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Consett go seven points clear after winning at West Allotment Celtic

Consett went seven points clear at the top of the Northern League tonight after showing their quality in a 3-1 win at West Allotment Celtic.

The Steelmen’s hosts had won four and drawn one of their last five league games, which made them Division One’s form team.

But Terry Mitchell’s side extended their own unbeaten run to eight games with some clinical finishing on their first-ever visit to East Palmersville Sports Stadium.

After a nip and tuck first half-hour, in which neither side created a chance of note, the game came to life on 31 minutes when Consett took the lead.

A short corner routine saw Jake Orrell drive into the box and tee up top scorer Dale Pearson for his 16th goal of the season from close range, pictured top.

Skipper Arjun Purewal almost made it two on the stroke of half-time with a header from Orrell’s corner, only to be denied by the post.

But it was 2-0 in the first minute of added time when Orrell put a superb cross in from the left and Luke Carr scored his ninth goal of the season with a thumping header.

Consett made sure of the points in the 70th monute, when Carr repaid the compliment with a great through ball for Jake Orrell, who shimmied his way into the box before finishing into the corner.

West Allotment pulled a goal back in the 79th minute through sub Owen Carr, and although they went close to adding a second through Callum Larmouth, Colin Larkin almost restored Consett’s three-goal advantage after being played in by Pearson, but fired into the side netting.

  • Full report, match stats and more pictures to come.

Consett hold their nerve to make FA Vase progress with penalty shootout win at Thornaby

Consett will be in Monday’s draw for the FA Vase 3rd Round after a dramatic penalty shootout win at Thornaby this afternoon.

Dale Pearson was the Steelmen’s hero, scoring the decisive kick to give them a 4-3 win after a 1-1 stalemate during the 90 minutes.

Terry Mitchell’s side also had to change goalkeepers at half-time and played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Matty Slocombe was dismissed for a second yellow card.

It was a game of few clear-cut chances, and Thornaby took the lead on 32 minutes with their first attempt on goal.

A diagonal ball found Cyril Giraud, who cut in from the left, beat his man and finished low past Kyle Hayes.

There was an anxious few minutes for the visitors when their goalkeeper needed extensive treatment after colliding with the goalpost in the 39th minute, but he was able to continue.

His team levelled a minute before the break with the best move of the game, as Dale Pearson’s cross from the left picked out Colin Larkin‘s run perfectly, for a first-time finish from six yards, pictured below.

Colin Larkin makes it 1-1 from Dale Pearson’s inch-perfect cross. Pic: Gary Welford.

Hayes was unable to continue for the second half, and was replaced in goal by Ross Coombe, but there was little change to the pattern of the game, with neither keeper having to make a save.

The tide seemed to turn against Consett when Slocombe was dismissed in the 71st minute fafter picking uip a second yellow card.

But the 10 men managed to see out the game, and even created a couple of half-chances to avoid the penalty shootout which had looked inevitable all afternoon.

The shootout got off to a dramatic start when Thornaby’s Craig Hutchinson put his effort over the bar, and Consett right-back Jermaine Metz saw his kick saved by Josh Mazfari.

Elliott Beddow, Cyril Giraud and James Frazer scored Thornaby’s next three attempts, with Luke Carr, Olly Scott and Darren Holden doing likewise for Consett.

But when Thornaby missed their fifth kick, the pendulum swung Consett’s way, and Dale Pearson held his nerve to fire home, and give the Steelmen a 4-3 win on pens.

They will be joined in Monday’s draw by fellow Northern League clubs Newcastle Benfield, North Shields (who also needed a penalty shootout to beat North Ferriby), and Billingham Synthonia, who pulled off the shock of the round, beating highly-fancied West Auckland.

Late Luke Carr winner sees Consett grind out a good win at Sunderland RCA

Consett maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Northern League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Sunderland RCA today.

They took the lead at a blustery Meadow Park on 22 minutes when RCA old boy Colin Larkin‘s great run saw him finish a Jermaine Metz cross from close range.

Larkin almost made it two on 33 minutes when he latched onto a through ball by another ex-RCA player, Carl Lawson, rounded the keeper, but could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

It was a game of few clear-cut chances, but midway through the second half RCA found an equaliser when Matty Weirs got in behind his man to make it 1-1.

Consett then had to thank goalkeeper Ross Coombe – making his second debut for the club after three years away – for tipping another effort by Weirs onto the woodwork.

And the Steelmen got the winner with eight minutes to go when a sublime flick by Larkin picked out Luke Carr‘s run, and the playmaker held his nerve to finish from 10 yards, pictured top.

The win means Consett remain three points clear at the top of Division One, while second-placed West Auckland plus Thornaby and Ryhope CW from the chasing pack also won. North Shields did not play, and Newton Aycliffe surprisingly lost at home to lowly West Allotment Celtic.

  • Full match report, stats and picture gallery HERE.

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Consett go back to top spot after beating Penrith

Less than 24 hours after being toppled as Northern League leaders, Consett returned to the top spot after a 4-0 win over Penrith at Belle View Stadium.

West Auckland knocked the Steelmen off the top for the first time in two months with their 3-2 victory over Redcar Athletic last night.

But Terry Mitchell’s side, who have had a little wobble in recent games, responded with a much-improved performance against their Cumbrian visitors to reclaim their place as Division One leaders.

They went ahead after 24 minutes when Matty Slocombe threaded a pass into the path of Jermaine Metz, who crossed hard and low for James Martin to finish from close range at the back post, pictured below.

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On 36 minutes their advantage was doubled when Carl Lawson’s shot from 20 yards took a touch off Colin Larkin, to take it beyond the reach of Penrith keeper Aaron Taylor.

It remained 2-0 at half-time, but Consett were grateful to keeper Kyle Hayes for two good saves early in the second half as Penrith enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Their importance was underlined on 57 minutes, when Consett made it 3-0. Martin’s long ball out of defence sent Luke Carr running through on goal, and he kept his composure to finish superbly from just inside the box.

It was a wonderful goal, but even better was to follow in the final minute, when Slocombe’s pass found substitute Callum Guy on the right, and he sent a dipping right-footed shot into the far corner, pictured top.

  • Full report, match stats and more pictures HERE.

Larkin strike earns Consett a point at blustery Billingham

Consett had to settle for a point on their travels tonight after a below-par performance saw them draw 1-1 at Billingham Town.

Manager Terry Mitchell made five changes to the team which won in the FA Vase at the weekend, and his side started the game strongly.

Ryan King almost opened the scoring after six minutes, but his first-time effort from Jake Orrell’s left-wing cross came back off the post.

The Steelmen did take the lead on 10 minutes when another Orrell pass from the left found Colin Larkin, pictured top, 12 yards out.

The veteran striker took three touches of the ball – the first to control it, the second to nudge it past his marker, and the third to drill it into the net to make it 1-0.

Consett were kicking into the teeth of a strong wind which ruined the game as a spectacle, and made good football almost impossible.

But they were made to pay for not building on their good start when the home side equalised in the 39th minute, Connor Rennison firing home the rebound after Kyle Hayes had saved Danny Earl’s shot.

Consett were grateful to Hayes for a couple of good saves to keep the scores level in the second half, and the nearest they came to scoring in a forgettable 45 minutes was six minutes from the end, when sub Carl Lawson fired over the bar from Larkin’s set-up.

However, the point could prove crucial at the end of the season, particularly as the division’s form team West Auckland moved into second place, three points behind Consett, with a 3-0 win at Seaham.

Newton Aycliffe surprisingly lost 4-2 at home to Ashington, who are now fourth, while Ryhope CW and Thornaby from the chasing pack drew 1-1.

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Late penalty sees stuttering Consett make FA Vase progress

Consett edged through to the 2nd Round of the FA Vase after a late penalty saw them beat Atherton Laburnum Rovers 2-1.

The North West Counties League visitors made the out-of-sorts Steelmen fight all the way for the victory, and had a couple of chances to win it themselves.

Terry Mitchell’s side were without top scorer Dale Pearson, whose red card against North Shields last week was upheld by the FA, meaning he will miss four games.

But they took the lead on 27 minutes through his replacement in the No 9 shirt, Colin Larkin, who finished from a few yards out, pictured below, after a great through ball by Jermaine Metz.

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Luke Carr almost doubled the lead on 38 minutes after being set up by Jake Orrell, but his shot crashed back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

It remained 1-0 at the break, but a half-time substitution and change of formation paid dividends for Atherton, who became much more of a threat, and equalised in the 68th minute.

Consett gave the ball away cheaply in their own half, and Travis Boyles played the ball through to Yacin Amarzou, who slotted it home.

Three minutes later the home side could have gone behind, as Boyles was played clean through, but shanked his shot high and wide.

Consett had a good penalty shout turned down on 85 minutes when sub Dan Marriott was barged over from behind by Atherton defender Tom Horner.

A minute later Atherton had another chance to win the game when Boyles was again played in, but Consett keeper Kyle Hayes made a vital save with his feet.

The game’s deciding moment came on 88 minutes when Consett were awarded a spot-kick, after the referee decided left-back Kaydn Craven had handled Carr’s goalbound effort on the line.

The defender was red carded, despite his protestations that the ball had hit him in the face, and Luke Carr stepped up to make it 2-1 from the spot, pictured top, and send Consett through to Monday’s draw.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

Consett maintain six-point lead after comfortable win over Guisborough

Consett maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division with a comfortable 3-0 win over Guisborough Town today at Belle View Stadium.

Jake Orrell got them off to a flying start, firing home with just four minutes gone when the referee played a good advantage after Stephen Callen was dragged back.

The lead was doubled on 27 minutes when Luke Carr latched on to a long ball down the left and played a superb cross into the box, which Colin Larkin half-volleyed home.

The points were secured on 68 minutes when Luke Carr was brought down in the box, and picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty and make it 3-0.

West Auckland, who started the day in second place, dropped two points after drawing 2-2 at Ryhope CW, and dropped to fourth.

Newton Aycliffe went second after their 3-1 win over Redcar Athletic, while Thornaby are third after a 1-0 victory over Whitley Bay.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Fluke goal seals win for Consett over stubborn Sunderland RCA

Consett got back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 win against a resilient Sunderland RCA side.

The match, played in front of another impressive crowd of 477 at Belle View, extended their lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division to six points.

The line-ups had an element of ‘old boys’ about them, as Consett’s strike force of Stephen Callen and Colin Larkin both played for RCA last season, while the visitors included ex-Steelmen Simon Jakab and Dan Hawkins.

The first half saw the sides largely cancel each other out, and with neither keeper having a save to make, it was no surprise that the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Consett started the second half in much brighter fashion, and got the breakthrough in the 64th minute when an inswinging corner from Jake Orrell was headed home from five yards by skipper Arjun Purewal, pictured below.

Skipper Arjun Purewal’s header gives Consett the lead over RCA. Pics: Andrew Thompson.

From an early stage it had looked like a game that would be won by a single goal, but Consett secured the points with a second that had a touch of both fortune and comedy about it.

Visiting keeper Keaton Marrs had the ball at his feet and was under no pressure, but his attempted punt up the field hit the retreating Stephen Callen firmly on his backside 10 yards out and rebounded into the goal, past the helpless keeper.

They say strikers have a habit of scoring against their former sides, but there can’t have been too many scored like this!

Although it was far from Consett’s best performance, these are the type of games that potential champions must win – hard fought against strong opponent, and keeping a clean sheet.

  • Full match report and pictures HERE.

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Birthday boy Luke Carr’s late winner puts Consett seven points clear

A late goal from birthday boy Luke Carr gave Consett a hard-earned 2-1 win at Ryhope CW tonight to put them seven points clear at the top of the Northern League.

The little playmaker celebrated turning 28 with a man of the match performance, capped by scoring the winner 10 minutes from the end.

But the Steelmen again had to do it the hard way, coming from a goal down to turn the game at Ryhope Recreation Ground around.

After a nip and tuck opening period they had a decent penalty shout turned down in the 13th minute when Dale Pearson went down under a challenge from Robbie Bird.

On 21 minutes Jake Orrell’s curling cross from the left evaded everybody in the middle and came back off the post, with the keeper beaten.

Five minutes later a right-wing corner from Carr picked out skipper Arjun Purewal, whose header flashed just wide of the post.

Ryhope had their moments too, and took the lead on 34 minutes when Karl Southern won the ball and slipped it to Bird, who released James Ellis down the left.

The No 11 cut inside, and his shot from just inside the box found the back of the net with the aid of a slight deflection.

Four minutes before half-time Consett had an excellent chance to level when Ryhope keeper Jordan Harkess made a good save from Carr’s 20-yarder. Colin Larkin, following in, looked certain to score from the rebound, but put it over the bar.

The Steelmen didn’t have to wait long for parity, as on the stroke of half-time they found an equaliser. Jermaine Metz’s long throw was helped on by Calvin Smith, and Dale Pearson did the rest, smashing it into the roof of the net.

It was the big striker’s 11th goal in 12 games this season, and he nearly had another in added time, but had the ball whipped off his toe by the alert Harkess after a glorious pass over the top.

It remained 1-1 at half-time, but Consett were indebted to Hayes for keeping it that way 10 minutes into the second half, making a fine diving save from Bird.

Larkin and Purewal both had chances to put Consett ahead, but Ryhope remained a danger on the break.

The Steelmen got the winner in the 80th minute, when the ball fell to Luke Carr just outside the box and he beat Harkess with a well-struck low drive.

Hayes saved again from Ellis as Ryhope threw everything at the visitors in a bid to grab a point, but it was Consett sub Stephen Callen who came closest to getting on the scoresheet, as his near-post effort from Larkin’s pullback was blocked.

When the final whistle went it was the big Consett contingent in the crowd of 217 who were celebrating.

It was quite a night for matchwinner Luke Carr No 10. A hard-working performance earned him man of the match plaudits from many fans, and he needed treatment after being felled by a stray arm.

He also ‘took one for the team’ by collecting a stoppage-time yellow card to prevent Ryhope mounting one last raid on the Consett goal. But his celebratory beers will have to wait – he was straight off to night shift!

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett come from two down to draw with leaders Thornaby in thriller

Consett left it late but grabbed a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with table-topping Thornaby in today’s 2nd v 1st clash at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen trailed 2-0 at half-time, but laid siege to their visitors’ goal in the second half, and a point was the least they deserved in an excellent advert for Northern League football.

Thornaby, unbeaten in seven games this season, took the lead on five minutes when Joe Scaife-Wheatley won the ball and fed Craig Hutchinson, who beat Kyle Hayes to make it 1-0.

Dale Pearson almost levelled on 18 minutes after being played in by Callum Guy, but his shot rattled the crossbar.

On 28 minutes Consett were handed a golden chance to equalise when Pearson was clipped by defender Nathan Guru, and the referee awarded a penalty.

The big striker took the spot kick himself, but fired it inches wide of the right-hand post.

Consett striker Dale Pearson reflects on his penalty miss. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was a costly miss, as five minutes later Thornaby made it 2-0. Right-back Lee Moore whipped a great ball in from the right, and centre-back James Frazer scored with a thumping header.

Consett had dominated possession and created the lion’s share of chances, but found themselves two-down at half-time to their quick-breaking visitors.

The second half saw the Steelmen lay siege to the Thornaby goal, and they felt they had a good shout for another penalty when left-back Olly Scott went down under challenge, but the referee waved claims away.

On the hour Pearson was denied by the woodwork for the second time, as his shot came back off the post after good work by Jermaine Metz.

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Consett striker Dale Pearson hits the woodwork for the second time. Pic: Gary Welford.

On 66 minutes Consett were back in the game thanks to an absolute screamer from Jake Orrell. He picked up possession 30 yards out and launched a thunderbolt in the top corner.

In the 71st minute Luke Carr hit the post from 20 yards and Colin Larkin’s follow-up struck the bar – the fourth time the woodwork had saved Thornaby.

Consett kept knocking at the door, and in the 86th minute their perseverance was rewarded. Orrell’s shot hit the post, but the ball rebounded to Dale Pearson, who fired his eighth goal in nine games.

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Consett’s Dale Pearson makes it 2-2 after Jake Orrell hit the post. Pic: Gary Welford.

Larkin and Calvin Smith had chances to grab a winner in five minutes of added time, but were just off target with their efforts, and a thrilling game ended with honours even at 2-2.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.