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Depleted Consett give league leaders Stockton a fright but head home empty-handed

Consett and Stockton Town served up the usual feast of goals in their Boxing Day fixture today – but it was the league leaders who claimed the points with a 3-2 win.

A huge crowd of 993 – the highest in the NPL’s Division One East this season – gathered at the Coverall Stadium to see the 1st v 3rd clash.

And they weren’t disappointed as the former Northern League rivals locked horns in a tussle which was entertaining right from the off.

Consett were without broken toe victim Arjun Purewal, which meant an emergency centre-back role for skipper Matty Slocombe.

But the Steelmen found themselves trailing inside the first minute as they gave the ball away in their own half and Stephen Thompson produced a superb first-time finish from long range to make it 1-0 to Stockton.

Consett’s response was impressive, as they equalised in the sixth minute after Wil Shaw was fouled in the box. Stockton keeper Callum Roberts saved Scott Fenwick’s penalty, but Jake Orrell recycled the ball and Wil Shaw headed in at the back post with his 11th goal of the season.

Mikey Roberts went close for Stockton with an overhead kick from a corner, but it was Consett who scored next, in the 11th minute. Good work down the left by Fenwick saw him set up Ben Ramsey, who fired past Roberts for his eighth goal of the season.

Stockton had two or three half chances as they looked for an equaliser, but just when it seemed like Consett would reach the interval in front, they conceded again in added time.

A deep corner from the left was headed back across goal by centre-back Adam Nicholson, and Mikey Roberts fired high into the net to make it 2-2.

Roberts had another chance with a diving header, but James Anderson made a good save to ensure it remained level at the break.

Stockton started the second half on top, and it took a superb block by Ryan McKinnon to deny Kevin Hayes, who was through one-on-one.

But there was nothing he or anyone else could do in the 54th minute when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Kevin Hayes had time to pick his spot, firing low into the bottom left corner to make it 3-2.

Hayes, so often Consett’s tormentor over the years, looked a certain scorer in the 64th minute when he sent in a powerful free-kick, but this time Anderson was equal to it, making the save of the game.

Consett were finding it difficult to make inroads against a well-organised Stockton defence, and the game swung even more the Anchors’ way in the 76th minute when Consett defender Josh Baggs was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

Their best chance to salvage a point came in the fourth of five added minutes when Zak Atkinson’s deep cross was kept alive by Harry Outterside, who made his debut as a late sub, only for Tom Coulthard to hack the ball away before anyone could follow in for a tap-in.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview, picture gallery and goal highlights to follow.

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Consett drawn away to West Auckland in Durham Challenge Cup quarter-final – DATE AGREED

Consett have been drawn away to former Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in the quarter-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup.

The game will take place at the Wanted Stadium in the week preceding Saturday 16 December.

West reached the last eight on Tuesday night by beating Birtley Town on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

They had previously beaten Seaham Red Star on penalties in the 1st Round after a 1-1 draw, and Durham Corinthians 2-1 in the Preliminary Round.

Consett and West Auckland have had 10 post-war meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup, most recently last season in the 1st Round, when we progressed 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Belle View.

Our most recent county cup visit to Darlington Road was in the 2nd Round in 2011-12, when we won 3-2 at Darlington Road thanks to a hat-trick from Harrison Davies.

One notable name in the Consett line-up that night was a 17-year-old Matty Slocombe, who was making his debut for the club.

UPDATE: The game will take place on Tuesday 12 December, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

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Consett pull out a plum home tie in FA Cup against Bradford Park Avenue

Consett were handed a tasty home tie in today’s FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round draw, against former Football League club Bradford Park Avenue.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 2 September, with a 3pm kick-off, which means our NPL fixture that day v North Ferriby United will be rescheduled.

Bradford will be tough opponents, as they play in the NPL Premier Division, having been relegated from the National League North at the end of last season.

The clubs have met in the FA Cup before, in the 2nd Qualifying Round back in 2015-16, when Colin Myers’ Consett side were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Belle View, despite a three-division difference between the clubs.

Two of the present Consett squad – Calvin Smith and Ryan McKinnon – were in the Steelmen’s starting line-up that day, while a third, Matty Slocombe, came on as a substitute.

Consett were leading through a Dan Hawkins goal – the celebrations are pictured top – before Bradford levelled with eight minutes to go and grabbed the winner in the fifth minute of added time.

The game was played in front of a bumper crowd of 616, which is still one of the Top 10 attendances recorded since we moved to Belle View almost 10 years ago.

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Consett’s survival bid goes to the wire after they lose at Brighouse Town

Consett’s quest for a point to guarantee Northern Premier League football next season will go to the last game after they lost 2-0 at Brighouse Town today.

With Arjun Purewal and Dan Capewell injured and Ben Milburn suspended, the Steelmen were without all three central defenders, and top scorer Zak Atkinson was also missing through injury.

They lined up with midfielder Matty Slocombe and striker Scott Fenwick at the heart of their back four, and Danny Barlow and Nathan Greenwood up front.

Brighouse had already missed early chances for Mohammed Ibrahim and Javelle Clarke before Consett’s injury list got even longer on 10 minutes when midfielder Scott Jasper limped off.

Barlow had a chance to put Consett ahead on 15 minutes when he latched onto Fenwick’s pass, but was denied by Brighouse keeper Jamie Hassall.

As has been the case all too often this season the missed chance proved costly, as a minute later the home side took the lead when Jack Boyle cut in from the right and hit a hard, low drive past Mark Foden.

Consett almost equalised midway through the first half when Barlow set up Josh Baggs, but Hassall again made a good save, and Barlow then headed wide from Fenwick’s deep cross.

Despite being 1-0 down at half-time, Consett were still in the game, but they didn’t really get going after the break and found themselves penned back for long spells, with Brighouse peppering their goal.

The pressure told in the 63rd minute when Joshua Grant fired an unstoppable shot past Foden from 25 yards to make it 2-0.

Consett laboured for a way back, but created little apart from a late half-chance for sub Oscar Taylor, while Brighouse were happy to see out the win, which guaranteed their own NPL status.

Victories for Lincoln and Grantham and an unlikely draw for Ossett at champions Worksop mean Consett drop a place to 14th, and still need a point in their last game to be sure of not being involved in the end of season play-offs.

That last game is versus fellow battlers Lincoln at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 22 April, kick-off 3pm.

  • Full match report, statistics and more pictures to follow.

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Patched-up Consett suffer heaviest defeat of the season at Hebburn despite Scotty scorcher

Consett ended their four-game goal drought today – but it proved to be in vain as high-flying Hebburn Town came from behind to beat them 5-1.

The Steelmen’s patched-up side took the lead in the 34th minute at the Green Energy Stadium with a stunning 25-yard strike from Scott Fenwick, pictured top.

But the Hornets equalised just before half-time through Olly Martin, and ran amok in the second half to inflict their visitors’ heaviest defeat of the season.

With Jake Orrell injured and Ben Milburn suspended, Consett had to reshuffle their pack again, giving starting XI debuts to two players, and bringing two more off the bench as their injury problems went from bad to worse.

Left-back Jack Moody and forward Scott Jasper, signed from Whickham and Ryton respectively, started the game, but neither finished it.

Moody had to be replaced at half-time by 41-year-old assistant manager Wayne Buchanan after suffering a blow to the head, while Nathan Lawrence, recently re-signed from Sunderland RCA, came on when Matty Slocombe limped off just before the hour.

By that time Consett had gone behind to Martin’s second on 54 minutes, and Hebburn added further goals from Jake Hackett (74 mins), Liam Henderson (78 mins) and James Harrison (90 mins).

The result saw Consett drop three places to 13th, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Hebburn leapfrogged Stockton Town to go second behind runaway leaders Worksop Town.

The Steelmen have a free midweek before their next game, when they entertain 8th-placed Cleethorpes Town at Belle View Stadium next Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm, and they will be hoping to get back one or two of the eight players who manager Tony Fawcett was unable to call on.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

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Consett’s problems pile up after a home defeat by in-form Long Eaton United

Consett slumped to their third defeat in their last four games at the hands of the division’s most in-form side.

Long Eaton United had won their last five games, and made it six in a row with a convincing win at a chilly Belle View.

Manager Tony Fawcett was again without a host of players, even though he welcomed back Ross Coombe, Josh Baggs and Jake Orrell.

With Mark Foden joining Calvin Smith and Matty Slocombe on the sidelines through suspension, and Charlie Exley added to a long-term injury list which already included Kieren Aplin, Zak Atkinson, Karl Byrne and Mark McLeod, the Steelmen were again missing eight players.

This meant places on the bench for two new signings, the unattached Henry Dorward, who has previously played for Whitley Bay and Sunderland RCA, and Nathan Lawrence, who’s rejoined Consett for a third spell from RCA.

The visitors started well, and their top scorer Jamie Walker had a chance to put them ahead on three minutes after beating the offside trap, but was denied by a fine double save by Coombe.

On-loan Blyth Spartans midfielder Danny Barlow almost gave Consett the lead on seven minutes when Jake Orrell’s pass sent him through on goal, but Sam Wilson saved at his feet, pictured top.

A minute later the keeper denied Barlow again when he cut in from the right and fired goalwards, saving down low at his near post.

Long Eaton took the lead on 10 minutes when wing-back Ashaiah Fearon, on loan from Notts County, flicked the ball on for Tom Cursons, who ran through on goal, despite strong Consett appeals for handball, and slotted home.

Consett suffered a big blow on 18 minutes when Dan Capewell, one of their outstanding players this season, limped off with a hamstring injury.

Consett centre-back Dan Capewell goes down with a hamstring injury.

The reshuffle which followed saw skipper Arjun Purewal move from left-back to centre-back, Adam Mitchell switch from midfield to left-back, and Dorward come into the middle for his debut.

On 21 minutes Long Eaton went close to doubling their lead when Fearon cut in from the right and got off a show which hit the outside of the post.

Seven minutes later they were awarded a free-kick 22 yards out and Tom Marshall sent a curling effort not too far wide of the left-hand post.

Two minutes before the break Jake Orrell had a chance for Consett, but Wilson made a comfortable save down low, and right on half-time Mitchell’s cross from the left found Dorward, who couldn’t steer his header on target.

Half-time: Consett 0 Long Eaton United 1

Consett’s teenage striker Oscar Taylor had looked an isolated figure up front at times, so it was little surprise when Scott Fenwick, despite not being fully fit, came on for the second half in place of midfielder Daniel Smith.

Five minutes into the second half the Steelmen had a chance to level when excellent work by Orrell saw him get to the byline and set up Taylor, but the No 9’s flicked effort was blocked, as was Fenwick’s follow-up.

It was a bright start to the half, but on 58 minutes it was 2-0 to Long Eaton when Cursons drilled the ball across goal from the left for Alex Marshall to finish from close range.

Mitchell had a chance to score his first goal for the club just before the hour when he arrived late at the back post, but was leaning back as he struck his shot and it ballooned over the bar.

A few minutes later Dorward had a chance to make his mark when he was played in, but he shot straight at the keeper from 20 yards when he maybe had time to take a touch and get closer to goal.

Henry Dorward had a chance to make his mark on his debut.

Long Eaton were making plenty of half-chances, and sub Jack Rogers had a clear opportunity to increase their lead on 71 minutes, but screwed his effort wide.

Orrell was at the centre of most of Consett’s good moves, and on 75 minutes his cross picked out Fenwick, but the big striker was stretching to meet the ball, and headed just over the bar.

Three minutes later Long Eaton ended any faint hopes of a Consett comeback when they scored a third goal. The home side failed to deal with Larell King’s long throw, and Ashaiah Fearon lashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Consett’s response was to throw on another substitute, with Reserves captain Kieran Scott coming on for Taylor for his first-team debut.

Consett Reserves captain Kieran Scott made his first-team debut.

And although Consett huffed and puffed, with the impressive Barlow firing into the side netting from 20 yards, they couldn’t muster a consolation goal to give the final scoreline a less brutal look.

What they did pick up was a last-minute yellow card for Ben Milburn, which takes him to 10 bookings for the season and a two-game suspension.

Consett go down fighting as they lose to high-flying Worksop Town

Consett went toe to toe with runaway league leaders Worksop Town today, but just fell short as they tried to halt their promotion juggernaut, losing 2-1 at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen, who had five wins in their last six games, took the lead after five minutes when Calvin Smith hit a dipping half-volley into the corner from 15 yards, pictured top.

On 12 minutes they thought they had doubled their lead when new signing Nathan Greenwood converted from Jake Orrell’s through ball, but was flagged offside.

Worksop levelled in the 20th minute when a corner was headed back across goal by James Hanson and Josh Wilde nodded in from close range.

And they took the lead on the half-hour with an almost identical goal, Jack Broadhead finishing from Hanson’s set-up.

Greenwood missed a good chance to level just after the break, but the game lost some of its momentum midway through the second half when Consett’s top scorer Zak Atkinson was stretchered off with a serious-looking injury.

Though visiting skipper Hamza Bencherif hit the bar with a header with two minutes left, Consett almost snatched a deserved point deep into injury time when Matty Slocombe fired just wide.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Another good away point as Consett take a draw from Long Eaton United

Consett’s first-ever trip to Long Eaton United’s Grange Park ground ended in a 1-1 draw, although the Steelmen may feel slightly disappointed to have not taken all three after playing for the last quarter-of-an-hour against ten men.

The game got off to a sensational start with both goals being scored in the first ten minutes. The home side took the lead with barely four minutes on the clock. Jamie Walker crossed from the left wing and the ball somehow found its way into the Consett via a deflection which totally deceived Mark Foden.

The lead didn’t last long though as Consett levelled the scores four minutes later. Karl Byrne crossed from the right wing, Kieren Aplin played the ball back across goal and Matty Slocombe was on hand to force the ball home from six yards

After the early fireworks, the game settled down into a more attritional affair with neither side managing to gain the upper hand. Long Eaton’s best chance of the half fell to Kam Campbell in the 36th minute, who drilled in a low shot from inside the area, which Foden initially spilled but safely gathered the rebound.

Two minutes before the break Zak Atkinson saw a header from an Even Horwood cross loop just over the bar, and the break was reached with the score 1-1.

After the break, the game became much more feisty with referee, who had kept his cards in his pocket in the first half, force to issue a number of yellows to both sides.

Consett were creating the better chances in the second half, and a great strike from Adam Mitchell in the 58th minute was brilliantly tipped over by the Long Eaton keeper, Mitchell Leivers. From the resulting corner, the ball ended up in the Long Eaton net but the referee spotted a foul and disallowed it.

Nine minutes later, Consett had the best chance of the half when Byrne’s cross from the right was flicked on by Atkinson and Cyril Giraud, with almost his first touch after coming on as a substitute, stretched for it and stabbed the ball over from close in.

With sixteen minutes remaining, Luke Cox picked up a second yellow card, and the home side were down to ten men. Consett were unable to capitalise, although they did force Leivers to pull off an even better save than his earlier effort from Mitchell. Byrne crossed from the right, and a spectacular flying volley from Lewis Green brought a superb reaction save from the home custodian.

Honours were even at the final whistle, after highly entertaining and competitive Northern Premier League match.

Full match report and pictures here.

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Consett drawn against West Auckland in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett were today drawn against former Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in the 1st Round of this season’s Durham Challenge Cup.

The date and time for the tie have yet to be arranged, but it is likely to be at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 11 October, with a 7.45pm kick off.

We last faced West at Belle View in a pre-season friendly on 23 July, when the visitors won 2-0.

The clubs have met many times in the county cup, most recently in 2011-12, when Kenny Lindoe’s depleted Consett side won 3-2 after extra time in a 2nd Round tie at Darlington Road.

Their matchwinner that night was Harrison Davies, who scored a hat-trick, but the Consett side also included a promising 17-year-old called Matty Slocombe, who was making his debut.

This season’s tie could bring us up against former Steelmen Scott Heslop, Jake Stafford, Corey Nicholson, along with Lee Hume, who is dual registered for both clubs, while Consett’s Adam Mitchell, Colin Larkin, Darren Holden and Ross Coombe have also turned out for West.