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Consett crash out of FA Cup at first hurdle as they are beaten at Goole

Consett’s season got off to the worst possible start as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first stage after suffering a 4-1 defeat at Goole.

The hosts play their football at Step 5 in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division – the level Consett have just been promoted from – but fully deserved their win after a disappointing performance by the Steelmen.

After a summer of great change, the starting XI saw no fewer than seven players making their first competitive start for the club, with another two introduced from the bench.

Goole play at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, but there was precious little fun to be had for visiting supporters as the home side were 2-0 up at half-time through goals from strike pair Sam Cable (32 minutes) and Nathan Perks (39 mins).

A goal direct from a corner from debutant Kieren Aplin midway through a much-improved second-half performance gave the visitors some hope.

But a good display by home keeper Mateusz Zaniewski kept the visitors at bay, and defensive errors allowed the home side score twice more through skipper Joshua Dacre (73 mins) and substitute Luke Williams (89 mins).

To add insult to injury, progress would have seen Consett face Carlisle City in the next round, after the newly-promoted Northern League 1st Division side unexpectedly won 2-1 at West Auckland.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow later due to an extremely poor internet connection!

Depleted Consett suffer FA Cup exit at hands of Bridlington

Consett bowed out of the FA Cup after a below-strength side missing nine players lost 3-2 at home to Bridlington Town at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen took the lead against their higher-ranked visitors twice, and dominated in terms of possession and chances.

But they couldn’t hold onto it as the Northern Premier League side twice came from behind and then snatched a winner to progress to the 1st Qualifying Round.

Consett took the lead after nine minutes when recent signing Olly Scott crossed from the left and Stephen Callen volleyed in from six yards, for his first goal for the club.


Dale Pearson hit the post, Callen fired another chance into the side netting and the Seasiders keeper Charlie Dixon made a good save from Jake Orrell as the Steelmen dominated the first half.

They had a let-off in the 39th minute when Bridlington had the ball in the net with their first real attack, but were saved by the linesman’s flag.

Consett hit the woodwork for the second time when Luke Carr’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time missed everuone in the box and came back off the post.

But they were made to pay for missed chances when Bridlington equalised in first-half injury time, Danny Earl going on a run down the left and finishing in off the near post.

A minute into the second half Consett regained their lead. James Martin’s ball through the middle was dummied by Callum Guy, and Dale Pearson took it in his stride before smashing a shot into the net from 20 yards, pictured below.


Incredibly, a minute later it was 2-2 as Andy Norfolk beat keeper Kyle Hayes to a ball down the left, and when his effort came back off the post, Danny Earl scored his second of the game from the rebound.

Consett almost got their noses back in front immediately, as keeper Dixon got the slightest of touches to Callen’s shot, to tip it onto the bar – the third time the home side were denied by the frame of the goal.

The winning goal came on the hour, when Bridlington skipper Pete Davidson went on a surging run and played a neat one-two before firing a low shot past Hayes.

Orrell was denied by another good save from Dixon, pictured top, and Pearson and Martin both fired into the side netting as Consett strived for an equaliser.

But the visitors defended resolutely, their game management was good, and they saw out the rest of the game, to take their place in the next round, despite being distinctly second-best in the first half.

To make a bad day worse for Consett, they were deposed as Northern League leaders by next Saturday’s visitors Thornaby, who beat Penrith 6-2.

Our next game is on Tuesday night, when we play Bishop Auckland in a Division One fixture at Belle View, KO 7.30pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett come from behind twice to snatch late FA Cup winner at Whickham

Consett made it three wins out of three tonight and progressed in the FA Cup after a thrilling come-fro- behind 3-2 victory at Whickham. 

As with the midweek league game at Northallerton, it was another late show from the Steelmen, as they were twice forced to come from behind against a lively Whickham side. 

They levelled twice through goals from Luke Carr and Jake Orrell before an 89th-minute header from substitute Carl Lawson sent the large travelling contingent of Consett supporters home extremely happy. 

Consett had all the early chances, but succumbed to a sucker punch in the 14th minute as Whickham took the lead with their first attack of note.  

A good cross from the right wing found Scott Robson 12 yards out and although Kyle Hayes got a good hand to the shot, he could only help it into the bottom corner of the net.

Parity was deservedly restored in the 16th minute as the increasingly influential Luke Carr picked the ball up in midfield and advanced towards goal and as the home defence backed off, pictured top, the number 8 unleashed an unstoppable shot past Norton into the bottom right corner. 

While the first half was end to end, the second was much tighter, and while Consett dominated possession they were finding it increasingly difficult to make any headway.

They were made to pay the price on 70 minutes as Whickham substitute Damien Stevens burst through a hole in the Consett defence and finished calmly past Hayes to restore the home side’s lead. 

On 75 minutes Dale Pearson turned provider as he laid the ball into the path of Jake Orrell 12 yards out,, and while most people were expecting the midfielder to look for a colleague, he expertly curled a shot past Norton into the top corner from a tight angle. 

Not happy to settle for a replay, the Steelmen sensed a winner and in the 89th minute Pearson smashed a shot off the underside of the bar.

While players and spectators looked towards the assistant referee, pleading for him to signal that the ball had crossed the line (it hadn’t), substitute Carl Lawson calmly headed in from a few yards out.

The goal sent the massed ranks of the Conny Army behind that goal into raptures and the team into the Preliminary Qualifying round of the FA Cup and a home tie with Bridlington Town.

Andy Ball

  • Full match report, statistics and pictures HERE.

Friday night football for Consett as Whickham FA Cup game is moved

Consett will kick-off their FA Cup campaign on a Friday night, after agreeing to move their Extra Preliminary Round tie at Whickham.

The game was scheduled to take place on Saturday, 7 August at the First Mortgage Glebe ground, with a 3pm kick-off.

But the Lang Jacks share their ground with Whickham Cricket Club, whose 2nd XI have a home game that day.

Consett and Whickham have therefore agreed to switch their FA Cup game to Friday, 6 August, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

A home tie against Northern Premier League side Bridlington Town awaits the winners.

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Consett face neighbours Whickham in FA Cup opener – with a home tie at stake

Consett were today handed an Extra Preliminary Round trip to neighbours Whickham as the draw for the opening rounds of the 2021-22 Emirates FA Cup was made.

Terry Mitchell’s side will visit the First Mortgage Glebe on Saturday 7 August as this season’s competition gets underway.

The prize awaiting the winners is a home tie against Northern Premier League side Bridlington Town in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 21 August.

At least one ex-Steelman could feature for Whickham, as they recently signed our former goalkeeper Jack Norton.

We didn’t get round to playing there last season, which makes our last visit the astonishing 9-2 win in the null and void 2019-20 campaign.

That’s a game our skipper Arjun Purewal won’t forget in a hurry. He claimed a hat-trick, as did teammate Ali Alshabeeb.

We’ve met only once before in the FA Cup, in 2014-15, when a Michael Mackay penalty and a goal from Chris Moore gave us a 2-0 Preliminary Round win at Belle View.

The full FA Cup and FA Vase draws as they affect Northern League clubs is HERE.

On this day: 16 November 1996 – Consett make the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time in 38 years

Yesterday’s memory match was one you’d have to be a good age indeed to remember, but today’s is one which many more supporters will recall.

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On this day: 15 November 1958 – Consett play in the FA Cup proper for the very first time

Saturday 15 November is a date which might mean something to older Consett supporters with very good memories, or those with a keen sense of history.

For it is 62 years to the day since the club appeared in the 1st Round of the FA Cup for the first time, against Doncaster Rovers back in the 1958-59 season.

The fact that we have only done it once more since – facing Mansfield Town in 1996 – indicates what an achievement it is for a club with Consett’s often-meagre resources.

The Ironworkers, as the team were then known, battled through four qualifying rounds to make the competition proper. Hopes of a lucrative pay-day in front of a big home crowd were dashed when Consett were drawn at Belle Vue all right – the home of their Third Division opponents!

It was the first season after the scrapping of the Third Divisions North and South, and Doncaster were bottom of a league which included the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Hull City, Reading, Southampton, Queen’s Park Rangers, Accrington Stanley and Norwich City.

They had played 19 games, winning five, drawing one and losing the other 13. Their last win was a month before, so Consett headed to South Yorkshire with hopes of pulling off a famous giant-killing act.

The 16-page programme for the game, priced 3d, noted that it was a “red-letter day” for Consett, as it was the first time the club, then in the Midland League, had reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup. It noted: “The draw aroused tremendous interest in the township, which lies 12 miles south-west of Newcastle, and the match here today has been the big topic of conversation in Consett for weeks.

A newspaper cutting featuring the men who would carry Consett’s FA Cup hopes.

“No doubt we shall see hundreds of their enthusiastic supporters wearing their black and white favours and giving their team plenty of vocal encouragement, and I should like to see our own supporters too urging our players on, for there is no doubt that when a team knows that a crowd is behind it, there is an immediate re-action, with players willing to pull out that extra effort which brings success.”

The writer continued: “I am confident that our experience and skill will gain us the spoils this afternoon. I know that our League record is not anything like so good as we should like it to be, but if our players start out with the determination I know they possess they should win through, and handsomely too.”

Unfortunately, his words proved prophetic, as the Reds were too strong for Consett, and ran out 5-0 winners. The team, shown in the reproduced centre-pages from the programme, played in the 2-3-5 formation which was favoured then, and found themselves 2-0 down at half-time.

One of the Doncaster players that day was a name to watch out for in the future – not as a footballer, but as a comedian. Charlie Williams, listed at No 5 in the programme, was one of the pioneering black footballers of the 1950s. A physical, no-nonsense centre-half, he spent a decade on Rovers’ books, making 171 first-team appearances. After retiring he enjoyed a career in showbusiness, and became famous as a comedian in the 1970s.

Doncaster’s Charlie Williams found fame as a comedian and TV host after his football career ended. He hosted ’70s gameshow The Golden Shot with Annie Aston.

Then, as now, Consett had to navigate several qualifying rounds to make the 1st Round. They beat Whitby Town 2-1 and Ashington 3-2, both at home, Willington 2-1 away after a 0-0 draw at Belle Vue, then Whitley Bay 3-0 at home in the 4th Qualifying Round. “The crowds got bigger the further we went,” remembers Ronnie Hall, one of the stars of the Consett side. “It really caught the town’s imagination.”

“We used to get 1,500-2,000 for home games – more for derby matches against the likes of Annfield Plain and West Stanley. Our captain was Jackie Callender (pictured below in a newspaper cutting from the game) who came from Gateshead. He was a good lad, who lived for football.”

Consett had to change their usual red shirts and white shorts because Doncaster wore the same colours. They borrowed a strip from Newcastle United, whose reserves they faced in the run-up to the cup tie, so played in black and white stripes.

Jackie Callender heads wide for Consett, who played in a black and white striped strip borrowed from Newcastle United.

“We travelled down to Doncaster on the Friday by bus and stayed in a hotel overnight, which was a real luxury,” said Ronnie. “We didn’t do that very often, even when we were in the Midland League and travelling to places like Goole, Grantham and Peterborough.

“Our chairman was Mr Hyman Sadler, a lovely Jewish fellow who owned a drapery shop at the bottom of the Market Place. They were treating him like a lord all that day and the next because someone from the club rang up and asked to speak to Sir Hyman. It was a joke, but they believed it – the waiters addressed him as ‘Sir Hyman’.

“The FA Cup was huge back then, and bus loads of people followed us down from Consett. It did us no good. Doncaster thumped us 5-0. They were different class. We missed a couple of chances early on, but they took theirs and we were 2-0 down at half-time.

“The longer the game went on the more they took control. Them being full-time made a big difference. We were disappointed, but gave it our best shot. I remember playing against Charlie Williams, he was a canny centre-half, spoke in broad Yorkshire, and kicked everything above grass height.”

Consett chairman Hyman Sadler conceded after the game: “I tried to get our lads into a make-believe sort of mind, thinking they were champions. It was a gamble, but it didn’t come off. I must say Doncaster were value for their win.”

The Consett team which played in the historic game was: 1 Malcolm Lax, 2 Ron Lester, 3 Hilton Spedding, 4 Jackie Callender, 5 Bill Ferry, 6 Les Price, 7 Barry Stewart, 8 Ronnie Hall, 9 Arthur Beadle, 10 Bill McHale, 11 Jackie O’ Connor. The attendance was 8,932.

  • Ronnie Hall’s reminiscences originally appeared in a special Consett AFC programme pullout back in 2008, marking the 50th anniversary of the game v Doncaster.

Consett crash out of the FA Cup after being hit for six by impressive Marske

Consett’s seven-game unbeaten start to the season came to a shuddering halt today when they crashed out of the FA Cup, beaten 6-0 at Marske United.

The Northern Premier League side scored three times in each half to send the Steelmen home on the end of a sobering hiding in the 2nd Qualifying Round tie.

It didn’t help Consett that they were missing captain Arjun Purewal (flu) and midfielders Matty Slocombe and Matty Cornish (both injured), but Marske were simply too good for them, all over the pitch.

The hosts paid Consett the respect of turning out a full-strength side, and laid siege to their goal from the start of a game played in pouring rain throughout, forcing a series of early corners.

The closest Consett came to a goal was in the 10th minute, when Jake Orrell’s ball found Jermaine Metz, who lifted the ball over the keeper, but saw it come back off the bar.

Kyle Hayes in the Consett goal was by far the busier keeper and he had made good saves from Matty Tymon, Connor Smith and Adam Boyes before Marske took the lead in the 29th minute.

Midfielder Glen Butterworth picked up possession 20 yards out when Consett failed to clear their lines, and curled a superb shot into the corner to make it 1-0.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 after another mix-up left Adam Boyes to run through and score. And when Butterworth scored again to make it three on 42 minutes, Consett were left with a mountain to climb.

They started the second half brightly, with Luke Carr and Dale Pearson both testing Marske keeper Ryan Catterick.

But on 54 minutes any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Butterworth turned provider for Matty Tymon, who curled a great first-time shot into the corner.

Consett were reeling, and two minutes later found themselves 5-0 down when Hayes was beaten to the ball by Boyes at the edge of his box, with the striker stretching top prod it home.

On 63 minutes it was 6-0 when a cross from the left by Liam O’ Sullivan found Tymon at the back post, and he headed home his second of the game.

It could have been seven, as Boyes again beat Hayes to the ball in a carbon copy of the fifth goal, but this time the referee ruled it out for a foul on the keeper and booked the striker.

When the final whistle went Consett were left to reflect not only on a poor performance, but also on the sort of mistakes they’ll need to cut out if they want to win promotion and compete in the NPL week-in, week-out.

It was Consett’s heaviest defeat in five and a half years (since the 0-7 reverse at Newcastle Benfield in April 2015), and only the second time in their history that Marske have reached the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett receive an extra allocation of tickets for the FA Cup tie at Marske

Consett have this evening been given an extra allocation of tickets for this weekend’s big FA Cup game at Marske United.

The 2nd Qualifying Round tie at Mount Pleasant at 3pm on Saturday is all-ticket due to a limit on the numbers which can attend due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Our initial allocation of tickets sold out to season ticket holders at Tuesday night’s game against West Auckland.

Now we have been given a small number of additional tickets, which are on general sale now from Belle View. It’s advised to call 01207 588886 as soon as possible, as they’re expected to be snapped up quickly.

They cost £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for children. No physical tickets are being issued, but your name and contafct details will be taken for NHS trace and trace purposes.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “Massive thanks are due to Marske for the additional allocation of tickets, which means more of our supporters will be able to watch the cup tie.”