Consett’s pre-season preparations took another positive step forward as they recorded a 2-0 victory against Northern League First Division side Northallerton at a baking hot Belle View.Continue reading “Consett continue pre-season build-up with a win over Northallerton at baking hot Belle View”
Consett were today drawn away to fellow Northern League side Newcastle Benfield in the 3rd Round of the Buildbase FA Vase.
The tie will take place at Sam Smith’s Park, where Consett have already won 4-2 in the league this season, at 3pm on Saturday 11 December.
Our continued involvement in the competition means our scheduled Northern League fixture away at Bishop Auckland on that date has had to be rescheduled.
We will now visit Heritage Park at 3pm on Saturday 19 March 2022, while the away game at North Shields, which was due on that date, will now take place four days later.
Additionally, our home game against Northallerton Town – which was put back a week to 27 November due to our involvement in the FA Vase – has been rearranged again, due to work taking place at Belle View Stadium.
It will now be played on Saturday 9 April 2022, which means our next home game will be the visit from Whickham on Friday 3 December, kick-off 7.30pm.
Before then we travel to West Allotment Celtic on Tuesday 23 November, for a 7.30pm KO. Supporters are reminded that they no longer play at Blue Flames.
They are now based at East Palmersville Sports Pavilion (NE12 9HF), where they groundshare with Northern Alliance club Forest Hall.
Consett were today handed a trip to fellow Northern League side Thornaby in the FA Vase 2nd Round.
The Teessiders have been one of the leading group of clubs this season, and drew 2-2 at Belle View back in August.
Our most recent game at Thornaby was in January 2020, pictured, when we won 5-0 in a Division One game which was our first visit to Teesdale Park for 15 years.
The clubs have never met in the FA Vase. The game will be played on Saturday, 20 November, with a 3pm kick-off.
The rest of the draw as it involves Northern League clubs is as follows:
AFC Liverpool v Redcar Town
Newcastle Benfield v Emley
Carlisle City v Abbey Hey
North Shields v North Ferriby
Bury AFC v Birtley Town
Billingham Synthonia v West Auckland
Our progress in the FA Vase game means two of our Northern League fixtures have been rescheduled.
The home match against Northallerton Town, which was on Saturday, 20 November, will now be played on Saturday, 27 November.
The away game at West Allotment Celtic, which was on Saturday, 27 November, will now take place on Tuesday, 23 November, with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Consett made it two wins out of two as they won their opening away game of the season at Northallerton Town 2-1 tonight.
But it took two second-half goals from substitutes Colin Larkin and Ryan King to secure the points after the Steelmen went behind early on and trailed for almost an hour.
Northallerton went ahead after just three minutes, when veteran striker Michael Rae fired home from a right-wing cross.
He could have added a second against a strangely lacklustre visiting side when he was clean through on 31 minutes, but shot inches wide of the far post.
Consett had plenty of the ball but offered little in the way of real attacking threat in the opening half, and the Northallerton keeper didn’t have a save to make.
They levelled in the 63rd minute when Dale Pearson took down a pass and fired goalwards. His effort looked like it was rolling in, but Colin Larkin, who’d only been on the field a few minutes, made sure to make it 1-1.
He tapped the ball over the line from maybe a foot out to mark his debut appearance with a goal – surely some sort of club record at the age of 39!
A great piece of skill by Dan Marriott then took him to the byline, where he pulled the ball for Pearson, who saw not one but two shots blocked by some determined defending.
Ryan King, who’d come on as a sub midway through the second half, thought he’d won the game for Consett in the second minute of added time.
He bundled the ball over the line after the keeper dropped it under challenge, but the referee decided that skipper Arjun Purewal had fouled him.
But the visitors were not to be denied, and in the 93rd minute Ryan King took advantage of a miskick by the keeper to run through and slot home into an empty net, pictured top, and make the final score 2-1.
The result means Consett are one of only three teams who have won their first two games in Division One of the Northern League. The others are Newton Aycliffe and Newcastle Benfield.
- Full match report and pictures to follow.
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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.
The Northern League’s management committee have decided to suspend fixtures for two weeks beyond the end of the current UK-wide lockdown, it was announced today.Continue reading “Northern League suspends fixtures for two weeks – but Consett’s FA Vase tie v Maltby Main will go ahead behind closed doors”
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.