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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.

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Consett draw Benfield away in the FA Vase + other fixture changes

Consett were today drawn away to fellow Northern League side Newcastle Benfield in the 3rd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase.

The tie will take place at Sam Smith’s Park, where Consett have already won 4-2 in the league this season, at 3pm on Saturday 11 December.

Our continued involvement in the competition means our scheduled Northern League fixture away at Bishop Auckland on that date has had to be rescheduled.

We will now visit Heritage Park at 3pm on Saturday 19 March 2022, while the away game at North Shields, which was due on that date, will now take place four days later.

Additionally, our home game against Northallerton Town – which was put back a week to 27 November due to our involvement in the FA Vase – has been rearranged again, due to work taking place at Belle View Stadium.

It will now be played on Saturday 9 April 2022, which means our next home game will be the visit from Whickham on Friday 3 December, kick-off 7.30pm.

Before then we travel to West Allotment Celtic on Tuesday 23 November, for a 7.30pm KO. Supporters are reminded that they no longer play at Blue Flames.

They are now based at East Palmersville Sports Pavilion (NE12 9HF), where they groundshare with Northern Alliance club Forest Hall.

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.

Consett have to settle for a point from six-goal thriller at Ashington

League leaders Consett had to settle for a point on their travels, after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Ashington.

The Colliers dominated the first half, but had to dig deep to twice come from behind in front of a bumper 735 crowd – including a big Consett contingent – at the DWMedia Stadium.

Visiting keeper Kyle Hayes had already made two good saves and Ashington had also hit the bar before the hosts took the lead in the 28th minute.

Max Cowburn put in a great first-time cross from the right and Craig Spooner made it 1-0 with a close-range header.

Consett skipper Arjun Purewal almost equalised on 36 minutes when he hit the post with a header, and then saw keeper Adam McHugh make an unbelievable point-blank save, pictured top, as he tried to lash home the rebound.

The Steelmen were level a minute later when the resulting corner was half-cleared, and young centre-back James Metcalfe fired in off the post from just outside the box.

It remained 1-1 at half-time, but it took only two minutes of the second half for Consett to get their noses in frnt.

Luke Carr’s pass sent Jake Orrell scampering towards the byline, and his low cross across the six-yard box was turned into his own net by helpless defender Curtis Coppen.

Hayes made two more fine saves to keep Consett in front, but feel he could have done better when Ashington made it 2-2 on the hour.

He failed to deal with a cross from the right, and it was sent back across goal for Harmison, for Luke Salmon to score with a close-range volley.

Hayes made amends with a superb double save from Adam Johnson, and there were more chances at both ends, with both teams going for the win.

Consett thought they’d grabbed a winner in the 81st minute when Darren Holden’s excellent cross from the left put a 14th goal of the season on a plate for Dale Pearson, in his first game back from suspension.

But Ashington had other ideas, and made it 3-3 in the 86th minute, when Danny Anderson scored from close range.

With two minutes to go Consett had a big penalty shout turned down when a defender appeared to handle the ball on the ground, but a point apiece was probably the right result.

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

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Friday night football at Belle View as Consett v Whickham is switched

Fans will get their football fix a day early on the first weekend in December after Consett’s home game v Whickham was brought forward.

The game was scheduled to take place on Saturday 4 December with a 3pm kick-off, but will now be on Friday 3 December, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The fixture between the Steelmen and one of our nearest neighbours is usually well attended, and this one is expected to be no exception.

We’ve already met twice this season, both at Whickham, with Consett winning 3-2 in the FA Cup on 6 August then 2-0 in the league 11 days later.

The last two meetings at Belle View have produced vastly different results – a 5-0 win for Consett in the null and void 2019-20 season, followed by a 1-0 success for Whickham last season.

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.

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Consett face Tow Law trip in December in Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today handed a trip to near-neighbours Tow Law Town in the next round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

We will travel to Ironworks Road on Tuesday 14 December, for the 1st Round tie, which will kick off at 7.30pm.

The clubs have met in the county cup many times over the years, most recently in 2007-08, when the Lawyers won 4-2 at our old Belle Vue Park ground in the 2nd Round.

Consett received a walkover in the opening round of this season’s competition, after our scheduled opponents Durham City withdrew after being unable to fulfil the fixture. Tow Law received a bye to the 1st Round.

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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Consett face trip to Thornaby in FA Vase 2nd Round

Consett were today handed a trip to fellow Northern League side Thornaby in the FA Vase 2nd Round.

The Teessiders have been one of the leading group of clubs this season, and drew 2-2 at Belle View back in August.

Our most recent game at Thornaby was in January 2020, pictured, when we won 5-0 in a Division One game which was our first visit to Teesdale Park for 15 years.

The clubs have never met in the FA Vase. The game will be played on Saturday, 20 November, with a 3pm kick-off.

The rest of the draw as it involves Northern League clubs is as follows:

AFC Liverpool v Redcar Town

Newcastle Benfield v Emley

Carlisle City v Abbey Hey

North Shields v North Ferriby

Bury AFC v Birtley Town

Billingham Synthonia v West Auckland

Our progress in the FA Vase game means two of our Northern League fixtures have been rescheduled.

The home match against Northallerton Town, which was on Saturday, 20 November, will now be played on Saturday, 27 November.

The away game at West Allotment Celtic, which was on Saturday, 27 November, will now take place on Tuesday, 23 November, with a 7.30pm kick-off.