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Consett pick up a good point in a battling draw at Grimsby Borough

Consett were denied a first win in 13 games when they conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Grimsby Borough today.

The Steelmen were missing nine players, but made light of it with a battling performance against a side who are unbeaten in their last seven games.

After a dour first half, the home side took the lead on 43 minutes when George Horrocks finished at the back post from a low Tom Sawyer cross.

Consett levelled on 56 minutes when Kieren Aplin latched onto a Scott Fenwick flick and kept his nerve to finish.

They took the lead on 72 minutes when Declan Bisset’s pass sent Scott Fenwick away, pictured above, and he outpaced his man to beat the keeper at the near post from an acute angle for his first goal for the club.

Aplin missed a chance to put Consett 3-1 up, and Borough equalised five minutes later when sub Edwin Essel netted from Adam Drury’s cross.

Fenwick had a chance to steal the points for Consett at the death, but keeper Liam Higton made a great save to ensure it ended honours even.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Grimsby Borough away is next test for Consett as they look to get back to winning ways

Consett’s next game is one of our longest away journeys of the season, to North East Lincolnshire, when we make a first-ever visit to Grimsby Borough FC on Saturday 3 December.

The splendidly-nicknamed Wilderness Boys play at The Bradley Football Development Centre which is in Bradley Road, Grimsby, DN37 0AG.

The usual limited number of spaces are available on the official club coach to the game, priced £20. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be paid for in advance.

If you’re making your own way down, it’s 160 miles, which equates to a drive of about 2hrs 45mins via the A1(M), M62, M180 and A180. There’s plenty of free car parking on site.

Admission is £9 for adults and £6 for concessions, and food and drink is available in the ground.

Consett will be strengthened by the return of Dan Capewell and Kieren Aplin, who were suspended at the weekend, though Matty Slocombe will be missing as he serves a one-match ban for reaching five league bookings.

Like ourselves, Grimsby Borough are in their first season in the Northern Premier League, winning promotion last season as champions of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

They found it tough going initially, losing their first six games, but have rallied in recent weeks and went above Consett with their 1-1 draw at Shildon on 19 November.

Last Saturday they drew 1-1 with Stockton Town, which means they have now put together a seven-game unbeaten run.

Adam Drury looks like the man to watch, as he’s their top scorer with five goals, and this week they strengthened their attack by signing Brody Robertson from Cleethorpes Town.

  • In other news, our away game at Stockton Town on Boxing Day will now kick-off at noon.
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Consett Ladies bow out of FA Cup with heads held high after record run comes to an end

Consett Ladies’ amazing run in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup came to an end today with a 2nd Round home defeat by Stockport County Ladies.

But manager Matt Gatiss’s Steelers can hold their heads high after the 6-1 loss to a team who play their football three divisions higher.

They had beaten Birtley Town, Hull United and Warrington Wolves in their best-ever run in the competition, and were the lowest-ranked side left in it.

But a well-drilled Stockport side proved a step too far – for now – for a spirited Consett side, who never gave up in front of another bumper attendance of 252.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes when Maria Figueiredo pounced on a loose ball, and on 24 minutes Levi Rathburn made it two with a tremendous strike into the top corner.

Kenzie Bentley put Stockport well and truly in control with two poacher’s finishes on 30 and 38 minutes.

Consett refused to lie down, and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Steph Curry rifled a shot just over on 40 minutes, and Emma Hewett rattled the bar a minute later.

But the Steelers got their reward for their perseverance in the 42nd minute when Emma Hewett bravely challenged the Stockport keeper for a ball in the air to head home and reduce the arrears, pictured.

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It remained 4-1 at the break, but Consett had another good chance at the start of the second half when Curry saw a shot well saved by the visiting keeper.

The home side’s tails were up, and a second goal would certainly have made things interesting, but the more experienced Stockport side quashed any hopes of a comeback with some excellent game management.

Two more late goals from Harriet Houghton (80 minutes) and Maria Figueiredo again (84 mins) made the final scoreline a slightly flattering 6-1, though the visitors were worthy winners.

As they left the field the exhausted Consett side were given a warm round of applause from a crowd who appreciated how well they had done to get this far.

Consett beaten by Brighouse in new manager Tony Fawcett’s first home game

Consett slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Brighouse Town today in new manager Tony Fawcett’s first home game.

The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute when Laurence Sorhaindo went on a solo run which took him past three players before firing home.

On the half hour they doubled their advantage through Jack Boyle, and two minutes before half-time the visitors took complete control of the game with a third goal.

Consett midfielder Matty Slocombe handled a goalbound shot in the six-yard box, for which he was yellow carded, and Sorhaindo converted the resulting penalty.

The Steelmen were given a lifeline back into the game on 51 minutes when Brighouse skipper Corey Gregory was sent off for handling Adam Mitchell’s shot on the line.

Zak Atkinson scored his ninth goal of the season from the spot to make it 3-1 and give the Steelmen hope of a comeback.

Brighouse keeper Brett Souter made good saves from Mitchell and Declan Bisset as Consett tried to make the most of their one-man advantage.

But the visitors had the final word when a quick break saw Sorhaindo set up sub Callum Charlton to clinch the win with a goal in the third minute of added time.

The result means Consett’s winless run now stretches to 12 games, and they dropped three places in the table to 16th.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.
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Consett left to concentrate on the league after exiting Durham Challenge Cup on penalties

Consett slipped out of the Durham Challenge Cup with barely a whimper tonight after being beaten on penalties at Newton Aycliffe after a goalless stalemate.

Just 121 spectators were at the SecuriCorp Stadium for the 2nd Round tie, and those who stayed away seemed to have made the right decision after a dour 90 minutes.

Consett were without the cup-tied Josh Baggs and unavailable Kieren Aplin, and suffered a further blow minutes before kick-off when Calvin Smith pulled up in the warm-up.

Adam Mitchell stepped up off the bench into the starting XI, where Scott Fenwick made his full debut, and Charlie Exley started a game for the first time since August 2021.

The first half was largely a non-event as the sides cancelled each other out and struggled to create much.

It was half an hour before either side managed a shot on target, when home midfielder Joe Ferguson forced a save from Mark Foden.

On 38 minutes Consett threatened for the first time when skipper Arjun Purewal beat Aycliffe keeper Adam McHugh to a corner, but his header was cleared off the line.

The second half improved a little, but not much, but the game swung Aycliffe’s way in the 67th minute when they were awarded a penalty when Exley upended Callum Munro.

However, Consett had a huge let-off when Ferguson’s spot kick was ballooned over the bar to keep the scores level.

As the game entered its final stages, Cyril Giraud had Consett’s best two chances. On 78 minutes he fired just wide after a free-kick was half cleared to him, then three minutes later he shot into the side netting when an effort across goal might have paid dividends.

The game petered out to a penalty shootout which had seemed inevitable all night, and Aycliffe quickly took control when Consett, kicking first, saw their first two efforts saved by home keeper Adam McHugh.

Foden – one of Consett’s heroes in the previous round, when they beat West Auckland on penalties – gave the visitors hope by saving Aycliffe’s first kick.

But they scored their second, and although Consett scored their third, Ferguson made up for his earlier miss to make it 2-1 and keep their noses in front.

When Consett missed their fourth kick, it was left to Aycliffe skipper Aaron Brown to tuck away theirs for a 3-1 shootout win and a place in the quarter-finals.

Out of all the cups, Consett can concentrate on their Northern Premier League campaign, but this result extended their winless run to 11 games. Next up is a crucial home match against Brighouse Town on Saturday.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

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Next up for Consett – the rearranged cup game at Newton Aycliffe

After a blank weekend, Consett’s next fixture is the rearranged Durham Challenge Cup game at Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday 22 November.

The game, postponed last week due to the pitch at Moore Lane Park being waterlogged, is a 7.30pm kick-off (DL5 5AG).

Aycliffe are 4th in the Northern League 1st Division but suffered a setback to their promotion push at the weekend when they were beaten 3-1 at Seaham Red Star.

Our last visit to Newton Aycliffe Sports Ground resulted in a 2-0 win back in January, in what was Calvin Smith’s 400th game for Consett, pictured below.

There have been three previous meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup between the clubs, with Consett winning two and the Newtonians the other.

In 2008-09, in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, we beat Aycliffe – then still in the Wearside League – 5-1 in a 1st Round tie at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

We met again in the same round in 2010-11, this time at Aycliffe, who by now were in the Northern league and top of the 2nd Division. They won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Finally, we met at Moore Lane Park in 2017-18, again in a 1st Round tie, with Aycliffe by now in the 1st Division. In another close game Consett won 1-0 with a goal from Michael Mackay.

Consett make their point at Sheffield in new manager’s first game

Consett picked up a useful point on their travels today, drawing 1-1 at Sheffield in new manager Tony Fawcett’s first game in charge.

The Steelmen took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Jake Orrell twisted and turned his way into the box before finishing into the bottom corner.

It was the midfielder’s sixth goal of the season, and gave Consett a 1-0 half-time lead after a fairly even first half.

The home side had more of the game in the second half and equalised through Reece Fielding in the 80th minute when Consett failed to deal with a right-wing corner.

A point was a solid start to the new manager’s tenure, though the club’s winless run now extends to 10 games.

  • Full match report HERE and more pictures to follow.