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On this day in our history: 29 April 2006 – Consett close in on 100 points as club records continue to tumble

Consett recorded another fine win – their 32nd of the season in the league – as club records continued to tumble on this day back in 2006.

Kenny Lindoe’s attack-minded team had already won the Arngrove Northern League 2nd Division championship with six games to spare.

But the 5-0 win over Whickham at Belle Vue Park on this day took them to within one point of the magic 100 in an incredible 2005-06 campaign, and was the 17th game in which Consett had hit five goals or more.

Carl Piecha gets up highest at a throw-in. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Kenny continued to rotate his squad to ensure it was used fully during the hectic final month of the season. Gary Ormston, Robbie Blemings and Scott Macdonald returned to the side in place of Colin McKenzie, Paul Curry and Kraig Wilkinson as the Steelmen adopted an attacking 3-4-3 formation.

The game was played in pleasant spring sunshine and had something of an end-of-season feel to it in the first 25 minutes. Neither keeper was unduly troubled, with a long-throw move from Whickham that John Mohan gathered easily and a Damian Maw effort that cleared the visitors’ crossbar the only incidents of note.

Consett opened the scoring in the 26th minute with something of a bolt out of the blue. Robbie Blemings took possession of a loose ball just inside his own half and carried it forward unchallenged for some 30 yards. Having been virtually invited to shoot the young defender did so, finding the bottom corner with a powerful strike from distance.

Robbie Blemings opens the scoring for Consett. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

The goal handed the initiative to Consett, and they never for one moment looked like giving it up. After Andrew Bulford volleyed a punched clearance from Robinson back over the bar, the Steelmen doubled their lead on 36 minutes.

Bulford produced some great work down the right flank before putting over a cross and Robinson’s punch was again ineffective. The ball fell to Carl Piecha who sent a spectacular left-footed strike into the net, despite facing away from goal and the ball bouncing at about shoulder height.

On the stroke of half time Consett added a third, and once again it came gift-wrapped courtesy of the generous Whickham defence. Michael Mackay crossed from the left and found Bulford, whose shot somehow squirmed through Robinson for his 13th Consett goal.

Andrew Bulford, left, is congratulated after making it 3-0. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Any hopes the visitors may have had of clawing their way back into the game were soon dashed as Consett netted twice more in the opening four minutes of the second half. Kraig Wilkinson made it 4-0 with his first touch after coming on as a substitute, reacting well to reach Bulford’s off-target volley and steer it home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Consett went nap on 49 minutes when Piecha’s cross was only partially cleared and the referee spotted the use of a Whickham hand in the melee that followed. Mackay converted the resulting penalty for his 40th goal of the season – two of which having been scored for Durham City.

Having scored five and with 40 minutes still remaining the home supporters could have been forgiven for thinking a slaughter was on the cards. However, there was surprisingly no further scoring, due partly to some profligate Consett finishing and some good defending from a Whickham side who could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel.

Carl Piecha sets Alan Oliver away down the flank. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Indeed, Mohan was forced into making his first real save of the match within two minutes of Consett’s fifth, denying Andrew Elliott a headed goal. Bulford went close on the hour mark, before the crowd were given the rare chance of seeing a goalkeeper score from open play. Consett were awarded a free-kick just outside the area, which Mohan travelled upfield to take, but his shot was deflected wide. From the corner, Mackay sent a glancing header just wide.

Whickham’s best chance came on 73 minutes when Richard Brodie rounded Mohan and played the ball across to substitute James Ramshaw. The ball was behind him, but somehow the former Consett player scooped the ball wide from a yard out.

Michael Mackay challenges the Whickham keeper for a cross. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

At the other end, chances were raining in on the Whickham goal with Alan Oliver, Mackay, Bulford and Blemings all going close in the space of five minutes. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Blemings was in action in defence, getting back to block Graeme King’s shot with Mohan beaten.

Three minutes from time Mackay used his strength to create space for a shot, but was denied another goal for impressive collection by a brilliant one-handed stop from Robinson. Then, with time almost up, Chris Douglas saw a dipping volley go just over the bar, and the Steelmen knew they were just going to have to settle for five.

Their final game, two days later against FA Vase quarter-finalists Crook Town, saw the Steelmen end their record-breaking campaign with a 2-1 win, which gave them an incredible 102 points from a 38-game season, and a final goal difference of +103.

Consett: 1 Mohan, 2 Oliver, 3 Johnson (Wilkinson 46), 4 Ormston (Hagan 76), 5 Maw, 6 Blemings (Douglas 75), 7 Piecha, 8 Brown, 9 Bulford, 10 Mackay, 11 Macdonald.
Whickham: 1 Robinson, 2 Barnes (Ramshaw 69), 3 Morgan, 4 Lister, 5 Hedley, 6 Boyle, 7 Cavanagh, 8 Elliott, 9 Brodie (Robson 77), 10 King, 11 Hutchinson.

On this day in our history: 19 April 1989 – Consett clinch the 2nd Division title in style with a club record 8-0 away win at Willington

Winning silverware is always enjoyable, but doesn’t get much better than on this day back in 1989, when Consett clinched the 2nd Division championship with a club record 8-0 away win at Willington.

It was a stark contrast to the end of the previous season, when, after a few years of decline, the club was relegated for their first time in their history, signalling the end of former Newcastle United and Luton Town pro Gordon Hindson’s spell as manager.

The close season had seen a new man installed in the hotseat, local schoolteacher Colin Carr, and his reshaped side took the Skol Northern League’s 2nd Division by storm.

Colin Carr was in his first season as Consett manager.

Their promotion challenge was built on the back of superb home form, which saw them go the whole season unbeaten in the league at Belle Vue Park.

A stuttering start – two 1-0 home wins and three consecutive away defeats – gave little indication of the season which was to follow, but Carr found the right blend of youth and experience to lead the rejuvenated Steelmen back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

His side only lost two more league games all season, and by the time this final away game rolled around, a Wednesday night trip to Hall Lane looked a bit of a given, as Willington were struggling at the foot of the table, and fighting to avoid having to apply for re-election – automatic relegation and promotion from the Northern League not being a thing in those days.

The match programme.

So it turned out, as Consett clinched not only promotion but the champinship with this crushing win, which, 31 years later, remains their biggest-ever away victory in the Northern League.

Local paper the Consett Guardian reported that Willington showed some neat moves in the opening minutes and Jim Simpson and Mick Jones looked to unsettle the Consett defence, but a well-marshalled rear-guard gave little away and looked comfortable.

Consett opened the scoring after 12 minutes when the home defence hesitated in their box as Ian Robb played in a dangerous high ball, and David Fox coolly swept the ball in to open the scoring.

The Steelmen took total control in the 35th minute when Willington defender Douglas, attempt to clear a cross from Gary Best, succeeded only in heading into his net for an own goal which made it 2-0.

Dave Dent in the Willington goal did well to keep out a good effort from Willard Wright after good work by Fox, but he could do little about Consett’s third goal just before half-time when Ian Candlish made sure as John Gray’s corner curled in.

Consett striker Ian Candlish helped himself to four goals.

Gary Best was on the mark with a header seven minutes after the interval when Gary Cowley had pumped the ball back in after Gray’s corner was only half cleared, and a defensive mistake from Willington let in Candlish for his second goal of the evening. A poor back-pass from Bennett was intercepted by the big man and he raced goalwards with Dent advancing and pushing him wide but he showed class to recover and slot home.

Candlish’s hat-trick came in the 67th minute when he powered a header home following a cross from Willard Wright, and eight minutes later Consett were awarded a penalty when Best’s shot was handled on the line and Candlish blasted home the spot-kick to make it seven.

With the game over as a contest, Consett gave a run-out to two subs, John Curran and Trevor Ward, and the home keeper was beaten again in the dying minutes as Gary Cowley made it 8-0, firing in at the second attempt after Dent parried his first effort.

Gary Cowley rounded off the scoring to make it 8-0.

A jubilant Colin Carr told The Journal afterwards: “We have gone up in style. Willington battled hard, but we were too strong for them.”

Consett would go on to win their last two games, both at home, to make it a whole season unbeaten at Belle Vue Park, and to finish nine points ahead of runners-up Alnwick Town. After just one season, the Steelmen were back where they belonged.

Consett: 1 Tony Morris, 2 Jeff Sugden (sub Trevor Ward), 3 John Gray (sub John Curran), 4 Jeff Wright, 5 Ian Robb, 6 Andy Edwards, 7 Gary Cowley, 8 Ian Candlish, 9 Gary Best , 10 David Fox, 11 Willard Wright.

On this day in our history: 15 April 2006 – Consett clinch the 2nd Division title with six games to spare

There was cause for celebration on this day 14 years ago as we clinched the Arngrove Northern League 2nd Division championship with a 6-2 win over bottom club Peterlee Newtown at Belle Vue Park.

But the visitors, who had conceded 21 goals in their previous two games, made the Steelmen work hard for their victory, even at one stage taking the lead, before Consett powered to victory with four second half goals.

Manager Kenny Lindoe made four changes to the side that had won at Spennymoor in midweek. In came Gary Ormston, Robbie Blemings, Andrew Bulford and Chris Douglas, while Mark Patterson, Damian Maw, Scott MacDonald and Kraig Wilkinson made way.

The home side went close twice in the opening 10 minutes, with Michael Mackay dragging a shot across the face of goal after a turn on the edge of the box, then Steven Brown’s shot came back off the post following a Mackay pass.

But on 11 minutes the visitors took a shock lead when Blemings’ untidy challenge on Carl Winspear was judged to be a foul and Peterlee were awarded a penalty. Winspear himself made no mistake from the spot.

But the lead was short lived as Consett hit back four minutes later. Bulford’s cross was met by Ormston, whose header came back off the post, but Douglas was on hand to fire the rebound home from 15 yards. A minute later Colin McKenzie shot just wide from the edge of the area, then at the other end Peterlee threatened when Wardale shot wide following a corner.

Chris Douglas equalised for Consett. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Peterlee keeper Gretton made a good save to keep out Douglas’ header after 23 minutes, but just after the half-hour Consett took the lead. Again Gretton made a fine save to deny Carl Piecha, but from the rebound Piecha set up Bulford, who headed home from six yards.

But surprisingly The Newtowners hit back to level four minutes before the interval. They were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out and Griffin’s thunderbolt strike flew past a bemused John Mohan in the Consett goal.

Half Time: Consett 2-2 Peterlee

Five minutes after the break Gretton dived to his right to deny Bulford, but a minute later the home side took the lead for a second time when Ormston headed home from Douglas’ right-wing corner. A couple of minutes later Mackay had a header clawed away by the keeper.

Gary Ormston made it 3-2 to Consett. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

But Consett’s leading scorer wasn’t denied for long and Mackay made it 4-2 after 62 minutes when he dribbled through the defence to slot home. The game was as good as over by now and it was just a matter of how many the home side would get. After 71 minutes substitute Wilkinson’s corner was headed goalward by Piecha, but it was cleared off the line.

With seven minutes to go Consett went nap again when Wilkinson set up fellow substitute Alan Oliver, who slotted home with ease. The sixth goal came in the 89th minute when Bulford clipped the ball into the middle, and Mackay made no mistake from close range.

Sub Alan Oliver got on the scoresheet to make it 5-2. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

At the final whistle the celebrations began, with ‘We Are The Champions’ blasting out over the tannoy as the Steelmen clinched the title with six games to go. They were presented with the trophy before the following home game against Crook Town, pictured top.

There was no happy ending for the visitors, however, as they were relegated to the Northern Alliance at the end of the season. They changed their name to Peterlee Town, and switched a few years later to the Wearside League, where they still play.

Consett: 1 John Mohan, 2 Gary Ormston (sub Alan Oliver 68), 3 David Johnson (sub Paul Curry 74), 4 Carl Piecha, 5 David Anderson, 6 Robbie Blemings, 7 Colin McKenzie (sub Kraig Wilkinson 63), 8 Steven Brown, 9 Andrew Bulford, 10 Michael Mackay, 11 Chris Douglas.
Peterlee: 1 Gretton, 2 McCartney, 3 Robinson, 4 Courtney, 5 Griffin, 6 McDough, 7 Conley, 8 Orton (sub Reed 74), 9 Wardale, 10 C. Winspear, 11 K. Winspear.