Consett have made Kieren Aplin, a versatile left-footer who was recently released by Gateshead, their sixth signing of a busy summer.Continue reading “Ex-Newcastle and Gateshead player Kieren Aplin becomes Consett’s sixth summer signing”
Consett have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Jake Orrell, who has just been released by Blyth Spartans.
The National League North side announced on Friday that the 22-year-old’s contract had been cancelled by mutual consent.
Orrell is a player who has been on Consett’s radar for some time, and the club acted quickly to speak to him and agree terms once his availability was known. He went straight into the squad for the match against second-placed Stockton Town at the Coverall Stadium.
Orrell began his career at the Sunderland AFC Academy, before joining Gateshead in January 2015, and making six substitute appearances for them towards the end of the 2014-15 season.
A trial at Chesterfield earned him a professional contract, and he made two first-team appearances for the League One side before being loaned out to Matlock Town, and then joining Hartlepool United on a free transfer in June 2016.
After a spell with Spennymoor Town in the Northern Premier League, he joined Northern League club Newcastle Benfield in October 2017, and was a member of the side who were League Cup runners-up last season.
He signed for Blyth Spartans in the summer, and although he had featured regularly, appearing in 10 of their 13 games this season, the club said the decision to release him from his contract was agreed reluctantly, at the player’s request.
Manager Lee Clark said: “Jake came to see me about leaving. I was disappointed, but if anyone wants to play at a lower level then they have not got the ambition I want. I wish Jake all the best for his future career.”
Jake said: “There was only one choice of club for me on leaving Blyth, and that was Consett. They’re a great club with big ambition, and can’t wait to get started.”
Consett have been handed an away tie at National League North side Gateshead in the 1st Round of Durham Challenge Cup.
The game will take place at the International Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 October. Admission will be £5 for adults and £3 for all concessions.
The clubs have met three times before in the competition, and the Steelmen are still looking for their first win.
1971-72 1st Round Consett 0 Gateshead 1
2002-03 1st Round Gateshead 4 Consett 1
2014-15 2nd Round Gateshead 2 Consett 0
Consett most recently lifted the trophy in 2018 when we beat near-neighbours Dunston UTS.
Here’s the 1st Round draw in full:
Jarrow FC v West Auckland Town
Shildon AFC v Hartlepool United
Darlington RA v Esh Winning
Gateshead FC v Consett AFC
Brandon United v Newton Aycliffe
Sunderland AFC v Boldon CA
FC Hartlepool v Billingham Synthonia
Birtley Town v Tow Law Town
Sunderland West End v Billingham Town
Spennymoor Town v Chester Le Street Town
Bishop Auckland v Stockton Town
Whickham FC v Darlington FC
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v South Shields
Seaham Red Star v Horden CW
Sunderland RCA v Dunston FC
Willington AFC v Hebburn Town
Consett made it three pre-season wins out of three today as they came from behind to beat National League side Gateshead 4-1 at Belle View Stadium.
The young Heed side took the lead on 14 minutes after a slick move down the right which saw Connor Smith’s low cross met by Mason Fawns to finish from close range.
But on 25 minutes Consett were level when Ali Alshabeeb ran on to Jake Stafford’s long pass, and kept his cool to finish past the keeper from 12 yards.
Six minutes before half-time the Steelmen took the lead, when Luke Carr picked up a loose ball 30 yards out and fired a venomous left-footed strike in off the post.
It remained 2-1 to Consett at half-time, and they thought they had a third on 58 minutes when Carr’s free-kick was headed down at the back post and a trialist finished from point-blank range, but the ‘goal’ was ruled offside.
On 72 minutes Consett did make it 3-1 when substitute Michael Brown was felled by Dabizas, and Carr stepped up to score with an audacious chipped penalty which sent the keeper the wrong way.
Then two minutes later Carr turned provider for Brown, who slammed the ball home from a pullback.
Consett could have had more, as Carr, Brown and Andre-Vasile Ardelean all had efforts well saved, but Gateshead could also have added to their tally too, as home keeper Kyle Hayes made a trio of good saves.