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Consett’s away trip to Northallerton Town – postponed because of the Northern League’s two-week coronavirus-related shutdown – has a new date.
The Division One game was originally due to be played at the Calvert Stadium this Saturday, December 12.
But the league’s decision to postpone all fixtures after 37 of its 40 clubs were placed in Tier 3 areas following the lifting of the second national Covid-19 lockdown means it has had to be rearranged.
Ironically, Northallerton is in North Yorkshire, which is in Tier 2, but the league decided to cancel all games until December 16, as most clubs said playing behind closed doors was unviable.
The Northallerton v Consett game will now take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Last season’s encounter – our first visit to Ainderby Road since 2012 – ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw.
Our home game against Ryhope CW, which was due to take place on Saturday, December 19, will also be rearranged due to our progress in the FA Vase, with the 3rd Round scheduled to take place on that date.
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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 will kick off their 2020-21 Northern League campaign with three successive away games – starting at North Shields on Saturday 5 September.
The fixtures for the new season, issued today, will then see the Steelmen travel to Ryhope CW and Seaham Red Star in the next two league fixtures.
It won’t be until our fourth match that we get to see a league game at Belle View, when we entertain Shildon on Tuesday 22 September.
The delayed start to the season means the games come thick and fast after that; we face West Auckland, Stockton Town and Whickham in consecutive home games in the space of eight days.
And for the first time in five years we could have a game on Boxing Day – we’re due to be away at Penrith, pictured below, on Saturday 26 December.
We will see in 2021 with a home game against Ashington on Saturday 2 January, and other notable fixtures include a mouthwatering clash with fellow FA Vase semi-finalists Hebburn at home on Saturday 5 December, with the return game on Saturday 17 April – our final away fixture.
The season is scheduled to conclude with a home game against Northallerton on Saturday 24 April, however there will almost certainly be plenty of fixture changes between now and then.
Our first competitive game of the season will be the home FA Cup tie against Ryhope CW on Tuesday 1 September (KO 7.45pm). Ticket details for this will be released next week.
We don’t enter this season’s FA Vase until the 2nd Round, on Saturday 28 November. There’s no word yet on when we might play last season’s semi-final against Bitton.
Consett dominated from start to finish in their first league visit to Northallerton Town in more than 10 years today, but had to settle for a point after a goalless draw.
The Steelmen started the new decade how they finished the old one, by being by far the better side, but lacking a finishing touch to defeat dogged opponents.
Consett took the game to their bottom-of-the-table hosts, and had enough chances in the opening 15 minutes to have been out of sight by half-time.
Ali Alshabeeb had the first after two minutes, but chipped the ball just wide in a one-on-one with the keeper, and Matty Slocombe saw a 20-yarder deflected over a few minutes later.
Consett should have taken the lead on seven minutes when the keeper fumbled Alshabeeb’s effort from the edge of the box, but Luke Carr fired the loose ball over the bar.
On 11 minutes Dale Pearson broke quickly for a corner and his pass played in Jake Orrell, but keeper Tom Dawson stood up well to save. From the resulting corner skipper Arjun Purewal powered a header goalwards, which came back off the post with the keeper beaten.
On 33 minutes Carr thought he should have had a penalty after appearing to be hauled over by centre-back Neil Pattinson as he cut in from the right, but the referee waved away his appeals.
The opening minute of the second half brought another good chance for Consett, after Orrell played the ball across the face of the goal after a neat one-two, but no one attacked the pass and another opportunity had gone begging.
Carr’s cross from the left picked out marauding right-back Jermaine Metz, whose header was tipped round the post by Dawson. Then Carr flighted a 25-yard free-kick just wide of the left-hand post.
Consett had another shout for a penalty on 63 minutes when Orrell’s pass picked out Pearson, who went down under challenge from Jack Proctor, but again the referee waved away the visitors’ appeals.
Consett brought on two attackers, Andrei-Vasile Ardelean and Michael Mackay, as they strived for a winner, and a great cross by Mackay teed up Ardelean in the 79th minute, but he missed the ball and the chance was gone.
Carr hooked an effort just wide from Metz’s cross, and you got the feeling it might not be the Steelmen’s day in the 83rd minute when Mackay flicked the ball goalwards after good work by Orrell, only to see it come back off the bar, pictured, and Lee Brockbank’s superb block denied Dale Pearson an easy finish from the loose ball.
Consett laid siege to the Northallerton goal, but the home side defended resiolutely, as they had all afternoon, and their frustrated visitors had to settle for a 0-0 draw – just their second of the season.
A second half goal from Calvin Smith proved to be the decisive strike in today’s Northern League opener against Northallerton Town at Belle View Stadium this afternoon.
The newly-promoted visitors proved to be difficult to break down and in a tight first half of few chances Matty Slocombe came closest to scoring when, after a surging run into the box, his attempted chip was tipped wide by the Northallerton keeper Dawson.
At the other end, Northallerton’s Shaun Hudson had a goal disallowed for offside, before the same player set James Rowe through on goal only for the midfielder to be denied by a customary save by Kyle Hayes with his feet.
The all-important goal came eight minutes into the second half. Darren Holden broke clear down the left flank and pulled the ball back cleverly for Calvin Smith to side-foot home via a slight deflection.
Debutant Ali Alshabeeb almost doubled Consett’s advantage when he rattled a shot against the post after a surging run down the right (pictured).
In the dying minutes Dawson pulled off a brilliant double save; first at close range from Andrei-Vasile Ardelean, and then from substitute Lewis McGeoch to keep the score at 1-0.
Some sloppy defending almost let Northallerton in for a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser, but Nathan Callendar headed over with the goal at this mercy, and Consett hung on to get their season off to the perfect start.