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Dale Pearson double fires Consett to victory against his old club Newcastle Benfield

Dale Pearson’s first two goals of the season helped Consett to a 3-2 win over his old club Newcastle Benfield at Belle View Stadium today – but they had to come from two goals behind to do it.

The big striker, who was top scorer with 30 goals last season, had yet to hit the net this time round, but made up for that with a brace in a goal-laden first half.

Benfield took the lead on 14 minutes when an error in the home defence left veteran striker Paul Brayson with only the keeper to beat, and he obliged.

On 22 minutes they doubled their lead, with Paul Brayson finishing again after a deflected cross fell kindly for him.

Consett were awarded a penalty on 27 minutes after Benfield old boy Jake Orrell was brought down in the box. The visiting players were incensed, not by the decision, but by the fact one of their players, Jack Cooper, had gone down injured in the build-up.

Sadly, he ended up being stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury, and after a three-minute delay Dale Pearson stepped up to convert the penalty and halve the deficit.

In the 42nd minute Consett were level when Ali Alshabeeb chested down a great crossfield pass by Darren Holden, beat his man, and finished into the far corner.

Two minutes into the time added due to the Benfield injury Consett took the lead. Orrell swung in a cross from the left, a defender could only head it down into the six-yard box, and Dale Pearson reacted quickest, pictured top, to turn it home and make it 3-2 at half-time.

After a goal-packed first half the sell-out crowd of 300 were probably expecting more after the break, but Benfield keeper Andrew Grainger had other ideas.

He made a good save low down from Pearson’s free-kick, denied Lewis Green his first goal for the club from a well-struck 20-yarder, and foiled Pearson again to deprive him of his hat-trick.

On the one occasion Consett did beat him, when Orrell looped a header over him from debutant Daniel Marriott’s cross, the crossbar came to his rescue, and the final whistle saw Consett make it two wins from two in the league.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett make FA Cup progress with dramatic penalty shootout win after coming from two goals down

Consett will be in Monday’s draw for the 1st Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a dramatic afternoon of football at Belle View Stadium.

They came from two goals down against higher-ranked opponents Ossett United to draw 2-2, and then won a sudden death penalty shootout 5-4 to secure their place in the next round.

Despite kicking into a strong wind in the first half, the Northern Premier League side led 2-0 at half-time, even though their hosts had had better chances.

They went ahead on 15 minutes through an Arjun Purewal own goal as the Consett skipper tried to stop Luke Blackburn’s cross reaching the lurking Tom Greaves.

And on 39 minutes, very much against the run of play, it was 2-0 to Ossett when their captain Jack Stockdill volleyed home from a right-wing corner.

With the wind against them, Consett looked to be facing an uphill b attle in the second half, but they halved the deficit on 50 minutes when centre-back Ross Wilkinson glanced home a header, pictured below, from Jake Orrell’s cross.

And five minutes later it was 2-2 when Calvin Smith’s low, hard cross picked out Ali Alshabeeb, who levelled from a few yards out, pictured below.

There was a scare for Consett in the 77th minute when they went to sleep after conceding a free-kick, and Ossett’s Aaron Haswell, who had tested Kyle Hayes a couple of minutes earlier, rattled the crossbar.

Consett had chances too; Wilkinson might have had a second goal, but blazed over from six yards after a goalmouth scramble, and Ossett keeper Max Dearnley, who did well all afternoon, made a great save when full-back Blackburn almost turned Dale Pearson’s cross into his own net.

Pearson wanted a penalty with eight minutes to go, claiming he had been tripped, but the referee waved away his appeal, while Lewis Green brought another good save from Dearnley at his near post.

With no extra time in this season’s FA Cup it was straight to penalties, and the tide seemed to swing in Ossett’s favour when, after going first, they led 3-1 at one point when Simon Jakab’s kick was saved and they scored their first three.

But Consett held their nerve, and when keeper Kyle Hayes saved Ossett’s fourth kick, Pearson scored to level things up at 3-3.

Both sides scored their fifth penalty to make it 4-4, so it went to sudden death, and the pendulum swung Consett’s way when Ossett’s Seon Ripley hit the bar. That left Darren Holden to fire home the decisive kick and give Consett a 5-4 win on penalties.

Consett will find out who their next opponents are when the draw is made on Monday. The next round is on Tuesday 22 September, which means the scheduled league game against Shildon will be postponed.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

New boy Carl Lawson’s debut double sees Consett progress in the FA Cup

Consett kicked off their season tonight by progressing into the next round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Ryhope CW, with summer signing Carl Lawson helping himself to a debut double.

He put the Steelmen ahead in the 63rd minute, pictured above, and 10 minutes later added a second goal, which turned out to be the winner.

Lawson and the club’s other summer signing Lewis Green both started the Extra Preliminary Round tie, while Matty Cornish made a second debut, two years after his first.

But it was a familiar face, Darren Holden, who gave Consett the lead after six minutes, firing in off the base of the post, pictured, after good work by Cornish and Lawson.

Former Consett player Jack Walker headed Ryhope level from a corner on 35 minutes, and an even first half ended 1-1.

Consett were grateful to Kyle Hayes for a vital stop in the 61st minute, and two minutes later they retook the lead, as Carl Lawson fired home the rebound after Cornish’s effort was saved.

Sub Ali Alshabeeb missed a golden chance to wrap up the game on 61 minutes, putting Jake Orrell’s cross wide from a couple of yards. But a couple of minutes later Carl Lawson made it 3-1 when his curled cross from the right somehow ended up in the net without anyone in the middle touching it.

Ryhope scored an injury time consolation when Robbie Bird stuck one in the top corner from out wide on the left, but there was barely time to restart, and it was Consett who have a home tie against Northern Premier League side Ossett United in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 12 September.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Birthday boy Ali ends Tow Law resistance as Consett make it two friendly wins in four days

A close-range header from diminutive forward Ali Alshabeeb proved to be the difference as Consett made it two friendly wins in four days tonight as Consett beat Tow Law Town 1-0.

Ali, who turned 20 today, headed home from a corner in the 58th minute as the Lawyers frustrated their hosts at a blustery Belle View.

The behind-closed-doors encounter saw manager Terry Mitchell start with six of the side who began Saturday’s game at Blue Star, and there were first pre-season run-outs for Simon Jakab and Jake Orrell.

Tow Law had three ex-Steelmen in their ranks in Mattie Moffat, Adam Knowles and Michael Brown, and plenty of experience in the likes of Daryll Hall, Jeff Smith and Barrie Smith.

The opening period saw Consett enjoying lots of possession, but Tow Law defending well, and it was 19 minutes before the Steelmen created their first chance, which keeper Lewis Graham saved well from Thomas McAloon after good build-up play from Luke Carr and Orrell.

On 26 minutes Consett were awarded a penalty when the lively Alshabeeb was fouled, but the keeper made a good save from Carr’s spot-kick, diving low to his left.

Adam Male almost caught out the keeper with a 20-yarder to his near post on 33 minutes, and just before half-time Graham pulled off a fine save from McAloon after some great wing play by Alshabeeb.

It remained 0-0 at half-time, and Consett made seven changes for the start of the second half, with only Alshabeeb, Male, Jakob and Jermaine Metz staying on. The subs included Michael Mackay and Antonio Agostinho, both tasting their first pre-season action.

The game continued in the same vein, with Consett enjoying lots of the ball, and Tow Law working hard to deny them chances, but the breakthrough came just before the hour.

Summer signing Carl Lawson delivered a right-wing corner into the six-yard box, and Alshabeeb got in front of his much taller marker to nod home, despite Graham’s best efforts to stop the ball crossing the line.

Another swathe of substitutions saw another new boy, Lewis Green, make his first appearance in a Consett shirt, but it was Agostinho who came closest to adding to the scoring, when his speculative effort was tipped over by the keeper.

For all their hard work, discipline and tidy football, Tow Law rarely threatened the Consett goal, with a 77th-minute Jeff Smith free-kick which flashed well wide their only effort of note.

  • Consett’s next game is on Saturday, 8 August, when they take on another 2nd Division side, Crook Town, in another behind-closed-doors friendly at Belle View.

Consett club stats will stand for 2019-20, the season that never was after Covid-19 caused it to be declared null and void

After careful consideration by the club, it has been decided that all Consett AFC’s appearances and goals from the abandoned 2019-20 season WILL STAND.

Although the season was declared null and void after football was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, club officials felt it unfair that the statistics from the season simply cease to exist.

Therefore, although there won’t be any sort of presentation night, it’s only fair to recognise some of the individual achievements from the season that will be wiped from the record books.

Jermaine Metz

We used 30 players over the course of 44 competitive games. No one was ever-present, but Jermaine Metz and Calvin Smith both figured in all but one match, while Kyle Hayes missed just three, and also recorded his 100th appearance. A total of 12 players made their debuts.

Dale Pearson

One of them was Dale Pearson, who enjoyed an excellent first season in our colours, and was top scorer with 30 goals in 34 games. We hope there’ll be many more to come once football can resume – whenever that might be.

Calvin Smith heads home

Calvin Smith had his best-ever season in front of goal, scoring 18 times. That gave him membership of an exclusive band of players who have netted 50 or more goals for Consett.

If the season had reached a natural conclusion, Calvin would also have passed 350 appearances as a Steelman. He’s on 347 – a total only a dozen or so players have bettered in our history.

Matty Slocombe

Matty Slocombe‘s not far behind, on 338 appearances, and might have reached 350 too – we had a minimum of 11 games remaining, and potentially as many as 14, depending on further cup progress.

Of the current squad, Michael Mackay leads in terms of games and goals, successfully returning from a long-term injury to take his totals to 323 goals and 410 games – a true club legend.

Luke Carr

Others who enjoyed a good season in front of goal include vice-captain Luke Carr, whose total of 14 beat his previous season’s tally, and Ali Alshabeeb, who had 13 and was improving all the time when the season came to its premature end.

Arjun Purewal and Ross Wilkinson

Other mainstays of the team which took us into the FA Vase semi-finals for the first time in our history were our skipper and leader Arjun Purewal, his central defensive partner Ross Wilkinson, marauding full-back Darren Holden, ever-reliable utility man Nick Allen, and classy midfielder Jake Orrell.

And let’s not forget the likes of Max Russell, Dan Hawkins, Simon Jakab, Thomas McAloon and Dean Briggs, whose combined efforts contributed a total of 66 appearances and a couple of goals to the cause.

Players who have moved on and others who made just the odd appearance are also part of the club’s history – whatever other record books might say about a season which officially didn’t exist.

It would be remiss not to put on record our thanks to manager Terry Mitchell, his assistant Graeme Coulson, goalkeeping coach Ben Cole and physio Rachel Davison for their efforts, the committee, matchday helpers, our sponsors, and, of course, each and every supporter who cheered on the lads, home and away.

Stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at Belle View Stadium when the whole Covid-19 crisis is over.

Super second-half show not quite enough to earn Consett a point against league leaders Stockton

Consett fell just short in their bid to put a spoke in the wheels of Stockton Town’s runaway surge towards the Northern League title today, going down 2-1 at a gale-lashed Belle View.

Trailing the league leaders by two goals at half-time, the Steelmen put on a fine second-half performance which just failed to overturn the deficit.

The game kicked off in very windy conditions which were verging on making a sporting contest farcical, and within the first 10 minutes the referee had a discussion with both managers over whether the game should continue.

They decided it should go on, and Stockton, kicking into the fierce wind, took the lead on 22 minutes when Consett lost possession. The ball fell to Jonathan Franks, who fired home from eight yards to make it 1-0.

Four minutes before half-time the visitors, who were backed by two busloads of fans, doubled their advantage, as Kevin Hayes finished from Franks’ pass after Consett lost the ball in their own half.

Kicking into the wind in the second half, the odds seemed to be against a Consett comeback, but they were given hope just three minutes in when Ali Alshabeeb latched onto a long ball and held off the challenge of Lewis King before rolling the ball past the keeper for his 13th goal of the season, pictured above.

It was just the 14th goal Stockton have conceded in 27 league games – and two of the previous 13 came in our 2-2 draw at their ground back in September.

Ten minutes later overlapping full-back Jermaine Metz had a chance to level, but scuffed his shot from Jake Orrell’s pass.

Stockton keeper Callum Roberts then made a fine double save, getting down well to save Jake Orrell’s well-struck effort from the edge of the box, then quickly recovering to thwart Dale Pearson’s follow-up.

Metz had another chance, which he blazed over the crossbar, and in the 84th minute Roberts pulled off what turned out to be a matchwinning save, somehow keeping out Pearson’s powerful header from Alshabeeb’s cross.

Try as they might, Consett couldn’t breach Stockton’s superb defence again, and it was the champions-elect and their big travelling support who were celebrating at the end as they went 15 points clear at the top.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett run riot at Whickham, with two players claiming hat-tricks in a stunning 9-2 win

Consett recorded one of their biggest-ever away wins in the Northern League tonight, stunning hosts Whickham with a 9-2 victory at the Glebe ground.

Forward Ali Alshabeeb and centre-back Arjun Purewal both claimed their first hat-tricks for the club, while Dale Pearson maintained his goal-a-game record and there was a long-awaited first of the season for Matty Slocombe.

Consett had a stiff wind behind them, and got the opening goal in the 12th minute, when skipper Arjun Purewal got the faintest touch to Jake Orrell’s left-wing cross to take it beyond the keeper.

Two minutes later the advantage was doubled when Jermaine Metz’s throw-in on the right sent Dale Pearson away down the flank, and he unselfishly picked out Ali Alshabeeb to score from a few yards out.

On 31 minutes it was 3-0 when Orrell broke from midfield and his pass sent Alshabeeb clear, and he kept his cool to slot the ball past the keeper.

Whickham gave themselves a lifeline two minutes later, when they caught Consett trying to play out from the back, and Thomas Scothern made it 3-1.

But within five minutes Consett’s three-goal lead was restored when great work by Luke Carr down the left set up Matty Slocombe to finish at the back post for his first goal of the season, and the club’s 100th in all competitions.

A minute later it was 5-1, as a through ball left Alshabeeb clean through again, pictured below, and again he kept his nerve to complete a first-half hat-trick.

Kicking into the stiff wind, some supporters feared the second half might be a different story, but three goals in six minutes ended any lingering hopes of a Whickham comeback.

It took just two minutes of the half for Alshabeeb to return the compliment for Dale Pearson, setting up the No 9 to score into an empty net for his 28th goal of the season.

Three minutes later Orrell picked out Purewal again with a left-wing corner, and the skipper volleyed home to make it 7-1.

And in the 53rd minute Purewal leapt highest in the crowded area to thump home a header from another Orrell corner, pictured top, for his third goal of the night, and give Consett an unassailable lead.

In the 69th minute it was 9-1 when a through ball from the back sent Pearson clear again, and he dinked the ball over the advancing keeper, pictured below, for his 29th goal in the same number of games for the club.

Whickham did get a consolation in the 80th minute when Charlie Exley forced the ball home from a corner, to make the final score 9-2.

In truth it could have been many more, as Whickham keeper Jack Wilson denied Pearson three times with fine saves, Carr was twice just inches away from balls fizzed across the goal, and Michael Mackay had a penalty shout waved away when his shot seemed to strike a defender’s hand.

It was a stunning performance and result, however, with nine the most goals the club has scored away from home in 50 seasons in the Northern League.

As far as winning margins go, it doesn’t quite beat the 8-0 win at Willington in our 2nd Division promotion season of 1988-89, or the club record away win of 11-0 at Team Northumbria in the FA Cup in 2007-08.

Footnote: He won’t thank us for pointing this out, but Whickham goalkeeper Jack Wilson has conceded nine against Consett before, back in 2016-17 when he was in goal for Chester-le-Street as we beat them 9-0 at Belle View. He didn’t have a bad game that day either…

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett make FA Vase 5th Round for first time in 12 years after beating Lutterworth at gale-lashed Belle View

Consett can look forward to their first FA Vase 5th Round appearance in 12 years after beating Lutterworth Town 3-1 today at a gale-lashed Belle View.

The winds which battered the town were so strong – gusts of 50-60mph at times – that the referee agreed to delay kick-off for an hour to let them subside a little.

And though the United Counties League side from Leicestershire had their moments, they couldn’t cope with the home side’s attackers once they got into their stride.

Luke Carr gave Consett the lead in the 38th minute when he picked up possession 25 yards out and fired home an unstoppable shot for his 12th goal of the season.

Despite kicking into the fierce wind in the second half, Consett doubled their lead in the 61st minute when a flowing move was finished by left-back Darren Holden, who cut in from the flank and dinked the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.

Lutterworth didn’t give up, and in the 73rd minute reduced the deficit with a Kade Lewis penalty after Ross Wilkinson had fouled Jordan Small.

But Consett went straight back on the attack, and skipper Arjun Purewal had a header cleared off the line, while Calvin Smith and Dale Pearson both had efforts saved.

The clincher came in the 86th minute when Jake Orrell’s pass sent Pearson clear, but instead of going for goal the Steelmen’s top scorer unselfishly squared the ball for Ali Alshabeeb to finish from six yards and make the final score 3-1.

The only negative note to the day, when a crowd of 392 braved awful conditions to watch a full-blooded cup tie, was the yellow card for Ross Wilkinson which accompanied Lutterworth’s penalty.

It was the big centre-back’s second booking in the competition this season, and means he will miss the 5th Round – the first time since 2008 and only the second time ever that Consett have reached this stage.

Consett blow away Ryhope CW at blizzard-struck Belle View

Consett took their unbeaten run to 13 games by hammering Ryhope CW 7-3 at a blizzard-hit Belle View.

The Steelmen raced into a 5-0 half-time lead with a superb first-half performance, but to the visitors’ credit they kept going and ‘won’ the blizzard-hit second half 3-2.

Consett took the lead after nine minutes when Calvin Smith headed his 14th goal of the season, pictured, from Luke Carr’s right-wing corner.

On 13 minutes it was 2-0 when a Carr corner from the opposite side found Dale Pearson, who rifled home to maintain his goal-a-game record.

And on 21 minutes, after good work by Wouter Verstraaten – who was making his first start – and Ali Alshabeeb, Carr set up Dale Pearson to slot home his second goal of the afternoon.

After his hat-trick of assists, Luke Carr got on the scoresheet himself in the 24th minute, curling home a delightful free kick from wide on the right after Alshabeeb was fouled.

And on 36 minutes Dale Pearson completed his second hat-trick of the season when Darren Holden picked out his run with a superb arrowed pass, and the in-form striker beat the keeper to make it 5-0.

Consett began the second half kicking into a fierce wind, but it didn’t stop Ali Alshabeeb making it 6-0 in the 58th minute, with Pearson turning provider.

The goal was the cue for a blizzard, driven by even stronger winds, to begin, and also the signal for an unlikely Ryhope revival.

They made a double substitution after the goal, and one of the new arrivals, Michael Rae, reduced the deficit on 67 minutes.

Five minutes later Consett made it 7-1, as Jermaine Metz cut the ball back for Ali Alshabeeb to claim his second goal of the afternoon.

The conditions were making it increasingly difficult for Consett to get out of their own half, and in the 77th minute Ryhope scored again. Oli Hotchkiss sent a cross over from the left, and it ended up in the far corner of the net, with keeper Kyle Hayes claimed he was impeded as he tried to catch it.

And in the 88th minute Consett gave away possession deep in their own penalty area, and Jon Weirs took advantage to make the final score of a remarkable game 7-3.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett up to second after 3-1 win over Bishop Auckland extends their unbeaten run to nine games

Consett went second in the Northern League after a 3-1 win over Bishop Auckland at a soggy Belle View Stadium today.

The game was one of only four top-flight matches to beat the weather, and the Steelmen would have recorded a much bigger win had it not been for yet another excellent display by visiting keeper Nick Liversedge.

Consett took the lead in the 11th minute when Ali Alshabeeb outmuscled defender Darren Richardson to beat him to the ball and pulled it back for Calvin Smith to fire home from 10 yards, for his 12th goal of the season.

Liversedge then made half a dozen good saves to keep Bishops in the game, but there was nothing he could do about Consett’s second goal, three minutes before half-time.

Midfielder Jake Orrell threaded a pass through for Ali Alshabeeb, whose pace and trickery was causing all sorts of problems, and he rifled the ball into the roof of the net.

Luke Carr almost made it three in the 52nd minute, only to be denied by a superb Liversedge save, diving full-stretch down to his left.

On 55 minutes it was 3-0, as Alshabeeb’s cross from the right picked out Dale Pearson at the back post, and although Liversedge appeared to have saved the striker’s shot, the linesman signalled that the ball had crossed the line before Carr made sure.

It was the big striker’s 19th goal in 20 games since joining the club from Blyth Spartans, and he has only failed to get on the scoresheet once in the last 13 games.

On 72 minutes Pearson thought he had his 20th of the season, only for the linesman to flag for an offside earlier in the move and rule out the ‘goal’.

Bishops did reduce the arrears on 75 minutes when a poor defensive clearance let in James Fairley to make it 3-1, but Consett saw out the game without further danger to record their 8th win in their last 9 games in all competitions.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.