Impressive Consett fire five past title challengers Guisborough Town

Consett came out 5-2 winners against a Guisborough Town side who at kick off sat one place above the Steelmen in third place. On a still but cool night at Belle View Stadium, the two sides served up a feast of football in a contest of extremely high quality.

The home side posted their intentions right from the off and were two up inside the first ten minutes. First Ross Wilkinson forced the ball home from close range with barely three minutes on the clock (pictured), then Calvin Smith netted five minutes later to keep up his fine goal-scoring record for the season, and make it 2-0.

Guisborough showed they were no mugs when Charlie Marshall shot home from the edge of the area. However, the Steelmen restored their two-goal advantage through Dale Pearson who latched onto Luke Carr’s superb through ball to finish coolly.

Consett led 3-1 at the break, and made it four just after the hour mark when Pearson‘s clever finish from six yards out wrong-footed the keeper for his second of the night.

Guisborough soon struck back though, with captain Mark Robinson converting from the penalty spot just four minutes later.

It was the home side who had the last word though, albeit in fortunate circumstances. Arjun Purewal made a mess of a chance from close range and ball fell to the apparent safety of Guisborough defender Matthew Lovatt. Facing his own goal, however, he inexplicably side-footed into the corner of his own net to make the final score 5-2.

The win momentarily moves Consett up to second in the table, but the Steelmen have played more games than anyone else in the top seven.

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Consett face trip to NCEL side Winterton Rangers in the FA Vase

Consett have been handed an away trip to Winterton Rangers from the Toolstation Northern Counties East League in the 1st Round of this season’s FA Vase.

It is the first-ever meeting between the clubs, and the tie at the Hammond Homes Stadium will take place on Saturday, 12 October.

Winterton is near Scunthorpe, and they play in the 1st Division of the NCEL (the equivalent of the Northern League 2nd Division).Last season they finished 4th.

They are currently 2nd in the table, with 15 points from six games, which have brought five wins and just one defeat.

Rangers reached the 1st Round by winning 2-0 at fellow NCEL Division One side AFC Emley in the 2nd Qualifying Round at the weekend.

Consett will be running a coach to the game for players and officials, and a limited number of seats will be available to supporters wishing to travel to North Lincolnshire.

The cost is not yet known, so anyone wishing to book a provisional place should leave their name at the clubhouse.

  • The FA Vase tie means our scheduled league game at home to Seaham Red Star has been postponed. It has been rearranged for Tuesday 26 November.

Consett go fourth but are left to count the cost after a bruising win at Penrith

Consett rose to fourth in the 1st Division after a battling 2-1 win at Penrith today, but were left to count the cost of a bruising encounter.

The Steelmen had used all three substitutes when Nick Allen was felled by a poor tackle by home midfielder Adam Main with 10 minutes to go. After lengthy treatment he gamely continued, but the injury effectively reduced Terry Mitchell’s side to 10 men.

Luckily they were already two goals in front by this point, with Ali Alshabeeb giving them the lead on 28 minutes, and Calvin Smith doubling the advantage on the hour.

It was the midfielder’s seventh goal of the season, and he had a couple more opportunities to wrap up the points, but missed the target on both occasions.

Penrith goalkeeper Dan Staples – a former Consett player – made good saves from Dale Pearson and Andrei-Vasile Ardelean as the visitors tried to kill off the game.

But they were grateful to keeper Kyle Hayes for a fine performance at the other end, though there was nothing he could do to prevent Penrith’s consolation goal in the 93rd minute, as Max Brown finished from Main’s flick-on.

It was an important three points for the Steelmen, whose next three games are against the three clubs immediately above and below them – Guisborough (currently 3rd), Sunderland RCA (5th) and Stockton Town (2nd).

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Dale Pearson double against his old club gets Consett’s League Cup campaign off to a winning start

Dale Pearson’s first two goals for Consett helped his new club get their League Cup campaign off to a successful start against one of his old ones tonight.

The big striker scored twice as the Steelmen came from behind to beat Newcastle Benfield 3-1 at Belle View.

He hit the post in the goalless first half with a shot on the turn from David Brown’s cross.

But, after Peter Glen-Ravenhill gave the visitors the lead in the 62nd minute, Pearson opened his goal account nine minutes later, firing a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

In the 84th minute Pearson doubled his tally, shrugging off his man to run onto a Brown pass, cutting into the box and finishing through the legs of keeper Andrew Grainger.

And in the first minute of added times he turned provider, playing an excellent one-two with Ali Alshabeeb, who made it 3-1.

Out-of-sorts Consett suffer a first home defeat of the season as Newton Aycliffe grab a late winner

Consett were left licking their wounds this afternoon when a late goal saw them beaten 2-1 at home by Newton Aycliffe at Belle View Stadium.

It was the Steelmen’s first home defeat of the season, but they couldn’t complain after a well-below-par performance.

It took a Liam McNamara own goal right at the end of the half, pictured, to give them a 1-0 interval lead, as the defender put through his own goal from Luke Carr’s free-kick.

But Consett were grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Hayes for the fact they were still in the game at all at that point, as he’d made a string of good saves.

An improved start to the second half saw Consett create and squander a handful of opportunities, and the misses came back to haunt them in the 66th minute when Dean Thexton levelled from closer range.

When young substitute Joe Sloan was shown a straight red card for a two-footed tackle in the 84th minute, most Consett fans would have settled for a point as their side played out the game with 10 men.

But they were denied even that, as goalscorer Thexton turned provider in the third minute of added time for old boy Shaun Ryder to round Hayes and slot home the winner.

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Consett’s second-half revival not quite enough to earn them a point at North Shields

Consett missed the chance to move into the Northern League’s promotion places when a lacklustre first hour cost them three points at North Shields.

The Steelmen found themselves three goals down just a couple of minutes into the second half, and although they scored twice to make it 3-2, they couldn’t find an equaliser.

The home side took the lead on 19 minutes when a cross from the right found Paul Van Zandvliet at the back post, and he headed it back across goal, where it just about crossed the line after hitting the crossbar and post.

Jake Stafford fired just wide and Nick Allen brought a good stop from Shields keeper Greg Purvis as Consett responded, but right on half-time they conceded a second when they failed to deal with a corner, and Connor Campbell forced the ball home from close range.

Two minutes into the second half it was 3-0, as the visitors gave away possession cheaply in midfield and Ryan Carr hammered home a screamer from 25 yards.

When Luke Carr hit the post for Consett it looked like it might not be their night, but they reduced the arrears on 67 minutes when a free-kick was half-cleared to Calvin Smith, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner for his sixth goal of the season.

Michael Brown came on in place of Andrei-Vasile Ardelean to make his second debut for the club, and his pace and workrate gave the attack a different dimension.

Jermaine Metz made it 3-2 in the first minute of added time when his 25-yard shot squirmed through the grasp of Purvis and crept over the line. It was the full-back’s third goal of the season.

And the Steelmen almost grabbed an unlikely point when good work by sub Ali Alshabeeb set up Ross Wilkinson, who had been pushed up front, but the big centre-half couldn’t get enough on his shot to beat Purvis.

When the final whistle went seconds later, Consett were left to reflect on what might have been, while Shields could enjoy extending their unbeaten home run to five games.

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Fantastic FA Youth Cup comeback all in vain as Consett lose penalty shootout at Carlisle City

Consett’s youngsters staged a tremendous comeback as they stepped onto the national stage tonight in the FA Youth Cup.

But the late rally which saw them come from three goals down to draw 3-3 and force extra time ended in disappointment when they lost 3-2 to Carlisle City in a penalty shootout.

Consett AFC Bulls U17s were representing the club in the preliminary round of the national competition, and faced a tough test against the youngsters from the Northern League newcomers.

The teamsheet for the Carlisle City v Consett FA Youth Cup tie.

They found themselves a goal down at Gillford Park – the former home of Celtic Nation – after just five minutes when Charlie Johnston fired home a loose ball.

And five minutes before the break Johnston made it 2-0, leaving the Consett lads with a tough second half.

Keeper Niall Frampton kept them in it with a couple of good saves, but it all appeared to be over bar the shouting when Cameron Smith made it 3-0 on 61 minutes after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.

But the last half an hour saw the Consett lads really roll up their sleeves and battle in the rain which had started lashing down.

The home goalkeeper made a string of good saves, and Consett had a shot cleared off the line as they began to exert heavy pressure on the Carlisle goal.

Substitute Lewis Ord got what appeared to be a consolation goal on 79 minutes, but five minutes later Joshua Bainbridge grabbed a second to make it an interesting closing period.

Incredibly, on 86 minutes Bainbridge scored again with the goal of the game, a superb curling effort which dipped over the keeper to make it 3-3.

Joshua Bainbridge scores his second goal to make it Carlisle City 3 Consett 3 and take the game into extra time. Pic: Gary Welford.

Just when it looked like Consett might snatch a remarkable win, the tide turned against them in the fourth minute of added time, when they had a player shown a straight red card for a challenge in midfield.

It looked harsh, and when the final whistle went a minute later, it meant they faced another 30 minutes in strength-sapping conditions with only 10 men.

Extra time was a cagey affair, with just a couple of chances for each side, and Ord came close to snatching a dramatic winner in the 114th minute, but Carlisle keeper Will Graham punched away his top corner-bound effort.

When extra time failed to separate the sides, it was down to the lottery of penalties, and it was Carlisle who held their nerve, winning 3-2 to progress to the next round, and a home tie against either South Shields or Gateshead.

But even in defeat the young Bulls did Consett proud, and will be a name to look out for in the Durham FA U17s League this season.

Latest fixture changes mean new dates for Consett away games at Penrith, Shildon and Whitley Bay

The latest round of fixture changes by the Northern League in the wake of the weekend’s FA Vase ties mean new dates for three of Consett’s away games.

The first one is for Saturday, 14 September, when we were meant to be away to Shildon. Their progress in the FA Vase means we will now be away to Penrith (brought forward from 2 November).

Our visit to Dean Street to take on Shildon will now take place on Saturday, 19 October, when we were meant to be away to Whitley Bay.

Finally, the trip to Whitley Bay, which was scheduled for 19 October, will now be on Saturday, 14 March.

Gutsy display earns Consett a well-deserved point at league leaders Hebburn Town

Consett were far from their best at a windy Energy Check Stadium today, but brought home a well-deserved point from a 0-0 draw with league leaders Hebburn Town.

Their best chance came in the first 30 seconds, when Jermaine Metz’s pass saw Andrei-Vasile Ardelean running through, but his lob past the advancing keeper had too much on it.

Recent signing Dale Pearson had another chance on six minutes, but scuffed his effort wide of the far post.

With a strong wind at their back, the home side took control after that, and Michael Richardson went close with a 25-yard free-kick, before Consett keeper Kyle Hayes made a good save from Oliver Martin.

There was a let-off for Consett on the half hour when they gave the ball away in their own half and Richardson’s pass put Graeme Armstrong through, but he dragged his shot wide.

On 36 minutes Consett had a strong appeal for a penalty when Luke Carr, who was captain in the absence of Arjun Purewal, was fouled as he surged into the box.

Consett captain Luke Carr seemed to be fouled inside the box, but the referee gave a free-kick inches outside. Pic: Gary Welford.

Instead of pointing to the spot the referee decided he had been impeded inches outside the box, and gave only a free-kick, which Jake Stafford drove into the wall.

Four minutes before the break Ardelean made a chance out of nothing when he beat the keeper to a ball played down the channel, and chipped him from an acute angle, only to see the ball rebound off the crossbar and be scrambled away.

Hebburn’s best chance came on 57 minutes when Ben Dibb-Fuller burst through, but Hayes bravely saved his shot, and then needed lengthy treatment after the forward followed through on him.

That was it as far as clear-cut chances went as the gusty wind picked up and ruined the game as a spectacle, and although they rarely threatened the home goal, a good rearguard action saw Consett pick up a deserved point.

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Two-goal Ardelean leads the way as Consett hammer highly-fancied Whickham 5-0

An outstanding team performance saw Consett hammer highly-fancied Whickham 5-0 at a stormy Belle View tonight – and it could have been more as they played the big-spending visitors off the park.

After playing well in spells in previous gamesm, and being frustrated by Whitley Bay’s rearguard action at the weekend, everything clicked into place for the Steelmen.

They had their first chance after just four minutes when Luke Carr’s pass sent Andrei-Vasile Ardelean through, but the striker’s shot was saved by keeper Adam Bartlett’s legs.

The No.9 came even closer in the 12th minute when Carr’s pass sent Darren Holden scampering down the left, and his hard, low cross picked out Ardelean, whose first-time effort came back off the bar.

Carr fired just over from the edge of the box and then fired a free-kick over the bar as the home side continued to take the game to their visitors, and new striker Dale Pearson had the ball in the net, but, in almost identical fashion to Saturday, was flagged offside by the linesman.

Dale Pearson was again denied his first Consett goal by a linesman’s flag. Pic: Gary Welford.

The 33rd minute saw another let-off for Whickham as Carr’s deep cross to the back post saw Ross Wilkinson come steaming in at the back post to head home, but again the linesman’s flag went up, seemingly for offside.

Ross Wilkinson headed home at the back post for Consett, but his ‘goal’ was disallowed. Pic: Gary Welford.

Ardelean had another chance in the 35th minute, but Bartlett saved well, and a minute later it seemed like the growing catalogue of misses might prove costly when, against the run of play, Whickham were awarded a penalty.

Holden was deemed to have pushed Scott Robson over in the box, and Carl Finnigan stepped up to take the kick, but blazed it wide.

The miss was to prove crucial, as in the 38th minute Consett got the breakthrough their dominance deserved. Holden got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Andrei-Vasile Ardelean, who beat the defender and keeper to the ball to slot home from close range.

Four minutes later it was 2-0 after a superb through ball by right-back Jermaine Metz picked out Jake Stafford’s run, and the midfielder kept his nerve to finish past Bartlett.

Jake Stafford celebrates making it 2-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett were well worth their 2-0 half-time lead, and within a minute of the restart it could have been three. Bartlett pulled off a fine double save, first from Ardelean after he was sent clear by Carr’s threaded pass, and then from Carr, who tried to curl the rebound into the corner.

The respiote was brief, however, as on 61 minutes Pearson’s flick-on played in Calvin Smith, who shrugged off his marker and curled the ball into the top corner to make it 3-0 with his fifth goal of the season.

Calvin Smith curls his shot past Whickham keeper Adam Bartlett to make it 3-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Finnigan and Tom Howard had chances for Whickham, both firing into the side netting, but on 67 minutes it was 4-0 as Pearson’s pass set Jermaine Metz flying down the wing, and he cut into the box and finished across Bartlett into the far corner to make it 4-0.

Right-back Jermaine Metz makes it Consett 4 Whickham 0. pic: Gary Welford.

Consett keeper Kyle Hayes had been a virtual spectator for much of the game, but made a superb fingertip save from Dale Burrell’s long-range strike in the 68th minute. He then made a routine save from Matty Pattison as Whickham at last showed their attacking teeth.

But it was Consett who looked more likely to score, and Bartlett saved from Holden as the home side continued to attack.

But there was nothing the keeper could do when Andrei-Vasile Ardelean grabbed his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute, sweeping home a right-wing cross from substitute Ali Alshabeeb to crown his best appearance so far in a Consett shirt.

Andrei-Vasile Ardelean gets his second goal of the evening to make it 5-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett could have made it six, but Holden’s shot was too close to Bartlett after good closing down by Alshabeeb in the 85th minute, and then he was denied by a linesman’s flag in added time after beating the keeper, with the ‘goal’ his performance deserved being chalked off for offside.

Darren Holden was denied a sixth goal for Consett by the third offside flag of the night. Pic: Gary Welford.

When the final whistle went, Consett were 5-0 winners after a sensational performance, which sets them up nicely for their next test – a trip to league leaders Hebburn Town on Saturday.

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