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6 October 2015

Consett may have turned over league leaders Shildon on Saturday, but they found high-flying Morpeth Town too hot to handle at a foggy Belle View tonight. Colin Myers' side were missing six players through injury – five of them on contract – but that's no excuse for the poor display which saw them beaten 5-2 by the Highwaymen, who went second in the table. Morpeth had already had several good chances, including one which hit the bar, when Luke Sullivan put Consett ahead on 27 minutes against the run of play. He ran in unmarked to head home Dean Briggs left-wing cross from six yards – he's pictured wheeling away in the fog. Morpeth then hit the post and had a shot cleared off the line, and it somehow remained 1-0 to the hosts at the interval. The fog lifted slightly after the break, but sadly the same couldn't be said for Consett's performance, and the game was effectively settled by three goals in an eight-minute spell. Lee McAndrew got the equaliser on 50 minutes, cutting in from the left to fire into the opposite corner, and Sean Taylor put the visitors in front three minutes later, starting the move in midfield and continuing his run into the box for a simple finish from Michael Chilton's well-timed return. Chilton made it 3-1 on 58 minutes, heading home at the back post from right-back Stephen Forster's cross. And it got worse for Consett; Ben Sayer made it four on 80 minutes, smashing home a half-cleared ball from 25 yards, and Taylor got his second of the night three minutes later, slotting home Keelan Nellis's cross from the left. Skipper Danny Craggs pulled one back for Consett with a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner on 85 minutes, but it was scant consolation on a very disappointing night. Full match report and pictures to follow.

3 October 2015

Depleted Consett pulled off arguably their best result of the season so far when they deservedly beat league leaders Shildon 2-1 - the second year in a row they have won at Dean Street. The Steelmen were missing five players through injury, including four defenders, and had already had a good penalty shout turned down when they took the lead in the sixth minute. Young striker Ryan King - starting instead of Michael Mackay - headed home from Danny Craggs' corner, pictured. Consett were much the better side in the first half, and went two-up on 35 minutes when Michael Sweet's deflected shot looped over the keeper for his 11th goal of the season. Craggs thought he'd made it three on 64 minutes with a free-kick from out near the left corner flag, but the referee disallowed the 'goal', apparently for offside. Eight minutes later the game seemed to swing in the home side's favour when Dean Briggs was shown a straight red card after tangling with Gary Brown. But a determined rearguard action frustrated Shildon almost to the end, with their consolation goal from Mark Doninger's header coming in the seventh of nine added minutes which the referee found from somewhere. Full match report and pictures to follow.

29 September 2015

Consett came back to earth with a bump after the weekend's FA Cup heroics, struggling to a 1-1 home draw with lowly West Allotment Celtic. The visitors, third-bottom at the start of play, had the better chances in a disjointed first half, and Consett were a little fortunate to reach the break level. Their performance was tired and disjointed, not helped by the fact they had three new signings making their debuts - left-back Jordan Lavery from Bishop Auckland, centre-back Stephen Little from Bedlington Terriers, and teenage midfielder Dean Briggs, brought in on loan from Gateshead as cover for Dan Hawkins, who faces a month out with a broken thumb. The Steelmen had a good 10-minute spell at the start of the second half, but Allotment took the lead on 62 minutes when top scorer Dale Pearson converted a penalty after being brought down by keeper Peter Jeffries. Consett just about deserved their equaliser on 82 minutes, when Luke Sullivan scored with a looping back-header from Briggs' left-wing free-kick, pictured. Full match report and pictures to follow.

26 September 2015

GALLANT Consett came within eight minutes of knocking National League North side Bradford Park Avenue out of the FA Cup, but were undone by two late goals. Casual observers would have been hard-pressed to notice the three-division difference between the two sides, as Bradford enjoyed more possession, but Consett created the better chances. Consett broke the deadlock With 74 minutes on the clock when Bradford keeper Stewart came rushing out of his box to head a bouncing ball clear. But his headed clearance dropped to Hawkins, who unerringly despatched it back over the stranded keeper and into the unguarded net. Their lead lasted just eight minutes, however, as substitute Chib Chilaka levelled the scores. The Steelmen's hearts were broken in the fifth minute of added time, Bradford midfielder Richard Marshall finding the top corner to deny Consett even a draw, which was the least Consett deserved. Nevertheless, they left to a standing ovation from the 616 crowd – a new ground record for a competitive game at Belle View.

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19 September 2015

Consett beat Bedlington Terriers 2-0 at a canter today in an ideal preparation for next week's FA Cup tie against Bradford Park Avenue. Michael Mackay put the Steelmen ahead after just two minutes, lobbing the keeper, pictured, for his 10th goal of the season. That made him joint-top scorer with Michael Sweet, who replaced him at half-time. Some good work by another second-half sub, Luke Sullivan, set up Calvin Smith for the second on 53 minutes, with the midfielder firing into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Full match report and pictures to follow.

18 September 2015

The draw for the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round has seen Consett handed a very rare trip to a Wearside League ground. The Steelmen will travel to Wolviston, a side that we beat at Belle Vue Park at the Preliminary Round stage almost exactly 10 years ago. Two goals from Craig Tate gave us a 2-1 win on that oaccasion. The tie is to be played on Saturday 31 October, or during the preceding week.

15 September 2015

Consett recorded a 5-2 win over lowly Norton & Stockton Ancients – but made far harder work of it than it needed to be. Consett were ahead on 14 minutes through Michael Mackay, who scored after winning a challenge with the keeper. On 33 minutes it was 2-0 when Michael Sweet followed in a Mackay shot for an easy finish. Three minutes later it was three, with Ryan Bell the scorer of one of the most audacious goals seen in almost two years at the new stadium, lobbing the keeper from all of 45 yards. Three down at half time, the visitors pulled it back to 3-2 with goals from Ryu Williamson (54 minutes) and Nicky Martin (70). Sweet then rounded the keeper to make it 4-2 in the 76th minute (pictured). Calvin Smith then scored with another long-distance lob to complete the scoring seven minutes from time. Full match report and pictures to follow.

14 September 2015

In today's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round draw, Consett have been handed a home tie against former Football League club Bradford Park Avenue. The Yorkshire side now ply their trade in the Vanarama National League North and will be a stiff test for the Steelmen. The match will take place at Belle View Park on Saturday 26 September. Our league game at Whitley Bay, scheduled for that day, has been postponed.


12 September 2015

Consett progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup today with a win over North West Counties League side Colne FC which was much more convincing than the 3-1 scoreline. Michael Sweet gave them the lead in the 12th minute with a lob over the keeper, and within 90 seconds Dan Hawkins had made it two with a first-time shot from inside the box, both goals coming from passes by David Brown. Sweet scored the third on the hour with a diving header from Michael Mackay's pinpoint left-wing cross (pictured), and although Colne grabbed a consolation 10 minutes from time through Spencer Jordan, the result was never in doubt.

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8 September 2015

Consett ground out a point in a 0-0 draw at Newton Aycliffe in a game which was more a war of attrition than a football match. Aycliffe almost scored two minutes into the second half with a Dennis Knight free-kick which hit the bar, and Danny Craggs almost grabbed all three points for the Steelmen with an injury-time setpiece, but saw James Winter pull off a superb save from his top corner-bound effort. Winter also saved well from a Michael Sweet header, while the visitors survived a late penalty shout, and keeper Peter Jeffries denied Mattie Moffat right at the death. More worryingly ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie with Colne, the Steelmen lost skipper Dan Madden late on to what looks like a dislocated elbow. Full match report and pictures to follow.

5 September 2015

Consett were beaten 2-1 by Guisborough Town for the second time in two weeks, despite taking the lead at the King George V Stadium. Michael Sweet had already put a header just wide and had a shot saved in a one-on-one with the keeper when he gave Consett the lead in the 37th minute with a fine looping header from Calvin Smith's cross (pictured). Luke Sullivan almost made it two a couple of minutes later when he forced a good save from Nick Liversedge with a 30-yarder as the Steelmen finished the half well on top. It was a different story after the break, and Guisborough equalised on 64 minutes when Steven Snaith headed home at the back post from a right-wing corner. Sweet then struck a shot against the bar, and saw the ball bounce down onto the line and be scrambled away, before substitute Connor Smith secured all three points for the Priorymen in the 83rd minute, slipping the ball under Peter Jeffries after two defenders went for the same ball. Full match report and pictures to follow.

31 August 2015

CONSETT recorded their first home league win of the season at the fourth attempt – but not before going an early goal down, surviving a sending-off scare and giving away a two-goal lead when they looked to be cruising against their nearest neighbours. Callum Patton opened the scoring for Durham from the penalty spot on 7 minutes, although Consett were grateful that Peter Jeffries only received a yellow card for the foul. Visiting defender Adam Crathorne deflected the ball into his own net to level the scores six minutes later. Danny Craggs curled a 36th minute free-kick over the defensive wall to give the Steelmen at 2-1 half time lead. Consett increased their lead just 36 seconds into the half through Michael Mackay (pictured), although the two-goal lead lasted all of four minutes as Craig Lynch scored from a rebound to make it 3-2. Patton scored his second penalty of the game on the hour mark to bring parity to the game again, and with the game seemingly heading for a draw, that man Mackay popped up to secure all three points with a looping header two minutes from time.

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29 August 2015

CONSETT progressed to the next round of the FA Cup with an excellent win over a Scarborough side who had a 100% record this season – and it could have been an even more emphatic win against the Evo-Stik League 1st Division North leaders, who hadn’t conceded a goal before this game. Michael Mackay opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he rounded on-loan Bradford City keeper Chandler Hallwood to score (pictured). The visitors went down to ten men early in the second half, as centre-back Lloyd Henderson received a straight red card on 49 minutes for hauling back Michael Sweet, just four minutes after coming on as a half time substitute. Sweet then sealed the victory six minutes from time, drawing the keeper and slotting the ball home. The only negative from an excellent team performance came with two minutes to go, when Luke Sullivan was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

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25 August 2015

CONSETT twice came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with a dogged Penrith side at Belle View Stadium. Penrith took the lead on the stroke of half time through Martyn Coleman, who smashed the ball home from eight yards. Whatever the manager, Colin Myers, said at the break had the desired effect, as 30 seconds into the second half they were level when Michael Mackay sent a looping header into the far corner. The Steelmen were stunned, however, when Penrith regained the lead within 90 seconds as Jake Smith headed home. In the third minute of stoppage time Consett snatched a dramatic equaliser, Michael Sweet bundling the ball home at the back post from a great Mackay cross.

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22 August 2015

Consett went down to their first defeat of the season, losing 1-2 at home to Guisborough Town. Chay Liddle opened the scoring for the visitors before Keiran Megran hit a superb volley from an acute angle to level the match. Guisborough's winner came ten minutes from time from substitute - and ex-Consett player - Peter Bulmer.

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18 August 2015

Consett eased in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, winning this evening's replay against Billingham Synthonia 8-0. The visitors played virtually the whole game with ten men after Adam Clough was sent off for a handball on the line. Michael Mackay buried the resulting penalty to set the Steelmen on their way. A brace from Danny Craggs, a second from Mackay, and a Michael Sweet header against his old team meant that Consett were 5-0 up by half time. The second half had barely started when Luke Sullivan smashed a 30 yarder for Consett's 6th, and Mackay then completed his hat trick to make it 7-0. Sullivan completed the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick, and Consett will now entertain Scarborough Athletic of the Northern Premier League Division One North in the next round.

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15 August 2015

Today's FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie at Billingham Synthonia ended in a goalless draw, which means the sides will meet again in a replay at Belle View Park on Tuesday night, 18 August. This of course means that our league game away at Seaham Red Star, scheduled for that night, has been postponed.

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11 August 2015

Belle View Park saw its first league action this evening as Consett played out an excellent 2-2 draw against reigning Northern League champions Marske United. The Steelmen took the lead when Michael Sweet scored with a diving header from Matty Slocombe's pinpoint cross. Samuel Garvie levelled eight minutes before the break to make it 1-1 at half time. Michael Mackay opened his account for the season with a fine 25-yard strike on 78 minutes to put Consett back in front, only for Nathan Mulligan to level for Marske with 2 minutes left.

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8 August 2015

Consett's Northern League campaign got off to an almost perfect start as a clinical away performance resulted in a 2-0 victory at Sunderland RCA. A first half goal from new boy Michael Sweet was added to in the second half by old boy Luke Sullivan to give the Steelmen the three points. The only negative from the game was captain Dan Madden correctly being dismissed for violent conduct in the dying seconds with the game already won.

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1 August 2015

Consett wrapped up their pre-season in positive fashion with an excellent 2-1 win over Northern Premier League side Workington at a sunny Belle View Park. All of the goals arrived in an entertaining second half with Rob McCartney giving the visitors the lead before Michael Sweet and then Michael MacKay strikes gave the home side a well deserved victory.

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29 July 2015

Consett ran out 3-2 winners in their only away friendly of this pre-season after making the short trip to Wearside League neighbours Annfield Plain. David Colvin, Danny Craggs and Luke Sullivan were on target for the Steelmen.

25 July 2015

Consett returned to winning ways in today's pre-season friendly against Northallerton Town at Belle View this afternoon, running out 4-1 victors. Michael Sweet headed in a superb cross from the right by Mark Eccles to make it 1-0 to Consett. Calvin Smith continues his good start to the season to score the second, before a well worked goal by Northallerton pulled it back to 2-1. Just before half time Sullivan scored with a brilliant header to make it 3-1 at the break. Sullivan added a fourth in the second half to complete the scoring.

17 July 2015

Another friendly defeat for Consett as they lost 1-3 to Scottish League Two side Queen's Park, however it was a good competitive workout for the Steelmen. William Mortimer gave the visitors the lead after just 2 minutes after a defensive mistake, but Michael Mackay equalised from close range on 15 minutes after the keeper failed to hold a David Brown free-kick. Another defensive error let Mortimer in again on 37 minutes to restore Queens Park's lead, and the number 9 completed his hat-trick on 40 minutes from the penalty spot after being brought down by keeper Peter Jeffries.

14 July 2015

A first friendly defeat of the season for Consett and they went down 1-3 to a Sunderland XI at Belle View Stadium this evening. A brace from Michael Mandron, one a penalty, put the visitors two up before Calvin Smith pulled one back with a 25 yard thunderbolt. Sunderland scored a third almost immediately after.

11 July 2015

Consett's excellent start to their pre-season work continued with a 6-0 victory against a youthful Gateshead team at Belle View this afternoon. The scorers were Dan Hawkins (2), Michael Mackay (2, 1 pen), Matty Slocombe and Calvin Smith.

9 July 2015

Consett opened their pre-season campaign with a 6-3 win against a Consett & District Sunday League Select XI at Belle View Stadium this evening. On target for Consett were Michael Sweet (3), Michael Mackay (2) and Josh Gray.

6 July 2015

Consett fans get their first chance to see some of the club's new signings this week when the Steelmen begin their pre-season programme on Thursday, 9 July, with a fundraising game at Belle View Stadium against a Select XI from the CM Flooring Consett & District Sunday League.

All proceeds will go to the Liam Britton Foundation, set up in memory of a young local Sunday league footballer who died in November 2014.

Kick-off is 7.30pm, and admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. All proceeds will go to the charity, which aims to raise awareness of depression and related mental illness in young people, with emphasis on the importance of early diagnosis of the symptoms and treatment of these conditions.

3 July 2015

In today's FA Cup Extra preliminary round, Consett were drawn away to recently relegated Billingham Synthonia. The tie will take place on Saturday 15 August, and if the Steelmen come through that. their reward will be a home Preliminary round tie against Scarborough Athletic of the Northern Premier League Division One North two weeks later.

7 June 2015

Consett manager Colin Myers, continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the coming season. In addition to Michael Sweet, Peter Jeffries and Dan Hawkins, whose signings were announce at the Presentation Evening last month, five more players have been added to the squad. Central defenders Adam McLane and Jake Cairns have been recruited from Bishop Auckland and Willington respectively, midfielder Ryan Cummings joins us from Blyth Spartans, experienced goalkeeper Ryan Graham is a new arrival from Crook Town, and Kieran Megran (midfield) returns for a second spell at Consett having made 26 appearances in 2010-11 season.

6 June 2015

At today's Northern League AGM the fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced. Consett will begin their campaign with an away game at Sunderland RCA on Saturday 8 August, before making their first appearance of the season at Belle View the following Wednesday when they entertain Northern League champions Marske United.

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In the Northern League Cup draw, also made today, the Steelmen have been given a bye to the 2nd Round where they will travel away to play the winners of the Morpeth Town v Bishop Auckland 1st round tie.

29 May 2015

Congratulations go out to new signing Michael Sweet who, at this evening's Northern League Awards Dinner, won Northern League Young Player of the Year for 2014-15.

29 May 2015

Also announced at last night's Presentations Evening were a number of high profile pre-season friendlies at Belle View Stadium. We will entertain our neighbours from the Vanarama Conference Gateshead, before playing a rare friendly against opposition from north of the border in the the shape of Queen's Park from Scottish League Two. After that we will play Alfreton Town, who were also in the Vanarama Conference last season, but have been relegated to the National League North. Then finally we will entertain Workington of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, a side we have faced twice in recent years in the FA Cup. The dates in full ...

Sat 11 July 2015 Gateshead (H) 3:00pm
Fri 17 July 2015 Queens Park (H) 7:30pm
Sat 25 July 2015 Alfreton Town (H) 3:00pm
Sat 1 August 2015 Workington (H) 3:00pm

15 May 2015

Michael Mackay was a double winner at Consett AFC's presentation night - and he could yet make it a hat-trick of awards. The record-breaking striker, who became the club's all-time top scorer in 2014-15, picked up Top Goalscorer and Player of the Year awards, pictured above. And he's on the shortlist for Northern League Player of the Year. The good news is that Micky has signed a new contract, which gives him two more years to add to his 253-goal haul.

Players' Player of the Year was Matty Slocombe, who is shortlisted for the Northern League Young Player of the Year award for the second time. He has also committed himself to the club for the next two years.

Also on the Northern League shortlists for both Player and Young Player of the Year is Michael Sweet, who struck 34 goals in all competitions for relegated Billingham Synthonia. He's agreed to join Consett for next season and is pictured with Chairman Frank Bell.

Two other new arrivals have also been secured, both from EvoStik League Blyth Spartans - Peter Jeffries, who manager Colin Myers describes as "the best goalkeeper in the Northern League - and the two above", and utility player Dan Hawkins. Both were members of the Spartans side which reached the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in the season just ended, and previously played for Colin at Bishop Auckland.

Several of last season's Steelmen have also agreed to re-sign for 2015-16, with skipper Dan Madden and left-back David Brown signing new two-year contracts.

Away from the first team, Consett hope to field a Reserve side next season in the new Wearside Development League, playing home games at Belle View Stadium.

Last but by no means least, the Chairman's Award at the presentation night went to Tommy Connelly, who has been a sponsor, management committee member, gateman and much more for almost 30 years, for both the first team and Consett Juniors. Pictured below. receiving his award from Frank Bell, he's taking a well-deserved rest, but we hope he'll be able to come along and enjoy games next season.

25 April 2015

CONSETT ended their season the same way as the previous one – with a home defeat by West Auckland – but at least this time they were went down with all guns blazing, with only the visitors’ keeper standing between his side and a trouncing. After tight opening half-hour, two goals in six minutes from Steven Richardson seemd to have given the visitors a decisive lead, but Danny Craggs fired the Steelmen back into the game three minutes before half time, pictured. Luke Sullivan then headed Consett level ten minutes into the second half. Despite several good chances being thwarted by Daniel Lowson in the West goal, the Steelmen were to end on the losing side, with Alex Francis making it 2-3 eight minutes from time.

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18 April 2015

A SECOND-half comeback saw Consett win their final away game of the season 6-3 at Sunderland RCA today - but they had to recover from a 2-0 half-time deficit to secure the three points. They dominated the first 45 minutes at Meadow Park, but trailed to goals by Clayton Davis after just four minutes and Joe Hughes midway through the half. The fightback began three minutes after the break when RCA centre-back Ross Preston headed against Lee Bythway for an own goal, and Jack Walker levelled with his first goal for the club in a goalmouth scramble 15 minutes later. On 67 minutes Matty Slocombe gave Consett the lead for the first time, and they never looked back. Josh Gray made it 4-2 on 79 minutes, and substitute Chris Moore was credited with No 5 two minutes from the end, pictured. RCA's Stephen Bogie scored from the halfway line straight from the restart, but Michael Mackay came off the bench to complete the scoring in added time with his 48th goal of the season.

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14 April 2015

CONSETT returned to winning ways this evening with a 2-1 success over a doughty Penrith side at Belle View Stadium. The Steelmen dominated the first half, but it remained 0-0 at half-time, with an Adam Nicholls shot which clipped the outside of the post the nearest they came to scoring. He was unlucky enough to do it again after the break, but it was from his pinpoint cross that Michael Mackay headed Consett in front on 70 minutes, pictured, with his 47th goal of the season. Two minutes later Mackay turned provider, racing onto Calvin Smith's pass and pulling the ball back for Danny Craggs to slam home. Penrith got one back through Martyn Coleman with eight minutes to go when he beat the offside trap and rounded keeper Joe Longstaff as he rushed out of his goal. But Consett held on for the three points which take them back to eighth in the table.

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11 April 2015

Consett scored their 100th league goal of the season today, but it didn't count for much, as they were blown away 4-1 at a windy Belle View by championship hopefuls Marske United. Josh MacDonald gave the visitors the lead on eight minutes when Craig Gott's pass sent him clear and he finished confidently past keeper Joe Longstaff. Consett's best chance of an equaliser fell to Josh Gray 10 minutes later, but his 25-yarder smacked the bar, and it remained 0-1 at half-time. Five minutes into the second half, Marske, with the wind at their back, doubled their lead, when Glen Butterworth's cross-shot ended up in the top corner. Just before the hour MacDonald made it 3-0 with his second of the game, and he completed his hat-trick with a 30-yard free kick seven minutes from the end. In between, Michael Mackay got Consett's consolation goal - his 46th of the season in all competitions - from the penalty spot on 66 minutes, pictured, after Luke Sullivan was fouled by Liam O'Sullivan. But in truth the depleted Steelmen, who were missing three players, got what they deserved after a lacklustre performance against a Marske side who were superior in every department.

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4 April 2015

WITH 17 goals in their last three games, and a shootout in prospect between the league's top two scorers, Consett fans can have been forgiven for anticipating an Easter goalfeast at Sam Smith's Sports Ground. What they didn't expect was to see Consett lose 7-0 to Newcastle Benfield - their worst defeat in 27 years. Things began to unravel in the 13th minute when Steven Turnbull, making his debut at centre-back, was sent off for denying Benfield striker Dan Taylor a goalscoring opportunity on the edge of the box, pictured, even though the forward got past him and got his shot away, which was saved. The referee called play back, red-carded Turnbull, and gave Benfield a free-kick, which came to nothing. Benfield quickly made their extra man count, with Taylor heading them in front on 18 minutes from Paul Brayson's cross, and making it two five minutes later with a tap-in from Michael Riley's set-up. Brayson hit the bar with a volley before making it 3-0 on 31 minutes from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by keeper Joe Longstaff, who was lucky to escape with a yellow card. Consett brought on midfielder Matty Slocombe for left-back David Brown at half-time in an effort to get back into the game, but their slim hopes of a revival lasted four minutes, as ex-Steelman Richie Slaughter rifled in No 4 from the edge of the box. On 75 minutes Taylor completed his hat-trick, and on a day best forgotten, there were further goals for sub Chris Hardy (80mins) and Mark Turnbull (90 mins) as Benfield pressed home their advantage. It was Consett's worst defeat since an 8-0 home loss to Billingham Synthonia on 20 February 1988.

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28 March 2015

Michael Mackay's 250th goal for Consett was the highlight of today's 6-3 win over Bedlington Terriers, which saw both sides serve up a feast of attacking football despite the gale-force wind which battered Belle View Stadium. The visitors drew first blood, with Andrew Keenan opened the scoring after just two minutes, but Luke Sullivan levelled immediately, touching home Danny Craggs' cross from point-blank range. Craggs also created the second goal, as it was his corner which was headed home by skipper Dan Madden midway through the half. Then Calum Donohoe headed through his own goal right on half-time to give Consett a 3-1 lead. Bedlington, with the wind at their back, reduced the arrears on 70 minutes through Jordan Nellis, but another own goal by Adam Harvey restored Consett's two-goal lead five minutes later. Then came Mackay's historic goal, as he took Chris Moore's pass, deceived two men, and fired into the bottom corner on 76 minutes, before Sullivan headed his second of the game with seven minutes to go. There was still time for Andrew Ferrell to score with a deft chip from 30 yards after spotting Consett keeper Joe Longstaff off his line to make the final score 6-3 - taking the total of goals scored in this fixture to an astonishing 31 in the last three games!

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24 March 2015

Consett enjoyed their best win so far under new manager Colin Myers when they hammered Celtic Nation 7-1 at Gillford Park Stadium. Luke Sullivan's header from Danny Craggs' corner gave them the lead on 21 minutes, but the home side levelled nine minutes later through Dean Crozier after a mistake by debutant keeper Joe Longstaff. Michael Mackay's 43rd goal of the season a minute before the break, pictured, gave Consett a slender interval lead after a fairly even opening half, with little indication of what was to follow. Josh Gray, on as a second-half substitute, set up Craggs to make it 3-1 on 51 minutes, and that opened the floodgates. Two minutes later Calvin Smith made it four, chipping across the keeper into the top corner after a lightning break. Longstaff atoned for his earlier error with a couple of decent saves before a Mackay penalty made it 5-1 on 76 minutes, and Chris Moore hit number six after a poor kick-out by the Cumbrians' keeper three minutes later. The final goal came on 80 minutes, when Mackay, clean through and looking certain to complete his second hat-trick in four days, unselfishly gave Aris Guerin-Lokonga a tap-in.

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21 March 2015

Consett made it five wins out of six under new manager Colin Myers today, beating bottom club Crook Town 4-0 at the Millfield, thanks largely to a Michael Mackay hat-trick. It took 31 minutes for him to open the scoring, firing home his 40th goal of the season, (pictured), after a flowing move involving Mark Eccles, Aris Guerin-Lokonga and Adam Nicholls. Crook old boy Nicholls was again the provider for Mackay's second, a diving header six minutes before the break. Mackay completed his hat-trick - his fourth of the season - four minutes into the second half, and Aris-Guerin-Lokonga made it 4-0 on 53 minutes after being sent clear by Chris Moore. With no more goals, the highlight of the closing stages was the debut as a sub of 18-year-old Dale Stones from Consett Juniors. The result moves Consett up to 8th, and second in the form table, behind league leaders Guisborough Town.

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17 March 2015

Consett continued their promising form under new manager Colin Myers, coming from behind to win 3-2 at Newton Aycliffe this evening. Danny Craggs continued where he left off on Saturday with the opening goal in the 4th minute, however Jordan Laidler equalised for Aycliffe four minutes before the interval to make it 1-1 at half time. The home side went 2-1 up with a penalty converted by Banks, but Scott Martindale levelled the scores soon afterwards. With a draw looking on the cards, Matthew Slocombe netted to clinch the points in the 82nd minute. The win takes us up to 54 points and 9th place in the league.

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14 March 2015

Consett gained some measure of revenge for their drubbing by Jarrow Roofing earlier in the season by beating them 3-0 at Belle View Stadium. The Steelmen dominated the first half, but it took a sweet free-kick from Danny Craggs to break the deadlock on 38 minutes. Michael Mackay hit the post a minute later, but it remained 1-0 at half-time. Craggs made it two on 61 minutes, robbing a defender and driving into the box before firing home, pictured. Roofing had striker Malky Morien red-carded following an altercation with keeper Chris Elliott, before Calvin Smith completed the scoring on 81 nine minutes from time by dispatching a poor kick-out by visiting keeper Andy Hunter back over his head from 35 yards.

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10 March 2015

Consett suffered their first defeat under new manager Colin Myers tonight, losing 2-1 at Marske United in a controversial game in which they finished with only nine men. Michael Mackay's 39th goal of the season put them ahead after seven minutes and he should have doubled the lead six minutes later, when he missed a penalty. The spot-kick was awarded for a foul from behind by Adam Wheatley on Aris Guerin-Lokonga, for which the Marske defender received only a yellow card. A minute later the tables were turned when Marske were awarded a penalty in similar circumstances. But Michael Pearson was shown a straight red card for his foul on Sam Garvie, and Jamie Owens converted the kick to make it 1-1. Two minutes into the second half Consett thought their hosts should have been reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Robert Deans charged out of his area to illegally halt Mackay as he chased a long ball, but again only saw yellow, when they couldn't have complained if the card had been red. Four minutes later Matty Slocombe became the second Consett player dismissed, for a second yellow card, and before the nine men had a chance to reorganise, Danny Brunskill volleyed what proved to be the winner on 53 minutes.

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7 March 2015

Consett put a dent in Shildon's title hopes with a hard fought and well earned 1-0 victory at a blustery Dean Street. An 84th minute strike from Josh Gray (pictured) was enough to separate the teams after a tight encounter on a difficult surface. The Consett back four, expertly marshalled by man-of-the-match Dan Madden, kept a clean sheet for an extremely rare away win at Dean Street.

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3 March 2015

Consett ran out 4-1 winners in their friendly with Durham University at Belle View Stadium - the sides' second meeting in three weeks. Luke Sullivan gave them the lead from close range after just five minutes, applying the finishing touch to a low left-wing cross into the box, and Aris Guerin-Lokonga made it two on 19 minutes with a header from Calvin Smith's corner. Josh Gray got the third six minutes later, drilling home a loose ball, before David Green pulled one back for the students on 32 minutes. The only goal of a second half played in biting wind and intermittent sleet came nine minutes before the end, when Michael Mackay ran onto a through ball and slipped his shot past the keeper.

Consett: 1 Elliott, 2 Walker, 3 Brown, 4 Madden,5 Martindale (sub Pearson 60), 6 Eccles (sub Slocombe 46), 7 Sullivan, 8 Wright, 9 Guerin-Lokonga, 10 Smith (sub Craggs 46), 11 Gray (sub Mackay 55).

28 February 2015

Consett marked their first game under new manager Colin Myers by hitting Steve Harmison's Ashington for six at Belle View Stadium. Josh Gray got them off to an ideal start when he scored at the second attempt after just four minutes, but the Colliers levelled with a James Harmison header on 33 minutes. Matty Slocombe restored the lead three minutes later, firing home from Gray's pass, but the teams went in level after Glen Taylor equalised again, this time from the penalty spot after Scott Martindale's foul on Dylan Williamson. Chris Moore put Consett back in front six minutes into the second half, and after that they never looked back. In the 72nd minute Michael Mackay secured his place in the history books when he slotted home his 242nd goal for the club, (pictured), beating Colin Mcleod's all-time club record. Not content with that, he added another, his 38th of the season, five minutes from the end, and substitute Luke Sullivan made it 6-2 in injury time.

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In other news, a friendly has been arranged at Belle View this Tuesday, 3 March, against the Durham University side coached by Chris Moore. Kick-off is 7.30pm, and admission is £3 for adults, £1 for OAPs and concessions.

21 February 2015

Consett threw a spanner in the works of North Shields' title challenge after a well-earned 2-2 draw at Belle View Stadium. Michael Mackay opened the scoring after half an hour, finishing at the second attempt, pictured, after the visiting keeper saved his bundled first effort from Chris Moore's cross. It was his 36th goal of the season and his 241st for the Steelmen - equalling Colin McLeod's all-time record. Shields made a double change at half-time and it paid immediate dividends, as one sub, Gary Day, set up the other, Denver Morris, to make it 1-1 on 51 minutes. Luke Sullivan fired a tremendous 20-yard free-kick into the top corner to restore Consett's lead on 68 minutes, but the scores were levelled again as Day finished from close range five minutes later. Both sides had further chances, but it ended honours even, which was about right.

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18 February 2015

Consett have appointed former Bishop Auckland boss Colin Myers as the successor to Kenny Lindoe. The 46-year-old from Washington was chosen from more than a dozen applicants, from which he was considered the outstanding candidate for the job.

He agreed terms today, and will meet his new players for the first time tomorrow night. Coach Simon Harris will take training and pick the team for Saturday's home game v North Shields, and Colin will assume full charge on Monday.

Colin, who has been assistant manager at Blyth Spartans since June 2013, helping them to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup this season, said: "I am delighted to be joining a club whose ambitions match my own. I'm coming here to win things, and can't wait to get started."

Chairman Frank Bell said: "The calibre of candidates who applied for the job was exceptional, including some with great knowledge of the Northern League and higher levels, and we believe we have the right man in Colin to take us forward.

"He has the rest of this season to assess the players and address what is required for us to seriously challenge for honours. Our aim is to win the Northern League and FA Vase within the next two years, and we hope the supporters will give Colin and the team their full backing."

Both Simon Harris and goalkeeping coach Ben Cole will remain at the club as part of Colin's backroom staff.

Meanwhile, Consett have registered an Under-21 side with the FA, and hope to have the side, which is seen as an important link between the juniors and the first team, set up in time for next season, with Kenny Lindoe overseeing recruitment and development of players.

14 February 2015

Consett were well-beaten by high-flying Guisborough Town today, going down 3-0 at the King George V Stadium. Missing the injured Luke Sullivan, the Steelmen were toothless up front, and it was no surprise that they found themselves two down to their second-placed hosts by the break. Luke Bythway opened the scoring on 17 minutes, slotting home the rebound after Dan McWilliams' initial effort was blocked. And he doubled the advantage 10 minutes later, firing home after good work on the right by Adam Gell. Consett didn't force a serious save out of Guisborough keeper Daniel Dixon all game, and although they improved in the second half, they couldn't really complain when James Risbrough made it 3-0 in the 89th minute.

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10 February 2015

Consett drew 3-3 in a friendly against a very useful Durham University side at a foggy Belle View tonight. The Steelmen took the lead against the run of play when Aris Guerin-Lokonga swept home Adam Nicholls' pullback from 12 yards on 21 minutes. It was 2-0 seven minutes later when Luke Sullivan was tripped by the left-back as he ran onto a pass from his strike partner, and picked himself up to tuck away the resulting penalty. But the Students, coached by Consett winger Chris Moore, reduced the arrears on 38 minutes when Brandon Goode finished from six yards from a right-wing cross, and levelled two minutes before the break when David Green's shot slipped through Chris Elliott's grasp. The fit, slick young Durham side, who play in the BUCS Premier North, took the lead five minutes into the second half when Gustavo Silva rifled home from the edge of the box. Calvin Smith spared Consett's blushes when he curled a free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards on 54 minutes to complete the scoring. With the fog getting worse, it was a miracle the game finished, but it somehow did, and it ended honours even.

Consett: 1 Chris Elliott 2 Michael Pearson 3 Mark Eccles 4 Jonny Wright 5 Scott Martindale (sub Carl Piecha 46) 6 Dan Madden (sub Chris Moore 73) 7 Corey Nicholson 8 Danny Craggs (sub Calvin Smith 46) 9 Luke Sullivan (sub Michael Mackay 46) 10 Aris Guerin-Lokonga 11 Adam Nicholls (sub David Brown 46.

8 February 2015

The friendly match against Durham University, which was postponed on 20 January due to snow has been re-arranged for this Tuesday night, 10 February 2015 with a 7:30 kick off.

7 February 2015

Life after Kenny Lindoe began with a 5-1 win over Morpeth Town at Belle View, and there was a familiar face in the home dugout - Kenny himself, who has stayed on as acting manager until his successor is appointed. Both sides hit the bar and created several other chances in an open, entertaining first half, but Morpeth led through a 16th-minute header from the unmarked Sean Taylor. Josh Gray levelled a minute into the second half, and Luke Sullivan made it 2-1 on 54 minutes after being unselfishly set up by strike partner Michael Mackay. Danny Craggs finished at the second attempt to extend the lead on 66 minutes (pictured), and Sullivan was again on the spot to finish after the Morpeth keeper couldn't hold man-of-the-match Gray's fierce 87th-minute drive. The final goal came a minute later, when Mackay was left one-on-one with the keeper, with a predictable outcome. The goal takes Micky to 35 this season and 240 in our colours - one behind Consett legend Colin McLeod's all-time club record.

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31 January 2015

Tomorrow's away game at Celtic Nation has been POSTPONED already due to snow, with no prospect of the pitch at Carlisle Railway Club being playable.

28 January 2015

Kenny Lindoe has stepped down as manager of Consett AFC with immediate effect. Kenny won’t be severing his links with the club, however; he will be staying on in a role, responsible for finding and developing young players and forging links around the North East and beyond. The Steelmen plan to start a reserve side next season, as well as a team to represent the club in the FA Youth Cup, and Kenny will be instrumental in the recruitment of players.

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24 January 2015

Today's home game against Penrith has been POSTPONED due to ice on the pitch at Belle View Stadium.

20 January 2015

Tonight's friendly against Durham University was postponed due to a snow bound pitch at Belle View.

19 January 2015

Consett have arranged a short-notice friendly against Durham University at Belle View Stadium on Tuesday 20 January 2015, with 7.30pm kick off. Admission is £1, which includes a free raffle ticket.

17 January 2015

CONSETT’S best FA Vase run in seven years came to an end in front of a bumper crowd of 624 at the Daren Persson Stadium, when they were given a lesson in playing on the break by Northern League leaders North Shields, who ran out 4-1 winners. Shields took the lead after just four minutes, when Denver Morris slid to convert a cross from barely a yard out. On the stroke of half time Gareth Bainbridge gave the home side a 2-0 lead from the penalty spot. Bainbridge struck again eight minute after the break to effectively end the contest, and substitute James Luccock made it 4-0 on 68 minutes, cutting in from the left before firing into the corner. Consett's big travelling support, which must have numbered three figures, were given something to cheer in the 76th minute, when Calvin Smith scored with a looping header from 12 yards from Moore’s cross from the right. However it was North Shields who marched into the last 16 of the Vase and on this form they stand every chance of going all the way.

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10 January 2015

A goal in each half from Luke Sullivan led the way as Consett won their mid-table tussle with Whitley Bay 4-1 in awful conditions at Belle View. Peter Watling had cancelled out Sullivan's opener but top scorer Michael MacKay headed Consett into a 2-1 interval lead (pictured). Sullivan's second and a late goal for Johnny Wright secured the points in the second half.

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8 January 2015

A severely-depleted Consett bowed out of the Durham Challenge Cup at the 2nd Round stage as they lost 2-0 to Gateshead at the International Stadium. A goal early in each half beat Kenny Lindoe's side, who were missing eight players through injury, suspension or ineligibility. The opener after four minutes came from a quick break from a Consett corner. Liam Thear's pass left Dean Briggs with only the keeper to beat, and although former Cowdenbeath stopper Thomas Flynn, making his debut, blocked his shot, he couldn't prevent the ball looping in. The second came on 48 minutes, when Carl Finnigan was left clean through, and although Flynn did well to save his initial effort, the ex-Newcastle striker volleyed home the rebound.

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7 January 2015

Consett are putting on a supporters bus for the FA Vase 4th Round tie at North Shields on Saturday 17 January 2015, ko 3:00pm. It will be leaving Belle View at 1:15pm and will be priced at £10 per person. If you would like a place on the bus, please call in at the club bar to pay in advance.

3 January 2015

A spirited second-half comeback wasn't enough for Consett as they were beaten 3-2 by Dunston at the UTS Stadium. A lacklustre first 45 minutes saw them trailing 2-0 at half-time to goals from Dan Wilson on 15 minutes and old boy Dale Burrell on the half-hour. When Luke Sullivan reduced the arrears five minutes after the break and a stunning strike from Michael Mackay, (pictured), levelled things up before the hour, it looked like anyone's game. Dunston got the winner with seven minutes left, when Wilson broke through to score his second of the game. To cap a bad day, Carl Piecha was shown a straight red card on 86 minutes after bringing down Wilson when he was last man, and will miss the FA Vase game at North Shields, along with Matty Slocombe and Aris Guerin-Lokonga.

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27 December 2014

CONSETT and Durham served up a Christmas cracker at a chilly Belle View, with six goals, the same number of yellow cards and chances galore in a game which more than made up for the 0-0 stalemate on August Bank Holiday Monday. Luke Sullivan opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a simple tap-in (pictured), but Ryan Noble leveled four minutes later. Noble struck again on the stroke of half time to give the visitors a 1-2 lead at the break. The lead lasted just three minutes into the second period through through Michael Mackay's unstoppable shot - his 32nd goal of the season. Jonny Davis put City back in front again on 54 minutes but within nine minutes Consett were level again as Sullivan poked the ball past the keeper for his second and Consett's third. Despite many more chances it remained 3-3 at full time.

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20 December 2014

CONSETT came from behind for the third game in a row, but had to settle for a point from a winning position in a 2-2 draw at West Allotment Celtic. Ill-discipline afflicted the Steelmen again though, as they finished with only 10 men for the second successive game. Michael Bell headed Celtic into a 16th minute lead, but Carl Piecha prodded home a rebound to equalise 11 minutes later after his own header had been saved. Luke Sullivan’s fired home an excellent strike from the edge of the box to make it 2-1 to Consett on 70 minutes (pictured), but Sean Reid levelled within six minutes. Consett’s hopes of finding a winner all but disappeared when sub Aris Guerin-Lokonga was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident seven minutes from time.

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16 December 2014

Consett ran out 2-1 winners at home to Sunderland RCA this evening. Consett old boy Tony Coe gave the visitors a half time lead with a 34th minute goal. It was a lead they held until fifteen minutes from the end when Josh Gray fired home an equaliser from 35 yards (pictured). Michael Mackay got the all-important winner in the 87th minute, prodding home the rebound from his own saved shot.

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13 December 2014

Consett came from 1-2 down to record an excellent 5-2 win over Bishop Auckland. Michael Mackay scored a hat trick, two of them penalties, the third a header (pictured), with Luke Sullivan and Josh Gray scoring the others.

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9 December 2014

Consett had to settle for a point tonight ina 1-1 draw against lowly Billingham Synthonia in a game played in atrocious conditions at Belle View Stadium. A gale-force wind and driving rain made it difficult for both sides. Synners, with the wind at their back, took the lead on eight minutes, when Michael Sweet broke from midfield into the box, played Joe Carter in with a cheeky backheel, and the winger did the rest. Consett's reply came on 31 minutes when Aris Guerin-Lokonga was fouled from behind and Michael Mackay stepped up to tuck away the penalty for his 27th goal of the season, pictured. Kicking with the wind, Consett dominated the second half, but could not find a winner against their doughty visitors. A point apiece was little use to either side, as Billingham remain third-bottom, and Consett dropped a place to 14th, after Ashington beat Durham City.

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8 December 2014

In the draw today for the FA Vase 4th Round, Consett were again given a tough tie against a fellow-Northern League Division One side. The Steelmen have been drawn away to North Shields who currently sit one place below Saturday opponents Marske United in third place. The game will be played at the Daren Persson Stadium in North Shileds on Saturday 17 January 2015.

6 December 2014

Consett progressed to the 4th Round of the FA Vase for the first time in seven years today with a thrilling 3-2 extra time win over Marske United. The Steelmen had already hit the woodwork three times before Michael Mackay gave them the lead in the 35th minute, heading home Luke Sullivan's cross from six yards. And Mackay struck again on 53 minutes, applying the finishing touch to Josh Gray's cross. But Marske showed why they are second in the league by scoring twice through Jamie Owens in the 58th and 90th minutes to take the game into extra time. The winner came from the boot of Danny Craggs, who planted a 109th-minute free-kick into the top corner (pictured).

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3 December 2014

SHAMBOLIC is the only way to describe Consett's embarrassing capitulation at Dr Pit Welfare Park as they threw away a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 to a Bedlington Terriers side who had lost their last five league games. It all started so well, with Michael Mackay firing them in front after eight minutes, pictured, and Luke Sullivan doubling their lead two minutes later. Lee Scott pulled one back for the home side on 17 minutes, but Consett's response was to score twice more, through Sullivan on 24 minutes and Mackay 10 minutes later. The Steelmen looked completely in control, with Josh Gray running riot down the left, but alarm bells started ringing when two goals in as many minutes from Scott again and Jordan Nellis made it 4-3 at half-time. The second half of Kenny Lindoe's 500th game in charge saw Consett simply roll over in the face of a spirited comeback from a young Terriers team. Scott completed his hat-trick to level the scores five minutes in, and two goals from Dylan Williamson on 58 and 62 completed a remarkable turnaround. It could have been worse for Consett, who showed nothing as an attacking force after the break, and were a well-beaten side long before the end. Goalkeeper Chris Elliott pulled off several saves, including one superb one from the excellent Nellis.

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29 November 2014

Consett were beaten 2-0 by league leaders West Auckland today, but can count themselves unlucky after playing for an hour with 10 men. The Steelmen were edging the game at the Seagraves Stadium, with Ryan Bell firing their best chance just over, pictured, before the incident which changed the course of the game. Michael Pearson was shown a straight red card on 33 minutes after the referee decided he was last man when he clipped the heels of Alex Francis. To add insult to injury, Robbie Briggs scored the resulting penalty to put West 1-0 up. Consett matched their high-flying opponents until the 77th minute, when a defensive mistake allowed Francis to seal the points.It was the fourth successive season that Consett have left Darlington Road on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

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24 November 2014

In today's draw for the 3rd round of the FA Vase, Consett were given a home tie against fellow-Northern League Division One side Marske United. The game will be played on either Friday 5 or Saturday 6 December 2014.

22 November 2014

(pic: George Ledger)

Consett marched into the 3rd round of the FA Vase with an emphatic 8-0 over near-neighbours Whickham at Belle View Stadium. Luke Sullivan broke the deadlock with just six minutes on the clock, rifling a shot home from the edge of the box. It was still 1-0 a minute before half time, but Adam Nicholls doubled Consett's lead with a firm header. This set up a second half romp in which the Steelmen scored six times without reply. Michael Mackay scored his customary goal on 49 minutes, then six minutes later Sullivan added his second and Consett's fourth after Moore swapped passes with Nicholls. Consett made it five in the 59th minute through captain Dan Madden's bullet header (pictured). Fourteen minutes from time Sullivan completed his hat trick, before Aris Guerin-Lokonga chipped in with the seventh two minutes later. Sullivan's fourth goal of the day completed the rout in the 85th minute, converting a Chris Moore cross.

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18 November 2014

Consett were second-best in every department as they were beaten 5-1 at home by an impressive Shildon tonight - and will have to do without the services of captain Dan Madden for three games after he was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident. The visitors took the lead after just two minutes when right-back Jamie Harwood showed more determination than anyone else to get to a right-wing corner and headed home from inside the six-yard box. On 12 minutes it was 2-0 as a simple pass through the middle left Paul Connor with just Chris Elliott to beat, which he did with ease. Shildon could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty by captain Mark Hudson on 33 minutes, as yet more poor defending saw Chris Emms make it three on the stroke of half-time. Adam Nicholls came on for the second half, and it was his neat 56th-minute finish, pictured, after a one-two with Michael Mackay, which gave Consett brief hope of salvaging something from the game. All that went out the window when Madden was shown a straight red card 11 minutes from time, and the visitors added more goals from two subs, Lee Scroggins on 89 minutes and Michael Rae with a free-kick in the 93rd minute, to complete the rout.

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15 November 2014

Consett will have it all to do again after their game at Marske United's GER Stadium was abandoned after 69 minutes due to floodlight failure. The home side led 1-0 at the time through a 24th-minute Danny Brunskill goal, though keeper Robert Dean had a blinder, making half a dozen good saves, including one from Aris Guerin-Lokonga, pictured.

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11 November 2014

Consett eased through the 1st Round of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 5-2 win at Ryhope Colliery Welfare, with the game won inside six dramatic first-half minutes. Our first visit to Meadow Park in 42 years began disastrously when ex-Steelman David Pounder smashed one into the top corner from 25 yards after two minutes to put the 2nd Division side ahead. Aris Guerin-Lokonga levelled 10 minutes later, and looked certain to score a second on 23 minutes until Ryhope's other Consett old boy, goalkeeper Barry Poskett, handled outside the box, and was sent off. Player-manager Gary Pearson went in goal, but his first task was to pick the ball out of the net three minutes later as Josh Gray's cross from the left squirmed under his body at the near post. A minute later it was 3-1 as Gray's cross gave Michael Mackay an easy finish. Then on 29 minutes Gray rifled a shot into the top corner to make it 4-1, and Mackay added a fifth goal eight minutes before the break, pictured, to give Consett a 5-1 half-time lead. With the game effectively over, Consett took their foot off the pedal in the second half, though Calvin Smith headed against the bar and a deflected Guerin-Lokonga shot hit the post. To their credit, 10-man Ryhope created several chances of their own, and got their reward with an 89-minute consolation goal from Martin Metcalfe. Consett will face Gateshead Reserves in the 2nd Round, with the tie to be played by 10 January.

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10 November 2014

A quick bit of fixture news, next week's away fixture with Shildon has now been switched to a home game for us on Tuesday 18 November 2014 with a 7.30 kick off..

8 November 2014

Consett had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Benfield at a foggy Belle View Stadium. The visitors were grateful to their third-choice goalkeeper Sean Korsbo, called in as a late replacement for Sam Busby who had injured himself in the warm-up. The young stopper pulled off a string of impressive saves to earn his side a point. A goalless first half was held up for 12 minutes when on of the linesmen injured himself and a replacement was sought from the crowd. Benfield took the lead on 63 minutes through Dan Taylor who converted from close range with Consett appealing in vain for offside. The visitors' lead lasted just eight minutes though, when ex-Steelman Stephen Tobin headed a Josh Gray cross into his own net.

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3 November 2014

The draw for the 2nd Round of the FA Vase took place today, and in a spooky echo of our FA Cup progress - where a win over Silsden brought us the reward of a home tie against Whickham - our win in the 1st Round of the Vase against Silsden on Saturday again brought us the reward of a home tie against Whickham! The match is to be played on Saturday 22 November 2014.

1 November 2014

Two goals from Michael Mackay - his 18th and 19th of the season - saw Consett beat Silsden 2-1 in a tight FA Vase 1st Round encounter at Belle View Stadium. He put them ahead with his first touch on 21 seconds, supplying an unerring finish to Chris Moore's pass as the Steelmen won possession from the visitors' kick-off. And a 54th-minute penalty after Matty Slocombe was bundled over seemed to put Consett in control, pictured. The West Yorkshire side made it an uneasy last few minutes, however, as left-back Ben Crabtree curled a 20-yard free-kick round the wall and in off the post. But the home defence held firm to take their place in Monday's 2nd Round draw.

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In other news, Consett won't have a midweek game this week, as both their previously-scheduled opponents are involved in cup ties, Shildon in the Durham Challenge Cup, and DCC opponents Ryhope CW in a Vase replay. The next game will be at home to Newcastle Benfield on Saturday.

30 October 2014

In today's Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round draw, the winners of the postponed tie between Ryhope CW and Consett will face Conference side Gateshead away. The match is to be played by Saturday 10 January 2015.

28 October 2014

Consett's Durham Challenge Cup tie away at Ryhope CW was postponed this evening due to a waterlogged pitch at Ryhope Recreation Ground.

25 October 2014

Consett beat Crook Town 5-0 at Belle View Stadium today, but it took a debatable goal to get the scoring underway on 41 minutes. Calvin Smith's powerful header from Chris Moore's cross (pictured) was parried up in the air by visiting keeper Ryan Graham, who then appeared to have just prevented the ball crossing the line. The linesman thought otherwise and signalled to the referee that it was a goal to set the Steelmen on their way. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as the keeper saved Aris Guerin-Lokonga's header from Smith's corner, but Jonny Wright reacted quickest to smash the ball home from point-blank range. Midway through the second half it was 3-0, as Michael Mackay took the ball down superbly and set up Moore to chip the keeper. Consett had to wait until the 86th minute for the next goal, as the returning Danny Craggs - on as a half-time sub - rolled a free-kick into the path of Smith to fire into the bottom corner. Two more subs, Chris Youldon and Luke Sullivan, combined right on time to make it 5-0, with Sully rounding the keeper to score.

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21 October 2014

Michael Mackay's 17th goal of the season gave Consett a 1-0 win over Guisborough Town at a windswept Belle View. He struck after 14 minutes, firing home a first-time shot from 15 yards with his left foot from Matty Slocombe's pass. Both sides played better against the wind than with it, and the Steelmen were grateful to keeper Chris Elliott for several good saves in the second half, particularly after they were reduced to 10 men by Ryan Bell's second yellow card.

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18 October 2014

Consett had an afternoon to forget at Jarrow Roofing, losing 5-0, with home striker John Campbell helping himself to all five goals. He opened the scoring in the first minute with a clinical finish, and made it two on 19 minutes, from ex-Steelman Lewis Teasdale's pass. He completed his hat-trick five minutes before half-time, with a penalty awarded for a push on Dan Kirkup at a corner. Consett had their chances, with Calvin Smith's cross helped onto the post by the keeper at 1-0, and Luke Sullivan hitting the other upright with a header at 2-0. Once again the misses proved costly, as Campbell made it 4-0 a minute into the second half, pictured. His fifth goal, in the 73rd minute, was the best of the lot, when he spotted Chris Elliott off his line and lobbed him from fully 50 yards, from a position near the left touchline. Consett almost grabbed a late consolation, but the keeper touched substitute Adam Nicholls' effort onto the bar.

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14 October 2014

Missed chances proved costly for Consett as they were beaten 3-1 by Dunston UTS at Belle View - their first home defeat of the season. Old boy Gary Ormston opened the scoring on 11 minutes, being given time and space at a corner to turn and fire home from eight yards. The closest Consett came to an equaliser in a fog-bound first half was a Chris Moore 20-yarder which visiting keeper Liam Connell touched onto the post. It took just two minutes of the second half for the Steelmen to level, with Michael Mackay scoring a rare header from Josh Gray's cross. Consett looked like they might go on to win the game, but squandered a hatful of chances. They paid the price when Dunston regained the lead through Jonny Wightman on 76 minutes and another old boy, Andrew Bulford - one of six ex-Consett players in the Tynesiders' 16 - clinched the points two minutes later.

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9 October 2014

Picture: Ian Horrocks

A goal fest at Belle View as Consett defeated a youthful Newcastle under 21 side 7-4. Remarkably, Consett were 5-0 up at half time with a penalty from Michael MacKay and a solo effort from Adam Nicholls adding to a superb Luke Sullivan hat trick. The vistitors were much improved in the second half and registered goals through Tom Heardman (2) Greg Olley and Stefan Broccoli while Sullivan notched his fourth for the Steelmen in addition to a strike from Chris Moore.

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In other news, player-coach Steve Bowey has left the club to return to Newcastle Benfield after they parted company with their manager Neil Saxton. 'Bowser', who signed in the summer, made six substitute appearances for the Steelmen, scoring twice - the crucial third in the 4-2 win at Penrith and the last in the 5-0 FA Vase win at Hall Road Rangers. All at Belle View Stadium wish him well - apart from when he returns with Benfield on 8 November!

8 October 2014

CONSETT AFC’s latest addition to their backroom staff is one which will raise eyebrows in the Northern League and beyond – former Newcastle United Academy development coach Willie Donachie. The former Manchester City and Scotland defender agreed to help out after striking up a relationship with chairman Frank Bell after bringing his Magpies side for the opening game at Belle View Stadium last November.

“Willie rang me a couple of weeks ago and asked if there was any way he could be of assistance to us, " said Frank. "You’re not going to turn down the chance to have the benefit of a coach with his experience, so I nearly took his hand off. He’s watched our last three games, at Morpeth, Hall Road Rangers and Bishop Auckland, and has already suggested a few areas where we might improve. I’m absolutely delighted he’s helping us out, he’s very professional, with a brilliant pedigree, and we can only benefit from his experience.”

Willie, 63, had been coaching in California since leaving Newcastle United in February, and hopes to find another full-time job in the professional game, but is happy to lend a hand at Consett until something permanent comes along. “I was

very impressed with the set-up at Consett when I was here with Newcastle, and I thought they were very nice people. I’d been coaching out in America, in California, and when that came to end I came home to see if there was anything for me in England. When nothing came up, I rang Frank and asked if I could help in any way. There’s a lot of fear in football, with managers and coaches thinking that you’re after their job, but that’s not the case here. Everybody has been so friendly, which was made me think of the club in the first place when I found myself at a loose end.

“Manager Kenny Lindoe has been very receptive to the things I’ve suggested, and in Simon Harris, Consett have a very good up and coming coach who will do very well in the game. I like what Frank and his staff are trying to build at Consett, making the club part of the community, and I’m trying to help in whatever way I can. Yes, there’s a big gulf between players who are hoping to make it in the Premier League and those in the Northern League, but I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Some of the players here are technically very good, but the difference is that they’re not training full-time. I want to work with anyone who wants to work and learn, whether they’re young pros or non-league players. I just want to help them improve. When I was at Newcastle I coached the Under-12s as well as the Under-21s – I just want to help players realise their potential.”

With nearly 600 games as a pro to his name at Manchester City, Norwich City, Burnley and Oldham Athletic, not to mention 35 full caps for Scotland, and managerial experience at Millwall and Antigua & Barbuda, as well as coaching at Newcastle and a host of other clubs, Willie certainly has the credentials to make a difference at Belle View.

7 October 2014

Consett had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw with Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park in a game they could and probably should have won. After a tepid first half-hour the Steelmen came alive as half-time approached, but the score remained 0-0. They went ahead on 68 minutes with a controversial goal from Michael Mackay, his 15th of the season. Adam Nicholls' cross from the left saw Aris Guerin-Lokonga challenge for the ball with Bishops keeper Scott Pocklington, who went down clutching his head. The home defenders claimed a foul, but Mackay played on, slotted the ball home from 10 yards, pictured, and referee Lindsey Robinson let the goal stand. Bishops levelled on 82 minutes, when Kyle Davis slipped his marker to volley home a cross at the back post.

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6 October 2014

Consett have announced that they will be playing a Newcastle United XI this Thursday 9 October 2014 at Belle View with a 7.00pm kick off. Admission is £6 adults, £3 concessions and £1 under-16s.

In today's FA Vase 1st Round draw, Consett were handed a home tie against North West Counties League side Silsden. We have, of course, aleady met once this season, when the Steelmen travelled to their Angel Telecom Stadium for an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie in August and returned with a 2-0 victory. The tie will be played at Belle View on Saturday 1 November.

4 October 2014

A 12-minute Michael Mackay hat-trick provided the platform for Consett to ease through the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Vase with a comfortable 5-0 win at Hall Road Rangers' Dene Park ground. He opened the scoring against the Northern Counties East League 1st Division side after just seven minutes, finishing at the second attempt from Adam Nicholls' pass, pictured. Three minutes later the Steelmen were in complete control when Calvin Smith spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed him from 30 yards. On 15 minutes Mackay scored his second, firing past the keeper after Chris Moore's pass sent him clear. And four minutes later the game was effectively over, as Josh Gray provided the pass for Mackay to complete his hat-trick. Consett had many more chances, but had to wait until the 80th minute for another goal, when substitute Steve Bowey sidefooted home after good work down the left by Mark Eccles and Moore.

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1 October 2014

CONSETT brought their four-match losing streak away from home to an end after coming from behind to beat fourth-placed Morpeth Town 3-2 at Craik Park. Matty Slocombe got the Steelmen off to an ideal start, firing home the rebound after his shot had come back off the post after good work by Adam Nicholls down the left. But Morpeth skipper Sean Taylor headed them level on 18 minutes, then fired them ahead on the half-hour from the edge of the box. Calvin Smith made it all square a minute before the break with a 22-yard free-kick which took a slight deflection off the wall. The winner came seven minutes into the second half when man-of-the-match Nicholls surged forward from midfield and played in Aris Guerin-Lokonga, who, despite the close attentions of a defender, finished into the top corner for his first goal of the season. His celebration is pictured above.

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29 September 2014

Some fixture changes to make you aware of:

Weds 1 Oct (A) Morpeth Town
Tues 7 Oct (A) Bishop Auckland
Sat 11 Oct (A) Shildon - POSTPONED, as they will be in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup that day
Tues 14 Oct (H) Dunston UTS

In the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round we have been drawn away to Ryhope CW, with the game to be played by Sat 1 Nov

27 September 2014

CONSETT slumped to their third defeat in a week and their fourth in the last five games after a worryingly toothless display saw them go down 0-3 at the Daren Persson Stadium against promoted North Shields. The Steelmen trailed 0-1 at half time to a Denver Morris close range header in the 14th minute. Despite a better performance in the second half, two goals from Gareth Bainbridge - scored in the 63rd and 89th minutes - sealed their fate.

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23 September 2014

A third defeat in four games saw Consett bow out of the Brooks Mileson League Cup in the 1st Round, as they were beaten 2-1 at Dunston UTS. The home side took the lead on 25 minutes when Jordan Galloway, making his first start, lost the ball just outside his own box, and grateful striker Daniel Wilson accepted the gift, firing across Chris Elliott into the far corner. Playing with an experimental formation, the Steelmen created little in the first half, but drew level within three minutes of the restart, with skipper Dan Madden getting his first goal from the club from a half-cleared corner, pictured. Parity only lasted six minutes, however, as Wilson took advantage of another defensive mistake to score what turned out to be the winner.

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20 September 2014

A below-par performance at Woodhorn Lane saw Consett's unbeaten start to their Northern League season come to an end today when they lost 2-0 at Ashington. They fell behind after 27 minutes when they gave the ball away in midfield, and a swift Colliers break was finished from close range by right-back Lance McGlen. Chris Elliott made a flying save from old boy Marc Walton's header to keep the score at 1-0 at half-time as Consett struggled to get going. They thought they had equalised two minutes into the second half, when Carl Piecha headed home from a corner, only to see his 'goal' ruled out for a foul. The Steelmen created and squandered several more chances, though Michael Mackay was unlucky to see a shot hit the underside of the bar and bounce out with seven minutes to go, pictured. He then had the ball in the net after latching onto Aris Guerin-Lokonga's flick-on and rounding the keeper, but was flagged offside. But there was no way back when a cross from the left was laid back in to the path of - who else? - Walton, who sealed the win three minutes left.

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16 September 2014

Consett made it three wins in three home league games, with 15 goals scored and none conceded, when they beat Celtic Nation 4-0 at Belle View Stadium. Luke Sullivan opened the scoring on 13 minutes when he beat keeper Adam Coward to Josh Gray's left-wing cross to stab the ball home from seven yards. A couple of minutes before half-time it was two when a defender tried to head Chris Elliott's huge punt downfield back to his keeper, sold him short, and Michael Mackay nipped in to score. Chris Moore got in on the act on 57 minutes, rifling into the bottom corner from just outside the box. And Mackay completed the scoring five minutes later with his 11th goal in 11 games. A superb Calvin Smith pass from deep inside his own half sent him clear, and he kept his nerve to slot past the keeper. Smith almost made it five with the last kick of the game, but his audacious 50-yard lob dropped just over the bar after he spotted the keeper off his line.

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13 September 2014

Consett bowed out of the FA Cup with their heads held high despite being beaten 2-0 at Workington's Borough Park in the 1st Qualifying Round. They went behind on 12 minutes when left winger Adam Telfer marked his debut by cutting inside and unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner. On 38 minutes the Reds grabbed a second, when Daniel Wordsworth thumped a header against the bar from a right-wing corner, and the ball fell at the feet of his fellow centre-half Kyle May to stab home from close range. Consett, who'd had more of the possession without being able to turn it into clear-cut chances against opponents two divisions above them, had a strong penalty appeal turned down within a minute when Josh Gray appeared to have his legs whipped from under him. The second half again saw the Steelmen play the better football, but they were unable to break down their well-drilled Evo-Stik Premier League hosts. Their best chance came four minutes from the end when Steve Bowey was thwarted by keeper Jonny Jamieson, pictured.

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12 September 2014

This Saturday, 13 September, Consett are playing away at Workington in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup (NB - NOT Guisborough Town at home as previously stated on this site). The club have a bus going to the match which is leaving from the ground at 10.30 am, the cost being £10.00.

10 September 2014

Consett extended their unbeaten run to nine games and picked up their first three-point haul of the season on their travels with a hard-earned 4-2 win at Penrith's Frenchfield Park. Michael Mackay gave the Steelmen an 18th-minute lead, latching on to Josh Gray's pass and slotting past keeper Joshua Richardson, pictured. But the sides went in level after the Cumbrians equalised right on half-time through Ryan Hall, who was left with a one-on-one against Chris Elliott. Four minutes into the second half the home side took the lead through Matthew Read, but Matty Slocombe made it 2-2 on 54 minutes, firing home from 18 yards. It was two inspired substitutions which won the game for Consett. First, veteran player-coach Steve Bowey restored the lead on 76 minutes, bundling home Chris Moore's deep cross at the far post for his first goal for the club. Then Luke Sullivan made certain of the points in the 89th minute, timing his run to perfection to side home Calvin Smith's cross.

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6 September 2014

All roads still lead to Wembley for Consett as they recorded a hard fought 2-1 win over Northern Counties East Premier side Thackley at Belle View in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Vase. A late header from substitute Adam Nicholls sent the home side through after the sides had gone to the interval at 1-1 - a 30th minute own goal from Liam Hudson cancelling out Chris Davey's 14th minute opener for the visitors. Thackley did exert more pressure in the final minutes but they couldn't find the breakthrough and Consett saw the game out to set up a tie away to Hall Road Rangers.

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2 September 2014

Consett continued their impressive start to the season with a convincing 7-0 win over West Allotment Celtic at Belle View Stadium this evening. Ryan Bell set the ball rolling on 16 minutes with a 25-yard rocket, and it stayed 1-0 until the 35th minute when three quickfire Consett goals killed the contest. Michael Mackay made it 2-0 from the penalty spot before adding the third five minutes later. A stooping header from Calvin Smith on the stroke of half time made it 4-0 at the break. Luke Sullivan latched onto a superb ball from Chris Moore to chip the keeper three minutes into the second half, and on 62 minutes Carl Piecha headed home the sixth. Mackay completed his hat trick with another header ten minutes from the end to round off a highly satisfactory night's work for the Steelmen.

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Northern League Div 1
Pos Team Pl GD Pts
5 Washington 9 10 21
6 North Shields 13 7 20
7 Dunston UTS 11 16 19
8 CONSETT 12 4 19
9 Sunderland RCA 12 -3 18
10 Penrith 13 1 16
11 Durham City 13 -2 14

(7 October 2015)

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