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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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Consett’s cup visit to Shildon postponed following the death of The Queen

Consett’s scheduled visit to Shildon in the FA Trophy tomorrow has been postponed following the death of The Queen.

The FA has decided to call off all fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect to The Queen, who was its long-standing patron.

The Premier League and the EFL have both confirmed that their fixtures this weekend will be rescheduled for a later date.

In addition, fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend.

Fixtures across the National League System (NLS) Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid (WFP) Tiers 3-7, and grassroots football in England will also be postponed.

Consett’s FA Trophy game at Shildon will now take place at Dean Street at 7.45pm on Tuesday, 13 September. If the scores are level after 90 minutes the game will go to a penalty shootout.

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Consett pick up their first Northern Premier League away win with a fine performance at Shildon

Consett picked up their first three points on their travels since joining the Northern Premier League tonight when they won 3-1 at Shildon.

Dean Street was seldom a happy hunting ground for the Steelmen when we were Northern League rivals with the Railwaymen – but they fully deserved the points after a fine performance.

Darren Holden got Consett off to a perfect start, giving them the lead after just five minutes, smashing a shot in off the bar from Cyril Giraud’s pass.

On 10 minutes it could have been 2-0, but Shildon keeper Matthew Bateman pulled off a great save to deny Jake Orrell after a poor defensive header landed at his feet.

On 27 minutes Consett did double their lead when a corner was half-cleared to Orrell, whose cross found Dan Capewell, who glanced in a header at the back post.

The visitors were rampant, and Zak Atkinson was inches away from getting on the end of a cross to the back post, while Lewis Green saw a shot deflected just wide after good work by Giraud.

It was the 37th minute before Shildon troubled the Consett goal, and when they did keeper Mark Foden made a good low save to deny Jon Weirs.

But it was the visitors who came closest to adding to the scoreline when Capewell bulleted a header goalwards from a right-wing corner, but Bateman made a good reaction save on the line.

It remained 2-0 at half-time, and Consett picked up in the second half where they had left off, with great play between Karl Byrne and Colin Larkin – making his first appearance of the season – setting up Orrell, whose shot was blocked.

Atkinson was inches away from connecting with a spectacular diving header, and on 54 minutes Consett could have been out of sight when Byrne’s beautiful lofted pass sent Giraud through, but he fired narrowly wide.

Shildon received a lifeline on 72 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a Capewell foul on sub Wilson Kneeshaw, but Foden made a fine save, diving low to his left.

On 79 minutes the home side did find a way back into the game when right-back Joe Posthill saw his initial shot well saved by Foden, but followed in to score from the rebound and make it 2-1.

A minute later Consett had a chance to restore their two-goal lead when Orrell’s pass found Larkin a few yards out, but he didn’t connect properly and a defender got back to clear the ball off the line.

But they were in no mood to let this game slip, and secured the points in the 87th minute when Darren Holden’s left-wing corner seemed to be punched into his own goal by keeper Matthew Bateman, with Dan Capewell following in to make sure, pictured top.

When the final whistle went it was a well-earned three points for Consett, who controlled the game from start to finish, and could and perhaps should have won even more convincingly.

The healthy travelling contingent in the crowd of 326 would certainly settle for a repeat performance on Saturday, when the sides meet again at Dean Street in the FA Trophy, kick off 3pm.

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Consett make Northern Premier League bow at Cleethorpes and then host North Shields

Consett were today handed an away fixture at Cleethorpes Town on the opening day of their debut season in the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The trip to Linden Club in Grimsby will be on Saturday 13 August – seven days after the Steelmen open their season with an FA Cup visit to Goole AFC.

It is a tough start, as the Owls finished third in Division One East last season, and it’s followed by a first NPL home game against more familiar opponents, North Shields, on Tuesday 16 August.

The return game against the club who pipped us to the Northern League title last season is at the Daren Persson Stadium on Saturday 7 January.

Other games of note include a trip to Dunston on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, with the Tynesiders visiting Belle View on Monday 2 January.

We face more ex-Northern League foes, Shildon, at Dean Street, on Tuesday 6 September – four days before playing them there in the FA Trophy! The return league game at Belle View is on Tuesday 7 February.

The games against Hebburn Town are on Saturday 22 October (home) and Saturday 4 March (away), while we play Stockton Town away on Boxing Day, 26 December, and at home on Easter Monday, 10 April.

There’s only one far-flung midweek awayday at the moment – to Pontefract Collieries in West Yorkshire on Tuesday 23 August – our second away game (though there may be more, depending on cup progress).

  • A full list of Consett’s fixtures for the 2022-23 season is available HERE.
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Depleted Consett bow out of the Durham Challenge Cup to Shildon

A much-changed Consett side suffered a cup knockout for the second time in four days tonight, beaten 3-0 at home by Shildon.

The Steelmen’s starting XI for the Frank Pattison Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round tie showed seven changes from the side which took to the field against Wythenshawe Town at the weekend.

They were without skipper Arjun Purewal, top scorer Dale Pearson and utility man James Martin through injury, while Kyle Hayes, Jermaine Metz, Luke Carr and Colin Larkin dropped to the bench.

That meant starts for Ross Coombe, Lewis Green, Nick Cassidy, Nick Allen, Ross Wilkinson, Stephen Callen and Dan Marriott, with Darren Holden, Calvin Smith, Matty Slocombe and captain-for-the-night Jake Orrell the only survivors from Saturday.

Shildon, who now play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, a level above their hosts, included two Consett old boys in Danny Craggs and Michael Sweet.

It took a superb save from Coombe to deny Craggs a goal on his return to Belle View Stadium, the keeper showing unbelievable reactions to keep out his close-range header in the 19th minute.

But there was nothing he could do to prevent Billy Greulich-Smith, so often a thorn in Consett’s side, from opening the scoring on 21 minutes, heading home Kurt Matthews’ cross from the right.

Marauding right-back Aidan Heywood doubled Shildon’s lead on 33 minutes with a lovely curling finish from the edge of the area, and it remained 2-0 at half-time.

Consett came out strongly at the start of the second half, with Callen denied at the near post by keeper Matty Bateman, and Wilkinson inches away from turning in Orrell’s inswinging free-kick.

But it was game, set and match to the visitors on 58 minutes when Michael Sweet made it 3-0, slotting home a penalty after Allen had fouled Heywood just inside in the box.

Slocombe had a well-struck drive saved by the keeper and put a header just wide from Orrell’s corner as Consett sought a consolation goal, but it wasn’t to be, and it was Shildon who advance to the last eight of the county cup.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett’s hopes of climbing into top six derailed by Shildon

Consett’s hopes of climbing into the top six of Northern League Division One came off the rails tonight when they lost 2-0 at home to Shildon.

The Railwaymen arrived at Belle View Stadium a point and a place behind their hosts, but turned in an impressive performance to take all three points and grab 6th spot for themselves.

Shildon took the lead in the 14th minute, when Consett skipper Arjun Purewal was harshly judged to have fouled an opponent when he appeared to have won the ball in a tackle.

David Palmer swung in the free-kick, and Kurt Matthews headed home to make it 1-0 to Shildon.

On 31 minutes they almost doubled their lead when Jack Vaulks headed powerfully goalwards from a corner, but Kyle Hayes made a fine reaction save.

The Consett keeper was called into action again three minutes before the break, when possession was surrendered at the back, but he stood up well to save from former teammate Michael Sweet.

The second half saw Consett move the ball quicker, and their best chance of an equaliser came in the 57th minute, when Lewis Green threaded a pass to Jake Orrell, but Shaun Newbrook saved with his feet.

That was the only stop the Shidlon keeper had to make all game, as those in front of him defended robustly, putting their bodies on the line to win tackles and headers and block shots.

Matty Cornish in particular was subjected to some rough treatment. One ‘challenge’ saw him dragged to the ground by his neck, pictured, yet not even win a free-kick, and another was from behind, off the ground, and went straight through him, but didn’t even earn the culprit a talking-to.

Yet somehow Consett won the caution count by 2-1, as Shildon were repeatedly allowed to get away with some questionable tactics. That’s not to take away anything from their performance, however, as they were better in every department.

Their second goal, which clinched the game, came on 77 minutes, when Consett lost possession in their own half and Dean Thexton fed strike partner Michael Sweet, who buried it in the bottom corner.

The final scoreline could have been even more emphatic; Matthews rattled the bar from distance, and old boy Danny Craggs wasn’t too far away with a well-struck effort after coming on as a sub.

Consett had been out-fought and out-thought long before the final whistle, on a night when they were second-best all over the pitch.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett will face Hebburn Town on FA Vase final weekend – in a Northern League game

Consett will play Hebburn Town on FA Vase final weekend after all – in a rearranged Northern League Division One game.

The postponement by The FA of the Wembley showdown between the clubs, which was due to take place on Sunday 27 September, left us both with a free weekend.

The league’s fixtures secretary has taken advantage of the postponement to arrange a league game between us instead, at Hebburn’s Green Energy Sports Ground.

Kick-off will be 3pm, and we’ll bring you ticket arrangements for Consett supporters as soon as we have them.

Several other league games have also been rearranged recently, as follows:

v Shildon (H), now Tuesday 20 October, 7.30pm.

v Newton Aycliffe (A), now Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm.

v Ryhope CW (A), now Tuesday 3 November, 7.30pm.

v North Shields (A), now Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm.