Consett up to second after 3-1 win over Bishop Auckland extends their unbeaten run to nine games

Consett went second in the Northern League after a 3-1 win over Bishop Auckland at a soggy Belle View Stadium today.

The game was one of only four top-flight matches to beat the weather, and the Steelmen would have recorded a much bigger win had it not been for yet another excellent display by visiting keeper Nick Liversedge.

Consett took the lead in the 11th minute when Ali Alshabeeb outmuscled defender Darren Richardson to beat him to the ball and pulled it back for Calvin Smith to fire home from 10 yards, for his 12th goal of the season.

Liversedge then made half a dozen good saves to keep Bishops in the game, but there was nothing he could do about Consett’s second goal, three minutes before half-time.

Midfielder Jake Orrell threaded a pass through for Ali Alshabeeb, whose pace and trickery was causing all sorts of problems, and he rifled the ball into the roof of the net.

Luke Carr almost made it three in the 52nd minute, only to be denied by a superb Liversedge save, diving full-stretch down to his left.

On 55 minutes it was 3-0, as Alshabeeb’s cross from the right picked out Dale Pearson at the back post, and although Liversedge appeared to have saved the striker’s shot, the linesman signalled that the ball had crossed the line before Carr made sure.

It was the big striker’s 19th goal in 20 games since joining the club from Blyth Spartans, and he has only failed to get on the scoresheet once in the last 13 games.

On 72 minutes Pearson thought he had his 20th of the season, only for the linesman to flag for an offside earlier in the move and rule out the ‘goal’.

Bishops did reduce the arrears on 75 minutes when a poor defensive clearance let in James Fairley to make it 3-1, but Consett saw out the game without further danger to record their 8th win in their last 9 games in all competitions.

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Consett go third as Dale Pearson’s 18th goal of the season secures all three points against Billingham Town

Consett made sure their promotion push stays on track when they leapfrogged visitors Billingham Town in the Northern League 1st Division table with a 2-1 win in a close game at a chilly Belle View.

Midfielder Jake Orrell gave the Steelmen the lead after 25 minutes with his sixth goal in 11 games, after Luke Carr’s excellent pass sent him running through on goal.

Consett had several other chances as they dominated possession in the first 45 minutes, but it took a fine save by Kyle Hayes from James Frazer’s header to ensure their 1-0 lead remained intact at half-time.

The Consett keeper made three more good saves to keep out the visitors early in the second half, but there was nothing he could do about their equaliser on 66 minutes, as Luke Hogan finished from close range to make it 1-1.

Consett had started the second half slowly, but the goal made them up their game, and Dale Pearson smashed in what turned out to be the winner, pictured, in the 69th minute when a corner was half-cleared to him just inside the box.

It was the big striker’s 18th goal in 18 starts since he joined the club, and although Billingham piled on the pressure as they looked for another equaliser, the Steelmen hung on to take all three points, and rise three places, to third in the table.

Consett will travel to NWCL outfit Wythenshawe Town in FA Vase 3rd Round

Consett’s next FA Vase opponents will be Wythenshawe Town, who beat Northwich Victoria in tonight’s 2nd Round replay.

The two North West Counties League sides drew 5-5 on Saturday, but the lower-ranked side – who play in the NWCL 1st Division South, won the replay 2-1.

The result means Consett will travel to their Ericstan Park ground in south Manchester on Saturday, 30 November for the 3rd Round tie. Travel details will be announced in due course.

Friday night festive football as Consett’s trip to Whickham is brought forward

Consett fans will be free to go present shopping on the last Saturday before Christmas, after our league game at Whickham was brought forward.

Originally due to take place on Saturday 25 January 2020, it was rescheduled for Saturday 21 December, and will now be the previous night, Friday 20 December, kick-off 7.30pm.

Our last visit to the Glebe on 12 January this year was a stormy affair which ended in a 2-2 draw, with Darren Holden and then-manager Chris Moore shown red cards.

Our home league game against Newcastle Benfield, which was due to be on Saturday 30 November, has been postponed due to both clubs’ FA Vase commitments, and will now take place on Saturday 28 December, KO 3pm.

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Consett face a third away tie in a row in the FA Vase – against another North West Counties League opponent

Consett were handed a third successive away tie in today’s draw for the FA Vase 3rd Round – but we’ll have to wait to find out our opponents.

We will travel to face the winners of the Northwich Victoria v Wythenshawe Town game, which is being replayed on Tuesday night after they drew 5-5 after extra time at the weekend.

Both clubs are members of the North West Counties League, as were Irlam, who we beat 5-2 on Saturday to reach this stage.

Northwich Victoria – not to be confused with breakaway club 1874 Northwich – are 10th in the NWCL Premier Division, while Wythenshawe Town are 8th in the NWCL 1st Division South.

Northwich were leading 5-2 in the first tie on Saturday, but Wythenshawe earned a replay with a spirited second-half comeback.

Cheshire-based Northwich, who are run by their supporters, play their home games at Wincham Park, the home of Northern Premier League side Witton Albion FC.

Last season they finished 4th in their league and reached the FA Vase semi-final, before losing on penalties to eventual winners Chertsey Town.

Wythenshawe play at the Ericstan Stadium at Wythenshawe, south Manchester, and finished 5th in their league last year. If they reach the 3rd Round it would be their best-ever FA Vase run.

Consett have never met either of their prospective opponents.

Three of the other four remaining Northern League teams have away ties in the 3rd Round. The exception is West Auckland, who are at home to Yorkshire Amateur.

Hebburn Town are away to Liverpool side Lower Breck, who knocked out Shildon at the weekend, while Newcastle Benfield face a trip to Cheshire to play Vauxhall Motors.

Like us, Stockton Town face a wait to find out their opponents, but will travel to Yorkshire, to play either Selby Town or Bridlington Town (who knocked us out last season).

The games are scheduled to be played on Saturday 30 November, which means our league game v Newcastle Benfield is postponed, and will now take place on Saturday 28 December.

Luke Carr’s hat-trick is the highlight as clinical Consett enjoy another victorious FA Vase away day

Luke Carr’s first hat-trick for the club was the highlight of the game as Consett recorded another excellent FA Vase victory on the road, winning 5-2 at Irlam.

The North West Counties League side, who had lost only twice in all competitions this season, were blown away by their visitors’ clinical finishing in the first half, which saw them go into the break 4-0 ahead.

Ali Alshabeeb set the Steelmen – who were backed by a noisy contingent of 60-70 supporters – on the way with a goal in the 2nd minute. Jermaine Metz pulled the ball back for the No 11 to fire home.

Two goals in three minutes either side of the half-hour mark put Consett firmly in the driving seat. First, on 29 minutes, the Irlam keeper flapped at a cross from the left, and the ball fell kindly for Ali Alshabeeb to score his second.

Two minutes later Alshabeeb turned provider for Luke Carr, sending him clean through, and the No. 10 calmly slotted past the keeper for 3-0.

Right on half-time Consett were awarded a penalty when the referee decided Dale Pearson had been tripped by left-back Sam Bolton as they contested a loose ball. It was a soft one, but Luke Carr didn’t care, and he claimed his second goal of the afternoon by chipping the keeper from the penalty spot.

At 4-0 up at half-time, Consett’s lead looked unassailable, but to Irlam’s credit they had a go in the second half, and got a goal back on 55 minutes when their visitors failed to deal with a free-kick from the right, and centre-back Ryan Ledson finished from close range.

The Irlam keeper made good saves from Dale Pearson and Matty Slocombe as the Steelmen turned up the heat, but there was nothing he could about their fifth goal, which came in the 78th minute.

A good flowing move ended with Pearson setting up Luke Carr, who placed the ball inside the far post to complete his hat-trick, pictured, and end any lingering thoughts of an Irlam comeback.

The home side did score again, when substitute George Farrelly volleyed in from Mwiya Malumo’s cross, to make the final score 5-2.

But it couldn’t spoil another great away day for the Conny Army, who can’t wait for Monday’s 3rd Round draw.

Consett share eight goals with leaders Hebburn Town in an excellent advert for the Northern League

Consett showed their fighting spirit today by coming from behind three times to draw 4-4 in a pulsating clash with Northern League leaders Hebburn Town at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen fell behind after just four minutes, when ex-Newcastle player Michael Richardson broke down the left. Consett keeper Kyle Hayes saved his initial shot, but Ben Dibb-Fuller reached the loose ball first to give the visitors the lead.

Consett responded well, and on seven minutes they were level. Luke Carr picked up the ball in midfield and went on a mazy run where he beat three opponents before firing home to make it 1-1.

Five minutes before half-time Consett took the lead as Calvin Smith crossed from the right, Arjun Purewal controlled the ball in the box, and teed up Dale Pearson to fire home his 17th goal in his last 12 games.

Two minutes into the second half Hebburn equalised. Good work by right-back Dan Groves set up Michael Richardson to score from a few yards out.

Three minutes later the league leaders were back in front. Richardson delivered a left-wing corner into the box, and Graeme Armstrong netted from close range to make it 3-2 to Hebburn.

Incredibly, in the 53rd minute Consett made it 3-3, with right-back Jermaine Metz cutting in from the flank and beating the keeper with a near-post effort which seemed to go through his legs.

The game was now anybody’s, and Hebburn must have thought they had won it when Dibb-Fuller’s crossfield ball was rifled into the net on the half-volley by Jack Robson to make it 4-3 to the visitors in the 73rd minute.

It was a stunning goal, good enough to win any game, but Consett weren’t finished yet. On 76 minutes the game swung their way when Hebburn were reduced to 10 men after skipper Louis Storey was shown a second yellow card and then red for crudely halting the lively Carr – not for the first time.

Consett came close to levelling in the 80th minute when Carr played a free-kick short to Jake Orrell, whose well-struck effort was superbly tipped over by Hebburn keeper Andrew Jennison, at full stretch.

The Steelmen threw everything at the league leaders, and eventually their pressure paid off, when substitute Wouter Verstraaten‘s shot from just inside the box, pictured, was deflected past Jennison in the 90th minute, for his first goal for the club.

It made the final score 4-4 – probably a fair result – in a game which was a superb advert for everything the Northern League has to offer, in front of a bumper crowd of 610.

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Consett drawn at home to Esh Winning in 2nd Round of Durham Challenge Cup

Consett’s reward for their thrilling 5-4 win at Gateshead in the Durham Challenge Cup this week is a home tie in the 2nd Round against Esh Winning from the Northern League 2nd Division.

The game will be played at Belle View Stadium on a date to be fixed, though ties must be played by Saturday 21 December.

The complete 2nd Round draw is as follows:

Newton Aycliffe v Stockton Town

Hartlepool United v Birtley Town/Tow Law Town

FC Hartlepool v Jarrow FC/West Auckland Town

Spennymoor Town v Sunderland RCA

Consett v Esh Winning

Sunderland AFC v Willington/Hebburn Town

South Shields v Billingham Town

Whickham v Seaham Red Star/Horden Colliery Welfare

Consett and Esh Winning have met twice before in the Durham Challenge Cup, with the Steelmen winning by the odd goal on each occasion.

1984/85 2nd Qual Rd Esh Winning 0 Consett 1 (Fowler)

2009-10 1st Round Esh Winning 3 Consett 4 (Pounder 4)

This season, Esh received a bye in the Preliminary Round, before winning 4-3 at Darlington RA in the 1st Round.

It will be the clubs’ first competitive fixture since August 2010, when we met twice in the space of three days in Division One, winning 4-2 at our old Belle Vue Park ground, then 5-2 at Waterhouses.

Supporters urged to book seats now for official Consett AFC trip to FA Vase 2nd Round tie at Irlam

Bookings are being taken now for seats on the official Consett AFC trip to Irlam, for the FA Vase 2nd Round tie on Saturday 2 November.

Our club sponsor Stanley Travel will once again be providing the coach for players and officials, with a limited number of seats available to supporters.

The cost is £10 per person, and as usual it is first-come, first-served. Names are being taken at the bar in the clubhouse, and seats must be paid for in advance.

The coach will leave Belle View at 10am, to allow for possible delays on the M62 on the way to Greater Manchester.

Kick-off at Irlam’s Ambitek Stadium, in Silver Street, Irlam (M44 6JJ) is at 3pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for OAPs and £1 for under-15s.

For those making their own way, there is a large free car park alongside the ground, off Silver Street. If it is full, street parking is available. Please consider local residents’ access to and from their properties.

The ground has its own clubhouse, along with a refreshment cabin selling a selection of hot and cold food and drinks. Toilets are at the rear of the cabin, with a disabled facility available inside the changing rooms.

Departure time for home depends what time the game finishes, as extra time will be played if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Consett hang on to win nine-goal thriller at Gateshead and progress in Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were involved in a rollercoaster ride of a game at Gateshead in the Durham Challenge Cup tonight, before running out 5-4 winners to claim a place in the next round.

The Steelmen fell behind early on, turned the game on its head with four goals in six minutes, and seemed to be home and dry when Dale Pearson completed his first hat-trick for the club to make it 5-1 early in the second half.

But Gateshead, whose side contained five first teamers, staged a superb recovery to get the score back to 5-4, and Consett had to defend for their lives in the closing stages to secure their passage to the 2nd Round.

It was the Tynesiders who opened the scoring at the International Stadium when Consett gave the ball away cheaply in the 9th minute, and No 9 Paul Blackett ran on to skipper Connor Oliver’s pass to finish into the corner.

Two minutes later it was 1-1 as left-back Darren Holden burst into the box, and his shot had just enough on it to beat ex-Steelman Sam Guthrie in the Gateshead goal, and a defender’s last-ditch attempt to clear off the line.

A minute later the visitors were ahead as Dale Pearson took advantage of a collision between two home defenders to run through and slot past Guthrie for his 14th goal of the season.

The 13th minute was to prove unlucky for Gateshead too, as Jake Orrell chased Calvin Smith’s pass into the box, dispossessed a defender, and fired past Guthrie to make it 3-1.

And in the 16th minute the crowd of 211 was left blinking in disbelief when Consett went 4-1 up, after a stunning goal by Pearson. He received the ball from a long throw by Jermaine Metz, looked up, saw Guthrie off his line, and lobbed him from 25 yards.

Consett were rampant, but Gateshead managed to compose themselves, and got to half-time without conceding again.

But in the 52nd minute it was 5-1 when superb work by Metz down the right saw him pick out Pearson, whose first-time shot completed his hat-trick, and gave him his 16th Consett goal in his last 13 games.

Pearson and Orrell were replaced by Ali Alshabeeb and Michael Brown as, with the tie seemingly won, Consett took the opportunity to rest them ahead of Saturday’s game against league leaders Hebburn.

But the newcomers hadn’t had time to settle into the game when Gateshead reduced the arrears through Luke Brown in the 63rd minute, the ball bouncing in off the No 7 after Kyle Hayes had saved Blackett’s initial effort.

In the 72nd minute it was 5-3 when Jordan Preston played Blackett in, and the striker grabbed his second goal of the night. Gateshead sensed that Consett were tiring, and in the 84th minute Blackett completed his hat-trick to make it 5-4, and make the last few minutes edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Two minutes from time the Heed thought they should have had a penalty when Blackett went down under challenge from Ryan McKinnon, who was making his seasonal debut as a sub, but to Consett’s relief the referee waved away the claims, and the Steelmen hung on to progress to the next round.

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