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Ex-Hartlepool pro James Martin signs on the dotted line for Consett

Utility player James Martin has become the latest player to sign a contract with Consett for the 2022-23 season.

The 23-year-old initially came to Belle View as a dual-registered player with Northern Premier League (NPL) side Whitby Town in August 2021.

He proved to be a key player in our promotion-winning season, making 25 starts and two sub appearances, and scoring three goals.

Signed primarily as a left-back, he also turned out at right-back, centre-back and in midfield, and has now agreed contract terms for our debut NPL season.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “James had a professional contract at Hartlepool United when he was still in his teens, so his quality is obvious.

“He’s also shown during his time at Consett what a versatile player he is. We’re delighted he’s agreed to stay for the next step in our journey.”

James is the third member of our promotion-winning squad to sign up for next season, after Dan Capewell and Dan Marriott. Several other senior players are already on contract.

We have also announced our first new signing, striker Zak Atkinson, with others hopefully to follow as we prepare to step up to the highest level the club has ever competed at.


‘He’s one of our own’: Dan Marriott signs his first Consett contract

Consett AFC are delighted to announce that talented young midfielder Dan Marriott has put pen to paper on a contract with the club.

The 20-year-old, whose goal at Histon clinched promotion to the Northern Premier League, is a local lad and a fans’ favourite.

After coming up through the ranks of Consett Juniors, he joined Esh Winning as a teenager to gain experience of Northern League football.

Rejoining Consett in January 2020, he made his first team debut in September that year as a sub v Newcastle Benfield, and got his first start at Birtley Town in the Durham Challenge Cup in April 2021.

An unused sub in our FA Vase final at Wembley, last season saw him make fine progress, starting 12 games, featuring as a substitute in 23 more, and contributing three goals, including the vital second in the play-off.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “As a local lad, and a product of our junior set-up, Dan really is one of our own. He came on in leaps and bounds last season, and wrote his place in club history with the goal that won us promotion. Hopefully there’s many more to come.

Dan is the third player to agree contract terms with the club this week, after Zak Atkinson on Tuesday and Dan Capewell yesterday.


Big Dan Capewell commits to Consett by signing a contract ahead of our debut Northern Premier League campaign

Consett AFC are delighted to announce that centre-back Dan Capewell has agreed to join the club permanently on contract.

The 26-year-old initially signed on dual registration from Dunston in January 2022, and played a vital part in our promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Brought in to help cope with an injury crisis in central defence, he played 14 games in the last three months of the season, scoring four goals.

Despite suffering a badly broken nose at Penrith on April 2, he bravely returned ahead of schedule to play in our play-off win at Histon just four weeks later, and was many people’s man of the match.

As well as Dunston, Dan has played for North Shields Athletic and Bedlington Terriers.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “In his short time at the club, Dan has already shown the sort of qualities we’ll need in the Northern Premier League. We’re delighted to have him on board as we prepare for our first season at the highest level the club has ever played.”

Dan’s permanent signing is the second piece of good news for Consett supporters this week, after we revealed yesterday that striker Zak Atkinson has joined from Whickham.

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Consett make Zak Atkinson their first signing as they prepare to join Northern Premier League

Consett AFC are delighted to announced their first pre-season signing in the shape of striker Zak Atkinson.

The 25-year-old spent last season with Whickham, and has also played for Blyth Town, Ashington, Bishop Auckland, Blyth Spartans and Shildon.

A pacey forward with a good physical presence and an eye for goal, he agreed contract terms with Consett despite being wanted by several other clubs, including some at a higher level.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “Zak is a smashing lad and will be a big character in the dressing room, as well as exactly the sort of player we will need in the Northern Premier League. We hope his stay at Consett will be a long and happy one.”


Consett clinch promotion to the Northern Premier League with play-off win at Histon

Consett will be playing Northern Premier League football for the first time in their history next season after a 2-1 win in the inter-step play-off at Histon today.

Scott Heslop gave them the lead in the 44th minute after latching onto a long ball from Dan Capewell and keeping his cool to finish past the keeper.

Dan Marriott put Consett in control in the 52nd minute, with a delicate lob to make it 2-0.

Histon got one back through Luke Lindsay in the 73rd minute when Consett failed to deal with a long throw.

But they held onto the lead, with keeper Kyle Hayes making a vital stop deep into the seven minutes of injury time.

  • Full match report, stats, video of the goals and loads more pictures HERE.
Consett chairman Frank Bell with Dan Marriott, scorer of the goal which clinched promotion.

Consett face long trip to Cambridge to play Histon FC for place in Northern Premier League

Cambridge club Histon FC stand between Consett and a first-ever promotion to the Northern Premier League.

They finished third-bottom (18th) of the Northern Premier League Midlands Division and face a play-off for the right to remain at Step 4 next season.

They face Northern League runners-up Consett in an inter-step play-off, in a one-off game for the right to compete in the NPL next season.

The game will take place at Histon’s ground, Bridge Road, Impington, Cambridge (CB24 9PH) at 3pm on Saturday, 30 April.

Consett will be running a supporters’ coach to the game, details of which will be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

Histon finished their regular playing season with a record of PL38 W5 D9 L24 F37 A91 Pts 24.

Only two of those wins came at home, and they drew seven home games, losing the other 12.

The 2021-22 season was Histon’s first in the NPL, after they were moved from the Isthmian League. They had previously played in the Eastern Counties League, Southern League and the Conference top flight, as well as both its North and South divisions!

2008-09 was the best season in Histon’s history, finishing third in the Conference (now the National League), only to lose a two-legged play-off semi-final 2-1 to Torquay United.

The same season also saw them reach the FA Cup 3rd Round, where they were narrowly beaten by Championship club Swansea City after knocking out Swindon Town and Leeds United.

Consett and Histon have never met in any competition, but there is one tenuous link between the clubs: goalkeeper David Knight, pictured below, who made two appearances for us in 2017-18, also had a spell at Histon, playing a dozen games for them in 2010 after being released by Darlington.


Consett share eight goals with Ashington in end-of-season thriller

Consett twice came from two goals down to draw 4-4 with Ashington as they brought their Northern League campaign to a close today at a sunny Belle View Stadium.

Andy Coyles named an attacking line-up, which started the game well, but found his side trailing 2-0 after the visitors – Division One’s top scorers – struck twice in three minutes.

The first came on 14 minutes as Dean Briggs took advantage of a defensive mix-up to open the scoring, and two minutes later their lead was doubled as Consett’s makeshift defence failed to clear their lines and Lewis Suddick fired home.

On 18 minutes Scott Heslop reduced the arrears with his 7th goal in 16 games since signing from Dunston, bravely beating Ashington keeper Adam McHugh to Colin Larkin’s cross to head home.

On 33 minutes Dale Pearson hit the 20 mark for the season, beating the visitors’ offside trap to smash the ball past the keeper.

Consett almost got their noses in front in first-half injury time when a superb 25-yarder from Lewis Green rattled the crossbar, and Larkin was inches away from turning in the rebound.

But in the third minute of added time it was Ashington who regained the lead when Dean Briggs spotted Kyle Hayes off his line and arrowed a shot past him from 40 yards.

Ashington went into the break 3-2 up, and within eight minutes of the restart had restored their two-goal lead when an excellent pass sent Liam Doyle to the byline and he pulled the ball back for Lewis Suddick to finish from close range.

On 69 minutes Consett hit the woodwork for the second time when Jake Orrell’s free-kick came back off the post, and Green was denied by McHugh from the follow-up.

But on 70 minutes another setpiece saw Orrell whip a corner in for Calvin Smith to glance in a header and make it 3-4.

On 73 minutes Carl Lawson met a deep cross from Nick Cassidy, and saw his effort cleared off the line, and 10 minutes later another Cassidy cross by headed just wide by Larkin as Consett piled on the pressure.

The fully-deserved equaliser came in the 84th minute, when Jake Orrell smashed a free-kick from 25 yards into the top corner to make it 4-4 with his 11th goal of the season.

Both sides had chances to win the game, but a draw was probably about right for a game which was a wonderful advert for the Northern League.

Consett will take plenty of positives into their play-off for a place in the Northern Premier League on Saturday 30 April. Now they must hope they can get some of their injured defenders fit for the one-off showdown against opponents who are, for the moment, unknown.

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


Consett suffer semi-final heartache at Ashington – and a double blow to their play-off hopes

A brave second-half comeback by 10-man Consett came to nothing tonight when they were beaten 4-3 at Ashington in the semi-final of the Division One Cup.

Trailing 3-1 at half-time, they got the score back to 3-3 despite having Calvin Smith sent off, and were within six minutes of taking the tie to a penalty shoot-out.

But they shot themselves in the foot by conceding a poor goal straight from the restart, and had Darren Holden sent off after the final whistle.

The red cards means Smith and Holden will both be suspended from the one-off promotion play-off on Saturday 30 April, leaving manager Andy Coyles with an almighty headache and a severely-depleted squad.

Ashington took the lead after just five minutes, when Kyle Hayes fumbled a corner and big centre-back Ben Harmison bundled the ball home from point-blank range.

Three minutes later the Steelmen were level, after David Dowson’s knockdown to Carl Lawson, who fired in off the post to make it 1-1.

Hayes saved well from Robert-Lee Taylor on 19 minutes, but there was nothing he could do two minutes later when Lawson lost his man and Jordan Summerly finished low past the keeper for 2-1.

Lawson almost grabbed a second equaliser a minute later, but saw his shot cleared off the line by a defender, and the visitors were made to pay on 24 minutes when Ashington scored again.

Smith gave the ball away as Consett passed their way out from the back, and the Colliers’ top scorer Dean Briggs drove at the makeshift defence to fire past Hayes and make it 3-1.

Colin Larkin went close to reducing the arrears five minutes before half-time when he chested the ball down 25 yards out and fired into the side netting, but it was a second-best Consett team who headed into the dressing rooms at the break.

Ashington were backed by a vociferous crowd who were appealing for every decision, real and otherwise, and they demanded a red card for a Jake Orrell foul on 55 minutes, but the referee decided yellow was sufficient.

Three minutes later they got their wish when Calvin Smith was shown a straight red card for a challenge which many onlookers thought had won the ball.

Consett now had a mountain to climb, but bringing on strikers Scott Heslop and Dale Pearson for David Dowson and Luke Carr injected fresh energy into their attacking play.

They were indebted to Hayes for keeping them in the game on 65 minutes with a superb double save, but on 73 minutes they were right back in it when Scott Heslop bulleted in a header from Orrell’s corner.

On 83 minutes Consett’s endeavours were rewarded when home right-back Liam Doyle wrestled Pearson to the ground, pictured top, and the referee awarded a penalty, which was despatched by Colin Larkin to make it 3-3.

Incredibly, within 60 seconds Consett’s fightback was in vain when, straight from the kick off, they failed to deal with a surging run from the halfway line, and when the ball fell to ex-Steelman Dean Briggs he fired home what turned out to be the winner.

If such late heartache wasn’t bad enough, Holden – Consett’s only fit defender – was red-carded after the final whistle for something he said to the referee, which rules him out of the promotion play-off.

With almost an entire XI currently unavailable, the Steelmen’s chances of playing in the Northern Premier League next season appear to be receding rapidly.

But before the one-off away game against as-yet unknown opponents there’s the small matter of completing our Northern League fixtures this Saturday, with a home game against Ashington, kick-off 3pm.

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