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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.

FA Vase: Consett exempt from early rounds – but draw throws up 10 all-Northern League ties

Consett for once had only a passing interest in the draw for the opening rounds of this season’s FA Vase, which were made by the FA today.

Our club record run to last season’s semi-finals – which still have to be settled – means we are exempt until the 2nd Round on Saturday 28 November.

Hebburn Town, West Auckland and Stockton Town will also remain interested spectators until then, while Newcastle Benfield enter in the 1st Round.

Today’s 1st Qualifying Round FA Vase draw threw up 10 all-Northern League ties:

Bishop Auckland v Billingham Synthonia

Bedlington Terriers v Heaton Stannington

Willington v Whickham

North Shields v Tow Law Town

Northallerton Town v Billingham Town

West Allotment Celtic v Penrith

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Ashington

Shildon v Chester-le-Street Town

Whitley Bay v Newcastle University

Guisborough Town v Washington

Read the draw for the 1st and 2nd Qualifying Rounds as it affects Northern League clubs in full here.

Depending on our clubs’ success against opponents from other leagues, there could be up to nine more all-NL ties in the next round.

Super second-half show not quite enough to earn Consett a point against league leaders Stockton

Consett fell just short in their bid to put a spoke in the wheels of Stockton Town’s runaway surge towards the Northern League title today, going down 2-1 at a gale-lashed Belle View.

Trailing the league leaders by two goals at half-time, the Steelmen put on a fine second-half performance which just failed to overturn the deficit.

The game kicked off in very windy conditions which were verging on making a sporting contest farcical, and within the first 10 minutes the referee had a discussion with both managers over whether the game should continue.

They decided it should go on, and Stockton, kicking into the fierce wind, took the lead on 22 minutes when Consett lost possession. The ball fell to Jonathan Franks, who fired home from eight yards to make it 1-0.

Four minutes before half-time the visitors, who were backed by two busloads of fans, doubled their advantage, as Kevin Hayes finished from Franks’ pass after Consett lost the ball in their own half.

Kicking into the wind in the second half, the odds seemed to be against a Consett comeback, but they were given hope just three minutes in when Ali Alshabeeb latched onto a long ball and held off the challenge of Lewis King before rolling the ball past the keeper for his 13th goal of the season, pictured above.

It was just the 14th goal Stockton have conceded in 27 league games – and two of the previous 13 came in our 2-2 draw at their ground back in September.

Ten minutes later overlapping full-back Jermaine Metz had a chance to level, but scuffed his shot from Jake Orrell’s pass.

Stockton keeper Callum Roberts then made a fine double save, getting down well to save Jake Orrell’s well-struck effort from the edge of the box, then quickly recovering to thwart Dale Pearson’s follow-up.

Metz had another chance, which he blazed over the crossbar, and in the 84th minute Roberts pulled off what turned out to be a matchwinning save, somehow keeping out Pearson’s powerful header from Alshabeeb’s cross.

Try as they might, Consett couldn’t breach Stockton’s superb defence again, and it was the champions-elect and their big travelling support who were celebrating at the end as they went 15 points clear at the top.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Consett denied victory by last-minute equaliser at Stockton Town

Consett came away from The Coverall Stadium with a 2-2 draw that they no doubt would have taken at kick off. There was disappointment, however, that a 90th minute leveller prevented them taking all three points against a Stockton Town side that came into the game boasting a 100% league record.

Another fine crowd of 438 were treated to a real heavyweight contest, and it was Consett who drew first blood in the 21st minute when Luke Carr dispossessed a home defender to release Dale Pearson who fired home from just inside the box, pictured.

The lead lasted until five minutes before the break when Jamie Owens created space for himself on the edge of the box before drilling an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

The Steelmen regained the lead in the 70th minute through Luke Carr who drilled a low shot home from 20 yards following good work from Ali Alshabeeb. They should have made the game safe eight minutes from time but Alshabeeb blazed over when well placed.

Stockton threw everything at Consett in the latter stages in search of an equaliser, and were rewarded when substitute Michael Roberts headed home at the back post from McWilliams’s brilliant cross.

In truth a draw was a fair result from a great game between two teams who will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. Following the injury-time winner conceded to Newton Aycliffe earlier this month, however, Consett were once again left to rue a late loss of points.