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Consett won their latest pre-season friendly in style tonight, beating Tow Law Town 8-0 in a game switched to Belle View at short notice.
Tony Fawcett’s team scored four goals in each half, with striker Scott Fenwick, pictured top, grabbing his first-ever hat-trick for the club.
Consett took almost half an hour to open the scoring in the previous week’s friendly between the two sides. Tonight it took just nine minutes, as Ben Ramsey’s deep corner was headed in at the far post by Scott Fenwick.
On 15 minutes it was 2-0, from another Ramsey flag-kick. This time his corner was headed back across goal by Zak Atkinson, and Dan Capewell nodded home from six yards.
Three minutes later Atkinson turned provider again, playing a super ball in from the right which Scott Fenwick finished first-time from 12 yards to make it 3-0.
Tow Law’s keeper made a good save to deny Ramsey, but there was nothing he could do about Consett’s fourth goal in the 32nd minute, as Jack Gibbons slotted in his first goal for the club, despite the efforts of a defender on the line.
Three minutes into the second half Scott Fenwick completed his hat-trick, firing into the roof of the net from six yards after another excellent Atkinson set-up.
A flurry of substitutions around the hour mark saw the game lost some of its flow, but Consett extended their lead on 72 minutes when Adam Mitchell’s ball over the top put Jack Gibbons through on goal and he rounded the keeper to make it 6-0.
Four minutes later Wil Shaw made it 7-0 when he collected the ball 25 yards out, beat his man and blasted home from the edge of the box.
The scoring was completed in the 86th minute when a Mitchell cross from the left was spilled by the keeper into the path of Kaleb Young, who had a simple tap-in for his second goal in successive games.
Consett’s final friendly is on Saturday, 29 July, when they take on Alnwick Town at Belle View Stadium, with a 3pm kick-off. Admission is the normal pre-season prices of £7/£5/£3.
- Full match report, video highlights, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.
Consett’s next pre-season friendly, scheduled to be at Tow Law Town tomorrow night, has been switched to Belle View Stadium.
The game was meant to be at Ironworks Road, but heavy rain over the weekend has left the Lawyers needing to protect their pitch.
They kick off their Northern League season on Saturday, and have two home games in the space of four days, so don’t want to risk making a heavy pitch unplayable.
Kick-off at Belle View is 7.30pm, with the usual pre-season admission prices of £7/£5/£3 applying.
Consett returned to winning ways as they beat near-neighbours Tow Law Town 5-1 at Belle View Stadium in tonight’s hastily-arranged pre-season friendly.
The Lawyers stepped in at the 11th hour after our originally scheduled opponents, Newcastle Benfield, pulled out this afternoon, saying they were unable to field a side.
And a young visiting side, including several teenagers, acquitted themselves well, despite the margin of defeat.
It took Consett until the 28th minute to find a way past them, when Arjun Purewal rose highest to head home from Jake Orrell’s left-wing corner, pictured top.
Calvin Smith almost made it two in the 35th minute from Purewal’s cross, but was denied by a superb save from Kyle Seymour in the Tow Law goal.
On 39 minutes the Steelmen did double their lead when an underhit backpass left Wil Shaw in on goal, and he finishing confidently for his third goal of pre-season.
Two minutes into the second half it was 3-0, when half-time substitute Zak Atkinson flicked the ball on to Calvin Smith, who made no mistake from six yards.
Ten minutes later it was 4-0, as Consett recycled possession from a corner, and Orrell’s inch-perfect cross picked out Dan Capewell, who buried a header into the far corner.
Shaw almost made it five when he tried a dinky chip after cutting in from the left, but it bounced on top of the bar and our.
Tow Law’s heads didn’t drop, however, and it took a fine save from Consett keeper Aaron Steavens to deny them a consolation goal on 69 minutes.
A minute later they got their reward for their perseverance when the referee spotted an infringement from the resulting corner, and skipper Brandon Mallaburn made it 4-1 from the spot.
The last goal came with the last kick of the game when Shaw flicked on a long ball for Ben Ramsey to run onto, and finish right-footed past sub keeper James Barron.
Consett’s next pre-season game is on Saturday 22 July, when they host West Yorkshire club Silsden, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Kick-off at Belle View Stadium is 3pm.
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Consett’s opponents for tonight’s pre-season friendly will now be Tow Law Town, after our scheduled visitors Newcastle Benfield pulled out.
The Tynesiders said they were unable to field a team for the game at Belle View, but after an appeal on social media the Lawyers got in touch to fill the gap.
They were supposed to be entertaining Newton Aycliffe in a friendly, but after today’s heavy rain did not want to risk damaging their pitch ahead of a busy schedule of home games.
Kick-off at Belle View Stadium is 7.30pm, with admission priced at £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £3 for under-16s.
It’s the clubs’ first meeting since August 2020, when Consett won 1-0 in a friendly at Belle View with a close-range header from Ali Alshabeeb.
The game will bring Ryan McKinnon, who returned to Consett over the summer, up against the team who he captained to promotion to the Northern League’s 1st Division.
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Consett are through to the last 16 of the Durham Challenge Cup without kicking a ball after Tow Law Town forfeited tonight’s scheduled Durham Challenge Cup tie.
The 1st Round game was due to take place at their Ironworks Road ground tonight with a 7.30pm kick-off, but it has been cancelled after Tow Law said they had problems raising a team.
Remarkably, Consett have progressed to the 2nd Round without playing a game, as Durham City did the same the day before our scheduled Preliminary Round tie.
The draw for the next round has yet to take place, as most of the 1st Round ties are being played tonight and tomorrow.
The postponement means Consett’s next game – and their last of 2021 – will be this Saturday, 18 December, when we take on Newcastle Benfield at Belle View with a 3pm kick-off as we bid to extend our lead at the top of Northern League Division One.
Benfield parted company with manager Stuart Elliott after our 4-0 success in the FA Vase at Sam Smith’s Park at the weekend, and are inviting applications for his successor.
Consett were today handed a trip to near-neighbours Tow Law Town in the next round of the Durham Challenge Cup.
We will travel to Ironworks Road on Tuesday 14 December, for the 1st Round tie, which will kick off at 7.30pm.
The clubs have met in the county cup many times over the years, most recently in 2007-08, when the Lawyers won 4-2 at our old Belle Vue Park ground in the 2nd Round.
Consett received a walkover in the opening round of this season’s competition, after our scheduled opponents Durham City withdrew after being unable to fulfil the fixture. Tow Law received a bye to the 1st Round.
A close-range header from diminutive forward Ali Alshabeeb proved to be the difference as Consett made it two friendly wins in four days tonight as Consett beat Tow Law Town 1-0.
Ali, who turned 20 today, headed home from a corner in the 58th minute as the Lawyers frustrated their hosts at a blustery Belle View.
The behind-closed-doors encounter saw manager Terry Mitchell start with six of the side who began Saturday’s game at Blue Star, and there were first pre-season run-outs for Simon Jakab and Jake Orrell.
Tow Law had three ex-Steelmen in their ranks in Mattie Moffat, Adam Knowles and Michael Brown, and plenty of experience in the likes of Daryll Hall, Jeff Smith and Barrie Smith.
The opening period saw Consett enjoying lots of possession, but Tow Law defending well, and it was 19 minutes before the Steelmen created their first chance, which keeper Lewis Graham saved well from Thomas McAloon after good build-up play from Luke Carr and Orrell.
On 26 minutes Consett were awarded a penalty when the lively Alshabeeb was fouled, but the keeper made a good save from Carr’s spot-kick, diving low to his left.
Adam Male almost caught out the keeper with a 20-yarder to his near post on 33 minutes, and just before half-time Graham pulled off a fine save from McAloon after some great wing play by Alshabeeb.
It remained 0-0 at half-time, and Consett made seven changes for the start of the second half, with only Alshabeeb, Male, Jakob and Jermaine Metz staying on. The subs included Michael Mackay and Antonio Agostinho, both tasting their first pre-season action.
The game continued in the same vein, with Consett enjoying lots of the ball, and Tow Law working hard to deny them chances, but the breakthrough came just before the hour.
Summer signing Carl Lawson delivered a right-wing corner into the six-yard box, and Alshabeeb got in front of his much taller marker to nod home, despite Graham’s best efforts to stop the ball crossing the line.
Another swathe of substitutions saw another new boy, Lewis Green, make his first appearance in a Consett shirt, but it was Agostinho who came closest to adding to the scoring, when his speculative effort was tipped over by the keeper.
For all their hard work, discipline and tidy football, Tow Law rarely threatened the Consett goal, with a 77th-minute Jeff Smith free-kick which flashed well wide their only effort of note.
- Consett’s next game is on Saturday, 8 August, when they take on another 2nd Division side, Crook Town, in another behind-closed-doors friendly at Belle View.