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Consett comeback not quite enough as they lose to Boro Rangers in latest friendly

A second-half comeback wasn’t enough to save Consett from a third defeat in four pre-season games as they lost 3-2 at home to Boro Rangers tonight.

The Northern League 1st Division side took a deserved three-goal lead in the first half, and although Consett came back strongly after the break, they couldn’t find a third to force a draw.

The Middlesbrough-based visitors took the lead on eight minutes when Consett gave the ball away in midfield and Stuart Rose ran through to finish past James Anderson.

Consett had a penalty appeal turned away when Ben Ramsey claimed he’d been bundled over from behind as he ran in to meet a right-wing cross.

Boro doubled their lead in the 31st minute when Callum Hickman swapped passed with Rose and finished low into the bottom corner for 2-0.

The visitors almost scored again five minutes before half-time, but Consett’s trialist centre-back came to their rescue with a header off the line.

However, it was a brief respite, and two minutes later it was 3-0 as Rose turned provider again, setting up Owen Clarkson to slot home.

Perhaps surprisingly after a disjointed first half, Consett started the second half with the same XI, and they reduced the arrears nine minutes in, as Boro defender Lloyd Evans turned Ramsey’s cross into his own net.

Adam Lennox had a shot well saved by the keeper and Kaleb Young was a whisker away from getting his head to another Ramsey cross, but it was the pair’s last involvement as Consett made wholesale changes on the hour, making seven substitutions.

Dan Capewell headed just wide from a Ramsey free-kick, and Ramsey himself wasn’t too far wide with a 20-yarder, but it was one of the multiple of subs, Jake Jensen, who grabbed a second goal in the 84th minute.

Calvin Smith won the ball in midfield and played in Jensen, who carried it forward, beat his man on the edge of the box before finishing confidently to make the final score 3-2.

  • Consett’s next friendly is on Friday night, when they entertain neighbours Annfield Plan at Belle View, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Consett begin pre-season with a defeat to NPL Premier Division side Stockton Town

Consett began their pre-season preparations today with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of a Stockton Town side who will be playing a division above them this season.

Tony Fawcett’s starting XI contained just five of the players who started the final game of last season, with another on the bench.

Four summer signings were given a first outing, with two more among the subs, and the squad contained five trialists. Six players were unavailable for a variety of reasons.

Stockton’s starting XI included one ex-Consett player, Josh Baggs, at left-back, and two others, Arjun Purewal and Michael Sweet, among their subs,

Consett had the first chance after nine minutes when Jake Jensen’s shot was saved at the expense of a corner by Nathan Harker after the midfielder played a neat one-two.

From the resulting corner Harker made another save, tipping the ball onto the crossbar as it threatened to drop straight in.

At the other end Kevin Hayes cut inside before firing over the bar, and Elliott Beddow had two headed chances, putting both just wide.

Half-time was reached with the score at 0-0, and both sides made a handful of changes for the second half,

The opening goal came in the 57th minute when an excellent cross from the left was headed in by Jack Spears.

Nine minutes later Spears headed home again from point-blank range, but this time he was flagged offside.

Consett then had their best spell of the game, and Ben Ramsey, who scored twice against Stockton on Easter Monday, curled a shot just wide from outside the box.

Ramsey was then denied twice in the space of a minute by Stockton’s trialist goalkeeper, who beat out two well-struck efforts.

But Stockton made it 2-0 in the 75th minute when Baggs’ superb diagonal long ball picked out the run of their trialist No 14, who finished past Consett’s trialist keeper.

  • Consett’s next game is on Tuesday 9 July when they host Crook Town for a 7.45pm KO at Belle View.

Consett welcome old boys back to Belle View as Stockton Town provide our first pre-season opposition

Consett could meet some familiar faces as they take on Stockton Town in their opening pre-season game this Saturday.

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Consett wrap up pre-season by coming from behind to beat Alnwick Town

Consett concluded their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 win over Northern Alliance side Alnwick Town at Belle View Stadium – but had to come from behind to do it.

With manager Tony Fawcett away, his assistant Wayne Buchanan took the reins for the first time, but his side quickly fell behind to opponents three divisions below them.

Alnwick broke quickly from a Consett corner in the fourth minute, and Lewis Fairbairn scored with a fine shot across keeper Aaron Steavens into the far corner.

It was a stunning goal, and with the home side struggling to make much headway against a stubborn visiting defence and a strong wind, the visitors almost doubled their lead in the 29th minute when 10 broke away, but this time Steavens made a good stop.

It remained 1-0 to Alnwick at half-time, and Consett rang the changes at the break, using all five substitutes. Within five minutes of the restart they were level.

Jack Gibbons picked up possession on the right and drove in to the penalty area, taking on two defenders. When he was tripped there was only one outcome, and after the referee pointed to the penalty spot Zak Atkinson stepped up to level the scores at 1-1.

Just before the hour the Alnwick keeper made a good save to deny Ben Ramsey as he cut in from the left, but there was nothing he could do two minutes later as Consett took the lead.

Ramsey swung a corner in from the left, Ben Milburn headed it back into the danger zone, and Dan Capewell was on hand to half-volley home from six yards for his second goal in successive games.

Wil Shaw came close to make it three in the 81st minute, but was denied by a fine low save by the keeper, who had already made a stunning fingertip save from Calvin Smith (though it wouldn’t have counted, as the Consett man was ruled offside anyway).

Consett weren’t finished, and in the 87th minute it was 3-1 when Jack Gibbons picked up possession outside the box and drove a fine shot into the bottom left corner, despite Alnwick’s sub keeper getting a hand to it.

Gibbons almost had a second right at the death, but this time the keeper got a stronger hand to the ball, and a defender completed the clearance before it could roll over the line.

  • Full match report, picture gallery, video highlights and post-match interview to follow.
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Scotty leads the way with a hat-trick as Consett enjoy gr-eight friendly win

Consett won their latest pre-season friendly in style tonight, beating Tow Law Town 8-0 in a game switched to Belle View at short notice.

Tony Fawcett’s team scored four goals in each half, with striker Scott Fenwick, pictured top, grabbing his first-ever hat-trick for the club.

Consett took almost half an hour to open the scoring in the previous week’s friendly between the two sides. Tonight it took just nine minutes, as Ben Ramsey’s deep corner was headed in at the far post by Scott Fenwick.

On 15 minutes it was 2-0, from another Ramsey flag-kick. This time his corner was headed back across goal by Zak Atkinson, and Dan Capewell nodded home from six yards.

Three minutes later Atkinson turned provider again, playing a super ball in from the right which Scott Fenwick finished first-time from 12 yards to make it 3-0.

Tow Law’s keeper made a good save to deny Ramsey, but there was nothing he could do about Consett’s fourth goal in the 32nd minute, as Jack Gibbons slotted in his first goal for the club, despite the efforts of a defender on the line.

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Jack Gibbons scored his first goal for Consett – and then added a second. Pic: Keith Marley.

Three minutes into the second half Scott Fenwick completed his hat-trick, firing into the roof of the net from six yards after another excellent Atkinson set-up.

A flurry of substitutions around the hour mark saw the game lost some of its flow, but Consett extended their lead on 72 minutes when Adam Mitchell’s ball over the top put Jack Gibbons through on goal and he rounded the keeper to make it 6-0.

Four minutes later Wil Shaw made it 7-0 when he collected the ball 25 yards out, beat his man and blasted home from the edge of the box.

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Scott Fenwick completes his hat-trick to make it 5-0 to Consett. Pic: Kenny Taylor.

The scoring was completed in the 86th minute when a Mitchell cross from the left was spilled by the keeper into the path of Kaleb Young, who had a simple tap-in for his second goal in successive games.

Consett’s final friendly is on Saturday, 29 July, when they take on Alnwick Town at Belle View Stadium, with a 3pm kick-off. Admission is the normal pre-season prices of £7/£5/£3.

  • Full match report, video highlights, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.
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Consett’s next friendly at Tow Law switched to Belle View Stadium

Consett’s next pre-season friendly, scheduled to be at Tow Law Town tomorrow night, has been switched to Belle View Stadium.

The game was meant to be at Ironworks Road, but heavy rain over the weekend has left the Lawyers needing to protect their pitch.

They kick off their Northern League season on Saturday, and have two home games in the space of four days, so don’t want to risk making a heavy pitch unplayable.

Kick-off at Belle View is 7.30pm, with the usual pre-season admission prices of £7/£5/£3 applying.


Consett’s neighbours Tow Law step in at short notice after Newcastle Benfield pull out of friendly

Consett’s opponents for tonight’s pre-season friendly will now be Tow Law Town, after our scheduled visitors Newcastle Benfield pulled out.

The Tynesiders said they were unable to field a team for the game at Belle View, but after an appeal on social media the Lawyers got in touch to fill the gap.

They were supposed to be entertaining Newton Aycliffe in a friendly, but after today’s heavy rain did not want to risk damaging their pitch ahead of a busy schedule of home games.

Kick-off at Belle View Stadium is 7.30pm, with admission priced at £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £3 for under-16s.

It’s the clubs’ first meeting since August 2020, when Consett won 1-0 in a friendly at Belle View with a close-range header from Ali Alshabeeb.

The game will bring Ryan McKinnon, who returned to Consett over the summer, up against the team who he captained to promotion to the Northern League’s 1st Division.

Consett confirm eight-game schedule of pre-season friendlies

Consett AFC can today confirm the club’s full list of pre-season friendlies ahead of our first campaign in The Pitching In Northern Premier League (NPL).

There are eight games in all – five at home and three away – ahead of our NPL Division One East bow on Saturday 13 August.

We will receive our league fixtures at the NPL annual general meeting on Saturday June 11, but in the meantime can confirm the following friendly games:

Chairman Frank Bell said: “We’ve had a couple of late withdrawals, including one in the last 24 hours, which has meant having to find new opponents at short notice.

“But we’re happy to now be able to announce a pre-season programme which we believe will prepare us well as we step up to the Northern Premier League.”

We kick off with our first visit since 2017 to Berwick Rangers, who now play in the Lowland League, and we will also face three Northern League sides.

The first is Birtley Town, which brings a swift reunion with Paul Bryson, pictured below, who helped us to promotion as Andy Coyles’ assistant before recently departing for another of his former clubs.

They are followed by Whitley Bay and West Auckland Town, who are expected to be among the league’s leading sides next season.

We face two regular pre-season opponents in Workington and Morpeth Town, both of which will provide good tests. Workington finished second last season in the NPL Division One West, while Morpeth were 10th in the NPL Premier Division.

The last two opponents will provide very tough tests indeed, particularly as the games are both away from home.

Liversedge were last season’s champions of the NPL division we are joining, while our old Northern League friends Marske were runners-up, and join them in the Premier Division for 2022-23 after securing promotion via the play-offs.

Admission prices for the friendlies, along with matchday charges and season ticket details for our league fixtures, will be announced in due course.