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Consett’s next game: a first-ever visit to Long Eaton United

With no game this Saturday, our next match is away to Long Eaton United on Saturday, 8 October, with a 3pm kick-off. It will be our sixth consecutive away match in all competitions.

The usual limited number of places are available to supporters now on the official club coach to the game, priced £20. Call at the ground or phone 01207 588886 to book. Please note that seats must be paid for in advance.

Like Consett, Long Eaton are also in their debut season in the NPL, after being promoted as champions of the United Counties League Premier Division North.

They play at Grange Park in Station Road, Long Eaton, which is in Derbyshire, despite being beside the River Trent. It is close to the Nottinghamshire border, and has a Nottingham postcode (NG10 2EF).

The football club is most famous for producing Garry Birtles, a striker who Brian Clough signed for Nottingham Forest for £2,000.

He went on to win two European Cups with Forest in 1979 and 1980, and was capped three times by England in a career which also included spells at Manchester United, Notts County and Grimsby Town.

The journey from Consett to Long Eaton is 156 miles, and should take just under three hours via the A1(M), M1 and A52.

Dates confirmed for games v West Auckland, Worksop Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels

Dates have been confirmed for three forthcoming Consett fixtures – two at home and one away.

The Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round tie v West Auckland will take place at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday, 11 October, kick-off 7.45pm.

This game is not covered by season tickets.

The away NPL Division One East game at Worksop Town, which was postponed on 17 September due to their involvement in the FA Cup, will now be on Tuesday, 18 October, with a 7.45pm KO.

And our home game v Stocksbridge Park Steels, which was due to take place this coming Saturday, 1 October, has also been postponed, as they are hosting Ashington in the FA Cup on that date.

It will now take place at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday, 1 November, again with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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Consett bow out of the FA Trophy after suffering a narrow defeat at Colne

Consett exited the FA Trophy in the second qualifying round today as they were defeated 1-0 by Northern Premier League Division One West side Colne.

A poor first half performance from the visitors saw the home side take an early lead and it proved to be the only goal of the game.

The Steelmen improved after the break but couldn’t fashion an equaliser and the Lancashire side progressed to the next round.

Consett manager Andy Coyles made one change from the game at Lincoln, with Lewis Green coming in for Declan Bisset, while striker Oscar Taylor, a new signing from Newton Aycliffe, made the bench.

Colne’s Holt House ground has a pronounced slope and it was the home side who had the advantage of kicking downhill in the first half.

They controlled most of the early possession, but Consett were defending comfortably until the 15th minute, when they didn’t deal with an attack down their left.

Full-back Tom Fagan made good progress into the penalty area and his ball found centre forward Owen Watkinson, who had the time to steady himself and shoot across Mark Foden from 10 yards, giving the keeper no chance.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half, but the second half saw Consett enjoying much more of the ball.

They had a let-off in the 58th minute when Colne’s Craig Carney hit an excellent shot from 25 yards that rattled the crossbar.

The Steelmen’s best chance of an equaliser came on 62 minutes. Jake Orrell swung in a corner from the left which Zak Atkinson met with a firm header that was destined for the bottom corner, only for home keeper Andre Mendes to somehow claw the ball off the line.

On 69 minutes Darren Holden looked certain to score from six yards out after excellent work from Karl Byrne and Orrell, but his goalbound effort was superbly blocked by home skipper Paul Dugdale.

In an attempt to fashion an equaliser, Consett threw on Oscar Taylor, a new signing from Newton Aycliffe, for his debut, and in a final throw of the dice, big centre-back Ben Milburn was sent on in the 90th minute to play up front.

The ploy almost worked, as Milburn nearly scored with his first touch as he met a long throw in from Holden at the far post, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Colne sub Charlie Russell.

Despite five minutes of added time, it wasn’t destined not to Consett’s day and it was Colne who advanced, with their visitors left to focus on the league and Durham Challenge Cup.
* Full match report, more pictures and statistics HERE.

** Many thanks to Andy Mitchell Photos for today’s match pictures. See more of his work HERE.

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Consett pick up a good three points on their travels with a hard-earned win at Lincoln United

Consett went third in the Northern Premier League Division One East today after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Lincoln United.

Jake Orrell’s fifth goal of the season – his third in his last four games – gave the Steelmen the points on their first-ever visit to Ashby Avenue.

On 10 minutes Consett were within a whisker of taking the lead with a great move. It started with Calvin Smith’s superb crossfield pass, which picked out Orrell on the left.

He sent in a wicked cross, which Zak Atkinson was inches away from connecting with, and Adam Mitchell, coming in at the back post, couldn’t quite direct his shot on target, pictured below.

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On 27 minutes Consett went close again through Cyril Giraud, who cut in from the left and unleashed a shot which the keeper found too hot to hold, but the rebound evaded the following-in Atkinson.

As half-time approached Atkinson brought a second good save from Lincoln keeper Liburd Hines, after good work by Mitchell and Giraud.

The Steelmen got what turned out to be the winning goal in the second added minute at the end of the first half. Mitchell fed the ball out to Jake Orrell on the left of the penalty area, and the midfielder took a touch before picking his spot in the top corner, pictured top.

The second half was very scrappy, but Consett defended resolutely, and went close to doubling their lead in the 80th minute, when Lewis Green’s acrobatic volley from Orrell’s cross was superbly saved by Hines, pictured below.

They had another chance to seal the points in the 84th minute, when Atkinson directed a header just wide from Orrell’s free kick.

But with Calvin Smith and Dan Capewell in particular outstanding at the back, Consett saw the game out comfortably to head home with three hard-earned points.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Consett beat Shildon for the second time in a week to make FA Trophy progress for the first time in 28 years

A superb Colin Larkin header gave Consett a 2-1 win at Shildon to progress to the next round as they contested an FA Trophy tie for the first time since 1994.

The Steelmen won at Dean Street in the league last week and did it again tonight to secure an away trip to Lancashire side Colne in the next round of the national cup competition.

Consett now play in the FA Trophy instead of the FA Vase following promotion to the Northern Premier League.

Skipper-for-the-night Jake Orrell gave Consett the lead in the 22nd minute, firing home the rebound from close range, pictured below, after Karl Byrne’s shot proved too hot for Shildon keeper Matthew Bateman to handle.

Colin Larkin should have doubled the lead a minute before half-time when centre-back Dan Capewell’s pass sent him through on goal, but Bateman stood up well to save, and it remained 1-0 at the break.

Six minutes into the second half it was all-square when Shildon’s top scorer Dean Thexton made it 1-1, reacting first to a rebound.

But on 58 minutes Consett went back in front when Declan Bisset’s delightful cross from the left picked out veteran striker Colin Larkin, who expertly steered a header beyond Bateman into the far corner, pictured top.

On 67 minutes the Steelmen thought they had a third goal when Capewell headed in from a corner, but it was disallowed for a foul on the keeper.

A minute later Bateman made a fine fingertip save from Byrne’s curling effort from 20 yards as the visitors sought a clinching goal.

But it took a superb recovery tackle by Capewell at the other end to prevent ex-Consett striker Michael Sweet from rolling the ball into an empty net after he caught keeper Mark Foden in possession.

Orrell and Byrne both had chances to give the final scoreline a more convincing look, but Consett held on to secure an away tie on Saturday 24 September with NPL Division One West side Colne, who won 2-1 tonight at Bridlington Town.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.
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Weary Consett lose at Dunston as their third tough game in seven days takes its toll

A tired-looking Consett side lost their Bank Holiday Monday derby 4-2 at Dunston today as their third Northern Premier League game in seven days took its toll.

Despite scoring against the run of play to lead twice, the Steelmen were unable to raise their game against their closest geographical rivals after falling behind.

On a day when big centre-back Dan Capewell was keen to do well as he returned to his former club, ironically it was a Consett old boy, Jack Elliott, who the visitors found too hot to handle.

Playing at left wing-back, the one-time Steelman created three of Dunston’s goals, and generally tormented his former club all afternoon.

Consett took the lead in the 14th minute when Kieren Aplin took on his man down the left and hit an absolute cannonball of a shot, which crashed against the bar.

Zak Atkinson was following in, and was first to the loose ball to score with a diving header, pictured below. It was the No 9’s third goal of the season, but his first from open play after two from the penalty spot.

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On 31 minutes it was 1-1 when Elliott attacked down the left and crossed low and hard for Sado Djalo to prod the ball home at the front post.

On 38 minutes Consett were back in front, and this time Atkinson turned provider, closing down keeper James Anderson, forcing a mistake, and teeing up Jake Orrell to curl in his third goal of the season from 20 yards. His celebration is pictured below.

It might have been a different game if Consett could have reached half-time with their lead intact, but Dunston’s reply was instant, with another Elliott cross finding former Blyth Spartans man Sado Djalo at the back post to make it 2-2 just a minute later.

Consett were under the cosh for much of the first half, yet led twice, but the second 45 minutes was a different story, as they struggled to create anything of note, and were penned in their own half for long periods.

Jon Shaw struck one effort just wide, Djalo hit another into the side netting, Jake Jensen curled a shot just wide and Michael Fowler hit a rising shot over the bar as the home side turned up the pressure.

Dunston went ahead for the first time in the game on 78 minutes when Elliott again attacked down the left and picked out sub Liam Thear, who’d only been on the pitch four minutes, to make it 3-2.

And the Tynesiders made sure of the three points in the 87th minute, when Consett lost possession deep inside their own half and South Shields loanee Will Jenkins took advantage to make it 4-2.

Consett looked a very tired side at the end, and perhaps this was a game too far after their exertions in the hard-fought draw at Pontefract last Tuesday and the excellent win v Carlton Town on Saturday.

The good news is they’ve now got eight days to recover before their next game, which sees them travel to Shildon in the league on Tuesday 6 September, four days before making a return visit in the FA Trophy.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.
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Consett manager Andy Coyles pleased at how his side has adapted to the Northern Premier League

Consett manager Andy Coyles has praised his team for how they’ve stepped up to the new challenge of the Northern Premier league.

Yesterday’s 5-0 win over Carlton Town made it four unbeaten games out of five at the higher level, and the manager is pleased with how his revamped team has done so far.

He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “It was a convincing win but we weren’t actually happy with our first-half performance.

“We thought we were a little bit complacent all over the park, so there was a few words said at half-time and we actually began to settle into the game in the second half.

“We were a little bit more composed with the football, far more organised defensively, but if you’d asked us to take 5-0 before the game we would have took it with both hands.

“Every team’s a tough team [in the Northern Premier League], and the style of play is a lot different to what we were used to in the Northern League.

“We’ve found it’s a bit more direct, it’s far more organised, where the Northern League was more of a footballing league.

“But I think we’ve managed to hold our own in both departments, played football at the right times in the right areas, and we have defended very well and been very resilient when called upon.

“We’ve been really pleased with how we’ve dealt with the transition from Northern League football to Northern Premier football.”

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Consett starting to get into their stride as they hit Carlton Town for five

Consett recorded an excellent Northern Premier League win today against Carlton Town, who headed home from Belle View Stadium on the wrong end of a 5-0 drubbing.

The visitors from Nottinghamshire finished sixth in the NPL Division One Midlands last season before being switched by the FA to the East division in the summer.

They must have wished they’d stayed there after coming up against a Consett team who are really starting to find their feet in their new surroundings.

Lewis Green set the Steelmen on their way in the 20th with a crisp volleyed finish, pictured below, from Darren Holden’s left-wing cross.

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On 26 minutes the lead was doubled when Karl Byrne ‘s pass sent Kieren Aplin running through, and despite the attentions of a defender he finished from 15 yards to make it 2-0, pictured below.

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Consett keeper Ross Coombe made an important save in the 57th minute, to deny visiting skipper Nathan Watson and deny the Millers a lifeline back into the game.

Four minutes later the points were as good as Consett’s when Carlton left-back Niall Hylton handled on the goal-line and was shown a straight red card.

The penalty was neatly tucked away by striker Zak Atkinson, pictured below, who again led the line superbly, never giving the visiting defence a moment’s rest.

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Most teams would have been happy with three, but not this Consett side. On 88 minutes Declan Bisset scored his first goal for the club to make it 4-0, with a neat finish, pictured below, from sub Dan Marriott’s pass.

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And in the last minute of stoppage time the outstanding Lewis Green made it 5-0, slotting home a precision finish into the bottom corner, pictured below, from another Marriott set up.

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It was an excellent win, which could have been even more emphatic, and made it four games without defeat in the Northern premier league.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Next up for Consett is a tasty Bank Holiday Monday trip to our old Northern League friends and rivals Dunston. Kick off at the UTS Stadium is 3pm.