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Consett left to concentrate on the league after exiting Durham Challenge Cup on penalties

Consett slipped out of the Durham Challenge Cup with barely a whimper tonight after being beaten on penalties at Newton Aycliffe after a goalless stalemate.

Just 121 spectators were at the SecuriCorp Stadium for the 2nd Round tie, and those who stayed away seemed to have made the right decision after a dour 90 minutes.

Consett were without the cup-tied Josh Baggs and unavailable Kieren Aplin, and suffered a further blow minutes before kick-off when Calvin Smith pulled up in the warm-up.

Adam Mitchell stepped up off the bench into the starting XI, where Scott Fenwick made his full debut, and Charlie Exley started a game for the first time since August 2021.

The first half was largely a non-event as the sides cancelled each other out and struggled to create much.

It was half an hour before either side managed a shot on target, when home midfielder Joe Ferguson forced a save from Mark Foden.

On 38 minutes Consett threatened for the first time when skipper Arjun Purewal beat Aycliffe keeper Adam McHugh to a corner, but his header was cleared off the line.

The second half improved a little, but not much, but the game swung Aycliffe’s way in the 67th minute when they were awarded a penalty when Exley upended Callum Munro.

However, Consett had a huge let-off when Ferguson’s spot kick was ballooned over the bar to keep the scores level.

As the game entered its final stages, Cyril Giraud had Consett’s best two chances. On 78 minutes he fired just wide after a free-kick was half cleared to him, then three minutes later he shot into the side netting when an effort across goal might have paid dividends.

The game petered out to a penalty shootout which had seemed inevitable all night, and Aycliffe quickly took control when Consett, kicking first, saw their first two efforts saved by home keeper Adam McHugh.

Foden – one of Consett’s heroes in the previous round, when they beat West Auckland on penalties – gave the visitors hope by saving Aycliffe’s first kick.

But they scored their second, and although Consett scored their third, Ferguson made up for his earlier miss to make it 2-1 and keep their noses in front.

When Consett missed their fourth kick, it was left to Aycliffe skipper Aaron Brown to tuck away theirs for a 3-1 shootout win and a place in the quarter-finals.

Out of all the cups, Consett can concentrate on their Northern Premier League campaign, but this result extended their winless run to 11 games. Next up is a crucial home match against Brighouse Town on Saturday.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

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Next up for Consett – the rearranged cup game at Newton Aycliffe

After a blank weekend, Consett’s next fixture is the rearranged Durham Challenge Cup game at Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday 22 November.

The game, postponed last week due to the pitch at Moore Lane Park being waterlogged, is a 7.30pm kick-off (DL5 5AG).

Aycliffe are 4th in the Northern League 1st Division but suffered a setback to their promotion push at the weekend when they were beaten 3-1 at Seaham Red Star.

Our last visit to Newton Aycliffe Sports Ground resulted in a 2-0 win back in January, in what was Calvin Smith’s 400th game for Consett, pictured below.

There have been three previous meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup between the clubs, with Consett winning two and the Newtonians the other.

In 2008-09, in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, we beat Aycliffe – then still in the Wearside League – 5-1 in a 1st Round tie at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

We met again in the same round in 2010-11, this time at Aycliffe, who by now were in the Northern league and top of the 2nd Division. They won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Finally, we met at Moore Lane Park in 2017-18, again in a 1st Round tie, with Aycliffe by now in the 1st Division. In another close game Consett won 1-0 with a goal from Michael Mackay.


Consett face Newton Aycliffe away in the Durham Challenge Cup

Consett’s reward for beating West Auckland on penalties in the Durham Challenge Cup last night is an away tie against another former Northern League rival, Newton Aycliffe.

The 2nd Round draw was carried out today at Durham FA’s headquarters and gave Andy Coyles’ side a tricky trip to Moore Lane Park on Tuesday 15 November, with a 7.30pm KO.

Aycliffe are third in the Northern League 1st Division, and reached the 2nd Round of the county cup with a 6-0 win at 2nd Division Ryton & Crawcrook Albion last night.

There have been three previous meetings in the Durham Challenge Cup between the clubs, with Consett winning two and the Newtonians the other.

In 2008-09, in the clubs’ first-ever meeting, we beat Aycliffe – then still in the Wearside League – 5-1 in a 1st Round tie at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

We met again in the same round in 2010-11, this time at Aycliffe, who by now were in the Northern league and top of the 2nd Division. They won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Finally, we met at Moore Lane Park in 2017-18, again in a 1st Round tie, with Aycliffe by now in the 1st Division. In another close game Consett won 1-0 with a goal from Michael Mackay.

For anyone who believes in lucky omens, we went on to win the trophy that season, beating Dunston 4-2 in the final.

Consett suffer late agony against Aycliffe in battle of top two

Consett’s 100% start to the season came to an end today, when they lost 3-2 to Newton Aycliffe in dramatic late fashion.

A goal from Liam Jarvie two minutes before half-time gave the visitors the lead at Belle View Stadium, against the run of play.

Chances came and went for both sides in the second half, and another supersub appearance by evergreen striker Colin Larkin, pictured top, looked like it had rescued a point for the Steelmen.

He reacted first when Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford could only parry Dan Marriott’s shot in the 85th minute, and grabbed a deserved equaliser.

It looked like the game would end honours even, with the sides getting a point apiece and the status quo maintained.

But things took a late twist when Aycliffe were awarded a penalty in the second of four scheduled added minutes.

Keeper Kyle Hayes saved Sonni Coleman‘s spot kick, but the striker reacted quickest to net the rebound and gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Things got even worse for Consett when Darren Holden was sent off. Then Hayes then got caught in possession, which allowed Coleman to nick a third goal in the fourth added minute.

Consett did get one back in the seventh minute of added time, when Dale Pearson scored from the penalty spot to make the final score 3-2.

The result means Newton Aycliffe go top, and wins for North Shields and Thornaby mean Consett will head to Whickham on Tuesday night in 4th place.

The crowd at Belle View was a season’s best 554. The next home game is next Saturday, 21 August, when we face Bridlington Town in the FA Cup.

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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.


Newton Aycliffe trip is next up for Consett – and supporters can pay at the gate

Consett’s next game is away at Newton Aycliffe on Tuesday 27 October – and supporters can pay at the gate.

The match at Moore Lane Park – now called the Beaumont Landscapes Stadium – kicks off at 7.45pm.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in the North East, the capacity for the game is fixed at 150, and spectators are required to wear face coverings.

Admission is £6 for adults and £4 for concessions, and fans are asked to pay with the exact change if possible. You can also pay by card at the gate.

Spectators are also encouraged to check in using the NHS Covid-19 app, which you can download HERE if you don’t already have it.

Those who don’t have a smartphone must give their contact details, which will be recorded on a paper list for Track & Trace purposes.

Due to social distancing limitations and Durham FA guidance, the Sports Club bar will not be available before, during or immediately after the game.

Aycliffe have made an excellent start to the season, and are currently 3rd in the table, with just one defeat in their first 11 league games, at Whitley Bay last week.

Their squad includes two ex-Consett players, Andrei Ardelean and Adam Burnicle, while two Steelmen – Jermaine Metz and Ali Alshabeeb – will be visiting their old club.

Consett will face Hebburn Town on FA Vase final weekend – in a Northern League game

Consett will play Hebburn Town on FA Vase final weekend after all – in a rearranged Northern League Division One game.

The postponement by The FA of the Wembley showdown between the clubs, which was due to take place on Sunday 27 September, left us both with a free weekend.

The league’s fixtures secretary has taken advantage of the postponement to arrange a league game between us instead, at Hebburn’s Green Energy Sports Ground.

Kick-off will be 3pm, and we’ll bring you ticket arrangements for Consett supporters as soon as we have them.

Several other league games have also been rearranged recently, as follows:

v Shildon (H), now Tuesday 20 October, 7.30pm.

v Newton Aycliffe (A), now Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm.

v Ryhope CW (A), now Tuesday 3 November, 7.30pm.

v North Shields (A), now Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm.

On this day in our history: 30 April 2016 – Consett end their home fixtures with a grandstand finish

Consett completed their home fixtures on a high on this day back in 2016, achieving a sixth consecutive win with a good 4-2 victory over Newton Aycliffe at Belle View Stadium.

The result saw the Steelmen, who were under the control of interim manager Mark Eccles, leapfrog their visitors to go sixth in the table – the highest they’d been all season.

They made two changes to the side which had beaten Bishop Auckland in midweek, with Nathan Steel and Josh Gray returning for Dan Hawkins and Jordan Nellis. The back four was a bit of a patched-up affair, with Matty Slocombe at right-back, Joe Grant on the left, and Jordan Lavery lining up alongside Stephen Little in the centre.

Goalmouth action against Newton Aycliffe. Pic: Gary Welford.

Thankfully, the visitors, who had lifted the Durham Challenge Cup for the first time the previous month, were without Consett old boy Mattie Moffat and his strike partner John Campbell.

Aycliffe had the first chance when centre-back Grant Hickman headed wide from a cross from the right, but the next half an hour saw Consett take control.

Luke Sullivan, in the mood for more goals after getting his 100th for the club in midweek, walloped a 30-yarder straight at Lewis Brass, then saw a shot come back off the keeper, but no-one able to react to the rebound.

Aycliffe’s Dennis Knight gets to grips with Consett’s Luke Sullivan. Pic: Gary Welford.

A great corner from the right by Lavery saw Sullivan and Calvin Smith inches away from getting a touch to take it past the keeper, then Sullivan was just off target from Gray’s cross.

It was against the run of play that Stuart Banks – so often a thorn in Consett’s side during his West Auckland days – gave the visitors the lead on 35 minutes, with Alan Harrison and Jordan Laidler swapping passes before setting up the winger for a simple finish.

The Steelmen responded by going back on the attack. Smith hit a 30-yarder straight at Brass, then his pass put skipper Danny Craggs through, but he made a hash of his attempted lob. Five minutes before half-time Consett got the goal their dominance deserved, however, when Steel headed home from Sullivan’s right-wing cross.

Nathan Steel’s header nestles in the net to make it 1-1. Pic: Gary Welford.

A minute later he almost had a second when Brass pulled off a fine save from another header from Craggs’ cross, and he went close with two more headers before the break as the visitors’ defence struggled to cope with his aerial threat.

Half-time was reached with the score still 1-1, and Consett went straight back on the attack after the break. Craggs blazed one over after being played in by Gray, but there was a warning that Aycliffe still posed a threat on the break, as Laidler hit a shot on the turn which struck the bar.

The odd break aside, it was all Consett, and Brass had to save a Craggs header, while Sullivan and Lavery put efforts just wide. The pressure was bound to pay off, and in the 72nd minute it did when Craggs’ shot in a crowded penalty area fell to Steel six yards out, and he fired home, despite appeals for offside.

Nathan Steel fires home to make it 2-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

The lead lasted just four minutes, as Consett conceded a soft equaliser. Grant was adjudged to have fouled his man as he contested a header, and the resulting free-kick saw Dennis Knight fire into the top-left corner from out wide on the right – a goal which raised question marks over keeper Gareth Young’s positioning.

The goal was the signal for Consett to mount a grandstand finish, with Craggs missing a trio of chances. First his header from Gray’s cross was well saved by Brass, then the keeper was grateful to his post after the Consett skipper chased a through ball and went round him, but hit the upright. Craggs then curled a free-kick just wide as the Steelmen sought a winner.

On 84 minutes Consett got the goal their display deserved, as Sullivan cut in from the right and arrowed a shot across Brass and into the bottom corner. It was a strike worthy of winning any game, but the striker wasn’t satisfied.

Luke Sullivan makes it 3-2 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

A minute from time Sullivan grabbed a second just-as-good but very different goal, beating the keeper with a deft chip after being played in by Craggs, who’d had an outstanding second half.

Aycliffe were a good side, but when the final whistle went they knew they’d been well-beaten by a convincing Consett display.

Consett: 1 Gareth Young, 2 Matty Slocombe, 3 Joe Grant, 4 Stephen Little, 5 Jordan Lavery, 6 Lewis Gibbons, 7 Luke Sullivan, 8 Calvin Smith, 9 Nathan Steel, 10 Danny Craggs (captain), 11 Josh Gray (sub 12 Jake Stafford 90). Subs not used: 14 Chris Mordue, 15 Jordan Nellis, 16 Ryan Cummings GK Ben Cole.
Newton Aycliffe: 1 Lewis Brass, 2 Aaron Brown, 3 Dennis Knight, 4 Grant Hickman, 5 Daniel Mitton, 6 Neil Pattinson (captain), 7 Paul Garthwaite, 8 Alan Harrison, 9 Jordan Laidler, 10 Zak Boagey, 11 Stuart Banks. Subs not used: 12 Jack Oliver, 14 Brian Close, 15 Mark Stephenson, 16 Andrew Green.

Consett pay for lacklustre performance at Newton Aycliffe as old boys inflict their first league defeat in four months

A lacklustre Consett were made to pay by two old boys today as Newton Aycliffe became the first team to do a league double over them this season, after a 3-0 win at Moore Lane Park.

The Steelmen were strangely out of sorts, and were beaten in the league for the first time in nearly four months by opponents who had grabbed a last-gasp victory at Belle View in September.

This time there was nothing last-gasp about Aycliffe’s win, as they were better in every department from start to finish.

They took the lead on 19 minutes, when striker Adam Burnicle – who had a short spell at Consett a few seasons ago without getting a decent run in the first XI – found the top corner from an acute angle.

Burnicle had two more chances to increase the home side’s lead, and Consett had an amazing let-off in the 41st minute when a sliced clearance hit the post, and Kyle Hayes somehow kept the ball out.

The keeper also saved from Burnicle and Liam Jarvie as Aycliffe sought to press home their dominance, but half-time arrived with the score still 1-0.

Consett had created nothing at all in the first half, but within their first two minutes of the second they had created a half-chance for Dan Hawkins, whose shot was blocked by a defender.

Then on 59 minutes Jake Orrell’s ball was laid off by Thomas McAloon to Hawkins, who forced Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford into his first save of the afternoon.

Four minutes later there was a let-off for the visitors when striker Andrei Ardelean, who left Belle View for Moore Lane Park a couple of weeks ago, turned and hit the post with a shot which had Hayes beaten.

On 67 minutes Ardelean had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside after Hayes had saved well from Burnicle.

In the 77th minute Consett had their best chance of the game, and should have levelled. A great pass from Ross Wilkinson sent Dale Pearson – on as a sub after a couple of weeks out injured – clean through, but a superb tackle by Aaron Brown thwarted him.

The ball fell kindly for Michael Mackay, and with the healthy Consett contingent in the crowd waiting for the net to bulge, Pickford made an excellent double save from the veteran striker, pictured top, to maintain his clean sheet.

Games swing on such incidents, which was proved in the 80th minute when Hayes fumbled a long-range effort from Johnson Ballan, and Ardelean – who else? – was there to finish from close range for 2-0.

Three minutes into injury time, as Consett pushed forward looking for a goal, they got caught on the break, and Burnicle scored his second of the game to make the final score a sobering 3-0.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

Out-of-sorts Consett suffer a first home defeat of the season as Newton Aycliffe grab a late winner

Consett were left licking their wounds this afternoon when a late goal saw them beaten 2-1 at home by Newton Aycliffe at Belle View Stadium.

It was the Steelmen’s first home defeat of the season, but they couldn’t complain after a well-below-par performance.

It took a Liam McNamara own goal right at the end of the half, pictured, to give them a 1-0 interval lead, as the defender put through his own goal from Luke Carr’s free-kick.

But Consett were grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Hayes for the fact they were still in the game at all at that point, as he’d made a string of good saves.

An improved start to the second half saw Consett create and squander a handful of opportunities, and the misses came back to haunt them in the 66th minute when Dean Thexton levelled from closer range.

When young substitute Joe Sloan was shown a straight red card for a two-footed tackle in the 84th minute, most Consett fans would have settled for a point as their side played out the game with 10 men.

But they were denied even that, as goalscorer Thexton turned provider in the third minute of added time for old boy Shaun Ryder to round Hayes and slot home the winner.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.