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Consett give leaders Stockton Town a fright but have to settle for a point after second-half comeback

Consett gave league leaders Stockton Town a fright at a soggy Belle View today – but had to settle for one point instead of three after giving away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw.

Tony Fawcett had to juggle his depleted pack yet again, and had three youngsters on the bench, but his side took the lead very much against the run of play on 22 minutes through Ben Ramsey.

Jake Orrell’s long pass split the visiting defence, and Ramsey, who had missed the previous four games through injury, lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

Stockton continued to dominate, and Consett were grateful to top scorer Wil Shaw for a goal-line clearance from Tom Coulthard’s shot on 25 minutes as the visitors forced a series of corners.

On 41 minutes the Anchors went close again when their former Consett striker Michael Sweet headed wide from close range.

But two minutes later the home side doubled their lead as another Orrell pass sent Ben Ramsey in again, and he took advantage of indecision between keeper Nathan Harker and a defender to score his second goal of the game, and 12th of the season.

Consett reached half-time two goals to the good, and started the second half well, with Orrell seeing his free-kick saved and Shaw going close when Stockton failed to clear the rebound.

Stockton had a ‘goal’ disallowed a minute later for offside, then a fine save by Consett keeper Kelechi Chibueze foiled Kevin Hayes as the visitors stepped up the pressure.

Stockton made two substitutions in a bid to force their way back into the game, but it was Consett who threatened next, when Ramsey wriggled free of his marker to set up Shaw, who couldn’t keep his shot down.

It was a crucial miss, as Stockton found a way back into the game on 70 minutes. Consett failed to deal with a right-wing corner, and Michael Sweet forced the ball home from close range to make it 2-1.

Unfortunately for Consett, Dominic Curl, who’d been outstanding at left-back, was injured trying to prevent the goal, and the resulting reshuffle swung the game Stockton’s way.

On 75 minutes they got an equaliser when skipper Adam Nicholson powered home a back-post header from another corner.

Consett were hanging on as the game entered its closing stages, and had a huge let-off on 86 minutes when Stephen Thompson volleyed wide from close range when a goal seemed certain.

Dangerman Hayes had three chances to clinch the win for Stockton, but one shot went just over, a second clipped the top of the bar and a third was headed away as Consett dug in.

When the final whistle went a point apiece was probably a fair outcome, and although the result slightly dented Stockton’s promotion charge, Grimsby Borough’s 3-0 win at Cleethorpes Town meant Consett slipped a place to 10th, 11 points adrift of the play-off places, with five games to play.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery and videos to follow.
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Depleted Consett give league leaders Stockton a fright but head home empty-handed

Consett and Stockton Town served up the usual feast of goals in their Boxing Day fixture today – but it was the league leaders who claimed the points with a 3-2 win.

A huge crowd of 993 – the highest in the NPL’s Division One East this season – gathered at the Coverall Stadium to see the 1st v 3rd clash.

And they weren’t disappointed as the former Northern League rivals locked horns in a tussle which was entertaining right from the off.

Consett were without broken toe victim Arjun Purewal, which meant an emergency centre-back role for skipper Matty Slocombe.

But the Steelmen found themselves trailing inside the first minute as they gave the ball away in their own half and Stephen Thompson produced a superb first-time finish from long range to make it 1-0 to Stockton.

Consett’s response was impressive, as they equalised in the sixth minute after Wil Shaw was fouled in the box. Stockton keeper Callum Roberts saved Scott Fenwick’s penalty, but Jake Orrell recycled the ball and Wil Shaw headed in at the back post with his 11th goal of the season.

Mikey Roberts went close for Stockton with an overhead kick from a corner, but it was Consett who scored next, in the 11th minute. Good work down the left by Fenwick saw him set up Ben Ramsey, who fired past Roberts for his eighth goal of the season.

Stockton had two or three half chances as they looked for an equaliser, but just when it seemed like Consett would reach the interval in front, they conceded again in added time.

A deep corner from the left was headed back across goal by centre-back Adam Nicholson, and Mikey Roberts fired high into the net to make it 2-2.

Roberts had another chance with a diving header, but James Anderson made a good save to ensure it remained level at the break.

Stockton started the second half on top, and it took a superb block by Ryan McKinnon to deny Kevin Hayes, who was through one-on-one.

But there was nothing he or anyone else could do in the 54th minute when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Kevin Hayes had time to pick his spot, firing low into the bottom left corner to make it 3-2.

Hayes, so often Consett’s tormentor over the years, looked a certain scorer in the 64th minute when he sent in a powerful free-kick, but this time Anderson was equal to it, making the save of the game.

Consett were finding it difficult to make inroads against a well-organised Stockton defence, and the game swung even more the Anchors’ way in the 76th minute when Consett defender Josh Baggs was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

Their best chance to salvage a point came in the fourth of five added minutes when Zak Atkinson’s deep cross was kept alive by Harry Outterside, who made his debut as a late sub, only for Tom Coulthard to hack the ball away before anyone could follow in for a tap-in.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview, picture gallery and goal highlights to follow.

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Consett kick off league campaign at Winterton Rangers before hosting Pontefract Collieries

Consett will start their 2023-24 Northern Premier League campaign for the second successive season with an away game, this time at newly-promoted Winterton Rangers.

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Consett give their fans some festive cheer with an excellent win at second-placed Stockton

Consett brought their long winless run to an end today with an excellent 2-1 away win at high-flying Stockton Town.

The hosts were second in the table at the start of play, but Tony Fawcett’s Steelmen executed their game-plan perfectly to head home with three fully-deserved points.

It was his first win since taking over as manager, and the club’s first win in 14 games – the last coming in the 1-0 success at Lincoln United on 17 September, exactly 100 days ago.

Consett were without four players, including top scorer Zak Atkinson, but took the lead in the 13th minute against the run of play.

The ball was fed out wide to Charlie Exley on the left, and he swung in a superb cross for Scott Fenwick. The No 9 failed to get a touch under challenge from a defender, but the ball hit Stockton left-back Danny McWilliams on the side of the head, pictured below, and ended up in the net for an own goal.

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The ball goes in off Stockton left-back Danny McWilliams to give Consett the lead. Pic: Gary Welford

The visitors had keeper Mark Foden to thank for preserving their lead in the 17th minute when he made a good diving save from Tom Portas.

But unfortunately the keeper was at fault for Stockton’s equaliser in the 32nd minute. He spilled the ball after collecting a cross in the six-yard box, and Stephen Thompson was on hand to fire home the loose ball.

Consett almost regained their lead right on half-time as centre-back Ben Milburn had an effort cleared off the line right, but it remained 1-1 at the break.

Stockton had dominated possession in the opening 45 minutes without creating too many chances, but the second half saw Consett much more on the front foot.

On 54 minutes a pinpoint cross from Jake Orrell picked out Fenwick, and the big striker was disappointed not to get his header on target.

Midway through the half Calvin Smith volleyed just wide after good work by sub Kieren Aplin, while Stockton dangerman Kevin Hayes went close at the other end with a fizzing drive.

But it was Consett who got what turned out to be the winner on 76 minutes when Fenwick flicked the ball on for Kieren Aplin to run onto and fire home for his fifth goal of the season, pictured below.

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Kieren Aplin fires home the winner as Consett win 2-1 at Stockton. Pic: Gary Welford.

Stockton tried all they could to get on level terms again, but failed to trouble Foden again as Consett’s defence and midfield stood firm.

Consett had a chance to seal the points in added time when Fenwick, who led the line impressively all afternoon, sent Aplin clear again with a perfectly-weighted pass. But this time the midfielder missed the target as he tried to place his shot inside the post.

It mattered not, as the Steelmen held firm without conceding any further chances, to see out their first win at Stockton since 2018.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

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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.

Missed chances prove costly for Consett as they lose at Stockton

Failure to take their chances when they were on top proved costly for Consett today when lost 4-1 at Stockton Town.

The Steelmen went behind early in the Northern League Division One game at the MAP Group UK Stadium, but could have gone in four goals in front at half-time after causing their hosts no end of problems.

Kevin Hayes went close for Stockton and Darren Holden hit the bar for Consett with a cross before the home side took the lead on 13 minutes. They broke quickly from a corner, with Lewis King charging down the right and providing a pinpoint cross for Shane Henry to head home at the back post.

Consett responded well to going behind, and equalised on 20 minutes when Luke Carr’s cross from the left fell nicely for Nick Allen to fire into the corner with a half-volley for his first goal of the season.

A minute later Consett should have gone ahead when a poor defensive pass let in Ali Alshabeeb, but he slightly scuffed his effort and centre-back Tom Coulthard got back to clear off the line.

On 24 minutes another golden chance went begging as a deft touch played in Alshabeeb again, but he couldn’t decide whether to shoot or pass to Carr, and in the end did neither, trundling the ball tamely out of play.

Consett were well on top at this point, and Jake Orrell’s pass sent Calvin Smith clear, but keeper Callum Roberts stood up well to save his shot from an acute angle.

On the half hour the Steelmen had yet another chance when a long ball saw Pearson break free of his marker, but he didn’t get hold of his shot properly and the keeper again saved.

On 36 minutes Consett had another chance, after some great work by Jermaine Metz down the right saw him pick out Pearson’s run, and although his first touch took him past a defender and the keeper, pictured top, the angle was too tight to get a shot away.

Kevin Hayes looked Stockton’s main threat, and he tested namesake Kyle with a free-kick before flashing a shot across the face of goal, but when the half-time whistle went the home side could consider themselves to be fortunate to be on level terms.

The second half was a different story, however, and after an unremarkable opening period, Stockton retook the lead on 63 minutes.

King was again the provider, with Jonathan Franks meeting his cross at the near post to make it 2-1.

Consett seemed to have lost their attacking momentum, and on 76 minutes they went 3-1 down when they failed to deal with Hayes’ cross from a short corner, and skipper Adam Nicholson volleyed in from close range.

Consett rarely threatened, and on 86 minutes the scoring was complete when Jamie Owens played in fellow sub Nathan Mulligan, who rounded Hayes to make it 4-1.

The final scoreline was perhaps a harsh one on the Steelmen, whose defeat was their third in a row, but emphasised the importance of taking your chances when you’re on top.

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Luke Carr strike is enough to edge FA Cup win for Consett against Stockton Town

Consett are in the next round of the FA Cup after Luke Carr’s goal was enough to edge a close-fought 1st Qualifying Round tie against Stockton Town at Belle View tonight.

Meetings between the sides in recent years have usually resulted in goal-laden thrillers, but Carr’s strike on the hour, pictured above, was the only one of a clash between two top-quality teams.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in a tight first half, which featured some good flowing football from both sides.

Dale Pearson came closest to scoring when he hit the post in the 17th minute, and Stockton keeper Callum Roberts made a good save to deny Calvin Smith from the rebound.

Ross Wilkinson and Arjun Purewal both had half-chances from corners, but failed to trouble the keeper, but it wasn’t all one-way traffic.

Stockton winger Kevin Hayes was presented with a golden chance when Consett failed to clear a cross, but dragged his shot wide, and midfielder Shane Henry also fired wide.

Just before half-time the Steelmen were grateful to keeper Kyle Hayes when he saved from his namesake with his feet after the wide man went on a surging run.

Stockton had the first chance of the second half, and again Hayes had to be at his best to keep out a dipping effort from Tom Portas, tipping it over the bar.

The vital goal came on the hour when Darren Holden fed Luke Carr, who took a couple of touches to work a shooting space for himself before burying a left-footed shot into the corner from just inside the box.

Stockton replied well, with Hayes again making a smart save with his feet to deny Henry, and Mikey Roberts just failed to connect with a loose ball after a rare mix-up in the otherwise solid home defence.

On 82 minutes Consett thought they had a second goal to put the game to bed, when Matty Cornish finished after being sent clear by Lewis Green’s excellent pass, but the frontman was controversially ruled offside.

Matty Cornish thought he had scored a second goal for Consett, but was ruled offside. Pic: Gary Welford.

Cornish had another chance to seal the win in the 87th minute after a good move involving Holden and Daniel Marriott, but couldn’t keep his shot down.

Stockton went to three at the back and threw the kitchen sink at their hosts in a bid to force a goal and take the game to a penalty shootout, but the Steelmen, with Purewal and Wilkinson outstanding, held firm to record a 1-0 victory.

It is Consett’s name which goes into the draw on Friday, which is when the National League big guns join the competition.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

FA Cup update: How to get your tickets for Consett v Stockton Town clash

Tickets are now on sale for Consett’s next cup tie, the mouth-watering FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round game against Stockton Town.

The match against our Northern League rivals is on Tuesday 22 September, and will be limited to a capacity of 300.

Consett season ticket holders have until noon on Friday 18 September to purchase virtual tickets in person or by calling (01207 588886). Any remaining after that time will go on general sale.

Stockton Town have received an allocation of tickets in line with competition rules, and their supporters are asked to buy their tickets from them.

Please note that the home league game against Stockton scheduled for Saturday 3 October will be postponed, as that’s the date for the next round of the FA Cup.