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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.

Consett’s game at Whickham postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – new January date announced

Consett’s scheduled game at Whickham on Friday 20 December is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch at the Glebe.

A new date of Wednesday 15 January (KO 7.30pm) has been arranged by the Northern League.

In the meantime, we hope all our players, staff, fans and sponsors have very Merry Christmas.

Remember, if anyone wants official club merchandise for Christmas presents (more details here), the stadium will be closed from tea-time on Sunday 22 December.

We will re-open for our next game, at home to Newcastle Benfield on Saturday 28 December, KO 3pm.

Friday night festive football as Consett’s trip to Whickham is brought forward

Consett fans will be free to go present shopping on the last Saturday before Christmas, after our league game at Whickham was brought forward.

Originally due to take place on Saturday 25 January 2020, it was rescheduled for Saturday 21 December, and will now be the previous night, Friday 20 December, kick-off 7.30pm.

Our last visit to the Glebe on 12 January this year was a stormy affair which ended in a 2-2 draw, with Darren Holden and then-manager Chris Moore shown red cards.

Our home league game against Newcastle Benfield, which was due to be on Saturday 30 November, has been postponed due to both clubs’ FA Vase commitments, and will now take place on Saturday 28 December, KO 3pm.

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Two-goal Ardelean leads the way as Consett hammer highly-fancied Whickham 5-0

An outstanding team performance saw Consett hammer highly-fancied Whickham 5-0 at a stormy Belle View tonight – and it could have been more as they played the big-spending visitors off the park.

After playing well in spells in previous gamesm, and being frustrated by Whitley Bay’s rearguard action at the weekend, everything clicked into place for the Steelmen.

They had their first chance after just four minutes when Luke Carr’s pass sent Andrei-Vasile Ardelean through, but the striker’s shot was saved by keeper Adam Bartlett’s legs.

The No.9 came even closer in the 12th minute when Carr’s pass sent Darren Holden scampering down the left, and his hard, low cross picked out Ardelean, whose first-time effort came back off the bar.

Carr fired just over from the edge of the box and then fired a free-kick over the bar as the home side continued to take the game to their visitors, and new striker Dale Pearson had the ball in the net, but, in almost identical fashion to Saturday, was flagged offside by the linesman.

Dale Pearson was again denied his first Consett goal by a linesman’s flag. Pic: Gary Welford.

The 33rd minute saw another let-off for Whickham as Carr’s deep cross to the back post saw Ross Wilkinson come steaming in at the back post to head home, but again the linesman’s flag went up, seemingly for offside.

Ross Wilkinson headed home at the back post for Consett, but his ‘goal’ was disallowed. Pic: Gary Welford.

Ardelean had another chance in the 35th minute, but Bartlett saved well, and a minute later it seemed like the growing catalogue of misses might prove costly when, against the run of play, Whickham were awarded a penalty.

Holden was deemed to have pushed Scott Robson over in the box, and Carl Finnigan stepped up to take the kick, but blazed it wide.

The miss was to prove crucial, as in the 38th minute Consett got the breakthrough their dominance deserved. Holden got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Andrei-Vasile Ardelean, who beat the defender and keeper to the ball to slot home from close range.

Four minutes later it was 2-0 after a superb through ball by right-back Jermaine Metz picked out Jake Stafford’s run, and the midfielder kept his nerve to finish past Bartlett.

Jake Stafford celebrates making it 2-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett were well worth their 2-0 half-time lead, and within a minute of the restart it could have been three. Bartlett pulled off a fine double save, first from Ardelean after he was sent clear by Carr’s threaded pass, and then from Carr, who tried to curl the rebound into the corner.

The respiote was brief, however, as on 61 minutes Pearson’s flick-on played in Calvin Smith, who shrugged off his marker and curled the ball into the top corner to make it 3-0 with his fifth goal of the season.

Calvin Smith curls his shot past Whickham keeper Adam Bartlett to make it 3-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Finnigan and Tom Howard had chances for Whickham, both firing into the side netting, but on 67 minutes it was 4-0 as Pearson’s pass set Jermaine Metz flying down the wing, and he cut into the box and finished across Bartlett into the far corner to make it 4-0.

Right-back Jermaine Metz makes it Consett 4 Whickham 0. pic: Gary Welford.

Consett keeper Kyle Hayes had been a virtual spectator for much of the game, but made a superb fingertip save from Dale Burrell’s long-range strike in the 68th minute. He then made a routine save from Matty Pattison as Whickham at last showed their attacking teeth.

But it was Consett who looked more likely to score, and Bartlett saved from Holden as the home side continued to attack.

But there was nothing the keeper could do when Andrei-Vasile Ardelean grabbed his second goal of the game in the 82nd minute, sweeping home a right-wing cross from substitute Ali Alshabeeb to crown his best appearance so far in a Consett shirt.

Andrei-Vasile Ardelean gets his second goal of the evening to make it 5-0 to Consett. Pic: Gary Welford.

Consett could have made it six, but Holden’s shot was too close to Bartlett after good closing down by Alshabeeb in the 85th minute, and then he was denied by a linesman’s flag in added time after beating the keeper, with the ‘goal’ his performance deserved being chalked off for offside.

Darren Holden was denied a sixth goal for Consett by the third offside flag of the night. Pic: Gary Welford.

When the final whistle went, Consett were 5-0 winners after a sensational performance, which sets them up nicely for their next test – a trip to league leaders Hebburn Town on Saturday.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Cup games cause several of Consett’s fixtures to be changed

Despite the fact the new season is just a week old, Consett fans already have a raft of fixture changes to add to their diaries.

For a start, yesterday’s FA Cup draw with Dunston means we will now replay the tie at the UTS Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 13. Admission is £7 for adults and £4 for concessions.

This means the home league game which was meant to be played that night against Guisborough Town has been rescheduled, to Tuesday, September 17.

Meanwhile, Whickham’s progress in the FA Cup means our home league game against them, which was due to be on Saturday, August 24, will now take place on Tuesday, August 27 – cup replays permitting, of course.

Finally, Bedlington Terriers have moved their midweek games from Tuesday to Wednesday, which means our League Cup game at Welfare Park will now take place on Wednesday, October 2, a day later than scheduled.