Join the Conny Army! Consett AFC season tickets for 2020-21 on sale now

Consett AFC is now taking applications for season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign.

With the lockdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic slowly starting to ease, we’re starting to plan for next season – whenever that might be.

Prices have been held from the 2019-20 season, and they all represent big savings on what you’d spend if you were paying at the gate game-by-game.

Please note that existing season ticket holders should keep their 2019-20 passes, as they will be used to gain FREE ADMISSION to our pre-season friendlies.

All details of prices and how to order your 2020-21 season tickets are in the accompanying graphic.

Consett drawn away to Northern Premier League side Marske United in the FA Cup

Consett face an awayday in the next round of the FA Cup after we were drawn against Northern Premier League side Marske United.

Our former Northern League rivals were promoted in 2018, after winning the championship for the second time in four years.

They finished comfortably mid-table in their first season at the higher level, and were fifth and still in with a chance of promotion from Division One North West when last season was abandoned.

Like ourselves, Marske have come through three rounds to get to this stage. They beat two Northern League opponents, North Shields 3-0 at home, and Crook Town 2-0 away, before edging past fellow NPL club Trafford 1-0 in midweek.

We have met in the competition once before, in 2013-14 season, when we lost 3-1 at Marske in the Extra Preliminary Round, four days after being beaten by the same scoreline there in a league game.

Our squad contains three survivors from the side on duty that day – Matty Slocombe, Calvin Smith and Michael Mackay. Three of Marske’s side are still with them – Liam O’Sullivan, Adam Wheatley and Glen Butterworth.

The 2nd Qualifying Round game will take place at Mount Pleasant at 3pm on Saturday 3 October. We’ll bring you ticket news as soon as we have it.

The draw as it affects other North East clubs is as follows:

Chorley v Gateshead

Southport v Morpeth Town

Whitley Bay v Blyth Spartans

Ashton United v South Shields

Darlington v Prescot Cables

Bradford Park Avenue v Spennymoor Town

Support the Steelmen and help fight Covid-19 with Consett AFC face masks and the new NHS app

Consett AFC fans will soon be able to show their support for the club while helping in the continuing fight against coronavirus.

The club has signed a sponsorship deal with personal protective equipment supplier EOS. As well as taking an advertising board at Belle View Stadium, they have agreed to supply the club with custom-made face masks.

With spectators now required by Durham FA to wear masks at games, among other measures, they’re just the job to help protect yourself and others from the spread of Covid-19.

The face masks are £5 each, and will be on sale from the clubhouse from 4pm on Friday 25 September.

From today, all Northern League clubs are required by law to use the new NHS Covid-19 app. Further details on downloading the app are HERE.

Consett AFC will be using the app in addition to the paper system we already have in place, for supporters who don’t have a smartphone or don’t want to use the app.

Consett’s trip to table-topping Hebburn Town this Saturday is OFF due to Covid-19-related closure

Consett’s scheduled trip to Northern League Division One table-toppers Hebburn Town this weekend is OFF after a Covid-related incident at their ground.

We were due to travel to the Green Energy Sports Ground on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off against the side we will face in the FA Vase final.

But we have been informed by the Hornets that Hebburn Sports Club has been issued with a directive by South Tyneside Council to close for seven days “due to a Covid-related incident”.

All football activity at the site is postponed from 10pm tonight until 10pm on Thursday, 1 October.

This means our scheduled fixture on Saturday cannot go ahead, as the club cannot provide the relevant changing/toilet or hospitality services for players/staff/officials and spectators.

A statement by South Tyneside Council said: “Hebburn Sports and Social Club had previously been issued with a letter identifying it as a ‘premises of concern’, and was being closely monitored when officers visiting on Saturday witnessed the venue still open and mostly full at the required 10pm closing time, with little evidence of social distancing rules being effectively managed.”

Hebburn did approach Consett with a view to reversing the fixture, but it was too short notice for this to take place, taking into account ticket sales and staffing which would have to be organised to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

The game has been rescheduled by the Northern League, back to its original date of Saturday 17 April, 2021.

Our next scheduled game will now be at home to West Auckland Town in the Northern League 1st Division on Tuesday, 29 September, kick-off 7.30pm.

Durham FA reduces spectator numbers to 150 in bid to halt rise in Covid-19 cases

Durham FA has today told affiliated clubs – including Consett – that they cannot have more than 150 spectators at games, in a bid to try to stem the rise in coronavirus cases.

It has issued a joint statement with Northumberland FA, after working closely with local authorities across the area, which means we can no longer have 300 spectators at games.

The DFA statement said: “It has become clear that the resurgence of Covid-19 infections are strongly related to social gatherings that do not abide by guidance provided, especially regarding travel, social distance, washing of hands and face coverings, especially in hospitality areas.

“Although it is recommended that spectators do not attend games, we have acted to address this position, while keeping participants actively playing football on the pitch wherever we can.

“It is imperative that you do not attend or participate if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting a test result or are part of a household which is self-isolating. Please remember to consider Government messaging regarding ‘Hands. Face. Space.’ Whenever possible.

The following restrictions will apply from midnight on Thursday 24 September to all football affiliated with Northumberland FA and Durham County FA.

These restrictions are above and beyond central FA guidance on the Return to Football which must be adhered to.

  • At all levels of football the NHS QR code or similar must be displayed, and all in attendance must scan on entry or provide contact details.
  • Reduction of spectators: Numbers do not exceed 15% of the minimum ground grading capacity – at our level this means 150, the same as we were allowed for our friendly with Morpeth Town.
  • All spectators should wear face coverings at all times, as stated in line with government advice.
  • Clubhouses/bars: It is strongly advised that these remain closed one hour before kick-off, and remain closed until one hour after the final whistle.
  • When open, clubs must comply with all Government and local authority regulations, including social distancing and table service requirements.
  • Government guidance states that food and drink can be served outside in an open space if the club’s licence permits.
  • Changing facilities may remain closed where the facility owner deems this to be necessary.
  • All training must take place without spectators.

Durham County FA’s chief executive John Topping said: “As we are all aware, the North East of England has been placed under local restrictions following the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, which has mainly arose due to social gatherings.

“These restrictions have impacted on many people and are also having a detrimental effect on their health and well-being.

“Following positive meetings between Durham County FA, Northumberland FA, the Football Association, local authorities and other organisations, we are delighted to announce that a return to football with necessary restrictions in place can commence from Friday 25 September 2020.

“I am sure all will agree that a return to playing football is beneficial for all, but we MUST adhere to guidelines put in place so that we do not end up with a total lockdown of football. The position is scheduled to be reviewed on 7 October.”

Luke Carr strike is enough to edge FA Cup win for Consett against Stockton Town

Consett are in the next round of the FA Cup after Luke Carr’s goal was enough to edge a close-fought 1st Qualifying Round tie against Stockton Town at Belle View tonight.

Meetings between the sides in recent years have usually resulted in goal-laden thrillers, but Carr’s strike on the hour, pictured above, was the only one of a clash between two top-quality teams.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in a tight first half, which featured some good flowing football from both sides.

Dale Pearson came closest to scoring when he hit the post in the 17th minute, and Stockton keeper Callum Roberts made a good save to deny Calvin Smith from the rebound.

Ross Wilkinson and Arjun Purewal both had half-chances from corners, but failed to trouble the keeper, but it wasn’t all one-way traffic.

Stockton winger Kevin Hayes was presented with a golden chance when Consett failed to clear a cross, but dragged his shot wide, and midfielder Shane Henry also fired wide.

Just before half-time the Steelmen were grateful to keeper Kyle Hayes when he saved from his namesake with his feet after the wide man went on a surging run.

Stockton had the first chance of the second half, and again Hayes had to be at his best to keep out a dipping effort from Tom Portas, tipping it over the bar.

The vital goal came on the hour when Darren Holden fed Luke Carr, who took a couple of touches to work a shooting space for himself before burying a left-footed shot into the corner from just inside the box.

Stockton replied well, with Hayes again making a smart save with his feet to deny Henry, and Mikey Roberts just failed to connect with a loose ball after a rare mix-up in the otherwise solid home defence.

On 82 minutes Consett thought they had a second goal to put the game to bed, when Matty Cornish finished after being sent clear by Lewis Green’s excellent pass, but the frontman was controversially ruled offside.

Matty Cornish thought he had scored a second goal for Consett, but was ruled offside. Pic: Gary Welford.

Cornish had another chance to seal the win in the 87th minute after a good move involving Holden and Daniel Marriott, but couldn’t keep his shot down.

Stockton went to three at the back and threw the kitchen sink at their hosts in a bid to force a goal and take the game to a penalty shootout, but the Steelmen, with Purewal and Wilkinson outstanding, held firm to record a 1-0 victory.

It is Consett’s name which goes into the draw on Friday, which is when the National League big guns join the competition.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Dale Pearson double fires Consett to victory against his old club Newcastle Benfield

Dale Pearson’s first two goals of the season helped Consett to a 3-2 win over his old club Newcastle Benfield at Belle View Stadium today – but they had to come from two goals behind to do it.

The big striker, who was top scorer with 30 goals last season, had yet to hit the net this time round, but made up for that with a brace in a goal-laden first half.

Benfield took the lead on 14 minutes when an error in the home defence left veteran striker Paul Brayson with only the keeper to beat, and he obliged.

On 22 minutes they doubled their lead, with Paul Brayson finishing again after a deflected cross fell kindly for him.

Consett were awarded a penalty on 27 minutes after Benfield old boy Jake Orrell was brought down in the box. The visiting players were incensed, not by the decision, but by the fact one of their players, Jack Cooper, had gone down injured in the build-up.

Sadly, he ended up being stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury, and after a three-minute delay Dale Pearson stepped up to convert the penalty and halve the deficit.

In the 42nd minute Consett were level when Ali Alshabeeb chested down a great crossfield pass by Darren Holden, beat his man, and finished into the far corner.

Two minutes into the time added due to the Benfield injury Consett took the lead. Orrell swung in a cross from the left, a defender could only head it down into the six-yard box, and Dale Pearson reacted quickest, pictured top, to turn it home and make it 3-2 at half-time.

After a goal-packed first half the sell-out crowd of 300 were probably expecting more after the break, but Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger had other ideas.

He made a good save low down from Pearson’s free-kick, denied Lewis Green his first goal for the club from a well-struck 20-yarder, and foiled Pearson again to deprive him of his hat-trick.

On the one occasion Consett did beat him, when Orrell looped a header over him from debutant Daniel Marriott’s cross, the crossbar came to his rescue, and the final whistle saw Consett make it two wins from two in the league.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett will face Hebburn Town on FA Vase final weekend – in a Northern League game

Consett will play Hebburn Town on FA Vase final weekend after all – in a rearranged Northern League Division One game.

The postponement by The FA of the Wembley showdown between the clubs, which was due to take place on Sunday 27 September, left us both with a free weekend.

The league’s fixtures secretary has taken advantage of the postponement to arrange a league game between us instead, at Hebburn’s Green Energy Sports Ground.

Kick-off will be 3pm, and we’ll bring you ticket arrangements for Consett supporters as soon as we have them.

Several other league games have also been rearranged recently, as follows:

v Shildon (H), now Tuesday 20 October, 7.30pm.

v Newton Aycliffe (A), now Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm.

v Ryhope CW (A), now Tuesday 3 November, 7.30pm.

v North Shields (A), now Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm.

FA Cup update: How to get your tickets for Consett v Stockton Town clash

Tickets are now on sale for Consett’s next cup tie, the mouth-watering FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round game against Stockton Town.

The match against our Northern League rivals is on Tuesday 22 September, and will be limited to a capacity of 300.

Consett season ticket holders have until noon on Friday 18 September to purchase virtual tickets in person or by calling (01207 588886). Any remaining after that time will go on general sale.

Stockton Town have received an allocation of tickets in line with competition rules, and their supporters are asked to buy their tickets from them.

Please note that the home league game against Stockton scheduled for Saturday 3 October will be postponed, as that’s the date for the next round of the FA Cup.

Consett start their league campaign in style by hitting Seaham Red Star for six

Consett got their Northern League Division One campaign off to a great start tonight with a thumping 6-2 win at Seaham Red Star, with six different players on the scoresheet.

The Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the Steelmen, but they made light of that with a powerful display which blew their hosts away.

Indeed it’s fair to say Terry Mitchell’s rampant side could easily have doubled their tally, as they missed at least another half a dozen good chances.

They opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when Jake Orrell swing in a free-kick from the left and Simon Jakab met the ball at the front of the six-yard box to head home his first goal for the club.

Consett’s Darren Holden takes on former teammate Dan Hawkins. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dale Pearson almost made it two when he smashed a 25-yarder against the crossbar in the 11th minute, but the Steelmen only had to wait three more minutes for a second goal, as Ross Wilkinson fired home at the back post, pictured top, from another Orrell corner after the keeper dropped the ball.

A moment of sloppiness proved costly for Consett in the 22nd minute, when a backpass fell straight to veteran striker Andrew Johnson, and he rounded Kyle Hayes to halve the deficit.

It remained 2-1 at half-time, but Consett – wearing their entire all-blue third kit for the first time – wrapped up the points with three goals in a scintillating 11-minute spell at the start of the second half.

On 50 minutes it was 3-1 when theyb roke quickly from defending a corner, and the move ended with Carl Lawson laying the ball back to Calvin Smith, who buried it in the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Three minutes later it was 4-1, when, after good work by Ali Alshabeeb down the left, the outstanding Jake Orrell played a one-two with Lawson and finished high into the net.

Jake Orrell was outstanding for Consett, scoring and claiming two assists. Pic: Gary Welford.

And on 61 minutes it was 5-1, when a clever dummy by Pearson left Darren Holden to run clear through on goal, and he finished through the keeper’s legs.

Last season’s top scorer Pearson should have made it six in the 74th minute when he latched onto a long ball, but fired into the side netting.

Seaham got a goal back in the 79th minute when Hayes made a good save from a free-kick, but former Consett player Dan Hawkins reacted quickest to prod the ball home from close range.

But within a minute Consett’s had restored their four-goal advantage with a piece of clinical finishing from Matty Cornish, who slotted home the rebound after the keeper had saved fellow sub Thomas McAloon’s initial effort.

Michael Mackay’s shot brought a good save from Seaham’s keeper. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett could have scored more, but Seaham keeper Andrew Jennison pulled off the save of the game from a curling Orrell effort, and also denied Michael Mackay as the visitors threatened to run riot.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Tickets on general sale now for Consett’s first home league game of the season v Newcastle Benfield

Tickets have today gone on general sale for Consett’s next home game, the Northern League Division One fixture against Newcastle Benfield on Saturday, 19 September.

The 3pm kick-off is our first home league match of 2020-21, and season ticket holders need do nothing, as it’s the first game covered by their pass.

Supporters who don’t have a season ticket are encouraged to buy a virtual ticket in advance, as our capacity for the game remains set at 300, and we can’t guarantee admission on the day.

Track and trace details must be supplied by anyone attending the game, and temperature checks will be carried out at the turnstiles as part of the club’s Covid-19 risk assessment.

Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for concessions, and £2 for under-16s. They are available in person at the club, or by calling 01207 588886, between 10am-10pm.

The game will see Consett’s Dale Pearson, pictured top, Luke Carr and Jake Orrell facing their old club, while Benfield include ex-Steelman Richie Slaughter in their ranks.

Ticket details for the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round game versus Stockton Town on Tuesday 22 September will be announced tomorrow.