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Consett manager Terry Mitchell pays tribute to fans who beat the lockout to see FA Vase win

Manager Terry Mitchell paid tribute to the Consett fans who found ways to beat the ban after Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions meant we had to play yesterday’s FA Vase game behind closed doors.

Some locked-out supporters used stepladders to see over the fence at Belle View Stadium, while others climbed on top of a shipping container outside the ground so they could watch the game v Maltby main.

And their efforts were rewarded as they saw the Steelmen cruise into the 3rd Round with an impressive 5-0 win.

Terry was interviewed after the game by BBC Radio Newcastle’s non-league expert Paul Dixon, and praised the efforts the diehard supporters had made.

He said: “The fans were brilliant, we must have had about 20 on the container and I probably seen at least 20 with their stepladders.

“It just goes to show that football needs fans. They’ll do anything to watch their local team play.

“We could hear them. They were absolutely brilliant and we really thank them for their efforts to see the game today.”

Terry, his assistant Graham Coulson and their players acknowledged the supporters on the container at the end of the game.

Consett U18s bow out of FA Youth Cup after succumbing to a strong South Shields side

Consett Under-18s were in action tonight in the FA Youth Cup, and did themselves and the club proud, despite losing 4-1 to a strong South Shields side at Belle View Stadium.

The young Steelmen – represented by Gavin Scott’s Consett Bulls team – were up against a Mariners side who reached the 3rd Round proper of the competition last season.

And although they were well beaten in the end, they took the game to their opponents, taking the lead in the 15th minute through Will Gallagher, who fired home the rebound, pictured top, after the Shields keeper made a save.

The lead lasted just six minutes, as Charlie McLeod ran onto a long ball over the top and beat the keeper to it to make it 1-1.

Two minutes before the break Harvey Neary made it 2-1 to South Shields and that’s the way it stayed at the break.

Consett’s best chance of an equaliser came in the 58th minute when they brought a fine save from the keeper, but two minutes later Shields were firmly in control when they grabbed a third goal through Oscar Taylor.

The young Steelmen had a decent penalty appeal refused, which might have given them a foothold back in the game, but Taylor’s second goal in the 81st minute wrapped up the win for the visitors.

When the final whistle went it was South Shields who progressed to a tie against North Shields in the next round.

But their opponents battled to the end and made them work for their win in front of a three-figure crowd which included Consett manager Terry Mitchell and his assistant Graeme Coulson, who have had several of the Bulls players training with the first team.

Consett: 1 Ciaran Ure, 2 Lewis Lorraine, 3 Ellis Swinburn, 4 Kieran Scott (captain), 5 David Richardson, 6 Flynn Brass, 7 Jamie Nash, 8 Tom Eglin, 9 Will Gallagher, 10 Jacob Kennyford, 11 Jamie Edmunds. Subs: Joe Bambrick, Dan Walker, Will Tubman, Craig Megson, Micah Benjamin, Matty Heywood.

FA Vase: Consett boss Terry Mitchell faces tough choices ahead of semi-final as he prepares for biggest game in club’s history

Consett manager Terry Mitchell says his biggest headache in the run-up to today’s FA Vase semi-final is who to leave out of the 18-man matchday squad.

The Steelmen currently have 24 players fit and raring to go for the biggest game in the club’s history, but the manager can only pick the starting XI and seven substitutes.

That will leave six players disappointed at not being involved, and the manager says it will be an extremely tough decision.

Emergency rules for the competition mean that for the semi-final and final, clubs can select two players who have not played for them in the competition during the 2019-20 season.

Terry told the Northern League website: “We have a  full squad of 24 players available and everybody wants to be part of it.

“Whittling it down to 18 players is the hardest thing we’ve got to do, but it’s a nice problem, as we have 24 quality players.”

He said he has a strong squad at his disposal, with or without being able to pick two new players for the game. 

But he’s in no doubt about the quality of opponents Bitton, who make the long journey from South Gloucester.

“They’ve got to be good to make it this far in a national competition and come 3pm it’s a one-off game to get to Wembley.  It will be a tough game, but we’re confident.

“Best wishes to Hebburn too.  We hope everybody in the region will be hoping it’s going to be a North East final.”

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.