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.