Dunston v Consett



Consett remain unbeaten in four league and cup games this season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw against nearest neighbours Dunston.

The Steelmen had lost their last four visits to the UTS Stadium, but could perhaps count themselves unlucky not to have won against opponents who, like themselves, had three straight wins to their name this season.

Tony Fawcett made one change from the side which had beaten Penrith in the FA Cup, with Jake Orrell starting in place of Matty Slocombe, which meant centre-back Ben Milburn had the honour of leading the team out as captain for the first time.

There were lots of old boys lining up against their former clubs, with Dan Staples, Michael Pearson, Luke Carr and Dale Pearson starting for Dunston, plus Jack Elliott on the bench, and James Anderson, Dan Capewell and Calvin Smith in the Consett ranks.

It was one of the old boys who had the first chance on nine minutes, when a defensive mix-up saw Sado Djalo set up Carr, but Arjun Purewal got back to clear off the line.

On 12 minutes a cross from the left found Jordan Lamb, but a good challenge from Purewal put him off as he shot. Two minutes later the No 7 had another effort at goal when a free-kick was half-cleared, but it was well off target.

On 18 minutes Consett went close when Orrell’s pass found Smith, and his cut-back looked to have set up the lively Wil Shaw for the opening goal, but he was denied by some excellent last-ditch defending by Jude Swailes.

The game exploded in the 21st minute when Dunston defender Chris McDonald was shown a straight red card for a high two-footed lunge at Shaw. The No 3 was riled after not being awarded a decision against Zak Atkinson moments earlier, but the challenge was a bad one and Shaw was lucky to escape serious injury.

With Dunston reduced to 10 men, Consett began enjoying lots of possession, and Smith’s cross picked out Ben Ramsey on 24 minutes, but he couldn’t keep his header down. Two minutes later Jack Gibbons went on a mazy run which ended with him shooting wide from 20 yards.

On 35 minutes Consett had a big chance when their high press caught Dunston trying to play out from their own box. Atkinson won possession and fed Kaleb Young, who skewed his effort well wide.

As the half neared its close things began to get a bit feisty, and Milburn and Pearson – being used as a makeshift left-back – both picked up bookings for fouls.

Half-time: Dunston 0 Consett 0

Dunston changed their set-up at half-time, bringing on Jack Camarda for Carr, and Consett also made a change, with Ryan McKinnon coming on for his second debut in place of Milburn.

Despite being a man down, the home side took the game to their visitors, forcing them on to the back foot, without really creating much in terms of clear-cut chances.

The nearest they came to scoring was in the 51st minute, when Capewell sliced a clearance across the face of his own goal as he tried to clear David Robinson’s cross.

Ramsey tried an audacious lob from all of 40 yards after spotting Staples off his line, but was well off target, while McKinnon halted a dangerous run by Pearson, just when he looked through on goal.

More yellow cards – for Consett’s Young and McKinnon and Dunston’s Swailes and Turnbull – made for a scrappy second half, and a spate of substitutions didn’t help the flow of the game either.

Consett’s best chance of the game came in the 81st minute when Shaw hit a fine opportunist strike from 25 yards, which Staples did well to tip over the crossbar for a corner.

Ramsey became the fourth Consett player booked in the 85th minute, with the referee decided he had dived in search of a penalty rather than being fouled, as some onlookers thought.

Despite five minutes of added time, neither side could find a winner, and both remain unbeaten this season after taking a point apiece.


Date Time Competition Season
22/08/2023 7:45 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24


UTS Stadium
Wellington Rd, Dunston, Gateshead NE11 9JL, UK




Dan Staples Goalkeeper
Craig Baxter Defender 10'
Chris McDonald Defender 21'
Phil Turnbull Midfielder 63'
Michael Pearson Defender
Jude Swailes Defender 63'
Jordan Lamb Midfielder
Jake Jensen Midfielder
David Robinson Midfielder
Sado Djalo Forward
Jack Elliott Forward
Luke Carr Midfielder
Jack Camarda Midfielder
Dale Pearson Forward 45'
JJ Chrisp Midfielder
Matthew Cassap Defender


James Anderson Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Arjun Purewal Defender
Kaleb Young Midfielder 54'
Nathan Greenwood Forward
Ben Milburn Defender 41'
Ryan McKinnon Defender 66'
Dan Capewell Defender
Jack Gibbons Midfielder
Jake Orrell Midfielder
Wil Shaw Midfielder
Zak Atkinson Forward
Ben Ramsey Midfielder 85'
Matty Slocombe Midfielder
Luke Spoor Goalkeeper
Adam Mitchell Midfielder