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Consett fans can go to Wembley for this season’s FA Vase final – free of charge

Despite Consett AFC’s best efforts, our fans were unable to attend Wembley for our FA Vase final against Hebburn Town on May 3.

But the club has been able to secure a limited number of FREE tickets for any supporters who may wish to attend this season’s final at Wembley Stadium.

The game between Binfield from the Hellenic League and Warrington Rylands from the North West Counties League is this Saturday, with a 12.15pm kick-off.

Rylands start as favourites after beating four Northern League clubs – Jarrow, Shildon, West Auckland and Hebburn Town – on their way to the final.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “Clearly there is no way we can change the circumstances of our fans being unable to attend the club’s historic visit to Wembley for our FA Vase Final.

“But we can offer the opportunity for some of our fans to attend the 2021 final to absorb the experience and hopefully prepare themselves for a return visit next year.”

The club will allocate available tickets, which are free of charge, to season ticket holders, with more than one available per ticket holder.

Any season ticket holder who would like to take advantage of this should call the club on (01207) 588886 or email consettafc@live.co.uk.

However, this must be done before 9am this Thursday, May 20th.

Apologies for the very short notice, but the allocation has only been confirmed by the FA today, and they need details of ticket holders by Thursday for track and trace purposes.

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Consett manager Terry Mitchell proud of his team, despite FA Vase final defeat

Consett AFC manager Terry Mitchell has spoken of his pride in his team, despite defeat in yesterday’s FA Vase final at Wembley Stadium.

His side took the game to their opponents, who were favourites to win, and twice took the lead in a thrilling first half, through Ali Alshabeeb and Dale Pearson.

Hebburn scored quick equalisers after both goals, however, and went on to grab a late winner through sub Olly Martin.

After the match, Terry – who lost key midfielder Jake Orrell midway through the first half after a worrying collision – said he was proud of his team.

“We’re obviously very disappointed to have lost, but I couldn’t be any prouder of the players.

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Consett line-up before the start of the FA Vase final. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

“I thought we played particularly well in the first half, but we just couldn’t quite continue in the way we should have done in the second half.”

Terry admitted Consett were tactically naive in conceding goals so soon after scoring, and said his side wil have to improve their game management.

“Typical, isn’t it? A football team’s always most vulnerable after they’ve just scored. Was it the naivety of our lads?

“We were only in the lead for about five minutes. It was two minutes the first time, three minutes on the second.

“But it’s been an absolutely magnificent two days. To step out there was brilliant.”

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Players of both Consett and Hebburn had given their all by the end of an exhausting FA Vase final. Pic: Gary Welford.
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Consett AFC chairman congratulates Hebburn Town on FA Vase win – and says ‘Now go and do it again’

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell today congratulated opponents Hebburn Town on yesterday’s FA Vase win – and told them: “Now go and win it for the Northern League again.”

Frank was devastated after seeing the Steelmen throw away the lead twice at Wembley, before conceding a late goal to lose the delayed 2019-20 final 3-2.

But he was magnanimous in his praise for the victors, who could yet go on to retain the trophy, as they are still involved in the latter stages of the 2020-21 competition.

“I’d like to congratulate Hebburn Town on their win. We gave it our all, but it wasn’t quite enough, and they are worthy winners.

“I would like to personally thank all the senior guys at Hebburn, who have been a pleasure to deal with over the last few months as we worked together to try to make the final happen.

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The small contingent of Hebburn Town officials who were allowed to attend the behind-closed-doors 2020 FA Vase final. Pic: Gary Welford.

“With a heavy heart, I’d like to congratulate them on their win, and wish them all the very best in the new Step 4 league next season.

“They also have a really good chance of winning it again. They have a quarter-final at Warrington Rylands on Saturday, and a home semi-final if they win that.

“I wish them the best of luck and hope they go on to represent the Northern League in the final as well as they did yesterday.

“We played our part in an excellent match, but I think the fact they’d had a couple of challenging games in this season’s competition, whereas we’d mostly been playing friendlies, made a difference.

“Our lads performed really well and I’m very proud of them, but the last 20 minutes took its toll on that giant Wembley carpet, and they had more players who had 90 minutes under their belt.”

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Hebburn Town captain Louis Storey and his team-mates celebrate winning the 2020 FA Vase. Pic: Gary Welford.
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Jake Orrell injury update: Midfielder is fine after being knocked out in FA Vase final

Consett AFC have today revealed that midfielder Jake Orrell, who was stretchered off during yesterday’s FA Vase final, isn’t as seriously injured as first feared.

The 23-year-old midfielder was knocked unconscious in an aerial challenge in the 23rd minute of the game against Hebburn Town at Wembley.

There was a long hold-up as Consett’s physios assessed him, and then handed over to the stadium’s specialist head trauma team.

Jake, who was an ever-present during the Vase run, was stretchered away and taken to hospital for scans.

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This is the incident during yesterday’s FA Vase final which saw Jake Orrell stretchered off and taken to hospital. Pic: Gary Welford.

Happily, after a thorough examination he was released, and was able to travel home today with the rest of the players, who stayed in London overnight.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “The good news is Jake is out of hospital and he’s fine, apart from a bit of a sore head this morning.

“He was caught by a stray arm or elbow and was knocked unconscious, and it was very worrying when he was down for such a long time.

“Our physios Rachel Davison and Gavin Scott did a great job in getting to him and assessing him so quickly, and then handing over to the FA medical team when they realised the seriousness of the incident.

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Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell praised club physios Rachel Davison and Gavin Scott for their quick actions. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

“The FA specialist head trauma team followed all the protocols for a head injury, getting him into a stable position, conscious again and sending him to hospital, where he was thoroughly checked over.

“It was definitely a blow losing him so early in the game, as he’s a very good player, but it also shows the value of having properly-trained people in place to deal with instances like this.

“The main thing is Jake’s fine, and I’m delighted to say that in the week running up to the final he agreed a new long-term contract with the club. It’s great to have him on board.”

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Consett midfielder Jake Orrell was stretchered off after being knocked unconscious. Pic: John Paul Hardy.