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Consett’s next game: a first-ever visit to Long Eaton United

With no game this Saturday, our next match is away to Long Eaton United on Saturday, 8 October, with a 3pm kick-off. It will be our sixth consecutive away match in all competitions.

The usual limited number of places are available to supporters now on the official club coach to the game, priced £20. Call at the ground or phone 01207 588886 to book. Please note that seats must be paid for in advance.

Like Consett, Long Eaton are also in their debut season in the NPL, after being promoted as champions of the United Counties League Premier Division North.

They play at Grange Park in Station Road, Long Eaton, which is in Derbyshire, despite being beside the River Trent. It is close to the Nottinghamshire border, and has a Nottingham postcode (NG10 2EF).

The football club is most famous for producing Garry Birtles, a striker who Brian Clough signed for Nottingham Forest for £2,000.

He went on to win two European Cups with Forest in 1979 and 1980, and was capped three times by England in a career which also included spells at Manchester United, Notts County and Grimsby Town.

The journey from Consett to Long Eaton is 156 miles, and should take just under three hours via the A1(M), M1 and A52.

Dates confirmed for games v West Auckland, Worksop Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels

Dates have been confirmed for three forthcoming Consett fixtures – two at home and one away.

The Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round tie v West Auckland will take place at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday, 11 October, kick-off 7.45pm.

This game is not covered by season tickets.

The away NPL Division One East game at Worksop Town, which was postponed on 17 September due to their involvement in the FA Cup, will now be on Tuesday, 18 October, with a 7.45pm KO.

And our home game v Stocksbridge Park Steels, which was due to take place this coming Saturday, 1 October, has also been postponed, as they are hosting Ashington in the FA Cup on that date.

It will now take place at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday, 1 November, again with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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Consett bow out of the FA Trophy after suffering a narrow defeat at Colne

Consett exited the FA Trophy in the second qualifying round today as they were defeated 1-0 by Northern Premier League Division One West side Colne.

A poor first half performance from the visitors saw the home side take an early lead and it proved to be the only goal of the game.

The Steelmen improved after the break but couldn’t fashion an equaliser and the Lancashire side progressed to the next round.

Consett manager Andy Coyles made one change from the game at Lincoln, with Lewis Green coming in for Declan Bisset, while striker Oscar Taylor, a new signing from Newton Aycliffe, made the bench.

Colne’s Holt House ground has a pronounced slope and it was the home side who had the advantage of kicking downhill in the first half.

They controlled most of the early possession, but Consett were defending comfortably until the 15th minute, when they didn’t deal with an attack down their left.

Full-back Tom Fagan made good progress into the penalty area and his ball found centre forward Owen Watkinson, who had the time to steady himself and shoot across Mark Foden from 10 yards, giving the keeper no chance.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half, but the second half saw Consett enjoying much more of the ball.

They had a let-off in the 58th minute when Colne’s Craig Carney hit an excellent shot from 25 yards that rattled the crossbar.

The Steelmen’s best chance of an equaliser came on 62 minutes. Jake Orrell swung in a corner from the left which Zak Atkinson met with a firm header that was destined for the bottom corner, only for home keeper Andre Mendes to somehow claw the ball off the line.

On 69 minutes Darren Holden looked certain to score from six yards out after excellent work from Karl Byrne and Orrell, but his goalbound effort was superbly blocked by home skipper Paul Dugdale.

In an attempt to fashion an equaliser, Consett threw on Oscar Taylor, a new signing from Newton Aycliffe, for his debut, and in a final throw of the dice, big centre-back Ben Milburn was sent on in the 90th minute to play up front.

The ploy almost worked, as Milburn nearly scored with his first touch as he met a long throw in from Holden at the far post, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Colne sub Charlie Russell.

Despite five minutes of added time, it wasn’t destined not to Consett’s day and it was Colne who advanced, with their visitors left to focus on the league and Durham Challenge Cup.
* Full match report, more pictures and statistics HERE.

** Many thanks to Andy Mitchell Photos for today’s match pictures. See more of his work HERE.

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Consett pick up a good three points on their travels with a hard-earned win at Lincoln United

Consett went third in the Northern Premier League Division One East today after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Lincoln United.

Jake Orrell’s fifth goal of the season – his third in his last four games – gave the Steelmen the points on their first-ever visit to Ashby Avenue.

On 10 minutes Consett were within a whisker of taking the lead with a great move. It started with Calvin Smith’s superb crossfield pass, which picked out Orrell on the left.

He sent in a wicked cross, which Zak Atkinson was inches away from connecting with, and Adam Mitchell, coming in at the back post, couldn’t quite direct his shot on target, pictured below.

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On 27 minutes Consett went close again through Cyril Giraud, who cut in from the left and unleashed a shot which the keeper found too hot to hold, but the rebound evaded the following-in Atkinson.

As half-time approached Atkinson brought a second good save from Lincoln keeper Liburd Hines, after good work by Mitchell and Giraud.

The Steelmen got what turned out to be the winning goal in the second added minute at the end of the first half. Mitchell fed the ball out to Jake Orrell on the left of the penalty area, and the midfielder took a touch before picking his spot in the top corner, pictured top.

The second half was very scrappy, but Consett defended resolutely, and went close to doubling their lead in the 80th minute, when Lewis Green’s acrobatic volley from Orrell’s cross was superbly saved by Hines, pictured below.

They had another chance to seal the points in the 84th minute, when Atkinson directed a header just wide from Orrell’s free kick.

But with Calvin Smith and Dan Capewell in particular outstanding at the back, Consett saw the game out comfortably to head home with three hard-earned points.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Consett drawn against West Auckland in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today drawn against former Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in the 1st Round of this season’s Durham Challenge Cup.

The date and time for the tie have yet to be arranged, but it is likely to be at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 11 October, with a 7.45pm kick off.

We last faced West at Belle View in a pre-season friendly on 23 July, when the visitors won 2-0.

The clubs have met many times in the county cup, most recently in 2011-12, when Kenny Lindoe’s depleted Consett side won 3-2 after extra time in a 2nd Round tie at Darlington Road.

Their matchwinner that night was Harrison Davies, who scored a hat-trick, but the Consett side also included a promising 17-year-old called Matty Slocombe, who was making his debut.

This season’s tie could bring us up against former Steelmen Scott Heslop, Jake Stafford, Corey Nicholson, along with Lee Hume, who is dual registered for both clubs, while Consett’s Adam Mitchell, Colin Larkin, Darren Holden and Ross Coombe have also turned out for West.

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Consett will travel to Lancashire to face Colne in the next round of the FA Trophy

Consett’s hard-earned FA Trophy win at Shildon in midweek has earned them a 2nd Qualifying Round tie away to Lancashire side Colne FC.

They play in the Northern Premier League Division One West, and the game will take place at their Harrison Drive Stadium (postcode BB8 9SL) on Saturday 24 September, with a 3pm kick off.

A limited number of seats are available now on the official club coach to the game, priced £20, on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats must be paid for in advance. To book, call at Belle View Stadium or ring 01207 588886.

Colne FC were formed in January 1996, six years after Colne Dynamoes folded after being refused admission to the Conference.

Initially playing in the North West Counties League, they were promoted to the NPL after finishing as champions in 2015-16.

Our only previous encounter came that season, when we met at Belle View in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, with Consett running out 3-1 winners with two goals from Michael Sweet and one from Dan Hawkins.

Colne have twice reached the NPL Division One play-offs, losing in the semi-finals both times. Last season they finished 14th in their league.

Their best FA Trophy performance was reaching the 1st Round proper last season, negotiating two qualifying rounds before losing 4-3 on penalties to Southern League side Tamworth after a 1-1 draw.

They began this season’s FA Trophy campaign with a 2-1 away win at Consett’s NPL Division One East rivals Bridlington Town.

If you’re making your own way to the game, it’s a journey of 100 miles, using the A1(M), A61, A59 and A56. Admission is £9 for adults, £6 for concessions, and £2 for under-16s. Under-12s are admitted free.

There is a refreshment kiosk and bar inside the ground, which will be open before and during the game. The programme is digital, and available from www.colnefootballclub.com or via QR Code at the ground.

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Consett beat Shildon for the second time in a week to make FA Trophy progress for the first time in 28 years

A superb Colin Larkin header gave Consett a 2-1 win at Shildon to progress to the next round as they contested an FA Trophy tie for the first time since 1994.

The Steelmen won at Dean Street in the league last week and did it again tonight to secure an away trip to Lancashire side Colne in the next round of the national cup competition.

Consett now play in the FA Trophy instead of the FA Vase following promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Skipper-for-the-night Jake Orrell gave Consett the lead in the 22nd minute, firing home the rebound from close range, pictured below, after Karl Byrne’s shot proved too hot for Shildon keeper Matthew Bateman to handle.

Colin Larkin should have doubled the lead a minute before half-time when centre-back Dan Capewell’s pass sent him through on goal, but Bateman stood up well to save, and it remained 1-0 at the break.

Six minutes into the second half it was all-square when Shildon’s top scorer Dean Thexton made it 1-1, reacting first to a rebound.

But on 58 minutes Consett went back in front when Declan Bisset’s delightful cross from the left picked out veteran striker Colin Larkin, who expertly steered a header beyond Bateman into the far corner, pictured top.

On 67 minutes the Steelmen thought they had a third goal when Capewell headed in from a corner, but it was disallowed for a foul on the keeper.

A minute later Bateman made a fine fingertip save from Byrne’s curling effort from 20 yards as the visitors sought a clinching goal.

But it took a superb recovery tackle by Capewell at the other end to prevent ex-Consett striker Michael Sweet from rolling the ball into an empty net after he caught keeper Mark Foden in possession.

Orrell and Byrne both had chances to give the final scoreline a more convincing look, but Consett held on to secure an away tie on Saturday 24 September with NPL Division One West side Colne, who won 2-1 tonight at Bridlington Town.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.
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Consett’s cup visit to Shildon postponed following the death of The Queen

Consett’s scheduled visit to Shildon in the FA Trophy tomorrow has been postponed following the death of The Queen.

The FA has decided to call off all fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect to The Queen, who was its long-standing patron.

The Premier League and the EFL have both confirmed that their fixtures this weekend will be rescheduled for a later date.

In addition, fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend.

Fixtures across the National League System (NLS) Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid (WFP) Tiers 3-7, and grassroots football in England will also be postponed.

Consett’s FA Trophy game at Shildon will now take place at Dean Street at 7.45pm on Tuesday, 13 September. If the scores are level after 90 minutes the game will go to a penalty shootout.

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Consett pick up their first Northern Premier League away win with a fine performance at Shildon

Consett picked up their first three points on their travels since joining the Northern Premier League tonight when they won 3-1 at Shildon.

Dean Street was seldom a happy hunting ground for the Steelmen when we were Northern League rivals with the Railwaymen – but they fully deserved the points after a fine performance.

Darren Holden got Consett off to a perfect start, giving them the lead after just five minutes, smashing a shot in off the bar from Cyril Giraud’s pass.

On 10 minutes it could have been 2-0, but Shildon keeper Matthew Bateman pulled off a great save to deny Jake Orrell after a poor defensive header landed at his feet.

On 27 minutes Consett did double their lead when a corner was half-cleared to Orrell, whose cross found Dan Capewell, who glanced in a header at the back post.

The visitors were rampant, and Zak Atkinson was inches away from getting on the end of a cross to the back post, while Lewis Green saw a shot deflected just wide after good work by Giraud.

It was the 37th minute before Shildon troubled the Consett goal, and when they did keeper Mark Foden made a good low save to deny Jon Weirs.

But it was the visitors who came closest to adding to the scoreline when Capewell bulleted a header goalwards from a right-wing corner, but Bateman made a good reaction save on the line.

It remained 2-0 at half-time, and Consett picked up in the second half where they had left off, with great play between Karl Byrne and Colin Larkin – making his first appearance of the season – setting up Orrell, whose shot was blocked.

Atkinson was inches away from connecting with a spectacular diving header, and on 54 minutes Consett could have been out of sight when Byrne’s beautiful lofted pass sent Giraud through, but he fired narrowly wide.

Shildon received a lifeline on 72 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a Capewell foul on sub Wilson Kneeshaw, but Foden made a fine save, diving low to his left.

On 79 minutes the home side did find a way back into the game when right-back Joe Posthill saw his initial shot well saved by Foden, but followed in to score from the rebound and make it 2-1.

A minute later Consett had a chance to restore their two-goal lead when Orrell’s pass found Larkin a few yards out, but he didn’t connect properly and a defender got back to clear the ball off the line.

But they were in no mood to let this game slip, and secured the points in the 87th minute when Darren Holden’s left-wing corner seemed to be punched into his own goal by keeper Matthew Bateman, with Dan Capewell following in to make sure, pictured top.

When the final whistle went it was a well-earned three points for Consett, who controlled the game from start to finish, and could and perhaps should have won even more convincingly.

The healthy travelling contingent in the crowd of 326 would certainly settle for a repeat performance on Saturday, when the sides meet again at Dean Street in the FA Trophy, kick off 3pm.