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Consett get home draws in FA Cup and FA Trophy

Consett were today handed home ties in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy as the draws for the opening rounds of both national competitions were made by The FA.

The Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup saw the Steelmen drawn at home to big-spending Redcar Athletic, one of the favourites for this season’s Northern League title.

The tie will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 3 August – a week before the Northern Premier League kicks off. It is our first-ever cup encounter.

One player who will be particularly keen to do well is Consett’s summer signing Isaac Walker, as our fellow Steelmen are his old club.

The prize for the winners is a Preliminary Round tie away to NPL side Pontefract Collieries two weeks later.

In the FA Trophy, Consett have been given a bye in the Preliminary Round, and will enter in the 1st Qualifying Round with a home game against Atherton Collieries, who will be in NPL Division One West after relegation from the Premier Division last season.

The game against the Manchester-based side will be played at Belle View on Saturday 7 September.

The game will be Consett’s first home game in the FA Trophy for 30 years. The last was in 1994, when we drew 0-0 with RTM Newcastle at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

It will be a first-ever meeting between Consett and the Colls, who were promoted as champions of the North West Counties League in 2017, and won the NPL’s West Division two years later.

After two Covid-interrupted seasons, they finished 19th in the NPL Premier Division in 2021-22, 18th in 2022-23, then bottom last season.

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Consett are handed awaydays in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup

Consett will be on their travels in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy after the draws for the early rounds of both competitions were made by The FA today.

The Steelmen will begin their season with an Extra Preliminary Round tie in the FA Cup at Kendal Town from the North West Counties League Premier Division on Saturday, 5 August.

The tie means the scheduled home friendly v Morpeth Town the previous evening will be cancelled.

Consett and Kendal have met once before, in the FA Cup Preliminary Round back in 2001-02, when the Steelmen were beaten 4-0 in Cumbria.

Should we come through this tie, our reward will be another away draw in the Preliminary Round, at either Boro Rangers or Penrith, both from the Northern League.

In the FA Trophy we enter unchartered territory with an away tie and first-ever meeting with Bootle FC from the Northern Premier League Division One West on Saturday 9 September.

The winners will progress to an away tie against NPL Division One East rivals Stockton Town or Pontefract Collieries.

Travel arrangements for both cup games will be announced nearer the date.

Consett have also been drawn away from home in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup, to Sunderland RCA, with the match due to take place in the week commencing Monday 14 August. The winners will travel to Carlisle City in the Peliminary Round.


Consett bow out of the FA Trophy after suffering a narrow defeat at Colne

Consett exited the FA Trophy in the second qualifying round today as they were defeated 1-0 by Northern Premier League Division One West side Colne.

A poor first half performance from the visitors saw the home side take an early lead and it proved to be the only goal of the game.

The Steelmen improved after the break but couldn’t fashion an equaliser and the Lancashire side progressed to the next round.

Consett manager Andy Coyles made one change from the game at Lincoln, with Lewis Green coming in for Declan Bisset, while striker Oscar Taylor, a new signing from Newton Aycliffe, made the bench.

Colne’s Holt House ground has a pronounced slope and it was the home side who had the advantage of kicking downhill in the first half.

They controlled most of the early possession, but Consett were defending comfortably until the 15th minute, when they didn’t deal with an attack down their left.

Full-back Tom Fagan made good progress into the penalty area and his ball found centre forward Owen Watkinson, who had the time to steady himself and shoot across Mark Foden from 10 yards, giving the keeper no chance.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half, but the second half saw Consett enjoying much more of the ball.

They had a let-off in the 58th minute when Colne’s Craig Carney hit an excellent shot from 25 yards that rattled the crossbar.

The Steelmen’s best chance of an equaliser came on 62 minutes. Jake Orrell swung in a corner from the left which Zak Atkinson met with a firm header that was destined for the bottom corner, only for home keeper Andre Mendes to somehow claw the ball off the line.

On 69 minutes Darren Holden looked certain to score from six yards out after excellent work from Karl Byrne and Orrell, but his goalbound effort was superbly blocked by home skipper Paul Dugdale.

In an attempt to fashion an equaliser, Consett threw on Oscar Taylor, a new signing from Newton Aycliffe, for his debut, and in a final throw of the dice, big centre-back Ben Milburn was sent on in the 90th minute to play up front.

The ploy almost worked, as Milburn nearly scored with his first touch as he met a long throw in from Holden at the far post, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Colne sub Charlie Russell.

Despite five minutes of added time, it wasn’t destined not to Consett’s day and it was Colne who advanced, with their visitors left to focus on the league and Durham Challenge Cup.
* Full match report, more pictures and statistics HERE.

** Many thanks to Andy Mitchell Photos for today’s match pictures. See more of his work HERE.


Consett will travel to Lancashire to face Colne in the next round of the FA Trophy

Consett’s hard-earned FA Trophy win at Shildon in midweek has earned them a 2nd Qualifying Round tie away to Lancashire side Colne FC.

They play in the Northern Premier League Division One West, and the game will take place at their Harrison Drive Stadium (postcode BB8 9SL) on Saturday 24 September, with a 3pm kick off.

A limited number of seats are available now on the official club coach to the game, priced £20, on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats must be paid for in advance. To book, call at Belle View Stadium or ring 01207 588886.

Colne FC were formed in January 1996, six years after Colne Dynamoes folded after being refused admission to the Conference.

Initially playing in the North West Counties League, they were promoted to the NPL after finishing as champions in 2015-16.

Our only previous encounter came that season, when we met at Belle View in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, with Consett running out 3-1 winners with two goals from Michael Sweet and one from Dan Hawkins.

Colne have twice reached the NPL Division One play-offs, losing in the semi-finals both times. Last season they finished 14th in their league.

Their best FA Trophy performance was reaching the 1st Round proper last season, negotiating two qualifying rounds before losing 4-3 on penalties to Southern League side Tamworth after a 1-1 draw.

They began this season’s FA Trophy campaign with a 2-1 away win at Consett’s NPL Division One East rivals Bridlington Town.

If you’re making your own way to the game, it’s a journey of 100 miles, using the A1(M), A61, A59 and A56. Admission is £9 for adults, £6 for concessions, and £2 for under-16s. Under-12s are admitted free.

There is a refreshment kiosk and bar inside the ground, which will be open before and during the game. The programme is digital, and available from www.colnefootballclub.com or via QR Code at the ground.


Consett’s cup visit to Shildon postponed following the death of The Queen

Consett’s scheduled visit to Shildon in the FA Trophy tomorrow has been postponed following the death of The Queen.

The FA has decided to call off all fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect to The Queen, who was its long-standing patron.

The Premier League and the EFL have both confirmed that their fixtures this weekend will be rescheduled for a later date.

In addition, fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend.

Fixtures across the National League System (NLS) Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid (WFP) Tiers 3-7, and grassroots football in England will also be postponed.

Consett’s FA Trophy game at Shildon will now take place at Dean Street at 7.45pm on Tuesday, 13 September. If the scores are level after 90 minutes the game will go to a penalty shootout.