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Late leveller deprives battling Consett of all three points against Grantham Town

Managerless Consett came within five minutes of ending their eight-game winless streak against Grantham Town.

The Steelmen were rocked by the resignation of manager Andy Coyles and assistant Richie Hill on Friday.

But with backroom team Ben Cole, Gav Scott and Macauley Musgrave in charge, they came within a whisker of ripping up the form book against visitors who had only lost once in their last seven games.

Defender Ashton Hall headed Grantham in front from a right-wing corner on 14 minutes, but Zak Atkinson levelled six minutes into the second half, volleying in from debutant Josh Baggs’ cross.

On 74 minutes Consett took the lead when Kieren Aplin’s pinpoint cross was headed in from a few yards by Zak Atkinson, pictured top, for his eighth goal of the season.

But Grantham nicked a point with an 85th minute goal from full-back Matt Tootle, who made it 2-2 – their sixth draw in 11 games.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.
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Consett pay the price for defensive lapses as they are beaten at home by Bridlington

Consett were the better side for the third time in three meetings with Bridlington Town today – and for the third time they tasted defeat.

The Seasiders, who needed a last-minute goal on the final day of last season to avoid relegation, took their chances when it mattered to leave Belle View with a 3-2 win – the same scoreline by which they won at Consett in the FA Cup the previous season.

The Steelmen made a positive start to the game, and had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside on 10 minutes, but two minutes later the visitors took the lead. Mark Broadley picked up the ball in midfield and beat a couple of men before firing into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Consett enjoyed a lot of possession as the half wore on, forcing a series of corners and creating a few half-chances, and few could argue that they deserved their equaliser in the 42nd minute.

After some good work down the left by Evan Horwood he slipped the ball to Jake Orrell, whose pinpoint cross picked out Zak Atkinson to head home from 10 yards for his fourth goal of the season, pictured below.

Consett striker Zak Atkinson wheels away after his header made it 1-1. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

The score remained 1-1 at half-time, though Consett had a let-off in injury time when a header from Jack Bulless was cleared by Ben Milburn, with Bridlington claiming it had crossed the line.

Consett started the second half on the front foot, and in the 49th minute Orrell brought the best save of the game from keeper James Hitchcock, when he unleashed a well-struck effort from 25 yards.

Bridlington took the lead for the second time on 77 minutes when Consett keeper Mark Foden came for a left-wing corner through a crowd of bodies but couldn’t reach the ball, leaving Jack Bulless with a simple header to make it 2-1.

Six minutes later it was 3-1, and again Foden came under scrutiny. Coming for another corner, this time he reached the ball, but his punch was weak and fell straight to right-back Benn Lewis, who fired it straight back past him to put Town in the driving seat.

Substitute Declan Bisset gave Consett hope in the 89th minute when his 25-yarder from Atkinson’s knockdown beat the keeper with the help of a big deflection off a defender, pictured below.

Declan Bisset’s late goal makes it 2-3 and gives Consett hope. Pic: Stephen Finch.

The game ended in controversy when, with five minutes of time added and Consett pushing hard for an equaliser, Hitchcock claimed he’d been kicked in the head by the following-in Kieren Aplin.

The Consett man protested his innocence, but the referee decided it was a yellow card, and precious seconds were wasted by the keeper’s flagrant time-wasting.

When the final whistle went the keeper’s over-the-top celebrations in front of supporters behind the goal did nothing to endear him to the Consett faithful.

This and other results saw Bridlington leapfrog Consett to go fourth in the table, while the Steelmen dropped three places to sixth, just outside the play-off positions.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Weary Consett lose at Dunston as their third tough game in seven days takes its toll

A tired-looking Consett side lost their Bank Holiday Monday derby 4-2 at Dunston today as their third Northern Premier League game in seven days took its toll.

Despite scoring against the run of play to lead twice, the Steelmen were unable to raise their game against their closest geographical rivals after falling behind.

On a day when big centre-back Dan Capewell was keen to do well as he returned to his former club, ironically it was a Consett old boy, Jack Elliott, who the visitors found too hot to handle.

Playing at left wing-back, the one-time Steelman created three of Dunston’s goals, and generally tormented his former club all afternoon.

Consett took the lead in the 14th minute when Kieren Aplin took on his man down the left and hit an absolute cannonball of a shot, which crashed against the bar.

Zak Atkinson was following in, and was first to the loose ball to score with a diving header, pictured below. It was the No 9’s third goal of the season, but his first from open play after two from the penalty spot.

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On 31 minutes it was 1-1 when Elliott attacked down the left and crossed low and hard for Sado Djalo to prod the ball home at the front post.

On 38 minutes Consett were back in front, and this time Atkinson turned provider, closing down keeper James Anderson, forcing a mistake, and teeing up Jake Orrell to curl in his third goal of the season from 20 yards. His celebration is pictured below.

It might have been a different game if Consett could have reached half-time with their lead intact, but Dunston’s reply was instant, with another Elliott cross finding former Blyth Spartans man Sado Djalo at the back post to make it 2-2 just a minute later.

Consett were under the cosh for much of the first half, yet led twice, but the second 45 minutes was a different story, as they struggled to create anything of note, and were penned in their own half for long periods.

Jon Shaw struck one effort just wide, Djalo hit another into the side netting, Jake Jensen curled a shot just wide and Michael Fowler hit a rising shot over the bar as the home side turned up the pressure.

Dunston went ahead for the first time in the game on 78 minutes when Elliott again attacked down the left and picked out sub Liam Thear, who’d only been on the pitch four minutes, to make it 3-2.

And the Tynesiders made sure of the three points in the 87th minute, when Consett lost possession deep inside their own half and South Shields loanee Will Jenkins took advantage to make it 4-2.

Consett looked a very tired side at the end, and perhaps this was a game too far after their exertions in the hard-fought draw at Pontefract last Tuesday and the excellent win v Carlton Town on Saturday.

The good news is they’ve now got eight days to recover before their next game, which sees them travel to Shildon in the league on Tuesday 6 September, four days before making a return visit in the FA Trophy.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Consett starting to get into their stride as they hit Carlton Town for five

Consett recorded an excellent Northern Premier League win today against Carlton Town, who headed home from Belle View Stadium on the wrong end of a 5-0 drubbing.

The visitors from Nottinghamshire finished sixth in the NPL Division One Midlands last season before being switched by the FA to the East division in the summer.

They must have wished they’d stayed there after coming up against a Consett team who are really starting to find their feet in their new surroundings.

Lewis Green set the Steelmen on their way in the 20th with a crisp volleyed finish, pictured below, from Darren Holden’s left-wing cross.

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On 26 minutes the lead was doubled when Karl Byrne ‘s pass sent Kieren Aplin running through, and despite the attentions of a defender he finished from 15 yards to make it 2-0, pictured below.

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Consett keeper Ross Coombe made an important save in the 57th minute, to deny visiting skipper Nathan Watson and deny the Millers a lifeline back into the game.

Four minutes later the points were as good as Consett’s when Carlton left-back Niall Hylton handled on the goal-line and was shown a straight red card.

The penalty was neatly tucked away by striker Zak Atkinson, pictured below, who again led the line superbly, never giving the visiting defence a moment’s rest.

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Most teams would have been happy with three, but not this Consett side. On 88 minutes Declan Bisset scored his first goal for the club to make it 4-0, with a neat finish, pictured below, from sub Dan Marriott’s pass.

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And in the last minute of stoppage time the outstanding Lewis Green made it 5-0, slotting home a precision finish into the bottom corner, pictured below, from another Marriott set up.

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It was an excellent win, which could have been even more emphatic, and made it four games without defeat in the Northern premier league.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Next up for Consett is a tasty Bank Holiday Monday trip to our old Northern League friends and rivals Dunston. Kick off at the UTS Stadium is 3pm.

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Consett pick up an excellent away point with a battling performance at Pontefract Collieries

Consett picked up their first away point in the Northern Premier League tonight after surviving a 90-minute aerial bombardment at Pontefract Collieries.

In a hard-fought game featuring eight cautions, Jake Orrell gave Consett the lead with his second goal in four days midway through the first half.

The Steelmen defended for their lives, but the home side’s incessant long-ball tactics eventually paid off when Adam Priestley levelled in the 69th minute.

Consett should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Zak Atkinson was played in on goal, but saw his shot saved by Lloyd Allinson. The ball rebounded back to the No 9, but his follow-up was also saved by the keeper.

On 13 minutes Consett had the ball in the Pontefract net when Atkinson headed home from Kieren Aplin’s left-wing cross, but the ‘goal’ was ruled out for offside.

On 22 minutes the Steelmen took the lead with a fine move. Byrne played the ball down the line to Holden, whose cross picked out Jake Orrell’s run into the box, and he finished first time past Lloyd Allinson to make it 1-0, pictured top.

On the half hour Consett had a narrow escape as James Baxendale hit a cross-shot against the bar, and there was an even closer call when the ball seemed to hit skipper Matty Slocombe’s hand as he blocked a shot, but again the referee was unmoved.

Ross Coombe made a string of fine saves for Consett, and their defence stood firm until the 69th minute, when Dan Capewell, who’d been magnificent all night, missed a long punt downfield from the keeper. Gavin Allott flicked on and Adam Priestley ran through and scored on the half-volley to make it 1-1.

In previous seasons Consett might have crumbled under the sort of pressure they faced here, but this side is made of sterner stuff, and when the final whistle blew they had earned a very good away point.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Consett pick up first Northern Premier League three points with hard-fought win over Tadcaster

Consett are up and running in the Northern Premier League after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Tadcaster Albion at Belle View Stadium today.

After picking up their first point in the 0-0 draw with North Shields in midweek, expectations were high for a first win for the Steelmen since they were promoted.

And they didn’t disappoint, with two first-half goals enough to clinch a very welcome three points.

Kieren Aplin gave the home side the lead in the 10th minute, beating his man with a nice bit of skill and planting the ball in the bottom corner from 22 yards out.

It should have been two on the half-hour when the visiting keeper dropped a cross under pressure from Aplin and it fell to Zak Atkinson, but his shot from close range ended up in the side netting.

On 34 minutes Consett went even closer when, after a bit of pinball from a corner, Calvin Smith’s shot was cleared off the line by Visiting No 9 Brett Agnew.

But they deservedly went into the break with a two-goal lead when Jake Orrell fired home in the 44th minute, pictured top, after playing a great one-two with Aplin.

The visitors reduced the arrears within two minutes of the restart, as skipper Cody Cromack caught Consett napping at the start of the half.

Substitute Dan Marriott had a chance to seal the win in the first of four added minutes, but dragged his shot wide under pressure from a defender.

It mattered not, as the Consett defence held firm to pick up the first win at the new level.

Consett crash out of FA Cup at first hurdle as they are beaten at Goole

Consett’s season got off to the worst possible start as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first stage after suffering a 4-1 defeat at Goole.

The hosts play their football at Step 5 in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division – the level Consett have just been promoted from – but fully deserved their win after a disappointing performance by the Steelmen.

After a summer of great change, the starting XI saw no fewer than seven players making their first competitive start for the club, with another two introduced from the bench.

Goole play at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, but there was precious little fun to be had for visiting supporters as the home side were 2-0 up at half-time through goals from strike pair Sam Cable (32 minutes) and Nathan Perks (39 mins).

A goal direct from a corner from debutant Kieren Aplin midway through a much-improved second-half performance gave the visitors some hope.

But a good display by home keeper Mateusz Zaniewski kept the visitors at bay, and defensive errors allowed the home side score twice more through skipper Joshua Dacre (73 mins) and substitute Luke Williams (89 mins).

To add insult to injury, progress would have seen Consett face Carlisle City in the next round, after the newly-promoted Northern League 1st Division side unexpectedly won 2-1 at West Auckland.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow later due to an extremely poor internet connection!
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Consett have to settle for a draw after impressive display v Morpeth

Consett drew their latest friendly 2-2 against Morpeth Town at Belle View Stadium tonight – but the higher-ranked visitors were a little fortunate to claim a draw.

The Steelmen were fired up from the start, and played some excellent football against the Highwaymen, who finished 10th in the Northern Premier League’s Premier Division last season.

The opening goal came in the 11th minute, when Declan Bisset fed the ball out to Adam Mitchell on the left.

The No 10 cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot, which Morpeth keeper Dan Lowson did well to save. But Consett’s Cyril Giraud was first to the loose ball to fire home from close range, pictured below.

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Cyril Giraud (partly hidden) opens the scoring for Consett against Morpeth. Pic: Gary Welford.

Two minutes later the lead was almost doubled when a ball from the right found Colin Larkin, whose thunderous volley brought a great save out of Lowson.

But on 21 minutes a mistake at the back handed Morpeth an equaliser when the home side gave away possession cheaply, and Ryan Donaldson ran through to slot past the exposed Ross Coombe to make it 1-1.

Giraud went close with a header and skipper-for-the-night Jake Orrell had a shot blocked as Consett sought to regain their lead.

As half-time approached it was Consett who looked more likely to score, with Lowson making another good save from Mitchell, after great work down the left by Kieren Aplin.

Morpeth hadn’t shown much as an attacking force in the first half, but Coombe had to be alert in the 52nd minute to make a good save low down from Jack Foalle.

Aplin rolled an effort wide of the far post and Orrell fired a snapshot just wide as Consett continued to enjoy the upper hand, and they got the goal they deserved in the 67th minute.

Karl Byrne beat his man down the flank and crossed for Colin Larkin, who beat Lowson to the ball and was promptly wiped out by the keeper. The No 9 picked himself up to tuck away the resulting penalty to make it 2-1.

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Colin Larkin restores Consett’s lead from the spot after being flattened by the Morpeth keeper. Pic: Gary Welford.

Larkin went close as Consett looked to increase their lead, and Orrell saw another shot saved by Lowson after more good work by Byrne.

At the other end Morpeth’s Dale Pearson, returning to his old stomping ground, had a close-range shot blocked and sub Bailey Geliher forced a low save from Coombe.

But in the 86th minute the Highwaymen stole a goal after a defensive error from Byrne, who inexplicably played the ball right across his own box, gifting Jack Foalle an easy finish.

It was an equaliser Morpeth scarcely deserved, as their keeper had made a string of fine saves, compared to a couple of fairly routine stops by his home counterpart.

Neither side was able to find a winner in the closing minutes, but no one in the 178 crowd was complaining after a highly entertaining pre-season encounter.

  • Full report and more pictures to follow.