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On This Day: 13 November 2010 – Consett prove to be party-poopers as Bishop Auckland open their new stadium

A Craig Robson thunderbolt and a Gavin Ross double kept Consett on top of the Northern League 1st Division with a 3-2 victory over Bishop Auckland, in the first competitive game held at their excellent new Heritage Park ground, on this day in 2010.

After a couple of days of heavy rain, the game only took place after the efforts of a couple of dozen supporters and club officials, who worked to drain the newly-laid field of some wet patches.

Consett made just one change from the side which had come from two goals down to beat Jarrow Roofing 3-2 seven days earlier. Gareth Powell made his debut – and what turn out to be his only appearance for the club – in goal in place of the injured Barry Poskett.

The home side – who had pulled a bumper 1,400 crowd for the official opening of the ground in midweek, for a friendly against Middlesbrough played in monsoon conditions – included three former Consett players. Graham Irving, who swapped Belle Vue for Bishops the previous month, was at centre-half, while Dan Olusoga, who had a spell as a Steelman the previous season, made his debut up front after signing from Hebburn Town. Adam Emson, who was returning from injury, was named on the bench after a late fitness test.

Three other players who would go on to play for Consett were also in the Bishops line-up: goalkeeper Peter Jeffries, midfielder Chris Bell, and a young striker called Daniel Hawkins.

Consett’s Carl Piecha in action against young Bishops striker Daniel Hawkins.

The game started slowly, with neither side making any serious threat to the scoreboard, although it was Consett who enjoyed more of the possession. However, they had to wait until the 32nd minute to register a serious attempt on goal, and it was from a familiar combination, with Danny Craggs sending a perfect cross onto the head of Gavin Barton, but Jeffries superbly denied the No 10 against his old club.

The game was starting to come to life at this point and on 36 minutes the home side almost broke the deadlock, but Powell saved well from Hawkins after he had been played through by an excellent pass from the lively Chris Bell.

Bishops were starting to look dangerous, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 40 minutes through an unlikely source. Midfielder Craig Robson hit a 25-yard rocket into the corner – his first goal since returning to the club, and only his fifth in more than 120 games – following good work from Gavin Ross.

Craig Robson’s goal gave Consett a half-time lead.

The goal led to a sustained spell of pressure by Consett, and although they couldn’t add another before half-time, they were good value for their lead.

Half-time: Bishop Auckland 0 Consett 1

Bishops made a change at half-time, with Emson replacing Arran Wearmouth, and the change certainly had a positive effect, with the home team starting to cause problems down Consett’s right-hand side.

Despite this it was Consett who came closest to another goal on 59 minutes as a long clearance from Carl Piecha somehow found Ross clean through on goal, but the young striker shot straight at Jeffries.

Future Consett keeper Peter Jeffries was in goal for Bishops.

A second goal at that point would surely have clinched the game, but the let-off proved costly as Bishops piled on the pressure, and on 62 minutes the inevitable happened when Darren Atkinson made a determined run down the left and his low pinpoint cross was deftly flicked into the bottom-right corner from no more than six yards by Hawkins.

The home team were now having their best spell of the game, and pinned Consett almost in their own 18-yard box. On 78 minutes the pressure told when Bishops went ahead, with Hawkins again finishing from close range following good work from Olusoga and Emson.

There seemed to be no way back for Consett, but the gamed turned completely out of the blue on 80 minutes when the Bishops defence and goalkeeper made an awful mess of a long ball forward and Gavin Ross was left to tap into an open goal to make it 2-2.

Young striker Gavin Ross equalised for Consett and then grabbed a late winner.

Consett would surely have settled for a hard-earned away point, but three minutes later Ross again finished from close range following a cross from the right wing to make it 3-2.

There was controversy surrounding the goal, however, with the home team all literally stopping and watching Ross score, believing the ball had gone out for a throw-in before it was swung over.

The protest continued for a good few minutes, with the Two Blues’ management team led by future Consett boss Colin Myers – sprinting the length of the pitch to have their say to the linesman concerned, but regardless of whether the ball was in or out, the whistle had not gone, and Consett rightly continued to play.

The Steelmen held out fairly comfortably in the last few minutes, gaining revenge for an early-season FA Cup replay defeat by the same scoreline by the Two Blues.

Full-time: Bishop Auckland 2 Consett 3

Bishop Auckland: 1 Peter Jeffries. 2 Chris Lawson, 3 Darren Atkinson, 4 Wayne Clarke, 5 Graham Irving, 6 Steven Turnbull (sub Simon Ord), 7 Chris Bell, 8 Stephen Salvin, 9 Dan Olusoga, 10 Dan Hawkins, 11 Aaron Wearmouth (sub Adam Emson). Subs not used. Ryan Graham, Kieron Day, Mark Henson

Consett: 1 Gareth Powell, 2 Kieran Megran (sub Ryan Bell), 3 Jamie Poole (sub Anthony Lund), 4 David Scorer, 5 Carl Piecha, 6 Danny Craggs, 7 Dale Burrell, 8 Craig Robson, 9 Gavin Barton (sub Scott Martindale), 10 Gavin Ross, 11 Mark Eccles. Subs not used: Barry Poskett, Michael Coulthard.

Cornish double helps Consett put five past Bishops as normal service is resumed at soggy Belle View

Consett put their recent wobble to bed in style tonight when they hammered Bishop Auckland 5-1 in monsoon-like conditions at Belle View Stadium.

A home game against Division One’s bottom side was just what Terry Mitchell’s side needed after three defeats in successive matches, and they sent their visitors away empty-handed with a dominant display.

Dale Pearson put Consett in front after 10 minutes when great work by Jermaine Metz put the ball on a plate for him six yards out. He couldn’t miss, and didn’t, and from that point the result never looked in doubt.

Dale Pearson finishes Jermaine Metz’s pass to make it 1-0. Pic by Gary Welford.

Jake Orrell fired just wide across the face of goal, before Ali Alshabeeb was inches away from converting Pearson’s low, hard cross from the left.

Pearson then brought a fine save from Bishops keeper Nick Liversedge, who has so often been a thorn in Consett’s side in recent seasons.

But even Liversedge couldn’t prevent Consett’s second goal on 35 minutes. He saved Lewis Green’s initial shot, but was helpless to stop Jake Orrell finishing the follow-up from close range.

Consett were well on top, but gave their visitors a lifeline on 39 minutes when failure to clear their lines saw Kyle Hayes’s attempted clearance charged down by Jack Cooper, and Bruno Pilatos fired home the loose ball.

It remained 2-1 to Consett at half-time, but the second half saw them lay siege to the visitors’ goal.

Jake Orrell scored Consett’s second goal and made the third. Pic by Gary Welford.

On 58 minutes it was 3-1 when Orrell whipped in a corner and the ball went in for an own goal off a Bishops defender – probably right-back Cameron Martin.

It was one-way traffic now, and Calvin Smith, Darren Holden and Alshabeeb all went close for Consett as the rain lashed down.

On 73 minutes Matty Cornish came on as a sub for the outstanding Orrell, and within a minute he had made it 4-1, turning home the loose ball after great work down the flank by Alshabeeb. It was the midfielder’s second goal since returning to the club in the summer.

Ten minutes later Cornish had another, when, after good approach play by Pearson and Lawson, he picked his spot in the bottom corner and stroked the ball past Liversedge to make it 5-1.

Bishops almost grabbed a consolation goal right at the death when Cooper rounded Hayes, but Simon Jakab got back to clear off the line.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett AFC thank Dan Hawkins for his service as he decides to end his five-year spell at the club

Consett AFC today wished Dan Hawkins well after the popular midfielder decided to leave the club after five years, in search of more regular game time.

The 28-year-old’s contract recently expired, and he has agreed to join fellow Northern League 1st Division side Seaham Red Star, where he had a successful loan spell last season.

Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “From the day he arrived at the club, Dan was extremely loyal and an excellent asset.

“He played just about everywhere but in goal for us, and showed tremendous character by coming back from a horrific injury.

Dan Hawkins in action against Whitley Bay. Pic: Gary Welford.

“We’re disappointed that he’s decided to leave, but fully understand his desire to start games on a more regular basis.

“He leaves on good terms with our best wishes, and he knows he will always be welcome back at Belle View.”

Dan signed for Consett in the summer of 2015, having spent the previous season with Blyth Spartans in the Evo-stik League Premier Division, and helping them to the 3rd Round proper of the FA Cup.

An ex-Middlesbrough Academy player, he had previously spent four years at Bishop Auckland, helping them to lift the Durham Challenge Cup in 2013.

Dan, pictured with Willie Donachie and Mark Eccles, was Player of the Year in 2016-17.

He arrived at Consett as a midfielder, but showed his versatility by also playing at right-back, centre-back and centre-forward.

Named vice-captain for the 2016-17 season, he responded by turning in some excellent performances, and being voted Player of the Year.

Sadly, he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in December 2017 in a League Cup tie v. Tow Law. It needed two operations and ruled him out for more than a year, but Dan slowly regained fitness and became a regular squad member again last season.

His last appearance was against Atherstone Town in the 6th Round of the FA Vase on 7 March, when he made a little bit of club history by becoming our first-ever ‘fourth sub’ during extra time.

Dan made seven starts and 10 substitute appearances last season, scoring once, at Brandon in the League Cup. His overall record as a Steelman is 134 games and 14 goals.

Dan Hawkins became Consett’s first-ever ‘fourth sub’ in the FA Vase at Atherstone.

On this day in our history: 9 April 2011 – Consett share another goal-fest with Bishop Auckland

There was plenty of entertainment at our old Belle Vue Park ground on this day in 2011 as Consett and Bishop Auckland shared six goals for the second time in what was their fourth meeting of the season, on Northern League Day.

David Hagan, who was caretaker manager after boss Kenny Lindoe’s heart attack the previous month, made four changes to the Steelmen’s starting line-up from the team beaten at Billingham Synthonia in the previous game. Out went young goalkeeper Peter Jameson, the injured Mark Eccles and Gavin Barton and, surprisingly, top scorer Jamie Poole. Into their places came first-choice No 1 Barry Poskett, midfielders Danny Craggs and Andrew Cuthbertson, and young forward Gavin Ross.

Bishops had three future Steelmen in their ranks – goalkeeper Peter Jeffries, wide man Chris Bell, and a young striker by the name of Daniel Hawkins, who had scored the Two Blues’ first goal at their new Heritage Park ground when the sides met back in November – a game which Consett won 3-2. They were under the control of Colin Myers, who would go on to have a spell as Consett manager.

Consett’s Richie Slaughter under pressure from Wayne Gredziak. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

On a glorious sunny day, Bishops kicked off and were straight on the attack, with Dion Raitt firing wide inside the first 30 seconds. At the other end, Ross was twice thwarted by visiting keeper Jeffries, who was twice off his line to the edge of his area to beat him to the ball after he was played in by Marc Walton.

Wayne Gredziak set up strike partner Hawkins as the game to’d and fro’d, but the No 9 hit his effort over the bar. Consett were lucky not to go behind in the seventh minute when a sloppy pass by Richard Slaughter put Bishops in again, but Hawkins delayed his shot, and Craggs was able to get back to clear the danger.

After eight minutes Consett went ahead, with Craggs finishing from inside the six-yard box after Cuthbertson’s mishit shot had been blocked. A couple of minutes later Dale Burrell had a chance to make it two, but ballooned his shot high and wide after cutting in from the left.

Danny Craggs makes it 1-0 to Consett. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

On 13 minutes Bishops had Jeffries to thank for a remarkable treble save. First he spread himself well to deny Jonjo Dickman, then he got up to palm Cuthbertson’s follow-up onto the post. The ball ran along the goal-line, past the other post, where it was picked up by Ross, but the keeper blocked his effort from an acute angle.

You had to feel sorry for Jeffries when, a minute later, he conceded a simple goal. Burrell picked the ball up on the left, ran at his man, and, as he cut into the box, finishing across the keeper and into the bottom-right corner.

The euphoria didn’t last long, however, as Daniel O’ Donnell reduced the deficit on 17 minutes with an unstoppable strike. The ball was cleared from a corner and fell to the former St Johnstone man 30 yards out, and he gave Poskett no chance, smashing it into the top left corner.

Peter Jeffries saves from Jonjo Dickman at point-blank range. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Walton hit a right-foot shot just over from the edge of the box after being played in by stand-in skipper Craig Robson, but on 26 minutes Consett were made to pay when the Two Blues equalised. The home crowd were stunned as Cumbrian referee Chris Backhouse awarded a penalty against Graham Irving as he contested a high ball in the air with Gredziak, apparently for handball. The No 10 took the spot-kick, and although Poskett saved it, diving to his left, Gredziak was first to the loose ball to make it 2-2.

Wayne Gredziak follows up his saved penalty to score for Bishops. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

The game was end-to-end, and Burrell looked to have set up Ross to restore Consett’s lead when he picked him out with a cross from the left, but full-back Wayne Clark made a superb challenge to deny him, at the expense of a corner. Craggs then hit a low shot straight at Jeffries, and Cuthbertson hit a rising effort over the bar after being set up by Walton.

Bishops had the last chance of the half, with Poskett diving low to his right to turn Chris Bell’s effort round the post, and when the interval came with the score at 2-2, that seemed a fair reflection, based on chances created.

Consett suffered a blow at the start of the second half when Ross failed to re-emerge, as his pace had been causing problems for the Bishops rearguard. Poole replaced him, with Craggs pushing up front.

The opening exchanges of the second half saw some hefty tackles going in, and Raitt was perhaps lucky only to see yellow for a waist-high lunge on Poole. The Bishops No 6 then showed the good side of his game, almost beating Poskett with a curling shot into the far corner.

Marc Walton contests a ball in the air with Dion Raitt. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Walton brought a good diving save from Jeffries with a well-struck 25-yarder, and Burrell prodded a shot over from Dickman’s right-wing cross.

On 63 minutes Bishops took the lead for the first time in the game, and again it was than man Gredziak, who troubled the home defence all afternoon. Raitt’s free-kick from 25 yards was pushed onto the bar by Poskett, and Gredziak reacted first to net the rebound.

This time it was the visitors’ lead which didn’t last long, as Craggs got on the end of Walton’s flick from Slaughter’s free-kick to toe-poke the ball just inside the post.

Jonjo Dickman and Danny Craggs get in each other’s way. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

The goal took the total of goals scored in the four games between the sides this season to 22, but although there was plenty of perspiration in the last quarter of the game, no one came close to winning it unti Gredziak dragged a shot across the face of goal right at the death.

Wins for Spennymoor, Shildon and Benfield meant Consett lost ground on the three sides above them at the start of play, but Whitley Bay’s unexpected defeat at home to Ashington, which brought their 18-game winning run to an end, meant the Steelmen stayed fourth. They would go on to be league runners-up, while Bishop Auckland finished 14th.

Consett: 1 Barry Poskett, 2 Richie Slaughter, 3 Anthony Lund, 4 Craig Robson, 5 Graham Irving, 6 Andrew Cuthbertson, 7 Danny Craggs, 8 Jonjo Dickman, 9 Marc Walton, 10 Gavin Ross (sub Jamie Poole 46), 11 Dale Burrell (sub Mark Patterson 62). Subs not used: Michael Coulthard, Peter Jameson

Bishop Auckland: 1 Jeffries, 2 Clark (sub Lawson 46), 3 Dixon, 4 Brumwell, 5 O’ Donnell, 6 Raitt, 7 C.Bell (sub Strong 57), 8 Turnbull (sub Richardson 69), 9 Hawkins, 10 Gredziak, 11 Atkinson. Subs not used: Brown, Everitt.

Consett up to second after 3-1 win over Bishop Auckland extends their unbeaten run to nine games

Consett went second in the Northern League after a 3-1 win over Bishop Auckland at a soggy Belle View Stadium today.

The game was one of only four top-flight matches to beat the weather, and the Steelmen would have recorded a much bigger win had it not been for yet another excellent display by visiting keeper Nick Liversedge.

Consett took the lead in the 11th minute when Ali Alshabeeb outmuscled defender Darren Richardson to beat him to the ball and pulled it back for Calvin Smith to fire home from 10 yards, for his 12th goal of the season.

Liversedge then made half a dozen good saves to keep Bishops in the game, but there was nothing he could do about Consett’s second goal, three minutes before half-time.

Midfielder Jake Orrell threaded a pass through for Ali Alshabeeb, whose pace and trickery was causing all sorts of problems, and he rifled the ball into the roof of the net.

Luke Carr almost made it three in the 52nd minute, only to be denied by a superb Liversedge save, diving full-stretch down to his left.

On 55 minutes it was 3-0, as Alshabeeb’s cross from the right picked out Dale Pearson at the back post, and although Liversedge appeared to have saved the striker’s shot, the linesman signalled that the ball had crossed the line before Carr made sure.

It was the big striker’s 19th goal in 20 games since joining the club from Blyth Spartans, and he has only failed to get on the scoresheet once in the last 13 games.

On 72 minutes Pearson thought he had his 20th of the season, only for the linesman to flag for an offside earlier in the move and rule out the ‘goal’.

Bishops did reduce the arrears on 75 minutes when a poor defensive clearance let in James Fairley to make it 3-1, but Consett saw out the game without further danger to record their 8th win in their last 9 games in all competitions.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett strengthen squad by re-signing Thomas McAloon and Nathan Lawrence

Consett have this week strengthened their squad by re-signing two former players, Nathan Lawrence and Thomas McAloon.

Midfielder Nathan, pictured above, who can also provide cover at full-back, has rejoined from Bishop Auckland, where he went in the summer in search of more regular football.

The 22-year-old, who originally signed in October 2016 from Durham City, made the bench for the midweek game against Guisborough Town, and is hoping to add to his 75 games and five goals for the Steelmen.

Today, Thomas McAloon, who can play in midfield or up front, rejoined the club, which he left in March 2017, from Sunderland RCA.

Tom, 24, originally signed in February 2017 after being released by Middlesbrough, and played five games before moving to Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and then RCA.

A Consett lad, he is a Northern Ireland Under-17 international.

Thomas McAloon had a short spell at Consett after leaving Middlesbrough.