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New boys shine in the sun as Consett beat Blyth Town

Consett’s new signings shone today as the Steelmen won their latest friendly, beating Blyth Town 6-2 in their latest friendly at a sun-drenched Belle View Stadium.

All six goals against the Northern League newcomers came from players who have been added to Terry Mitchell’s squad since the end of last season.

Consett got off to the best possible start, taking the lead after three minutes when Callum Guy picked up the ball 25 yards out and drilled it into the bottom corner to make it 1-0, pictured below.

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Callum Guy’s strike makes it 1-0 to Consett. Pic by Gary Welford.

But Blyth, who will be making their 2nd Division debut this season, responded well, equalising on seven minutes when Jack Fennell touched home a cross from the left.

Midway through the half, with temperatures reaching a sweltering 27C, there was the unusual sight of the referee halting play so the players and officials could have a much-needed drinks break.

The game had hardly had the chance to settle when Consett regained the lead on 27 minutes. Jake Orrell’s excellent ball saw Stephen Callen beat a defender and the keeper to the ball, pictured top. His effort came back off the post, but he followed it in to tap home from no more than a foot out.

Incredibly, within a minute Blyth had levelled again, when another move down the left saw Adam Johnson slide in to finish from close range at the second attempt.

Consett took the lead for the third time on 34 minutes, when another Orrell pass was helped on, and Callum Guy ran through to lob the keeper for his second of the game, the ball going in off the underside of the bar.

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Callum Guy dinks the ball over the keeper to make it 3-2 to Consett. Pic by Gary Welford.

Half-time was reached with the score at 3-2, and Consett made their usual raft of changes for the second half, including a first pre-season appearance for Luke Carr.

In the 51st minute Consett were awarded a penalty after Drew Lake was sent tumbling in the box, but Blyth’s sub keeper read Carr’s kick well and saved down at his right-hand post.

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Drew Lake is sent tumbling and Consett are awarded a penalty. Pic by Gary Welford.

The Steelmen didn’t have to wait long to extend their lead, however, as a minute later Charlie Exley played the ball in to Stephen Callen, who smashed home a great strike from the edge of the box to make it 4-2.

In the 56th minute Exley turned provider again with an excellent cross from the left to pick out a trialist striker, who fired home first time with his left foot.

On 62 minutes it was Callen’s turn to be the provider, when his clever lay-off set up Charlie Exley to fire home from 15 yards to make it 6-2.

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Charlie Exley made it 6-2 with this left-footed strike. Pic by Gary Welford.

Another water break midway through the half gave some fresh impetus to tiring legs, and the trialist striker and Dan Marriott went close to adding to Consett’s tally, but at the final whistle the score was 6-2.

  • Consett’s next pre-season friendly is on Tuesday, when they visit the 1st Cloud Arena to take on Northern Premier League side South Shields. Kick-off is 7.30pm, and admission is payable at the turnstiles.

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FA Vase final: Consett AFC issue special Wembley souvenir – here’s how to get it

Consett AFC are counting down to the biggest day in the club’s history, when they take on fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town in the FA Vase final at Wembley on May 3.

Sadly, the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown means the game will take place behind closed doors, with only a few representatives of either club present, instead of thousands of supporters.

The fact there will be no crowd means The FA won’t be issuing an official match programme, to the disappointment of fans and collectors alike.

However, conscious of the fact that many people tuning in to watch the game live on BT Sport will want a souvenir of the big day, Consett AFC have produced their own.

It’s a bumper 48-page full colour Special Wembley Edition of our matchday programme The Steelman – that’s 50% bigger than usual.

Road to the FA Vase final

Produced by programme editor Gary Welford in association with non-league programme specialists FootiePrint.co.uk, it’s packed with features and pictures from our road to Wembley.

There are exclusive articles by chairman Frank Bell, manager Terry Mitchell, captain Arjun Purewal – who could be facing his twin brother Amar! – and North East football writer Mark Carruthers.

Arj also takes us inside the dressing room, while midfield maestro Luke Carr tells us what it’s like to play, score and win the FA Vase final at Wembley, and there’s a selection of fans’ good luck messages to the lads for the big day.

We turn the spotlight on our opponents too, looking at their route to the final, and the players we’ll face under the shadow of the famous arch.

The Special Wembley Edition is £4 to click and collect, or £5 to have posted out to you. To order yours, call in at the club between 9.30am-10pm Monday-Friday, email consettafc@live.co.uk or call (01207) 588886 and we’ll tell you how you can pay.

Virtual match tickets, priced £8, are also available, along with special FA Vase commemorative shirts and banners. Every ticket purchased will help local youth causes and the If U Care Share Foundation, which works to prevent suicides.

Consett AFC are selling virtual tickets to raise money for good causes. They do not give access to the game or BT Sport’s live coverage.

Consett’s hopes of a double date at Wembley go West as they suffer FA Vase KO

Consett’s hopes of making it to Wembley twice in one season were shattered today when they lost to West Auckland Town in the FA Vase 3rd Round.

The Steelmen, who are still waiting to play last season’s final, were beaten 2-1 at Belle View Stadium, despite dominating the opening period.

They could have already been three up by the time Dale Pearson put them ahead in the 15th minute with his 16th goal of the season, finishing from 12 yards after great work on the left by Darren Holden.

But West turned the game on its head with two goals in six minutes. They levelled in the 17th minute through Consett old boy David Dowson.

And in the 23rd minute their captain Jamie Harwood headed home from Michael Hoganson’s corner to make it 2-1 to West.

In the 35th minute things got worse for Consett when they lost influential playmaker Luke Carr with a dislocated shoulder after a heavy challenge by Gary Brown.

Just before half-time a great run and cut back by Jermaine Metz set up sub Matty Cornish, but West’s debutant keeper Decklan Greenwood made a good save.

Ten minutes into the second half the keeper – signed yesterday from Brandon United – made an even better save from Pearson’s well-struck shot.

Midway through the half Consett had Holden sin-binned for something he said to an official, and West almost took advantage of their extra man, with Kyle Hayes making a fine save to deny Jordan Blinco.

Matty Slocombe then cleared off the line from Dowson’s header from a corner as Consett found themselves on the ropes.

Even after Holden returned to the action, Consett found themselves unable to find an equaliser, and after six minutes of added time it was West who progressed to the last 32.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Dan’s the man as Consett beat Crook in a friendly arranged to prepare for the Northern League’s restart

Dan Marriott’s first goal for the club gave Consett a 3-2 win over Crook Town today as the clubs met in a friendly intended to help get players match-fit before the Northern League restart.

And with supporters allowed back into Belle View Stadium, a good crowd was able to see the young midfielder’s superbly-executed 40-yarder, pictured top, which was the difference between the two sides.

Consett manager Terry Mitchell used the game to give his full squad some minutes, with the exception of in-form striker Dale Pearson, who was rested ahead of next week’s FA Vase tie v West Auckland.

The Steelmen took the lead on 13 minutes when Darren Holden played the ball inside to Ali Alshabeeb, who found the far corner from the edge of the box with the help of a deflection.

Crook equalised on the half-hour when Corey Nicholson, who had a spell at Consett a few seasons ago, cut in from the right and his shot beat Kyle Hayes with the help of a huge deflection off Holden.

The visitors almost took the lead four minutes before half-time when Jamie Tumilty hit the post.

But it was Consett who went in 2-1 ahead at the break when Luke Carr’s left-wing corner in added time produced a bit of a scramble, and Calvin Smith fired home.

Consett rang the changes for the second half, making six substitutions, and it was one of the newcomers, Dan Marriott, who scored what turned out t be the winning goal in the 54th minute.

Crook goalkeeper Ronan Makepeace rushed out of his area to beat Jermaine Metz to a through ball, but his headed clearance only went as far as Marriott.

The young midfielder, who has impressed enormously in his performances this season, showed tremendous vision, confidence and technique to lob the ball into the empty net from about 40 yards – the sort of goal Calvin Smith has scored a few of over the years.

To Crook’s credit they responded well, and on 74 minutes they got a goal back when Joey Smith scored with a back-post header from a left-wing cross.

Consett had further chances in the closing stages through Nick Allen, Luke Carr and Matty Cornish, but couldn’t add to the scoreline, and an entertaining, well-contested game finished 3-2.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

On this day: 24 November 2018 – Consett beat North Shields in a nine-goal Belle View thriller

Consett sent out a message to their rivals at the top of the Northern League 1st Division with a thrilling 6-3 win over North Shields on this day two years ago.

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Dale Pearson’s goal clinches the points for Consett against Sunderland RCA

Dale Pearson’s goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win over a dogged Sunderland RCA side today at a blustery Belle View Stadium.

It was the big striker’s fifth goal in his last three games, and his 9th of the season, and lifted Consett to 4th in the Northern League 1st Division.

The first half was a tepid affair, ruined by a gusting wind, and it was 25 minutes before either side had a shot on target, with Kyle Hayes denying RCA striker Stephen Callen at his near post.

Good work by Matty Cornish set up Pearson two minutes later, only for RCA keeper Robbie Dean to make an excellent reaction save. From the resulting corner he saved again from Arjun Purewal’s header, but the referee gave a goal kick.

Right on half-time Matty Slocombe hit a fierce effort from 20 yards which looked goalbound, but a deflection carried it just wide.

The second half saw Consett kicking into the wind, and Pearson had a good chance just a couple of minutes in after beating the visitors’ offside trap, but fired wide.

On 61 minutes Hayes made a fine save from James Fairley, then Luke Carr fired inches wide after good work down the right by Jermaine Metz.

Pearson saw an effort deflected wide after a great pass by Darren Holden, and then RCA had their best spell of the game, with Hayes saving Anthony Callaghan’s free-kick and Ryan Leonard firing across the face of goal.

Cornish had an excellent chance in the 70th minute when he beat two men and brought another fine save out of Dean at his near post.

The winning goal came in the 74th minute, when Consett broke quickly and Carr’s pass sent Dale Pearson clear. This time he won the battle of wills with Dean, finishing from the edge of the box, pictured top.

Consett’s winning margin could have been greater, but Slocombe fired one chance into the side netting in the 85th minute, and another narrowly wide two minutes into added time.

When the final whistle went there was little doubt that the best team had won, and Consett moved to within two points of second-placed North Shields.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett edge seven-goal thriller with 95th-minute winner at Newton Aycliffe

Consett showed tremendous fighting spirit to come from behind three times tonight and then snatch a last-gasp winner to give them a 4-3 victory at high-flying Newton Aycliffe.

They went behind inside the first minute to their third-placed hosts, levelled three times and missed a penalty before securing the points with a stunning Dale Pearson strike in the 95th minute at the Beaumont Landscapes Stadium.

Even by Consett standards, this was a rollercoaster of a game. the fell behind with not even a minute on the clock when they lost possession in their own half, and Ben Reay played in Adam Burnicle, who gave the home side the perfect start.

On six minutes the scores were level when Nick Allen slid a pass through to Dale Pearson, who kept his composure to fire home from 12 yards for his third goal in two games.

Aycliffe regained the lead on 25 minutes when Allen tripped Aaron Brown in the area, and Jake Petitjean made it 2-1 from the resulting penalty.

Four minutes later it was all-square again when Calvin Smith’s pass was flicked on by Matty Cornish, and Luke Carr took advantage of indecision in the home defence to prod the ball home.

Luke Carr scores Consett’s second equaliser at Newton Aycliffe.

Aycliffe took the lead again on 57 minutes when Petitjean won the ball in the middle of the pitch and fed it to Reay, whose pass between two defenders gave Adam Burnicle the chance to finish through Kyle Hayes’s legs for 3-2.

On 65 minutes Consett had a golden opportunity to level for the third time when Pearson was sandwiched between two defenders as he homed in on goal and the referee awarded a penalty. Luke Carr tried a ‘Panenka’ chip from the penalty spot, but to his horror the ball sailed a foot over the bar.

The pendulum swung in the Steelmen’s favour in the 74th minute when Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford, who’d made a couple of excellent saves, had to be substituted.

With no spare keeper on the bench, Aycliffe were forced to put outfield player Marc Costello in goal, and in the 85th minute it was 3-3, as Consett sub Ali Alshabeeb, who’d only been on the pitch two minutes, got on the end of Matty Cornish’s flick-on to stab home the equaliser with his first touch.

The final drama was yet to come, and when the referee signalled six minutes of added time, Consett smelled blood. They got the win their overall display deserved in the 95th minute, when Alshabeeb’s pass picked out Dale Pearson, who smashed home the winner from an acute angle.

Dale Pearson, right, turns away after firing Consett’s late winner at Newton Aycliffe.

It was a stunning goal to win any game, let alone one as good as this, which was a superb advert for Northern League football.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Missed chances prove costly for Consett as they lose at Stockton

Failure to take their chances when they were on top proved costly for Consett today when lost 4-1 at Stockton Town.

The Steelmen went behind early in the Northern League Division One game at the MAP Group UK Stadium, but could have gone in four goals in front at half-time after causing their hosts no end of problems.

Kevin Hayes went close for Stockton and Darren Holden hit the bar for Consett with a cross before the home side took the lead on 13 minutes. They broke quickly from a corner, with Lewis King charging down the right and providing a pinpoint cross for Shane Henry to head home at the back post.

Consett responded well to going behind, and equalised on 20 minutes when Luke Carr’s cross from the left fell nicely for Nick Allen to fire into the corner with a half-volley for his first goal of the season.

A minute later Consett should have gone ahead when a poor defensive pass let in Ali Alshabeeb, but he slightly scuffed his effort and centre-back Tom Coulthard got back to clear off the line.

On 24 minutes another golden chance went begging as a deft touch played in Alshabeeb again, but he couldn’t decide whether to shoot or pass to Carr, and in the end did neither, trundling the ball tamely out of play.

Consett were well on top at this point, and Jake Orrell’s pass sent Calvin Smith clear, but keeper Callum Roberts stood up well to save his shot from an acute angle.

On the half hour the Steelmen had yet another chance when a long ball saw Pearson break free of his marker, but he didn’t get hold of his shot properly and the keeper again saved.

On 36 minutes Consett had another chance, after some great work by Jermaine Metz down the right saw him pick out Pearson’s run, and although his first touch took him past a defender and the keeper, pictured top, the angle was too tight to get a shot away.

Kevin Hayes looked Stockton’s main threat, and he tested namesake Kyle with a free-kick before flashing a shot across the face of goal, but when the half-time whistle went the home side could consider themselves to be fortunate to be on level terms.

The second half was a different story, however, and after an unremarkable opening period, Stockton retook the lead on 63 minutes.

King was again the provider, with Jonathan Franks meeting his cross at the near post to make it 2-1.

Consett seemed to have lost their attacking momentum, and on 76 minutes they went 3-1 down when they failed to deal with Hayes’ cross from a short corner, and skipper Adam Nicholson volleyed in from close range.

Consett rarely threatened, and on 86 minutes the scoring was complete when Jamie Owens played in fellow sub Nathan Mulligan, who rounded Hayes to make it 4-1.

The final scoreline was perhaps a harsh one on the Steelmen, whose defeat was their third in a row, but emphasised the importance of taking your chances when you’re on top.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Luke Carr is Consett’s matchwinner again as they edge out bogey team West Auckland

Luke Carr was Consett’s matchwinner for the second game in a row tonight as they beat West Auckland Town 3-2 at Belle View to make it three wins in three league games and stretch their unbeaten run this season to seven.

But the Steelmen had to come from behind to do it, after going a goal down early on for the second Division One match in a row.

The game was only two minutes old when they conceded a free-kick on their left, which was swung in by Anthony Bell, and Jamie Harwood headed West into the lead.

On nine minutes it was 1-1 when a great piece of control and superbly weighted pass by Dale Pearson left Calvin Smith with just the keeper to beat, and he obliged.

In the 20th minute Consett went ahead after another well-worked move, when a corner was played low into the box and Dale Pearson fired home into the far corner.

Luke Carr almost made it three in the 28th minute when his curling effort brought a superb full-length diving save from ex-Consett keeper Tom Flynn in the West goal.

It remained 2-1 at half-time, but within three minutes of the restart West were level. Flynn pumped a long clearance downfield, and a mistake in the Consett defence let in Jordan Blinco, who ran through to score.

Flynn beat out a well-struck effort from Carr, and Consett had a decent penalty shout turned down after Ali Alshabeeb seemed to be felled by Gary Brown, but they got what turned out to be the winner in the 58th minute.

Good work by Jermaine Metz set up Luke Carr, who fired home a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the box, pictured top, leaving Flynn helpless.

Bell had a chance to level the scores on 67 minutes, but his shot drifted wide, while at the other end Flynn twice denied Pearson to deny Consett the comfort of a two-goal cushion.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.