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Pearson leads the way with a treble as Consett put on five-star show at Crook

Consett sent out a powerful statement tonight after their weekend wobble, winning 5-0 at Crook Town to restore their six-point lead at the top of the Northern League.

Top scorer Dale Pearson led the way with a hat-trick after being restored to the starting line-up as one of six changes from the previous game.

Ryan King was given his first start since returning to the club in the summer, and Darren Holden, James Metcalfe, Dan Marriott and Callum Guy also came into the XI.

Dale Pearson took just three minutes to make his mark, sweeping the ball home from close range from Jermaine Metz’s pinpoint cross.

On 15 minutes Consett took control when another of the newcomers, young centre-back James Metcalfe, came in at the back post, pictured below, to finish Luke Carr’s superbly-delivered free-kick.

On 29 minutes it was 3-0 when Jake Orrell’s corner from the right was headed home by yet another of the changes, Ryan King, who outjumped his man.

Five minutes later the result was beyond doubt when the Crook keeper made a fine double save from Carr and then Guy, but was helpless to stop Dale Pearson scoring his second of the night.

It remained 4-0 at half-time, and four minutes into the second half Dale Pearson completed his hat-trick, taking the ball round the keeper, pictured top, after super play by Marriott.

It was almost six on 69 minutes, when Guy hit the post and the rebound fell to King, whose shot was cleared off the line by some excellent defending.

But Consett settled for 5-0, and a home defeat for fellow title hopefuls North Shields at the hands of Ryhope CW meant it was a good night all round.

A special mention should go to the Conny Army, who once again travelled in large numbers, giving Crook a bumper attendance of 503 – by far their biggest so far this season.

  • Consett’s next game is on Saturday, 23 October, when they host Atherton Laburnum Rovers from the North West Counties League in the 1st Round of the FA Vase at Belle View Stadium. Kick-off is 3pm, and supporters are reminded that season tickets are not valid for cup matches. Admission will be £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £2 for under-16s.

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Pearson sees red again as Consett crash at home to North Shields

Consett had a disastrous day at Belle View, losing 3-0 to fellow title hopefuls North Shields and having top scorer Dale Pearson sent off again on his return from suspension.

The only bit of good news on a day where they were resoundingly beaten in front of a season’s best crowd of 663 was that they’re still three points clear at the top of Division One.

That’s because second-placed Newton Aycliffe surprisingly suffered a 3-0 defeat of their own, at home to Sunderland RCA.

North Shields – many people’s pre-season favourites to win the league – took the lead on 33 minutes when Calvin Smith accidentally clipped Paul van Zandvliet, and the referee awarded a penalty.

The Robins’ 13-goal top scorer Dan Wilson took the resulting kick, and sent Consett keeper Kyle Hayes the wrong way to make it 1-0.

That’s the way it stayed at half-time, but Consett had a glorious chance to level just three minutes into the second half when a through ball found Luke Carr, who couldn’t get his right-footed effort on target.

Stephen Callen limped off in the 50th minute, to be replaced by Pearson, who’d been named on the bench as he returned from the three-match suspension resulting from his red card at West Auckland.

But two minutes later the visitors doubled their lead as Consett failed to clear their lines and Dan Wilson fired home his second goal of the game.

Things got even worse for the Steelmen in the 66th minute when a touchline tussle for the ball between Pearson and Callum Smith ended with the Shields player falling to the ground clutching his face.

Pearson protested his innocence, but the referee showed him a straight red card, and the big striker now faces spending at least another three games as a frustrated spectator.

The sending off left Consett facing an uphill battle, and the game was put beyond doubt in the 79th minute when Shields scored again.

This time Wilson was the creator, holding the ball up well and outmuscling the home defence to set up sub Ryan Carr with a simple finish to make it 3-0.

North Shields are now third, five points behind Consett but with a game in hand, while West Auckland are fourth, on the same points, after a 6-0 thumping of Whitley Bay.

  • Consett’s next game is on Wednesday night, when they make their first visit in six years to Crook Town’s Sir Tom Cowie Millfield ground. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Consett maintain six-point lead after comfortable win over Guisborough

Consett maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division with a comfortable 3-0 win over Guisborough Town today at Belle View Stadium.

Jake Orrell got them off to a flying start, firing home with just four minutes gone when the referee played a good advantage after Stephen Callen was dragged back.

The lead was doubled on 27 minutes when Luke Carr latched on to a long ball down the left and played a superb cross into the box, which Colin Larkin half-volleyed home.

The points were secured on 68 minutes when Luke Carr was brought down in the box, and picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty and make it 3-0.

West Auckland, who started the day in second place, dropped two points after drawing 2-2 at Ryhope CW, and dropped to fourth.

Newton Aycliffe went second after their 3-1 win over Redcar Athletic, while Thornaby are third after a 1-0 victory over Whitley Bay.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Fluke goal seals win for Consett over stubborn Sunderland RCA

Consett got back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 win against a resilient Sunderland RCA side.

The match, played in front of another impressive crowd of 477 at Belle View, extended their lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division to six points.

The line-ups had an element of ‘old boys’ about them, as Consett’s strike force of Stephen Callen and Colin Larkin both played for RCA last season, while the visitors included ex-Steelmen Simon Jakab and Dan Hawkins.

The first half saw the sides largely cancel each other out, and with neither keeper having a save to make, it was no surprise that the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Consett started the second half in much brighter fashion, and got the breakthrough in the 64th minute when an inswinging corner from Jake Orrell was headed home from five yards by skipper Arjun Purewal, pictured below.

Skipper Arjun Purewal’s header gives Consett the lead over RCA. Pics: Andrew Thompson.

From an early stage it had looked like a game that would be won by a single goal, but Consett secured the points with a second that had a touch of both fortune and comedy about it.

Visiting keeper Keaton Marrs had the ball at his feet and was under no pressure, but his attempted punt up the field hit the retreating Stephen Callen firmly on his backside 10 yards out and rebounded into the goal, past the helpless keeper.

They say strikers have a habit of scoring against their former sides, but there can’t have been too many scored like this!

Although it was far from Consett’s best performance, these are the type of games that potential champions must win – hard fought against strong opponent, and keeping a clean sheet.

  • Full match report and pictures HERE.

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Consett make cup progress without kicking a ball as Durham pull out

Consett today progressed to the 1st Round of the Durham Challenge Cup without kicking a ball after Saturday’s scheduled opponents Durham City forfeited the tie.

The Citizens are struggling in Division Two of the Northern League, and lost 10-0 to Sunderland West End last night.

It’s the second time this season they have conceded double figures. League newcomers Boldon CA beat them by the same score, and they also suffered a 7-0 defeat to Billingham Synthonia.

Manager Peter Mulcaster today quit the job, and the club felt they had no option but to withdraw from the competition as their search for his replacement begins.

Durham City have informed Durham FA they cannot fulfil the 2nd Preliminary Round fixture, and Consett will receive a walkover into the next round.

The tie’s cancellation means our next scheduled game is on Saturday, 18 September, when we travel to the Wanted Metal Stadium to take on West Auckland Town. Kick-off is 3pm.

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Birthday boy Luke Carr’s late winner puts Consett seven points clear

A late goal from birthday boy Luke Carr gave Consett a hard-earned 2-1 win at Ryhope CW tonight to put them seven points clear at the top of the Northern League.

The little playmaker celebrated turning 28 with a man of the match performance, capped by scoring the winner 10 minutes from the end.

But the Steelmen again had to do it the hard way, coming from a goal down to turn the game at Ryhope Recreation Ground around.

After a nip and tuck opening period they had a decent penalty shout turned down in the 13th minute when Dale Pearson went down under a challenge from Robbie Bird.

On 21 minutes Jake Orrell’s curling cross from the left evaded everybody in the middle and came back off the post, with the keeper beaten.

Five minutes later a right-wing corner from Carr picked out skipper Arjun Purewal, whose header flashed just wide of the post.

Ryhope had their moments too, and took the lead on 34 minutes when Karl Southern won the ball and slipped it to Bird, who released James Ellis down the left.

The No 11 cut inside, and his shot from just inside the box found the back of the net with the aid of a slight deflection.

Four minutes before half-time Consett had an excellent chance to level when Ryhope keeper Jordan Harkess made a good save from Carr’s 20-yarder. Colin Larkin, following in, looked certain to score from the rebound, but put it over the bar.

The Steelmen didn’t have to wait long for parity, as on the stroke of half-time they found an equaliser. Jermaine Metz’s long throw was helped on by Calvin Smith, and Dale Pearson did the rest, smashing it into the roof of the net.

It was the big striker’s 11th goal in 12 games this season, and he nearly had another in added time, but had the ball whipped off his toe by the alert Harkess after a glorious pass over the top.

It remained 1-1 at half-time, but Consett were indebted to Hayes for keeping it that way 10 minutes into the second half, making a fine diving save from Bird.

Larkin and Purewal both had chances to put Consett ahead, but Ryhope remained a danger on the break.

The Steelmen got the winner in the 80th minute, when the ball fell to Luke Carr just outside the box and he beat Harkess with a well-struck low drive.

Hayes saved again from Ellis as Ryhope threw everything at the visitors in a bid to grab a point, but it was Consett sub Stephen Callen who came closest to getting on the scoresheet, as his near-post effort from Larkin’s pullback was blocked.

When the final whistle went it was the big Consett contingent in the crowd of 217 who were celebrating.

It was quite a night for matchwinner Luke Carr No 10. A hard-working performance earned him man of the match plaudits from many fans, and he needed treatment after being felled by a stray arm.

He also ‘took one for the team’ by collecting a stoppage-time yellow card to prevent Ryhope mounting one last raid on the Consett goal. But his celebratory beers will have to wait – he was straight off to night shift!

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett extend lead at the top by beating stubborn Whitley Bay

Consett extended their lead at the top of the Northern League 1st Division to four points today after beating Whitley Bay 3-0 at Belle View Stadium.

The result maintained the Steelmen’s excellent average of scoring three goals a game, but the game was into its closing stages before they secured the points against a stubborn visiting side.

Indeed, Consett were grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Hayes for two excellent saves early in the second half, when the score was 0-0.

The Seahorses arrived in 12th place, but had conceded only eight goals in seven games – one fewer than Consett.

Sure enough, they proved hard to break down, and gave as good as they got in a tight first half.

The closest Consett came to a goal was on 25 minutes when super work by Jermaine Metz down the right saw Stephen Callen’s effort saved at point-blank range by Bay keeper Dan Lister, pictured below.

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Whitley Bay goalkeeper Dan Lister saves at point-blank range from Consett’s Stephen Callen. Pic: Gary Welford.

Lister was in action again four minutes before the break, tipping over Dale Pearson’s well-struck effort, to ensure the half-time score was 0-0.

Hayes produced the first of his big saves just a minute into the second half, getting a good strong hand to Jason Chanayire’s shot, and eight minutes later he stood up well to save from Richard Coulson.

The importance of the saves was emphasised in the 58th minute, when Consett took the lead. A defender clipped the heels of Callen as he chased a great Calvin Smith pass into the box, and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

Dale Pearson, who missed from the spot last week against Thornaby, stepped up to take the kick, and although Lister got a hand to the ball, he couldn’t keep it out. It was the big striker’s 10th goal in 11 games this season.

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Dale Pearson makes it 1-0 from the penalty spot with his 10th goal of the season. Pic: Gary Welford.

It took until the 83rd minute for Consett to make the game safe, and it was a great moment for young centre-back James Metcalfe, whose glancing header from Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner made it 2-0, pictured top.

Five minutes later it was 3-0 when sub Darren Holden played in Luke Carr, whose 20-yarder was helped in by a big deflection which left the keeper flat-footed, pictured below.

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Luke Carr hits the shot which was deflected past Whitley Bay’s goalkeeper to make it 3-0. Pic: Stephen Finch.

With second-placed Thornaby losing 5-0 at home to a West Auckland side who suddenly seem to have clicked, the win extended Consett’s lead at the top to four points.

Next up for the Steelmen is a visit to Ryhope CW’s Recreation Ground on Tuesday night. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Four-goal first-half blast at Benfield takes Consett back to the top again

Four goals in a breathless 17-minute spell paved the way for a 4-2 win at Newcastle Benfield tonight which saw Consett return to the top of the Northern League.

In typical Consett style they came from behind to do it, went in 4-1 in front at half-time, and had to fight a determined rearguard action in the second half.

Dale Pearson was unlucky not to open the scoring after six minutes when he ran onto a long ball, but his shot came back off the post with the keeper beaten.

Veteran striker Paul Brayson – who else? – gave Benfield the lead on 24 minutes, finishing from close range after good work by Cyril Giraud and Sam Walton down the left.

But Consett were level on 31 minutes when Jermaine Metz made a great run into the box, Pearson kept it alive as defenders flung bodies in the way, and Jake Orrell, pictured top, fired home for 1-1.

On 40 minutes the Steelmen took the lead, after Metz once again burst into the box, and Dale Pearson stabbed out a foot at his cross – or was it a shot? – to convert from six yards. It was the in-form striker’s 9th goal in 10 games this season.

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Dale Pearson sticks out a foot and it’s 2-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Two minutes later it was 3-1, as Stephen Callen beat the Benfield goalkeeper to left-back James Martin’s cross to head into his unprotected net.

The third minute of added time at the end of the first half saw Consett score again, as Calvin Smith headed in Luke Carr’s right-wing corner.

If Benfield were shell-shocked by going in 4-1 down they didn’t show it, and they really upped the pressure on their visitors in a proverbial game of two halves.

They got a goal back on 56 minutes when Cyril Giraud cut in from the left, beating two men, before firing a low shot past Kyle Hayes at his near post.

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Stephen Callen beats the Benfield keeper to a cross to make it 3-1 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Benfield enjoyed a lot of the ball without creating too many clear-cut chances, and it took Consett until the 72nd minute to have their first goal attempt of the half, Carr firing wide from 25 yards.

Callum Guy then forced a good save from keeper Alfie Gordon, and Arjun Purewal headed wide from Metz’s cross.

The best chance of all to wrap the points up came in the 80th minute, when the pass of the game from Carr sent Pearson clear, but the keeper made an excellent save.

There was a late scare when Benfield sub Archie Leonard beat his man and the onrushing Hayes to the ball, but his shot from a tight angle rolled wide of the far post.

When the final whistle went Consett had three well-earned points in the bag, which was enough for them to overtake Thornaby and return to the top of the table.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

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Consett come from two down to draw with leaders Thornaby in thriller

Consett left it late but grabbed a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with table-topping Thornaby in today’s 2nd v 1st clash at Belle View Stadium.

The Steelmen trailed 2-0 at half-time, but laid siege to their visitors’ goal in the second half, and a point was the least they deserved in an excellent advert for Northern League football.

Thornaby, unbeaten in seven games this season, took the lead on five minutes when Joe Scaife-Wheatley won the ball and fed Craig Hutchinson, who beat Kyle Hayes to make it 1-0.

Dale Pearson almost levelled on 18 minutes after being played in by Callum Guy, but his shot rattled the crossbar.

On 28 minutes Consett were handed a golden chance to equalise when Pearson was clipped by defender Nathan Guru, and the referee awarded a penalty.

The big striker took the spot kick himself, but fired it inches wide of the right-hand post.

Consett striker Dale Pearson reflects on his penalty miss. Pic: Gary Welford.

It was a costly miss, as five minutes later Thornaby made it 2-0. Right-back Lee Moore whipped a great ball in from the right, and centre-back James Frazer scored with a thumping header.

Consett had dominated possession and created the lion’s share of chances, but found themselves two-down at half-time to their quick-breaking visitors.

The second half saw the Steelmen lay siege to the Thornaby goal, and they felt they had a good shout for another penalty when left-back Olly Scott went down under challenge, but the referee waved claims away.

On the hour Pearson was denied by the woodwork for the second time, as his shot came back off the post after good work by Jermaine Metz.

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Consett striker Dale Pearson hits the woodwork for the second time. Pic: Gary Welford.

On 66 minutes Consett were back in the game thanks to an absolute screamer from Jake Orrell. He picked up possession 30 yards out and launched a thunderbolt in the top corner.

In the 71st minute Luke Carr hit the post from 20 yards and Colin Larkin’s follow-up struck the bar – the fourth time the woodwork had saved Thornaby.

Consett kept knocking at the door, and in the 86th minute their perseverance was rewarded. Orrell’s shot hit the post, but the ball rebounded to Dale Pearson, who fired his eighth goal in nine games.

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Consett’s Dale Pearson makes it 2-2 after Jake Orrell hit the post. Pic: Gary Welford.

Larkin and Calvin Smith had chances to grab a winner in five minutes of added time, but were just off target with their efforts, and a thrilling game ended with honours even at 2-2.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.