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Consett boost their defence by signing centre-back Dan Capewell from Dunston

Consett have today bolstered their defensive ranks by signing big centre-back Dan Capewell from Dunston.

The 25-year-old will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s Northern League Division One game at Newton Aycliffe.

The Steelmen are short on defensive numbers at the moment, having lost Arjun Purewal and James Martin to injury last week, while Olly Scott has signed a contract with National League side Kings Lynn Town.

Dan, who has captained the Tynesiders in previous seasons, is a dominant central defender who has been at Dunston since 2016, having previously played for Bedlington Terriers and North Shields Athletic.

He was nominated for Northern League Young Player of the Year in Dunston’s title-winning season of 2018-19, and was named supporters’ player of the year.

He has been a regular for Dunston in their Northern Premier League Division One East campaign this season.

Dan is the third player Consett have signed in recent weeks, following the moves of utility man Nick Cassidy from North Shields and striker Scott Heslop from Dunston.

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Consett add to their firepower by signing Dunston striker Scott Heslop

Consett today gave their fans a belated festive treat in the shape of a new striker, signing Scott Heslop from Dunston.

The 27-year-old is a hard-working forward who made his name at Chester-le-Street Town, where he was a prolific goalscorer, helping them win promotion in 2015-16.

His first season at Dunston, 2016-17, saw him end up as top scorer, with 17 league goals.

After they were promoted he adapted well to the Northern Premier League, winning three individual awards in the 2019-20 season.

On this day in our history: 26 April 2018 – Consett scratch an 11-year itch by beating Dunston to win the Durham Challenge Cup in style

A scintillating first half hour provided the platform for Consett to beat Dunston UTS 4-2 at The Hetton Centre on this day two years ago, to win the Durham Challenge Cup for the first time in 11 years.
 
Mark Eccles’ side stunned their opponents by taking a three-goal lead in the opening third of the game, and although Dunston made a game of it, the Steelmen lived up to their name with a solid defensive display in the second half to lift the famous old trophy for the seventh time.
 
Consett took the lead on 14 minutes when a long ball saw veteran striker Michael Mackay run through and lob the keeper with a superb finish.

Michael Mackay makes it 1-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.


And on 20 minutes Mackay doubled the advantage after being set up by strike partner Michael Sweet to slam a first-time shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards.
 
On 27 minutes Mackay turned provider, clipping a diagonal ball to Sweet, who turned his man and finished into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Michael Sweet made it 3-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dunston responded with a goal from Dale Burrell on 32 minutes, and although the Tynesiders enjoyed their best spell of the game after that, it remained 3-1 to Consett at half-time.
 
Mackay almost had his hat-trick two minutes after the break when a corner fell to him at the back post, but Dunston keeper Niall Harrison made a good block.
 
But the keeper was at fault for the goal in the 69th minute when all-but ensured the cup would be heading to Consett, letting a well-struck shot from Sweet slip through his hands and his legs to make it 4-1. It was the striker’s 40th goal of the season.

Dunston’s keeper holds his head after letting in a soft fourth goal. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dunston reduced the arrears on 75 minutes when Consett keeper Kyle Hayes, who’d made a couple of fine saves in the first half, missed a cross and centre-back Michael Hall made it 4-2.
 
But the men in red held firm as Dunston threw everything at them, and a frustrating night for the blues ended with skipper Burrell being shown a straight red card for a lunge on Dowson, and his reaction when the Consett man remonstrated with him.
 
The Conny Army behind the goal, who had been in fine voice all night, mobbed the players at the end, and it was a proud skipper Danny Craggs who lifted the gleaming silver trophy into the night sky.

Consett skipper Danny Craggs lifts the Durham Challenge Cup. Pic: Gary Welford.

CONSETT: 1 Kyle Hayes, 2 Nick Cassidy (sub Nathan Convery 81), 3 Clark Kay (sub Adam Male 90+3), 4 Arjun Purewal, 5 Ryan McKinnon, 6 Matty Slocombe, 7 Calvin Smith, 8 Danny Craggs (captain), 9 Michael Sweet, 10 Michael Mackay, 11 Jordan Lavery (sub David Dowson 75). Subs not used: Nathan Lawrence, Chris Rogan.
DUNSTON UTS: 1 Niall Harrison, 2 Liam Marrs, 3 Ben Pollock (sub Scott Heslop 71), 4 Jake Stafford, 5 Dan Capewell, 6 Michael Hall (sub Callum Elliott 85), 7 Dan Halliday, 8 Michael Pearson, 9 Mark Fitzpatrick, 10 Dale Burrell (captain), 11 Liam Thear. Subs not used: Aidan Grant (GK), Dan Lowther, Matteo Faiola.

  • Many thanks to Ken Fitzpatrick for the image at the top of this article.

Spirited second-half fightback not enough as Consett bow out of FA Cup at Dunston

A spirited second-half comeback was not enough to prevent Consett tumbling out of this season’s FA Cup at the first hurdle after a disastrous opening 45 minutes in tonight’s Extra Preliminary Round replay at Dunston.

The Steelmen were given a lesson in finishing by last season’s Northern League champions, and found themselves 4-0 down at half-time, though they hit the woodwork twice themselves.

They scored twice in three minutes early in the second half to give themselves a foothold back in the game, and were the better side for much of the half, but a fifth goal at the death gave the final scoreline a slightly harsh look.

Dunston took the lead in the 17th minute when centre-back Dan Capewell headed in at the back post, but Luke Carr almost equalised immediately for Consett when his 20-yarder crashed off the top of the bar.

The Steelmen hit the woodwork again on the half-hour when a Jake Stafford shot was turned onto the post by his former teammate Karl Dryden, and the visitors were well in the game.

However, it all began to unravel in the 36th minute when they failed to deal with a left-wing corner, and the ball was crashed home by Mark Fitzpatrick.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 as Consett failed to deal with another ball into the box, and Liam Brooks fired into the corner.

And on 43 minutes Dunston scored for the third time in seven minutes to give the half-time scoreline a slightly unrealistic look, Fitzpatrick finishing after chasing a long ball over the top.

Consett made a double change at half-time, bringing on Ross Wilkinson and Nick Allen, and within five minutes they had a lifeline when captain Arjun Purewal headed in from Luke Carr’s corner.

Two minutes later the visitors were right back in it when Calvin Smith headed in from close range from a Carr free-kick.

Dunston managed to steady themselves, though Consett substitute Lewis McGeoch could have set up an interesting last finale if he hadn’t fired over in the 87th minute from Purewal’s knockdown.

Instead, the last word went to Dunston, whose captain Dan Halliday made it 5-2 in the second minute of injury time, with a shot which took a wicked deflection past Consett keeper Kyle Hayes.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Cup games cause several of Consett’s fixtures to be changed

Despite the fact the new season is just a week old, Consett fans already have a raft of fixture changes to add to their diaries.

For a start, yesterday’s FA Cup draw with Dunston means we will now replay the tie at the UTS Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 13. Admission is £7 for adults and £4 for concessions.

This means the home league game which was meant to be played that night against Guisborough Town has been rescheduled, to Tuesday, September 17.

Meanwhile, Whickham’s progress in the FA Cup means our home league game against them, which was due to be on Saturday, August 24, will now take place on Tuesday, August 27 – cup replays permitting, of course.

Finally, Bedlington Terriers have moved their midweek games from Tuesday to Wednesday, which means our League Cup game at Welfare Park will now take place on Wednesday, October 2, a day later than scheduled.

Consett and Dunston must try again after FA Cup stalemate at windy Belle View

Consett and Dunston will have to try again to decide who advances to the next round of the FA Cup after a hard-fought 1-1 draw at a windswept Belle View Stadium today.

Luke Carr gave the Steelmen the lead against their higher-ranked opponents, firing in the rebound from six yards in the 14th minute after visiting keeper Karl Dryden had saved from Jermaine Metz.

Dryden had already made a good save to deny Ali Alshabeeb in a one-on-one, and Jake Stafford came close to doubling the lead against his old club, but curled a 20-yard shot inches wide.

It remained 1-0 to Consett at half-time, but they were kicking into a strengthening wind in the second half, and Dunston thought they had equalised on 57 minutes, but the ‘goal’ was disallowed for a foul on the keeper.

But on the hour it was 1-1 when Mark Fitzpatrick, who was top scorer in the Northern League last season as Dunston won the championship, burst through to fire past Kyle Hayes.

Either side could have won it after that, with Carr seeing a shot blocked from Darren Holden’s excellent pullback, and sending a diving header just wide from Calvin Smith’s cross, while at the other end Andrew Grant-Soulsby put a towering header just over the bar.

It stayed 1-1, however, and the sides will replay at the UTS Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday.