moore 73) 7 Corey Nicholson 8 Danny Craggs (sub Calvin Smith 46) 9 Luke Sullivan (sub Michael Mackay 46) 10 Aris Guerin-Lokonga 11 Adam Nicholls (sub David Brown 46.

8 February 2015

The friendly match against Durham University, which was postponed on 20 January due to snow has been re-arranged for this Tuesday night, 10 February 2015 with a 7:30 kick off.

7 February 2015


Life after Kenny Lindoe began with a 5-1 win over Morpeth Town at Belle View, and there was a familiar face in the home dugout - Kenny himself, who has stayed on as acting manager until his successor is appointed. Both sides hit the bar and created several other chances in an open, entertaining first half, but Morpeth led through a 16th-minute header from the unmarked Sean Taylor. Josh Gray levelled a minute into the second half, and Luke Sullivan made it 2-1 on 54 minutes after being unselfishly set up by strike partner Michael Mackay. Danny Craggs finished at the second attempt to extend the lead on 66 minutes (pictured), and Sullivan was again on the spot to finish after the Morpeth keeper couldn't hold man-of-the-match Gray's fierce 87th-minute drive. The final goal came a minute later, when Mackay was left one-on-one with the keeper, with a predictable outcome. The goal takes Micky to 35 this season and 240 in our colours - one behind Consett legend Colin McLeod's all-time club record.

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31 January 2015

Tomorrow's away game at Celtic Nation has been POSTPONED already due to snow, with no prospect of the pitch at Carlisle Railway Club being playable.

28 January 2015


Kenny Lindoe has stepped down as manager of Consett AFC with immediate effect. Kenny won’t be severing his links with the club, however; he will be staying on in a role, responsible for finding and developing young players and forging links around the North East and beyond. The Steelmen plan to start a reserve side next season, as well as a team to represent the club in the FA Youth Cup, and Kenny will be instrumental in the recruitment of players.

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24 January 2015

Today's home game against Penrith has been POSTPONED due to ice on the pitch at Belle View Stadium.

20 January 2015

Tonight's friendly against Durham University was postponed due to a snow bound pitch at Belle View.

19 January 2015

Consett have arranged a short-notice friendly against Durham University at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 20 January 2015, with 7.30pm kick off. Admission is £1, which includes a free raffle ticket.

17 January 2015


CONSETT’S best FA Vase run in seven years came to an end in front of a bumper crowd of 624 at the Daren Persson Stadium, when they were given a lesson in playing on the break by Northern League leaders North Shields, who ran out 4-1 winners. Shields took the lead after just four minutes, when Denver Morris slid to convert a cross from barely a yard out. On the stroke of half time Gareth Bainbridge gave the home side a 2-0 lead from the penalty spot. Bainbridge struck again eight minute after the break to effectively end the contest, and substitute James Luccock made it 4-0 on 68 minutes, cutting in from the left before firing into the corner. Consett's big travelling support, which must have numbered three figures, were given something to cheer in the 76th minute, when Calvin Smith scored with a looping header from 12 yards from Moore’s cross from the right. However it was North Shields who marched into the last 16 of the Vase and on this form they stand every chance of going all the way.

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10 January 2015


A goal in each half from Luke Sullivan led the way as Consett won their mid-table tussle with Whitley Bay 4-1 in awful conditions at Belle View. Peter Watling had cancelled out Sullivan's opener but top scorer Michael MacKay headed Consett into a 2-1 interval lead (pictured). Sullivan's second and a late goal for Johnny Wright secured the points in the second half.

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8 January 2015


A severely-depleted Consett bowed out of the Durham Challenge Cup at the 2nd Round stage as they lost 2-0 to Gateshead at the International Stadium. A goal early in each half beat Kenny Lindoe's side, who were missing eight players through injury, suspension or ineligibility. The opener after four minutes came from a quick break from a Consett corner. Liam Thear's pass left Dean Briggs with only the keeper to beat, and although former Cowdenbeath stopper Thomas Flynn, making his debut, blocked his shot, he couldn't prevent the ball looping in. The second came on 48 minutes, when Carl Finnigan was left clean through, and although Flynn did well to save his initial effort, the ex-Newcastle striker volleyed home the rebound.

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7 January 2015

Consett are putting on a supporters bus for the FA Vase 4th Round tie at North Shields on Saturday 17 January 2015, ko 3:00pm. It will be leaving Belle View at 1:15pm and will be priced at £10 per person. If you would like a place on the bus, please call in at the club bar to pay in advance.

3 January 2015


A spirited second-half comeback wasn't enough for Consett as they were beaten 3-2 by Dunston at the UTS Stadium. A lacklustre first 45 minutes saw them trailing 2-0 at half-time to goals from Dan Wilson on 15 minutes and old boy Dale Burrell on the half-hour. When Luke Sullivan reduced the arrears five minutes after the break and a stunning strike from Michael Mackay, (pictured), levelled things up before the hour, it looked like anyone's game. Dunston got the winner with seven minutes left, when Wilson broke through to score his second of the game. To cap a bad day, Carl Piecha was shown a straight red card on 86 minutes after bringing down Wilson when he was last man, and will miss the FA Vase game at North Shields, along with Matty Slocombe and Aris Guerin-Lokonga.

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Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 Shildon 39 88 90
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3 Morpeth Town 37 24 70
4 Guisborough 37 35 68
5 Bishop Auckland 40 5 66
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