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Consett beat Billingham Town at a baltic Belle View to head into lockdown in a top-three place

Consett made it four wins in a row tonight to head into Lockdown Mk II in the top three of the Northern League’s 1st Division.

The Steelmen beat bottom side Billingham Town 4-1 at an icy Belle View – and could have won by a hatful if it hadn’t been for an impressive display by the visitors’ goalkeeper.

Manager Terry Mitchell made four changes to the team which had started the last three games, and it took them a while to find their rhythm. But once they did there was only going to be one winner.

They almost took the lead with a fluke goal in the 9th minute, when Ali Alshabeeb’s cross hit the bar but the first real chance came 10 minutes later.

A superb crossfield ball by skipper-for-the-night Calvin Smith picked out Darren Holden, whose curling right-footed shot brought a fine save from Billingham keeper Matty Wilkinson.

On 21 minutes Lewis Green won the ball on the edge of Billingham’s box, and played in Dale Pearson, but the big striker fired into the side netting.

On 24 minutes Consett were awarded a penalty when Carl Lawson was tripped in the box, and Dale Pearson stepped up to despatch the spot-kick into the bottom corner to make it 1-0, with his 10th goal of the season.

Dale Pearson scores from the penalty spot to make it 1-0 to Consett. Pic by Gary Welford.

On 27 minutes it was almost two when Jake Orrell’s free-kick from the right found Nick Allen, and his header was tipped over the crossbar by Wilkinson.

Four minutes later Wilkinson made another fine save, this time denying Lawson after good work by Orrell and Pearson.

But there was nothing the keeper could do about Consett’s second goal, which came in the 33rd minute. Dale Pearson latched onto Holden’s long pass, touched it past the keeper, and then finished into the empty net for 2-0.

Dale Pearson guides the ball past Billingham’s keeper for 2-0. Pic by Gary Welford.

Consett had spent 15 minutes laying siege to the visitors’ goal, but received a warning that they still posed a threat when Kyle Hayes had to save from Lewis Murphy after he burst clean through.

A mistake at the back almost proved costly for Billingham in the 39th minute, however, and Wilkinson they again had Wilkinson to thank for keeping them in the game after he saved from Ali Alshabeeb.

The resulting corner produced yet anothe chance, this time for Allen, and the keeper produced an instinctive reaction save to keep out his snapshot.

A third goal looked inevitable, and Consett almost had it two minutes before the break when a wonderful flowing five-man move gave Pearson the chance to complete a first-half hat-trick, but he fired into the side netting.

They would get the goal their dominance deserved, in the minute of added time, when Orrell’s diagonal ball picked out Darren Holden‘s run, and he finished past Wilkinson into the far corner to make it 3-0.

Darren Holden beats Wilkinson to make it 3-0. Pic by Gary Welford.

After controlling the first half so completely, Consett seemed to take their foot off the pedal a bit in the second, and it was Billingham who had the first chance of the half on 73 minutes, when Danny Boyle crashed a shot against the frame of the goal from distance, with Hayes beaten.

The let-off stung Consett into action, and in the 79th minute they made it 4-0 when Holden’s cross from the left was half-cleared as far as Ali Alshabeeb, who buried the ball in the net from 10 yards.

Ali Alshabeeb seizes on a half-clearance to make it 4-0. Pic by Gary Welford.

To their credit, Billingham kept plugging away, and got a goal back in the 83rd minute when substitute Guilherme Baltazar finished from close range.

Consett were the width of the woodwork away from restoring their four-goal advantage in the 87th minute when good pressure from Alshabeeb forced the keeper to miskick, and the ball fell to Dan Marriott, 30 yards out. His lob looked like it was heading in, but Wilkinson atoned for his error by tipping the ball onto the bar, and Matty Cornish blazed the rebound over.

In the end it was a comfortable enough win, which lifted Consett to third place, but it could have been many more if the keeper hadn’t made half a dozen top-notch saves.

Consett edge seven-goal thriller with 95th-minute winner at Newton Aycliffe

Consett showed tremendous fighting spirit to come from behind three times tonight and then snatch a last-gasp winner to give them a 4-3 victory at high-flying Newton Aycliffe.

They went behind inside the first minute to their third-placed hosts, levelled three times and missed a penalty before securing the points with a stunning Dale Pearson strike in the 95th minute at the Beaumont Landscapes Stadium.

Even by Consett standards, this was a rollercoaster of a game. the fell behind with not even a minute on the clock when they lost possession in their own half, and Ben Reay played in Adam Burnicle, who gave the home side the perfect start.

On six minutes the scores were level when Nick Allen slid a pass through to Dale Pearson, who kept his composure to fire home from 12 yards for his third goal in two games.

Aycliffe regained the lead on 25 minutes when Allen tripped Aaron Brown in the area, and Jake Petitjean made it 2-1 from the resulting penalty.

Four minutes later it was all-square again when Calvin Smith’s pass was flicked on by Matty Cornish, and Luke Carr took advantage of indecision in the home defence to prod the ball home.

Luke Carr scores Consett’s second equaliser at Newton Aycliffe.

Aycliffe took the lead again on 57 minutes when Petitjean won the ball in the middle of the pitch and fed it to Reay, whose pass between two defenders gave Adam Burnicle the chance to finish through Kyle Hayes’s legs for 3-2.

On 65 minutes Consett had a golden opportunity to level for the third time when Pearson was sandwiched between two defenders as he homed in on goal and the referee awarded a penalty. Luke Carr tried a ‘Panenka’ chip from the penalty spot, but to his horror the ball sailed a foot over the bar.

The pendulum swung in the Steelmen’s favour in the 74th minute when Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford, who’d made a couple of excellent saves, had to be substituted.

With no spare keeper on the bench, Aycliffe were forced to put outfield player Marc Costello in goal, and in the 85th minute it was 3-3, as Consett sub Ali Alshabeeb, who’d only been on the pitch two minutes, got on the end of Matty Cornish’s flick-on to stab home the equaliser with his first touch.

The final drama was yet to come, and when the referee signalled six minutes of added time, Consett smelled blood. They got the win their overall display deserved in the 95th minute, when Alshabeeb’s pass picked out Dale Pearson, who smashed home the winner from an acute angle.

Dale Pearson, right, turns away after firing Consett’s late winner at Newton Aycliffe.

It was a stunning goal to win any game, let alone one as good as this, which was a superb advert for Northern League football.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett bring home three points after winging it at Ashington

A much-improved performance saw Consett return to winning ways today when they headed home from Ashington with three points after a convincing 3-0 victory.

Matty Slocombe’s return to the starting line-up for the first time in 12 games gave the Steelmen a much more solid look, and they took the game to their hosts with an attacking 3-5-2 line-up, with Jermaine Metz and Darren Holden as wing-backs, and midfielder Calvin Smith as part of a back three!

Ashington almost took the lead on seven minutes when Lee Scott hit the post, but Consett got the breakthrough on 22 minutes when Luke Carr’s through ball sent Dale Pearson clear, and he fired home from just inside the box, pictured top.

Two minutes later the lead was doubled when Darren Holden hit a speculative effort from the angle of the penalty area, and it ended up in the far corner. Cross or shot? Consett didn’t care, it was 2-0.

On 32 minutes it was almost three when Jake Orrell’s cross picked up Slocombe, whose diving header brought a good save from Ashington keeper Adam McHugh.

Consett enjoyed a stroke of luck on 35 minutes when Ashington hit the post for a second time, this time through Jack Butler, but the game swayed heavily in their direction when the Colliers were reduced to 10 men.

Pearson ran onto a similar pass to the one which had brought his goal, and went down under a challenge from Thomas Bramley. Ashington thought he got the ball, the referee judged otherwise, and showed the centre-back a straight red card.

To add insult to injury Consett almost scored from the resulting free-kick, but McHugh made a good save from Matty Cornish.

Ashington made a double substitution for the second half in a bid to salvage something from the game, but Consett went straight at their opponents from the off, and could have extended their lead just a minute in when Carr’s shot was saved and Pearson put the rebound wide with the goal gaping.

He made no such mistake in the 49th minute when excellent work by Cornish and Holden down the left saw the latter pick out Dale Pearson 10 yards out, and he fired home left-footed for 3-0.

On 56 minutes Pearson could have had a hat-trick after McHugh made a fantastic reaction save to prevent Luke Salmon putting through his own goal, but the No 9 put his follow-up header wide.

McHugh made good saves from Carr and Holden as Consett sought a fourth, while Kyle Hayes maintained his clean sheet by preventing a corner from Ashington’s new signing Paul Robinson from going straight in.

Ali Alshabeeb and Carl Lawson both had chances to add to the scoreline as Consett finished the game on top, but they were more than satisfied with three goals and a clean sheet.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett leave it late but grind out a win against plucky Penrith

Consett left it late but finally managed to grind out a 2-1 win against a dogged Penrith side at Belle View Stadium today.

And they used up a slice of luck too, with Jake Orrell’s corner going straight in to give them an injury-time winner in the Northern League Division One game.

Consett dominated in terms of possession and chances, but the Cumbrians defended superbly until the very last kick, when their hosts got the bit of luck their display deserved.

The Steelmen took the lead in the 31st minute, when Dale Pearson was fouled near the corner of the box. Orrell floated in the free-kick, and Ross Wilkinson was there to guide home a header, pictured below.

The lead lasted just two minutes as Penrith responded well, scoring from their first clear-cut chance. Max Brown broke down the right, fired the ball across and Mikey Williamson poked it home at the second attempt.

It remained 1-1 at half-time, and the second half saw Consett up their game considerably, laying siege to the visitors’ goal.

On 54 minutes a fine cross from Carl Lawson on the right saw Penrith keeper Luke Miller tip Ali Alshabeeb’s close-range header onto the bar, and then save Pearson’s follow-up on the line.

Matty Cornish replaced Alshabeeb in the 58th minute, and Consett immediately looked more threatening, even when they lost Pearson for 10 minutes after he was sent to the sin bin for dissent.

Miller saved Cornish’s shot with his outstretched leg, then palmed over Darren Holden’s well-struck effort as Consett piled on the pressure.

Cornish had two more attempts saved by the young keeper, Pearson blazed over the bar from Orrell’s cross, and then Miller made a brave stop at Pearson’s feet as Penrith defended for their lives.

Just when it seemed like Consett were going to have to settle for a point, the fourth minute of added time saw Jake Orrell swing over a corner from the left, and it missed everyone in the middle before bouncing up off the wet pitch and ending up in the top corner.

Contrasting emotions as Consett celebrate their late, late winner against Penrith.
  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Cornish double helps Consett put five past Bishops as normal service is resumed at soggy Belle View

Consett put their recent wobble to bed in style tonight when they hammered Bishop Auckland 5-1 in monsoon-like conditions at Belle View Stadium.

A home game against Division One’s bottom side was just what Terry Mitchell’s side needed after three defeats in successive matches, and they sent their visitors away empty-handed with a dominant display.

Dale Pearson put Consett in front after 10 minutes when great work by Jermaine Metz put the ball on a plate for him six yards out. He couldn’t miss, and didn’t, and from that point the result never looked in doubt.

Dale Pearson finishes Jermaine Metz’s pass to make it 1-0. Pic by Gary Welford.

Jake Orrell fired just wide across the face of goal, before Ali Alshabeeb was inches away from converting Pearson’s low, hard cross from the left.

Pearson then brought a fine save from Bishops keeper Nick Liversedge, who has so often been a thorn in Consett’s side in recent seasons.

But even Liversedge couldn’t prevent Consett’s second goal on 35 minutes. He saved Lewis Green’s initial shot, but was helpless to stop Jake Orrell finishing the follow-up from close range.

Consett were well on top, but gave their visitors a lifeline on 39 minutes when failure to clear their lines saw Kyle Hayes’s attempted clearance charged down by Jack Cooper, and Bruno Pilatos fired home the loose ball.

It remained 2-1 to Consett at half-time, but the second half saw them lay siege to the visitors’ goal.

Jake Orrell scored Consett’s second goal and made the third. Pic by Gary Welford.

On 58 minutes it was 3-1 when Orrell whipped in a corner and the ball went in for an own goal off a Bishops defender – probably right-back Cameron Martin.

It was one-way traffic now, and Calvin Smith, Darren Holden and Alshabeeb all went close for Consett as the rain lashed down.

On 73 minutes Matty Cornish came on as a sub for the outstanding Orrell, and within a minute he had made it 4-1, turning home the loose ball after great work down the flank by Alshabeeb. It was the midfielder’s second goal since returning to the club in the summer.

Ten minutes later Cornish had another, when, after good approach play by Pearson and Lawson, he picked his spot in the bottom corner and stroked the ball past Liversedge to make it 5-1.

Bishops almost grabbed a consolation goal right at the death when Cooper rounded Hayes, but Simon Jakab got back to clear off the line.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

New boy Carl Lawson’s debut double sees Consett progress in the FA Cup

Consett kicked off their season tonight by progressing into the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Ryhope CW, with summer signing Carl Lawson helping himself to a debut double.

He put the Steelmen ahead in the 63rd minute, pictured above, and 10 minutes later added a second goal, which turned out to be the winner.

Lawson and the club’s other summer signing Lewis Green both started the Extra Preliminary Round tie, while Matty Cornish made a second debut, two years after his first.

But it was a familiar face, Darren Holden, who gave Consett the lead after six minutes, firing in off the base of the post, pictured, after good work by Cornish and Lawson.

Former Consett player Jack Walker headed Ryhope level from a corner on 35 minutes, and an even first half ended 1-1.

Consett were grateful to Kyle Hayes for a vital stop in the 61st minute, and two minutes later they retook the lead, as Carl Lawson fired home the rebound after Cornish’s effort was saved.

Sub Ali Alshabeeb missed a golden chance to wrap up the game on 61 minutes, putting Jake Orrell’s cross wide from a couple of yards. But a couple of minutes later Carl Lawson made it 3-1 when his curled cross from the right somehow ended up in the net without anyone in the middle touching it.

Ryhope scored an injury time consolation when Robbie Bird stuck one in the top corner from out wide on the left, but there was barely time to restart, and it was Consett who have a home tie against Northern Premier League side Ossett United in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 12 September.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett begin their pre-season friendlies with a 3-2 win at Newcastle Blue Star

Consett kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 3-2 win over Northern Alliance opponents Newcastle Blue Star.

A strong side took to the field at Scotswood Sports Centre, containing nine of the XI which started our last game, at Atherstone in the FA Vase 6th Round back in March.

Blue Star had a host of former Northern League players in their side, including ex-Steelmen Josh Scott and Andrew Bulford, while their recently-appointed director of football Lee Clark was among those watching the behind-closed-doors fixture.

It was the home side who took the lead in the 12th minute. Callum Johnston – one of several new signings made for a big promotion push – lobbed keeper Kyle Hayes from the edge of the box.

Consett responded well, with Dale Pearson missing a couple of chances, and Calvin Smith hitting the post with a first-time effort from Darren Holden’s cross.

Blue Star almost doubled their lead in their 32nd minute when Connor Lane hit the bar with a free-kick from 25 yards, but the next goal came from Consett five minutes later when Matty Slocombe’s pass sent Pearson in on goal, and he rounded the keeper to make it 1-1.

Right on half-time the Steelmen took the lead, with Alshabeeb’s precise through ball leaving Pearson with only the keeper to beat, and he obliged to make the half-time score 2-1 to Consett.

Both sides made a plethora of substitutions at the break, with only four of Consett’s starting line-up emerging for the second half. One of the subs, the returning Matty Cornish, played a big role in the goal which made it 3-1 in the 57th minute, setting up new signing Carl Lawson, who curled a peach of a finish into the top corner, pictured top.

On 64 minutes it should have been four when the keeper saved from Lawson, and two Thomas McAloon follow-ups were stopped first by the post and then a defender on the line.

With both sides now making rolling subs, it was hard to keep track of who was where, but Blue Star did get a goal back on 71 minutes when Consett lost possession at the back, and Liam Anderson stroke the ball home.

Cornish, who has been playing college football in the USA, looked lively up front, and it took a good save to deny him a goal in the 73rd minute, and another chance right at the death glanced the outside of the post.

It finished 3-2 to Consett, and both sides were happy with a good, competitive workout for their first post-lockdown game.

  • Consett’s next game is against Tow Law Town on Tuesday 4 August, but again Government/FA guidance on stopping the spread of Covid-19 means it must be played behind closed doors.

The boys are back! Consett enjoy their first post-lockdown training session

Consett AFC’s players and staff are back in business, more than four months after they won at Atherstone to secure their place in the FA Vase semi-finals.

The partial easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions meant Terry Mitchell and his team were able to train last night for the first time since March.

Most of last season’s squad were present at the socially-distanced session, which went ahead after chairman Frank Bell completed a risk assessment for Belle View Stadium.

As well as the familiar faces there were two new signings, Lewis Green from Thornaby and Carl Lawson from Sunderland RCA, plus a handful of trialists.

Although full-contact training isn’t yet allowed under Government and FA guidelines, Terry and his staff gave the lads a good workout.

They put them through a series of drills, including dribbling, passing, set-up play and shooting, as well as general fitness work.

Terry said afterwards: “It was great to be back on the training pitch again with the coaching staff and players.

“There was an excellent turnout, it was great to see everyone again, and the lads’ base fitness levels look good.

“The two new lads were welcomed by all the players and staff, and they both showed good fitness levels and quality on the ball.

“We are all looking forward to seeing our fantastic supporters again when we can play games – sooner than later, we hope!”

A programme of pre-season friendlies has been provisionally arranged. Dates and opponents will be confirmed once we have a start date for the return of competitive football.

Consett snap up ex-Sunderland Under-23s forward as their second signing of the summer

Attacker Carl Lawson has become Consett’s second signing of the summer after he agreed to move to Belle View Stadium for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old, who can play anywhere up front, has been at Sunderland RCA for the last two seasons.

He attended the Sunderland AFC Academy, and was a regular in the Premier Reserve League for the Black Cats’ U23s.

Since leaving the Stadium of Light he has played for Whitby Town and Guisborough Town, as well as RCA.

His signing follows that of attacking midfielder Lewis Green, who has joined the club from Thornaby.