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All Consett AFC games are OFF until further notice due to Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions

Consett AFC first-team games and training are being postponed until further notice, due to Covid-19 precautions.

This is due to the Government’s decision to place the North East into Tier 4 restrictions to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That means our first scheduled game of 2021, the Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town this Saturday, January 2, is OFF.

Northern League fixtures, which were hoping to restart on Saturday, January 9, will not be resumed until further notice.

That means our next scheduled home game, v Seaham Red Star on Saturday, January 9, is OFF.

Subsequent fixtures will depend on which tier of restrictions we’re placed in at the next review.

The Northern League management committee meets on Monday, January 4, to consider options available for the rest of the season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “Sadly, we have entered Tier 4, and we won’t have football for some weeks.

“However, I believe it is in all our safe interests. Please take care, and I hope to see you all soon.”

Consett’s away match at Northallerton gets a new midweek date due to league’s Covid-19 break

Consett’s away trip to Northallerton Town – postponed because of the Northern League’s two-week coronavirus-related shutdown – has a new date.

The Division One game was originally due to be played at the Calvert Stadium this Saturday, December 12.

But the league’s decision to postpone all fixtures after 37 of its 40 clubs were placed in Tier 3 areas following the lifting of the second national Covid-19 lockdown means it has had to be rearranged.

Ironically, Northallerton is in North Yorkshire, which is in Tier 2, but the league decided to cancel all games until December 16, as most clubs said playing behind closed doors was unviable.

The Northallerton v Consett game will now take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Last season’s encounter – our first visit to Ainderby Road since 2012 – ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw.

Jake Orrell’s shot is saved in last season’s game at Northallerton. Pic: Gary Welford.

Our home game against Ryhope CW, which was due to take place on Saturday, December 19, will also be rearranged due to our progress in the FA Vase, with the 3rd Round scheduled to take place on that date.

On this day: 29 November 2013 – Consett get off to a winning start at their new home by beating Spennymoor

Consett played their first competitive fixture at their new Belle View Stadium on this day in 2013, and marked the occasion with an excellent 2-1 win against Northern League front-runners Spennymoor Town.

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Northern League suspends fixtures for two weeks – but Consett’s FA Vase tie v Maltby Main will go ahead behind closed doors

The Northern League’s management committee have decided to suspend fixtures for two weeks beyond the end of the current UK-wide lockdown, it was announced today.

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On this day: 25 November 2017 – Consett come from behind to win at bogey ground Washington

Consett came from behind to win at one of their bogey grounds as they beat Washington 4-1 at Nissan Sports Complex, on this day in 2017.

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On this day: 24 November 2018 – Consett beat North Shields in a nine-goal Belle View thriller

Consett sent out a message to their rivals at the top of the Northern League 1st Division with a thrilling 6-3 win over North Shields on this day two years ago.

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Consett’s home game with Hebburn set to be a mouth-watering end-of-season clash

Consett’s home league game against FA Vase final opponents Hebburn Town will bring this season’s Belle View fixtures to a close.

The eagerly-awaited Division One clash was due to be played on Saturday, December 5 – the first matchday after the current lockdown is lifted.

But it has had to be rearranged, as both clubs will be playing in this season’s FA Vase 2nd Round that day.

The Northern League has pencilled in the game for 3pm on Saturday, May 1, which, at the moment, will make it our final home game of the season.

With both clubs hoping to clinch promotion, as well as enjoying Wembley success, it promises to provide an exciting end to the campaign.

Last season’s two games couldn’t separate the two teams, with a 0-0 stalemate at Hebburn followed by a thrilling 4-4 draw at Belle View.

Consett’s Boxing Day trip to Penrith has been switched to a new date and kick-off time

Consett will no longer travel to Penrith on Boxing Day, after changes were agreed to the Northern League’s festive fixture schedule.

We were due to make the long trip to Frenchfield Stadium at 3pm on Saturday, December 26, for a 3pm kick-off.

But after consultation between the clubs and the league, the game will now take place at 1pm on Monday, December 28, which is also a bank holiday.

On this day: 12 November 2016 – Consett come from behind to beat Guisborough, despite finishing with only 10 men

An excellent second-half performance saw Consett come from behind to beat bottom side Guisborough Town 4-1 at Belle View Stadium on this day four years ago.
 
The match was preceded by two minutes’ silence for the following day’s Remembrance Sunday, and the Steelmen started like they had a point to prove after a disappointing 1-1 midweek draw with Jarrow Roofing.
 
Top scorer Luke Sullivan had the first chance after just two minutes, but was thwarted by old boy Jamie Poole after his initial shot was saved.
 
Michael Sweet headed just over from Nick Cassidy’s cross after eight minutes, and Lewis Teasdale did the same from Sweet’s flick-on after quarter of an hour.

Consett’s Jordan Nellis goes past his man. Pic: Gary Welford.

A nip-and-tuck period followed, in which neither side created a clear-cut opening, until great work by Sullivan saw Jordan Nellis almost score on 41 minutes with a cheeky backheel, but keeper James Dawson saved with his legs.
 
Consett keeper Sam Guthrie had to be alert a minute later when Thibault Charmey’s cross picked out David Onions, but the young keeper pulled off an excellent save, tipping the ball over the bar.
 
There was nothing he could do on 44 minutes, however, when Guisborough took an unexpected lead. Another ex-Steelman, Chris Youldon, opened up the Consett defence with a great pass, and Charmey did the rest, finishing coolly past Guthrie, despite the attentions of Cassidy.

Guisborough take the lead through Thibault Charmey. Pic: Gary Welford.

Sweet had a chance to level before half-time after he was played in by skipper Danny Craggs, but keeper Dawson made another good save, deflecting his shot over the bar.

Half-time: Consett 0 Guisborough Town 1
 
Whatever manager Mark Eccles said in the dressing room during the break obviously had the desired effect, as Consett came out for the second half fired up, and levelled within three minutes of the restart.

Michael Sweet plays peacemaker between Consett old boy Jamie Poole and Luke Sullivan. Pic: Gary Welford.

Teasdale won the ball with a great tackle out on the right as Guisborough tried to play the ball out, and delivered a perfect cross to the front past for Luke Sullivan to net his 20th goal of the season with a diving header.
 
Teasdale almost got on the scoresheet himself four minutes later, when his shot was blocked after he was set up from a corner.
 
The impetus was now firmly with Consett, and they took the lead on the hour with a well-worked goal. Nellis did the spadework, Sullivan helped the ball back into the danger area, and Michael Sweet was on hand to make it 2-1, despite Guisborough’s appeals for offside.

Luke Sullivan is congratulated by Michael Sweet after making it 1-1. Pic: Gary Welford.

Three minutes later it was 3-1, and Michael Sweet had his 14th goal in 14 starts, applying the finishing touch to an excellent flowing move which started when Craggs won the ball in midfield, surged forward and fed Nellis, who unselfishly squared for the No.9 to tap home.
 
On 72 minutes it was 4-1, and Danny Craggs got his reward for his man-of-the-match performance with his 11th goal of the season. Sullivan started the move out on the left and passed to Josh Gray, who set up the skipper to find the bottom corner from inside the D on the edge of the penalty area. His celebration is pictured, top.
 
It now seemed like a matter of how many Consett would score, but the only black mark of a fine second 45 minutes happened with 15 minutes to go, when the referee decided that a tackle by Teasdale right in front of the dugouts deserved a straight red card.

Skipper Danny Craggs consoles Lewis Teasdale after his sending-off. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was the second that local hero Lewy had had this season, and cost him a four-game ban – a real shame, as he had been playing extremely well in a new midfield role.
 
Although they were down to 10 men, it was Consett who had the better chances to add further goals, with Craggs, Sullivan and Gray all forcing saves from the keeper, while Guthrie made a couple of smart stops at the other end.
 
With some of their rivals on FA Vase duty, the win lifted Consett to 5th – their highest league position of the season.

Nick Cassidy gets a foot in on another Consett old boy, Chris Youldon. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett: 1 Sam Guthrie, 2 Nick Cassidy, 3 Clark Kay, 4 Ryan McKinnon, 5 Jake Stafford, 6 Dan Hawkins, 7 Lewis Teasdale, 8 Danny Craggs, 9 Michael Sweet (sub Nathan Lawrence 77), 10 Luke Sullivan (sub Adam Knowles 83), 11 Jordan Nellis (sub Josh Gray 70). Subs not used: Matty Slocombe, Scott Canham.

Guisborough Town: 1 James Dawson, 2 Harrison Scott, 3 Joe Ferguson, 4 Paul Roddam, 5 Jamie Poole, 6 Liam McPhillips (sub Paul Blake 32), 7 Stewart Bath, 8 Chris Youldon, 9 David Onions (sub Connor Smith 71), 10 Thibault Charmey (sub Josh Holden 77), 11 Matty Pennal. Subs not used: Ben Escritt (GK), Henri Morland.

On This Day: 10 November 2007 – Consett are on fire as they beat West Allotment Celtic at Blue Flames

Consett extended their unbeaten run in the Arngrove Northern League 1st Division to 13 games and in the process climbed to the top of the table with a 4-2 win at struggling West Allotment Celtic on this day in 2007.

Manager Kenny Lindoe made three changes to the side that relinquished its grip on the Durham Challenge Cup in a home defeat by local rivals Tow Law three days earlier. Craig Turns returned in goal, Carl Piecha to the defence and Gary Ormston to midfield, with James Platten, Rob Story and John Ewart making way for them. The line-ups for both sides included a Patterson, a Johnson and a Brown!

The game was effectively over within 20 minutes, by which time The Steelmen were 3-0 up. On 12 minutes they worked a short corner to David Pounder who chipped a delicate cross into Carl Piecha, who headed home,

West Allotment’s keeper can’t stop Carl Piecha’s header making it 1-0. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Two minutes later Mattie Moffat was fouled on the edge of the area and Steven Brown fired the free-kick round the wall and in off the post to double Consett’s lead.

Before the home side could do anything about their predicament they found themselves three down as a reverse ball from Moffat set Steven Johnson in the clear with the Celtic defence claiming in vain for offside. The young striker slotted the ball coolly past home keeper Morton for his 19th goal of the season.

The home side, to their credit, refused to throw in the towel and somehow managed to make a contest of the remaining 70 minutes. Consett keeper Craig Turns was forced to make a point-blank save from Tom Vickers when he responded quickest to a ball played into the area by Andy Johnson.

Steven Brown made it 2-0 to Consett with this free-kick. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Twelve minutes before the break Steven Brown played a one-two with Gary Ormston and fired the return pass into the side netting, but there was to be no further addition to the scoring in the first half.

A harsh penalty six minutes after the interval gave the home side a lifeline. Andy Hay cut inside and appeared to slip in the process, however the referee deemed he had been tripped by Mark Gaffney and Keith Douglas sent Turns the wrong way from the spot.

Piecha almost struck back three minutes later, shooting over from Steven Johnson’s cross. However the young defender scored his second of the game on the hour mark to restore Consett’s three-goal lead. After a lengthy stoppage following Ormston’s collision with the perimeter fence, David Pounder’s corner picked out Piecha, whose looping header found the net despite the attempts of a defender on the line to head away.

Steven Johnson’s cool finish made it 3-0 to Consett. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Consett always looked likely to score more and ought to have done on 74 minutes when Moffat outmuscled a defender to leave three blue shirts against two defenders. Moffat rolled the ball to his strike partner Johnson, but his shot was straight at Morton.

Three minutes later a brilliant run down the wing from Ormston ended with a cross to Moffat, but it was just too low for the number 9 to meet with his head and the ball rolled to safety.

The home wouldn’t give up, however, and after Ben Dawson had volleyed a poor clearance back towards goal but just off target, Celtic made it 4-2 with three minutes remaining. Douglas delivered a perfect free-kick from wide right and the unmarked Tom Vickers headed home.

Consett’s Gary Ormston makes his presence felt. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Steven Johnson and Ormston both went close for Consett in the closing stages, while at the other end they were fortunate to survive an incredible goalmouth scramble deep into stoppage time. In the end though the Steelmen were good value for their win, and with Durham inactive, they went to the top of the league for the first time this season.

West Allotment Celtic: 1 Morton, 2 Douglas, 3 D Patterson (sub Mitchison 82), 4 Hughes, 5 A Brown, 6 Locker, 7 A Johnson, 8 Dawson, 9 Hay (sub Houlsby 69), 10 Vickers, 11 York (sub Richardson 60).

Consett: 1 Craig Turns, 2 Michael Coulthard, 3 Mark Gaffney, 4 Mark Patterson (sub John Clark 72), 5 Carl Piecha (sub Rob Story 77), 6 Craig Robson, 7 Gary Ormston, 8 Steven Brown (sub Davey Robson 86), 9 Mattie Moffat, 10 Steven Johnson, 11 David Pounder.

Consett striker Mattie Moffat cushions a header. Pic: John Paul Hardy.