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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.

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Consett make cup progress without kicking a ball as Durham pull out

Consett today progressed to the 1st Round of the Durham Challenge Cup without kicking a ball after Saturday’s scheduled opponents Durham City forfeited the tie.

The Citizens are struggling in Division Two of the Northern League, and lost 10-0 to Sunderland West End last night.

It’s the second time this season they have conceded double figures. League newcomers Boldon CA beat them by the same score, and they also suffered a 7-0 defeat to Billingham Synthonia.

Manager Peter Mulcaster today quit the job, and the club felt they had no option but to withdraw from the competition as their search for his replacement begins.

Durham City have informed Durham FA they cannot fulfil the 2nd Preliminary Round fixture, and Consett will receive a walkover into the next round.

The tie’s cancellation means our next scheduled game is on Saturday, 18 September, when we travel to the Wanted Metal Stadium to take on West Auckland Town. Kick-off is 3pm.

Rusty Steelmen out of cup as Birtley grab last-gasp winner

Grand National Day saw Consett exit the Durham Challenge Cup at the first hurdle today when a late winner gave Birtley Town a 2-1 win.

The delayed 1st Round tie was the first match in four months for Consett and their 2nd Division hosts.

And Terry Mitchell’s side looked rusty, to say the least, on their first-ever competitive meeting with their hosts.

It was Daniel Marriott‘s first competitive start, while Darren Holden and Arjun Purewal made their 100th and 150th appearances respectively.

In a first half of few chances it was Birtley who took the lead on 15 minutes when a long ball sent JOE BARWICK clear.

He kept his composure to round keeper Kyle Hayes and finish to give the 2nd Division side a 1-0 lead.

Consett didn’t manage a shot on target in the first half, and trailed 1-0 at the break.

But they got themselves back in the game on 57 minutes when SIMON JAKAB headed home Jake Orrell’s free-kick with the help of a deflection, pictured above.

There were few clear-cut chances for either side, though Consett were grateful to Hayes for a good diving save from Owen Lancaster, diving low to his right.

A penalty shoot-out looked on the cards until Birtley grabbed a winner four minutes into injury time.

Jack Honour’s shot was blocked and Barwick’s follow-up saved, but KELVIN THEAR was first to the loose ball for a tap-in which gave Birtley a deserved win.

Substitute Kelvin Thear (No 12) wheels away after scoring Birtley’s late winner.
  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett could resume their season on April 10 with a cup match at Birtley – if spectators are allowed

Consett could resume their season next month with their much-delayed Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town – but only if spectators are allowed.

Both clubs have informed Durham FA they wish to continue in this season’s competition, which it aims to finish once non-elite football is allowed to resume as part of the easing of lockdown.

A date has been agreed for the 1st Round game to take place at the Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium – Saturday, 10 April, with a 3pm kick-off – on condition that supporters can attend.

This depends on permission being granted by the Department for Culture Media & Sport – we’ll keep you updated with any news.

Consett are among the Northern League clubs who have expressed an interest in taking part in an end-of-season cup competition, again on the proviso that supporters are allowed to attend, and that food and drink can be sold.

No format, dates or fixtures have yet been confirmed, though again we’ll bring you updates as soon as they’re available. The league programme is likely to be curtailed, though no final decision has yet been made.

Finally, the FA has been in touch with ourselves and Hebburn Town regarding the delayed 2020 FA Vase Final, which it still hopes to play before the end of the current football season.

Discussions are continuing between the FA, Wembley, BT Sport, competition sponsors and the DCMS over a suitable date for the game to take place with fans in attendance. Watch this space…

All Consett AFC games are OFF until further notice due to Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions

Consett AFC first-team games and training are being postponed until further notice, due to Covid-19 precautions.

This is due to the Government’s decision to place the North East into Tier 4 restrictions to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That means our first scheduled game of 2021, the Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town this Saturday, January 2, is OFF.

Northern League fixtures, which were hoping to restart on Saturday, January 9, will not be resumed until further notice.

That means our next scheduled home game, v Seaham Red Star on Saturday, January 9, is OFF.

Subsequent fixtures will depend on which tier of restrictions we’re placed in at the next review.

The Northern League management committee meets on Monday, January 4, to consider options available for the rest of the season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “Sadly, we have entered Tier 4, and we won’t have football for some weeks.

“However, I believe it is in all our safe interests. Please take care, and I hope to see you all soon.”

Consett’s cup tie at Birtley is switched to a Saturday afternoon

Consett’s Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town has been rearranged for a second time.

The 1st Round tie – postponed last week due to a waterlogged pitch at the Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium – was initially rescheduled for this Wednesday, December 23.

But following an agreement between the two clubs it will now take place at the same venue at 3pm on Saturday, January 2.

Birtley advise us that the crowd limit is 150, but it’s home supporters only, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If there are any changes to the limit or entry arrangements, we’ll let you know.

The reward for the victors is an away tie at either Crook Town or Willington.