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August 2009 News

31 August 2009

The end of the FA Cup road for Consett as they agonisingly lost their Preliminary Round replay at Harrogate Railway after a penalty shoot-out. Craig Tate put the Steelmen ahead after 8 minutes only for Paul Stansfield to equalise in the 16th minute. There was no further scoring in normal time so the game went into extra time, with Harrogate by then down to 10 men following the dismissal of Dan Verity. It remained 1-1 after the additional 30 minutes so the tie went to penalties with the home side coming out on top 4-3.

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29 August 2009

Consett's FA Cup Preliminary Round tie at home to Unibond North side Harrogate Railway ended goalless at Belle Vue. The replay will take place at Harrogate on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August and is a 3.00 kick off.

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26 August 2009

Back to back 1-0 away wins for Consett as they came away from a tough match at South Shields' Filtrona Park with a single goal victory. The Steelmen dominated the first half but only had David Pounder's fine 20-yard strike on the half hour mark to show for their efforts. It was a far more disjointed second half though against a resilient Shields side, who were reduced to 10 men when striker Stephen Ramsey was sent off for a second bookable offence on 73 minutes. Soon afterwards Steve Huggins was denied a goal on debut when his brilliant lob was headed off the line by Hal Graham. The game then became increasingly scrappy and niggly however, and the home side finished the game with nine men as Craig Ellison also saw red deep into stoppage time.

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22 August 2009

Consett registered their first league points of the season with a rare win at Dunston UTS which lifts them out of the relegation zone and up to 14th place in the league. Federation Park has never been a happy hunting ground down the years, with the Steelmen's only previous win there occurring back in the 1999-2000 season. A 1-1 draw in March 2003 was the only other previous occasion we've avoided defeat at Dunston with Colin McLeod's equaliser from the penalty spot in that game being incredibly the last Consett goal there! Consequently this win was as surprising as it was welcome. The only goal of the game came after 47 minutes when David Duke scored his first goal for the Steelmen.

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20 August 2009

Some news updates for you. First of all some transfer news, Consett have signed midfielder Steve Huggins, previously with Whitby Town. Steve was one of the younger members of Kenny Lindoe's Championship winning side at Brandon United, who then went on to become a stalwart of several seasons at Billingham Town. Ken has been trying to sign Huggins ever since he became Consett manager and he is a welcom additino to the squad. Outgoing are Nathan Fisher, who signed during pre-season but who has been transferred to Chester-le-Street Town. Also defender Mark Gaffney has been transferred to Morpeth Town.

Some fixture news, should a replay be required in our FA Cup Preliminary Round tie against Harrogate Railway it will be on the Bank Holiday Monday evening, kick off probably 7.45.

Finally, to let you know that the next Supporters Club meeting takes place in the Consett AFC club bar on Monday 7 sept 2009, at 8.00pm. As always all are welcome.

15 August 2009

Consett progressed to the Preliminary Round of this season's FA Cup with a comfortable win over Billingham Town. The game finished 5-0 and we could really have won by more, but it was good to get a win after a disappointing start to the league campaign. The Steelmen took the lead after 4 minutes when David Pounder's cut back from the by-line was diverted into his own net by Wray. Consett had to wait until the 58th minute to add to the score but they proceeded to score four in 20 minutes. Adam Emson scored the second slotting past the keeper, then 2 minutes later Jonjo Dickman's shot was deflected past the helpless ex-Consett keeper Josh Moody in the away goal. It was 4-0 after 67 minutes when Steven Johnson ran onto a Staples clearance, cut inside a defender and fired in. Substitute Craig Tate completed the rout when he beat the offside trap with 12 minutes to go.

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Elsewhere Tow Law drew with Horden CW in their Extra Preliminary Round tie, so the replay scheduled for this coming Tuesday means that our league game with the Lawyers on Wednesday night is now POSTPONED..

11 August 2009

Consett's tough start to the 2009-10 Northern League season continued with a 1-4 defeat at the Brewery Field home of Spennymoor Town. Trailing to an Anthony Peacock goal after 20 minutes, the Steelmen went in at the break level when Gary Ormston equalised. The second half was one-way traffic though with the Moors scoring three times without reply - Gavin Cogdon and two from Michael Rae doing the damage.

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8 August 2009

The 2009-10 Northern League season started today as the previous season had ended, with a trip to Whitley Bay. And as had been the case three months ago, the Steelmen left the seaside with nothing to show for their efforts, going down 0-1, and in the process losing their opening game of the season for the first time since 2004. The only goal of a tight but entertaining match came just before the hour when Lee Kerr volleyed into an empty net after a Chris Moore lob had rebounded off the crossbar. Consett had chances of their own, with Adam Emson, Craig Robson, David Scorer, David Johnson and David Pounder all going close. However it was a fruitless start to the season with a tricky visit to Spennymoor next up on Tuesday night.

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3 August 2009

CONSETT restored some confidence after Saturday’s Cleator Cup disaster by beating Team Northumbria 5-0 tonight in their final pre-season friendly. Andrew Cuthbertson opened the scoring after five minutes, finishing into the bottom corner after good work by Gary Ormston and Paul Henderson-Reay. Richard Logan made it 2-0 four minutes before the break, rounding off a good move which began with a Paul Collins ball out from the back to Jonjo Dickman, who linked well with Henderson-Reay to set up Logan. Chris Scott, one of seven half-time subs, made it 3-0 three minutes after the break after being unselfishly set up by Shaun Sager. David Duke, one of only three players to complete 90 minutes, scored the goal of the game on 67 minutes, planting his shot into the top corner after telling Nathan Fisher, who had cut into the box from the left, exactly where to backheel the ball. Justice was done when Adam Emson completed the scoring five minutes from time with a free-kick, awarded after the Team Northumbria keeper had handled his attempted lob outside the box. It was a useful workout for the Steelmen, and will have done their battered confidence the world of good. But as an indicator of the starting line-up for Saturday’s opening league game at Whitley Bay it wasn't very informative, as Kenny Lindoe used 19 players, with the likes of Steven Johnson and Kevin Davison not involved. The only certainty is that Craig Tate, Nathan Fisher and Paul Collins won’t be in the 16, as all three carry suspensions from former clubs into the new season.

1 August 2009

Consett's unbeaten pre-season record came to a juddering halt with a 0-5 hammering in today's JR Cleator Cup match at Newcastle Benfield. The Steelmen, contesting the Northern League's equivalent of the Charity Shield for the first time since 1995, were never at the races against the reigning double winners who are clearly going to a major force in the coming season. Consett's cause wasn't helped by the absence of three main strikers - Adam Emson, Steven Johnson and Craig Tate - but nevertheless they started brightly with Gary Ormston seeing an effort cleared off the line in the second minute. The home side took the lead on the quarter hour mark with a stunning 35-yard half volley from Dean Nicholson, and things went from bad to worse three minutes later when sloppy marking left Nicholson clean through and Consett keeper Daniel Staples brought him down for a penalty. Adam Scope sent the young keeper the wrong way with the resulting spot kick. It was 3-0 on 25 minutes when Stephen Young pounced on a loose ball to race through and finish well. Consett found themselves four down before the hour mark when a poor clearance went straight to Mark Atkinson who squared for Young to bag his second. In truth Benfield could have had many more, but they had to wait until the last minute when chaos in the Consett goalmouth ended with the ball dropping to substitute Andrew McIntosh who lashed the ball home via a slight deflection.

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Albany Northern League Div 1
Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 Shildon 42 98 96
2 Marske United 42 26 81
3 Guisborough 42 40 77
4 Morpeth Town 42 25 77
5 North Shields 42 29 72
6 Newton Aycliffe 42 15 72
7 CONSETT 42 16 71
8 Bishop Auckland 42 1 67
9 Seaham RS 42 5 65
10 Washington 42 -3 65
11 Dunston UTS 42 14 62
12 Ashington 42 9 60
13 Sunderland RCA 42 -16 54
14 Penrith 42 -8 52
15 Jarrow Roofing 42 -12 51
16 Whitley Bay 42 5 50
17 West Auckland 42 -28 50
18 Newcastle Benfield 42 -17 44
19 West Allotment Celtic 42 -55 40
20 Durham City 42 -36 36
21 Norton and Stockton Ancients 42 -53 32
22 Bedlington 42 -55 31