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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.

Consett kick off their Northern League campaign with three away games in a row, starting at North Shields

Consett will kick off their 2020-21 Northern League campaign with three successive away games – starting at North Shields on Saturday 5 September.

The fixtures for the new season, issued today, will then see the Steelmen travel to Ryhope CW and Seaham Red Star in the next two league fixtures.

It won’t be until our fourth match that we get to see a league game at Belle View, when we entertain Shildon on Tuesday 22 September.

The delayed start to the season means the games come thick and fast after that; we face West Auckland, Stockton Town and Whickham in consecutive home games in the space of eight days.

And for the first time in five years we could have a game on Boxing Day – we’re due to be away at Penrith, pictured below, on Saturday 26 December.

We will see in 2021 with a home game against Ashington on Saturday 2 January, and other notable fixtures include a mouthwatering clash with fellow FA Vase semi-finalists Hebburn at home on Saturday 5 December, with the return game on Saturday 17 April – our final away fixture.

The season is scheduled to conclude with a home game against Northallerton on Saturday 24 April, however there will almost certainly be plenty of fixture changes between now and then.

Our first competitive game of the season will be the home FA Cup tie against Ryhope CW on Tuesday 1 September (KO 7.45pm). Ticket details for this will be released next week.

We don’t enter this season’s FA Vase until the 2nd Round, on Saturday 28 November. There’s no word yet on when we might play last season’s semi-final against Bitton.

On this day in our history: 7 April – that’ll be the date when Consett play Shildon then…

We were supposed to be hosting Shildon in a league game at Belle View Stadium tonight, until the coronavirus outbreak caused all football to be halted and the FA to declare our season null and void.

If the game had been taken place, it would have maintained a remarkable record of the Steelmen facing the Railwaymen – as we have on the last three times we have played on this date, going back 30 years!

The first was on 7 April 1990 when we travelled to Dean Street in the Northern League 1st Division. Unfortunately, no match report from the game exists in the club archives, but you probably didn’t miss much, as it was a 0-0 draw.

Colin Carr’s Consett side lined up as follows: 1 Tony Morris, 2 Jeff Sugden, 3 Joe Quinn, 4 Paul Quinn, 5 Ian Robb, 6 John Dodds (sub Ian Pryer), 7 Andy Sinclair, 8 Ian Candlish, 9 Steven Hind (sub Andy Edwards), 10 Rod Butler, 11 Gary Best.

Incredibly, the next time we played on 7 April wasn’t until 2012, and again we placed Shildon, this time at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

Few could have foreseen the outcome of the match against fellow mid-table opponents, particularly after one of the best performances of the season at Norton just three days earlier.

After taking the lead through one of the club’s youngest-ever goalscorers, Consett conceded a soft equaliser and went on to suffer their joint-worst defeat of the season.

Manager Kenny Lindoe gave 16-year-old Ryan King his full debut, and he gave Consett the lead in the 26th minute. The young striker – 20 days short of his 17th birthday – hit a near-post shot from Lewis Teasdale’s cross which was judged to have crossed the line before it was cleared from the crowded goalmouth.

Ryan King made his full debut v Shildon on this date in 2012. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

However, Shildon equalised six minutes before half-time when Danny Richmond’s cross from the left found centre-forward Billy Greulich-Smith at the back post, where the lanky former Hartlepool United striker headed home unchallenged.

Less than a minute into the second half Shildon were ahead, and it was down to un uncharacteristic mistake by Consett skipper Carl Piecha. He trod on the ball, surrendering possession to Sam Garvie, and the nippy winger sped away before slotting past the exposed Peter Jameson.

Conceding a goal so early in the half knocked Consett’s confidence, and Shildon began to take control. On 73 minutes their pressure paid off when they went 3-1 up. Robbie Clarkson’s right-wing corner was headed down by Richard Flynn, and Greulich-Smith converted from barely two yards out.

Michael Mackay in action v Shildon on 7 April 2012. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

As full-time approached, Shildon scored a fourth goal through sub Nicky Kane, who ran from the centre circle right through the middle of the Consett defence, before slotting easily past the exposed Jameson. And two minutes into added time, Greulich-Smith completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot to make it a miserable afternoon for Consett.

Consett lined up as follows: 1 Peter Jameson, 2 Michael Pearson, 3 Anthony Lund (sub John Ewart 80), 4 Matty Slocombe, 5 Ryan Bell, 6 Carl Piecha (captain), 7 Ryan King, 8 Jack Stanger, 9 Lewis Teasdale, 10 Michael Mackay (sub Daniel Halliday 87), 11 Dale Burrell. Subs not used: Damian Maw, Chris Robson, Barry Poskett.

Our most recent 7 April outing was another trip to Dean Street, towards the end of the 2017-18 season, when two late goals cost Consett the point they deserved as they lost 2-0 on a very muddy pitch.

Calvin Smith battles with Matty Robson in the 2018 mudbath. Pic: Gary Welford.

The Railwaymen gained revenge for their recent defeat on penalties in the Durham Challenge Cup semi-final by taking three points with goals from Adam Burnicle and Kyle Patton in the 89th and 91st minutes.
The Shildon groundstaff had worked wonders to get the game on, as it resembled a duck pond more than a football pitch in midweek. And despite a pre-match deluge, which left the pitch on the heavy side, with one or two puddles, the referee was happy to let the game go ahead.
There was a surprise in store for Consett fans as defender Ryan McKinnon returned to the starting line-up, just a month after breaking his arm in training. Mark Eccles’ side lined up as follows: 1 Kyle Hayes, 2 Nick Cassidy, 3 Clark Kay, 4 Arjun Purewal, 5 Ryan McKinnon (sub Ross Wilkinson 62), 6 Matty Slocombe, 7 Calvin Smith, 8 Danny Craggs (captain) (sub Adam Male 82), 9 Michael Sweet, 10 Michael Mackay (sub David Dowson 72), 11 Jordan Lavery. Subs not used: Nathan Convery, Harrison Scott.
After a cat-and-mouse opening, the game opened up, but both goalkeepers made good saves. Consett’s Kyle Hayes – playing against one of his former clubs – saved well from Adam Burnicle (twice) and Matty Waters, while Shildon’s Nick Liversedge denied Michael Sweet (twice) and Calvin Smith.

Consett keeper Kyle Hayes had a good game against his old club. Pic: Gary Welford.

Half-time was reached with the score at 0-0, and the longer the game went on, the more it looked like it would finish that way. Both sides brought fresh legs off the bench in an effort to break the deadlock, and in Consett’s case this meant a first meaningful appearance in two months for David Dowson as he returned from injury.
Consett thought they had a good shout for a penalty on 78 minutes when Dowson appeared to be pushed over from behind, but the referee waved play on, and Shildon broke, only for sub Brad Hird to blaze wide after Ross Wilkinson did well to block his path to goal.
Two minutes later there was a let-off for the Steelmen as Hird’s deflected shot struck the base of the post. Clark Kay then made an excellent last-ditch tackle to deny Burnicle as he burst through with the goal at his mercy.

Clark Kay halts Adam Burnicle with a superb last-ditch challenge. Pic: Gary Welford.

With the game entering its dying stages, it was going to take something special to win it, and it came in the 89th minute when Billy Greulich-Smith played a ball through the middle for Burnicle, who rode two challenges before slotting past Hayes to make it 1-0.
The Shildon players were elated to breach the resolute Consett defence for the first time in three meetings in this season, and they did it again a minute into injury time as the Steelmen pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Burnicle was the creator, powering down the right, and Kyle Patton finished at the back post.
2-0 was a cruel scoreline on a Consett side who felt they deserved a point after a hard-working performance.

FA Vase progress means a new date for Consett’s home game v Shildon

Consett’s continuing progress in the FA Vase means our league game versus Shildon has had to be rescheduled.

The game – which will see the return to Belle View of former favourites Danny Craggs and Jordan Lavery – was meant to be on Saturday, February 8.

We will now be in FA Vase action that day, so the Northern League has rearranged it for Tuesday, April 7, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Barring further fixture changes, it will be our last home game of the season, and it could be a vital one, as both the Railwaymen and ourselves are among the clubs hoping to win promotion.

Consett take all three points with an excellent team performance at Shildon

Consett remain third in the 1st Division after an excellent 3-0 win at Shildon – their first victory at Dean Street in five visits.

The Steelmen took the lead in the 10th minute when Calvin Smith’s precise pass saw Dale Pearson run onto the ball and bury it into the net with an excellent first-time finish.

It was the big striker’s 12th goal of the season, all scored in his last 10 games, and better was to follow.

In the 18th minute it was 2-0 when Ali Alshabeeb gave Pearson an almost identical chance, and again he drilled the ball home. His 13th of the season was certainly unlucky for Shildon.

Pearson and Luke Carr both had chances to increase the visitors’ lead as they passed the home team off the park, and the pair were both within inches of scoring from a great Darren Holden cross.

Kyle Hayes made an important save from Billy Greulich-Smith right on half-time, and the Steelmen carried a fully deserved 2-0 lead into the break.

Eleven minutes into the second half Consett scored again, though there was an element of good fortune about the goal which made it 3-0.

A poor clearance by goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook fell to Carr, who slipped the ball to Jake Orrell. He drove into the box, and his shot was deflected past the stranded Shildon keeper by a defender.

Shildon had lots of possession in what was left of the game, leaving Consett to play on the break, and although both sides had a few chances, there were no more goals.

The result draws Consett level on points with second-placed Stockton Town, who were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Ryhope CW, though the Anchors have lots of games in hand.

Newton Aycliffe, who won 1-0 at Billingham Town, are 4th on the same points, again with games in hand, while North Shields, who beat Newcastle benfield 4-2, are a point behind in 5th.

  • Many thanks to Stephen Finch for the excellent picture of Dale Pearson’s second goal which illustrates this article.
  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Latest fixture changes mean new dates for Consett away games at Penrith, Shildon and Whitley Bay

The latest round of fixture changes by the Northern League in the wake of the weekend’s FA Vase ties mean new dates for three of Consett’s away games.

The first one is for Saturday, 14 September, when we were meant to be away to Shildon. Their progress in the FA Vase means we will now be away to Penrith (brought forward from 2 November).

Our visit to Dean Street to take on Shildon will now take place on Saturday, 19 October, when we were meant to be away to Whitley Bay.

Finally, the trip to Whitley Bay, which was scheduled for 19 October, will now be on Saturday, 14 March.