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Consett AFC season tickets for 2021-22 now on sale – come and join the Conny Army!

Consett AFC aim to bounce back from their FA Vase disappointment by going back to Wembley – and this time taking the Conny Army with them.

After having a taste of the big stage, Chairman Frank Bell wants to go one better by lifting the trophy next season, in front of the club’s dedicated fans.

Planning for the 2021-22 season is underway already, and season tickets will go on sale from 9am this Thursday, May 6.

Existing adult season ticket holders who didn’t request a refund for the curtailed 2020-21 season will pay the same price, £100. The price for new applicants is £110.

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Season tickets for the 2021-22 campaign are available from May 6. Pic: Gary Welford.

Concessionary season tickets, for supporters aged 65 and over, will be £60 for existing holders who didn’t require a refund, and £70 for new applicants.

Junior season tickets will remain at £20 across the board, with even cheaper deals available for Consett AFC Juniors players and coaches.

Priority

Season ticket holders who didn’t request refunds will also receive priority for cup or all-ticket matches next season.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “Season ticket income is vital when planning ahead, and we really appreciate the support, particularly from those fans who didn’t ask for a refund when this season was curtailed.

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Ali Alshabeeb rounds Hebburn’s keeper to open the scoring in the FA Vase final. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

“Our FA Vase final against Hebburn was an excellent advert for non-league football, at a time whe many people are falling out of love with the professional game.

“BT Sport said they had never seen such attacking, exciting football, with no yellow cards, no players diving or rolling around claiming to be injured.

“Hopefully the FA will have seen what this level of football means to those involved, and to the communities that clubs such as ours are part of.”

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A limited number of special virtual tickets remain for fans wanting a souvenir of the FA Vase final.

As well as season tickets, Consett AFC still has a few programmes and a limited number of virtual tickets left for anyone requiring a souvenir of our unforgettable Wembley appearance*, with proceeds from the latter going to local good causes.

Season tickets, Wembley souvenir programmes and FA Vase final virtual tickets are available by calling at Belle View Stadium in person, or calling 01207 588886.

* The match being played behind closed doors meant no official programme was produced by The FA, so we produced a 48-page full colour Special Wembley Edition of our matchday publication The Steelman.

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The Special Wembley Edition of The Steelman produced by the club for the FA Vase final is already a collectors’ item.
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Consett boost their defence by signing centre-back Dan Capewell from Dunston

Consett have today bolstered their defensive ranks by signing big centre-back Dan Capewell from Dunston.

The 25-year-old will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Northern League Division One game at Newton Aycliffe.

The Steelmen are short on defensive numbers at the moment, having lost Arjun Purewal and James Martin to injury last week, while Olly Scott has signed a contract with National League side Kings Lynn Town.

Dan, who has captained the Tynesiders in previous seasons, is a dominant central defender who has been at Dunston since 2016, having previously played for Bedlington Terriers and North Shields Athletic.

He was nominated for Northern League Young Player of the Year in Dunston’s title-winning season of 2018-19, and was named supporters’ player of the year.

He has been a regular for Dunston in their Northern Premier League Division One East campaign this season.

Dan is the third player Consett have signed in recent weeks, following the moves of utility man Nick Cassidy from North Shields and striker Scott Heslop from Dunston.

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Depleted Consett bow out of the Durham Challenge Cup to Shildon

A much-changed Consett side suffered a cup knockout for the second time in four days tonight, beaten 3-0 at home by Shildon.

The Steelmen’s starting XI for the Frank Pattison Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round tie showed seven changes from the side which took to the field against Wythenshawe Town at the weekend.

They were without skipper Arjun Purewal, top scorer Dale Pearson and utility man James Martin through injury, while Kyle Hayes, Jermaine Metz, Luke Carr and Colin Larkin dropped to the bench.

That meant starts for Ross Coombe, Lewis Green, Nick Cassidy, Nick Allen, Ross Wilkinson, Stephen Callen and Dan Marriott, with Darren Holden, Calvin Smith, Matty Slocombe and captain-for-the-night Jake Orrell the only survivors from Saturday.

Shildon, who now play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a level above their hosts, included two Consett old boys in Danny Craggs and Michael Sweet.

It took a superb save from Coombe to deny Craggs a goal on his return to Belle View Stadium, the keeper showing unbelievable reactions to keep out his close-range header in the 19th minute.

But there was nothing he could do to prevent Billy Greulich-Smith, so often a thorn in Consett’s side, from opening the scoring on 21 minutes, heading home Kurt Matthews’ cross from the right.

Marauding right-back Aidan Heywood doubled Shildon’s lead on 33 minutes with a lovely curling finish from the edge of the area, and it remained 2-0 at half-time.

Consett came out strongly at the start of the second half, with Callen denied at the near post by keeper Matty Bateman, and Wilkinson inches away from turning in Orrell’s inswinging free-kick.

But it was game, set and match to the visitors on 58 minutes when Michael Sweet made it 3-0, slotting home a penalty after Allen had fouled Heywood just inside in the box.

Slocombe had a well-struck drive saved by the keeper and put a header just wide from Orrell’s corner as Consett sought a consolation goal, but it wasn’t to be, and it was Shildon who advance to the last eight of the county cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Ten-man Consett bow out of the FA Vase to agonising late goal

Favourites Consett crashed out of this season’s FA Vase, losing 2-1 to Wythenshawe Town in the 4th Round on an afternoon of drama at Belle View.

They took an early lead, played most of the second half with 10 men, and then conceded a late goal which gave the impressive visitors the win.

Jake Orrell got the Steelmen off to the perfect start after just three minutes, picking up a loose ball outside the box, taking aim, and dispatching a superb strike into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.

On eight minutes they almost doubled their lead when Luke Carr went on a run which took him past three defenders, and his effort had to be tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Wythenshawe – who Consett beat on their way to the 2020 final – served notice that they were much more of an attacking force this time round when Brad Byrne hit the post with a header on 15 minutes.

Consett keeper Kyle Hayes then denied the same player with his feet, before Consett had a great chance at the other end, as Dale Pearson volleyed over from Darren Holden’s whipped-in cross.

With little to choose between the sides, it remained 1-0 at the break, but the tie swung Wythenshawe’s way on 51 minutes when Consett’s Matty Slocombe was shown a straight red card for an elbow.

The player going down holding his face didn’t help, and nor did most of the visiting team surrounding the referee, but the incident gave the official a decision to make, and he made it.

Wythenshawe took advantage of their extra man by scoring an equaliser on 62 minutes, half-time sub Ionut Casian Anghel heading home from an excellent right-wing cross.

The visitors were dominating possession, but Consett defended well, and on the odd occasion that Wythenshawe found a way through, they couldn’t find a way past Hayes.

He saved well from Dominic Smalley, then produced an even better stop from Steven Hewitt, flinging himself to his right to keep out his well-struck effort.

Consett were struggling to get out of their own half, and it took until the 85th minute for the 10 men to produce an attempt on goal, sub Nick Allen firing wide when a corner was half-cleared to him on the edge of the box.

The incessant pressure on the Consett goal finally told in the 90th minute, when, with the game looking like it was heading for penalties, Wythenshawe grabbed a winner.

Consett lost possession in the middle of the field, Byrne’s pass sent Matty Bryan away down the right, and his cross picked out Darius Palma at the back post. He brought it down and fired home to make it 2-1 and end Consett’s brave resistance.

When the final whistle went after seven added minutes it was Wythenshawe celebrating a place in the last 16 with their supporters, after claiming their third Northern League scalp in their best-ever FA Vase run.

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Dream debut double from new boy Scott Heslop gives Consett a late win at Seaham

New striker Scott Heslop got his Consett career off to a dream start today, scoring a debut double to give them a 3-2 win at Seaham Red Star.

Heslop, 27, who was signed from Northern Premier League side Dunston on 29 December, had to settle for a place on the bench for his new club’s first game of 2022.

But he came on and immediately made his mark to inspire the league leaders to a vital win in a game where they twice had to come from behind.

The festive break’s other new signing, the returning Nick Cassidy, went straight into the starting XI, but the opening 45 minutes was nothing to write home about for either side.

Latest signing Nick Cassidy came straight into Consett’s starting XI. Pic: Gary Welford.

The closest we came to a goal was midway through the half, when Liam Heywood’s pass put Adam Lennox through, but Kyle Hayes stood up well to save his dinked effort.

Consett created very little, but thought they should have had a penalty on 35 minutes, when Colin Larkin was flattened from behind by Jordan Patterson, but the referee decided it was inches outside the box rather than inside.

The game burst into life five minutes into the second half when Seaham striker Jamie Clark, on loan from Blyth Spartans, curled a tremendous effort into the top corner to make it 1-0.

The lead lasted only a minute, as Consett equalised through the unlikely figure of Matty Slocombe, who buried a shot in the bottom corner from 25 yards for 1-1.

Consett’s Matty Slocombe fires home from 25 yards to make it 1-1. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was the popular midfielder’s first goal of the season, and his first in nearly two years, the last being in a 4-1 win over Ashington on 25 January 2020.

Five minutes later Consett had another big penalty shout when Dale Pearson powered into the box and went down under challenge from Max Nelson, but the referee decided the centre-back got the ball and gave a corner.

Slocombe thought he had a second goal on 65 minutes when his header from a setpiece struck the bar, bounced down and was cleared off the line by Joe Hailes. The Consett midfielder was adamant his effort had crossed the line, but the referee ruled otherwise.

Consett’s Matty Slocombe appeals, but the referee denies him a second goal. Pic: Gary Welford.

A minute later Seaham had an excellent chance when Clark was sent clear, but Hayes stood up well to save with his feet.

There was nothing the Consett keeper could do to prevent Seaham retaking the lead on 77 minutes, however, as Adam Lennox went past three defenders before finishing past Hayes to make it 2-1.

Two minutes later Consett were denied an equaliser when Pearson was ruled offside as he bundled Cassidy’s cross into the net with the help of a defender.

But on 80 minutes Consett got a goal that did count, when Scott Heslop, who’d come on for Carl Lawson, glanced a superb header into the bottom corner from Cassidy’s right-wing cross.

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Consett’s Scott Heslop scores with a glancing header to make it 2-2. Pic: Gary Welford.

The game was anyone’s now, and Consett were grateful to James Martin for a 90th-minute goal-line clearance which kept the score at 2-2.

Seaham keeper Andrew Jennison saved well from Slocombe as Consett went in search of a winner, and Larkin slipped as he tried to convert the rebound

Just when it seemed like the game was heading for a draw, Scott Heslop stuck out a leg at fellow sub Lewis Green’s cross from the right to give Consett a 94th-minute winner.

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Scott Heslop sticks out a leg to score an injury-time winner for Consett at Seaham Red Star. Pic: Gary Welford.

The victory means they went eight points clear of second-placed Thornaby at the top of the table, though many of the chasing pack saw their games called off.

  • Full match report, stats and more pictures to follow.

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Northern League decides to delay the start of League Cup competition

The Northern League has decided to delay the start of this season’s League Cup, in view of the rising Covid rate.

The league management committee (LMC) has decided to postpone the start of both its knockout competitions – the League Cup and Ernest Armstrong Cup – so league fixtures can be prioritised.

First round ties in both competitions were due to be played this month, including several League Cup ties next week. Our 1st Round game at Billingham Synthonia was scheduled for Wednesday 26 January.

However, due to the Covid situation in the region following the festive break, the LMC has decided that the 1st Round ties will not be played until February at the earliest.

This will allow the situation to be reviewed in the next couple of weeks and a decision made as to whether the cup competitions should proceed or be cancelled.

A Northern League statement said: “We appreciate the difficulties that clubs are facing at the moment, including having to postpone fixtures because of Covid infections, and thank them for all the work they are doing so that matches are played.  

“We also appreciate that this decision leads to uncertainty for clubs and spectators, and we will make a decision on the cups as soon as possible.  Fulfilling the league fixture list remains the priority.”

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Nick Cassidy rejoins Consett from Northern League rivals North Shields

Nick Cassidy has today rejoined Consett from Northern League Division One rivals North Shields.

The 24-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield, goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s first game of 2022 at Seaham Red Star.

Nick made 68 appearances, scoring two goals, in his first spell at the club, and was a member of our 2018 Durham Challenge Cup winning side.

He initially joined on loan from Gateshead in October 2016, but his spell was cut short by an injury which needed an operation that kept him out for the rest of the season.

When he was released in the summer of 2017 by the Tynesiders he joined Consett permanently, and spent the next two years at Belle View before departing for North Shields.

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Consett’s game at Seaham Red Star will kick off early

Consett’s first game of 2022, at Seaham Red Star this Saturday, will kick-off earlier than planned, due to floodlight issues.

The Northern League Division One match at the Independent Utility Advice Arena will kick off at 2pm, instead of 3pm.

Admission to Seaham Town Park (SR7 0HP for any first-time visitors) – is £6 for adults and £4 for concessions, and the match programme is £1.50.

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Consett add to their firepower by signing Dunston striker Scott Heslop

Consett today gave their fans a belated festive treat in the shape of a new striker, signing Scott Heslop from Dunston.

The 27-year-old is a hard-working forward who made his name at Chester-le-Street Town, where he was a prolific goalscorer, helping them win promotion in 2015-16.

His first season at Dunston, 2016-17, saw him end up as top scorer, with 17 league goals.

After they were promoted he adapted well to the Northern Premier League, winning three individual awards in the 2019-20 season.