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Consett get home draws in FA Cup and FA Trophy

Consett were today handed home ties in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy as the draws for the opening rounds of both national competitions were made by The FA.

The Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup saw the Steelmen drawn at home to big-spending Redcar Athletic, one of the favourites for this season’s Northern League title.

The tie will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 3 August – a week before the Northern Premier League kicks off. It is our first-ever cup encounter.

One player who will be particularly keen to do well is Consett’s summer signing Isaac Walker, as our fellow Steelmen are his old club.

The prize for the winners is a Preliminary Round tie away to NPL side Pontefract Collieries two weeks later.

In the FA Trophy, Consett have been given a bye in the Preliminary Round, and will enter in the 1st Qualifying Round with a home game against Atherton Collieries, who will be in NPL Division One West after relegation from the Premier Division last season.

The game against the Manchester-based side will be played at Belle View on Saturday 7 September.

The game will be Consett’s first home game in the FA Trophy for 30 years. The last was in 1994, when we drew 0-0 with RTM Newcastle at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

It will be a first-ever meeting between Consett and the Colls, who were promoted as champions of the North West Counties League in 2017, and won the NPL’s West Division two years later.

After two Covid-interrupted seasons, they finished 19th in the NPL Premier Division in 2021-22, 18th in 2022-23, then bottom last season.


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,

Consett give leaders Stockton Town a fright but have to settle for a point after second-half comeback

Consett gave league leaders Stockton Town a fright at a soggy Belle View today – but had to settle for one point instead of three after giving away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw.

Tony Fawcett had to juggle his depleted pack yet again, and had three youngsters on the bench, but his side took the lead very much against the run of play on 22 minutes through Ben Ramsey.

Jake Orrell’s long pass split the visiting defence, and Ramsey, who had missed the previous four games through injury, lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

Stockton continued to dominate, and Consett were grateful to top scorer Wil Shaw for a goal-line clearance from Tom Coulthard’s shot on 25 minutes as the visitors forced a series of corners.

On 41 minutes the Anchors went close again when their former Consett striker Michael Sweet headed wide from close range.

But two minutes later the home side doubled their lead as another Orrell pass sent Ben Ramsey in again, and he took advantage of indecision between keeper Nathan Harker and a defender to score his second goal of the game, and 12th of the season.

Consett reached half-time two goals to the good, and started the second half well, with Orrell seeing his free-kick saved and Shaw going close when Stockton failed to clear the rebound.

Stockton had a ‘goal’ disallowed a minute later for offside, then a fine save by Consett keeper Kelechi Chibueze foiled Kevin Hayes as the visitors stepped up the pressure.

Stockton made two substitutions in a bid to force their way back into the game, but it was Consett who threatened next, when Ramsey wriggled free of his marker to set up Shaw, who couldn’t keep his shot down.

It was a crucial miss, as Stockton found a way back into the game on 70 minutes. Consett failed to deal with a right-wing corner, and Michael Sweet forced the ball home from close range to make it 2-1.

Unfortunately for Consett, Dominic Curl, who’d been outstanding at left-back, was injured trying to prevent the goal, and the resulting reshuffle swung the game Stockton’s way.

On 75 minutes they got an equaliser when skipper Adam Nicholson powered home a back-post header from another corner.

Consett were hanging on as the game entered its closing stages, and had a huge let-off on 86 minutes when Stephen Thompson volleyed wide from close range when a goal seemed certain.

Dangerman Hayes had three chances to clinch the win for Stockton, but one shot went just over, a second clipped the top of the bar and a third was headed away as Consett dug in.

When the final whistle went a point apiece was probably a fair outcome, and although the result slightly dented Stockton’s promotion charge, Grimsby Borough’s 3-0 win at Cleethorpes Town meant Consett slipped a place to 10th, 11 points adrift of the play-off places, with five games to play.

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

Consett back up to third after beating Grimsby Borough to make it six home wins in a row

Consett are third in the NPL Division One East table after a comfortable 2-0 win over Grimsby Borough at Belle View Stadium today.

Tony’s Fawcett’s side kept their play-off challenge on track by recording their sixth consecutive home win in all competitions.

It was an entertaining game between two good footballing teams, but the goal which gave Consett the lead in the 12th minute was very much a route one affair.

Goalkeeper James Anderson punted a long ball downfield, which the Grimsby defence missed, allowing Jake Orrell to steal in, set himself, and finish coolly from 12 yards for his third goal of the season and 30th for the club.

Jake Orrell gives Consett the lead v Grimsby Borough. Pic by Kenny Taylor.

Anderson then made a good save with his legs from opposing skipper Sam Topliss to keep his side’s lead intact as the visitors sought an equaliser.

Ben Ramsey missed two good chances, firing one just wide of the far post and bringing a good save from keeper Liam Higton with the other.

But it was the winger who was the architect of Consett’s second goal, on the stroke of half-time. He sent in a low cross from the left which a defender beat Scott Fenwick to. But the clearance only fell as far as Zak Atkinson, who smashed it in from the edge of the box.

Higton claimed Fenwick was offside and interfering with play, but after consulting his assistant, referee Connor Scott decided the goal should stand, and Consett went into the half-time break 2-0 to the good.

The second half saw Consett create most of the chances, with Arjun Purewal heading just over from Orrell’s corner, and Ramsey firing wide from Orrell’s cutback when he seemed certain to score.

Ramsey lashed another chance into the side netting and Fenwick fired just wide after good work by Wil Shaw, but two goals proved enough to claim the three points as the Steelmen put in a solid defensive performance.

The resulting clean sheet was Consett’s first in 13 games, with the last one coming in the 3-0 win over Hebburn Town on 15 September.

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


Consett go third after beating fellow play-off hopefuls Carlton Town

Consett are third in the NPL Division One East after a 2-1 win over fellow play-off hopefuls Carlton Town at a chilly Belle View Stadium today.

There was little to choose between the two sides in the first half, though Consett were grateful to keeper James Anderson for a good save from David Adegbola just before the break to keep the scores level.

The Steelmen took the lead on 59 minutes through Scott Fenwick, who volleyed home on the half-turn from Kaleb Young’s cross from the right.

Wil Shaw and Zak Atkinson missed chances to increase the lead, but Jack Gibbons made it 2-0 in the 80th minute to give Consett some breathing space.

Carlton pulled a goal back in added time through Zac Hill, but Tony Fawcett’s side saw out the game to claim three excellent points.

There was drama after the final whistle when Carlton striker Lamin Manneh was sent off for using foul and abusive language towards the match officials.

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

Consett’s Durham Challenge Cup game v Easington switched to Belle View

Consett’s next fixture, the Durham Challenge Cup tie v Easington Colliery tomorrow night, has been switched to Belle View Stadium.

Easington’s Welfare Park ground has been unplayable for a month, and overnight rain with more forecast made it unlikely the 2nd Round game would go ahead.

Both clubs and Durham FA have agreed the game will now take place at Consett, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Season tickets are not valid for this game. Admission will be £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for under-16s, payable by cash only at the turnstiles.


Consett make it three wins in a row despite late Grantham Town fightback

Consett won their third NPL game in a row today, but were made to fight all the way by Grantham Town before claiming a 3-2 victory.

The Steelmen got off to a flying start at Belle View Stadium, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes, but were left hanging on to the three points as the Gingerbreads came back strongly in the second half.

The opener came in the sixth ininute as Consett broke quickly from a Grantham corner. Jake Orrell started the move, heading clear in his own box, and Scott Fenwick picked up possession.

He fed the ball out wide to Ben Ramsey on the left, and his pinpoint cross picked out Wil Shaw‘s run to the back post, where the in-form forward scored his third goal in as many games.

Two minutes later it was 2-0, and this time it was a fine individual goal from Ben Ramsey. He received the ball out wide, cut inside and fire home at the near post.

Ben Ramsey fires home to make it 2-0 to Consett. Pic: Kenny Taylor. Top pic: Keith Marley.

Incredibly, on 10 minutes, it was 3-0 when a defender handled in the box as Shaw tried to go past him. Scott Fenwick stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Consett thought they’d scored a fourth in the 36th minute when Josh Baggs headed home from close range, but he was denied by an offside flag.

Josh Baggs had this ‘goal’ disallowed for offside. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

It remained 3-0 at half-time, with Consett seemingly in control, but to Grantham’s credit, they took the initiative from the first whistle of the second half and were the better side.

Centre-back Chris Salt had a great chance on 51 minutes, but missed from a few yards out, and five minutes later Consett were grateful to James Anderson for a good save from Harry Lovick.

Grantham kept plugging away, and rewarded their noisy following, who backed them throughout, by reducing the arrears in the 83rd minute through Harry Lovick.

Then in added time, Elliott Walker made it 3-2 with a free-kick into the bottom corner, to set up a nervous finale.

Grantham almost snatched a draw right at the death when lively sub Harry Olivant set up Greg Smith, but the big striker’s header was saved by Anderson, and the points were Consett’s.