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Consett pick up a good point at Ossett – and nearly nick all three at the death

Consett ended their three-game losing streak today, picking up a good point in a 1-1 draw at Ossett United.

And they thought they had earned all three when they had a late ‘goal’ by new signing Scott Fenwick ruled out for offside.

Consett welcomed back skipper Arjun Purewal for his first start since March, while Charlie Exley, who hasn’t played in more than a year, was among the subs as he returned from a long-term injury.

Andy Coyles’ side fell behind after just four minutes to a great strike by Ossett No 9 Luke Aldrich.

The big striker took the ball down with his back to goal, took a couple of touches and fired in a shot, pictured below, which seemed to take a deflection past Consett keeper Ross Coombe.

On 25 minutes Consett had a big let-off when a defensive mix-up left Aldrich with a clear sight of goal, but this time he hit the post.

Consett came out with renewed purpose in the second half and enjoyed far more of the play.

They levelled in the 66th minute when Jake Orrell whipped in a low cross from the left and Ossett centre-back Danny South turned the ball past his own keeper, pictured top.

Fenwick came on as a substitute for Zak Atkinson in the 76th minute, and almost marked his debut with a 90th-minute winner.

Cyril Giraud’s pass sent Adam Mitchell clear, and with only the keeper to beat he unselfishly laid it off to Fenwick, who finished the move, only to see the ‘goal’ ruled out by an offside flag, pictured below.

Overall, a point apiece was probably a fair result, and one that Consett would probably have settled for before the game after three consecutive defeats.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Missed chances prove costly as depleted Consett lose at home to high-flying Hebburn Town

Depleted Consett slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Northern Premier League high-flyers Hebburn Town today in a close game at Belle View Stadium.

It was a game of few clear-cut chances, but the Hornets, who are second in the league, took theirs, while Consett’s were left to rue their misses.

Hebburn took the lead in the 36th minute when big striker Liam Henderson headed home from Wayne Phillips’ right-wing corner.

Consett survived a big penalty appeal in added time at the end of the first half when Henderson claimed he was tripped, but the referee waved away Hebburn’s appeals and it remained 0-1 at the break.

Striker Zak Atkinson had two good headed chances to bring Consett level in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but couldn’t direct his efforts on target.

They were made to pay when Hebburn doubled their lead in the 67th minute, when Amar Purewal flicked on a cross from the left, and Liam Henderson buried a half-volley beyond the reach of Consett keeper Ross Coombe.

Consett had a big chance to get back in the game in the 76th minute when Declan Bisset’s through ball put fellow sub Daniel Smith clean through, but the teenage midfielder – making his debut after signing from Northern League side Newcastle University – rolled his shot just wide, pictured top.

When the final whistle went the 0-2 scoreline meant three losses in a row for Consett, who went into the game without the suspended Karl Byrne, unavailable Evan Horwood and injured Matty Slocombe.

With no midweek fixture, Consett’s next game is the trip to West Yorkshire next Saturday, 29 October, to face Ossett United.

Seats on the official club coach to the game are available now, priced £20. Bookings are being taken at the clubhouse, and places must be paid for in advance.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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Consett pay the price for defensive lapses as they are beaten at home by Bridlington

Consett were the better side for the third time in three meetings with Bridlington Town today – and for the third time they tasted defeat.

The Seasiders, who needed a last-minute goal on the final day of last season to avoid relegation, took their chances when it mattered to leave Belle View with a 3-2 win – the same scoreline by which they won at Consett in the FA Cup the previous season.

The Steelmen made a positive start to the game, and had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside on 10 minutes, but two minutes later the visitors took the lead. Mark Broadley picked up the ball in midfield and beat a couple of men before firing into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Consett enjoyed a lot of possession as the half wore on, forcing a series of corners and creating a few half-chances, and few could argue that they deserved their equaliser in the 42nd minute.

After some good work down the left by Evan Horwood he slipped the ball to Jake Orrell, whose pinpoint cross picked out Zak Atkinson to head home from 10 yards for his fourth goal of the season, pictured below.

Consett striker Zak Atkinson wheels away after his header made it 1-1. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

The score remained 1-1 at half-time, though Consett had a let-off in injury time when a header from Jack Bulless was cleared by Ben Milburn, with Bridlington claiming it had crossed the line.

Consett started the second half on the front foot, and in the 49th minute Orrell brought the best save of the game from keeper James Hitchcock, when he unleashed a well-struck effort from 25 yards.

Bridlington took the lead for the second time on 77 minutes when Consett keeper Mark Foden came for a left-wing corner through a crowd of bodies but couldn’t reach the ball, leaving Jack Bulless with a simple header to make it 2-1.

Six minutes later it was 3-1, and again Foden came under scrutiny. Coming for another corner, this time he reached the ball, but his punch was weak and fell straight to right-back Benn Lewis, who fired it straight back past him to put Town in the driving seat.

Substitute Declan Bisset gave Consett hope in the 89th minute when his 25-yarder from Atkinson’s knockdown beat the keeper with the help of a big deflection off a defender, pictured below.

Declan Bisset’s late goal makes it 2-3 and gives Consett hope. Pic: Stephen Finch.

The game ended in controversy when, with five minutes of time added and Consett pushing hard for an equaliser, Hitchcock claimed he’d been kicked in the head by the following-in Kieren Aplin.

The Consett man protested his innocence, but the referee decided it was a yellow card, and precious seconds were wasted by the keeper’s flagrant time-wasting.

When the final whistle went the keeper’s over-the-top celebrations in front of supporters behind the goal did nothing to endear him to the Consett faithful.

This and other results saw Bridlington leapfrog Consett to go fourth in the table, while the Steelmen dropped three places to sixth, just outside the play-off positions.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Another good away point as Consett take a draw from Long Eaton United

Consett’s first-ever trip to Long Eaton United’s Grange Park ground ended in a 1-1 draw, although the Steelmen may feel slightly disappointed to have not taken all three after playing for the last quarter-of-an-hour against ten men.

The game got off to a sensational start with both goals being scored in the first ten minutes. The home side took the lead with barely four minutes on the clock. Jamie Walker crossed from the left wing and the ball somehow found its way into the Consett via a deflection which totally deceived Mark Foden.

The lead didn’t last long though as Consett levelled the scores four minutes later. Karl Byrne crossed from the right wing, Kieren Aplin played the ball back across goal and Matty Slocombe was on hand to force the ball home from six yards

After the early fireworks, the game settled down into a more attritional affair with neither side managing to gain the upper hand. Long Eaton’s best chance of the half fell to Kam Campbell in the 36th minute, who drilled in a low shot from inside the area, which Foden initially spilled but safely gathered the rebound.

Two minutes before the break Zak Atkinson saw a header from an Even Horwood cross loop just over the bar, and the break was reached with the score 1-1.

After the break, the game became much more feisty with referee, who had kept his cards in his pocket in the first half, force to issue a number of yellows to both sides.

Consett were creating the better chances in the second half, and a great strike from Adam Mitchell in the 58th minute was brilliantly tipped over by the Long Eaton keeper, Mitchell Leivers. From the resulting corner, the ball ended up in the Long Eaton net but the referee spotted a foul and disallowed it.

Nine minutes later, Consett had the best chance of the half when Byrne’s cross from the right was flicked on by Atkinson and Cyril Giraud, with almost his first touch after coming on as a substitute, stretched for it and stabbed the ball over from close in.

With sixteen minutes remaining, Luke Cox picked up a second yellow card, and the home side were down to ten men. Consett were unable to capitalise, although they did force Leivers to pull off an even better save than his earlier effort from Mitchell. Byrne crossed from the right, and a spectacular flying volley from Lewis Green brought a superb reaction save from the home custodian.

Honours were even at the final whistle, after highly entertaining and competitive Northern Premier League match.

Full match report and pictures here.

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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.