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Consett wrap up pre-season by coming from behind to beat Alnwick Town

Consett concluded their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 win over Northern Alliance side Alnwick Town at Belle View Stadium – but had to come from behind to do it.

With manager Tony Fawcett away, his assistant Wayne Buchanan took the reins for the first time, but his side quickly fell behind to opponents three divisions below them.

Alnwick broke quickly from a Consett corner in the fourth minute, and Lewis Fairbairn scored with a fine shot across keeper Aaron Steavens into the far corner.

It was a stunning goal, and with the home side struggling to make much headway against a stubborn visiting defence and a strong wind, the visitors almost doubled their lead in the 29th minute when 10 broke away, but this time Steavens made a good stop.

It remained 1-0 to Alnwick at half-time, and Consett rang the changes at the break, using all five substitutes. Within five minutes of the restart they were level.

Jack Gibbons picked up possession on the right and drove in to the penalty area, taking on two defenders. When he was tripped there was only one outcome, and after the referee pointed to the penalty spot Zak Atkinson stepped up to level the scores at 1-1.

Just before the hour the Alnwick keeper made a good save to deny Ben Ramsey as he cut in from the left, but there was nothing he could do two minutes later as Consett took the lead.

Ramsey swung a corner in from the left, Ben Milburn headed it back into the danger zone, and Dan Capewell was on hand to half-volley home from six yards for his second goal in successive games.

Wil Shaw came close to make it three in the 81st minute, but was denied by a fine low save by the keeper, who had already made a stunning fingertip save from Calvin Smith (though it wouldn’t have counted, as the Consett man was ruled offside anyway).

Consett weren’t finished, and in the 87th minute it was 3-1 when Jack Gibbons picked up possession outside the box and drove a fine shot into the bottom left corner, despite Alnwick’s sub keeper getting a hand to it.

Gibbons almost had a second right at the death, but this time the keeper got a stronger hand to the ball, and a defender completed the clearance before it could roll over the line.

  • Full match report, picture gallery, video highlights and post-match interview to follow.
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Two-goal Shaw stars as Consett put five past Silsden in latest pre-season game

Consett recorded their best friendly win so far, scoring five times for the second time this week as they beat Silsden 5-0 at a rain-swept Belle View today.

Summer signing Wil Shaw was the star of the show, scoring twice to take his tally to five goals in five pre-season games, and could have had at least a hat-trick after missing two other good chances.

The visitors, who play in the Northern Counties East League, had the game’s first chance inside two minutes, but Casey Stewart put his shot into the side netting.

But Consett took control in the 12th minute when Zak Atkinson scored from the penalty spot after new signing Jack Gibbons had been brought down.

On 27 minutes it was 2-0 when Ben Ramsey played a corner to Shaw, whose cross picked out Arjun Purewal to head home his second goal in two games, pictured below.

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Consett defender Arjun Purewal rises highest to make it 2-0. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 as Atkinson played Wil Shaw clean through, and the in-form attacker buried the ball past the keeper.

Silsden again started the second half quicker, and Consett were grateful to keeper Aaron Steavens for tipping Jake Maltby’s dipping effort from the edge of the area around the post.

Consett almost increased their lead when a defensive mix-up gave Atkinson a chance, but the keeper saved, and then a defender got back to head Ramsey’s follow-up off the line.

Wil Shaw got his second goal in the 64th minute, finishing from close range, pictured top, after a great delivery from the right flank by Josh Baggs.

Shaw and Calvin Smith had further chances for Consett, and Steavens denied Stewart again at the other end before Kaleb Young completed the scoring in the 84th minute with his first goal for the club.

Consett’s next scheduled friendly is on Tuesday, 25 July, when they are away to Tow Law Town. Kick-off at Ironworks Road is 7.30pm.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery, video and post-match interview to follow.
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Consett share the goals around as they beat Tow Law 5-1 in latest pre-season friendly

Consett returned to winning ways as they beat near-neighbours Tow Law Town 5-1 at Belle View Stadium in tonight’s hastily-arranged pre-season friendly.

The Lawyers stepped in at the 11th hour after our originally scheduled opponents, Newcastle Benfield, pulled out this afternoon, saying they were unable to field a side.

And a young visiting side, including several teenagers, acquitted themselves well, despite the margin of defeat.

It took Consett until the 28th minute to find a way past them, when Arjun Purewal rose highest to head home from Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner, pictured top.

Calvin Smith almost made it two in the 35th minute from Purewal’s cross, but was denied by a superb save from Kyle Seymour in the Tow Law goal.

On 39 minutes the Steelmen did double their lead when an underhit backpass left Wil Shaw in on goal, and he finishing confidently for his third goal of pre-season.

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Wil Shaw made it 2-0 to Consett with his third goal of pre-season. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Two minutes into the second half it was 3-0, when half-time substitute Zak Atkinson flicked the ball on to Calvin Smith, who made no mistake from six yards.

Ten minutes later it was 4-0, as Consett recycled possession from a corner, and Orrell’s inch-perfect cross picked out Dan Capewell, who buried a header into the far corner.

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The Tow Law keeper is helpless to stop Dan Capewell (hidden) making it 4-0. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Shaw almost made it five when he tried a dinky chip after cutting in from the left, but it bounced on top of the bar and our.

Tow Law’s heads didn’t drop, however, and it took a fine save from Consett keeper Aaron Steavens to deny them a consolation goal on 69 minutes.

A minute later they got their reward for their perseverance when the referee spotted an infringement from the resulting corner, and skipper Brandon Mallaburn made it 4-1 from the spot.

The last goal came with the last kick of the game when Shaw flicked on a long ball for Ben Ramsey to run onto, and finish right-footed past sub keeper James Barron.

Consett’s next pre-season game is on Saturday 22 July, when they host West Yorkshire club Silsden, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Kick-off at Belle View Stadium is 3pm.

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

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Consett taste defeat for first time in pre-season as West Auckland snatch late winner

Consett suffered their first defeat of their pre-season campaign when they were beaten 1-0 by West Auckland Town at a soggy Belle View Stadium this afternoon.

After wins in their first two games against Boro Rangers and Shildon, the Steelmen were hoping to make it three in a row against Northern League opposition.

But West, who will start the season as one of the Northern League’s promotion favourites, had other ideas, and frustrated their hosts for long spells before snatching a late win.

Consett had a big penalty shout in the eighth minute when the lively Wil Shaw seemed to have his heels clipped by a defender, but the referee was having none of it.

Shaw had a chance on 10 minutes when he ran on to Zak Atkinson’s knock-on, but the West keeper was off his line quickly to thwart him, pictured top.

On 17 minutes Consett had their first real attempt on goal when defender Ryan McKinnon let fly from 30 yards, which the West keeper did well to tip over.

On the half-hour fellow centre-back Dan Capewell had the keeper scrambling across his goal, but his header from a left-wing cross dropped just wide.

Half-time was reached with the game scoreless, but West started the second half brighter, and on 57 minutes Consett made wholesale changes, bringing on six substitutes.

They hadn’t had a chance to settle into the game when West had a chance to take the lead, when Jordan Blinco ran through on goal, but Aaraon Steavens did well to save.

The let-off spurred a good Consett reaction as Calvin Smith saw a 25-yarder pushed away by the West keeper, and then good work by a trialist striker set up Adam Mitchell, who fired wide from a similar distance.

The Steelmen just couldn’t find a way through the West defence, however, and the visitors snatched a winner on 81 minutes when ex-Consett player Lee Hume cut the ball back for Cieran Jackson to finish from close range.

Consett’s next friendly is on Tuesday 18 July, when they entertain Newcastle Benfield at Belle View Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm.

  • Full match report, more pictures and video to follow.
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Consett open their pre-season with a win and a clean sheet against Boro Rangers

Consett started their pre-season preparations in pleasing fashion with a 2-0 win over a decent Boro Rangers side at a sunny Belle View Stadium.

The visitors, who won the Northern League 2nd Division last season at the first attempt, were no pushovers as they prepare for the top flight.

Kieren Aplin hit the post with a 20-yard free-kick before Wil Shaw gave the Steelmen the lead on 36 minutes with a header from Harvey Smith’s cross, pictured top.

Second-half goalkeeper Aaron Steavens made two good saves to keep Consett’s clean sheet intact as the visitors threatened more after the break.

And Nathan Greenwood got a second goal in the 85th minute to give the final scoreline a more convincing look, firing in a free-kick via the post.

Dan Capewell almost made it three, but saw his piledriver from the edge of the box tipped onto the bar by the keeper, while Shaw saw a strong penalty appeal turned down by the referee.

Consett’s next pre-season fixture is on Tuesday, 11 July, when they travel to Shildon for a 7.30pm kick-off. Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.