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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 extend lead at the top by beating stubborn Whitley Bay

Consett extended their lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division to four points today after beating Whitley Bay 3-0 at Belle View Stadium.

The result maintained the Steelmen’s excellent average of scoring three goals a game, but the game was into its closing stages before they secured the points against a stubborn visiting side.

Indeed, Consett were grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Hayes for two excellent saves early in the second half, when the score was 0-0.

The Seahorses arrived in 12th place, but had conceded only eight goals in seven games – one fewer than Consett.

Sure enough, they proved hard to break down, and gave as good as they got in a tight first half.

The closest Consett came to a goal was on 25 minutes when super work by Jermaine Metz down the right saw Stephen Callen’s effort saved at point-blank range by Bay keeper Dan Lister, pictured below.

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Whitley Bay goalkeeper Dan Lister saves at point-blank range from Consett’s Stephen Callen. Pic: Gary Welford.

Lister was in action again four minutes before the break, tipping over Dale Pearson’s well-struck effort, to ensure the half-time score was 0-0.

Hayes produced the first of his big saves just a minute into the second half, getting a good strong hand to Jason Chanayire’s shot, and eight minutes later he stood up well to save from Richard Coulson.

The importance of the saves was emphasised in the 58th minute, when Consett took the lead. A defender clipped the heels of Callen as he chased a great Calvin Smith pass into the box, and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

Dale Pearson, who missed from the spot last week against Thornaby, stepped up to take the kick, and although Lister got a hand to the ball, he couldn’t keep it out. It was the big striker’s 10th goal in 11 games this season.

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Dale Pearson makes it 1-0 from the penalty spot with his 10th goal of the season. Pic: Gary Welford.

It took until the 83rd minute for Consett to make the game safe, and it was a great moment for young centre-back James Metcalfe, whose glancing header from Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner made it 2-0, pictured top.

Five minutes later it was 3-0 when sub Darren Holden played in Luke Carr, whose 20-yarder was helped in by a big deflection which left the keeper flat-footed, pictured below.

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Luke Carr hits the shot which was deflected past Whitley Bay’s goalkeeper to make it 3-0. Pic: Stephen Finch.

With second-placed Thornaby losing 5-0 at home to a West Auckland side who suddenly seem to have clicked, the win extended Consett’s lead at the top to four points.

Next up for the Steelmen is a visit to Ryhope CW’s Recreation Ground on Tuesday night. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Four-goal first-half blast at Benfield takes Consett back to the top again

Four goals in a breathless 17-minute spell paved the way for a 4-2 win at Newcastle Benfield tonight which saw Consett return to the top of the Northern League.

In typical Consett style they came from behind to do it, went in 4-1 in front at half-time, and had to fight a determined rearguard action in the second half.

Dale Pearson was unlucky not to open the scoring after six minutes when he ran onto a long ball, but his shot came back off the post with the keeper beaten.

Veteran striker Paul Brayson – who else? – gave Benfield the lead on 24 minutes, finishing from close range after good work by Cyril Giraud and Sam Walton down the left.

But Consett were level on 31 minutes when Jermaine Metz made a great run into the box, Pearson kept it alive as defenders flung bodies in the way, and Jake Orrell, pictured top, fired home for 1-1.

On 40 minutes the Steelmen took the lead, after Metz once again burst into the box, and Dale Pearson stabbed out a foot at his cross – or was it a shot? – to convert from six yards. It was the in-form striker’s 9th goal in 10 games this season.

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Dale Pearson sticks out a foot and it’s 2-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Two minutes later it was 3-1, as Stephen Callen beat the Benfield goalkeeper to left-back James Martin’s cross to head into his unprotected net.

The third minute of added time at the end of the first half saw Consett score again, as Calvin Smith headed in Luke Carr’s right-wing corner.

If Benfield were shell-shocked by going in 4-1 down they didn’t show it, and they really upped the pressure on their visitors in a proverbial game of two halves.

They got a goal back on 56 minutes when Cyril Giraud cut in from the left, beating two men, before firing a low shot past Kyle Hayes at his near post.

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Stephen Callen beats the Benfield keeper to a cross to make it 3-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Benfield enjoyed a lot of the ball without creating too many clear-cut chances, and it took Consett until the 72nd minute to have their first goal attempt of the half, Carr firing wide from 25 yards.

Callum Guy then forced a good save from keeper Alfie Gordon, and Arjun Purewal headed wide from Metz’s cross.

The best chance of all to wrap the points up came in the 80th minute, when the pass of the game from Carr sent Pearson clear, but the keeper made an excellent save.

There was a late scare when Benfield sub Archie Leonard beat his man and the onrushing Hayes to the ball, but his shot from a tight angle rolled wide of the far post.

When the final whistle went Consett had three well-earned points in the bag, which was enough for them to overtake Thornaby and return to the top of the table.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

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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.

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Depleted Consett suffer FA Cup exit at hands of Bridlington

Consett bowed out of the FA Cup after a below-strength side missing nine players lost 3-2 at home to Bridlington Town at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen took the lead against their higher-ranked visitors twice, and dominated in terms of possession and chances.

But they couldn’t hold onto it as the Northern Premier League side twice came from behind and then snatched a winner to progress to the 1st Qualifying Round.

Consett took the lead after nine minutes when recent signing Olly Scott crossed from the left and Stephen Callen volleyed in from six yards, for his first goal for the club.

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Dale Pearson hit the post, Callen fired another chance into the side netting and the Seasiders keeper Charlie Dixon made a good save from Jake Orrell as the Steelmen dominated the first half.

They had a let-off in the 39th minute when Bridlington had the ball in the net with their first real attack, but were saved by the linesman’s flag.

Consett hit the woodwork for the second time when Luke Carr’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time missed everuone in the box and came back off the post.

But they were made to pay for missed chances when Bridlington equalised in first-half injury time, Danny Earl going on a run down the left and finishing in off the near post.

A minute into the second half Consett regained their lead. James Martin’s ball through the middle was dummied by Callum Guy, and Dale Pearson took it in his stride before smashing a shot into the net from 20 yards, pictured below.

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Incredibly, a minute later it was 2-2 as Andy Norfolk beat keeper Kyle Hayes to a ball down the left, and when his effort came back off the post, Danny Earl scored his second of the game from the rebound.

Consett almost got their noses back in front immediately, as keeper Dixon got the slightest of touches to Callen’s shot, to tip it onto the bar – the third time the home side were denied by the frame of the goal.

The winning goal came on the hour, when Bridlington skipper Pete Davidson went on a surging run and played a neat one-two before firing a low shot past Hayes.

Orrell was denied by another good save from Dixon, pictured top, and Pearson and Martin both fired into the side netting as Consett strived for an equaliser.

But the visitors defended resolutely, their game management was good, and they saw out the rest of the game, to take their place in the next round, despite being distinctly second-best in the first half.

To make a bad day worse for Consett, they were deposed as Northern League leaders by next Saturday’s visitors Thornaby, who beat Penrith 6-2.

Our next game is on Tuesday night, when we play Bishop Auckland in a Division One fixture at Belle View, KO 7.30pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett win at Whickham takes them back to the top of the table

Consett returned to the top of Northern League Division One tonight after a commanding 2-0 win at near-neighbours Whickham.

The result, and a surprise 1-0 defeat for Newton Aycliffe at Seaham Red Star, means the Steelmen are top on goal difference.

Terry Mitchell’s side put in an excellent performance at the First Mortgage Glebe Sports Ground, despite being without six first-teamers through injury.

It meant a debut for one new signing, Oliver Scott, at left-back, while a second, James Martin, was on the bench.

Consett took the game to their hosts from the start, and Whickham could count themselves lucky not to be reduced to 10 men on 19 minutes when Dale Pearson robbed centre-back Ben Milburn of possession.

The No 6 pulled him back, and was clearly last man, but the referee saw fit to punish him only with a yellow card instead of red.

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Dale Pearson appeals to the officials after being hauled down by Whickham’s last defender. Pic: Gary Welford.

Two minutes later the lively Dan Marriott tried his luck from outside the box, and was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post, with the keeper beaten.

Consett took the lead on 23 minutes with a stunning strike from Calvin Smith, who let fly from 35 yards, pictured top, giving Jack Norton no chance.

On 36 minutes it was almost two when Stephen Callen played Pearson in, but this time Milburn got back to clear, though Consett claimed the ball had crossed the line.

On 63 minutes the visitors did double their lead when Jermaine Metz played an excellent one-two with half-time sub Callum Guy, before slipping the ball past Norton.

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Jermaine Metz wheels away after making it Whickham 0 Consett 2. Pic: Gary Welford.

Norton made a good save from Guy’s 25-yarder to prevent him making it three, and Pearson had another effort cleared off the line, which the away fans behind the goal were convinced should have been a goal.

Sub Ryan King’s through ball gave Guy a chance to wrap up the points with a one-on-one three minutes from the end, but he was again denied by Norton.

The final score of 2-0 didn’t come close to summing up how in control of the game Consett were, as keeper Kyle Hayes didn’t have a serious save to make.

Next up for the Steelmen is a home FA Cup tie on Saturday against Bridlington Town, who lost their opening Northern Premier League East game tonight, 2-0 at Yorkshire Amateur.

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Consett players congratulate goalscorer Jermaine Metz after he made it 2-0. Pic: Gary Welford.
  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett suffer late agony against Aycliffe in battle of top two

Consett’s 100% start to the season came to an end today, when they lost 3-2 to Newton Aycliffe in dramatic late fashion.

A goal from Liam Jarvie two minutes before half-time gave the visitors the lead at Belle View Stadium, against the run of play.

Chances came and went for both sides in the second half, and another supersub appearance by evergreen striker Colin Larkin, pictured top, looked like it had rescued a point for the Steelmen.

He reacted first when Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford could only parry Dan Marriott’s shot in the 85th minute, and grabbed a deserved equaliser.

It looked like the game would end honours even, with the sides getting a point apiece and the status quo maintained.

But things took a late twist when Aycliffe were awarded a penalty in the second of four scheduled added minutes.

Keeper Kyle Hayes saved Sonni Coleman‘s spot kick, but the striker reacted quickest to net the rebound and gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Things got even worse for Consett when Darren Holden was sent off. Then Hayes then got caught in possession, which allowed Coleman to nick a third goal in the fourth added minute.

Consett did get one back in the seventh minute of added time, when Dale Pearson scored from the penalty spot to make the final score 3-2.

The result means Newton Aycliffe go top, and wins for North Shields and Thornaby mean Consett will head to Whickham on Tuesday night in 4th place.

The crowd at Belle View was a season’s best 554. The next home game is next Saturday, 21 August, when we face Bridlington Town in the FA Cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett go top after beating West Allotment Celtic 5-0

Consett are top of the Northern League Division on goal difference tonight after thumping West Allotment Celtic 5-0 at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen made it four wins from four games, with a two-goal blast either side of half-time doing most of the damage against their newly-promoted visitors.

It was a night of firsts, with Dan Marriott getting his first goal for the club, James Metcalfe making his first start, and Harry Pilkington and Drew Lake being given competitive debuts as subs.

Striker Dale Pearson joined the select band of players who have scored 50 goals for the club, and the goal of the night came from Luke Carr – a superb half-volley from a perfect pass by Pearson.

It took 40 minutes for Terry Mitchell’s side to break down his old club, and when the goal came it was a good one.

Carl Lawson’s pass from the left picked out Dan Marriott, and the young midfielder smashed the ball home from eight yards for his first senior goal for the club.

Dan Marriott makes it 1-0 with his first senior goal for Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Three minutes later it was 2-0, as Carr’s right-wing cross was flicked goalwards by the head of skipper Arjun Purewal,. No one seems quite sure how it crossed the line until we’ve watched back the footage, but a goalkeeping error seems likely.

Consett skipper Arjun Purewal (partly hidden) flicks the ball on for the second goal. Pic: Gary Welford.

Eleven minutes into the second half it was 3-0, as Dale Pearson latched onto Jake Orrell’s pass, rounded the keeper, who’d come racing out of his area, and walked the ball into the unguarded net.

Dale Pearson rounds the stranded West Allotment keeper on the way to making it 3-0. Pic: Gary Welford.

Two minutes later the big striker turned provider for the goal of the game, hitting a superb crossfield pass from right to left, which Luke Carr crashed home on the half-volley from 20 yards to make it 4-0, pictured top.

Midway through the half Carr almost grabbed another goal with an audacious lob from the centre circle after spotting the keeper off his line, but his effort was a foot or two off target.

Consett did make it five in the 78th minute when Dale Pearson picked up the ball 30 yards out and hit a firm low shot. The keeper appeared to have it covered, but the ball squirmed through his grasp and over the line.

Dale Pearson is congratuilated by Arjun Purewal after making it 5-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was the striker’s third goal of the season, making him our top scorer, and his 50th goal for the club in just his 59th game.

Next up for Consett are Newton Aycliffe, the only other club in the 1st Division with a 100% record this season. Kick-off at Belle View is 3pm on Saturday, and it should be a cracker.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett leave it late as second-half subs inspire win at Northallerton

Consett made it two wins out of two as they won their opening away game of the season at Northallerton Town 2-1 tonight.

But it took two second-half goals from substitutes Colin Larkin and Ryan King to secure the points after the Steelmen went behind early on and trailed for almost an hour.

Northallerton went ahead after just three minutes, when veteran striker Michael Rae fired home from a right-wing cross.

He could have added a second against a strangely lacklustre visiting side when he was clean through on 31 minutes, but shot inches wide of the far post.

Consett had plenty of the ball but offered little in the way of real attacking threat in the opening half, and the Northallerton keeper didn’t have a save to make.

They levelled in the 63rd minute when Dale Pearson took down a pass and fired goalwards. His effort looked like it was rolling in, but Colin Larkin, who’d only been on the field a few minutes, made sure to make it 1-1.

Colin Larkin turns away after scoring his first goal for Consett after making his debut as a sub at the age of 39.

He tapped the ball over the line from maybe a foot out to mark his debut appearance with a goal – surely some sort of club record at the age of 39!

A great piece of skill by Dan Marriott then took him to the byline, where he pulled the ball for Pearson, who saw not one but two shots blocked by some determined defending.

Ryan King, who’d come on as a sub midway through the second half, thought he’d won the game for Consett in the second minute of added time.

He bundled the ball over the line after the keeper dropped it under challenge, but the referee decided that skipper Arjun Purewal had fouled him.

But the visitors were not to be denied, and in the 93rd minute Ryan King took advantage of a miskick by the keeper to run through and slot home into an empty net, pictured top, and make the final score 2-1.

The result means Consett are one of only three teams who have won their first two games in Division One of the Northern League. The others are Newton Aycliffe and Newcastle Benfield.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

Callum’s the Guy as Consett start the season with a win over Seaham

Consett got their Northern League campaign off to a winning start today, beating a dogged Seaham Red Star 3-1 at Belle View Stadium.

Wearing their new red and black away kit, the Steelmen gave debuts to two of their new signings, left-back Charlie Exley and midfielder Callum Guy.

Both did well, and Guy turned out to be one of the key men in the game, which saw Consett take the lead, pegged back, then take three points with an impressive second-half display.

They opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Carl Lawson took Calvin Smith’s crossfield ball down on his chest, turned, and smashed an unstoppable effort in off the bar from 22 yards, pictured below.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Seaham equalised two minutes later, with right-back Jordan Patterson getting on the end of Lee Kerr’s cross to glance in a header.

Six minutes before half-time Consett almost restored their lead, when Jake Orrell played in Luke Carr, whose dinked effort was saved by Seaham keeper Andrew Jennison, and centre-back Max Nelson cleared the loose ball before Dale Pearson could take advantage.

It remained 1-1 at the break, and the Steelmen were grateful to keeper Kyle Hayes for saving with his feet from Adam Lennox in the 52nd minute.

Nine minutes later Consett regained the lead with a fine goal. Guy started the move in midfield, spraying the ball out wide for Pearson.

The No.9 made for the byline before pulling the ball back for Callum Guy, who had continued his run into the box, to finish from 10 yards, firing into the roof of the net for 2-1, pictured below.

Consett’s tails were up, and Pearson and Exley both had chances to increase the lead before they scored a third goal to clinch the game in the 79th minute.

This time Guy returned the favour for Dale Pearson, setting up the striker to score from eight yards after seeing the Seaham keeper save his initial effort.

The final scoreline could have been more. Jennison made an excellent save from Orrell, who burst clean through after robbing Kerr in midfield, and sub Dan Marriott curled an effort just wide after Orrell turned provider.

But manager Terry Mitchell was happy enough to get three points on the board, ahead of a week in which his side faces two tricky away games, in the league at Northallerton on Wednesday, then the FA Cup at Whickham on Friday.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.