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Consett Ladies aim to make it a Darlo double and avenge cup defeat as they return to Belle View

Consett Ladies are back at Belle View this weekend hoping to make it a Darlo double as they entertain Darlington FC Women following Sunday’s victory 4-2 over Darlington Spraire Ladies.

The Steelers remain one of only two teams left unbeaten in the league, with the Quakers arriving at Belle View with a win and two draws in their last five games. 

The Steelers are currently 12 points ahead of their opponents, who are 7th, but the visitors have two games in hand.

Consett Ladies manager Matt Gatiss knows that despite their current league position, Darlington are a danger to any team on their day.

They recently beat his side on penalties in the quarter-final of the County Cup after a dramatic 3-3 draw at Belle View.

“I have no doubts that towards the end of the season, Darlington will be one of the promotion candidates around the top end of the table,” said Gatiss.

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Consett Ladies manager Matt Gatiss. Pic: Keith Marley.

“We have already seen this year how dangerous they are in attack, but we also know the threat that we have up front, and scoring four at the weekend as well as having a goal disallowed and hitting the bar three times gives us confidence in our own strengths.

“However, we need to tighten up at the back from our last few performances and we are definitely going to need to be at our best at both ends of the pitch to get all three points.” 

Kick off this Sunday is 2pm at Belle View, with free admission. 

Elsewhere in the league:

Birtley Town Ladies vs Chester-le-Street United Women Reserves 

Chester-le-Street Amazons Women vs Gateshead Rutherford Ladies

Horden CW Women vs Darlington Spraire Ladies

Sunderland AFC Women U23 vs Boldon CA Ladies

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Consett Ladies aim to put pressure on the league leaders by winning on their travels

Consett Ladies AFC are back in league action on Sunday as they travel to Darlington Spraire Ladies following a week off due to the weather.

The Steelers are in good form going into the game, being the one of only two teams left unbeaten in the league, with Darlington Spraire going through a rough patch of form, with only win in their last five games. 

The Steelers are currently three points ahead of their opponents, who are 3rd, but have five games in hand, and manager Matt Gatiss knows that a win is needed on Sunday to keep the pressure on league leaders Sunderland AFC Women U23s.

“The longer away days in the league are always tough games, but we hope to go down and impose our style of play to bring the three points back to Belle View,” he said.

“At this point in the season the games are going to come thick and fast, and the quality in this league means that we need to be on top of our game every week.” 

The Steelers have a couple of players away this weekend, so there will be opportunities for other players to step up to the mark in a season where the full squad will be needed! 

Kick off on Sunday is 2pm at Hummersknott Academy (DL3 8AR), with free admission. 

Elsewhere in the league:

Boldon Ladies vs Birtley Town Ladies

Chester-le-Street United Reserves vs Gateshead Leam Rangers

Darlington FC vs Chester-le-Street Amazons

Sunderland U23 Ladies vs Horden CW Women

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Consett Ladies bow out of FA Cup with heads held high after record run comes to an end

Consett Ladies’ amazing run in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup came to an end today with a 2nd Round home defeat by Stockport County Ladies.

But manager Matt Gatiss’s Steelers can hold their heads high after the 6-1 loss to a team who play their football three divisions higher.

They had beaten Birtley Town, Hull United and Warrington Wolves in their best-ever run in the competition, and were the lowest-ranked side left in it.

But a well-drilled Stockport side proved a step too far – for now – for a spirited Consett side, who never gave up in front of another bumper attendance of 252.

The visitors took the lead after 11 minutes when Maria Figueiredo pounced on a loose ball, and on 24 minutes Levi Rathburn made it two with a tremendous strike into the top corner.

Kenzie Bentley put Stockport well and truly in control with two poacher’s finishes on 30 and 38 minutes.

Consett refused to lie down, and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Steph Curry rifled a shot just over on 40 minutes, and Emma Hewett rattled the bar a minute later.

But the Steelers got their reward for their perseverance in the 42nd minute when Emma Hewett bravely challenged the Stockport keeper for a ball in the air to head home and reduce the arrears, pictured.

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It remained 4-1 at the break, but Consett had another good chance at the start of the second half when Curry saw a shot well saved by the visiting keeper.

The home side’s tails were up, and a second goal would certainly have made things interesting, but the more experienced Stockport side quashed any hopes of a comeback with some excellent game management.

Two more late goals from Harriet Houghton (80 minutes) and Maria Figueiredo again (84 mins) made the final scoreline a slightly flattering 6-1, though the visitors were worthy winners.

As they left the field the exhausted Consett side were given a warm round of applause from a crowd who appreciated how well they had done to get this far.