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Consett’s new signings shone today as the Steelmen won their latest friendly, beating Blyth Town 6-2 in their latest friendly at a sun-drenched Belle View Stadium.
All six goals against the Northern League newcomers came from players who have been added to Terry Mitchell’s squad since the end of last season.
Consett got off to the best possible start, taking the lead after three minutes when Callum Guy picked up the ball 25 yards out and drilled it into the bottom corner to make it 1-0, pictured below.
But Blyth, who will be making their 2nd Division debut this season, responded well, equalising on seven minutes when Jack Fennell touched home a cross from the left.
Midway through the half, with temperatures reaching a sweltering 27C, there was the unusual sight of the referee halting play so the players and officials could have a much-needed drinks break.
The game had hardly had the chance to settle when Consett regained the lead on 27 minutes. Jake Orrell’s excellent ball saw Stephen Callen beat a defender and the keeper to the ball, pictured top. His effort came back off the post, but he followed it in to tap home from no more than a foot out.
Incredibly, within a minute Blyth had levelled again, when another move down the left saw Adam Johnson slide in to finish from close range at the second attempt.
Consett took the lead for the third time on 34 minutes, when another Orrell pass was helped on, and Callum Guy ran through to lob the keeper for his second of the game, the ball going in off the underside of the bar.
Half-time was reached with the score at 3-2, and Consett made their usual raft of changes for the second half, including a first pre-season appearance for Luke Carr.
In the 51st minute Consett were awarded a penalty after Drew Lake was sent tumbling in the box, but Blyth’s sub keeper read Carr’s kick well and saved down at his right-hand post.
The Steelmen didn’t have to wait long to extend their lead, however, as a minute later Charlie Exley played the ball in to Stephen Callen, who smashed home a great strike from the edge of the box to make it 4-2.
In the 56th minute Exley turned provider again with an excellent cross from the left to pick out a trialist striker, who fired home first time with his left foot.
On 62 minutes it was Callen’s turn to be the provider, when his clever lay-off set up Charlie Exley to fire home from 15 yards to make it 6-2.
Another water break midway through the half gave some fresh impetus to tiring legs, and the trialist striker and Dan Marriott went close to adding to Consett’s tally, but at the final whistle the score was 6-2.
- Consett’s next pre-season friendly is on Tuesday, when they visit the 1st Cloud Arena to take on Northern Premier League side South Shields. Kick-off is 7.30pm, and admission is payable at the turnstiles.
Northern League newcomers Blyth Town have stepped in as Consett’s next pre-season opponents after Horden CW pulled out.Continue reading “Blyth Town step in as opponents for Consett’s next friendly”
After Saturday’s false start, Consett got their pre-season preparations underway with an entertaining 4-2 win over Morpeth Town at Belle View Stadium tonight.
It was the Highwaymen’s second friendly, after a 2-0 win at fellow Northern Premier League side Shildon on Saturday.
And although the visitors, who played two divisions above Consett, fielded a strong side, it was Terry Mitchell’s Steelmen who deserved the win after a well-fought game.
Consett took the lead on 22 minutes, when young Dan Marriott played a neat one-two witrh Carl Lawson before rounding the keeper to fire home, pictured top.
But it was 1-1 on 32 minutes when Andrew Johnson curled home a fine equaliser from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
That’s the way it remained at half-time, and the second half saw Consett ring the changes, bringing on six substitutes, including four trialists.
The changes did nothing to disrupt their momentum, however, and on 52 minutes they regained the lead when two of the newcomers combined to make it 2-1.
Five minutes later it was 3-1 when Matty Slocombe’s pass found Darren Holden in the box, and he curled a right-footed effort into the far corner.
The NPL Premier Division side showed their class again with a fine second goal in the 72nd minute, when captain Liam Henderson scored with a falling volley from Carl Finnegan’s cross.
But three minutes later Consett’s two-goal lead was restored when the trialist who had made the second goal pounced on a bad pass by the Morpeth keeper, and fired into the empty net for 4-2.
Consett’s next game is on Saturday 10 July, when they host Wearside League side Richmond Town in a 3pm kick-off.
The 11th hour cancellation of today’s opening friendly might mean that Consett fans have to wait a little longer to see their first match in seven months.
Scheduled opponents Billingham Synthonia pulled out yesterday due to the number of players they have in self-isolation.
But a full-blooded 11 v 11 practice game meant a curious few got to watch football at Belle View for the first time since December 2020.
Two teams mixing established first-team players, trialists and under-23s faced off in a 35-minutes-each-way contest.
Spectators got a first look at new striker Stephen Callen, pictured top, a summer signing from Sunderland RCA, as he donned the No 9 shirt for the Whites v the Reds.
It was odd seeing teammates like Dale Pearson (Reds) and Ross Wilkinson (Whites) on opposing sides, but the game quickly settled into a good rhythm, with chances at either end.
Jake Orrell gave the Reds the lead after 24 minutes, only for a trialist to equalise for the Whites early in the second half.
The decisive goal came two minutes from the end, when Darren Holden scored for the Whites, to give them a 2-1 win.
Consett will play their opening pre-season friendly at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 6 July, when they host Morpeth Town.
Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under-16s, with spectators urged to sign in using the NHS App, for track and trace purposes.
The bar and snack bar will be open, though it’s table service only indoors, and masks must be worn until you’re seated.
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Consett will start their preparations for the 2021-22 season with a friendly against Durham Challenge Cup finalists Billingham Synthonia.Continue reading “Billingham Synthonia will be Consett’s first pre-season opponents”
Consett AFC will be hosting our old friends Morpeth Town as we begin our preparations for the 2021-22 season.Continue reading “Consett will face old friends Morpeth Town in a pre-season friendly”
Consett AFC aim to bounce back from their FA Vase disappointment by going back to Wembley – and this time taking the Conny Army with them.
After having a taste of the big stage, Chairman Frank Bell wants to go one better by lifting the trophy next season, in front of the club’s dedicated fans.
Planning for the 2021-22 season is underway already, and season tickets will go on sale from 9am this Thursday, May 6.
Existing adult season ticket holders who didn’t request a refund for the curtailed 2020-21 season will pay the same price, £100. The price for new applicants is £110.
Concessionary season tickets, for supporters aged 65 and over, will be £60 for existing holders who didn’t require a refund, and £70 for new applicants.
Junior season tickets will remain at £20 across the board, with even cheaper deals available for Consett AFC Juniors players and coaches.
Season ticket holders who didn’t request refunds will also receive priority for cup or all-ticket matches next season.
Chairman Frank Bell said: “Season ticket income is vital when planning ahead, and we really appreciate the support, particularly from those fans who didn’t ask for a refund when this season was curtailed.
“Our FA Vase final against Hebburn was an excellent advert for non-league football, at a time whe many people are falling out of love with the professional game.
“BT Sport said they had never seen such attacking, exciting football, with no yellow cards, no players diving or rolling around claiming to be injured.
“Hopefully the FA will have seen what this level of football means to those involved, and to the communities that clubs such as ours are part of.”
As well as season tickets, Consett AFC still has a few programmes and a limited number of virtual tickets left for anyone requiring a souvenir of our unforgettable Wembley appearance*, with proceeds from the latter going to local good causes.
Season tickets, Wembley souvenir programmes and FA Vase final virtual tickets are available by calling at Belle View Stadium in person, or calling 01207 588886.
* The match being played behind closed doors meant no official programme was produced by The FA, so we produced a 48-page full colour Special Wembley Edition of our matchday publication The Steelman.
Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell today paid tribute to the dedicated officials and volunteers who helped the club prepare for the FA Vase final at Wembley.
The delayed 2019-20 game against fellow Northern League club Hebburn Town was the biggest game in both clubs’ history.
Consett took the lead twice in the first half with goals from Ali Alshabeeb and Dale Pearson, but Hebburn levelled twice through Amar Purewal and Michael Richardson.
Both sides had chances in the second half, but the winner came from Hebburn substitute Olly Martin, who netted in the 84th minute.
Today, looking back on the historic cup run and the behind-closed-doors final, Frank said he’s disappointed at defeat, but proud the club has helped put Consett on the map.
“Everybody involved with the club – the management, coaching team and all the administrative staff and volunteers – played their part in preparing the way for the lads to go out and do their best. It was a great team effort, and everyone has done a superb job.
“I’d also like to thank our sponsors, who stuck by the club during what have been challenging times for many, and our suppliers, who turned things round at often very short notice, producing some quality products.
“I would like to say that as club chairman, I was incredibly proud of what everybody achieved yesterday – not just the players, but everybody associated with the club.
“It was a great game, and the lads showed on the pitch that we have a quality team which we have built over a period of time.
“We not only did the club proud, I think we also did the town proud. We couldn’t have any fans there, and the stadium was eerie without them. But they were with us in spirit, on the video we made which was played on the giant screen as the players warmed up.
“In the run-up to the final we received so many messages of support, and I was truly humbled at the number of people who turned up at Belle View Stadium on Sunday to see us off. Support like that makes a big difference, and we really appreciate it.
Time to push on
“Now we need to build on the platform that going to Wembley has given us. We’ll be looking to make improvements where they are needed during the close season, to help us push on.
“I want to go back to Wembley next season for another FA Vase final, and this time win it with our fans present. And I want to earn promotion by winning the Northern League.”