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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 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.

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.

Consett club stats will stand for 2019-20, the season that never was after Covid-19 caused it to be declared null and void

After careful consideration by the club, it has been decided that all Consett AFC’s appearances and goals from the abandoned 2019-20 season WILL STAND.

Although the season was declared null and void after football was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, club officials felt it unfair that the statistics from the season simply cease to exist.

Therefore, although there won’t be any sort of presentation night, it’s only fair to recognise some of the individual achievements from the season that will be wiped from the record books.

Jermaine Metz

We used 30 players over the course of 44 competitive games. No one was ever-present, but Jermaine Metz and Calvin Smith both figured in all but one match, while Kyle Hayes missed just three, and also recorded his 100th appearance. A total of 12 players made their debuts.

Dale Pearson

One of them was Dale Pearson, who enjoyed an excellent first season in our colours, and was top scorer with 30 goals in 34 games. We hope there’ll be many more to come once football can resume – whenever that might be.

Calvin Smith heads home

Calvin Smith had his best-ever season in front of goal, scoring 18 times. That gave him membership of an exclusive band of players who have netted 50 or more goals for Consett.

If the season had reached a natural conclusion, Calvin would also have passed 350 appearances as a Steelman. He’s on 347 – a total only a dozen or so players have bettered in our history.

Matty Slocombe

Matty Slocombe‘s not far behind, on 338 appearances, and might have reached 350 too – we had a minimum of 11 games remaining, and potentially as many as 14, depending on further cup progress.

Of the current squad, Michael Mackay leads in terms of games and goals, successfully returning from a long-term injury to take his totals to 323 goals and 410 games – a true club legend.

Luke Carr

Others who enjoyed a good season in front of goal include vice-captain Luke Carr, whose total of 14 beat his previous season’s tally, and Ali Alshabeeb, who had 13 and was improving all the time when the season came to its premature end.

Arjun Purewal and Ross Wilkinson

Other mainstays of the team which took us into the FA Vase semi-finals for the first time in our history were our skipper and leader Arjun Purewal, his central defensive partner Ross Wilkinson, marauding full-back Darren Holden, ever-reliable utility man Nick Allen, and classy midfielder Jake Orrell.

And let’s not forget the likes of Max Russell, Dan Hawkins, Simon Jakab, Thomas McAloon and Dean Briggs, whose combined efforts contributed a total of 66 appearances and a couple of goals to the cause.

Players who have moved on and others who made just the odd appearance are also part of the club’s history – whatever other record books might say about a season which officially didn’t exist.

It would be remiss not to put on record our thanks to manager Terry Mitchell, his assistant Graeme Coulson, goalkeeping coach Ben Cole and physio Rachel Davison for their efforts, the committee, matchday helpers, our sponsors, and, of course, each and every supporter who cheered on the lads, home and away.

Stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at Belle View Stadium when the whole Covid-19 crisis is over.

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.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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…

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett ease into the last eight of the Durham Challenge Cup at a frosty Belle View

Consett extended their unbeaten run to 14 games as they eased into the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 5-0 win over Esh Winning at a frosty Belle View.

The starting XI saw manager Terry Mitchell give four members of his squad much-needed playing time, plus a debut to young goalkeeper Josh Wilson.

He was repaid with a professional performance which saw his side sweep into an early two-goal lead against their 2nd Division opponents, and never relinquish control of the game.

Striker Andrei-Vasile Ardelean, given his first start in nine games, repaid the manager’s faith by opening the scoring on 10 minutes, firing home from eight yards after the visitors’ defence failed to deal with Luke Carr’s corner.

Two minutes later the Steelmen were firmly in control as Luke Carr fired a 22-yard free-kick into the top corner to make it 2-0.

Six minutes before half-time Carr struck again, taking his goals tally for the season to 11. He drifted in from the right and went past two defenders before unleashing a left-footed shot which gave the keeper no chance.

On 62 minutes a driving run took Wouter Verstraaten into the penalty area, and when he found his path to goal blocked he laid the ball off to Dale Pearson, who despatched it into the bottom corner for his 27th goal of the season.

And on 64 minutes the scoring was complete when Andrei-Vasile Ardelean got his second goal of the night, pictured, and his eighth of the campaign, after Verstraaten’s pass opened up the Esh defence.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

Consett blow away Ryhope CW at blizzard-struck Belle View

Consett took their unbeaten run to 13 games by hammering Ryhope CW 7-3 at a blizzard-hit Belle View.

The Steelmen raced into a 5-0 half-time lead with a superb first-half performance, but to the visitors’ credit they kept going and ‘won’ the blizzard-hit second half 3-2.

Consett took the lead after nine minutes when Calvin Smith headed his 14th goal of the season, pictured, from Luke Carr’s right-wing corner.

On 13 minutes it was 2-0 when a Carr corner from the opposite side found Dale Pearson, who rifled home to maintain his goal-a-game record.

And on 21 minutes, after good work by Wouter Verstraaten – who was making his first start – and Ali Alshabeeb, Carr set up Dale Pearson to slot home his second goal of the afternoon.

After his hat-trick of assists, Luke Carr got on the scoresheet himself in the 24th minute, curling home a delightful free kick from wide on the right after Alshabeeb was fouled.

And on 36 minutes Dale Pearson completed his second hat-trick of the season when Darren Holden picked out his run with a superb arrowed pass, and the in-form striker beat the keeper to make it 5-0.

Consett began the second half kicking into a fierce wind, but it didn’t stop Ali Alshabeeb making it 6-0 in the 58th minute, with Pearson turning provider.

The goal was the cue for a blizzard, driven by even stronger winds, to begin, and also the signal for an unlikely Ryhope revival.

They made a double substitution after the goal, and one of the new arrivals, Michael Rae, reduced the deficit on 67 minutes.

Five minutes later Consett made it 7-1, as Jermaine Metz cut the ball back for Ali Alshabeeb to claim his second goal of the afternoon.

The conditions were making it increasingly difficult for Consett to get out of their own half, and in the 77th minute Ryhope scored again. Oli Hotchkiss sent a cross over from the left, and it ended up in the far corner of the net, with keeper Kyle Hayes claimed he was impeded as he tried to catch it.

And in the 88th minute Consett gave away possession deep in their own penalty area, and Jon Weirs took advantage to make the final score of a remarkable game 7-3.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett through to FA Vase 4th Round thanks to Dale Pearson’s late goal

Dale Pearson’s 23rd goal of the season was enough to take Consett through to the FA Vase 4th Round as they edged through 1-0 against a dogged Wythenshawe Town side.

The visitors came and parked the bus, defending in numbers and resorting to timewasting tactics from the start in an effort to frustrate their hosts.

For most of the game it worked, though in the first half Calvin Smith’s dinked effort hit the top of the bar, and visiting keeper Callum Jakovlevs saved at full stretch from Darren Holden.

The NWCL side had one glorious chance, when Kyle Hayes had to make an excellent save from Jerome Wright, but it took a clearance off the line at the other end by Max Lewens in added time to keep the scoreline 0-0 at the break.

Consett had more chances in the second half, and Ali Alshabeeb had the chance to be the hero when he raced through in a one-on-one with the keeper, who stood up well to save.

The winning came goal in the 80th minute when Luke Carr’s corner from the left was only half-cleared, and Dale Pearson curled a tremendous strike over the keeper from 20 yards.

The result means Consett will be at home to Leicestershire side Lutterworth Town in the 4th Round on Saturday 11 January.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett are in Monday’s FA Vase 4th Round draw – but face a replay after drawing at Wythenshawe

Consett will be in the hat for the 4th Round draw of this season’s FA Vase – but face a replay against Wythenshawe Town to secure their passage.

The Steelmen and their hosts couldn’t be separated after two hours of football at Ericstan Park, drawing 1-1 after extra time.

They weren’t at their best against dogged opponents from the North West Counties League Division One South, though both sides will feel they could have won the tie at the first attempt.

After a goalless first half, the Manchester side took the lead in the 72nd minute when Consett keeper Kyle Hayes brought down Jack Timmins in the area, and Brad Byrne fired home from the penalty spot.

Six minutes later Consett were level as Dale Pearson scored his 22nd goal in 22 games, heading in from close range, pictured, after Wouter Verstraaten had helped on Luke Carr’s cross.

Consett finishing the game strongly, but were denied a winner by home keeper Callum Jakovlevs, and 30 minutes of extra time failed to find a winner.

The replay will take place at Belle View Stadium at 3pm on Saturday, 7 December, which means our scheduled league trip to Guisborough Town is postponed.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.