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League leaders Consett saw their Northern League title charge blown slightly off course today as they were beaten 3-2 at Thornaby.
It was third time lucky for the Teessiders, who drew 2-2 at Belle View back in August and were knocked out of the FA Vase on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in November.
The home side, who started the day third in the table, went ahead after just five minutes at a blustery Teesdale Park, as Daniel Flounders finished low past Kyle Hayes.
Consett, kicking into a strong wind, had the ball in the net two minutes later through Scott Heslop, but the referee had already blown for a foul on the keeper, pictured below.
Thornaby almost doubled their lead on 23 minutes, but Nick Cassidy made an excellent clearance off the goal-line, and Consett managed to get to half-time with the score still 1-0.
With the wind behind them in the second half, the Steelmen fancied their chances of turning the game around, but instead fell further behind on 52 minutes as Craig Hutchinson doubled Thornaby’s lead.
The visitors almost reduced the arrears on 55 minutes when Heslop’s pass found Darren Holden, who brought a good save from keeper Josh Mazfari.
They received a lifeline on 62 minutes when the referee decided Heslop had been brought down by Nathan Guru, pictured above, and skipper Luke Carr converted the resulting penalty, pictured top, to make it 2-1. It was the little playmaker’s 10th goal of the season.
Thornaby were temporarily reduced to 10 men on 65 minutes when Hutchinson was sin-binned for dissent, and Consett brought on midfielder Alex Francis, pictured below, for his debut in a bid to capitalise.
Heslop brought a save from Mazfari with a smart turn and shot from the edge of the box, but it was Thornaby who got the next goal in the 83rd minute.
With Consett appealing for a foul on Jake Orrell in midfield, the home side broke quickly on them, and the ball was fed out to Cyril Giraud on the left, who fired past Hayes for 3-1.
Two minutes later Jake Orrell set up a grandstand finish as he smacked the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards, pictured below, for his ninth goal of the campaign.
Consett almost grabbed an equaliser in the fourth of five added minutes when Carr got on the end of a cross from the left, but Mazfari made a great save down low to his right.
The final whistle signalled a third defeat in four games for Consett, who took some consolation from the fact that North Shields, who started the day in second place, seven points adrift with two games in hand, had lost 1-0 at Seaham Red Star.
Three points for Thornaby saw them leapfrog North Shields into second spot, five points behind Consett, with the same number of games played. It seems the title is not quite the two-horse race that many people were predicting just yet.
- Full match report, stats and more pictures to follow.
Consett will be in Monday’s draw for the FA Vase 3rd Round after a dramatic penalty shootout win at Thornaby this afternoon.
Dale Pearson was the Steelmen’s hero, scoring the decisive kick to give them a 4-3 win after a 1-1 stalemate during the 90 minutes.
Terry Mitchell’s side also had to change goalkeepers at half-time and played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Matty Slocombe was dismissed for a second yellow card.
It was a game of few clear-cut chances, and Thornaby took the lead on 32 minutes with their first attempt on goal.
A diagonal ball found Cyril Giraud, who cut in from the left, beat his man and finished low past Kyle Hayes.
There was an anxious few minutes for the visitors when their goalkeeper needed extensive treatment after colliding with the goalpost in the 39th minute, but he was able to continue.
His team levelled a minute before the break with the best move of the game, as Dale Pearson’s cross from the left picked out Colin Larkin‘s run perfectly, for a first-time finish from six yards, pictured below.
Hayes was unable to continue for the second half, and was replaced in goal by Ross Coombe, but there was little change to the pattern of the game, with neither keeper having to make a save.
The tide seemed to turn against Consett when Slocombe was dismissed in the 71st minute fafter picking uip a second yellow card.
But the 10 men managed to see out the game, and even created a couple of half-chances to avoid the penalty shootout which had looked inevitable all afternoon.
The shootout got off to a dramatic start when Thornaby’s Craig Hutchinson put his effort over the bar, and Consett right-back Jermaine Metz saw his kick saved by Josh Mazfari.
Elliott Beddow, Cyril Giraud and James Frazer scored Thornaby’s next three attempts, with Luke Carr, Olly Scott and Darren Holden doing likewise for Consett.
But when Thornaby missed their fifth kick, the pendulum swung Consett’s way, and Dale Pearson held his nerve to fire home, and give the Steelmen a 4-3 win on pens.
They will be joined in Monday’s draw by fellow Northern League clubs Newcastle Benfield, North Shields (who also needed a penalty shootout to beat North Ferriby), and Billingham Synthonia, who pulled off the shock of the round, beating highly-fancied West Auckland.
Consett were today handed a trip to fellow Northern League side Thornaby in the FA Vase 2nd Round.
The Teessiders have been one of the leading group of clubs this season, and drew 2-2 at Belle View back in August.
Our most recent game at Thornaby was in January 2020, pictured, when we won 5-0 in a Division One game which was our first visit to Teesdale Park for 15 years.
The clubs have never met in the FA Vase. The game will be played on Saturday, 20 November, with a 3pm kick-off.
The rest of the draw as it involves Northern League clubs is as follows:
AFC Liverpool v Redcar Town
Newcastle Benfield v Emley
Carlisle City v Abbey Hey
North Shields v North Ferriby
Bury AFC v Birtley Town
Billingham Synthonia v West Auckland
Our progress in the FA Vase game means two of our Northern League fixtures have been rescheduled.
The home match against Northallerton Town, which was on Saturday, 20 November, will now be played on Saturday, 27 November.
The away game at West Allotment Celtic, which was on Saturday, 27 November, will now take place on Tuesday, 23 November, with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Consett have made their first summer signing, in the shape of former Hartlepool United attacking midfielder Lewis Green.
The 23-year-old spent last season with Thornaby in the Northern League 1st Division, and scored against Consett in the 1-1 draw at Belle View last August.
It was his second spell at the club, with some time at 2nd Division Easington Colliery in-between.
He started at Hartlepool United Academy, and also has Northern League experience with Billingham Town and Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Consett made it 19 games unbeaten today with a 5-0 win in their first league visit to Thornaby in 15 years – and it was a game full of landmarks.
The first was a 30th goal of the season in the same number of games for big striker Dale Pearson. After a nip-and-tuck first half-hour at Teesdale Park he was fouled as he tried to go past centre-back Nathan Guru in the 31st minute, and picked himself up to score from the penalty spot.
Pearson almost doubled the lead early in the second half when he rounded the keeper, but left-back Scott Howes to make a brilliant clearance off the goal-line.
But the Steelmen did make it 2-0 in the 64th minute when Calvin Smith became a member of the select band to have scored 50 goals for the club. The midfielder picked the ball up 25 yards out and left fly with a decent right-footed effort, pictured above, which crept under Thornaby keeper James Dawson.
Scott Howes was then lucky to stay on the field when he was shown just a yellow card for a late challenge on Pearson, who had to be helped off the field.
Consett were well in control, but the final scoreline had a slightly flattering look as they again showed their ruthless side, scoring three goals in four minutes in the closing stages of the game.
First, centre-back Ross Wilkinson fired home from close range in the 81st minute as Jake Orrell’s right-wing corner ricocheted around the box.
A minute later substitute Thomas McAloon recorded his own personal landmark moment, scoring his first goal for the club by robbing the last defender of possession before slipping the ball past Dawson for 4-0.
And in the 84th minute Michael Mackay, who had replaced Pearson, got his first goal since returning from injury, deflecting a shot past the keeper to make it 5-0. It was the club legend’s 321st Consett goal.
It was almost six when Ali Alshabeeb set up Mackay with four minutes to go, but this time Dawson saved with his legs to deny the evergreen striker.
That’s 14 goals in four days for Consett, who remain fourth in the table, six points behind both second-placed Shildon (2nd), who they have a game in hand on, and are yet to play at home, and third-placed Hebburn Town, on whom they have two games in hand.
- Full match report and more pictures to follow.
Dale Pearson’s ninth goal in his last seven games gave Consett a 4-3 win over Thornaby in a cracking League Cup encounter at Belle View Stadium tonight.
The victory means that with one game still to play, the Steelmen are virtually assured of progressing to the knockout stage of the competition.
They had to come from behind twice to claim the three points in the Group D game, with the Teessiders leading twice in the first half.
The visitors opened the scoring after just three minutes when Consett went to sleep at a throw-in. The ball was crossed in deep from the right, headed back into the middle, where Thornaby captain Joe Scaife-Wheatley was on hand to make it 1-0.
It took just four minutes for Consett to level, as Thornaby failed to deal with a corner, and Andrei-Vasile Ardelean headed in from close range to make it 1-1.
It was a good, open game, with both sides intent on attacking, and Pearson almost gave Consett the lead with a cross from the left which caught on the breeze and hit the bar.
Nick Allen almost scored in the 21st minute with a fine acrobatic effort from a left-wing cross, but Thornaby keeper Adrian Beblowski pulled off a superb save, diving low to his right to scoop the ball away.
On the half-hour the keeper then saved well from Pearson, and Consett penalty claims were waved away as Ali Alshabeeb appeared to be fouled as he prepared to finish the loose ball.
Seconds later the Steelmen were behind again, as a swift counter-attack saw Thornaby striker Daniel Chapman make it 2-1.
A minute before half-time it was all square again, as Alshabeeb found Luke Carr at the end of a mazy dribble, and the No 10 finished into the bottom corner.
The first minute of added time saw Consett go in front for the first time, with a superb goal from top scorer Calvin Smith. The midfielder picked the ball up 20 yards out, looked up, and curled an unstoppable effort into the top-right corner to give his side a 3-2 half-time lead.
Thornaby looked dangerous on the break all night, and in the 56th minute Ian Ward made it 3-3 via the underside of the bar.
The last half an hour belonged to Consett, and if it hadn’t been for Thornaby keeper Beblowski, the home side would have enjoyed a comfortable victory.
He made fine saves from Carr, Jake Orrell and Alshabeeb before Dale Pearson got what proved to be the winner in the 80th minute. Carr fed the ball to the in-form striker on the edge of the box, and he unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to make it 4-3.
- Full match report and more pictures HERE.
The draw for the new-look opening group stage of the Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup was made today.
This season, the initial stage sees the league’s 40 teams divided into eight groups of five, and each team will play the other once.
Two games will be at home, and two away, and the top two from each group will progress to the last 16, where the competition reverts to a knockout basis.
Each team was seeded according to where they finished in the league last season, so Consett, who finished 4th, were among the eight top seeds.
We have been drawn against fellow Division One clubs Newcastle Benfield and Thornaby, and Bedlington Terriers and Brandon United from Division Two. The games have been scheduled as follows:
Tuesday 10 September: Consett v Newcastle Benfield
Tuesday 1 October: Bedlington Terriers v Consett
Tuesday 8 October: Consett v Thornaby
Wednesday 16 October: Brandon United v Consett
Consett are to play a home league game on a Friday night for the first time in six years.
The club have decided to switch from a traditional Saturday 3pm kick-off on a one-off basis, in a bid to encourage more supporters along to Belle View.
The game chosen is against newly-promoted Thornaby, and it will now take place on Friday, August 16, with a 7.45pm kick-off, instead of the following afternoon.
Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “We have fond memories of Friday night games against Spennymoor and Bedlington in our first season at the stadium.
“They attracted good crowds because it meant both Newcastle United and Sunderland fans could watch our game on the Friday night, as well as their ‘other’ team on the Saturday.
“We decided to try it again this season, and our opponents Thornaby and the Northern League have kindly agreed to move our game to the Friday night.
“We hope both sets of fans – and any groundhoppers in search of a match to watch – will be rewarded with a good game of football.”