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Ten-man Consett bow out of the FA Vase to agonising late goal

Favourites Consett crashed out of this season’s FA Vase, losing 2-1 to Wythenshawe Town in the 4th Round on an afternoon of drama at Belle View.

They took an early lead, played most of the second half with 10 men, and then conceded a late goal which gave the impressive visitors the win.

Jake Orrell got the Steelmen off to the perfect start after just three minutes, picking up a loose ball outside the box, taking aim, and dispatching a superb strike into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.

On eight minutes they almost doubled their lead when Luke Carr went on a run which took him past three defenders, and his effort had to be tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Wythenshawe – who Consett beat on their way to the 2020 final – served notice that they were much more of an attacking force this time round when Brad Byrne hit the post with a header on 15 minutes.

Consett keeper Kyle Hayes then denied the same player with his feet, before Consett had a great chance at the other end, as Dale Pearson volleyed over from Darren Holden’s whipped-in cross.

With little to choose between the sides, it remained 1-0 at the break, but the tie swung Wythenshawe’s way on 51 minutes when Consett’s Matty Slocombe was shown a straight red card for an elbow.

The player going down holding his face didn’t help, and nor did most of the visiting team surrounding the referee, but the incident gave the official a decision to make, and he made it.

Wythenshawe took advantage of their extra man by scoring an equaliser on 62 minutes, half-time sub Ionut Casian Anghel heading home from an excellent right-wing cross.

The visitors were dominating possession, but Consett defended well, and on the odd occasion that Wythenshawe found a way through, they couldn’t find a way past Hayes.

He saved well from Dominic Smalley, then produced an even better stop from Steven Hewitt, flinging himself to his right to keep out his well-struck effort.

Consett were struggling to get out of their own half, and it took until the 85th minute for the 10 men to produce an attempt on goal, sub Nick Allen firing wide when a corner was half-cleared to him on the edge of the box.

The incessant pressure on the Consett goal finally told in the 90th minute, when, with the game looking like it was heading for penalties, Wythenshawe grabbed a winner.

Consett lost possession in the middle of the field, Byrne’s pass sent Matty Bryan away down the right, and his cross picked out Darius Palma at the back post. He brought it down and fired home to make it 2-1 and end Consett’s brave resistance.

When the final whistle went after seven added minutes it was Wythenshawe celebrating a place in the last 16 with their supporters, after claiming their third Northern League scalp in their best-ever FA Vase run.

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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.

Consett face rematch with Wythenshawe Town in FA Vase 4th Round

Consett were today handed a home tie in the FA Vase 4th Round draw – against Wythenshawe Town, who we beat on our way to Wembley for the 2019-20 final.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 15 January 2022, with a 3pm kick-off. We are the third Northern League opponents they will have faced in this year’s competition.

Wythenshawe are fourth in the North West Counties League Premier Division, and beat Billingham Synthonia 3-0 in the 3rd Round at the weekend.

They started this season’s competition with a 6-0 win over Litherland REMYCA in the 1st Qualifying Round, then beat Bacup Borough 3-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

In the 1st Round they beat Seaham Red Star 4-3 on penalties, after a 0-0 draw, and in the 2nd Round they beat Holker Old Boys 3-0.

Our 3rd Round meeting in 2019-20 resulted in a 1-1 draw at Wythenshawe, and the FA ordered that the game be replayed at our ground due to our opponents fielding an ineligible player.

The replayed game saw Consett edge through 1-0 thanks to a stunning late strike by Dale Pearson, which sparked the celebrations pictured top.

Consett beat Benfield to reach last 32 of FA Vase

Consett will be in Monday’s FA Vase 4th Round draw after an excellent performance saw them win 4-0 today at fellow Northern League club Newcastle Benfield.

Interim manager Andy Coyles was without the services of six players, and had to name two of the club’s U19s, David Richardson and Kieran Scott, among his substitutes.

But the Steelmen made light of the absentees with a performance which saw them dominate the game from start to finish.

They went ahead after just five minutes, when Jake Orrell’s pass sent Colin Larkin clear, and the veteran striker made it 1-0 by lobbing the onrushing keeper from 12 yards.

On 20 minutes Consett should have doubled their advantage when Luke Carr’s deep free-kick found Calvin Smith unmarked at the back post, but he put his header wide.

But on 26 minutes it was 2-0, when Colin Larkin took a pass from Olly Scott and fired into the corner, pictured below, despite the attentions of two defenders.

Two minutes before half-time the Steelmen grabbed a third goal, as skipper Arjun Purewal scored with a glancing header from Orrell’s left-wing corner.

A minute into the second half another Orrell inswinger caused chaos in the six-yard box, but Benfield managed to hack the ball off the line before Consett could force it home.

The game was wrapped up in the 72nd minute when Carr danced through a few challenges and forced a good save from the keeper, only for the rebound to fall to top scorer Dale Pearson, who blasted home his 19th goal of the season, pictured below.

Four minutes from the end Consett almost had a fifth when the outstanding Orrell ran through on goal, but he was denied by a fine stop by keeper Alfie Gordon.

They will be joined in Monday’s draw by fellow Northern League club North Shields, who won 3-2 at Barton Rovers, but Billingham Synthonia are out, beaten 3-0 at Wythenshawe Town.

  • Full match report, stats and more pictures to follow.
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Consett draw Benfield away in the FA Vase + other fixture changes

Consett were today drawn away to fellow Northern League side Newcastle Benfield in the 3rd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase.

The tie will take place at Sam Smith’s Park, where Consett have already won 4-2 in the league this season, at 3pm on Saturday 11 December.

Our continued involvement in the competition means our scheduled Northern League fixture away at Bishop Auckland on that date has had to be rescheduled.

We will now visit Heritage Park at 3pm on Saturday 19 March 2022, while the away game at North Shields, which was due on that date, will now take place four days later.

Additionally, our home game against Northallerton Town – which was put back a week to 27 November due to our involvement in the FA Vase – has been rearranged again, due to work taking place at Belle View Stadium.

It will now be played on Saturday 9 April 2022, which means our next home game will be the visit from Whickham on Friday 3 December, kick-off 7.30pm.

Before then we travel to West Allotment Celtic on Tuesday 23 November, for a 7.30pm KO. Supporters are reminded that they no longer play at Blue Flames.

They are now based at East Palmersville Sports Pavilion (NE12 9HF), where they groundshare with Northern Alliance club Forest Hall.

Consett hold their nerve to make FA Vase progress with penalty shootout win at Thornaby

Consett will be in Monday’s draw for the FA Vase 3rd Round after a dramatic penalty shootout win at Thornaby this afternoon.

Dale Pearson was the Steelmen’s hero, scoring the decisive kick to give them a 4-3 win after a 1-1 stalemate during the 90 minutes.

Terry Mitchell’s side also had to change goalkeepers at half-time and played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Matty Slocombe was dismissed for a second yellow card.

It was a game of few clear-cut chances, and Thornaby took the lead on 32 minutes with their first attempt on goal.

A diagonal ball found Cyril Giraud, who cut in from the left, beat his man and finished low past Kyle Hayes.

There was an anxious few minutes for the visitors when their goalkeeper needed extensive treatment after colliding with the goalpost in the 39th minute, but he was able to continue.

His team levelled a minute before the break with the best move of the game, as Dale Pearson’s cross from the left picked out Colin Larkin‘s run perfectly, for a first-time finish from six yards, pictured below.

Colin Larkin makes it 1-1 from Dale Pearson’s inch-perfect cross. Pic: Gary Welford.

Hayes was unable to continue for the second half, and was replaced in goal by Ross Coombe, but there was little change to the pattern of the game, with neither keeper having to make a save.

The tide seemed to turn against Consett when Slocombe was dismissed in the 71st minute fafter picking uip a second yellow card.

But the 10 men managed to see out the game, and even created a couple of half-chances to avoid the penalty shootout which had looked inevitable all afternoon.

The shootout got off to a dramatic start when Thornaby’s Craig Hutchinson put his effort over the bar, and Consett right-back Jermaine Metz saw his kick saved by Josh Mazfari.

Elliott Beddow, Cyril Giraud and James Frazer scored Thornaby’s next three attempts, with Luke Carr, Olly Scott and Darren Holden doing likewise for Consett.

But when Thornaby missed their fifth kick, the pendulum swung Consett’s way, and Dale Pearson held his nerve to fire home, and give the Steelmen a 4-3 win on pens.

They will be joined in Monday’s draw by fellow Northern League clubs Newcastle Benfield, North Shields (who also needed a penalty shootout to beat North Ferriby), and Billingham Synthonia, who pulled off the shock of the round, beating highly-fancied West Auckland.

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Consett face trip to Thornaby in FA Vase 2nd Round

Consett were today handed a trip to fellow Northern League side Thornaby in the FA Vase 2nd Round.

The Teessiders have been one of the leading group of clubs this season, and drew 2-2 at Belle View back in August.

Our most recent game at Thornaby was in January 2020, pictured, when we won 5-0 in a Division One game which was our first visit to Teesdale Park for 15 years.

The clubs have never met in the FA Vase. The game will be played on Saturday, 20 November, with a 3pm kick-off.

The rest of the draw as it involves Northern League clubs is as follows:

AFC Liverpool v Redcar Town

Newcastle Benfield v Emley

Carlisle City v Abbey Hey

North Shields v North Ferriby

Bury AFC v Birtley Town

Billingham Synthonia v West Auckland

Our progress in the FA Vase game means two of our Northern League fixtures have been rescheduled.

The home match against Northallerton Town, which was on Saturday, 20 November, will now be played on Saturday, 27 November.

The away game at West Allotment Celtic, which was on Saturday, 27 November, will now take place on Tuesday, 23 November, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

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Late penalty sees stuttering Consett make FA Vase progress

Consett edged through to the 2nd Round of the FA Vase after a late penalty saw them beat Atherton Laburnum Rovers 2-1.

The North West Counties League visitors made the out-of-sorts Steelmen fight all the way for the victory, and had a couple of chances to win it themselves.

Terry Mitchell’s side were without top scorer Dale Pearson, whose red card against North Shields last week was upheld by the FA, meaning he will miss four games.

But they took the lead on 27 minutes through his replacement in the No 9 shirt, Colin Larkin, who finished from a few yards out, pictured below, after a great through ball by Jermaine Metz.

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Luke Carr almost doubled the lead on 38 minutes after being set up by Jake Orrell, but his shot crashed back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

It remained 1-0 at the break, but a half-time substitution and change of formation paid dividends for Atherton, who became much more of a threat, and equalised in the 68th minute.

Consett gave the ball away cheaply in their own half, and Travis Boyles played the ball through to Yacin Amarzou, who slotted it home.

Three minutes later the home side could have gone behind, as Boyles was played clean through, but shanked his shot high and wide.

Consett had a good penalty shout turned down on 85 minutes when sub Dan Marriott was barged over from behind by Atherton defender Tom Horner.

A minute later Atherton had another chance to win the game when Boyles was again played in, but Consett keeper Kyle Hayes made a vital save with his feet.

The game’s deciding moment came on 88 minutes when Consett were awarded a spot-kick, after the referee decided left-back Kaydn Craven had handled Carr’s goalbound effort on the line.

The defender was red carded, despite his protestations that the ball had hit him in the face, and Luke Carr stepped up to make it 2-1 from the spot, pictured top, and send Consett through to Monday’s draw.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

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Consett drawn at home as another FA Vase campaign begins

Consett have been drawn at home in the FA Vase as they enter this season’s competition at the 1st Round stage.

They will face Atherton Laburnum Rovers from the North West Counties League 1st Division on Saturday, 23 October, with a 3pm kick-off. It will be the clubs’ first-ever meeting.

Atherton – not to be confused with Atherstone Town, who we beat in the 6th Round on the way to the 2020 final – are from the Greater Manchester area.

They progressed to the 1st Round with a 4-0 win at fellow NWCFL club Daisy Hill at the weekend.

Their best FA Vase run was back in 1993-94, when they reached the semi-finals.

Consett will face Hebburn Town in the FA Vase final at Wembley on May Bank Holiday Monday

Consett have today been told by The FA that our much-delayed 2020 FA Vase Final v Hebburn Town will take place at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday, May 3.

However, continuing restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus mean the game will be played behind closed doors, as under the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown spectators are not allowed at non-elite football until May 17.

The kick-off time is not yet known, but the eagerly-awaited showdown against our Northern League rivals, and the FA Trophy Final between Harrogate Town and Concord Rangers, which make up Non-League Finals Day, will be screened live on television by BT Sport.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “I’m obviously delighted the club will be able to fulfil its dream of playing at Wembley at last, but I’m absolutely gutted it will be behind closed doors.

“I have been in regular contact with The FA since we won our semi-final in September, closely co-operating and trying every which way we can to get the game played in front of our supporters.

“We have waited as long as we possibly could and explored every possibility with The FA to try to ensure that supporters would be present.

“Unfortunately, there were lots of other factors to be taken into consideration, and this is the one and only opportunity they could give us to play the final at Wembley.

“I feel so sorry for all the fans who are going to miss out on the chance to watch their team play at the home of English football, but we will do our very best to bring the FA Vase home for them.”

A statement issued by the FA said: “Despite our best efforts to accommodate limited spectators, a suitable date was sadly not available, and both the Buildbase FA Vase Final between Consett and Hebburn Town and Buildbase FA Trophy Final featuring Harrogate Town and Concord Rangers will be played behind closed doors.

“We will continue to monitor the national Covid-19 situation alongside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and would also like to thank the remaining clubs in these competitions and their supporters for being patient and understanding during this challenging time.”

This season’s FA Vase will re-start behind closed doors on Saturday, April 10, with the final to be held at Wembley on Saturday, May 22, with limited spectators present, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.