Consett’s away game at Hebburn Town brought forward due to FA Vase exemptions

Consett’s trip to face Hebburn Town has been brought forward from near the end of the forthcoming season to close to the start.

The Steelmen were due to travel to the Energy Check Sports Ground on Saturday 21 March in the fourth-last game of their Northern League Division One season.

Now, with both clubs exempt from the opening rounds of the FA Vase due to last season’s league placings – the Hornets finished 2nd and the Steelmen 4th – the fixture will take place on Saturday 31 August, kick-off 3pm.

Consett frustrated in the rain as Heaton Stannington friendly ends in stalemate

Consett are still unbeaten after four pre-season games – but had to make do with a draw in their latest friendly at Heaton Stannington tonight.

The Steelmen had the bulk of possession and the better chances, but the match at a rain-soaked Grounsell Park ended 0-0.

Calvin Smith had the best chance of the first half, but his well-struck effort from the edge of the box was turned onto the post by Stan keeper Jonny Ball.

Andrei Ardelean and Jermaine Metz also had chances before the break, but couldn’t hit the target, and Consett’s dominance was such that keeper Kyle Hayes was virtually a bystander.

The second half was a different story, and as the incessant drizzle became torrential rain at times, the game began to open up.

Five minutes into the second half a free-kick skidded in from the right and was cleared off the line by Consett skipper Arjun Purewal, and on the hour Hayes made an excellent reaction save from Stan sub Joe Kerridge.

The nearest the game came to a goal was in the 88th minute, when sub Michael Brown got on the end of an excellent cross from the left, only to be denied by a superb point-blank save by Stan’s second-half keeper Joe Brook.

Full match report & pictures to follow.

  • Consett’s next game is at Belle View at 3pm on Saturday, 20 July, when they take on Workington, kick-off 3pm.

Carr’s the star again as Consett come from behind to beat Gateshead

Consett made it three pre-season wins out of three today as they came from behind to beat National League side Gateshead 4-1 at Belle View Stadium.

The young Heed side took the lead on 14 minutes after a slick move down the right which saw Connor Smith’s low cross met by Mason Fawns to finish from close range.

But on 25 minutes Consett were level when Ali Alshabeeb ran on to Jake Stafford’s long pass, and kept his cool to finish past the keeper from 12 yards.

Six minutes before half-time the Steelmen took the lead, when Luke Carr picked up a loose ball 30 yards out and fired a venomous left-footed strike in off the post.

It remained 2-1 to Consett at half-time, and they thought they had a third on 58 minutes when Carr’s free-kick was headed down at the back post and a trialist finished from point-blank range, but the ‘goal’ was ruled offside.

On 72 minutes Consett did make it 3-1 when substitute Michael Brown was felled by Dabizas, and Carr stepped up to score with an audacious chipped penalty which sent the keeper the wrong way.

Then two minutes later Carr turned provider for Brown, who slammed the ball home from a pullback.

Consett could have had more, as Carr, Brown and Andre-Vasile Ardelean all had efforts well saved, but Gateshead could also have added to their tally too, as home keeper Kyle Hayes made a trio of good saves.

Read the full match report and see more pictures here.

Consett at home to Dunston in opening round of Emirates FA Cup

Consett have been drawn at home to Northern League champions Dunston in the opening round of the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup.

The draw for the opening two rounds was made at Wembley Stadium today, and our name was first out of the hat, followed by our old rivals, who will be playing this season in the BetVictor Northern Premier League North West Division.

The Extra Preliminary Round tie will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 10 August, with a 3pm kick-off.

The winners will progress into the Preliminary Round on Saturday 24 August, where they will have another home tie, against Hall Road Rangers or Goole AFC, both from the Northern Counties East League.

In the FA Vase, we are exempt to the 1st Round proper on Saturday 12 October, due to finishing 4th in the league last season.

Consett Under-18s are taking part in the FA Youth Cup this season, and have been drawn away to Carlisle City in the Preliminary Round, with ties due to take place in the week beginning Monday 2 September.

Save on 2019-20 Consett season tickets – early bird offer ends soon

Consett supporters thinking about buying a 2019-20 season ticket have been urged to order theirs as soon as possible to take advantage of the early bird offer.

Anyone who applies for a ticket before 15 July can buy them at last season’s price – £90 for adults, £50 for concessions and £20 for juniors.

After that date the full price for the 2019-20 season will apply.

Order yours at Belle View Stadium by Monday to take advantage of the special offer, and save more than £40 on the price of adult admission over the course of a season.

Hundreds of young players receive awards at Consett Juniors’ annual presentation

Consett Juniors staged their annual presentation day on Sunday, with hundreds of young players receiving awards.

As usual, the presentations were held in three sessions at Consett’s Empire Theatre, with boys and girls from 32 teams, aged from Under-7s to Under-17s, receiving awards.

Performing the honours this year was former Gateshead captain and manager Ben Clark, a local lad who is now coaching at Newcastle United.

The fun day was a way for Consett Juniors coaches and parents to relax.

Ben joined Consett Juniors as an under-12, and spent two years with them, before signing schoolboy forms with Manchester United.

He returned to the North East to sign for Sunderland, and later went on to play for both Hartlepool United and Gateshead, making more than 400 appearances in total.

Consett Juniors Secretary David Pyke said: “It was a day marking the achievements of many of our junior teams,  both boys and girls, and the hard work put in by coaches and parents.

Slides, rides and inflatables were laid on for the funday, as well as the Newcastle United Foundation penalty shootout.

“We were grateful to Ben for taking the time to come to our presentation day and hand out the awards.

“It was great for all the young players to meet him and see what sort of football career it’s possible to have after rising through the ranks as a junior player.”

After the awards, it was back to Belle View Stadium, where the young players and their families and coaches enjoyed a family fun day.

Luke Carr’s first-half hat-trick sets Consett on road to victory against Sunday League

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A first-half hat-trick from Luke Carr put Consett on the road to a 5-0 victory tonight in their annual pre-season friendly against a CM Flooring Consett Sunday League XI. The midfielder was in irresistible form, and proved too hot for his opponents to handle in a 45-minute performance in which he showed his undoubted quality. Carr opened the scoring after nine minutes, firing a free-kick into the bottom corner from 20 yards, pictured, after he had been fouled. Carr doubled his tally on 21 minutes, with a controlled finish from close range after starting the move which saw new signing Ali Alshabeeb beat his man and deliver a cross to the back post. Nick Allen, who impressed at left-back, hit the bar after a storming run into the box in the 38th minute. But a minute later Carr completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after a Sunday League defender handled on the line. Consett began with a strong side, with eight of the first-team squad complemented by three trialists, and it was no surprise that they dominated the opening 45 minutes. They rang the changes at half-time, with goalkeeper Kyle Hayes and Matty Slocombe – who started at right-back then moved into midfield – the only players to play the entire 90 minutes. And they went 4-0 up in the 49th minute when one of seven trialists who featured in the game sent another clear in the right-hand channel, and he slipped the ball home. Former Consett keeper Josie Longstaff made a string of good saves to keep the score down, but there was nothing he could do about the fifth goal in the 81st minute. Second-half skipper Arjun Purewal, who had earlier had a shot cleared off the line, headed home from a right-wing corner, pictured. The Sunday League – who also had ex-Steelmen Lewis Teasdale, Adam Knowles and Carl Malpass in their squad – had a few chances in the second half, but found Hayes in excellent form. After the game the Sunday League side’s captain Luke Allison presented the Terry Allison Memorial Cup to his Consett counterpart, pictured. The trophy is played for every year in memory of his grandad, who was a Sunday League stalwart until his untimely death a few years ago. Next up for Consett is an attractive home game against National League side Gateshead on Saturday, 13 July, kick-off 3pm. Normal pre-season prices apply – £5 for adults, £3 concessions and £1 for U16s.      

Details

Date Time Season
05/07/2019 7:30 pm 2019-20 Pre-season

Ground

Belle View Stadium
Belle view stadium, Delves Lane, Consett DH8 7BF, United Kingdom

Results

Friday night football returns to Belle View as Thornaby agree to switch

Consett are to play a home league game on a Friday night for the first time in six years.

The club have decided
to switch from a traditional Saturday 3pm kick-off on a one-off basis, in a bid
to encourage more supporters along to Belle View.

The game chosen is
against newly-promoted Thornaby, and it will now take place on Friday, August
16, with a 7.45pm kick-off, instead of the following afternoon.

Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “We have fond memories of Friday night games against Spennymoor and Bedlington in our first season at the stadium.

“They attracted good
crowds because it meant both Newcastle United and Sunderland fans could watch
our game on the Friday night, as well as their ‘other’ team on the Saturday.

“We decided to try it
again this season, and our opponents Thornaby and the Northern League have
kindly agreed to move our game to the Friday night.

“We hope both sets of fans – and any groundhoppers in search of a match to watch – will be rewarded with a good game of football.”

Darren Holden commits himself to Consett by signing long-term contract

Popular defender Darren
Holden has committed himself to Consett AFC by signing a long-term contract.

The left-back signed
in summer 2018, two days before the season began. He made his debut as a sub v
Guisborough in the opening game of last season, and made an immediate impact
with the assist for our winning goal.

He saw off the challenge
of Clark Kay and Jordan Lavery to establish himself as first-choice No 3, and quickly
became a fans’ favourite with his attack-minded wing play.

He played 44 games last season, scoring twice – including the winner in our  1-0 victory at Newton Aycliffe in October.

An ex-pro, Darren played 58 league games over four seasons for Hartlepool United.

He also played in the National League for Gateshead and Guiseley and the Evo-Stik League for South Shields, as well as having brief spells at Jarrow Roofing, West Auckland and Ross County.