Consett will face Deal Town in FA Vase 5th Round after the Kent side won a dramatic penalty shootout in replay

Consett will be at home to Deal Town from Kent in the FA Vase 5th Round after they won a dramatic penalty shootout in their replay today against Binfield.

The sides drew 1-1 at Deal last week, and Binfield, who are 3rd in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League, were favourites to go through in today’s replay at their Hill Farm Lane ground in Bracknell.

They took the lead twice, but Deal, who are mid-table in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, equalised twice to take the game to extra time.

It was Deal’s turn to take the lead, but this time the home side managed to level to make the final score 3-3, and take the game to penalties.

And it was the visitors who emerged triumphant, with their goalkeeper James Tonkin scoring the winning kick to give them a 7-6 shootout victory.

Now Deal Town, who won the FA Vase at Wembley back in 2000, will travel to Belle View Stadium in the 5th Round on Saturday, February 8, kick-off 3pm.

Consett stretch their unbeaten run to 19 matches with a 5-0 win at Thornaby in a game full of landmarks

Consett made it 19 games unbeaten today with a 5-0 win in their first league visit to Thornaby in 15 years – and it was a game full of landmarks.

The first was a 30th goal of the season in the same number of games for big striker Dale Pearson. After a nip-and-tuck first half-hour at Teesdale Park he was fouled as he tried to go past centre-back Nathan Guru in the 31st minute, and picked himself up to score from the penalty spot.

Pearson almost doubled the lead early in the second half when he rounded the keeper, but left-back Scott Howes to make a brilliant clearance off the goal-line.

But the Steelmen did make it 2-0 in the 64th minute when Calvin Smith became a member of the select band to have scored 50 goals for the club. The midfielder picked the ball up 25 yards out and left fly with a decent right-footed effort, pictured above, which crept under Thornaby keeper James Dawson.

Scott Howes was then lucky to stay on the field when he was shown just a yellow card for a late challenge on Pearson, who had to be helped off the field.

Consett were well in control, but the final scoreline had a slightly flattering look as they again showed their ruthless side, scoring three goals in four minutes in the closing stages of the game.

First, centre-back Ross Wilkinson fired home from close range in the 81st minute as Jake Orrell’s right-wing corner ricocheted around the box.

A minute later substitute Thomas McAloon recorded his own personal landmark moment, scoring his first goal for the club by robbing the last defender of possession before slipping the ball past Dawson for 4-0.

And in the 84th minute Michael Mackay, who had replaced Pearson, got his first goal since returning from injury, deflecting a shot past the keeper to make it 5-0. It was the club legend’s 321st Consett goal.

It was almost six when Ali Alshabeeb set up Mackay with four minutes to go, but this time Dawson saved with his legs to deny the evergreen striker.

That’s 14 goals in four days for Consett, who remain fourth in the table, six points behind both second-placed Shildon (2nd), who they have a game in hand on, and are yet to play at home, and third-placed Hebburn Town, on whom they have two games in hand.

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Consett run riot at Whickham, with two players claiming hat-tricks in a stunning 9-2 win

Consett recorded one of their biggest-ever away wins in the Northern League tonight, stunning hosts Whickham with a 9-2 victory at the Glebe ground.

Forward Ali Alshabeeb and centre-back Arjun Purewal both claimed their first hat-tricks for the club, while Dale Pearson maintained his goal-a-game record and there was a long-awaited first of the season for Matty Slocombe.

Consett had a stiff wind behind them, and got the opening goal in the 12th minute, when skipper Arjun Purewal got the faintest touch to Jake Orrell’s left-wing cross to take it beyond the keeper.

Two minutes later the advantage was doubled when Jermaine Metz’s throw-in on the right sent Dale Pearson away down the flank, and he unselfishly picked out Ali Alshabeeb to score from a few yards out.

On 31 minutes it was 3-0 when Orrell broke from midfield and his pass sent Alshabeeb clear, and he kept his cool to slot the ball past the keeper.

Whickham gave themselves a lifeline two minutes later, when they caught Consett trying to play out from the back, and Thomas Scothern made it 3-1.

But within five minutes Consett’s three-goal lead was restored when great work by Luke Carr down the left set up Matty Slocombe to finish at the back post for his first goal of the season, and the club’s 100th in all competitions.

A minute later it was 5-1, as a through ball left Alshabeeb clean through again, pictured below, and again he kept his nerve to complete a first-half hat-trick.

Kicking into the stiff wind, some supporters feared the second half might be a different story, but three goals in six minutes ended any lingering hopes of a Whickham comeback.

It took just two minutes of the half for Alshabeeb to return the compliment for Dale Pearson, setting up the No 9 to score into an empty net for his 28th goal of the season.

Three minutes later Orrell picked out Purewal again with a left-wing corner, and the skipper volleyed home to make it 7-1.

And in the 53rd minute Purewal leapt highest in the crowded area to thump home a header from another Orrell corner, pictured top, for his third goal of the night, and give Consett an unassailable lead.

In the 69th minute it was 9-1 when a through ball from the back sent Pearson clear again, and he dinked the ball over the advancing keeper, pictured below, for his 29th goal in the same number of games for the club.

Whickham did get a consolation in the 80th minute when Charlie Exley forced the ball home from a corner, to make the final score 9-2.

In truth it could have been many more, as Whickham keeper Jack Wilson denied Pearson three times with fine saves, Carr was twice just inches away from balls fizzed across the goal, and Michael Mackay had a penalty shout waved away when his shot seemed to strike a defender’s hand.

It was a stunning performance and result, however, with nine the most goals the club has scored away from home in 50 seasons in the Northern League.

As far as winning margins go, it doesn’t quite beat the 8-0 win at Willington in our 2nd Division promotion season of 1988-89, or the club record away win of 11-0 at Team Northumbria in the FA Cup in 2007-08.

Footnote: He won’t thank us for pointing this out, but Whickham goalkeeper Jack Wilson has conceded nine against Consett before, back in 2016-17 when he was in goal for Chester-le-Street as we beat them 9-0 at Belle View. He didn’t have a bad game that day either…

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Consett get a home draw in the FA Vase 5th Round

Consett were today handed a home tie in the 5th Round of the Buildbase FA Vase – but we’ll have to wait to find out our opponents.

Our reward for Saturday’s excellent 3-1 win over United Counties League side Lutterworth Town from Leicestershire is a home draw v either Deal Town or Binfield, who drew 1-1 at the weekend.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday, February 8.

Deal Town are from Kent, and are currently 10th in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. They won the FA Vase back in 2000, beating Chippenham Town 1-0 at Wembley.

Binfield are from Berkshire, and are 3rd in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League. Reaching the 4th Round this season has already equalled their best-ever FA Vase performance.

The two other Northern League clubs who made the last 16 have both been handed away ties.

West Auckland Town will travel to Plymouth Parkway of the Western league, while Hebburn Town will travel to Longridge Town of the North West Counties League.

FA Vase progress means a new date for Consett’s home game v Shildon

Consett’s continuing progress in the FA Vase means our league game versus Shildon has had to be rescheduled.

The game – which will see the return to Belle View of former favourites Danny Craggs and Jordan Lavery – was meant to be on Saturday, February 8.

We will now be in FA Vase action that day, so the Northern League has rearranged it for Tuesday, April 7, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Barring further fixture changes, it will be our last home game of the season, and it could be a vital one, as both the Railwaymen and ourselves are among the clubs hoping to win promotion.

Consett make FA Vase 5th Round for first time in 12 years after beating Lutterworth at gale-lashed Belle View

Consett can look forward to their first FA Vase 5th Round appearance in 12 years after beating Lutterworth Town 3-1 today at a gale-lashed Belle View.

The winds which battered the town were so strong – gusts of 50-60mph at times – that the referee agreed to delay kick-off for an hour to let them subside a little.

And though the United Counties League side from Leicestershire had their moments, they couldn’t cope with the home side’s attackers once they got into their stride.

Luke Carr gave Consett the lead in the 38th minute when he picked up possession 25 yards out and fired home an unstoppable shot for his 12th goal of the season.

Despite kicking into the fierce wind in the second half, Consett doubled their lead in the 61st minute when a flowing move was finished by left-back Darren Holden, who cut in from the flank and dinked the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.

Lutterworth didn’t give up, and in the 73rd minute reduced the deficit with a Kade Lewis penalty after Ross Wilkinson had fouled Jordan Small.

But Consett went straight back on the attack, and skipper Arjun Purewal had a header cleared off the line, while Calvin Smith and Dale Pearson both had efforts saved.

The clincher came in the 86th minute when Jake Orrell’s pass sent Pearson clear, but instead of going for goal the Steelmen’s top scorer unselfishly squared the ball for Ali Alshabeeb to finish from six yards and make the final score 3-1.

The only negative note to the day, when a crowd of 392 braved awful conditions to watch a full-blooded cup tie, was the yellow card for Ross Wilkinson which accompanied Lutterworth’s penalty.

It was the big centre-back’s second booking in the competition this season, and means he will miss the 5th Round – the first time since 2008 and only the second time ever that Consett have reached this stage.

Consett drawn at home to Whitley Bay in the next round of the League Cup

Consett have been handed a home tie against Whitley Bay in today’s draw for the League Cup Round of 16.

The Steelmen will face the Seahorses at Belle View on Tuesday, 28 January, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Amazingly, since we joined the Northern League in 1970, the clubs have only met twice in the League Cup.

The first was in the 2nd Round in 2006-07, when we won 6-3 at our old Belle Vue Park ground, and the second was in 2012-13, when we lost 3-1 at Hillheads, at the same stage of the competition.

Michael Mackay helped himself to four goals in the first game, and was also our goalscorer in the second.

The rest of the draw is as follows:

Whickham v Guisborough Town

Shildon v Jarrow

North Shields v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

West Allotment Celtic v Heaton Stannington or Seaham Red Star

Ryhope CW v Newton Aycliffe

West Auckland Town v Sunderland RCA

Hebburn Town v Thornaby or Newcastle Benfield

Ties to be played January 28/29.

Consett make it 16 games unbeaten but have to settle for a point after stalemate at Northallerton

Consett dominated from start to finish in their first league visit to Northallerton Town in more than 10 years today, but had to settle for a point after a goalless draw.

The Steelmen started the new decade how they finished the old one, by being by far the better side, but lacking a finishing touch to defeat dogged opponents.

Consett took the game to their bottom-of-the-table hosts, and had enough chances in the opening 15 minutes to have been out of sight by half-time.

Ali Alshabeeb had the first after two minutes, but chipped the ball just wide in a one-on-one with the keeper, and Matty Slocombe saw a 20-yarder deflected over a few minutes later.

Consett should have taken the lead on seven minutes when the keeper fumbled Alshabeeb’s effort from the edge of the box, but Luke Carr fired the loose ball over the bar.

On 11 minutes Dale Pearson broke quickly for a corner and his pass played in Jake Orrell, but keeper Tom Dawson stood up well to save. From the resulting corner skipper Arjun Purewal powered a header goalwards, which came back off the post with the keeper beaten.

On 33 minutes Carr thought he should have had a penalty after appearing to be hauled over by centre-back Neil Pattinson as he cut in from the right, but the referee waved away his appeals.

The opening minute of the second half brought another good chance for Consett, after Orrell played the ball across the face of the goal after a neat one-two, but no one attacked the pass and another opportunity had gone begging.

Carr’s cross from the left picked out marauding right-back Jermaine Metz, whose header was tipped round the post by Dawson. Then Carr flighted a 25-yard free-kick just wide of the left-hand post.

Consett had another shout for a penalty on 63 minutes when Orrell’s pass picked out Pearson, who went down under challenge from Jack Proctor, but again the referee waved away the visitors’ appeals.

Consett brought on two attackers, Andrei-Vasile Ardelean and Michael Mackay, as they strived for a winner, and a great cross by Mackay teed up Ardelean in the 79th minute, but he missed the ball and the chance was gone.

Carr hooked an effort just wide from Metz’s cross, and you got the feeling it might not be the Steelmen’s day in the 83rd minute when Mackay flicked the ball goalwards after good work by Orrell, only to see it come back off the bar, pictured, and Lee Brockbank’s superb block denied Dale Pearson an easy finish from the loose ball.

Consett laid siege to the Northallerton goal, but the home side defended resiolutely, as they had all afternoon, and their frustrated visitors had to settle for a 0-0 draw – just their second of the season.

Consett stretch unbeaten run to 15 games but have to settle for a point against battling Benfield

Consett made it 15 games unbeaten as they saw out the year – and the decade – at Belle View, but had to settle for a point after a 1-1 draw against a battling Newcastle Benfield side.

The visitors took the lead on 12 minutes with a Paul Brayson free-kick from outside the box, which he bent inside Kyle Hayes’ left-hand post.

Consett – who were missing the influential Jermaine Metz and playmaker Luke Carr – equalised with a setpiece of their own, as Ross Wilkinson rose highest to head home Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner a minute before half-time.

The Steelmen were much the better side after the break, but couldn’t find a way past visiting keeper Andrew Grainger, who made good saves from Orrell, Andrei-Vasile Ardelean and Dale Pearson.

The second period also saw the welcome return of striker Michael Mackay, pictured, who came on as a sub for Ardelean after returning from injury.

He almost set up a winner for Ali Alshabeeb, but the lively wide man’s header from Mackay’s cross came back off the post, and into the arms of the grateful Grainger.

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Consett drawn away to Seaham Red Star in last eight of Durham Challenge Cup

Consett have been given an away tie at fellow Northern League 1st Division side Seaham Red Star in the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup.

The draw, made today at Durham FA headquarters, will see us travel to the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium on Tuesday, 21 January, KO 7.30pm.

It will be the clubs’ fifth meeting in the competition, with Consett victorious in three of the previous four. Those meetings were as follows:

1979-80 2nd Round Seaham Red Star 3 Consett 2

1989-90 2nd Round Consett 3 Seaham Red Star 1

2005-06 2nd Round Consett 2 Seaham Red Star 0

2006-07 2nd Round Seaham Red Star 2 Consett 6

Seaham reached this stage by beating Durham City 2-0 in the Preliminary Round, Horden CW 3-1 in the 1st Round, both at home, and Whickham 4-2 away in the 2nd Round.

The rest of the last eight draw is:

Sunderland AFC/Willington v Hartlepool United

South Shields/Billingham Town v Newton Aycliffe/Stockton Town

Spennymoor Town v West Auckland Town