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Late penalty sees stuttering Consett make FA Vase progress

Consett edged through to the 2nd Round of the FA Vase after a late penalty saw them beat Atherton Laburnum Rovers 2-1.

The North West Counties League visitors made the out-of-sorts Steelmen fight all the way for the victory, and had a couple of chances to win it themselves.

Terry Mitchell’s side were without top scorer Dale Pearson, whose red card against North Shields last week was upheld by the FA, meaning he will miss four games.

But they took the lead on 27 minutes through his replacement in the No 9 shirt, Colin Larkin, who finished from a few yards out, pictured below, after a great through ball by Jermaine Metz.

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Luke Carr almost doubled the lead on 38 minutes after being set up by Jake Orrell, but his shot crashed back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

It remained 1-0 at the break, but a half-time substitution and change of formation paid dividends for Atherton, who became much more of a threat, and equalised in the 68th minute.

Consett gave the ball away cheaply in their own half, and Travis Boyles played the ball through to Yacin Amarzou, who slotted it home.

Three minutes later the home side could have gone behind, as Boyles was played clean through, but shanked his shot high and wide.

Consett had a good penalty shout turned down on 85 minutes when sub Dan Marriott was barged over from behind by Atherton defender Tom Horner.

A minute later Atherton had another chance to win the game when Boyles was again played in, but Consett keeper Kyle Hayes made a vital save with his feet.

The game’s deciding moment came on 88 minutes when Consett were awarded a spot-kick, after the referee decided left-back Kaydn Craven had handled Carr’s goalbound effort on the line.

The defender was red carded, despite his protestations that the ball had hit him in the face, and Luke Carr stepped up to make it 2-1 from the spot, pictured top, and send Consett through to Monday’s draw.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

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Pearson sees red again as Consett crash at home to North Shields

Consett had a disastrous day at Belle View, losing 3-0 to fellow title hopefuls North Shields and having top scorer Dale Pearson sent off again on his return from suspension.

The only bit of good news on a day where they were resoundingly beaten in front of a season’s best crowd of 663 was that they’re still three points clear at the top of Division One.

That’s because second-placed Newton Aycliffe surprisingly suffered a 3-0 defeat of their own, at home to Sunderland RCA.

North Shields – many people’s pre-season favourites to win the league – took the lead on 33 minutes when Calvin Smith accidentally clipped Paul van Zandvliet, and the referee awarded a penalty.

The Robins’ 13-goal top scorer Dan Wilson took the resulting kick, and sent Consett keeper Kyle Hayes the wrong way to make it 1-0.

That’s the way it stayed at half-time, but Consett had a glorious chance to level just three minutes into the second half when a through ball found Luke Carr, who couldn’t get his right-footed effort on target.

Stephen Callen limped off in the 50th minute, to be replaced by Pearson, who’d been named on the bench as he returned from the three-match suspension resulting from his red card at West Auckland.

But two minutes later the visitors doubled their lead as Consett failed to clear their lines and Dan Wilson fired home his second goal of the game.

Things got even worse for the Steelmen in the 66th minute when a touchline tussle for the ball between Pearson and Callum Smith ended with the Shields player falling to the ground clutching his face.

Pearson protested his innocence, but the referee showed him a straight red card, and the big striker now faces spending at least another three games as a frustrated spectator.

The sending off left Consett facing an uphill battle, and the game was put beyond doubt in the 79th minute when Shields scored again.

This time Wilson was the creator, holding the ball up well and outmuscling the home defence to set up sub Ryan Carr with a simple finish to make it 3-0.

North Shields are now third, five points behind Consett but with a game in hand, while West Auckland are fourth, on the same points, after a 6-0 thumping of Whitley Bay.

  • Consett’s next game is on Wednesday night, when they make their first visit in six years to Crook Town’s Sir Tom Cowie Millfield ground. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Consett maintain six-point lead after comfortable win over Guisborough

Consett maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division with a comfortable 3-0 win over Guisborough Town today at Belle View Stadium.

Jake Orrell got them off to a flying start, firing home with just four minutes gone when the referee played a good advantage after Stephen Callen was dragged back.

The lead was doubled on 27 minutes when Luke Carr latched on to a long ball down the left and played a superb cross into the box, which Colin Larkin half-volleyed home.

The points were secured on 68 minutes when Luke Carr was brought down in the box, and picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty and make it 3-0.

West Auckland, who started the day in second place, dropped two points after drawing 2-2 at Ryhope CW, and dropped to fourth.

Newton Aycliffe went second after their 3-1 win over Redcar Athletic, while Thornaby are third after a 1-0 victory over Whitley Bay.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Consett drawn at home as another FA Vase campaign begins

Consett have been drawn at home in the FA Vase as they enter this season’s competition at the 1st Round stage.

They will face Atherton Laburnum Rovers from the North West Counties League 1st Division on Saturday, 23 October, with a 3pm kick-off. It will be the clubs’ first-ever meeting.

Atherton – not to be confused with Atherstone Town, who we beat in the 6th Round on the way to the 2020 final – are from the Greater Manchester area.

They progressed to the 1st Round with a 4-0 win at fellow NWCFL club Daisy Hill at the weekend.

Their best FA Vase run was back in 1993-94, when they reached the semi-finals.

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Fluke goal seals win for Consett over stubborn Sunderland RCA

Consett got back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 win against a resilient Sunderland RCA side.

The match, played in front of another impressive crowd of 477 at Belle View, extended their lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division to six points.

The line-ups had an element of ‘old boys’ about them, as Consett’s strike force of Stephen Callen and Colin Larkin both played for RCA last season, while the visitors included ex-Steelmen Simon Jakab and Dan Hawkins.

The first half saw the sides largely cancel each other out, and with neither keeper having a save to make, it was no surprise that the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Consett started the second half in much brighter fashion, and got the breakthrough in the 64th minute when an inswinging corner from Jake Orrell was headed home from five yards by skipper Arjun Purewal, pictured below.

Skipper Arjun Purewal’s header gives Consett the lead over RCA. Pics: Andrew Thompson.

From an early stage it had looked like a game that would be won by a single goal, but Consett secured the points with a second that had a touch of both fortune and comedy about it.

Visiting keeper Keaton Marrs had the ball at his feet and was under no pressure, but his attempted punt up the field hit the retreating Stephen Callen firmly on his backside 10 yards out and rebounded into the goal, past the helpless keeper.

They say strikers have a habit of scoring against their former sides, but there can’t have been too many scored like this!

Although it was far from Consett’s best performance, these are the type of games that potential champions must win – hard fought against strong opponent, and keeping a clean sheet.

  • Full match report and pictures HERE.

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Consett extend lead at the top by beating stubborn Whitley Bay

Consett extended their lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division to four points today after beating Whitley Bay 3-0 at Belle View Stadium.

The result maintained the Steelmen’s excellent average of scoring three goals a game, but the game was into its closing stages before they secured the points against a stubborn visiting side.

Indeed, Consett were grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Hayes for two excellent saves early in the second half, when the score was 0-0.

The Seahorses arrived in 12th place, but had conceded only eight goals in seven games – one fewer than Consett.

Sure enough, they proved hard to break down, and gave as good as they got in a tight first half.

The closest Consett came to a goal was on 25 minutes when super work by Jermaine Metz down the right saw Stephen Callen’s effort saved at point-blank range by Bay keeper Dan Lister, pictured below.

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Whitley Bay goalkeeper Dan Lister saves at point-blank range from Consett’s Stephen Callen. Pic: Gary Welford.

Lister was in action again four minutes before the break, tipping over Dale Pearson’s well-struck effort, to ensure the half-time score was 0-0.

Hayes produced the first of his big saves just a minute into the second half, getting a good strong hand to Jason Chanayire’s shot, and eight minutes later he stood up well to save from Richard Coulson.

The importance of the saves was emphasised in the 58th minute, when Consett took the lead. A defender clipped the heels of Callen as he chased a great Calvin Smith pass into the box, and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

Dale Pearson, who missed from the spot last week against Thornaby, stepped up to take the kick, and although Lister got a hand to the ball, he couldn’t keep it out. It was the big striker’s 10th goal in 11 games this season.

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Dale Pearson makes it 1-0 from the penalty spot with his 10th goal of the season. Pic: Gary Welford.

It took until the 83rd minute for Consett to make the game safe, and it was a great moment for young centre-back James Metcalfe, whose glancing header from Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner made it 2-0, pictured top.

Five minutes later it was 3-0 when sub Darren Holden played in Luke Carr, whose 20-yarder was helped in by a big deflection which left the keeper flat-footed, pictured below.

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Luke Carr hits the shot which was deflected past Whitley Bay’s goalkeeper to make it 3-0. Pic: Stephen Finch.

With second-placed Thornaby losing 5-0 at home to a West Auckland side who suddenly seem to have clicked, the win extended Consett’s lead at the top to four points.

Next up for the Steelmen is a visit to Ryhope CW’s Recreation Ground on Tuesday night. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett come from two down to draw with leaders Thornaby in thriller

Consett left it late but grabbed a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with table-topping Thornaby in today’s 2nd v 1st clash at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen trailed 2-0 at half-time, but laid siege to their visitors’ goal in the second half, and a point was the least they deserved in an excellent advert for Northern League football.

Thornaby, unbeaten in seven games this season, took the lead on five minutes when Joe Scaife-Wheatley won the ball and fed Craig Hutchinson, who beat Kyle Hayes to make it 1-0.

Dale Pearson almost levelled on 18 minutes after being played in by Callum Guy, but his shot rattled the crossbar.

On 28 minutes Consett were handed a golden chance to equalise when Pearson was clipped by defender Nathan Guru, and the referee awarded a penalty.

The big striker took the spot kick himself, but fired it inches wide of the right-hand post.

Consett striker Dale Pearson reflects on his penalty miss. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was a costly miss, as five minutes later Thornaby made it 2-0. Right-back Lee Moore whipped a great ball in from the right, and centre-back James Frazer scored with a thumping header.

Consett had dominated possession and created the lion’s share of chances, but found themselves two-down at half-time to their quick-breaking visitors.

The second half saw the Steelmen lay siege to the Thornaby goal, and they felt they had a good shout for another penalty when left-back Olly Scott went down under challenge, but the referee waved claims away.

On the hour Pearson was denied by the woodwork for the second time, as his shot came back off the post after good work by Jermaine Metz.

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Consett striker Dale Pearson hits the woodwork for the second time. Pic: Gary Welford.

On 66 minutes Consett were back in the game thanks to an absolute screamer from Jake Orrell. He picked up possession 30 yards out and launched a thunderbolt in the top corner.

In the 71st minute Luke Carr hit the post from 20 yards and Colin Larkin’s follow-up struck the bar – the fourth time the woodwork had saved Thornaby.

Consett kept knocking at the door, and in the 86th minute their perseverance was rewarded. Orrell’s shot hit the post, but the ball rebounded to Dale Pearson, who fired his eighth goal in nine games.

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Consett’s Dale Pearson makes it 2-2 after Jake Orrell hit the post. Pic: Gary Welford.

Larkin and Calvin Smith had chances to grab a winner in five minutes of added time, but were just off target with their efforts, and a thrilling game ended with honours even at 2-2.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

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Consett back on top after battering Bishop Auckland

Consett returned to the top of the Northern League Division One tonight after thumping Bishop Auckland 5-0 at Belle View Stadium.

Strike pair Dale Pearson and Stephen Callen helped themselves to two goals each and skipper Arjun Purewal was also on the scoresheet as the Steelmen dominated from start to finish.

The result leaves Bishops fourth-bottom, and it’s no exaggeration to say they have their goalkeeper to thank for preventing the scoreline being double figures.

Consett took control from the start, and Stephen Callen opened the scoring after just two minutes, stretching to reach Dale Pearson’s ball to the back post, pictured below.

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Stephen Callen slides in to make it 1-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

The only surprise was Consett took until the 33rd minute to score again, Arjun Purewal netting with a thumping header, pictured top, from Luke Carr’s free-kick from the right.

A minute later it was 3-0, as Consett broke quickly from defending a corner. Jermaine Metz found Callen, whose pass left Dale Pearson running clear on goal, and he held his nerve to claim his sixth goal of the season.

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Dale Pearson makes it Consett 3 Bishop Auckland 0. Pic: Gary Welford.

Six minutes before half-time a superb crossfield pass by Calvin Smith picked out Pearson on the left, and he was denied by the fingertips of Nick Liversedge, as the Bishops keeper pulled off a superb save, with Callen inches away from converting as he slid in at the back post.

Three minutes into the second half Consett almost made it four when excellent work by James Martin and Pearson set up Callum Guy, who smashed a shot against the bar from 18 yards.

On 59 minutes Martin surged into the box after being sent clear by Pearson’s clever backheel, but was denied by a superb save by Liversedge as it headed for the top corner.

There was nothing the keeper could do, however, when Consett made it 4-0 from the resulting corner, Jake Orrell’s kick picking out Stephen Callen to stab home his second of the game from six yards.

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Stephen Callen grabs his second of the night to make it 4-0. Pic: Gary Welford.

The Steelmen were rampant, but Liversedge stood firm, saving twice from Carr, denying Callen his hat-trick at point-blank range, and making a superb full-length save to thwart Orrell.

Again there was little he could do about the goal which made it 5-0 in the 85th minute, as Carr’s perfect pass sent Dale Pearson clear, and he gave the keeper no chance, scoring his seventh goal in eight games this season.

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Dale Pearson’s seventh goal in eight games makes it Consett 5 Bishop Auckland 0. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett were able to give young defender Ellis Swinburn his debut for the last few minutes as they continued to lay siege to the visitors’ goal, but a second 5-0 win of the season in front of a crowd of 548 was a perfect response to the weekend’s disappointing FA Cup exit.

Next up for Consett are Thornaby, who could be back on top of the table if they beat Newcastle Benfield tomorrow night. Kick-off at Belle View is 3pm on Saturday.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Depleted Consett suffer FA Cup exit at hands of Bridlington

Consett bowed out of the FA Cup after a below-strength side missing nine players lost 3-2 at home to Bridlington Town at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen took the lead against their higher-ranked visitors twice, and dominated in terms of possession and chances.

But they couldn’t hold onto it as the Northern Premier League side twice came from behind and then snatched a winner to progress to the 1st Qualifying Round.

Consett took the lead after nine minutes when recent signing Olly Scott crossed from the left and Stephen Callen volleyed in from six yards, for his first goal for the club.

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Dale Pearson hit the post, Callen fired another chance into the side netting and the Seasiders keeper Charlie Dixon made a good save from Jake Orrell as the Steelmen dominated the first half.

They had a let-off in the 39th minute when Bridlington had the ball in the net with their first real attack, but were saved by the linesman’s flag.

Consett hit the woodwork for the second time when Luke Carr’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time missed everuone in the box and came back off the post.

But they were made to pay for missed chances when Bridlington equalised in first-half injury time, Danny Earl going on a run down the left and finishing in off the near post.

A minute into the second half Consett regained their lead. James Martin’s ball through the middle was dummied by Callum Guy, and Dale Pearson took it in his stride before smashing a shot into the net from 20 yards, pictured below.

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Incredibly, a minute later it was 2-2 as Andy Norfolk beat keeper Kyle Hayes to a ball down the left, and when his effort came back off the post, Danny Earl scored his second of the game from the rebound.

Consett almost got their noses back in front immediately, as keeper Dixon got the slightest of touches to Callen’s shot, to tip it onto the bar – the third time the home side were denied by the frame of the goal.

The winning goal came on the hour, when Bridlington skipper Pete Davidson went on a surging run and played a neat one-two before firing a low shot past Hayes.

Orrell was denied by another good save from Dixon, pictured top, and Pearson and Martin both fired into the side netting as Consett strived for an equaliser.

But the visitors defended resolutely, their game management was good, and they saw out the rest of the game, to take their place in the next round, despite being distinctly second-best in the first half.

To make a bad day worse for Consett, they were deposed as Northern League leaders by next Saturday’s visitors Thornaby, who beat Penrith 6-2.

Our next game is on Tuesday night, when we play Bishop Auckland in a Division One fixture at Belle View, KO 7.30pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett suffer late agony against Aycliffe in battle of top two

Consett’s 100% start to the season came to an end today, when they lost 3-2 to Newton Aycliffe in dramatic late fashion.

A goal from Liam Jarvie two minutes before half-time gave the visitors the lead at Belle View Stadium, against the run of play.

Chances came and went for both sides in the second half, and another supersub appearance by evergreen striker Colin Larkin, pictured top, looked like it had rescued a point for the Steelmen.

He reacted first when Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford could only parry Dan Marriott’s shot in the 85th minute, and grabbed a deserved equaliser.

It looked like the game would end honours even, with the sides getting a point apiece and the status quo maintained.

But things took a late twist when Aycliffe were awarded a penalty in the second of four scheduled added minutes.

Keeper Kyle Hayes saved Sonni Coleman‘s spot kick, but the striker reacted quickest to net the rebound and gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Things got even worse for Consett when Darren Holden was sent off. Then Hayes then got caught in possession, which allowed Coleman to nick a third goal in the fourth added minute.

Consett did get one back in the seventh minute of added time, when Dale Pearson scored from the penalty spot to make the final score 3-2.

The result means Newton Aycliffe go top, and wins for North Shields and Thornaby mean Consett will head to Whickham on Tuesday night in 4th place.

The crowd at Belle View was a season’s best 554. The next home game is next Saturday, 21 August, when we face Bridlington Town in the FA Cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.