A new cup for Division One clubs only is to replace this season’s League Cup – and Consett have been drawn away to North Shields in the opening round.Continue reading “League Cup shelved in favour of Division One Cup – Consett draw North Shields”
The Northern League has decided to delay the start of this season’s League Cup, in view of the rising Covid rate.
The league management committee (LMC) has decided to postpone the start of both its knockout competitions – the League Cup and Ernest Armstrong Cup – so league fixtures can be prioritised.
First round ties in both competitions were due to be played this month, including several League Cup ties next week. Our 1st Round game at Billingham Synthonia was scheduled for Wednesday 26 January.
However, due to the Covid situation in the region following the festive break, the LMC has decided that the 1st Round ties will not be played until February at the earliest.
This will allow the situation to be reviewed in the next couple of weeks and a decision made as to whether the cup competitions should proceed or be cancelled.
A Northern League statement said: “We appreciate the difficulties that clubs are facing at the moment, including having to postpone fixtures because of Covid infections, and thank them for all the work they are doing so that matches are played.
“We also appreciate that this decision leads to uncertainty for clubs and spectators, and we will make a decision on the cups as soon as possible. Fulfilling the league fixture list remains the priority.”
Michael Mackay’s first-half hat-trick – his second treble of the season – set Consett on the way to a comfortable passage into the 3rd Round of the League Cup on this day in 2011.
But they took their foot off the pedal after cruising into a 4-0 interval lead at Belle Vue Park, and their 2nd Division opponents headed home with some pride restored after refusing to roll over, and making a game of it in the second half.
Manager Kenny Lindoe made one change to the starting XI which had beaten Ramsbottom United 4-2 in the FA Vase four days earlier, with David Brown coming in at left-back in place of injured skipper Carl Piecha, with Anthony Lund again filling in at centre-half.
Northallerton gave early notice that they weren’t going to be a pushover, and their skipper, midfielder Martin Butterworth, had the game’s first chance, hitting a shot from the edge of the box which was a comfortable enough save for Barry Poskett in the Consett goal.
The home side took 10 minutes to create anything worthwhile, and when they did it took a good save from Town keeper Stephen Craggs to prevent them taking the lead.
Harrison Davies, playing wide on the right, played a one-two with Marc Walton and curled a fine shot towards the bottom-left corner, which looked like it might beat Craggs, but the keeper was equal to it, pushing it to safety.
Sadly for Northallerton, their No 1 was at fault a minute later for the opening goal of the game, making a hash of Michael Mackay‘s 25-yarder and having to pick it out of his net as a result.
A long punt forward by Poskett then saw Walton execute a perfect chest pass to Davies, who was marauding down the right. He got almost to the byline before putting in a dangerous cross-shot which was kicked off the line by a defender before anyone in a red shirt could apply the finishing touch.
Consett didn’t have to wait long for goal No 2, which came from a trademark finish by Mackay, pictured top, on 18 minutes. He was sent clear by an excellent pass into the left-hand channel, drew the keeper and slotted home in the style of old to put Consett firmly in control.
Davies was at the heart of most of Consett’s attacking play, and he teed up Jamie Poole with a teasing cross which was headed just wide of the right-hand post, but on 31 minutes Mackay completed his second hat-trick of the season, taking his tally to 25 in all competitions, and again it was down to a goalkeeping error.
A backpass saw Craggs miss his attempted clearance, and Mackay slotted into an empty net. As half-time approached it looked like a case of how many Consett would score, and when Craggs fumbled a Davies corner from the right, Dale Burrell was angry with himself for not getting over his shot from outside the box.
A fourth goal wasn’t long coming, however, and it was Davies who got it a minute before the break, with an excellent first strike for the club. Lund started the move with a ball out from the back, and Davies played a one-two with Walton before beating the keeper with a first-time lob from 25 yards after spotting him out of position.
Half-time: Consett 4 Northallerton Town 0
Consett’s 4-0 lead, coupled with an increasingly strong wind and Northallerton’s determination not to suffer a pasting made it a frustrating second 45 minutes. Ryan Bell’s surges forward from right-back showed he was fully recovered from his recent hamstring problems, and one such foray should have seen him add to his single goal in Consett colours.
Chris Hutchinson – on as a half-time sub for Brown, with Poole reverting to left-back and Davies switching flanks – picked Bell out as he continued one run, but he put his shot over the bar.
To their credit, Northallerton hadn’t given up the game as a lost cause, and it was the introduction of their top scorer Peter Bulmer which led to their best spell of the match.
He pulled a goal back on 66 minutes after Town were allowed the freedom of the penalty area, reacting quickest when a shot came back off the post.
Five minutes later there was another scare when Hutchinson gave the ball away in his own half and let in right-back Stephen Butterworth, whose low, effort was beaten out by Poskett for a corner.
Hutchinson almost made amends on 72 minutes, when, after some good interplay by Mackay and Walton, he skinned his defender and prodded a shot which was heading in, even after Craggs got a foot to it, until left-back Stuart Dunn hooked clear off the line.
Northallerton centre-forward Gary Mitchell shaved the outside of a post and Carl Chillingsworth fired across the face of goal after going for glory, with two colleagues waiting for a pass. But Town’s resistance was finally put to bed in the 86th minute when substitute Gavin Ross added a fifth goal for Consett.
Davies, who’d had a quiet second half, was the creator, dropping deep to pick up the ball, and sending the teenage striker clear with a glorious pass, which he buried with aplomb.
There was still time for Northallerton to give the scoreline a slightly more respectable look in the third minute of added time when Chillingsworth was given time and space to fire past Poskett from 10 yards, but the damage had been done in the first half, and it was Consett who secured an away tie against Norton & Stockton Ancients in the next round.
Consett: 1 Barry Poskett, 2 Ryan Bell (sub Michael Pearson 65), 3 David Brown (sub Chris Hutchinson 46), 4 Dale Burrell, 5 David Scorer, 6 Anthony Lund, 7 Harrison Davies, 8 Craig Robson (capt), 9 Marc Walton (sub Gavin Ross 71), 10 Michael Mackay, 11 Jamie Poole. Subs not used: Peter Jameson (GK), Damian Maw.
Northallerton Town: 1 Craggs, 2 S Butterworth, 3 Dunn, 4 Hickman, 5 Chapman, 6 M Butterworth (capt), 7 Anderson (Bulmer 59), 8 Parkin, 9 Mitchell, 10 Chillingsworth, 11 Clayton (Cook 73). Sub not used: Winter.
Consett won their first major trophy for 26 years on this day in 1995, enjoying a comfortable victory over favourites Whitby Town in the Northern League Cup final.
And it was fourth time lucky for the Steelmen, who had been beaten finalists in their previous three finals, in 1979, 1981 and 1992.
It was the second trophy which long-serving manager Colin Carr would deliver to Belle Vue Park, following the 2nd Division championship in his first season, 1988-89.
And it would pave the way for further success, with a run to the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup in 1996, and a Sunderland Shipowners Cup win in 1998 (recalled here).
Although Consett had finished a creditable 9th in the season just ended, they were up against one of the Northern League’s big guns of the time.
Whitby had just missed out on being league runners-up by goal difference, and had recorded their fifth consecutive top-six finish, which included being crowned champions in 1993.
They had enjoyed the upper hand in the two league meetings between the sides during the season, winning 2-0 at the Turnbull Ground the previous October, with the return match at Belle Vue in March ending 1-1.
So for although by the time of this game, played at Crook Town’s Millfield, Consett were an established 1st Division side, they went into it very much as underdogs.
And, as Ian Hamilton (who was club secretary at the time) revealed this week, the Steelmen’s preparations for the game weren’t exactly orthodox.
He said: “The Consett squad had just endured their end of season booze-a-thon, which was a two-day booze-filled weekend at Southport.
“I think 9 of the squad for the cup final were on that trip and there were no beer shirkers! I don’t know how the lads managed to even turn up for that game, never mind win it!”
But win it they did, despite having a scare early on, when Paul Quinn had to clear an effort off the line after goalkeeper Dickie Lee had made a fine save.
David Bayles shot into the side netting after 22 minutes, and then his pass put Gary Cowley in the clear six minutes later. ‘G.C.’ lobbed the ball over the keeper, but unfortunately also over the bar.
Robinson headed just over for Whitby after 29 minutes, and then a mistake by Johnny Brown let Robinson in, but Lee again came to the rescue with a good save.
Consett made the vital breakthrough three minutes before half-time. Colin McLeod made a good run down the left and his excellent pass found Paul Staff, who drew the keeper before firing into the net from 10 yards.
Whitby went close after 52 minutes when Lee saved from Pitman, but the expected pressure from the Seasiders failed to materialise, as they strangely lacked urgency.
McLeod forced a save from keeper Robinson after 68 minutes, and then Consett clinched the game with 13 minutes left on the clock. Carl Rowell latched onto a loose ball to superbly lob it over the advancing keeper and make it 2-0.
There was almost a third goal two minutes later when substitute Gary Davies shot narrowly wide after playing a one-two with McLeod, but it mattered not, as Consett held on for a comfortable win.
Skipper Gary Cowley collected the League Cup – their first major honour since 1969 – from MP Hilary Armstrong, and then the celebrations could really begin!
Consett: 1 Dickie Lee, 2 Colin Woodward, 3 David Hagan, 4 Rod Butler (sub Daryl Smith 75), 5 Johnny Brown, 6 Paul Quinn, 7 Carl Rowell, 8 Gary Cowley, 9 Colin McLeod, 10 David Bayles, 11 Paul Staff (sub Gary Davies 60). Subs not used: Trevor Ball, Stephen Beckwith, Colin Teasdale (GK).
- Many thanks to Andrew Pearson for the pictures, most of which are being seen here for the first time.
Consett’s lingering hopes of salvaging anything from a disappointing season disappeared in the Belle Vue mist on this day back in 2012 when they were beaten in a Monday night League Cup quarter-final by FA Vase finalists West Auckland.
The Steelmen were languishing in 18th place in the 22-team 1st Division, while their visitors were 3rd, and on a high after clinching a trip to Wembley after completing a 4-3 aggregate win over Herne Bay just two days before.
With this being the second of four games his side faced in eight days, Consett boss Kenny Lindoe made three changes to the side which had lost at South Shields at the weekend. Peter Jameson returned in goal in place of Barry Poskett, and Matty Slocombe and John Ewart came into midfield in place of the unavailable David Scorer and cup-tied Lewis Teasdale.
The visitors made six changes to the team which had clinched a Wembley spot at the weekend, and though former Steelmen Steven Brown and Steven Johnson were in the starting XI, striker Mattie Moffat was on the bench.
The changes clearly gave West fresh legs following their weekend exertions, as they went ahead on seven minutes through Elliott Gardner, whose shot across and through young keeper Jameson crept in at the far post, and the teenager will feel he should have done better with it.
He did better with a shot from Daniel Hindmarsh, while at the other end Michael Mackay was just wide with a chance from 15 yards which he made himself.
On 12 minutes West doubled their lead with a goal-of-the-season contender. Ewart lost the ball out on the left, and Brown picked out Hindmarsh on the left angle of the penalty area with a glorious 30-yard crossfield pass. The No 9 hit a dipping volley over Jameson’s head and into the top right-hand corner – an unstoppable effort.
On 38 minutes West carved out another chance. Mark Hudson exchanged passes with Gardner before playing in Hindmarsh, but Jameson was equal to his low shot.
Five minutes before the break Consett made a decent opportunity of their own, Dale Burrell feeding Mackay, whose shot was parried away by Billy Hanson. The ball looked like it was going to run loose to Gavin Ross, who was playing up front in place of Teasdale, but centre-half Ross Preston reacted quickest to hack the ball away.
When the resulting corner was only half-cleared, Jack Stanger was unlucky to see his chipped effort from 25 yards clear the bar.
It remained 2-0 to Peter Dixon’s side at half-time, but Consett rallied in the second half, and pulled one back on 58 minutes through defender Ryan Bell, pictured top, who headed home Burrell’s free-kick for his first goal of the season.
A minute later Bell almost doubled his tally for the season when he wasn’t too far away with a low drive from 25 yards from a lay-off by Stanger. Consett were the better side now, but still had Jameson to thank for saving with his feet from Martin Young. who was sent through by Hindmarsh.
By the midway point of the half, it was all Consett. Slocombe couldn’t keep his header down from Burrell’s left-wing cross, and young sub Ryan King’s surge forward from the centre circle set up Burrell, who shot wide.
On 70 minutes, a good Ewart pass sent Mackay scurrying down the left. With two team-mates to his right, screaming for a pass, he chose to go for goal, and blazed over from the edge of the box.
Five minutes later, a move down the right involving King and Burrell saw the ball fed out to Mackay, who made a yard of space for himself and unleashed a shot which went inches wide of the top-right corner.
Young substitute Daniel Halliday put in a great cross for King, who connected too cleanly with his header, and a good delivery by Burrell from a free-kick saw Bell rise highest, but Hanson claimed his header at the second attempt.
Consett even threw keeper Jameson up for a corner as they sought an equaliser to take the game into extra time, but it was not to be, and the visitors held on to keep alive their chances of a Northern League, League Cup and FA Vase treble. The encouraging thing from Consett’s point of view, apart from their overall performance, was the fact they ended the game with six teenagers on the pitch, which could only augur well for the future.
The Steelmen ended the season with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their remaining six games, and finished 15th, while West ended a campaign which had promised so much empty-handed. They were runners-up in the league – their best position for 51 years – surprisingly lost 4-1 to 2nd Division Team Northumbria in the League Cup final, and were beaten 2-0 by Dunston in the FA Vase final.
Consett: 1 Peter Jameson, 2 Michael Pearson, 3 Anthony Lund, 4 Jack Stanger, 5 Ryan Bell, 6 Carl Piecha (captain), 7 Matty Slocombe, 8 Dale Burrell, 9 Gavin Ross (sub Ryan King 61), 10 Michael Mackay, 11 John Ewart (sub Daniel Halliday 76). Subs not used: Damien Maw, David Robson, Barry Poskett.
West Auckland: 1 Billy Hanson, 2 Neil Pattinson, 3 Andrew Green (sub Matthew Coad 77), 4 Steven Brown (sub Paul Garthwaite 61), 5 Ross Preston, 6 John Parker, 7 Steven Johnson, 8 Mark Hudson, 9 Daniel Hindmarsh, 10 Stuart Banks (sub Martin Young 46), 11 Elliott Gardner. Subs not used: Mattie Moffat, Michael Rae.
Consett have been famed cup fighters over the years, but one competition where they didn’t enjoy much success for many years after joining the Northern League was the League Cup.
All that changed on this date in 1981, when, despite it being an otherwise nondescript season, they reached the League Cup final for the first time, with a 2-1 semi-final win over Billingham Synthonia at our old Belle Vue Park ground.
Synners were proving to be one of the teams of the season as far as cups were concerned. After enjoying a good run in the FA Trophy, they also reached the semi-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup.
They had beaten South Bank on penalties and Ashington to reach the League Cup semi-final, while Consett had knocked out Durham City and North Shields. The match was originally scheduled to be on March 4, but was postponed until 31st.
The match programme warned: “The winning of tonight’s match is vital if Consett are to retain any major interest in proceedings up to the end of the current season.
“Our current lowly league position [they were 13th] can certainly be improved upon, but how nice it would be for all connected with our club if we could go on and win our first trophy since our entrance to the Northern League 11 years back.
“Perhaps the biggest disappointment to our supporters this season has been our inability to score goals, a trait seldom missing from Consett performances over the past seasons.
“Although missing 8 games this season, Terry Breen has been the only player to equal the scoring records of past players such as Kevin Cross, Steven Newstead, Dave Rutherford and Bobby Parkinson.
“Another factor contributing towards this season’s poor results has been the excessive injury problems thrust upon us for the second season running. At no period throughout the past two seasons have we been able to give any selected side a prolonged run of matches.”
Just as important as the result was the fact that the tie guaranteed £200 prize money for the winners, and the chance to pick up another £600 if they managed to lift the trophy, or £400 for being runners-up.
Despite their goalscoring problems, Consett went through to the final of the league cup – known for this season only as the Turney Wylde Cup for sponsorship reasons.
Their former West Brom striker Barry Donaghy opened the scoring in the first half, but Steve Griffiths equalised for Billingham eight minutes into the second half.
It was fitting that it was long-serving skipper John Swinburn – in his ninth season with the club – who grabbed the winning goal six minutes from time.
Club records show that the match was played before a crowd of 165, and Consett lined up as follows: 1 Dave Pollard, 2 Brian Anderson, 3 John Swinburn, 4 David McGinn, 5 Jack Sheekey, 6 Peter Bragan, 7 John Morrisroe (sub Terry Breen), 8 Malcolm Wood, 9 Barrie Fowler, 10 Barry Poole, 11 Barry Donaghy.
Consett – whose club colours at the time were all tangerine with black trim – went on to face Spennymoor United in the final at Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park ground, but lost 2-0.
A first success in the competition would have to wait another few years – until 1995 to be exact, which remains the only time the club has ever won the competition.
Consett’s scheduled League Cup quarter-final at North Shields tonight was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – and the Steelmen now face an end-of-season fixture pile-up.
A new date for the game at the Daren Persson Stadium will now have to be found, and it’s to be hoped Saturday’s visit to Whitley Bay, just up the coast, goes ahead, as we already have a heavy end-of-season fixture schedule caused by our progress to the semi-finals of the FA Vase.
After our second-leg tie against Bitton on Saturday, March 28, we already have 10 league games to play in 25 days in April, and now a re-scheduled League Cup quarter-final to fit in somewhere.
Consett have some new dates for their fixture list as a result of progressing to the 6th Round of the FA Vase.
Saturday 29 February will now see the club contest the quarter-final of the national competition for the first time in our history.
This means the scheduled league game against West Auckland Town has had to be switched, and it will now take placeon Tuesday, 14 April, KO 7.30pm. At the moment that will now be opur last home league game of the season.
A date has also been fixed for our visit to North Shields’ Daren Persson Stadium – affectionately known as ‘The Morgue’ – for our League Cup quarter-final.
That game will take place on Wednesday, 11 March, KO 7.30pm, and must be settled on the night, with penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.
We will find our opponents in the next round of the FA Vase at about 1pm tomorrow. The other clubs through to the last eight are Bitton, Corinthian, fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town, Leighton Town, Plymouth Parkway, Wroxham and either Atherstone Town/Worcester City, who drew yesterday.
Consett have been handed a home tie against Whitley Bay in today’s draw for the League Cup Round of 16.
The Steelmen will face the Seahorses at Belle View on Tuesday, 28 January, for a place in the quarter-finals.
Amazingly, since we joined the Northern League in 1970, the clubs have only met twice in the League Cup.
The first was in the 2nd Round in 2006-07, when we won 6-3 at our old Belle Vue Park ground, and the second was in 2012-13, when we lost 3-1 at Hillheads, at the same stage of the competition.
Michael Mackay helped himself to four goals in the first game, and was also our goalscorer in the second.
The rest of the draw is as follows:
Whickham v Guisborough Town
Shildon v Jarrow
North Shields v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
West Allotment Celtic v Heaton Stannington or Seaham Red Star
Ryhope CW v Newton Aycliffe
West Auckland Town v Sunderland RCA
Hebburn Town v Thornaby or Newcastle Benfield
Ties to be played January 28/29.
Consett eased into the knockout stage of the League Cup as they beat Brandon United on a night of firsts – one of them unwanted.
It was the Steelmen’s first visit to the Welfare Ground in 15 years, and they won 5-0 to top Group D with a 100% record, with four wins from four games.
Michael Brown made his first start for the club, and scored his first goal, while Dan Hawkins got his first goal in more than two years after recovering from a career-threatening injury.
But Matty Slocombe also made history of the unwanted kind, becoming the first Consett player ever sent to the sin bin, for dissent to the referee late in the game.
The hosts made things hard for their visitors in the first half an hour, working hard and denying them space. Their best chance came in the 28th minute, when Calvin Smith hit a superb effort from 25 yards, which young keeper Callum Simms touched onto and over the bar.
But the midfielder, who is enjoying his best-ever season in front of goal, was not to be denied, and broke the deadlock a minute later, firing in from eight yards after Andrei-Vasile Ardelean had headed down Jake Stafford’s corner. It was Smith’s 11th goal of the season.
Three minutes later it was 2-0, as Dan Hawkins cut in from the left and fired past the keeper, with the aid of a deflection.
It was the midfielder’s first goal since August 2017, when he scored in a 4-3 win at Stockton Town, though he has spent much of the intervening time injured.
It remained 2-0 at half-time, but within nine minutes of the restart it was three, as Hawkins turned provider for Michael Brown to lash home his first senior goal for the club on his first competitive start.
It was Brown’s last part in the game, as he was replaced by Dale Pearson, and the big striker made it 4-0 in the 77th minute, firing in left-footed after a free-kick from fellow sub Jake Orrell. The goal was Pearson 11th in his last nine games, making him joint-top scorer.
Slocombe, who had come on for Smith at half-time, earned his dubious place in club history in the 84th minute, when he was sin-binned for dissent after contesting the award of a free-kick against him a little too vigorously with the referee.
But the 10 men of Consett made it 5-0 in the 87th minute when Orrell’s cross from the left saw Andrei-Vasile Ardelean volley in from six yards to complete the scoring.
- Full match report and more pictures to follow.