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Consett come from behind twice to snatch late FA Cup winner at Whickham

Consett made it three wins out of three tonight and progressed in the FA Cup after a thrilling come-fro- behind 3-2 victory at Whickham. 

As with the midweek league game at Northallerton, it was another late show from the Steelmen, as they were twice forced to come from behind against a lively Whickham side. 

They levelled twice through goals from Luke Carr and Jake Orrell before an 89th-minute header from substitute Carl Lawson sent the large travelling contingent of Consett supporters home extremely happy. 

Consett had all the early chances, but succumbed to a sucker punch in the 14th minute as Whickham took the lead with their first attack of note.  

A good cross from the right wing found Scott Robson 12 yards out and although Kyle Hayes got a good hand to the shot, he could only help it into the bottom corner of the net.

Parity was deservedly restored in the 16th minute as the increasingly influential Luke Carr picked the ball up in midfield and advanced towards goal and as the home defence backed off, pictured top, the number 8 unleashed an unstoppable shot past Norton into the bottom right corner. 

While the first half was end to end, the second was much tighter, and while Consett dominated possession they were finding it increasingly difficult to make any headway.

They were made to pay the price on 70 minutes as Whickham substitute Damien Stevens burst through a hole in the Consett defence and finished calmly past Hayes to restore the home side’s lead. 

On 75 minutes Dale Pearson turned provider as he laid the ball into the path of Jake Orrell 12 yards out,, and while most people were expecting the midfielder to look for a colleague, he expertly curled a shot past Norton into the top corner from a tight angle. 

Not happy to settle for a replay, the Steelmen sensed a winner and in the 89th minute Pearson smashed a shot off the underside of the bar.

While players and spectators looked towards the assistant referee, pleading for him to signal that the ball had crossed the line (it hadn’t), substitute Carl Lawson calmly headed in from a few yards out.

The goal sent the massed ranks of the Conny Army behind that goal into raptures and the team into the Preliminary Qualifying round of the FA Cup and a home tie with Bridlington Town.

Andy Ball

  • Full match report, statistics and pictures HERE.
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Friday night football for Consett as Whickham FA Cup game is moved

Consett will kick-off their FA Cup campaign on a Friday night, after agreeing to move their Extra Preliminary Round tie at Whickham.

The game was scheduled to take place on Saturday, 7 August at the First Mortgage Glebe ground, with a 3pm kick-off.

But the Lang Jacks share their ground with Whickham Cricket Club, whose 2nd XI have a home game that day.

Consett and Whickham have therefore agreed to switch their FA Cup game to Friday, 6 August, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

A home tie against Northern Premier League side Bridlington Town awaits the winners.

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Consett face neighbours Whickham in FA Cup opener – with a home tie at stake

Consett were today handed an Extra Preliminary Round trip to neighbours Whickham as the draw for the opening rounds of the 2021-22 Emirates FA Cup was made.

Terry Mitchell’s side will visit the First Mortgage Glebe on Saturday 7 August as this season’s competition gets underway.

The prize awaiting the winners is a home tie against Northern Premier League side Bridlington Town in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 21 August.

At least one ex-Steelman could feature for Whickham, as they recently signed our former goalkeeper Jack Norton.

We didn’t get round to playing there last season, which makes our last visit the astonishing 9-2 win in the null and void 2019-20 campaign.

That’s a game our skipper Arjun Purewal won’t forget in a hurry. He claimed a hat-trick, as did teammate Ali Alshabeeb.

We’ve met only once before in the FA Cup, in 2014-15, when a Michael Mackay penalty and a goal from Chris Moore gave us a 2-0 Preliminary Round win at Belle View.

The full FA Cup and FA Vase draws as they affect Northern League clubs is HERE.

Consett suffer an FA Cup hangover as they slip to a home defeat against Whickham

Consett suffered their first league defeat of the season tonight when a lacklustre performance resulted in a 1-0 home loss to Whickham.

The Steelmen showed little of the attacking verve which was such a feature of their play in the opening month of the season, and slid to their second defeat in four days, following their weekend FA Cup exit.

Once again they were the authors of their own undoing, when a stray pass let in visiting striker Zak Atkinson to round exposed keeper Kyle Hayes and slot home in the 67th minute.

Whickham were well organised, worked hard and deserved their win, but Consett looked strangely tentative from the off, with their confidence appearing to have taken a knock from the mauling at Marske.

Luke Carr brought a good save from Whickham’s teenage keeper Regan Ward in the 11th minute, and Ross Wilkinson had a header saved four minutes later.

But those were their best chances in a first half which produced lots of huffing and puffing, but little in the way of clear-cut opportunities.

Whickham had chances of their own, with Atkinson volleying just wide, and Hayes having to save from Conor Newton after the ball was given away at the back.

Consett almost levelled within a minute of Whickham’s goal. Jermaine Metz’s cross found Dale Pearson, who laid it off to Jake Orrell, and the midfielder’s shot was sliced over his own crossbar by former Steelman Dale Burrell as he tried to clear.

The best chance of an equaliser came six minutes from time, when Orrell’s cross was turned goalwards by Pearson, but Ward made a good reaction save, pictured top. The ball was only cleared as far as sub Dan Marriott, but his follow-up clipped the outside of the post.

Whickham were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when Scott Robson picked up his second yellow card of the night – the visitors collected six in all – but even five added minutes couldn’t help Consett conjure up a goal.

They did come close, when Orrell’s excellent cross from the byline picked out Darren Holden. The full-back did well to control the ball with his first touch, but his second saw his volley fizz inches beyond the far post.

The celebrations from the visitors’ changing room showed how much the win meant to them against a side who put 14 goals past them in two meetings last season. Tonight Consett couldn’t manage one, and paid the price.

  • Full match report and pictures to follow.

Whickham up next as Consett look to bounce back from cup exit – and it’s a sell-out

Consett return to Northern League action tomorrow night when they host Whickham in a Division One game at Belle View Stadium.

The small number of tickets which were made available for the game this morning have been snapped up, so it is again a sell-out due to our reduced capacity of 150.

The clash with the Highwaymen is our local derby this season, and they will arrive on a high, having won 2-1 at Ryhope CW at the weekend.

As usual, there are several connections between the clubs, with former Steelmen Dale Burrell and Lewis Gibbons in the visiting squad, and the evergreen Steve Bowey as their player-assistant manager.

Consett fans will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s encounter, which ended in a 5-0 win for the home side, with Calvin Smith, pictured in action above, among the scorers.

Kick-off is 7.30pm, and our usual anti-coronavirus protocols will be in place, including temperature checks and track and trace.

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.

On this day in our history: 29 April 2006 – Consett close in on 100 points as club records continue to tumble

Consett recorded another fine win – their 32nd of the season in the league – as club records continued to tumble on this day back in 2006.

Kenny Lindoe’s attack-minded team had already won the Arngrove Northern League 2nd Division championship with six games to spare.

But the 5-0 win over Whickham at Belle Vue Park on this day took them to within one point of the magic 100 in an incredible 2005-06 campaign, and was the 17th game in which Consett had hit five goals or more.

Carl Piecha gets up highest at a throw-in. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Kenny continued to rotate his squad to ensure it was used fully during the hectic final month of the season. Gary Ormston, Robbie Blemings and Scott Macdonald returned to the side in place of Colin McKenzie, Paul Curry and Kraig Wilkinson as the Steelmen adopted an attacking 3-4-3 formation.

The game was played in pleasant spring sunshine and had something of an end-of-season feel to it in the first 25 minutes. Neither keeper was unduly troubled, with a long-throw move from Whickham that John Mohan gathered easily and a Damian Maw effort that cleared the visitors’ crossbar the only incidents of note.

Consett opened the scoring in the 26th minute with something of a bolt out of the blue. Robbie Blemings took possession of a loose ball just inside his own half and carried it forward unchallenged for some 30 yards. Having been virtually invited to shoot the young defender did so, finding the bottom corner with a powerful strike from distance.

Robbie Blemings opens the scoring for Consett. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

The goal handed the initiative to Consett, and they never for one moment looked like giving it up. After Andrew Bulford volleyed a punched clearance from Robinson back over the bar, the Steelmen doubled their lead on 36 minutes.

Bulford produced some great work down the right flank before putting over a cross and Robinson’s punch was again ineffective. The ball fell to Carl Piecha who sent a spectacular left-footed strike into the net, despite facing away from goal and the ball bouncing at about shoulder height.

On the stroke of half time Consett added a third, and once again it came gift-wrapped courtesy of the generous Whickham defence. Michael Mackay crossed from the left and found Bulford, whose shot somehow squirmed through Robinson for his 13th Consett goal.

Andrew Bulford, left, is congratulated after making it 3-0. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Any hopes the visitors may have had of clawing their way back into the game were soon dashed as Consett netted twice more in the opening four minutes of the second half. Kraig Wilkinson made it 4-0 with his first touch after coming on as a substitute, reacting well to reach Bulford’s off-target volley and steer it home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Consett went nap on 49 minutes when Piecha’s cross was only partially cleared and the referee spotted the use of a Whickham hand in the melee that followed. Mackay converted the resulting penalty for his 40th goal of the season – two of which having been scored for Durham City.

Having scored five and with 40 minutes still remaining the home supporters could have been forgiven for thinking a slaughter was on the cards. However, there was surprisingly no further scoring, due partly to some profligate Consett finishing and some good defending from a Whickham side who could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel.

Carl Piecha sets Alan Oliver away down the flank. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

Indeed, Mohan was forced into making his first real save of the match within two minutes of Consett’s fifth, denying Andrew Elliott a headed goal. Bulford went close on the hour mark, before the crowd were given the rare chance of seeing a goalkeeper score from open play. Consett were awarded a free-kick just outside the area, which Mohan travelled upfield to take, but his shot was deflected wide. From the corner, Mackay sent a glancing header just wide.

Whickham’s best chance came on 73 minutes when Richard Brodie rounded Mohan and played the ball across to substitute James Ramshaw. The ball was behind him, but somehow the former Consett player scooped the ball wide from a yard out.

Michael Mackay challenges the Whickham keeper for a cross. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

At the other end, chances were raining in on the Whickham goal with Alan Oliver, Mackay, Bulford and Blemings all going close in the space of five minutes. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Blemings was in action in defence, getting back to block Graeme King’s shot with Mohan beaten.

Three minutes from time Mackay used his strength to create space for a shot, but was denied another goal for impressive collection by a brilliant one-handed stop from Robinson. Then, with time almost up, Chris Douglas saw a dipping volley go just over the bar, and the Steelmen knew they were just going to have to settle for five.

Their final game, two days later against FA Vase quarter-finalists Crook Town, saw the Steelmen end their record-breaking campaign with a 2-1 win, which gave them an incredible 102 points from a 38-game season, and a final goal difference of +103.

Consett: 1 Mohan, 2 Oliver, 3 Johnson (Wilkinson 46), 4 Ormston (Hagan 76), 5 Maw, 6 Blemings (Douglas 75), 7 Piecha, 8 Brown, 9 Bulford, 10 Mackay, 11 Macdonald.
Whickham: 1 Robinson, 2 Barnes (Ramshaw 69), 3 Morgan, 4 Lister, 5 Hedley, 6 Boyle, 7 Cavanagh, 8 Elliott, 9 Brodie (Robson 77), 10 King, 11 Hutchinson.

On this day in our history: 14 April 2007 – Consett find a striker to fill the boots of Michael Mackay

Consett were homing in on their best finish in the Northern League 1st Division for 30 years on this day back in 2007 – with the help of a striker who was helping to fill the goalscoring void left by Michael Mackay.

The prolific Mackay had left to turn pro with Hartlepool United for a club record transfer fee on February 7 after plundering a remarkable 43 goals in 33 games, including an incredible 21 in his last 10.

Young striker Andrew Appleby had done his bit since Mackay’s departure, with five goals in four games, but manager Kenny Lindoe wanted more experience, and got his man when he snapped up the 2nd Division’s top scorer, Ian Robson from Whickham.

With 30 league goals so far that season, and an impressive 128 in 176 starts overall for the Lang Jacks, the 27-year-old seemed an ideal replacement, and hit the ground running with a debut goal for the Steelmen in the 1-1 home draw with Sunderland Nissan on 14 March.

After drawing a blank in an away defeat at Durham City he did even better in the next home game, scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Bishop Auckland at Belle Vue Park on 21 March.

After another blank in another away defeat, this time at Tow Law, Roppa kept his remarkable scoring sequence going by scoring three in his third home game, the 4-0 win over Ashington on 28 March.

He broke his away duck in the 2-1 win at Shildon on 31 March, but was then ineligible for the Durham Challenge Cup final on Good Friday, having already played in the competition for Whickham. Instead, he watched his new teammates beat Chester-le-Street 3-2 to lift the trophy.

Consett’s slender hopes of a first-ever Northern league title were ended when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Whitley Bay, but they still had plenty to play for when already-relegated Darlington Railway Athletic arrived at Belle Vue Park on Saturday, 14 April.

Robson – small in stature, but with a stunning turn of pace – didn’t disappoint his new fans, and grabbed another hat-trick in a 6-0 win, with David Pounder getting two goals and Michael Brown completing the scoring.

Robson would score three more times in the last four games of the season, to finish with a scoring record which stands comparison with any in the club’s history – 13 goals in the same number of matches.

Sadly for Consett, he decided after completing the 2007-08 pre-season to return to where his heart lay, and rejoined Whickham, where he went on to become a real club legend.

Consett finished the 2006-07 in 4th position – their best in the Northern League since 1977 – but for all his vital contribution, Ian Robson became a footnote in the club’s history when supporters saw what came next – the prolific strike partnership of Mattie Moffat and Steven Johnson.

Consett’s line-up v Darlington RA: 1 James Platten, 2 Neil Wilkinson, 3 John Ewart (sub Kraig Wilkinson), 4 Jonjo Dickman, 5 Carl Piecha (sub David Robson), 6 David Johnson, 7 Craig Robson, 8 Steven Brown, 9 Ian Robson, 10 David Pounder, 11 Michael Brown.

Consett run riot at Whickham, with two players claiming hat-tricks in a stunning 9-2 win

Consett recorded one of their biggest-ever away wins in the Northern League tonight, stunning hosts Whickham with a 9-2 victory at the Glebe ground.

Forward Ali Alshabeeb and centre-back Arjun Purewal both claimed their first hat-tricks for the club, while Dale Pearson maintained his goal-a-game record and there was a long-awaited first of the season for Matty Slocombe.

Consett had a stiff wind behind them, and got the opening goal in the 12th minute, when skipper Arjun Purewal got the faintest touch to Jake Orrell’s left-wing cross to take it beyond the keeper.

Two minutes later the advantage was doubled when Jermaine Metz’s throw-in on the right sent Dale Pearson away down the flank, and he unselfishly picked out Ali Alshabeeb to score from a few yards out.

On 31 minutes it was 3-0 when Orrell broke from midfield and his pass sent Alshabeeb clear, and he kept his cool to slot the ball past the keeper.

Whickham gave themselves a lifeline two minutes later, when they caught Consett trying to play out from the back, and Thomas Scothern made it 3-1.

But within five minutes Consett’s three-goal lead was restored when great work by Luke Carr down the left set up Matty Slocombe to finish at the back post for his first goal of the season, and the club’s 100th in all competitions.

A minute later it was 5-1, as a through ball left Alshabeeb clean through again, pictured below, and again he kept his nerve to complete a first-half hat-trick.

Kicking into the stiff wind, some supporters feared the second half might be a different story, but three goals in six minutes ended any lingering hopes of a Whickham comeback.

It took just two minutes of the half for Alshabeeb to return the compliment for Dale Pearson, setting up the No 9 to score into an empty net for his 28th goal of the season.

Three minutes later Orrell picked out Purewal again with a left-wing corner, and the skipper volleyed home to make it 7-1.

And in the 53rd minute Purewal leapt highest in the crowded area to thump home a header from another Orrell corner, pictured top, for his third goal of the night, and give Consett an unassailable lead.

In the 69th minute it was 9-1 when a through ball from the back sent Pearson clear again, and he dinked the ball over the advancing keeper, pictured below, for his 29th goal in the same number of games for the club.

Whickham did get a consolation in the 80th minute when Charlie Exley forced the ball home from a corner, to make the final score 9-2.

In truth it could have been many more, as Whickham keeper Jack Wilson denied Pearson three times with fine saves, Carr was twice just inches away from balls fizzed across the goal, and Michael Mackay had a penalty shout waved away when his shot seemed to strike a defender’s hand.

It was a stunning performance and result, however, with nine the most goals the club has scored away from home in 50 seasons in the Northern League.

As far as winning margins go, it doesn’t quite beat the 8-0 win at Willington in our 2nd Division promotion season of 1988-89, or the club record away win of 11-0 at Team Northumbria in the FA Cup in 2007-08.

Footnote: He won’t thank us for pointing this out, but Whickham goalkeeper Jack Wilson has conceded nine against Consett before, back in 2016-17 when he was in goal for Chester-le-Street as we beat them 9-0 at Belle View. He didn’t have a bad game that day either…

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.