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Consett lose at Ossett United after poor first half performance leaves them too much to do

Consett suffered a third successive Northern Premier League defeat today, going down 3-1 at Ossett United after a poor first half performance left them chasing the game.

The home side, who were third-bottom of the table, took the lead after just five minutes when their visitors failed to deal with a short corner routine and Adam Priestley fired home from close range.

Ben Ramsey had a chance to level on 14 minutes from Jake Orrell’s cross, but his header failed to test the Ossett keeper. It was to prove a rare opportunity in a lacklustre first half.

Ossett could have doubled their lead on 18 minutes after another set play wasn’t dealt with, but Alex Petersen volleyed just wide.

But they did make it 2-0 right on the stroke of half-time when Consett gave the ball away in midfield and a quick pass forward played in Adam Priestley, who smashed his second goal of the game into the top-left corner.

Ryan McKinnon fired the first effort of the second half just wide on 51 minutes after good link-up play around the box.

But on the hour mark Ossett made it 3-0 when a ball in from the flank was headed down and Adam Priestley completed his hat-trick with a crisp finish from the edge of the box.

Other than the three goals, Consett keeper James Anderson hadn’t had a save to make, which underlined the importance of taking chances at this level.

Priestley was in the mood for more goals, and looked set for a fourth when a through ball sent him clear, but Dan Capewell made a superb recovering tackle to half him in his tracks, pictured top.

Manager Tony Fawcett responded to going further behind by bringing on Kieren Aplin, Jake Jensen and Charlie Watt, and the changes at last sparked some life into the attack.

Suddenly the momentum was with Consett, and on 76 minutes they reduced the arrears. Kieren Aplin picked up possession just outside the box, turned and smashed home a bullet of a shot to make it 3-1.

Two minutes later Consett’s best move of the game almost brought a second goal. Orrell played the ball in to Ramsey, whose first time pass set up Aplin, but this time Ossett keeper Callum Hiddleston denied him with a fine flying save.

On 82 minutes the impressive Aplin had another chance, as his late run to the back post was picked out by Orrell’s floated cross, and he headed just wide.

It was all Consett now, and subs Watt and Jensen both had chances as the game entered five added minutes, but neither could set up a grandstand finish.

When the final whistle Ossett had won at home for just the second time this season, and completed the double over Consett, after a 2-1 last-gasp win at Belle View Stadium in October.

  • Full match report, stats, and picture gallery to follow.
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Missed chances prove costly for Consett as Belper Town’s snatch and grab sees them complete a league double

Consett were made to pay for missed chances as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat by second-placed Belper Town at a soggy Belle View Stadium today.

Tony Fawcett’s side started brightly and could have been three goals up inside 20 minutes. Belper keeper Daniel Moore saved twice in as many minutes with his feet from Ben Ramsey.

Then top scorer Wil Shaw hit the post from close range with the goal at his mercy after great work down the right by Jack Gibbons.

Belper had a couple of half chances without really troubling their hosts’ goal, but Consett finished the half in the ascendancy, with Gibbons flicking an effort just over the bar from Ramsey’s cross.

It remained 0-0 at the break, but Moore thwarted Ramsey again on 52 minutes, clawing away his header, then made an even better save from Jake Orrell after the midfielder turned his man inside out.

Belper’s best spell of the game saw their top scorer Kevin Bastos denied twice by Consett’s on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze with the help of the woodwork. 

But the striker grabbed his 18th goal of the season and what turned out to be winner in a goalmouth scramble in the 73rd minute, finishing from point-blank range to make him the league’s top scorer.

Moore, who shaded centre-back Danny South as man of the match, made another save from Dan Capewell’s close-range header, pictured top, as Consett pushed the big centre-back up in search of an equaliser.

Then substitute Kieren Aplin, making his first NPL appearance since last April, hit the bar after latching onto Capewell’s flick-on and cleverly beating his defender, but Belper held on for their fourth win and third clean sheet in a row.

The win strengthened their position at the head of the pack chasing leaders Stockton Town, but a win for Newton Aycliffe, who Consett face in their next home game, saw Consett slip a place to seventh, three points from the play-offs.

  • Full match report & stats, video highlight and manager interview to follow.,
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Watt’s his name? Teenage striker Charlie’s double sees Consett beat Temecula

Teenage striker Charlie Watt was given his first start for Consett in their friendly against Temecula tonight – and scored twice to give them a 2-1 win.

The 18-year-old, who signed from Bishop Auckland last month, grabbed a goal in each half at a bitterly cold Belle View Stadium.

He was one of six changes to the starting line-up from the weekend as manager Tony Fawcett used the game to give some of his squad some much-needed minutes.

Jake Jensen, Harry Outterside and Jack Caygill were also given their first starts, as was latest signing Dominic Curl, while James Anderson returned in goal.

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The visitors from San Diego looked sharper in the first half hour, and created a handful of decent chances, without seriously testing Anderson.

But the Steelmen began to impose themselves as the game progressed, and Temecula keeper Bryan Morales made the save of the game from Caygill on 36 minutes, tipping his curling effort over the bar.

Three minutes later Consett took the lead after good work by Jack Gibbons and Calvin Smith on the right, and the latter laid the ball on a plate for Charlie Watt to tap in from a couple of yards out.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, but within a minute of the restart the Steelmen had doubled their advantage.

A through ball sent Ben Ramsey in on goal, and although Morales made a good save from his angled drive, the ball fell kindly for Charlie Watt to fire home from 10 yards for his second goal of the game.

Five minutes later Temecula deservedly halved the deficit when Alexis broke down the right and scored with a lovely low finish into the far corner to make it 2-1.

Both sides had more chances, but were unable to take them. A big bonus for Consett was a first appearance in seven months for Kieren Aplin, who is on his way back from injury.

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He almost marked his return with a goal, but Morales beat out his powerful free-kick after he was fouled right on the edge of the penalty area.

  • Consett’s next scheduled game is the rearranged game at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday, 10 February, KO 3pm. Seats – priced £20 (£15 for early bird season ticket holders) – are still available on the official club coach to the game, which leaves Belle View at 10am.
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Late lapses prove costly for Consett as they’re beaten at Hebburn

Consett were five minutes away from picking up a rare point at one of their bogey grounds, Hebburn Town, today, but late lapses saw them slip to a 3-1 defeat.

Tony Fawcett’s Steelmen got off to the worst possible start, going a goal down in the fourth minute, when Amar Purewal was allowed a free header from a corner.

And they were grateful for on-loan goalkeeper Kelech Chibueze for keeping the score at 1-0 in the 15th minute when he saved a Purewal penalty.

The let-off spurred Consett into action, and they were unlucky not to level in the 20th minute when Zak Atkinson’s header was cleared off the line.

It remained 1-0 to Hebburn at the break, and Consett again came close to an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Dan Capewell’s header hit the bar.

There was a big slice of fortune involved when they did make it 1-1 in the 58th minute when Hebburn keeper Kieran Hunter fumbled Ben Ramsey’s right-wing corner into his own net for an own goal.

The game went to and fro without either side creating many clear-cut chances on a heavy pitch in blustery conditions, but Hebburn got the vital next goal on 85 minutes.

Consett were pushing forward looking for a winner when a long ball sent Amar Purewal away and he finished to make it 2-1.

The visitors threw men forward looking to salvage a point, but Hebburn broke on them again from a set-piece in the 90th minute and the ball was squared for sub Liam Murray to convert from close range and make it 3-1.

The result saw Hebburn leapfrog Consett to go back into the play-off places, with the Steelmen left in sixth, but with a game in hand on two of the top five.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.
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Consett back in play-off place after good away win at Cleethorpes Town

Consett returned to winning ways and a play-off place today after a good 3-1 away win at Cleethorpes Town.

Three goals in 10 minutes put the Steelmen in the driving seat, and although the hosts scored early in the second half, their visitors managed the rest of the game well to head home with three points.

Scott Fenwick gave Consett the lead on the half-hour with a looping header from an excellent Jake Orrell cross. It was the big striker’s ninth goal of the season.

On 38 minutes Orrell turned provider again when he flicked the ball on for Wil Shaw to run through and finish calmly past the keeper with his 13th goal of the campaign.

And two minutes later Consett were firmly in control when Ben Ramsey won the ball on the edge of the Cleethorpes box from Dan Capewell’s pass, and fired home to make it 3-0. It was also his ninth goal of the season.

Consett’s debutant keeper Kelechi Chibueze, on loan from Sunderland U21s, had to pick the ball from the back of his net five minutes into the second half as Max Adamson reduced the arrears with a header.

But some assured handling from the keeper and determined defending from his back four and those in front of them meant Consett saw the game out reasonably comfortably to win 3-1.

  • Full match report, picture gallery, goal highlights and post-match interview to follow.

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Depleted Consett give league leaders Stockton a fright but head home empty-handed

Consett and Stockton Town served up the usual feast of goals in their Boxing Day fixture today – but it was the league leaders who claimed the points with a 3-2 win.

A huge crowd of 993 – the highest in the NPL’s Division One East this season – gathered at the Coverall Stadium to see the 1st v 3rd clash.

And they weren’t disappointed as the former Northern League rivals locked horns in a tussle which was entertaining right from the off.

Consett were without broken toe victim Arjun Purewal, which meant an emergency centre-back role for skipper Matty Slocombe.

But the Steelmen found themselves trailing inside the first minute as they gave the ball away in their own half and Stephen Thompson produced a superb first-time finish from long range to make it 1-0 to Stockton.

Consett’s response was impressive, as they equalised in the sixth minute after Wil Shaw was fouled in the box. Stockton keeper Callum Roberts saved Scott Fenwick’s penalty, but Jake Orrell recycled the ball and Wil Shaw headed in at the back post with his 11th goal of the season.

Mikey Roberts went close for Stockton with an overhead kick from a corner, but it was Consett who scored next, in the 11th minute. Good work down the left by Fenwick saw him set up Ben Ramsey, who fired past Roberts for his eighth goal of the season.

Stockton had two or three half chances as they looked for an equaliser, but just when it seemed like Consett would reach the interval in front, they conceded again in added time.

A deep corner from the left was headed back across goal by centre-back Adam Nicholson, and Mikey Roberts fired high into the net to make it 2-2.

Roberts had another chance with a diving header, but James Anderson made a good save to ensure it remained level at the break.

Stockton started the second half on top, and it took a superb block by Ryan McKinnon to deny Kevin Hayes, who was through one-on-one.

But there was nothing he or anyone else could do in the 54th minute when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Kevin Hayes had time to pick his spot, firing low into the bottom left corner to make it 3-2.

Hayes, so often Consett’s tormentor over the years, looked a certain scorer in the 64th minute when he sent in a powerful free-kick, but this time Anderson was equal to it, making the save of the game.

Consett were finding it difficult to make inroads against a well-organised Stockton defence, and the game swung even more the Anchors’ way in the 76th minute when Consett defender Josh Baggs was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

Their best chance to salvage a point came in the fourth of five added minutes when Zak Atkinson’s deep cross was kept alive by Harry Outterside, who made his debut as a late sub, only for Tom Coulthard to hack the ball away before anyone could follow in for a tap-in.

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

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Consett crash out of the Durham Challenge Cup despite dominating at bogey ground West Auckland

Consett exited the Durham Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage tonight after yet another defeat at their bogey ground, West Auckland.

Tony Fawcett’s side dominated large parts of the game against their former Northern League rivals, and created many more chances than their hosts, but somehow lost 2-0.

It means the Steelmen’s miserable recent record at Darlington Road continues, with just one win in our last 11 visits since a 3-2 extra time victory in the county cup in 2011-12.

Consett had enough chances to win two games, but some less-than-clinical finishing, good saves by West goalkeeper Nick Liversedge and no-nonsense defending by a back four superbly marshalled by Gary Brown meant they headed back down the A68 disappointed yet again.

Liversedge was by far the busier keeper, saving from Jack Gibbons and Zak Atkinson inside the first five minutes as Consett, kicking up the slope, took the game to their hosts.

But on 15 minutes they found themselves trailing when a corner was half-cleared to the edge of the box and Josh Scott volleyed home to make it 1-0.

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Josh Scott takes a swing at a half-cleared corner to make it 1-0 to West Auckland. Pic: Gary Welford.

Liversedge saved well from Kaleb Young’s well-struck volley, Ryan McKinnon sent a close-range effort over the bar and Wil Shaw’s goalbound effort was deflected wide by a teammate on the ground as Consett hammered on the door in search of an equaliser.

Their best chance came a minute before half-time when Gibbons ran on to a flick-on from James Anderson’s kick, but Liversedge was off his line quickly to smother his shot.

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This Wil Shaw effort struck a grounded teammate and was deflected wide. Pic: Gary Welford.

The interval arrived with West somehow leading 1-0, and the second half continued in the same vein, with Liversedge tipping over an effort from Ben Ramsey which looked destined for the top corner.

Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a clumsy challenge on Shaw turned down, and Jake Orrell sent a free-kick just over the bar as the visitors continued to press.

But they were hit by a sucker punch in the 67th minute when James Harrison set up former Consett midfielder Lee Hume, who found the bottom corner from just inside the box to make it 2-0.

Atkinson headed over from a superb Josh Baggs cross when he seemed certain to score, and Scott Fenwick hit the outside of the post from 20 yards after cutting in from the left flank as Consett continued to make chances.

When the final whistle left Consett couldn’t quite believe they had lost, but it was one of those nights when the ball just wouldn’t go in, and they are left to concentrate on their pursuit of a place in the NPL play-offs…

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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.

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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.