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Consett’s hopes of a double date at Wembley go West as they suffer FA Vase KO

Consett’s hopes of making it to Wembley twice in one season were shattered today when they lost to West Auckland Town in the FA Vase 3rd Round.

The Steelmen, who are still waiting to play last season’s final, were beaten 2-1 at Belle View Stadium, despite dominating the opening period.

They could have already been three up by the time Dale Pearson put them ahead in the 15th minute with his 16th goal of the season, finishing from 12 yards after great work on the left by Darren Holden.

But West turned the game on its head with two goals in six minutes. They levelled in the 17th minute through Consett old boy David Dowson.

And in the 23rd minute their captain Jamie Harwood headed home from Michael Hoganson’s corner to make it 2-1 to West.

In the 35th minute things got worse for Consett when they lost influential playmaker Luke Carr with a dislocated shoulder after a heavy challenge by Gary Brown.

Just before half-time a great run and cut back by Jermaine Metz set up sub Matty Cornish, but West’s debutant keeper Decklan Greenwood made a good save.

Ten minutes into the second half the keeper – signed yesterday from Brandon United – made an even better save from Pearson’s well-struck shot.

Midway through the half Consett had Holden sin-binned for something he said to an official, and West almost took advantage of their extra man, with Kyle Hayes making a fine save to deny Jordan Blinco.

Matty Slocombe then cleared off the line from Dowson’s header from a corner as Consett found themselves on the ropes.

Even after Holden returned to the action, Consett found themselves unable to find an equaliser, and after six minutes of added time it was West who progressed to the last 32.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Penrith and Ashington games are OFF as Northern League delays its restart – but our cup ties go ahead

Consett’s next two Northern League games, against Penrith and Ashington, have been postponed after the league management committee decided to delay the restart of fixtures.

However, this Saturday’s FA Vase 3rd Round tie v West Auckland Town is unaffected, and will go ahead as planned, with a 3pm kick-off at Belle View Stadium. The game is now sold out and no admission will be available on the day.

Our away Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town, which was postponed this week, has been rearranged for Wednesday, December 23, KO 7.30pm.

The decision to delay the restart of league fixtures follows a meeting of the league management committee (LMC) to discuss club responses to the Government’s changes to Tier 3 restrictions, which allow up to 150 spectators to attend fixtures, but means clubhouses must remain closed.

A number of clubs were prepared to resume fixtures from Saturday December 19, but some have been told by their local councils that they are not permitted to sell refreshments.

The majority had already indicated it isn’t financially viable to play games with attendances pegged at 150, and with no income from food and drink, they would still have significant levels of expenditure, with no grants available to cover any deficit.

Some clubs felt a change to Tier 2 restrictions allowing attendances to rise to 300 could allow a return, but the LMC decided to postpone this weekend’s fixtures even before today’s decision to leave the North East in Tier 3.

The situation will be reviewed again by the LMC on Monday, January 4, with a possible resumption date of Saturday, January 9.

A LMC spokesman said: “The committee fully understands and shares the frustration at the situation we find ourselves in, and we are grateful for the patience of officials, volunteers, players and spectators.

“In the meantime we will be writing to all the relevant local authorities to see if they are willing to address the issue of the sale of refreshments at grounds in their area, as this provides such crucial revenue for clubs.”

Our game at Penrith was due to take place on Monday, December 28, and the home game v Ashington on Saturday, January 2. New dates will be set by the league in due course.

At the moment our next scheduled league game is on Saturday, January 9, when we are due to entertain Seaham Red Star. However, at the moment both clubs are still involved in the FA Vase, and the next round is due to be played on that date.

Season ticket holders get first option to secure their place at Consett v West Auckland FA Vase tie

Consett season ticket holders are being invited to book their place at next weekend’s big FA Vase tie v fellow Northern League side West Auckland Town.

The 3rd Round game is at Belle View Stadium on Saturday, December 19, with a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets go on sale at 9.15am on Monday, December 14, priced £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £2 for under-16s.

A limited number will be available in person from the club or by phoning (01207) 588886. Contact details must be taken for track and trace purposes.

Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday, however, the number available could increase, depending if the North East is moved from Tier 3, which the Government is due to decide that day.

The teams have already met at Belle View this season in the league, with Consett winning 3-2 back in September.

Consett draw fellow Northern League side West Auckland in FA Vase 3rd Round

Consett were today handed a home tie against fellow Northern League Division One side West Auckland Town in the FA Vase 3rd Round.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday, December 19, with a 3pm kick-off.

However, it is not known at present if spectators will be allowed to attend, due to the North East being subject to Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions.

The clubs have already met in the league this season, with Consett winning 3-2 at Belle View back in September. This will be our first-ever meeting in the FA Vase.

Like ourselves, West have just entered this season’s Vase, due to their exploits last season, when they reached the 5th Round. They progressed on Saturday with a 4-1 win at North West Counties League side 1874 Northwich.

Luke Carr is Consett’s matchwinner again as they edge out bogey team West Auckland

Luke Carr was Consett’s matchwinner for the second game in a row tonight as they beat West Auckland Town 3-2 at Belle View to make it three wins in three league games and stretch their unbeaten run this season to seven.

But the Steelmen had to come from behind to do it, after going a goal down early on for the second Division One match in a row.

The game was only two minutes old when they conceded a free-kick on their left, which was swung in by Anthony Bell, and Jamie Harwood headed West into the lead.

On nine minutes it was 1-1 when a great piece of control and superbly weighted pass by Dale Pearson left Calvin Smith with just the keeper to beat, and he obliged.

In the 20th minute Consett went ahead after another well-worked move, when a corner was played low into the box and Dale Pearson fired home into the far corner.

Luke Carr almost made it three in the 28th minute when his curling effort brought a superb full-length diving save from ex-Consett keeper Tom Flynn in the West goal.

It remained 2-1 at half-time, but within three minutes of the restart West were level. Flynn pumped a long clearance downfield, and a mistake in the Consett defence let in Jordan Blinco, who ran through to score.

Flynn beat out a well-struck effort from Carr, and Consett had a decent penalty shout turned down after Ali Alshabeeb seemed to be felled by Gary Brown, but they got what turned out to be the winner in the 58th minute.

Good work by Jermaine Metz set up Luke Carr, who fired home a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the box, pictured top, leaving Flynn helpless.

Bell had a chance to level the scores on 67 minutes, but his shot drifted wide, while at the other end Flynn twice denied Pearson to deny Consett the comfort of a two-goal cushion.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Matchday guidance: How supporters can stay safe and help everyone else do the same at Belle View

Consett return to action tonight with a league game against West Auckland at Belle View Stadium – and several new measures will be in place to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Since our last home game a week ago, the maximum number of supporters allowed into the ground has been reduced to 150 by Durham FA.

This means that only Consett AFC season ticket holders, plus a handful of people who had already bought tickets for the game, will be able to gain admission (along with club officials, those with essential matchday roles, and press). If you do not fall into one of these categories, please do not turn up hoping to gain admission.

Upon arrival at the ground, your temperature will be taken, and your details checked against the manual track and trace system which we have had in place for several weeks.

Supporters with mobile phones are also asked to download the NHS Track and Trace app before they arrive, and scan the QR code upon entry into the ground. It is displayed in several places, to prevent bottlenecks forming.

Face masks must be worn at all times (washable Consett AFC branded masks are available in the ground for £5), and everyone will be asked to sanitise their hands, practise social distancing from anyone not in their household or support bubble, and spread out around the ground.

Food and drinks will be available from the serving hatch and the mobile can van. You should only congregate with people from your household or social bubble. Toilets should be used on a one-in, one-out basis.

Tickets will be on sale to season ticket holders for Saturday’s FA Cup game at Marske, priced £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for children. The game is all-ticket and Consett have received an allocation. Please do not attempt to buy tickets direct from Marske.

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.

On this day in our history: 2 April 2012, League Cup quarter-final defeat provides hope for the future

Consett’s lingering hopes of salvaging anything from a disappointing season disappeared in the Belle Vue mist on this day back in 2012 when they were beaten in a Monday night League Cup quarter-final by FA Vase finalists West Auckland.

The Steelmen were languishing in 18th place in the 22-team 1st Division, while their visitors were 3rd, and on a high after clinching a trip to Wembley after completing a 4-3 aggregate win over Herne Bay just two days before.

With this being the second of four games his side faced in eight days, Consett boss Kenny Lindoe made three changes to the side which had lost at South Shields at the weekend. Peter Jameson returned in goal in place of Barry Poskett, and Matty Slocombe and John Ewart came into midfield in place of the unavailable David Scorer and cup-tied Lewis Teasdale.

The visitors made six changes to the team which had clinched a Wembley spot at the weekend, and though former Steelmen Steven Brown and Steven Johnson were in the starting XI, striker Mattie Moffat was on the bench.

The changes clearly gave West fresh legs following their weekend exertions, as they went ahead on seven minutes through Elliott Gardner, whose shot across and through young keeper Jameson crept in at the far post, and the teenager will feel he should have done better with it.

Young Consett goalkeeper Peter Jameson

He did better with a shot from Daniel Hindmarsh, while at the other end Michael Mackay was just wide with a chance from 15 yards which he made himself.

On 12 minutes West doubled their lead with a goal-of-the-season contender. Ewart lost the ball out on the left, and Brown picked out Hindmarsh on the left angle of the penalty area with a glorious 30-yard crossfield pass. The No 9 hit a dipping volley over Jameson’s head and into the top right-hand corner – an unstoppable effort.

On 38 minutes West carved out another chance. Mark Hudson exchanged passes with Gardner before playing in Hindmarsh, but Jameson was equal to his low shot.

Five minutes before the break Consett made a decent opportunity of their own, Dale Burrell feeding Mackay, whose shot was parried away by Billy Hanson. The ball looked like it was going to run loose to Gavin Ross, who was playing up front in place of Teasdale, but centre-half Ross Preston reacted quickest to hack the ball away.

The match programme for the quarter-final tie.

When the resulting corner was only half-cleared, Jack Stanger was unlucky to see his chipped effort from 25 yards clear the bar.

It remained 2-0 to Peter Dixon’s side at half-time, but Consett rallied in the second half, and pulled one back on 58 minutes through defender Ryan Bell, pictured top, who headed home Burrell’s free-kick for his first goal of the season.

A minute later Bell almost doubled his tally for the season when he wasn’t too far away with a low drive from 25 yards from a lay-off by Stanger. Consett were the better side now, but still had Jameson to thank for saving with his feet from Martin Young. who was sent through by Hindmarsh.

By the midway point of the half, it was all Consett. Slocombe couldn’t keep his header down from Burrell’s left-wing cross, and young sub Ryan King’s surge forward from the centre circle set up Burrell, who shot wide.

On 70 minutes, a good Ewart pass sent Mackay scurrying down the left. With two team-mates to his right, screaming for a pass, he chose to go for goal, and blazed over from the edge of the box.

Consett striker Michael Mackay

Five minutes later, a move down the right involving King and Burrell saw the ball fed out to Mackay, who made a yard of space for himself and unleashed a shot which went inches wide of the top-right corner.

Young substitute Daniel Halliday put in a great cross for King, who connected too cleanly with his header, and a good delivery by Burrell from a free-kick saw Bell rise highest, but Hanson claimed his header at the second attempt.

Consett even threw keeper Jameson up for a corner as they sought an equaliser to take the game into extra time, but it was not to be, and the visitors held on to keep alive their chances of a Northern League, League Cup and FA Vase treble. The encouraging thing from Consett’s point of view, apart from their overall performance, was the fact they ended the game with six teenagers on the pitch, which could only augur well for the future.

The Steelmen ended the season with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their remaining six games, and finished 15th, while West ended a campaign which had promised so much empty-handed. They were runners-up in the league – their best position for 51 years – surprisingly lost 4-1 to 2nd Division Team Northumbria in the League Cup final, and were beaten 2-0 by Dunston in the FA Vase final.

Consett: 1 Peter Jameson, 2 Michael Pearson, 3 Anthony Lund, 4 Jack Stanger, 5 Ryan Bell, 6 Carl Piecha (captain), 7 Matty Slocombe, 8 Dale Burrell, 9 Gavin Ross (sub Ryan King 61), 10 Michael Mackay, 11 John Ewart (sub Daniel Halliday 76). Subs not used: Damien Maw, David Robson, Barry Poskett.
West Auckland: 1 Billy Hanson, 2 Neil Pattinson, 3 Andrew Green (sub Matthew Coad 77), 4 Steven Brown (sub Paul Garthwaite 61), 5 Ross Preston, 6 John Parker, 7 Steven Johnson, 8 Mark Hudson, 9 Daniel Hindmarsh, 10 Stuart Banks (sub Martin Young 46), 11 Elliott Gardner. Subs not used: Mattie Moffat, Michael Rae.

Date set for Consett’s cup visit to ‘The Morgue’ while West Auckland game is put back due to FA Vase progress

Consett have some new dates for their fixture list as a result of progressing to the 6th Round of the FA Vase.

Saturday 29 February will now see the club contest the quarter-final of the national competition for the first time in our history.

This means the scheduled league game against West Auckland Town has had to be switched, and it will now take placeon Tuesday, 14 April, KO 7.30pm. At the moment that will now be opur last home league game of the season.

A date has also been fixed for our visit to North Shields’ Daren Persson Stadium – affectionately known as ‘The Morgue’ – for our League Cup quarter-final.

That game will take place on Wednesday, 11 March, KO 7.30pm, and must be settled on the night, with penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

We will find our opponents in the next round of the FA Vase at about 1pm tomorrow. The other clubs through to the last eight are Bitton, Corinthian, fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town, Leighton Town, Plymouth Parkway, Wroxham and either Atherstone Town/Worcester City, who drew yesterday.