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Consett hope it’s third time lucky after new date is agreed for Cleethorpes Town game

Consett’s twice-postponed home game against Cleethorpes Town has today had a new date approved by the Northern Premier League.

The NPL Division One East fixture at Belle View Stadium has fallen victim to the weather twice, on 17 December and again on 17 January.

Now the clubs have agreed to play the game on Tuesday 7 March, with a 7.45pm kick-off, and the league has approved the date.

The away game at Cleethorpes back in August was our first as a Northern Premier League club.

Consett v Cleethorpes Town called off due to snow and freezing temperatures

Consett’s scheduled home game against Cleethorpes Town tonight has, unsurprisingly, been postponed due to snow and freezing temperatures.

Recent snowfall has left the pitch and surrounding areas covered in a blanket of snow, and with temperatures not due to rise above 0C today, there is no prospect of it melting.

The fixture will be rearranged, on a date to be agreed between the clubs and the Northern Premier league.

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Consett make it three wins in a row by beating Pontefract Collieries

Consett made it three wins in a row for the first time since they joined the Northern Premier League by beating Pontefract Collieries 3-1 at a freezing, windy Belle View today.

The game was preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of Consett supporter Darren Blakey, who died this week.

And the Steelmen put on a performance he would have loved as they sent their visitors back to Yorkshire on the end of a defeat.

Pontefract had the strong wind at their back in the first half, and had early chances through Joe Lumsden and Jack Vann.

Jake Orrell missed a one-on-one with the keeper before Consett took the lead in the 19th minute, with Kieren Aplin firing into the bottom corner, pictured below, after turning his man. It was his sixth goal of the season, making him joint second-top scorer with Orrell.

Kieren Aplin gives Consett the lead against Pontefract Collieries. Pic: Gary Welford.

Within a minute the visitors were level when Jack Greenhaugh’s long throw was only half-cleared and Spencer Clarke made it 1-1.

On 25 minutes Aplin thought he had a good shout for a penalty when he turned Clarke and appeared to be tripped, but the referee thought otherwise and booked him for diving.

Kieren Aplin appealed for a penalty for this challenge. The referee said he dived. Pic: Gary Welford.

Half-time was reached with the score still at 1-1, and the first 25 minutes of the second half were something of a non-event as both sides struggled to cope with the strengthening wind.

But Consett began to get on top, and took a deserved lead in the 72nd minute. They were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box for a foul on Aplin.

He took the kick himself, and keeper Lloyd Allinson made a good save, touching the ball onto the post, but defender Josh Baggs reacted quickest to turn it home from six yards out, for his first goal for the club.

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Josh Baggs scores his first Consett goal to make it 2-1. Pic: Stephen Finch.

Three minutes later the points were in the bag as Aplin’s pass found Calvin Smith, who turned and smashed the ball past Allinson from 15 yards. It was his first goal of the season.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett’s home game v league leaders Worksop Town rearranged for February

Consett’s home game against Division One East leaders Worksop Town has been rearranged by the Northern Premier League.

It will now take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 11 February, with a 3pm kick-off, as will the other nine games in the division which were snowed off at the weekend.

Consett’s last game before Christmas is scheduled for this Saturday, 17 December, when they are due to entertain Cleethorpes Town, who sit just outside the play-off places, in 6th place.

They were our opponents in our first-ever game in the NPL, recording a last-ditch 2-1 win over the Steelmen back in August.

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Consett drawn against West Auckland in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today drawn against former Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in the 1st Round of this season’s Durham Challenge Cup.

The date and time for the tie have yet to be arranged, but it is likely to be at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 11 October, with a 7.45pm kick off.

We last faced West at Belle View in a pre-season friendly on 23 July, when the visitors won 2-0.

The clubs have met many times in the county cup, most recently in 2011-12, when Kenny Lindoe’s depleted Consett side won 3-2 after extra time in a 2nd Round tie at Darlington Road.

Their matchwinner that night was Harrison Davies, who scored a hat-trick, but the Consett side also included a promising 17-year-old called Matty Slocombe, who was making his debut.

This season’s tie could bring us up against former Steelmen Scott Heslop, Jake Stafford, Corey Nicholson, along with Lee Hume, who is dual registered for both clubs, while Consett’s Adam Mitchell, Colin Larkin, Darren Holden and Ross Coombe have also turned out for West.

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Consett’s home game v Tadcaster brought forward after cup KOs for both clubs

Consett’s home NPL Division One East fixture against Tadcaster Albion has been brought forward after both clubs made an early exit from the FA Cup.

Our 4-1 defeat at Goole last Saturday and Tadcaster’s 2-0 replay loss to our neighbours Tow Law on Tuesday meant both clubs faced a blank Saturday next weekend, when the Preliminary Round will take place.

With both clubs’ agreement, and the Northern Premier League keen to avoid unnecessary midweek travel, the game at Belle View Stadium has been brought forward from Tuesday 13 September to Saturday 20 August, with a 3pm kick-off.

The clubs have met before, in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup back in 2012-13, when we drew 1-1 at Tadcaster, but lost the replay 3-2 at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

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Consett make Northern Premier League bow at Cleethorpes and then host North Shields

Consett were today handed an away fixture at Cleethorpes Town on the opening day of their debut season in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The trip to Linden Club in Grimsby will be on Saturday 13 August – seven days after the Steelmen open their season with an FA Cup visit to Goole AFC.

It is a tough start, as the Owls finished third in Division One East last season, and it’s followed by a first NPL home game against more familiar opponents, North Shields, on Tuesday 16 August.

The return game against the club who pipped us to the Northern League title last season is at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday 7 January.

Other games of note include a trip to Dunston on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, with the Tynesiders visiting Belle View on Monday 2 January.

We face more ex-Northern League foes, Shildon, at Dean Street, on Tuesday 6 September – four days before playing them there in the FA Trophy! The return league game at Belle View is on Tuesday 7 February.

The games against Hebburn Town are on Saturday 22 October (home) and Saturday 4 March (away), while we play Stockton Town away on Boxing Day, 26 December, and at home on Easter Monday, 10 April.

There’s only one far-flung midweek awayday at the moment – to Pontefract Collieries in West Yorkshire on Tuesday 23 August – our second away game (though there may be more, depending on cup progress).

  • A full list of Consett’s fixtures for the 2022-23 season is available HERE.
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Consett share eight goals with Ashington in end-of-season thriller

Consett twice came from two goals down to draw 4-4 with Ashington as they brought their Northern League campaign to a close today at a sunny Belle View Stadium.

Andy Coyles named an attacking line-up, which started the game well, but found his side trailing 2-0 after the visitors – Division One’s top scorers – struck twice in three minutes.

The first came on 14 minutes as Dean Briggs took advantage of a defensive mix-up to open the scoring, and two minutes later their lead was doubled as Consett’s makeshift defence failed to clear their lines and Lewis Suddick fired home.

On 18 minutes Scott Heslop reduced the arrears with his 7th goal in 16 games since signing from Dunston, bravely beating Ashington keeper Adam McHugh to Colin Larkin’s cross to head home.

On 33 minutes Dale Pearson hit the 20 mark for the season, beating the visitors’ offside trap to smash the ball past the keeper.

Consett almost got their noses in front in first-half injury time when a superb 25-yarder from Lewis Green rattled the crossbar, and Larkin was inches away from turning in the rebound.

But in the third minute of added time it was Ashington who regained the lead when Dean Briggs spotted Kyle Hayes off his line and arrowed a shot past him from 40 yards.

Ashington went into the break 3-2 up, and within eight minutes of the restart had restored their two-goal lead when an excellent pass sent Liam Doyle to the byline and he pulled the ball back for Lewis Suddick to finish from close range.

On 69 minutes Consett hit the woodwork for the second time when Jake Orrell’s free-kick came back off the post, and Green was denied by McHugh from the follow-up.

But on 70 minutes another setpiece saw Orrell whip a corner in for Calvin Smith to glance in a header and make it 3-4.

On 73 minutes Carl Lawson met a deep cross from Nick Cassidy, and saw his effort cleared off the line, and 10 minutes later another Cassidy cross by headed just wide by Larkin as Consett piled on the pressure.

The fully-deserved equaliser came in the 84th minute, when Jake Orrell smashed a free-kick from 25 yards into the top corner to make it 4-4 with his 11th goal of the season.

Both sides had chances to win the game, but a draw was probably about right for a game which was a wonderful advert for the Northern League.

Consett will take plenty of positives into their play-off for a place in the Northern Premier League on Saturday 30 April. Now they must hope they can get some of their injured defenders fit for the one-off showdown against opponents who are, for the moment, unknown.

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