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Consett make it three wins in a row despite late Grantham Town fightback

Consett won their third NPL game in a row today, but were made to fight all the way by Grantham Town before claiming a 3-2 victory.

The Steelmen got off to a flying start at Belle View Stadium, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes, but were left hanging on to the three points as the Gingerbreads came back strongly in the second half.

The opener came in the sixth ininute as Consett broke quickly from a Grantham corner. Jake Orrell started the move, heading clear in his own box, and Scott Fenwick picked up possession.

He fed the ball out wide to Ben Ramsey on the left, and his pinpoint cross picked out Wil Shaw‘s run to the back post, where the in-form forward scored his third goal in as many games.

Two minutes later it was 2-0, and this time it was a fine individual goal from Ben Ramsey. He received the ball out wide, cut inside and fire home at the near post.

Ben Ramsey fires home to make it 2-0 to Consett. Pic: Kenny Taylor. Top pic: Keith Marley.

Incredibly, on 10 minutes, it was 3-0 when a defender handled in the box as Shaw tried to go past him. Scott Fenwick stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Consett thought they’d scored a fourth in the 36th minute when Josh Baggs headed home from close range, but he was denied by an offside flag.

Josh Baggs had this ‘goal’ disallowed for offside. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

It remained 3-0 at half-time, with Consett seemingly in control, but to Grantham’s credit, they took the initiative from the first whistle of the second half and were the better side.

Centre-back Chris Salt had a great chance on 51 minutes, but missed from a few yards out, and five minutes later Consett were grateful to James Anderson for a good save from Harry Lovick.

Grantham kept plugging away, and rewarded their noisy following, who backed them throughout, by reducing the arrears in the 83rd minute through Harry Lovick.

Then in added time, Elliott Walker made it 3-2 with a free-kick into the bottom corner, to set up a nervous finale.

Grantham almost snatched a draw right at the death when lively sub Harry Olivant set up Greg Smith, but the big striker’s header was saved by Anderson, and the points were Consett’s.


Manager sees red after mistakes prove costly for Consett as they’re beaten at Brighouse

Consett tumbled to their fourth defeat in five Northern Premier League games today as a series of individual errors saw them lose 3-1 at Brighouse Town.

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Consett in the pink after beating Spennymoor Town in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett gave their new pink third strip a perfect debut tonight when they beat Spennymoor Town 2-1 in the Durham Challenge Cup at a blustery Belle View.

The Steelmen had one of the toughest ties of the 1st Round against their former Northern League rivals – now fling high in the National League North.

But a goal in each half was enough to ensure Tony Fawcett’s side progressed to the next round, despite a late Moors fightback.

Consett had a strong wind at their back in the first half, and took the lead on 26 minutes with a route one goal.

Keeper James Anderson launched a huge clearance downfield, and indecision between Spennymoor’s keeper and one of his defenders allowed Ben Ramsey to steal in, round the keeper and tap in for 1-0, pictured below.

Ben Ramsey rounds the Spennymoor keeper to tap in Consett’s first goal. Pic: Keith Marley.

Ten minutes later Consett had a big penalty shout when Scott Fenwick went down under challenge as he chased a ball into the box, but the referee waved the appeals away.

The second half saw Spennymoor make an attacking change by bringing on their top scorer Glen Taylor, but it was Consett who got the game’s vital second goal.

Sub Jack Gibbons, who’d only been on the pitch two minutes, won a free-kick by running at the visiting defence and drawing a foul from right-back Hari Bondarenko, winning a free-kick and earning the No 2 a booking.

Up stepped Jake Orrell, who sent a superb free-kick into the far top corner, which had the keeper grasping at thin air, pictured below.

Jake Orrell’s free-kick beats the Spennymoor keeper for Consett’s second goal. Pic: Kenny taylor

Spennymoor did show their attacking teeth and last, and Glen Taylor pulled a goal back in the 81st minute when he headed in a free-kick from a few yards out.

Moors threw men forward in an attempt to force a late equaliser which would have meant a penalty shoot-out, but it was Consett who came closest to scoring again, when Fenwick’s lob over Ryan Johnson just failed to clear the keeper’s fingertips.

It mattered not, because the Steelmen saw the game out comfortably to claim their place in the 2nd Round after knocking out last year’s county cup runners-up.

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Consett up to fourth after clinical finishing and backs-to-the-wall defending beats North Ferriby

Consett are in a play-off place and just two points behind the league leaders after beating a very good North Ferriby side 3-1 at Belle View Stadium tonight.

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Consett miss chance to go top of the league after losing at home to Pontefract Collieries

Consett missed the chance to go top of NPL Division One East as they suffered a first league defeat of the season to a well-drilled Pontefract Collieries side, who recorded a fifth successive win.

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Consett bounce back from cup exits with excellent win over league leaders Hebburn

Consett treated their supporters to a Friday night football feast with their best performance of the season so far tonight, beating league leaders Hebburn Town 3-0 at a misty, wet Belle View.

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Consett bow out of the FA Cup despite brave effort v higher-ranked Bradford Park Avenue

Consett’s six-game unbeaten start to the season came to an end today when they were knocked out of the FA Cup, losing 2-0 to Bradford Park Avenue at Belle View Stadium.

The visitors are in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, having just been relegated from the National League North last season.

They made their class count in a close game where they scored a goal in each half, but Consett, from a division below, pushed them all the way.

After a tight opening spell, the Steelmen had a good chance on 24 minutes when a corner from the right found centre-back Dan Capewell, but Bradford keeper George Sykes-Kenworthy saved his header at point-blank range, pictured below.


A minute later the visitors were ahead when Will Calligan’s pass found Brad Dockerty, whose shot beat home keeper James Anderson at his near post.

Capewell had another chance right at the end of the half, but put his diving header wide of the far post, pictured below.


Consett took the game to the higher-ranked side in the second half, with Capewell and Scott Fenwick both sending headers over the crossbar.

Their best chance of an equaliser came on 75 minutes when Arjun Purewal thumped a header against the bar from a couple of yards with the keeper beaten, pictured top.

Bradford wrapped up the win with a breakaway goal in added time when Consett got caught pushing forward, and Zak Kersey set up fellow sub Myles Las Bastide to score.

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Consett bring home a hard-earned point from a feisty derby clash at Dunston

Consett remain unbeaten in four league and cup games this season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw against nearest neighbours Dunston tonight.

The Steelmen had lost their last four visits to the UTS Stadium, but could perhaps count themselves unlucky not to have won against opponents who, like themselves, had three straight wins to their name.

There were lots of old boys lining up against their former clubs, with Dan Staples, Michael Pearson, Luke Carr and Dale Pearson starting for Dunston, plus Jack Elliott on the bench, and James Anderson, Dan Capewell and Calvin Smith in the Consett ranks.

With regular skipper Matty Slocombe rested, centre-back Ben Milburn, pictured top, had the honour of leading the team out as captain for the first time.

It was one of the old boys who had the first chance on nine minutes, when a defensive mix-up let in Carr, but Arjun Purewal got back to clear off the line.

On 18 minutes Consett went close when Jake Orrell’s ball found Smith, and his cut-back looked to have set up the lively Wil Shaw for the opening goal, but he was denied by some excellent last-ditch defending by Jude Swailes.

The game exploded in the 21st minute when Dunston defender Chris McDonald was shown a straight red card, pictured below, for a high two-footed lunge at Shaw.

The No 3 was clearly riled after not being awarded a decision against Zak Atkinson moments earlier, but the challenge was a bad one and Shaw was lucky to escape serious injury.

With Dunston reduced to 10 men, Consett were enjoying lots of possession, and Jack Gibbons went on a mazy run which ended with him shooting wide from 20 yards.

On 35 minutes Consett had a big chance when their high press caught Dunston trying to play out from their own box. Atkinson won possession and fed Kaleb Young, who skewed his effort well wide, pictured below.

Dunston changed their set-up at half-time, and took the game to their visitors, forcing them on to the back foot, without really creating much in terms of clear-cut chances.

The nearest they came to scoring was in the 51st minute, when Capewell sliced a clearance across the face of his own goal as he tried to clear Robinson’s cross.

Consett’s best chance of the game came in the 81st minute when Shaw hit a fine opportunist strike from 25 yards, which Staples did well to tip over the crossbar for a corner.

Despite five minutes of added time, neither side could find a winner, and both remain unbeaten this season after taking a point apiece.

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