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Watt’s his name? Teenage striker Charlie’s double sees Consett beat Temecula

Teenage striker Charlie Watt was given his first start for Consett in their friendly against Temecula tonight – and scored twice to give them a 2-1 win.

The 18-year-old, who signed from Bishop Auckland last month, grabbed a goal in each half at a bitterly cold Belle View Stadium.

He was one of six changes to the starting line-up from the weekend as manager Tony Fawcett used the game to give some of his squad some much-needed minutes.

Jake Jensen, Harry Outterside and Jack Caygill were also given their first starts, as was latest signing Dominic Curl, while James Anderson returned in goal.

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The visitors from San Diego looked sharper in the first half hour, and created a handful of decent chances, without seriously testing Anderson.

But the Steelmen began to impose themselves as the game progressed, and Temecula keeper Bryan Morales made the save of the game from Caygill on 36 minutes, tipping his curling effort over the bar.

Three minutes later Consett took the lead after good work by Jack Gibbons and Calvin Smith on the right, and the latter laid the ball on a plate for Charlie Watt to tap in from a couple of yards out.

It remained 1-0 at half-time, but within a minute of the restart the Steelmen had doubled their advantage.

A through ball sent Ben Ramsey in on goal, and although Morales made a good save from his angled drive, the ball fell kindly for Charlie Watt to fire home from 10 yards for his second goal of the game.

Five minutes later Temecula deservedly halved the deficit when Alexis broke down the right and scored with a lovely low finish into the far corner to make it 2-1.

Both sides had more chances, but were unable to take them. A big bonus for Consett was a first appearance in seven months for Kieren Aplin, who is on his way back from injury.

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He almost marked his return with a goal, but Morales beat out his powerful free-kick after he was fouled right on the edge of the penalty area.

  • Consett’s next scheduled game is the rearranged game at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday, 10 February, KO 3pm. Seats – priced £20 (£15 for early bird season ticket holders) – are still available on the official club coach to the game, which leaves Belle View at 10am.
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Next up: Reduced price admission for friendly v USA visitors Temecula

Consett’s next game sees some old friends visit Belle View Stadium for a special mid-season friendly match.

Temecula FC, from San Diego, California, are on a short pre-season UK tour, and provide the Steelmen’s opposition on Tuesday 6 February for a 7.30pm kick-off.

Season tickets are not valid, but admission prices have been reduced from the normal matchday charges, and will cost £7 for adults, £5 for OAPS and £2 for under-16s.

Temecula have visited Consett once before, in January 2018, when they took a 2-0 lead on a foggy night at Belle View, before the Steelmen ran out 5-3 winners.

Consett’s side that night was a mixture of first teamers and U23s, and our goals came from Danny Craggs (2), David Dowson (2) and Clark Kay.

Four of our current squad played in the game – Matty Slocombe – pictured top in typical friendly mood – Calvin Smith, Arjun Purewal and Ryan McKinnon.

Consett and Temecula do share a common link – both were formerly coached by former Manchester City and Scotland player Willie Donachie.

Temecula began their tour on Friday with a 1-1 draw with Glasgow academy Scoutable United, then lost 4-1 to East of Scotland League side Dalkeith Thistle on Sunday.

After playing Consett they will face Newcastle Benfield on Thursday and Heaton Stannington on Friday.

Consett are TV stars as BBC Look North visits Belle View for return of fans to football

Consett AFC received some very welcome publicity today when the club was the subject of a BBC Look North news item about the return of fans to non-league football.

Reporter Andrew Hartley and a cameraman attended our friendly versus Morpeth Town yesterday – the first game since the partial lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions where we have been allowed to admit supporters.

The result was a two-minute feature on tonight’s regional news about the club and the steps it has taken to make sure Belle View Stadium is a safe place to visit.

Chairman Frank Bell was interviewed, along with several supporters, about the phased return to having crowds at football.

For anyone who missed it, the feature is here.

Fans are back at Belle View – but see depleted Consett lose to impressive Morpeth

Consett welcomed fans back to Belle View Stadium today for the first time since February, but there was no homecoming party as visitors Morpeth Town ran out 4-2 winners in the latest pre-season friendly.

Terry Mitchell was without eight players for a variety of reasons – not ideal against a side who will fancy their chances of promotion this season from the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division.

The Highwaymen, who looked good for a third successive promotion until last season was abandoned, took the lead on 11 minutes when a left-wing corner was flicked on, and Carl Finnigan volleyed home at the far post.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 as Consett gave the ball away in their own half and left Liam Henderson with a one-on-one which he gratefully accepted.

On 24 minutes the visitors extended their lead further when Consett failed to deal with the overlapping Stephen Forster, and the right-back smashed the ball into the top corner.

Consett had a good chance to reduce the arrears on 29 minutes when Michael Mackay’s initial effort was blocked and Calvin Smith lifted his follow-up over the bar.

Four minutes before the interval Smith was within a whisker of scoring with an exquisite lob, but Morpeth keeper Dan Lowson managed to get a fingertip on the ball to divert it onto the post.

The second half saw both sides make full use of their substitutes, and although Jake Orrell had a couple of chances for Consett, home keeper Joe Atkinson made two good saves, as he had in the first half, and Morpeth’s Ben Sayer saw a well-struck effort fizz just over the bar.

Morpeth made it 4-0 in the 81st minute when their hosts gave away possession again, and Jack Foalle took advantage to finish at the near post.

It was beginning to look like a drubbing, but to Consett’s credit they kept going, and managed to get on the scoresheet twice to give their supporters something to cheer.

First, Calvin Smith‘s low drive from 25 yards beat Morpeth’s sub keeper with the help of a deflection from a defender in the 83rd minute.

Then, with two minutes to go, Daniel Marriott’s left-wing corner found Arjun Purewal in the six-yard box, and the Consett skipper fired home, pictured top.

Given their depleted ranks and the fact their opponents play two divisions higher, Consett more than held their own for most of the game, apart from that 13-minute spell in the first half when they conceded three goals.

Hopefully, the next game at Belle View, against Ryhope CW in the FA Cup on 1 September, will see some of Consett’s absentees back to strengthen their options.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett lacking a cutting edge as they draw latest friendly with Crook Town

Consett had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Crook Town today in their latest behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly at a sun-drenched Belle View.

Terry Mitchell’s side were missing five attacking players for a variety of reasons, so it was no surprise they struggled to break down a well-organised visiting side.

Michael Mackay and Lewis Green had shots on target in an evenly-matched first half, but didn’t trouble keeper Ronan Makepeace, while Jamie Tumilty had Crook’s best attempt with a 25-yard free-kick.

The second half saw both sides make a multitude of changes, and one of Consett’s subs, Nick Allen, went close with an effort which Makepeace saved well down at his near post.

Keeper Kyle Hayes was twice called into action as Crook showed the attacking prowess which took them to third in the 2nd Division before last season was declared null and void.

But the best chance of all fell to young centre-back Simon Jakab, who rose highest to meet a right-wing corner in the 63rd minute, but powered his header straight at the keeper, pictured top.

  • Consett’s next game is a behind closed doors friendly against Northern Premier League side Pickering Town on Saturday, 15 August.

Consett to face Northern Premier League side Pickering Town in friendly

Consett have added a friendly match against Northern Premier League club Pickering Town to their pre-season schedule.

The game against The Pikes, who play in Division One North West of the NPL, will take place at Belle View Stadium at 2pm on Saturday, 15 August.

At present, Government and FA guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus mean the game must be played behind closed doors.

We have met once before, in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Vase in season 2016-17, when Pickering won 3-1 at Belle View. Our goal was a late consolation from Michael Sweet.

Matty Slocombe, pictured in action above, is the only player involved in the game who is still at Consett.

Pickering were in the Northern Counties East League at the time, but were promoted at the end of the following season, and have been a Step 4 club ever since.

They play at the same level as our former Northern League rivals Dunston and Marske United, and it is hoped the friendly might become an annual fixture.

Consett begin their pre-season friendlies with a 3-2 win at Newcastle Blue Star

Consett kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 3-2 win over Northern Alliance opponents Newcastle Blue Star.

A strong side took to the field at Scotswood Sports Centre, containing nine of the XI which started our last game, at Atherstone in the FA Vase 6th Round back in March.

Blue Star had a host of former Northern League players in their side, including ex-Steelmen Josh Scott and Andrew Bulford, while their recently-appointed director of football Lee Clark was among those watching the behind-closed-doors fixture.

It was the home side who took the lead in the 12th minute. Callum Johnston – one of several new signings made for a big promotion push – lobbed keeper Kyle Hayes from the edge of the box.

Consett responded well, with Dale Pearson missing a couple of chances, and Calvin Smith hitting the post with a first-time effort from Darren Holden’s cross.

Blue Star almost doubled their lead in their 32nd minute when Connor Lane hit the bar with a free-kick from 25 yards, but the next goal came from Consett five minutes later when Matty Slocombe’s pass sent Pearson in on goal, and he rounded the keeper to make it 1-1.

Right on half-time the Steelmen took the lead, with Alshabeeb’s precise through ball leaving Pearson with only the keeper to beat, and he obliged to make the half-time score 2-1 to Consett.

Both sides made a plethora of substitutions at the break, with only four of Consett’s starting line-up emerging for the second half. One of the subs, the returning Matty Cornish, played a big role in the goal which made it 3-1 in the 57th minute, setting up new signing Carl Lawson, who curled a peach of a finish into the top corner, pictured top.

On 64 minutes it should have been four when the keeper saved from Lawson, and two Thomas McAloon follow-ups were stopped first by the post and then a defender on the line.

With both sides now making rolling subs, it was hard to keep track of who was where, but Blue Star did get a goal back on 71 minutes when Consett lost possession at the back, and Liam Anderson stroke the ball home.

Cornish, who has been playing college football in the USA, looked lively up front, and it took a good save to deny him a goal in the 73rd minute, and another chance right at the death glanced the outside of the post.

It finished 3-2 to Consett, and both sides were happy with a good, competitive workout for their first post-lockdown game.

  • Consett’s next game is against Tow Law Town on Tuesday 4 August, but again Government/FA guidance on stopping the spread of Covid-19 means it must be played behind closed doors.

Consett add friendly game against Crook Town to their pre-season schedule

Consett will play one of the Northern League’s oldest clubs, Crook Town, as part of their pre-season preparations, it has been confirmed.

The Black and Ambers were 3rd in the 2nd Division, and looked a good bet for promotion, when last season was abandoned.

They will visit Belle View Stadium on Saturday, 8 August, but under current Covid-19 restrictions the game will be behind closed doors.

The meeting will be our first since 21 March 2015, when we won 4-0 at their Millfield ground in a 1st Division fixture.

Our goals that day were a hat-trick from Michael Mackay, pictured in action above, and a strike from Aris Guerin-Lokonga.

Crook are managed by Jamie Tunstall, a young manager who encourages his team to play good football. Their squad includes Harrison Scott, a defender who had a spell at Consett in the 2017-18 season.

Their main goal threat is Daniel Kent, who’d scored 20 when last season was brought to an abrupt halt, while Christian Holliday (16) and Daniel Maddison (10) were also in double figures.

Our pre-season schedule so far is:

Sat 1 August v Newcastle Blue Star (A)

Tue 4 August v Tow Law Town (H)

Sat 8 August v Crook Town (H)

Sat 22 August v Morpeth Town (H)

At present, all friendly games must take place behind closed doors, and we await updated guidance from the FA/Government on when spectators will be allowed to return.