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Consett face Northern League rivals in the FA Cup – and a possible rematch with old foes with a new name

Consett have been handed home ties in the first two rounds of the 2020-21 FA Cup, following today’s competition draws at Wembley.

We have been drawn at home to fellow Northern League 1st Division side Ryhope Colliery Welfare in the Extra Preliminary Round.

We have met the Colliers in the FA Cup twice before, and come out on top on both occasions. The first was in 1968-69, when we won 2-0 in the 1st Qualifying Round. Then in 1972-73 we prevailed 3-1 at the same stage, both games taking place at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

Preliminary Round prize

The prize for the victors this time is a home Preliminary Round tie against Ossett United – a club only formed in 2018 from the merger of Ossett Town and Ossett Albion. They play in the Northern Premier League Division One North West – the same level as Dunston and Marske United.

We have never played them before, but did face Ossett Town three times in the FA Cup, most recently in 2017-18, when we lost 2-1 at their ground in the 1st Qualifying Round. Previous meetings resulted in a 3-0 home win for us at the same stage in 2007-08, and a 5-1 home defeat in the 2nd Qualifying Round two seasons earlier.

The Extra Preliminary Round tie is due to take place on Tuesday, 1 September, and the Preliminary Round on Saturday 12 September. We are awaiting updated guidance from the FA and Government on whether spectators will be admitted.

Replays have been abolished in this season’s FA Cup, but if ties are level after 90 minutes there will be no extra time. Instead, the winner will be decided by a penalty shootout.

The scenes when we took the lead at Ossett last time we played them in the FA Cup.

Consett blow away Ryhope CW at blizzard-struck Belle View

Consett took their unbeaten run to 13 games by hammering Ryhope CW 7-3 at a blizzard-hit Belle View.

The Steelmen raced into a 5-0 half-time lead with a superb first-half performance, but to the visitors’ credit they kept going and ‘won’ the blizzard-hit second half 3-2.

Consett took the lead after nine minutes when Calvin Smith headed his 14th goal of the season, pictured, from Luke Carr’s right-wing corner.

On 13 minutes it was 2-0 when a Carr corner from the opposite side found Dale Pearson, who rifled home to maintain his goal-a-game record.

And on 21 minutes, after good work by Wouter Verstraaten – who was making his first start – and Ali Alshabeeb, Carr set up Dale Pearson to slot home his second goal of the afternoon.

After his hat-trick of assists, Luke Carr got on the scoresheet himself in the 24th minute, curling home a delightful free kick from wide on the right after Alshabeeb was fouled.

And on 36 minutes Dale Pearson completed his second hat-trick of the season when Darren Holden picked out his run with a superb arrowed pass, and the in-form striker beat the keeper to make it 5-0.

Consett began the second half kicking into a fierce wind, but it didn’t stop Ali Alshabeeb making it 6-0 in the 58th minute, with Pearson turning provider.

The goal was the cue for a blizzard, driven by even stronger winds, to begin, and also the signal for an unlikely Ryhope revival.

They made a double substitution after the goal, and one of the new arrivals, Michael Rae, reduced the deficit on 67 minutes.

Five minutes later Consett made it 7-1, as Jermaine Metz cut the ball back for Ali Alshabeeb to claim his second goal of the afternoon.

The conditions were making it increasingly difficult for Consett to get out of their own half, and in the 77th minute Ryhope scored again. Oli Hotchkiss sent a cross over from the left, and it ended up in the far corner of the net, with keeper Kyle Hayes claimed he was impeded as he tried to catch it.

And in the 88th minute Consett gave away possession deep in their own penalty area, and Jon Weirs took advantage to make the final score of a remarkable game 7-3.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.