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Consett bow out of the FA Cup despite brave effort v higher-ranked Bradford Park Avenue

Consett’s six-game unbeaten start to the season came to an end today when they were knocked out of the FA Cup, losing 2-0 to Bradford Park Avenue at Belle View Stadium.

The visitors are in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, having just been relegated from the National League North last season.

They made their class count in a close game where they scored a goal in each half, but Consett, from a division below, pushed them all the way.

After a tight opening spell, the Steelmen had a good chance on 24 minutes when a corner from the right found centre-back Dan Capewell, but Bradford keeper George Sykes-Kenworthy saved his header at point-blank range, pictured below.

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A minute later the visitors were ahead when Will Calligan’s pass found Brad Dockerty, whose shot beat home keeper James Anderson at his near post.

Capewell had another chance right at the end of the half, but put his diving header wide of the far post, pictured below.

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Consett took the game to the higher-ranked side in the second half, with Capewell and Scott Fenwick both sending headers over the crossbar.

Their best chance of an equaliser came on 75 minutes when Arjun Purewal thumped a header against the bar from a couple of yards with the keeper beaten, pictured top.

Bradford wrapped up the win with a breakaway goal in added time when Consett got caught pushing forward, and Zak Kersey set up fellow sub Myles Las Bastide to score.

  • Full match report, match stats, picture gallery and video highlights to follow.
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Consett pull out a plum home tie in FA Cup against Bradford Park Avenue

Consett were handed a tasty home tie in today’s FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round draw, against former Football League club Bradford Park Avenue.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 2 September, with a 3pm kick-off, which means our NPL fixture that day v North Ferriby United will be rescheduled.

Bradford will be tough opponents, as they play in the NPL Premier Division, having been relegated from the National League North at the end of last season.

The clubs have met in the FA Cup before, in the 2nd Qualifying Round back in 2015-16, when Colin Myers’ Consett side were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Belle View, despite a three-division difference between the clubs.

Two of the present Consett squad – Calvin Smith and Ryan McKinnon – were in the Steelmen’s starting line-up that day, while a third, Matty Slocombe, came on as a substitute.

Consett were leading through a Dan Hawkins goal – the celebrations are pictured top – before Bradford levelled with eight minutes to go and grabbed the winner in the fifth minute of added time.

The game was played in front of a bumper crowd of 616, which is still one of the Top 10 attendances recorded since we moved to Belle View almost 10 years ago.