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Consett v Cleethorpes Town postponed after Storm Babet leaves pitch unplayable

Consett’s scheduled home game today against Cleethorpes Town has been postponed after the heavy rain brought by Storm Babet left the Belle View pitch unplayable.

Large areas of surface water are covering the pitch, with the drainage unable to cope with the sheer volume of water that has fallen in the last 24 hours.

To prevent our opponents making a fruitless journey, the game has been postponed, and will be rearranged for a future date, to be confirmed by the Northern Premier League.

Consett’s next scheduled game is the short trip to Newton Aycliffe on Friday 27 October, for a 7.45pm kick-off.

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Consett Ladies bow out of FA Cup with heads held high after record run comes to an end

Consett Ladies’ amazing run in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup came to an end today with a 2nd Round home defeat by Stockport County Ladies.

But manager Matt Gatiss’s Steelers can hold their heads high after the 6-1 loss to a team who play their football three divisions higher.

They had beaten Birtley Town, Hull United and Warrington Wolves in their best-ever run in the competition, and were the lowest-ranked side left in it.

But a well-drilled Stockport side proved a step too far – for now – for a spirited Consett side, who never gave up in front of another bumper attendance of 252.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes when Maria Figueiredo pounced on a loose ball, and on 24 minutes Levi Rathburn made it two with a tremendous strike into the top corner.

Kenzie Bentley put Stockport well and truly in control with two poacher’s finishes on 30 and 38 minutes.

Consett refused to lie down, and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Steph Curry rifled a shot just over on 40 minutes, and Emma Hewett rattled the bar a minute later.

But the Steelers got their reward for their perseverance in the 42nd minute when Emma Hewett bravely challenged the Stockport keeper for a ball in the air to head home and reduce the arrears, pictured.

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It remained 4-1 at the break, but Consett had another good chance at the start of the second half when Curry saw a shot well saved by the visiting keeper.

The home side’s tails were up, and a second goal would certainly have made things interesting, but the more experienced Stockport side quashed any hopes of a comeback with some excellent game management.

Two more late goals from Harriet Houghton (80 minutes) and Maria Figueiredo again (84 mins) made the final scoreline a slightly flattering 6-1, though the visitors were worthy winners.

As they left the field the exhausted Consett side were given a warm round of applause from a crowd who appreciated how well they had done to get this far.

Consett fans urged to book early to secure a place on the official club trip to Bitton for the FA Vase semi-final first leg

Consett AFC is taking bookings now from fans who wish to travel on the official club trip to Gloucestershire when we take on Bitton AFC in the first leg of the FA Vase semi-final.

The game is on Saturday March 21, and coaches, supplied by our official travel partner Stanley Travel, will leave Belle View at 7.30am, returning straight after the game.

Strictly no alcohol will be allowed on the coaches.

Seats are £34 per person, and can be booked in person at the club or over the phone by calling (01207) 588886.

The game at the WDS Associates Legal Services Stadium kicks off at 3pm, and supporters can pay at the gate, as Bitton have decided not to make it all-ticket. Admission is £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for juniors.

Consett show a ruthless streak as they hammer Reserves 10-0 in hastily-arranged friendly

Consett’s first team showed the club’s young reserves their ruthless side as they made their fitness and strength count in a crushing friendly defeat at Belle View.

The Reserves – most of whom were playing at under-18s level last season – stepped in to play Terry Mitchell’s side after scheduled opponents Tow Law pulled out at the last minute.

And though the second string – who as Consett Chiefs won the Russell Foster Youth League U18s Premier Division last season – matched the seniors until almost half time, two quickfire bursts of goals left them on the wrong end of a 10-0 defeat.

The youngsters acquitted themselves well in the first half, competing for every ball, and holding their shape well, and when the seniors did break through they found 16-year-old keeper Ethan Bridge – playing his first game – in excellent form.

It took until the 42nd minute, to make the breakthrough, and when they did it was two of the first XI’s most experienced players who combined, Arjun Purewal heading powerfully home at the back post from Calvin Smith’s cross.

A minute later it was 2-0, as Andrei-Vasile Ardelean caught  a defender dawdling in possession on the edge of his six-yard box, and poked the ball home. And before the referee blew his whistle for half-time it was three, as Ardelean cut in from the left and put a low shot across the keeper into the far corner.

The Reserves recovered their composure at the start of the second half, and to their credit tried to keeping playing football, but a fourth goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of them in the 58th minute when Ardelean fired in off the bar to complete his hat-trick.

Calvin Smith’s free-kick into the bottom corner made it 5-0.

Four minutes later Calvin Smith planted a perfect free-kick into the bottom corner to make it 5-0, and on 65 minutes Ardelean turned provider, laying the ball into the path of Ali Alshabeeb, whose crisp finish made it six.

Three goals in five minutes then gave the scoreline a brutal look, as young heads starts to drop and limbs started to tire against their physically-stronger opponents.

Young midfielder Max Russell’s solo run made it 8-0.

Smith’s sliderule pass gave a trialist the opportunity to slot home on 76 minutes, Max Russell fired into the bottom corner after a solo run on 78, and Smith smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner from Alshabeeb’s pullback on 80.

The final goal came in the 83rd minute, when Russell’s run and pass left Alshabeeb with only the keeper to beat, and he made no mistake, for a final score of 10-0.

Ali Alshabeeb slips the ball past the Reserves keeper to make it 10-0.

Consett’s final pre-season match is on Saturday 27 July when they entertain Morpeth Town, who won the Northern Premier League Division One East last season. Kick-off at Belle View is 3pm.

Consett give Workington a lesson in finishing to lift the Specsure Cup after latest friendly win

Consett gave visitors Workington a lesson in the art of taking their chances as they made it five pre-season games unbeaten at a blustery Belle View today.

The Steelmen ran out 3-0 winners against their BetVictor Northern Premier League North West Division visitors, despite being second-best in terms of possession for long spells of the game.

After a largely uneventful first half, Dan Hawkins gave Consett the lead three minutes before the break, spotting Workington keeper Jim Atkinson off his line and beating him with a wind-assisted lob from 40 yards.

With the wind at their back, Workington pinned Consett back for much of the opening 20 minutes of the second half, without really troubling their hosts.

But on 67 minutes Darren Holden, playing in a more advanced position than usual, made it 2-0 with a surging run from the left wing into the heart of the penalty area, where he slipped the ball past the advancing keeper, pictured.

The scoring was completed in the 84th minute when Arjun Purewal headed powerfully goalwards from a left-wing corner, and sub Michael Brown got the finishing touch for his fourth pre-season goal.

After the game, Purewal received the Specsure Cup, which will hopefully be contested annually between the clubs, from one of the club’s major sponsors, Zag Sharif of Consett opticians Specsure.

Consett captain Arjun Purewal receives the Specsure Cup from Zag Sharif of opticians Specsure, who are one of the club’s main sponsors.

Full match report and more pictures here.