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Pacey forward Isaac Walker makes it a hat-trick of new signings this week for Consett

Consett have made pacey frontman Isaac Walker their third signing of the week as they look ahead to the 2024-25 Northern Premier League campaign.

The 24-year-old started in Redcar Athletic’s reserves and progressed to the first team, where he was the Northern League third-top scorer in 2021-22.

Another 13 goals the following season brought him to the attention of Blyth Spartans, who signed him in November 2022.

He scored four times in 11 games in NPL North, and had a loan spell at Stockton Town, before rejoining Redcar last season.

He heads to Consett with 55 goals to his name for our fellow Steelmen – including the winner in their 2-1 win here in 2021-22 and both goals in the return fixture, which Redcar also won 2-1.

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Consett make midfielder Marc Costello their second signing of the summer

Consett today announced that experienced midfielder Marc Costello is their second signing of the summer.

He joins from Newton Aycliffe, where he had spent the last five years, winning the Northern League and stepping up effortlessly to the Northern Premier League last season.

Marc is a player who has been on Consett’s radar for a while and we were delighted to be able to add him to the squad.

A calm presence in the middle of the park, his previous clubs include Hebburn Town and Washington, and he can also play at centre-back if required.

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Goalkeeper James Anderson makes his switch from Morpeth Town permanent

Goalkeeper James Anderson, who spent the 2023-24 season on loan at Consett, has made the move permanent.

The 21-year-old signed last summer on a season-long loan from Northern Premier League Premier Division club Morpeth Town.

He had madea handful of first-team appearances for the Highwaymen, and previously spent time on loan at Whickham in the Northern League and Dunston in the NPL.

He quickly established himself as No 1 keeper at Consett, and went on to make 32 appearances over the course of the season.

As well as proving to be a reliable goalkeeper, he also made a cameo outfield appearance at Carlton Town, playing 45 minutes up front in a game where he was our only available substitute!

Everyone at Consett is delighted James has decided to make the switch to Belle View Stadium permanent.

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Doubles for Curry, Spedding and McNally as Consett Ladies and Ladies Reserves hand out awards

Consett Ladies and Consett Ladies Reserves recognised their outstanding performers of the 2023-24 season at tonight’s awards night at Belle View Stadium.

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Consett Reserves end their season in style by winning league cup

Consett Reserves ended their season in style tonight when they won the Wearside League 1st Division League Cup, beating West Auckland Reserves 1-0.

Gav Scott and Chris Shield’s side faced a tough task against a West side who were promoted after finishing 2nd in the table, five places above their opponents.

Consett lost both league games against West, though they did beat them on penalties earlier in the season in another cup competition.

There were precious few chances in a hard-fought game at West’s Wanted Stadium, and half-time was reached with the score at 0-0 after the sides largely cancelled each other out.

West, who had vastly experienced ex-Consett keeper Gareth Young in goal and former manager Colin Myers in the dugout, hit the post midway through the second half.

Consett’s best chance came when a right-wing corner picked out centre-back Nathan Clarke, whose header was kicked off the line.

The crucial goal came in the 85th minute, when a Consett sub latched onto a mishit shot by Jamie Edmunds, and took it round the advancing Young.

He looked certain to score until he was bundled to the ground by a West defender, but Ellis Swinburn followed in to stroke the ball home from point-blank range for what proved to be the winning goal.

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Ellis Swinburn runs off to celebrate after scoring for Consett Reserves. Pic by Kenny Taylor.
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Consett have to settle for a point as dogged Bridlington get the draw they need to stay up

Consett ended their second season in the Northern Premier League with a 1-1 home draw with Bridlington Town, who secured the point they needed to avoid relegation.

Tony Fawcett’s side started brightly, and Kaleb Young gave them the lead on six minutes with his first league goal of the season, pictured top.

Zak Atkinson’s pass sent Young clear, and though his touch looked to have let him down, hesitancy by keeper James Hitchcock let him in to finish from close range.

Hitchcock made amends by saving Jake Jensen’s 25-yarder, then top scorer Wil Shaw could have doubled Consett’s lead from Calvin Smith’s clever pass, but fired over.

Shaw was also denied a penalty when he appeared to have been dragged down by a defender, but the referee waved away his appeal.

Bridlington levelled on 31 minutes when Consett failed to deal with a corner and Benn Lewis‘s header was adjudged to have crossed the line before Ben Milburn cleared.

Glen Sani thought he’d put Bridlington ahead two minutes into the second half, but was ruled offside, then they were awarded a penalty after Smith fouled Lewis Dennison, but the striker’s spot kick was saved by Sunderland U23s loanee Kelechi Chibueze.

Hitchcock denied Atkinson a farewell goal at one end, while Chibueze thwarted Pete Davidson at the other end after a mazy run, and a point apiece at the end was about right.

The point means Bridlington stay up on goal difference, despite wins for the bottom two, Brighouse Town and Winterton Rangers.

Consett finished 12th with 49 points – a place and three points better off than last season – but left to reflect on a poor second half of the season which saw their play-off challenge fall away.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview video and picture gallery HERE.
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Patched-up Consett come close to grabbing a point at play-off contenders Carlton Town

A Consett side depleted to way beyond the bare bones were beaten 2-1 at play-off hopefuls Carlton Town today – but came close to taking a point they deserved.

Manager Tony Fawcett was without the services of eight first-team players, and with the 11 he had left to choose from including two goalkeepers, had no option but to name himself in the starting XI.

The 44-year-old donned the No 9 shirt 12 years after hanging up his boots, and played the first 45 minutes before being replaced for the second half by his only sub – goalkeeper James Anderson.

But a brave performance by the Steelmen saw them denied only by a superb display by Carlton keeper Felix Annan, who made the save of the season at 0-0.

It came in the 16th minute when Arjun Purewal powered a header goalwards from a right-wing corner and Annan pulled off an unbelievable stop, pictured top, with a defender scrambling the ball to safety. Even then Consett might have been awarded a penalty, as Fawcett was dragged to the ground as he went for the loose ball.

Carlton took the lead on 37 minutes when Niall Hylton broke down the left and crossed to the near post, where Alex Hardwick finished from close range.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, but the hosts started the second half well and Hardwick was denied a second goal a couple of minutes in by Consett keeper Kelechi Chibueze.

But there was nothing the Sunderland U23s loanee could do in the 49th minute when Carlton attacked again down the left and the ball ended at the feet of Niall Hylton, who finished into the roof of the net.

Consett stayed in the game, and almost got themselves back in it on 78 minutes when a through ball left Wil Shaw in a one-on-one with Annan, and the keeper raced off his line to deny him.

Five minutes later it was game on when Annan made another superb save from Kaleb Young’s 25-yarder, only to see Wil Shaw pounce on the rebound to fire home his 16th goal of the season.

Carlton, who needed a win to all-but-guarantee their place in the play-offs, did everything they could to see the game out, and the frustration proved too much for Jack Gibbons, who was shown a straight red card in the fifth added minute after a fracas following time-wasting in the corner.

It was a sad end to a wonderfully spirited performance, where the only 12 available registered players did the club and their travelling support proud, only to lose by the finest of margins – and a top-drawer performance by Felix The Cat.

  • Full match report, stats, video and picture gallery to follow.

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Consett stumble to a poor home defeat against relegation-threatened Brighouse

Consett’s recent poor run of results continued tonight when they were beaten 2-0 at home by relegation-threatened Brighouse Town.

It was the West Yorkshire side’s fourth win in four games against the Steelmen, and lifted them out of the bottom two.

Consett started brightly enough, and Ben Ramsey should have given them the lead after seven minutes when he latched onto Kaleb Young’s pass and headed the ball beyond the onrushing keeper, but shot wide with the goal gaping.

They had the ball in the net on 19 minutes when Ryan McKinnon headed home from Young’s free-kick, only to be flagged offside.

Then Dan Capewell was unlucky not to score in the 27th minute when great work by Wil Shaw saw his header come back off the bar, pictured top.

But Brighouse took the lead on 38 minutes as Consett failed to deal with a short corner and Joshua Dacre fired home at the back post.

It remained 1-0 at the break, and Ramsey had two good chances to level early in the second half, but saw the first saved at the near post and headed the second straight at the keeper from eight yards out.

As has been the case so often this season, they were made to pay for missed chances when Jack Wilson made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute from another corner.

Arjun Purewal came close to grabbing a consolation goal in added time when his 25-yarder glanced off the top of the bar, but Consett rarely troubled their opponents in the last half hour, and Brighouse were worthy winners.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview and picture gallery to follow.

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Another late goal costs 10-man Consett as Liversedge come from behind twice to draw

Consett conceded a costly late goal for the third time in four games as they drew 2-2 with Liversedge at a gale-lashed Belle View.

Ben Ramsey was the Steelmen’s hero-turned villain as they ended the visitors’ run of five games without conceding a goal.

The pacey forward scored after just two minutes, when a short-free-kick routine saw him latch onto Kaleb Young’s pass and smash the ball past Jordan Porter.

He blazed two more chances over in the first half and was denied by a good save from Porter as Consett made the most of the strong wind at their back.

Liversedge equalised on 42 minutes when Edward Church volleyed home from a right-wing corner to make it 1-1 at the break.

Consett regained the lead six minutes into the second half when Ramsey scored from the penalty spot after Dan Capewell was hauled down at a free-kick.

Liversedge, who now had the wind behind them, piled forward, and Jack Dyche missed two good chances before Alfie Raw brought a fine save from on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze with a 30-yard free-kick.

The game swung Sedge’s way on 77 minutes when Ramsey was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, and Church curled an equaliser into the top corner with five minutes to go.

  • Full match report, stats, video and picture gallery to follow,