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stocksbridge

Consett end their winless run with a gutsy performance against Stocksbridge

Consett picked up their first win in eight games today to reignite their faint hopes of reaching the play-offs, beating Stocksbridge Park Steels 1-0 at a very windy Belle View.

They started brightly, and only an excellent challenge by Charlie Oglesby prevented Wil Shaw opening the scoring inside two minutes, deflecting the ball onto the post.

Shaw had another chance when he was left one-on-one with Ben Townsend, but again Oglesby got back to clear.

The visitors were perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty when the same two players tangled again, then Townsend thwarted Zak Atkinson after he chased down an under-hit back pass.

Stocksbridge’s best chance came when Kurtis Turner hit a shifting long-range effort which Consett’s on-loan Sunderland U23s keeper Kelechi Chibueze did did well to beat away.

Half-time was reached with the score 0-0, and Consett, now with the wind at their back, started the second half brightly.

Townsend twice saved well from Jake Orrell, but the keeper could do nothing about the winning goal, in the 62nd minute.

A defender’s clearance from a Consett corner cannoned off Wil Shaw‘s backside, looped over the keeper and into the net for his 14th – and luckiest – goal of the season.

Stocksbridge upped their game after going behind, and though they had plenty of possession, they had no real chances to force an equaliser.

  • Full match report, stats, photo gallery and video to follow.
hebburn

Late lapses prove costly for Consett as they’re beaten at Hebburn

Consett were five minutes away from picking up a rare point at one of their bogey grounds, Hebburn Town, today, but late lapses saw them slip to a 3-1 defeat.

Tony Fawcett’s Steelmen got off to the worst possible start, going a goal down in the fourth minute, when Amar Purewal was allowed a free header from a corner.

And they were grateful for on-loan goalkeeper Kelech Chibueze for keeping the score at 1-0 in the 15th minute when he saved a Purewal penalty.

The let-off spurred Consett into action, and they were unlucky not to level in the 20th minute when Zak Atkinson’s header was cleared off the line.

It remained 1-0 to Hebburn at the break, and Consett again came close to an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Dan Capewell’s header hit the bar.

There was a big slice of fortune involved when they did make it 1-1 in the 58th minute when Hebburn keeper Kieran Hunter fumbled Ben Ramsey’s right-wing corner into his own net for an own goal.

The game went to and fro without either side creating many clear-cut chances on a heavy pitch in blustery conditions, but Hebburn got the vital next goal on 85 minutes.

Consett were pushing forward looking for a winner when a long ball sent Amar Purewal away and he finished to make it 2-1.

The visitors threw men forward looking to salvage a point, but Hebburn broke on them again from a set-piece in the 90th minute and the ball was squared for sub Liam Murray to convert from close range and make it 3-1.

The result saw Hebburn leapfrog Consett to go back into the play-off places, with the Steelmen left in sixth, but with a game in hand on two of the top five.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.
dunston

Consett lose to Dunston but feel aggrieved after key penalty decision goes against them

Consett dropped out of the play-off places on goal difference after being beaten 2-0 at home today by nearest neighbours Dunston in front of the highest Belle View attendance this season.

But the Steelmen – who were missing key men Ben Ramsey and Arjun Purewal – were left feeling hard done by after being denied what looked like a stonewall penalty when the game was still goalless.

Zak Atkinson, Wil Shaw and Kaleb Young all had chances for Consett in the first half, but none of them could test old boy Dan Staples in the Dunston goal.

At the other end, James Anderson stood up well to save from Dunston No 9 Jack Maskell, and midfielder David Robinson hit the post with a free header from Chris McDonald’s cross.

Consett’s best chance of an even half came on 38 minutes, when Jake Orrell threatened to slalom through the whole Dunston defence, but was denied by a superb tackle by Josh King.

It remained goalless at half-time, and the second half was more of the same, with both sides making and squandering chances in front of the season’s best crowd of 433.

There was a crucial moment in the 66th minute when Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a handball by McDonald waved away by the referee.

Five minutes later the visitors took the lead when Dale Pearson – one of five ex-Consett players in the full-strength Dunston side – broke down the left and crossed for David Robinson to score from close range.

Consett pressed hard for an equaliser, but were caught on the break five minutes into added time when David Robinson finished from out wide on the left, catching Anderson out of his goal after the keeper went up for a last-gasp corner, pictured top.

  • Full match report, stats and picture gallery to follow.
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Depleted Consett give league leaders Stockton a fright but head home empty-handed

Consett and Stockton Town served up the usual feast of goals in their Boxing Day fixture today – but it was the league leaders who claimed the points with a 3-2 win.

A huge crowd of 993 – the highest in the NPL’s Division One East this season – gathered at the Coverall Stadium to see the 1st v 3rd clash.

And they weren’t disappointed as the former Northern League rivals locked horns in a tussle which was entertaining right from the off.

Consett were without broken toe victim Arjun Purewal, which meant an emergency centre-back role for skipper Matty Slocombe.

But the Steelmen found themselves trailing inside the first minute as they gave the ball away in their own half and Stephen Thompson produced a superb first-time finish from long range to make it 1-0 to Stockton.

Consett’s response was impressive, as they equalised in the sixth minute after Wil Shaw was fouled in the box. Stockton keeper Callum Roberts saved Scott Fenwick’s penalty, but Jake Orrell recycled the ball and Wil Shaw headed in at the back post with his 11th goal of the season.

Mikey Roberts went close for Stockton with an overhead kick from a corner, but it was Consett who scored next, in the 11th minute. Good work down the left by Fenwick saw him set up Ben Ramsey, who fired past Roberts for his eighth goal of the season.

Stockton had two or three half chances as they looked for an equaliser, but just when it seemed like Consett would reach the interval in front, they conceded again in added time.

A deep corner from the left was headed back across goal by centre-back Adam Nicholson, and Mikey Roberts fired high into the net to make it 2-2.

Roberts had another chance with a diving header, but James Anderson made a good save to ensure it remained level at the break.

Stockton started the second half on top, and it took a superb block by Ryan McKinnon to deny Kevin Hayes, who was through one-on-one.

But there was nothing he or anyone else could do in the 54th minute when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Kevin Hayes had time to pick his spot, firing low into the bottom left corner to make it 3-2.

Hayes, so often Consett’s tormentor over the years, looked a certain scorer in the 64th minute when he sent in a powerful free-kick, but this time Anderson was equal to it, making the save of the game.

Consett were finding it difficult to make inroads against a well-organised Stockton defence, and the game swung even more the Anchors’ way in the 76th minute when Consett defender Josh Baggs was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

Their best chance to salvage a point came in the fourth of five added minutes when Zak Atkinson’s deep cross was kept alive by Harry Outterside, who made his debut as a late sub, only for Tom Coulthard to hack the ball away before anyone could follow in for a tap-in.

  • Full match report, stats, manager interview, picture gallery and goal highlights to follow.

west auckland

Consett crash out of the Durham Challenge Cup despite dominating at bogey ground West Auckland

Consett exited the Durham Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage tonight after yet another defeat at their bogey ground, West Auckland.

Tony Fawcett’s side dominated large parts of the game against their former Northern League rivals, and created many more chances than their hosts, but somehow lost 2-0.

It means the Steelmen’s miserable recent record at Darlington Road continues, with just one win in our last 11 visits since a 3-2 extra time victory in the county cup in 2011-12.

Consett had enough chances to win two games, but some less-than-clinical finishing, good saves by West goalkeeper Nick Liversedge and no-nonsense defending by a back four superbly marshalled by Gary Brown meant they headed back down the A68 disappointed yet again.

Liversedge was by far the busier keeper, saving from Jack Gibbons and Zak Atkinson inside the first five minutes as Consett, kicking up the slope, took the game to their hosts.

But on 15 minutes they found themselves trailing when a corner was half-cleared to the edge of the box and Josh Scott volleyed home to make it 1-0.

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Josh Scott takes a swing at a half-cleared corner to make it 1-0 to West Auckland. Pic: Gary Welford.

Liversedge saved well from Kaleb Young’s well-struck volley, Ryan McKinnon sent a close-range effort over the bar and Wil Shaw’s goalbound effort was deflected wide by a teammate on the ground as Consett hammered on the door in search of an equaliser.

Their best chance came a minute before half-time when Gibbons ran on to a flick-on from James Anderson’s kick, but Liversedge was off his line quickly to smother his shot.

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This Wil Shaw effort struck a grounded teammate and was deflected wide. Pic: Gary Welford.

The interval arrived with West somehow leading 1-0, and the second half continued in the same vein, with Liversedge tipping over an effort from Ben Ramsey which looked destined for the top corner.

Consett had a strong penalty appeal for a clumsy challenge on Shaw turned down, and Jake Orrell sent a free-kick just over the bar as the visitors continued to press.

But they were hit by a sucker punch in the 67th minute when James Harrison set up former Consett midfielder Lee Hume, who found the bottom corner from just inside the box to make it 2-0.

Atkinson headed over from a superb Josh Baggs cross when he seemed certain to score, and Scott Fenwick hit the outside of the post from 20 yards after cutting in from the left flank as Consett continued to make chances.

When the final whistle left Consett couldn’t quite believe they had lost, but it was one of those nights when the ball just wouldn’t go in, and they are left to concentrate on their pursuit of a place in the NPL play-offs…

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Consett back up to third after beating Grimsby Borough to make it six home wins in a row

Consett are third in the NPL Division One East table after a comfortable 2-0 win over Grimsby Borough at Belle View Stadium today.

Tony’s Fawcett’s side kept their play-off challenge on track by recording their sixth consecutive home win in all competitions.

It was an entertaining game between two good footballing teams, but the goal which gave Consett the lead in the 12th minute was very much a route one affair.

Goalkeeper James Anderson punted a long ball downfield, which the Grimsby defence missed, allowing Jake Orrell to steal in, set himself, and finish coolly from 12 yards for his third goal of the season and 30th for the club.

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Jake Orrell gives Consett the lead v Grimsby Borough. Pic by Kenny Taylor.

Anderson then made a good save with his legs from opposing skipper Sam Topliss to keep his side’s lead intact as the visitors sought an equaliser.

Ben Ramsey missed two good chances, firing one just wide of the far post and bringing a good save from keeper Liam Higton with the other.

But it was the winger who was the architect of Consett’s second goal, on the stroke of half-time. He sent in a low cross from the left which a defender beat Scott Fenwick to. But the clearance only fell as far as Zak Atkinson, who smashed it in from the edge of the box.

Higton claimed Fenwick was offside and interfering with play, but after consulting his assistant, referee Connor Scott decided the goal should stand, and Consett went into the half-time break 2-0 to the good.

The second half saw Consett create most of the chances, with Arjun Purewal heading just over from Orrell’s corner, and Ramsey firing wide from Orrell’s cutback when he seemed certain to score.

Ramsey lashed another chance into the side netting and Fenwick fired just wide after good work by Wil Shaw, but two goals proved enough to claim the three points as the Steelmen put in a solid defensive performance.

The resulting clean sheet was Consett’s first in 13 games, with the last one coming in the 3-0 win over Hebburn Town on 15 September.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery and manager interview to follow.

carlton

Consett go third after beating fellow play-off hopefuls Carlton Town

Consett are third in the NPL Division One East after a 2-1 win over fellow play-off hopefuls Carlton Town at a chilly Belle View Stadium today.

There was little to choose between the two sides in the first half, though Consett were grateful to keeper James Anderson for a good save from David Adegbola just before the break to keep the scores level.

The Steelmen took the lead on 59 minutes through Scott Fenwick, who volleyed home on the half-turn from Kaleb Young’s cross from the right.

Wil Shaw and Zak Atkinson missed chances to increase the lead, but Jack Gibbons made it 2-0 in the 80th minute to give Consett some breathing space.

Carlton pulled a goal back in added time through Zac Hill, but Tony Fawcett’s side saw out the game to claim three excellent points.

There was drama after the final whistle when Carlton striker Lamin Manneh was sent off for using foul and abusive language towards the match officials.

  • Full match report, stats, picture gallery and manager interview video to follow.

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Manager sees red after mistakes prove costly for Consett as they’re beaten at Brighouse

Consett tumbled to their fourth defeat in five Northern Premier League games today as a series of individual errors saw them lose 3-1 at Brighouse Town.

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