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Consett lose to Dunston but feel aggrieved after key penalty decision goes against them

Consett dropped out of the play-off places on goal difference after being beaten 2-0 at home today by nearest neighbours Dunston in front of the highest Belle View attendance this season.

But the Steelmen – who were missing key men Ben Ramsey and Arjun Purewal – were left feeling hard done by after being denied what looked like a stonewall penalty when the game was still goalless.

Zak Atkinson, Wil Shaw and Kaleb Young all had chances for Consett in the first half, but none of them could test old boy Dan Staples in the Dunston goal.

At the other end, James Anderson stood up well to save from Dunston No 9 Jack Maskell, and midfielder David Robinson hit the post with a free header from Chris McDonald’s cross.

Consett’s best chance of an even half came on 38 minutes, when Jake Orrell threatened to slalom through the whole Dunston defence, but was denied by a superb tackle by Josh King.

It remained goalless at half-time, and the second half was more of the same, with both sides making and squandering chances in front of the season’s best crowd of 433.

There was a crucial moment in the 66th minute when Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a handball by McDonald waved away by the referee.

Five minutes later the visitors took the lead when Dale Pearson – one of five ex-Consett players in the full-strength Dunston side – broke down the left and crossed for David Robinson to score from close range.

Consett pressed hard for an equaliser, but were caught on the break five minutes into added time when David Robinson finished from out wide on the left, catching Anderson out of his goal after the keeper went up for a last-gasp corner, pictured top.

  • Full match report, stats and picture gallery to follow.

Consett bring home a hard-earned point from a feisty derby clash at Dunston

Consett remain unbeaten in four league and cup games this season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw against nearest neighbours Dunston tonight.

The Steelmen had lost their last four visits to the UTS Stadium, but could perhaps count themselves unlucky not to have won against opponents who, like themselves, had three straight wins to their name.

There were lots of old boys lining up against their former clubs, with Dan Staples, Michael Pearson, Luke Carr and Dale Pearson starting for Dunston, plus Jack Elliott on the bench, and James Anderson, Dan Capewell and Calvin Smith in the Consett ranks.

With regular skipper Matty Slocombe rested, centre-back Ben Milburn, pictured top, had the honour of leading the team out as captain for the first time.

It was one of the old boys who had the first chance on nine minutes, when a defensive mix-up let in Carr, but Arjun Purewal got back to clear off the line.

On 18 minutes Consett went close when Jake Orrell’s ball found Smith, and his cut-back looked to have set up the lively Wil Shaw for the opening goal, but he was denied by some excellent last-ditch defending by Jude Swailes.

The game exploded in the 21st minute when Dunston defender Chris McDonald was shown a straight red card, pictured below, for a high two-footed lunge at Shaw.

The No 3 was clearly riled after not being awarded a decision against Zak Atkinson moments earlier, but the challenge was a bad one and Shaw was lucky to escape serious injury.

With Dunston reduced to 10 men, Consett were enjoying lots of possession, and Jack Gibbons went on a mazy run which ended with him shooting wide from 20 yards.

On 35 minutes Consett had a big chance when their high press caught Dunston trying to play out from their own box. Atkinson won possession and fed Kaleb Young, who skewed his effort well wide, pictured below.

Dunston changed their set-up at half-time, and took the game to their visitors, forcing them on to the back foot, without really creating much in terms of clear-cut chances.

The nearest they came to scoring was in the 51st minute, when Capewell sliced a clearance across the face of his own goal as he tried to clear Robinson’s cross.

Consett’s best chance of the game came in the 81st minute when Shaw hit a fine opportunist strike from 25 yards, which Staples did well to tip over the crossbar for a corner.

Despite five minutes of added time, neither side could find a winner, and both remain unbeaten this season after taking a point apiece.

  • Full match report, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.


Consett kick off league campaign at Winterton Rangers before hosting Pontefract Collieries

Consett will start their 2023-24 Northern Premier League campaign for the second successive season with an away game, this time at newly-promoted Winterton Rangers.

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Scott Fenwick double v Dunston makes it a Happy New Year for Consett

Consett gave their fans some New Year cheer today as two goals from Scott Fenwick gave Consett a hard-earned 2-1 win over Dunston – one of his old clubs.

The big striker scored once in each half to make it back-to-back wins for the Steelmen over former Northern League rivals following the 2-1 success at Stockton Town on Boxing Day.

Dunston dominated possession and chances in the first half, with Jon Shaw somehow hitting the post at point-blank range, and it was very much against the run of play that Consett took the lead in the 32nd minute.

Scott Fenwick was bundled over by a clumsy challenge by centre-back Jude Swailes, and after the referee pointed to the spot the No 9 picked himself up to beat former Consett keeper Dan Staples to make it 1-0.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, and in the 64th minute Consett doubled their lead. A long pass by Adam Mitchell saw Scott Fenwick beat a defender to the ball and prod it past the onrushing Staples from the edge of the box, for his third goal in his last three games.

Dunston almost pulled one back when sub Liam Thear’s shot hit the post, and they did reduce the arrears in the 72nd minute when Carl Finnigan fired home as Consett appealed in vain for an offside decision.

Michael Fowler missed two chances to level for the visitors, while Kieren Aplin dragged a shot wide after a classic counter-attack as Consett sought a third goal to seal the game.

And the match ended in dramatic fashion deep into added time when another swift break saw Aplin’s effort handled outside the area by keeper Staples, who was shown a straight red card, pictured below.

Consett couldn’t get the third goal against the stand-in keeper to put the game to bed, but saw it out comfortably to claim a hard-earned win and climb to 11th place in the table.

It was manager Tony Fawcett’s first home win, and his side were warmly applauded from the field by the home fans in the bumper bank holiday crowd of 559.

The game was a special one for Consett’s ex-Dunston defender Dan Capewell, who was outstanding alongside Arjun Purewal and Ben Milburn at the heart of the defence, and also for Matty Slocombe, who was making his 400th appearance for the club.

Next up for Consett is the trip to another former Northern League rival, North Shields, on Saturday 7 January. Kick-off at the Daren Persson Stadium is 3pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.


Weary Consett lose at Dunston as their third tough game in seven days takes its toll

A tired-looking Consett side lost their Bank Holiday Monday derby 4-2 at Dunston today as their third Northern Premier League game in seven days took its toll.

Despite scoring against the run of play to lead twice, the Steelmen were unable to raise their game against their closest geographical rivals after falling behind.

On a day when big centre-back Dan Capewell was keen to do well as he returned to his former club, ironically it was a Consett old boy, Jack Elliott, who the visitors found too hot to handle.

Playing at left wing-back, the one-time Steelman created three of Dunston’s goals, and generally tormented his former club all afternoon.

Consett took the lead in the 14th minute when Kieren Aplin took on his man down the left and hit an absolute cannonball of a shot, which crashed against the bar.

Zak Atkinson was following in, and was first to the loose ball to score with a diving header, pictured below. It was the No 9’s third goal of the season, but his first from open play after two from the penalty spot.


On 31 minutes it was 1-1 when Elliott attacked down the left and crossed low and hard for Sado Djalo to prod the ball home at the front post.

On 38 minutes Consett were back in front, and this time Atkinson turned provider, closing down keeper James Anderson, forcing a mistake, and teeing up Jake Orrell to curl in his third goal of the season from 20 yards. His celebration is pictured below.

It might have been a different game if Consett could have reached half-time with their lead intact, but Dunston’s reply was instant, with another Elliott cross finding former Blyth Spartans man Sado Djalo at the back post to make it 2-2 just a minute later.

Consett were under the cosh for much of the first half, yet led twice, but the second 45 minutes was a different story, as they struggled to create anything of note, and were penned in their own half for long periods.

Jon Shaw struck one effort just wide, Djalo hit another into the side netting, Jake Jensen curled a shot just wide and Michael Fowler hit a rising shot over the bar as the home side turned up the pressure.

Dunston went ahead for the first time in the game on 78 minutes when Elliott again attacked down the left and picked out sub Liam Thear, who’d only been on the pitch four minutes, to make it 3-2.

And the Tynesiders made sure of the three points in the 87th minute, when Consett lost possession deep inside their own half and South Shields loanee Will Jenkins took advantage to make it 4-2.

Consett looked a very tired side at the end, and perhaps this was a game too far after their exertions in the hard-fought draw at Pontefract last Tuesday and the excellent win v Carlton Town on Saturday.

The good news is they’ve now got eight days to recover before their next game, which sees them travel to Shildon in the league on Tuesday 6 September, four days before making a return visit in the FA Trophy.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett make Northern Premier League bow at Cleethorpes and then host North Shields

Consett were today handed an away fixture at Cleethorpes Town on the opening day of their debut season in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The trip to Linden Club in Grimsby will be on Saturday 13 August – seven days after the Steelmen open their season with an FA Cup visit to Goole AFC.

It is a tough start, as the Owls finished third in Division One East last season, and it’s followed by a first NPL home game against more familiar opponents, North Shields, on Tuesday 16 August.

The return game against the club who pipped us to the Northern League title last season is at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday 7 January.

Other games of note include a trip to Dunston on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, with the Tynesiders visiting Belle View on Monday 2 January.

We face more ex-Northern League foes, Shildon, at Dean Street, on Tuesday 6 September – four days before playing them there in the FA Trophy! The return league game at Belle View is on Tuesday 7 February.

The games against Hebburn Town are on Saturday 22 October (home) and Saturday 4 March (away), while we play Stockton Town away on Boxing Day, 26 December, and at home on Easter Monday, 10 April.

There’s only one far-flung midweek awayday at the moment – to Pontefract Collieries in West Yorkshire on Tuesday 23 August – our second away game (though there may be more, depending on cup progress).

  • A full list of Consett’s fixtures for the 2022-23 season is available HERE.
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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.