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Consett crash out of the Durham Challenge Cup despite dominating at bogey ground West Auckland

Consett exited the Durham Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage tonight after yet another defeat at their bogey ground, West Auckland.

Tony Fawcett’s side dominated large parts of the game against their former Northern League rivals, and created many more chances than their hosts, but somehow lost 2-0.

It means the Steelmen’s miserable recent record at Darlington Road continues, with just one win in our last 11 visits since a 3-2 extra time victory in the county cup in 2011-12.

Consett had enough chances to win two games, but some less-than-clinical finishing, good saves by West goalkeeper Nick Liversedge and no-nonsense defending by a back four superbly marshalled by Gary Brown meant they headed back down the A68 disappointed yet again.

Liversedge was by far the busier keeper, saving from Jack Gibbons and Zak Atkinson inside the first five minutes as Consett, kicking up the slope, took the game to their hosts.

But on 15 minutes they found themselves trailing when a corner was half-cleared to the edge of the box and Josh Scott volleyed home to make it 1-0.

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Josh Scott takes a swing at a half-cleared corner to make it 1-0 to West Auckland. Pic: Gary Welford.

Liversedge saved well from Kaleb Young’s well-struck volley, Ryan McKinnon sent a close-range effort over the bar and Wil Shaw’s goalbound effort was deflected wide by a teammate on the ground as Consett hammered on the door in search of an equaliser.

Their best chance came a minute before half-time when Gibbons ran on to a flick-on from James Anderson’s kick, but Liversedge was off his line quickly to smother his shot.

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This Wil Shaw effort struck a grounded teammate and was deflected wide. Pic: Gary Welford.

The interval arrived with West somehow leading 1-0, and the second half continued in the same vein, with Liversedge tipping over an effort from Ben Ramsey which looked destined for the top corner.

Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a clumsy challenge on Shaw turned down, and Jake Orrell sent a free-kick just over the bar as the visitors continued to press.

But they were hit by a sucker punch in the 67th minute when James Harrison set up former Consett midfielder Lee Hume, who found the bottom corner from just inside the box to make it 2-0.

Atkinson headed over from a superb Josh Baggs cross when he seemed certain to score, and Scott Fenwick hit the outside of the post from 20 yards after cutting in from the left flank as Consett continued to make chances.

When the final whistle left Consett couldn’t quite believe they had lost, but it was one of those nights when the ball just wouldn’t go in, and they are left to concentrate on their pursuit of a place in the NPL play-offs…

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Consett drawn away to West Auckland in Durham Challenge Cup quarter-final – DATE AGREED

Consett have been drawn away to former Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup.

The game will take place at the Wanted Stadium in the week preceding Saturday 16 December.

West reached the last eight on Tuesday night by beating Birtley Town on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

They had previously beaten Seaham Red Star on penalties in the 1st Round after a 1-1 draw, and Durham Corinthians 2-1 in the Preliminary Round.

Consett and West Auckland have had 10 post-war meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup, most recently last season in the 1st Round, when we progressed 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Belle View.

Our most recent county cup visit to Darlington Road was in the 2nd Round in 2011-12, when we won 3-2 at Darlington Road thanks to a hat-trick from Harrison Davies.

One notable name in the Consett line-up that night was a 17-year-old Matty Slocombe, who was making his debut for the club.

UPDATE: The game will take place on Tuesday 12 December, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Consett’s Durham Challenge Cup game v Easington switched to Belle View

Consett’s next fixture, the Durham Challenge Cup tie v Easington Colliery tomorrow night, has been switched to Belle View Stadium.

Easington’s Welfare Park ground has been unplayable for a month, and overnight rain with more forecast made it unlikely the 2nd Round game would go ahead.

Both clubs and Durham FA have agreed the game will now take place at Consett, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Season tickets are not valid for this game. Admission will be £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for under-16s, payable by cash only at the turnstiles.


Consett drawn away to Easington Colliery in the next round of Durham Challenge Cup

Consett have been given an away tie in today’s draw for the 2nd Round of the Durham Challenge Cup, at Easington Colliery.

They are currently 9th in the 2nd Division of the Northern League, and reached this stage with wins over Gateshead Rutherford and Billingham Synthonia.

The tie is scheduled to take place at their Welfare Park ground in the week preceding Saturday 18 November.

Easington’s preferred midweek night is Thursday, though a date will have to be agreed between the clubs.

The clubs have met four times in the competition, with Consett winning three, including our most recent meeting, 5-0 in the 3rd Round on our way to lifting the trophy for the seventh time in 2017-18.


Consett in the pink after beating Spennymoor Town in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett gave their new pink third strip a perfect debut tonight when they beat Spennymoor Town 2-1 in the Durham Challenge Cup at a blustery Belle View.

The Steelmen had one of the toughest ties of the 1st Round against their former Northern League rivals – now fling high in the National League North.

But a goal in each half was enough to ensure Tony Fawcett’s side progressed to the next round, despite a late Moors fightback.

Consett had a strong wind at their back in the first half, and took the lead on 26 minutes with a route one goal.

Keeper James Anderson launched a huge clearance downfield, and indecision between Spennymoor’s keeper and one of his defenders allowed Ben Ramsey to steal in, round the keeper and tap in for 1-0, pictured below.

Ben Ramsey rounds the Spennymoor keeper to tap in Consett’s first goal. Pic: Keith Marley.

Ten minutes later Consett had a big penalty shout when Scott Fenwick went down under challenge as he chased a ball into the box, but the referee waved the appeals away.

The second half saw Spennymoor make an attacking change by bringing on their top scorer Glen Taylor, but it was Consett who got the game’s vital second goal.

Sub Jack Gibbons, who’d only been on the pitch two minutes, won a free-kick by running at the visiting defence and drawing a foul from right-back Hari Bondarenko, winning a free-kick and earning the No 2 a booking.

Up stepped Jake Orrell, who sent a superb free-kick into the far top corner, which had the keeper grasping at thin air, pictured below.

Jake Orrell’s free-kick beats the Spennymoor keeper for Consett’s second goal. Pic: Kenny taylor

Spennymoor did show their attacking teeth and last, and Glen Taylor pulled a goal back in the 81st minute when he headed in a free-kick from a few yards out.

Moors threw men forward in an attempt to force a late equaliser which would have meant a penalty shoot-out, but it was Consett who came closest to scoring again, when Fenwick’s lob over Ryan Johnson just failed to clear the keeper’s fingertips.

It mattered not, because the Steelmen saw the game out comfortably to claim their place in the 2nd Round after knocking out last year’s county cup runners-up.

  • Full match report, picture gallery, stats, and goal highlights to follow.
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Consett drawn against Spennymoor Town in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today drawn to play Spennymoor Town in the 1st Round of the Frank Pattison Durham Challenge Cup.

It will be the clubs’ first competitive meeting since 2013-14, when Moors won the Northern League title for the fourth time in five years and were promoted.

They are now in the National League North, two divisions above Consett in the non-league pyramid.

The game must be played in the week preceding Saturday 14 October, which means it will probably be at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 10 October, with a 7.45pm kick-off, though this is subject to confirmation.

Spennymoor have only played one competitive game at Belle View – the ground’s very first one way back in November 2013, when goals from Luke Sullivan and Michael Mackay gave us a 2-1 win in the Northern League Division One.

The clubs have never met in the Durham Challenge Cup, though we racked up a dozen meetings in the competition against Moors’ predecessors Spennymoor United, including two finals.

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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.


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.