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Consett pull out a plum home tie in FA Cup against Bradford Park Avenue

Consett were handed a tasty home tie in today’s FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round draw, against former Football League club Bradford Park Avenue.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 2 September, with a 3pm kick-off, which means our NPL fixture that day v North Ferriby United will be rescheduled.

Bradford will be tough opponents, as they play in the NPL Premier Division, having been relegated from the National League North at the end of last season.

The clubs have met in the FA Cup before, in the 2nd Qualifying Round back in 2015-16, when Colin Myers’ Consett side were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Belle View, despite a three-division difference between the clubs.

Two of the present Consett squad – Calvin Smith and Ryan McKinnon – were in the Steelmen’s starting line-up that day, while a third, Matty Slocombe, came on as a substitute.

Consett were leading through a Dan Hawkins goal – the celebrations are pictured top – before Bradford levelled with eight minutes to go and grabbed the winner in the fifth minute of added time.

The game was played in front of a bumper crowd of 616, which is still one of the Top 10 attendances recorded since we moved to Belle View almost 10 years ago.

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Consett ease through into the next round of FA Cup after comfortable win over Penrith

Consett are in Monday’s draw for the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after a comfortable 3-0 win over Penrith today at a blustery Belle View.

With work to install a new 3G pitch being done on their ground, the Cumbrians conceded home advantage, and the Steelmen made it count in the Preliminary Round tie.

Wil Shaw opened the scoring in the ninth minute with his first competitive goal for the club, taking down a pass from Ben Ramsey and turning his man before firing into the bottom corner, pictured top.

Zak Atkinson had two good chances to increase the lead, but miscued the first, and saw the second cleared off the line at point-blank range by Penrith defender Matty Story.

The Steelmen led 1-0 at half-time, and although Penrith were defending stubbornly, they rarely threatened the Consett goal.

Just before the hour Consett doubled their lead when Kaleb Young won the ball in midfield and slipped a perfect through ball to Ben Ramsey, who homed in on goal before finishing for his second FA Cup goal of the season, pictured below.

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Ben Ramsey slips the ball past keeper Aaron Taylor to make it 2-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Dan Capewell and Ramsey had chances to put the result beyond doubt, but Consett had to wait until the first of three added minutes before giving the scoreline a more comprehensive look.

Jake Orrell’s pass to the right wing saw Atkinson deliver a perfect cross for sub Nathan Greenwood to head home his first goal of the season from six yards, pictured below.

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Nathan Greenwood’s header makes it Consett 3 Penrith 0. Pic: Gary Welford.

Asked who he wants in Monday’s 1st Qualifying Round draw, Consett manager Tony Fawcett said: “Anyone at home.”

  • Full match report, picture gallery, match stats and video highlights to follow.
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Consett’s FA Cup clash with Penrith switched to Belle View Stadium

Consett’s FA Cup tie with Penrith next weekend has been moved from Cumbria to Belle View Stadium.

Penrith are having a new 3G pitch laid at their Frenchfield Park home, and it was not ready for the start of the season, which means they are playing their first few league games away.

Keen to keep home advantage for their opening FA Cup game against Boro Rangers, they played at Carlisle City’s ground, but the game attracted a crowd of just 65, incurring considerable costs.

To avoid a repeat, they have agreed to concede home advantage in our Preliminary Round tie on Saturday 19 August to Consett.

The match will kick off at 3pm, with normal league admission prices of £10/£7/£4 applying. Please note that season tickets are not valid for the game, and all spectators must pay at the gate.

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Consett get season off to a flier with four second-half goals at Kendal to make FA Cup progress

Consett got their season off to a fantastic start today as a superb second-half display saw them win 4-1 at Kendal Town in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

Manager Tony Fawcett gave full debuts to six players: goalkeeper James Anderson, defender Harvey Smith, midfielder Kaleb Young, and attackers Jack Gibbons, Wil Shaw and Ben Ramsey.

And although there were a number of players missing due to injury and other commitments, Consett still had a strong bench, including Scott Fenwick and Jake Orrell.

Kendal had already started their season and came into the game full of confidence, after winning their first two league matches – both by 1-0 scorelines.

The first 20 minutes was played at a frantic pace, with both sides hitting the woodwork. The game started to slow down as half-time approached, and the teams looked to be heading into the break level.

But in the third minute of stoppage time a poorly-judged back pass to Anderson allowed the lively Steven Yawson to intercept the ball and finish low past the keeper for 1-0.

There were no changes at the interval, but there was a noticeable change in Consett’s tempo and they were straight on the front foot and making inroads into the Kendal defence.

The reward came on 53 minutes as Gibbons set Zak Atkinson away on goal. His initial effort was superbly saved by Kendal keeper Chris Cheetham, but the No 9 was quickest to react and slotted the rebound home.

Only three minutes later, the game was completely turned around as Ben Ramsey scored a fantastic goal. The winger took the ball down on the edge of the area and turned past two defenders before slamming an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

The visitors extended their lead on 76 minutes, with Ramsey involved again. The No 11 hit an effort from the edge of the area that the keeper could only parry to the edge of the box, and sub Scott Fenwick connected on the half volley, crashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Any doubt about the result was removed two minutes from time as Scott Fenwick got his second and Consett’s fourth as he met a lovely free-kick from Orrell to head Consett into the next round, and a meeting with our old Northern League friends Penrith.

  • Full match report HERE. Picture gallery and post-match interview to follow.

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!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Full match report, statistics and pictures HERE.
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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.