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Consett have to settle for a point as dogged Bridlington get the draw they need to stay up

Consett ended their second season in the Northern Premier League with a 1-1 home draw with Bridlington Town, who secured the point they needed to avoid relegation.

Tony Fawcett’s side started brightly, and Kaleb Young gave them the lead on six minutes with his first league goal of the season, pictured top.

Zak Atkinson’s pass sent Young clear, and though his touch looked to have let him down, hesitancy by keeper James Hitchcock let him in to finish from close range.

Hitchcock made amends by saving Jake Jensen’s 25-yarder, then top scorer Wil Shaw could have doubled Consett’s lead from Calvin Smith’s clever pass, but fired over.

Shaw was also denied a penalty when he appeared to have been dragged down by a defender, but the referee waved away his appeal.

Bridlington levelled on 31 minutes when Consett failed to deal with a corner and Benn Lewis‘s header was adjudged to have crossed the line before Ben Milburn cleared.

Glen Sani thought he’d put Bridlington ahead two minutes into the second half, but was ruled offside, then they were awarded a penalty after Smith fouled Lewis Dennison, but the striker’s spot kick was saved by Sunderland U23s loanee Kelechi Chibueze.

Hitchcock denied Atkinson a farewell goal at one end, while Chibueze thwarted Pete Davidson at the other end after a mazy run, and a point apiece at the end was about right.

The point means Bridlington stay up on goal difference, despite wins for the bottom two, Brighouse Town and Winterton Rangers.

Consett finished 12th with 49 points – a place and three points better off than last season – but left to reflect on a poor second half of the season which saw their play-off challenge fall away.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview video and picture gallery HERE.
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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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Consett miss chance to go top of the league after losing at home to Pontefract Collieries

Consett missed the chance to go top of NPL Division One East as they suffered a first league defeat of the season to a well-drilled Pontefract Collieries side, who recorded a fifth successive win.

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Consett bounce back from cup exits with excellent win over league leaders Hebburn

Consett treated their supporters to a Friday night football feast with their best performance of the season so far tonight, beating league leaders Hebburn Town 3-0 at a misty, wet Belle View.

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Super second-half display sees Consett ease past Sheffield at a storm-hit Belle View

Consett extended their unbeaten run to five league and cup games with a 4-1 win over Sheffield at a storm-lashed Belle View this afternoon.

Manager Tony Fawcett was without the services of six players, and saw his side struggle to get going in a tepid first half which was played amid torrential rain and thunder and lightning.

The second half was a different matter, with all five goals scored in the space of 14 minutes.

Consett took the lead on 52 minutes when Jack Gibbons surged forward from midfield and released Wil Shaw, who buried a shot in the top corner from just inside the box.

Five minutes later it was all square as Sheffield centre-back Alfie Smith thumped home a header from Rory Coleman’s right-wing corner to make it 1-1.

Consett regained their lead almost immediately from the restart, as Shaw turned in the box and found Zak Atkinson, who bundled the ball home from close range, pictured below.

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On 61 minutes it was 3-1 when Ben Ramsey broke clear and saw his shot saved by Sheffield keeper Jordan Pierrepont, but Wil Shaw was on hand to tap home the rebound.

And five minutes later the game was ended as a contest when the excellent Jack Gibbons hit a first-time strike from 20 yards from Ramsey’s pass which beat the keeper with the help of a deflection, pictured below.

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Sheffield had to play the closing stages with only 10 men when a player limped off after they’d used all their subs, but Consett were content with four goals as they prepare for a big game at Ashington on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • The 271 crowd saw a little piece of history being made as Calvin Smith played his 458th game for Consett, taking him to third in the club’s all-time appearances list.
  • Full match report and stats, picture gallery, manager interview and goal highlights to follow.
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Consett bring home a hard-earned point from a feisty derby clash at Dunston

Consett remain unbeaten in four league and cup games this season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw against nearest neighbours Dunston tonight.

The Steelmen had lost their last four visits to the UTS Stadium, but could perhaps count themselves unlucky not to have won against opponents who, like themselves, had three straight wins to their name.

There were lots of old boys lining up against their former clubs, with Dan Staples, Michael Pearson, Luke Carr and Dale Pearson starting for Dunston, plus Jack Elliott on the bench, and James Anderson, Dan Capewell and Calvin Smith in the Consett ranks.

With regular skipper Matty Slocombe rested, centre-back Ben Milburn, pictured top, had the honour of leading the team out as captain for the first time.

It was one of the old boys who had the first chance on nine minutes, when a defensive mix-up let in Carr, but Arjun Purewal got back to clear off the line.

On 18 minutes Consett went close when Jake Orrell’s ball found Smith, and his cut-back looked to have set up the lively Wil Shaw for the opening goal, but he was denied by some excellent last-ditch defending by Jude Swailes.

The game exploded in the 21st minute when Dunston defender Chris McDonald was shown a straight red card, pictured below, for a high two-footed lunge at Shaw.

The No 3 was clearly riled after not being awarded a decision against Zak Atkinson moments earlier, but the challenge was a bad one and Shaw was lucky to escape serious injury.

With Dunston reduced to 10 men, Consett were enjoying lots of possession, and Jack Gibbons went on a mazy run which ended with him shooting wide from 20 yards.

On 35 minutes Consett had a big chance when their high press caught Dunston trying to play out from their own box. Atkinson won possession and fed Kaleb Young, who skewed his effort well wide, pictured below.

Dunston changed their set-up at half-time, and took the game to their visitors, forcing them on to the back foot, without really creating much in terms of clear-cut chances.

The nearest they came to scoring was in the 51st minute, when Capewell sliced a clearance across the face of his own goal as he tried to clear Robinson’s cross.

Consett’s best chance of the game came in the 81st minute when Shaw hit a fine opportunist strike from 25 yards, which Staples did well to tip over the crossbar for a corner.

Despite five minutes of added time, neither side could find a winner, and both remain unbeaten this season after taking a point apiece.

  • Full match report, picture gallery and manager interview 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.

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Two-goal Shaw stars as Consett put five past Silsden in latest pre-season game

Consett recorded their best friendly win so far, scoring five times for the second time this week as they beat Silsden 5-0 at a rain-swept Belle View today.

Summer signing Wil Shaw was the star of the show, scoring twice to take his tally to five goals in five pre-season games, and could have had at least a hat-trick after missing two other good chances.

The visitors, who play in the Northern Counties East League, had the game’s first chance inside two minutes, but Casey Stewart put his shot into the side netting.

But Consett took control in the 12th minute when Zak Atkinson scored from the penalty spot after new signing Jack Gibbons had been brought down.

On 27 minutes it was 2-0 when Ben Ramsey played a corner to Shaw, whose cross picked out Arjun Purewal to head home his second goal in two games, pictured below.

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Consett defender Arjun Purewal rises highest to make it 2-0. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 as Atkinson played Wil Shaw clean through, and the in-form attacker buried the ball past the keeper.

Silsden again started the second half quicker, and Consett were grateful to keeper Aaron Steavens for tipping Jake Maltby’s dipping effort from the edge of the area around the post.

Consett almost increased their lead when a defensive mix-up gave Atkinson a chance, but the keeper saved, and then a defender got back to head Ramsey’s follow-up off the line.

Wil Shaw got his second goal in the 64th minute, finishing from close range, pictured top, after a great delivery from the right flank by Josh Baggs.

Shaw and Calvin Smith had further chances for Consett, and Steavens denied Stewart again at the other end before Kaleb Young completed the scoring in the 84th minute with his first goal for the club.

Consett’s next scheduled friendly is on Tuesday, 25 July, when they are away to Tow Law Town. Kick-off at Ironworks Road is 7.30pm.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery, video and post-match interview to follow.
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Consett share the goals around as they beat Tow Law 5-1 in latest pre-season friendly

Consett returned to winning ways as they beat near-neighbours Tow Law Town 5-1 at Belle View Stadium in tonight’s hastily-arranged pre-season friendly.

The Lawyers stepped in at the 11th hour after our originally scheduled opponents, Newcastle Benfield, pulled out this afternoon, saying they were unable to field a side.

And a young visiting side, including several teenagers, acquitted themselves well, despite the margin of defeat.

It took Consett until the 28th minute to find a way past them, when Arjun Purewal rose highest to head home from Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner, pictured top.

Calvin Smith almost made it two in the 35th minute from Purewal’s cross, but was denied by a superb save from Kyle Seymour in the Tow Law goal.

On 39 minutes the Steelmen did double their lead when an underhit backpass left Wil Shaw in on goal, and he finishing confidently for his third goal of pre-season.

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Wil Shaw made it 2-0 to Consett with his third goal of pre-season. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Two minutes into the second half it was 3-0, when half-time substitute Zak Atkinson flicked the ball on to Calvin Smith, who made no mistake from six yards.

Ten minutes later it was 4-0, as Consett recycled possession from a corner, and Orrell’s inch-perfect cross picked out Dan Capewell, who buried a header into the far corner.

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The Tow Law keeper is helpless to stop Dan Capewell (hidden) making it 4-0. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Shaw almost made it five when he tried a dinky chip after cutting in from the left, but it bounced on top of the bar and our.

Tow Law’s heads didn’t drop, however, and it took a fine save from Consett keeper Aaron Steavens to deny them a consolation goal on 69 minutes.

A minute later they got their reward for their perseverance when the referee spotted an infringement from the resulting corner, and skipper Brandon Mallaburn made it 4-1 from the spot.

The last goal came with the last kick of the game when Shaw flicked on a long ball for Ben Ramsey to run onto, and finish right-footed past sub keeper James Barron.

Consett’s next pre-season game is on Saturday 22 July, when they host West Yorkshire club Silsden, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Kick-off at Belle View Stadium is 3pm.

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