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Consett left to concentrate on the league after exiting Durham Challenge Cup on penalties

Consett slipped out of the Durham Challenge Cup with barely a whimper tonight after being beaten on penalties at Newton Aycliffe after a goalless stalemate.

Just 121 spectators were at the SecuriCorp Stadium for the 2nd Round tie, and those who stayed away seemed to have made the right decision after a dour 90 minutes.

Consett were without the cup-tied Josh Baggs and unavailable Kieren Aplin, and suffered a further blow minutes before kick-off when Calvin Smith pulled up in the warm-up.

Adam Mitchell stepped up off the bench into the starting XI, where Scott Fenwick made his full debut, and Charlie Exley started a game for the first time since August 2021.

The first half was largely a non-event as the sides cancelled each other out and struggled to create much.

It was half an hour before either side managed a shot on target, when home midfielder Joe Ferguson forced a save from Mark Foden.

On 38 minutes Consett threatened for the first time when skipper Arjun Purewal beat Aycliffe keeper Adam McHugh to a corner, but his header was cleared off the line.

The second half improved a little, but not much, but the game swung Aycliffe’s way in the 67th minute when they were awarded a penalty when Exley upended Callum Munro.

However, Consett had a huge let-off when Ferguson’s spot kick was ballooned over the bar to keep the scores level.

As the game entered its final stages, Cyril Giraud had Consett’s best two chances. On 78 minutes he fired just wide after a free-kick was half cleared to him, then three minutes later he shot into the side netting when an effort across goal might have paid dividends.

The game petered out to a penalty shootout which had seemed inevitable all night, and Aycliffe quickly took control when Consett, kicking first, saw their first two efforts saved by home keeper Adam McHugh.

Foden – one of Consett’s heroes in the previous round, when they beat West Auckland on penalties – gave the visitors hope by saving Aycliffe’s first kick.

But they scored their second, and although Consett scored their third, Ferguson made up for his earlier miss to make it 2-1 and keep their noses in front.

When Consett missed their fourth kick, it was left to Aycliffe skipper Aaron Brown to tuck away theirs for a 3-1 shootout win and a place in the quarter-finals.

Out of all the cups, Consett can concentrate on their Northern Premier League campaign, but this result extended their winless run to 11 games. Next up is a crucial home match against Brighouse Town on Saturday.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

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Next up for Consett – the rearranged cup game at Newton Aycliffe

After a blank weekend, Consett’s next fixture is the rearranged Durham Challenge Cup game at Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday 22 November.

The game, postponed last week due to the pitch at Moore Lane Park being waterlogged, is a 7.30pm kick-off (DL5 5AG).

Aycliffe are 4th in the Northern League 1st Division but suffered a setback to their promotion push at the weekend when they were beaten 3-1 at Seaham Red Star.

Our last visit to Newton Aycliffe Sports Ground resulted in a 2-0 win back in January, in what was Calvin Smith’s 400th game for Consett, pictured below.

There have been three previous meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup between the clubs, with Consett winning two and the Newtonians the other.

In 2008-09, in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, we beat Aycliffe – then still in the Wearside League – 5-1 in a 1st Round tie at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

We met again in the same round in 2010-11, this time at Aycliffe, who by now were in the Northern league and top of the 2nd Division. They won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Finally, we met at Moore Lane Park in 2017-18, again in a 1st Round tie, with Aycliffe by now in the 1st Division. In another close game Consett won 1-0 with a goal from Michael Mackay.

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Consett face Newton Aycliffe away in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett’s reward for beating West Auckland on penalties in the Durham Challenge Cup last night is an away tie against another former Northern League rival, Newton Aycliffe.

The 2nd Round draw was carried out today at Durham FA’s headquarters and gave Andy Coyles’ side a tricky trip to Moore Lane Park on Tuesday 15 November, with a 7.30pm KO.

Aycliffe are third in the Northern League 1st Division, and reached the 2nd Round of the county cup with a 6-0 win at 2nd Division Ryton & Crawcrook Albion last night.

There have been three previous meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup between the clubs, with Consett winning two and the Newtonians the other.

In 2008-09, in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, we beat Aycliffe – then still in the Wearside League – 5-1 in a 1st Round tie at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

We met again in the same round in 2010-11, this time at Aycliffe, who by now were in the Northern league and top of the 2nd Division. They won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Finally, we met at Moore Lane Park in 2017-18, again in a 1st Round tie, with Aycliffe by now in the 1st Division. In another close game Consett won 1-0 with a goal from Michael Mackay.

For anyone who believes in lucky omens, we went on to win the trophy that season, beating Dunston 4-2 in the final.

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Cool-headed Dec sends Consett through in penalty shootout win over West Auckland

Teenage midfielder Declan Bisset was Consett’s matchwinner tonight when he slotted away the final penalty in a shootout to give the Steelmen a Durham Challenge Cup win over West Auckland Town.

When 90 minutes couldn’t separate the sides, who were locked at 1-1, it all came down to who could keep their nerve from 12 yards to decide the 1st Round tie at Belle View Stadium.

Bisset – at 18 the youngest player on the pitch – took the final kick, and confidently tucked it in the bottom corner, pictured top, to take Consett through on penalties.

It was a nail-biting way to end a match which could have gone either way as the two old rivals slugged it out.

But young Bisset wasn’t the only Consett hero on the night; they were grateful to Lewis Green for getting them back in the game three minutes into the second half with a neat finish after Jake Orrell’s initial effort was blocked.

Lewis Green, centre, is congratulated by Colin Larkin and Matty Slocombe. Pic: Gary Welford.

And goalkeeper Mark Foden made a couple of good saves to keep West at bay in normal time, and another in the shootout.

The first half was one of few chances, but the visitors took the lead a minute before the break through ex-Consett striker Scott Heslop, who’d already fired one effort wide and seen another tipped over by Foden.

Consett were much improved in the second half, and Orrell had a great chance to put them ahead in the 65th minute when Calvin Smith’s cross picked him out, but his half-volley flashed just wide.

Jake Orrell shoots just wide from Calvin Smith’s cross. Pic: Gary Welford.

Midway through the half the game descended into a succession of bookings, with six players picking up yellow cards – three from each side – as the previously lenient referee lost his patience.

As the game headed into injury time Consett had a big penalty shout turned down when Adam Mitchell – playing against his old club – went down under challenge from Danni Lay, and West keeper Matty Wilkinson made a good save from Bisset.

Consett’s penalty shootout heroes Mark Foden and Declan Bisset. Pic: Gary Welford.

Penalties it was then, and when both sides scored their first three you wondered whose will would break first.

It was West, as Jordan Blinco saw his effort saved by Foden, only for Karl Byrne to spurn the opportunity to put Consett ahead by blazing his kick over.

Consett keeper Mark Foden saves Jordan Blinco’s shootout penalty. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

Another Consett old boy, Jake Stafford, took West’s fifth kick, which hit the crossbar and looped over, opening the way for cool-headed Declan Bisset to coolly step up and win the game 4-3 on penalties.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Dates confirmed for games v West Auckland, Worksop Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels

Dates have been confirmed for three forthcoming Consett fixtures – two at home and one away.

The Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round tie v West Auckland will take place at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday, 11 October, kick-off 7.45pm.

This game is not covered by season tickets.

The away NPL Division One East game at Worksop Town, which was postponed on 17 September due to their involvement in the FA Cup, will now be on Tuesday, 18 October, with a 7.45pm KO.

And our home game v Stocksbridge Park Steels, which was due to take place this coming Saturday, 1 October, has also been postponed, as they are hosting Ashington in the FA Cup on that date.

It will now take place at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday, 1 November, again with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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Consett drawn against West Auckland in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today drawn against former Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in the 1st Round of this season’s Durham Challenge Cup.

The date and time for the tie have yet to be arranged, but it is likely to be at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 11 October, with a 7.45pm kick off.

We last faced West at Belle View in a pre-season friendly on 23 July, when the visitors won 2-0.

The clubs have met many times in the county cup, most recently in 2011-12, when Kenny Lindoe’s depleted Consett side won 3-2 after extra time in a 2nd Round tie at Darlington Road.

Their matchwinner that night was Harrison Davies, who scored a hat-trick, but the Consett side also included a promising 17-year-old called Matty Slocombe, who was making his debut.

This season’s tie could bring us up against former Steelmen Scott Heslop, Jake Stafford, Corey Nicholson, along with Lee Hume, who is dual registered for both clubs, while Consett’s Adam Mitchell, Colin Larkin, Darren Holden and Ross Coombe have also turned out for West.

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Depleted Consett bow out of the Durham Challenge Cup to Shildon

A much-changed Consett side suffered a cup knockout for the second time in four days tonight, beaten 3-0 at home by Shildon.

The Steelmen’s starting XI for the Frank Pattison Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round tie showed seven changes from the side which took to the field against Wythenshawe Town at the weekend.

They were without skipper Arjun Purewal, top scorer Dale Pearson and utility man James Martin through injury, while Kyle Hayes, Jermaine Metz, Luke Carr and Colin Larkin dropped to the bench.

That meant starts for Ross Coombe, Lewis Green, Nick Cassidy, Nick Allen, Ross Wilkinson, Stephen Callen and Dan Marriott, with Darren Holden, Calvin Smith, Matty Slocombe and captain-for-the-night Jake Orrell the only survivors from Saturday.

Shildon, who now play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a level above their hosts, included two Consett old boys in Danny Craggs and Michael Sweet.

It took a superb save from Coombe to deny Craggs a goal on his return to Belle View Stadium, the keeper showing unbelievable reactions to keep out his close-range header in the 19th minute.

But there was nothing he could do to prevent Billy Greulich-Smith, so often a thorn in Consett’s side, from opening the scoring on 21 minutes, heading home Kurt Matthews’ cross from the right.

Marauding right-back Aidan Heywood doubled Shildon’s lead on 33 minutes with a lovely curling finish from the edge of the area, and it remained 2-0 at half-time.

Consett came out strongly at the start of the second half, with Callen denied at the near post by keeper Matty Bateman, and Wilkinson inches away from turning in Orrell’s inswinging free-kick.

But it was game, set and match to the visitors on 58 minutes when Michael Sweet made it 3-0, slotting home a penalty after Allen had fouled Heywood just inside in the box.

Slocombe had a well-struck drive saved by the keeper and put a header just wide from Orrell’s corner as Consett sought a consolation goal, but it wasn’t to be, and it was Shildon who advance to the last eight of the county cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett into last 16 after Tow Law forfeit Durham Challenge Cup tie

Consett are through to the last 16 of the Durham Challenge Cup without kicking a ball after Tow Law Town forfeited tonight’s scheduled Durham Challenge Cup tie.

The 1st Round game was due to take place at their Ironworks Road ground tonight with a 7.30pm kick-off, but it has been cancelled after Tow Law said they had problems raising a team.

Remarkably, Consett have progressed to the 2nd Round without playing a game, as Durham City did the same the day before our scheduled Preliminary Round tie.

The draw for the next round has yet to take place, as most of the 1st Round ties are being played tonight and tomorrow.

The postponement means Consett’s next game – and their last of 2021 – will be this Saturday, 18 December, when we take on Newcastle Benfield at Belle View with a 3pm kick-off as we bid to extend our lead at the top of Northern League Division One.

Benfield parted company with manager Stuart Elliott after our 4-0 success in the FA Vase at Sam Smith’s Park at the weekend, and are inviting applications for his successor.

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Consett face Tow Law trip in December in Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today handed a trip to near-neighbours Tow Law Town in the next round of the Durham Challenge Cup.

We will travel to Ironworks Road on Tuesday 14 December, for the 1st Round tie, which will kick off at 7.30pm.

The clubs have met in the county cup many times over the years, most recently in 2007-08, when the Lawyers won 4-2 at our old Belle Vue Park ground in the 2nd Round.

Consett received a walkover in the opening round of this season’s competition, after our scheduled opponents Durham City withdrew after being unable to fulfil the fixture. Tow Law received a bye to the 1st Round.