Postponed Sunderland RCA game gets a new date – and is now our last match of the season

Consett’s away game at Sunderland RCA, postponed yesterday due to the effects of Storm Dennis, has been swiftly rearranged by the Northern League.

It will now take place at Meadow Park on Wednesday 22 April, KO 7.30pm – and, for now at least, will be our final game of the season.

Barring any further postponements or rearrangements, it means we now have seven league games in the last three weeks of the season – five of them away from home.

Consett’s FA Vase 6th Round tie at Atherstone Town will NOT be all-ticket – but segregation will be in place

Consett’s first-ever FA Vase quarter-final tie, away at Atherstone Town on Saturday, February 29, will NOT be all-ticket, as our hosts had previously suggested.

However, the game will be segregated, with home supporters entering the Mark Webster Community Stadium through the Sheepy Road turnstiles and Consett fans through the Rowland Way turnstiles.

A firm of professional football stewards will be employed inside the ground, and there will be a police presence inside and outside.

A party of 25-30 FA non-league delegates will also be in attendance as guests of the club, as part of their annual meeting at St George’s Park that weekend.

Bookings are being taken now for places on the club’s official supporters’ coach to the game. A seat costs £22, and must be paid for at the time of booking. Departure from Belle View Stadium will be 8.30am.

Admission to the game will be £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for children.

Consett face Atherstone Town in FA Vase quarter-final – bookings being taken now for supporters’ coach

Consett have started planning for a trip to Warwickshire to meet Atherstone Town in the quarter-final of the FA Vase after they beat Worcester City in their replayed 5th Round tie last night.

The Adders – the lowest-ranked team left in the competition – beat their fellow Midland League side 5-4 on penalties after another 1-1 draw, the same as the sides played on Saturday.

The result means Consett will travel to Atherstone’s Sheepy Road ground on Saturday, 29 February, with both sides looking for a first-ever place in the last four.

Consett will be running an official supporters coach to the game, with our club sponsor Stanley Travel.

Seats are £22 each, and must be paid for when booking. No seats will be reserved without payment. Card payments can be taken over the phone by calling 01207 588886.

The coach will leave Belle View Stadium at 8.30am, returning straight after the game.

Consett face an awayday to the Midlands in FA Vase quarter-final – but we’ll have to wait to find out our opponents

Consett were today given an away draw in the 6th Round of the FA Vase – but we’ll have to wait to find out our opponents.

We will play the winners of the Atherstone Town v Worcester City tie, who will replay this week after drawing on Saturday.

Both play in the Midland League. Worcester are mid-table in the Premier Division, and Atherstone are 6th in Division One.

The tie will take place on Saturday, February 29. Travel arrangements will be made once we know who we’re playing.

The rest of the quarter-final draw is:

Corinthian v Leighton Town

Wroxham v Bitton

Hebburn Town v Plymouth Parkway

Date set for Consett’s cup visit to ‘The Morgue’ while West Auckland game is put back due to FA Vase progress

Consett have some new dates for their fixture list as a result of progressing to the 6th Round of the FA Vase.

Saturday 29 February will now see the club contest the quarter-final of the national competition for the first time in our history.

This means the scheduled league game against West Auckland Town has had to be switched, and it will now take placeon Tuesday, 14 April, KO 7.30pm. At the moment that will now be opur last home league game of the season.

A date has also been fixed for our visit to North Shields’ Daren Persson Stadium – affectionately known as ‘The Morgue’ – for our League Cup quarter-final.

That game will take place on Wednesday, 11 March, KO 7.30pm, and must be settled on the night, with penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

We will find our opponents in the next round of the FA Vase at about 1pm tomorrow. The other clubs through to the last eight are Bitton, Corinthian, fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town, Leighton Town, Plymouth Parkway, Wroxham and either Atherstone Town/Worcester City, who drew yesterday.

Consett make club history by earning a place in the FA Vase quarter-finals for the first time with win over Deal Town

Consett made a piece of club history today by beating Deal Town 2-0 at Belle View Stadium to make the quarter-finals of the FA Vase for the first time.

Both sides had chances in an evenly-matched first half, with the best on 36 minutes, when a great pass by Dean Briggs put Ali Alshabeeb in on goal, but his effort from a tight angle was saved by Deal keeper James Tonkin with his feet.

Half-time was reached with the score 0-0, but the Steelmen stepped things up a gear in the second half against a Deal team who were defending superbly.

The breakthrough came in the 76th minute, when Alshabeeb’s ball into the box found Luke Carr eight yards out, and the midfielder lifted the ball over Tonkin to open the scoring, pictured top.

The second goal, which clinched the win, came on 85 minutes, and this time Carr was the provider, with his right-wing corner picking out skipper Arjun Purewal, who buried a header past Tonkin, pictured below.

Consett captain Arjun Purewal powers home a header from a corner to make it 2-0. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett thought they had a third in the 90th minute when Dale Pearson fired home from Carr’s through ball, but his joy was short-lived as the linesman’s flag ruled him offside.

It didn’t matter, as the Steelmen were well worth the win which took them into the last eight of a national cup for the first time in their history in front of a bumper crowd of 866 – a record for a competitive game at Belle View.

It was also a good day for Consett lad, Luke Sullivan, as he scored the extra-time winner which took fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town into the last eight as they won 1-0 at Longridge Town.

There was to be no league treble, however, as West Auckland lost 2-1 at Plymouth Parkway, despite a goal from Arj’s brother Amar.

Now we can’t wait for Monday’s quarter-final draw, when Consett and Hebburn will be hoping to avoid each other and keep alive the dream of an all-Northern League final.

  • Full match report, more pictures and video HERE.

Consett get an away draw against North Shields in the League Cup quarter-finals

Consett were tonight handed an away draw at North Shields in the quarter-finals of the Mitre Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup.

The game will take place at the Daren Persson Stadium, on a date to be arranged, due to our FA Vase commitments.

The rest of the draw is:

Whickham/Guisborough Town v West Auckland Town

Shildon v West Allotment Celtic

Newcastle Benfield v Newton Aycliffe

Consett have met the Robins three times before in the league cup, with the following results:

74/75 1st Round Consett 0 North Shields 3

79/80 1st Round North Shields 2 Consett 0

80/81 Quarter-final Consett 3 North Shields 1

Consett pay for lacklustre performance at Newton Aycliffe as old boys inflict their first league defeat in four months

A lacklustre Consett were made to pay by two old boys today as Newton Aycliffe became the first team to do a league double over them this season, after a 3-0 win at Moore Lane Park.

The Steelmen were strangely out of sorts, and were beaten in the league for the first time in nearly four months by opponents who had grabbed a last-gasp victory at Belle View in September.

This time there was nothing last-gasp about Aycliffe’s win, as they were better in every department from start to finish.

They took the lead on 19 minutes, when striker Adam Burnicle – who had a short spell at Consett a few seasons ago without getting a decent run in the first XI – found the top corner from an acute angle.

Burnicle had two more chances to increase the home side’s lead, and Consett had an amazing let-off in the 41st minute when a sliced clearance hit the post, and Kyle Hayes somehow kept the ball out.

The keeper also saved from Burnicle and Liam Jarvie as Aycliffe sought to press home their dominance, but half-time arrived with the score still 1-0.

Consett had created nothing at all in the first half, but within their first two minutes of the second they had created a half-chance for Dan Hawkins, whose shot was blocked by a defender.

Then on 59 minutes Jake Orrell’s ball was laid off by Thomas McAloon to Hawkins, who forced Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford into his first save of the afternoon.

Four minutes later there was a let-off for the visitors when striker Andrei Ardelean, who left Belle View for Moore Lane Park a couple of weeks ago, turned and hit the post with a shot which had Hayes beaten.

On 67 minutes Ardelean had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside after Hayes had saved well from Burnicle.

In the 77th minute Consett had their best chance of the game, and should have levelled. A great pass from Ross Wilkinson sent Dale Pearson – on as a sub after a couple of weeks out injured – clean through, but a superb tackle by Aaron Brown thwarted him.

The ball fell kindly for Michael Mackay, and with the healthy Consett contingent in the crowd waiting for the net to bulge, Pickford made an excellent double save from the veteran striker, pictured top, to maintain his clean sheet.

Games swing on such incidents, which was proved in the 80th minute when Hayes fumbled a long-range effort from Johnson Ballan, and Ardelean – who else? – was there to finish from close range for 2-0.

Three minutes into injury time, as Consett pushed forward looking for a goal, they got caught on the break, and Burnicle scored his second of the game to make the final score a sobering 3-0.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

Kyle Hayes is Consett’s shootout hero after late Whitley Bay comeback takes League Cup tie to penalties

Goalkeeper Kyle Hayes was Consett’s hero tonight as they won a penalty shootout against Whitley Bay to take their place in the last eight of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

The Steelmen raced into a 3-0 first-half lead, but the visitors scored twice in the closing minutes to make the score 3-3 at full-time, and take the tie to penalties.

But with their shootout defeat at Seaham Red Star in the Durham Challenge Cup last week still fresh in their mind, Consett held their nerve to win this one 9-8, with Hayes scoring a sudden death kick and saving the decisive 20th penalty.

No one could have predicted such a dramatic finale when Consett went into a commanding lead in the first half, despite kicking into a strong wind.

Michael Mackay gave them the lead in the 17th minute, firing home from Darren Holden’s pullback, pictured below, and the veteran striker put them in control five minutes later with a second goal after Whitley keeper Dan Lister saved Jermaine Metz’s initial effort.

Record goalscorer Michael Mackay makes it Consett 1 Whitley Bay 0

When Bay defender Luke Taylor sliced the ball past his own keeper as he tried to clear Thomas McAloon’s cross in the 37th minute, Consett looked to have one foot in the quarter-finals.

But James Martin had other ideas, firing a stunning long distance effort into the top corner four minutes before the break to give the visitors a lifeline and make the half-time score 3-1.

Consett had several chances in the second half to make the game safe, but missed them all, so only had themselves to blame when, after a spirited Whitley Bay comeback, Luke Salmon made it 3-2 in a goalmouth scramble in the 89th minute, and Andre Bennett found an equaliser in the final minute to make it 3-3.

So to penalties for the second midweek game in a row, with Consett shooting first, and again the pendulum seemed to swing against them when McAloon put their third kick over the bar.

Whitley scored their first four, and needed goalkeeper Dan Lister to score their fifth to win the shootout, but to Consett’s relief he smashed the ball over the bar.

Into sudden death, Hayes scored Consett’s first kick, and on it went, kick for kick, until Max Russell made it 9-8 to the home side, and Hayes dived to his left to keep out Scott Lowery’s penalty, pictured top, and win the game.

A dramatic way to end the night then, and in the end the better team won, but the result should have been out of sight long before Whitley’s late, late comeback.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.