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26 July 2014

Consett’s pre-season friendly continued with a comfortable win over more Northern League 2nd Division opponents as they beat Esh Winning 5-1 at Belle View Stadium. Esh – who stepped in after scheduled opponents Hebburn Town pulled out in midweek – took the lead on 11 minutes when Luke Wilson was fouled in the box and converted the resulting penalty. It took 20 minutes for Consett to restore parity. Mark Eccles put in a deep cross from the left, Josh Gray fired the ball back into the middle and Luke Sullivan finished from six yards. Two minutes before the break Consett took the lead, when an Esh defender was adjudged to have handled in the area, and Sullivan stepped up to make it 2-1 at half-time. Four minutes into the second half the lead was extended when a burst of acceleration took Gray into the box, and his pass set up Michael Mackay for a simple finish. On 53 minutes it was 4-1, as Sullivan completed his hat-trick with an assured strike from the edge of the box. Not to be outdone, Mackay made it 5-1 on 84 minutes with an even better finish from virtually the same place (pictured). It was nearly six, but Ryan Bell – making his first pre-season appearance after returning from injury – hit the bar from 20 yards.

22 July 2014

Consett continued their pre-season build-up with a good win over Northern League champions Spennymoor Town. Moors, who will be playing in the Evo-Stik League Division One North this season, sent a young side, containing just half a dozen first-teamers, to Belle View Stadium. And they paid the price, heading home on the wrong end of a 5-1 hiding. Michael Mackay opened the scoring after six minutes from a Luke Sullivan pass, and Sully made it 2-0 on 19 minutes with another for his growing collection of ‘worldies’. Calvin Smith picked him out with a diagonal pass and he let it bounce on the right-hand corner of the box before smashing it home right-footed, (pictured). Josh Gray also hit the post, and with better finishing, Consett could have been more than 2-0 up at the break. It took just 47 seconds of the second half to increase the lead, however, as Chris Youldon – one of four half-time substitutes – fired into the top corner after surging forward from midfield. Spennymoor replied within a couple of minutes, when Dan Taylor pulled one back from the edge of the box. But another of the subs, Aris Guerin-Lokonga, restored the three-goal advantage on 58 minutes, finishing from 15 yards, and he made it 5-1 on 72 minutes after being fouled in the box and tucking away the resulting penalty. It could have been more, but Adam Nicholls’ effort was superbly cleared off the line by a defender after he had rounded the keeper.

19 July 2014

Consett were in the mood for goals again in their latest warm-up game, beating Wearside League neighbours Annfield Plain 7-0 in the annual friendly. Luke Sullivan set things rolling on eight minutes with a well-taken goal. He received the ball from Dan Madden in midfield, spread it wide to Adam Nicholls, took his return pass and fired into the bottom left corner from 22 yards (pictured). On 26 minutes Aris Guerin-Lokonga made it two from the penalty spot after he had been hauled down from behind. And six minutes later it was three, when Sullivan’s cross from the left byline was chested home by Matty Slocombe from point-blank range at the back post. Calvin Smith made it 4-0 on 35 minutes after being set up by Aris following a good move down the right. And four minutes before the break Sullivan got his second from inside the six-yard box after a good run down the left and low, hard cross from Mark Eccles. On 43 minutes Adam Nicholls made it 6-0, cutting in from the left and letting fly from 25 yards. Consett made seven changes at half-time, and the ‘second half’ team took some time to get going. But one of the substitutes, Michael Mackay, made it 7-0 on 62 minutes with a deft chip over the advancing keeper after he was sent clear by a good pass from Kieran Martin. It could have been more, but Tony Coe rattled the post, and the Plain keeper made a couple of good saves.

15 July 2014

Consett recorded their best pre-season result so far tonight, with a crushing 9-1 win over Northern League 2nd Division opponents Brandon United. The visitors, playing their first friendly, found themselves behind after just 47 seconds when Adam Nicholls played in Michael Mackay, who finished clinically. The next goal came on 21 minutes, and fell to Luke Sullivan. His initial shot, a falling volley, came back off the bar, Mackay kept the ball alive in the box, and Sully made no mistake at the second attempt. The No 9 hit the post and the bar again before Mackay rifled home a 20-yarder into the bottom corner on 27 minutes to make it 3-0. A minute later it was four when Calvin Smith fired home from eight yards after Brandon failed to clear their lines. On 33 minutes Mackay completed his hat-trick, taking advantage of another mistake in the visitors' defence to make the half-time score 5-0.

Consett again rang the changes at the break, making eight substitutions, including centre-half David Scorer's first game back after a year off from football. Within four minutes of the restart it was 6-0, when Josh Gray cut in from the right and fired home left-footed from just inside the box. Two minutes later it was seven, with Matty Slocombe - also playing his first pre-season game, at left-back - popping up on the edge of the box to smash home a 20-yarder. On the hour it was 8-0, with Nicholls' cross from the right finished by a close-range header from Chris Youldon. Two minutes later it was nine, as Nicholls seized on a poor kick-out by the Brandon keeper, lifted the ball over a defender's head, surged to the byline and set up Gray's second goal of the night on a plate, (pictured). To their credit, Brandon, who had a team packed with triallists, didn't give up, and got their reward when George McCain headed a consolation goal on 66 minutes.

12 July 2014

Consett tasted defeat for the first time in their pre-season build-up as they were beaten 3-2 at Belle View Stadium by Northern League 2nd Division opponents South Shields. The Steelmen, playing their second game in less than 24 hours, started with only three of the team which took the field against Ryton. But like the previous night, it was the visitors who took the initiative, when ex-Consett player David Malloy took advantage of some poor defending to fire home on 14 minutes. Two minutes later it was 1-1, as good work from Aris Guerin-Lokonga set up Luke Sullivan to burst through and slip the ball home. On 27 minutes Consett took the lead with a well-worked goal. A Mark Eccles pass set Sullivan away down the left, and although the Shields keeper saved his effort, he retrieved the loose ball and crossed to the back post, where Ryan King - back for the summer from his scholarship in America - rose to head home from barely a yard out, (pictured). It was 2-1 at half-time, and the usual raft of changes meant Consett rarely convinced in the second half. Nine minutes in they found themselves pegged back when lively Mariners striker Damian Stevens was fouled, picked himself up and slotted away the resulting penalty. Shields claimed the victory with a minute to go when James Talbot found a gaping hole on the left, and lobbed the advancing keeper for the winner.

11 July 2014

Consett continued their pre-season preparations with another game against Northern League 2nd Division opposition, but had to be content with a 1-1 draw with Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. There was a first appearance in the Steelmen's colours for new player-coach Steve Bowey, but it was the visitors who struck first, with triallist Kris Allington given time and space to finish a cross from the right after nine minutes. Ryton's keeper made good saves from on-trial Chris Youlden, Gilberto Chapim and Calvin Smith, but it was his team who had the ball in the net again five minutes before half-time, but the 'goal' was ruled out for offside. Consett rang the changes at the break, and it was one of the substitutes, Aris Guerin-Lokonga, who headed home the equaliser from Michael Mackay's left-wing corner on 72 minutes. Consett dominated the half, but could not find a winner against a Ryton side who defended resolutely and look a big improvement on the one who only avoided relegation in their last game of last season.

In other news, Yorkshire side Armthorpe Welfare, who were due to visit Belle View Stadium on Saturday, 19 July for a friendly, have pulled out. Our Wearside League neighbours Annfield Plain have agreed to step in, with the game kicking off at 3pm.

8 July 2014

Consett began their pre-season build-up with a comfortable 4-1 win over Northern league 2nd Division neighbours Whickham. The starting XI contained five summer signings, but it was a familiar face, Michael Mackay, who scored the opening goal after just three minutes, finishing from close range after good work from one of the new boys, Josh Gray. A minute later it was 1-1 as the Highwaymen swept up the other end and equalised with a well-worked goal from ex-Steelman Steven Aiston. On 20 minutes Aris Guerin-Lokonga restored the lead, sliding the ball home after a great pass by another new face, former Hartlepool United midfielder Jonny Wright. Yet another new signing, Adam Nicholls, set up Mackay to make it 3-1 on 33 minutes, and that remained the score at half-time. Consett made six changes at half-time, and more during the second half, so it was no surprise that the game lost some of its rhythm. The only addition to the scoreline came on 49 minutes, when Scott Martindale's ball down the left sent Mackay away, and he pulled the ball back for Guerin-Lokonga to claim his second of the game (pictured above).The only Steelmen to play all 90 minutes were goalkeeper Dan Regan and defenders Michael Pearson and David Brown.

4 July 2014

The draws for the FA competitions have been made. Consett begin their FA Cup campaign on Saturday 16 August with an Extra Preliminary Round tie away to Silsden of the North West Counties League. Should we win through that game we have home tie against the winners of the Whickham v Bacup & Rossendale Borough game. Success in that match would bring a 1st Qualifying Round trip to Workington.

In the FA Vase we begin on Saturday 6 September with home game against Northern Counties East side Thackley in the 1st Qualifying Round. The winners face a trip to Hall Road Rangers four week later.

3 July 2014

Consett have made two more new signings as they build their squad for the coming season. One is Adam Nicholls, a fast, skillful 25-year-old winger who spent last season at Crook Town, but played at Wembley for West Auckland in the 2012 FA Vase final, and won a Northern League championship medal with Darlington the following season. The second is midfielder Jonny Wright, a 19-year-old local lad who attended Sunderland's Academy, and has just been released after three years at Hartlepool United. Both are quality additions to a squad which already includes the majority of last season's players.

24 June 2014

More fixture news; we are pleased to announce a pre-season friendly against Blyth Spartans which will be played at Belle View on Tuesday 5 August with a 7.30 kick off. Also friendlies have been added against Hebburn Tow and Tow Law Town, the full fixture list has been updated.

> Full 2014-15 fixture list

23 June 2014

Consett have signed Daniel Madden from Durham City. Dan captained Sunderland at youth level where he played alongside left back David Brown. Dan's a quality centre half with lots of technical ability. Josh Gray has also joined us from Durham City and will add a great deal of attacking pace down the wings. He also has a track record of scoring goals from the midfield, averaging over 10 a season.

We are also delighted to announce that we have also agreed a new contract for Calvin Smith. Calvin won the Players' Player of the Year last year and played in all but two of Consett's matches in 2013-14.

15 June 2014

Former Darlington winger Josh Gray has become Consett's first signing of the summer, after agreeing to switch from Durham City, where he spent last season. The left-sider, who is 23 next month, has also played for Newton Aycliffe, Ashington and Blyth Spartans. More news on signings as we make them.

12 June 2014

Consett AFC have confirmed half a dozen pre-season friendlies, all at home, including a game against Northern League champions Spennymoor Town, who will be playing in the Evo-Stik League Division One North next season.

They will also face South Yorkshire side Armthorpe Welfare, from the Northern Counties East League Premier Division. The clubs have met before, in the 2006-07 season, when the Steelmen beat 'Wellie' 3-1 in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round.

The games arranged so far are:
Tuesday 8 July v Whickham
Friday 11 July v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Tuesday 15 July v Brandon United
Saturday 19 July v Armthorpe Welfare
Tuesday 22 July v Spennymoor Town
Friday 1 August v South Shields

It is hoped to add a couple of high-profile games to the schedule before the Northern League kicks off on 9 August.

> Full 2014-15 fixture list

7 June 2014

Luke Sullivan was a double winner at the end-of-season presentation night, going home with two trophies. He and Michael Mackay were joint-top goalscorer with 43 each (pictured above), and 'Sully' also won the Player of the Year award, voted for by the committee. Calvin Smith was Players' Player of the Year, while Dianne Bell was the inaugural winner of the Chairman's Award, given to the club's biggest unsung hero.

Fixtures for the 2014-15 season were released at today's League AGM. Consett kick off on Saturday 9 August away to Whitley Bay, then travel to Billingham Synthonia on Wednesday 13 August. The FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round is on Saturday 16 August, and that's followed by another away game, at Bishop Auckland, on Tuesday 19 August (cup replays permitting).

Our first home game of the season (unless we get one in the FA Cup) is v Newton Aycliffe on Saturday 23 August. A full list of league fixtures will follow. In the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup, we are away to Dunston UTS in the 1st Round, with the winners of that tie facing Celtic Nation or Sunderland RCA at home.

A reminder that the club's AGM is on Wednesday, 11 June, at 7pm in the clubhouse at Belle View Stadium. Supporters are welcome to attend.

3 June 2014

Consett AFC is holding its 2013-14 presentation night in the clubhouse at Belle View Stadium this Friday, 6th June, from 7.30pm, and all players, officials, supporters and sponsors are invited to attend.

A buffet and disco will be provided, a fundraising raffle will be held, and the following trophies will be presented: Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Top Goalscorer and Chairman's Award.

The club's Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday, 11th June, at 7pm, where officials for the 2014-15 season will be elected and the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary will make their reports on the campaign just ended. It is hoped details will also be revealed of pre-season friendlies and new signings.

One new arrival already agreed is that of Steve Bowey, who has agreed to join the Steelmen as player-coach. Well-known in North East non-league circles, he has spent the last 18 months at Newcastle Benfield, having previously been at Bedlington Terriers, Newcastle Blue Star, Gateshead, Queen of the South and York City, among others. He will join manager Kenny Lindoe, assistant David Robson and new technical coach Simon Harris as part of an expanded management team as the club looks to progress and become a top-six side capable of challenging for honours.

30 April 2014

CONSETT’S season ended with a whimper as they were turned over 2-5 by FA Vase finalists West Auckland at a fogbound Belle View Stadium. In truth, it was a game which would never even have kicked off, had it not been Consett’s final match of the season, and West’s third in as many days, with another to come on Friday, as they struggle to complete their league programme before their Wembley date. Kris Wilkinson opened the scoring on 21 minutes, and further goals from Stuart Banks (26) and Mattie Moffat (35) put West three up by half time. Wilkinson bagged his second three minutes after the break and substitute John Campbell added the visitors' fifth in the 68th minute. Gilberto Chapim pulled one back a minute later, although the density of the fog meant the scorer was only identified after the final whistle! In the dying minutes Luke Sullivan latched onto a pass from Calvin Smith to finish past Nixon, and end the season as joint-top scorer (with the holidaying Michael Mackay) on 43 goals. Soon afterwards the referee blew the final whistle, a couple of minutes early, to end the farce.

> Match report and pictures

20 April 2014

It was an unhappy Easter for Consett as they lost their penultimate game of the season 0-1 at home to Durham City. Featuring as part of the Northern League Groundhoppers Weekend, a bumper crowd of 411 turned out for a midday Sunday kick off, but unfortunately the travelling hordes were not treated to a great spectacle. A tepid first half ended goalless, with Luke Sullivan's volley from the edge of the area tipped over by City keeper Gareth Young being the closest either side came to scoring. The second half continued in a similar vein, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock 17 minutes from time when a long throw was headed on at the near post by James Oates for Ricky Fenwick to volley home the winner. Full match report and pictures to follow.

15 April 2014

CONSETT recorded a 3-0 win over already-relegated Hebburn Town at Belle View Stadium this evening - with all three goals coming in a six-minute spell late in the second half. The Steelmen created a multitude of chances in the first half, but it was 0-0 at the interval. They continued to dominate after the break, and Michael Mackay broke the deadlock on 73 minutes, firing into the bottom corner from 20 yards. He turned provider for Scott Canham two minutes later, and got his second - almost identical to the first - on 79 minutes. It was his 43rd goal of the season in all competitions - one ahead of strike partner Luke Sullivan. Mackay was the width of a post away from completing a 10-minute hat-trick, but hit the post with a penalty in the 83rd minute after Sullivan was brought down.

> Match report and pictures

12 April 2014

Consett were beaten 1-0 by promotion-chasing Spennymoor Town in a patchy game at the Brewery Field. The only goal came on 32 minutes when Andrew Stephenson applied the finish touch to Andrew Johnson's shot. Chris Elliott's superb second-half save from Keith Graydon's free-kick kept the score at one, but the below-par Steelmen couldn't find an equaliser. A Gilberto Chapim shot which was tipped over and a David Coulson header just wide from a free-kick, both in the first half, were the best replies they could muster.

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8 April 2014

Consett had to settle for a point against Dunston UTS after a 0-0 stalemate tonight - their first in 82 games and the first at Belle View Stadium. It was the proverbial game of two halves as the Steelmen, with a stiff breeze behind them, dominated the opening 45 minutes. Visiting keeper Andrew Clark denied Aris Guerin-Lokonga three times in the first 10 minutes, and he also thwarted David Coulson in a goalmouth scramble following a corner. The best chance fell to Guerin-Lokonga 10 minutes before half-time, but he headed over, pictured. Dunston, with the wind at their back, enjoyed more of the second half, and the nearest they came to scoring was when David Brown cleared Lee McAndrew's inswinging corner off the line with five minutes left.

> Match report and pictures

29 March 2014

A superb second half performance gave Consett a 4-1 win over struggling Team Northumbria at Belle View Park today. There was little to write home about in a goalless first half, in which the main threat came from the surrounding mists, which at times made seeing from one touchline to the other impossible. Consett broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half through Scott Martindale's strike from distance, and seven minutes later Aris Guerin-Lokonga scored a splendid solo effort to make it 2-0. Luke Sullivan's piledriver made the game safe in the 75th minute, and he bagged his second and Consett's fourth five minutes later with a rising drive from just inside the area. Peter Watling scored a consolation goal for the visitors in the 82nd minute, but if anything 4-1 flattered Team Northumbria with Consett squandering many other good chances. Match report and pictures to follow.

25 March 2014

Consett's two remaining outstanding fixtures have been re-scheduled. The home game with Dunston UTS will now take place on Tuesday 8 April 2014. Also the West Auckland Town game, postponed due to their involvement in the semi finals of the FA Vase, will bring down the curtain on Consett's season on Wednesday 30 April 2014. Both are 7:30 kick offs.

22 March 2014

After an unexpectedly long wait, Consett finally brought up a remarkable century of league goals for the season as Michael Mackay netted to start a second half comeback in a 2-2 draw with Whitley Bay. The visitors led 1-0 at half time through a Paul Chow penalty, awarded Matty Slocombe had fouled Mark Hubbard 10 minutes before the break. Chow scored a second penalty to give Whitley a two goal advantage with 50 minutes on the clock, but Mackay's effort four minutes later kept Consett in the game. With time almost up Scott Canham's free kick saved a point for the Steelmen, who ended the contest with ten men after Scott Martindale was shown a second yellow moments later.

> Match report

20 March 2014

Consett are delighted to announce that Sunderland AFC Ladies first team will be playing Everton at Belle View Stadium in a pre-season friendly this coming Sunday, 23 March, with a 2.00 pm kick off. Entrance is £3 for adults and £1 cons and juniors.

15 March 2014

Consett slipped to a disappointing 0-2 defeat at a windswept Penrith this afternoon. After an absolutely rank first half in which neither side looked remotely like scoring it was the Cumbrians who broke the deadlock in the 59th minute. Consett failed to deal with a cross from the right and when the ball broke to Ryan Hall on the edge of the area, his miskick shot found the net. Luke Sullivan was extremely unlucky not to equalise 13 minutes later with a spectacular mid-air volley which Hall cleared off the line with the keeper well beaten. Seven minutes from time Penrith made the game safe as Steven Rigg applied to the finishing touch to Shaun Gardener's dipping volley. Match report and pictures to follow.

8 March 2014

MATTY Slocombe's second goal of the season earned Consett a useful point in a tight game at Ashington - but they were left kicking themselves that it wasn't all three. After a goalless 90 minutes, the young midfielder broke the deadlock two minutes into added time, finishing well after being teed up by Calvin Smith (pictured above). However an Andrew Cuthbertson own goal within 60 seconds gave the fourth-placed Colliers a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

> Match report and pictures

6 March 2014

A coach has been organised for the away game at Penrith on Saturday 15 March 2014. It will leave Belle View Stadium at 12.30 pm, and on return will be dropping off again at the stadium. Supporters can travel on the bus with the players and the cost is £10 for an adult and £5 for a junior. Anyone wishing to use the bus can do so by contacting Frank Bell or leaving their name and money behind the bar at the clubhouse.

1 March 2014

A tremendous second half performance saw Consett come from a goal down to run out comfortable 4-1 winners at home to Newton Aycliffe. In a lack-lustre first half it was the visitors who scored the only goal when Thomas Atkinson drove forward into the box and flicked the ball past Chris Elliott in the 20th minute. Whatever Ken Lindoe said to the team at half time certainly worked as it was completely different team that emerged after the interval. Two goals in two minutes turned the game around - first Michael Mackay followed up Aris Guerin-Lokonga's blocked shot in the 52nd minute to level the scores, then Aris himself got on the scoresheet, finishing well despite the pressure of two chasing defenders (pictured above). Andrew Cuthbertson's close range header made it 3-1 eleven minutes from time, and from Consett's next attack Mackay bagged his second to complete the scoring.

> Match report and pictures

26 February 2014

Consett bowed out of the Durham Challenge Cup at the semi final stage, losing 1-3 at the home of title-chasing Shildon. The Steelmen started brightly and took the lead in the 22nd minute when Luke Sullivan presented Michael Mackay with the easiest of chances (pictured above). The lead lasted just eight minutes though as a shocking clearance from keeper Chris Elliott went straight to Shildon's Ben Wood who returned the ball back into the unguarded net from 40 yards. It was 1-1 at half time and both sides had excellent chances in an end-to-end second half, but it was the home side who made the breakthrough 11 minutes from time when Darren Richardson powered home a header from a left wing corner off the underside of the bar. Consett were handed a glimmer of hope three minutes later when Shildon's Sam Garvie was sent off for a late challenge on David Brown a mere 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute. It was ten-man Shildon who scored next though, as Mark Hudson's audacious lob sealed the tie with three minutes remaining.

> Match report and pictures

24 February 2014

Fixture news: Consett's Durham Challenge Cup semi final away at Shildon has been arranged for this coming Wednesday, 26 February, with a 7:30 kick off. On Saturday, we will now be at home to Newton Aycliffe, the fixture having been brought forward a week. This therefore allows our outstanding away match at Ashington to be slotted in the following Saturday, 8 March.

22 February 2014

CONSETT'S six-game unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Celtic Nation, but it took a controversial penalty to give the big-spending visitors the three points and their first-ever win over the Steelmen. The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes when centre-back Matty Grieve scored from Willie Gibson's corner. Consett were level on 27 minutes through David Coulson, who headed home Calvin Smith's free-kick for his first goal in Consett colours (pictured above). The decisive moment came just before the hour mark when the visitors were awarded a penalty Coulson brought down Jim Paterson, although Consett argued that the challenge had been outside the penalty area. Former Newcastle striker Colin McMenamin made no mistake from the spot.

> Match report and pictures

18 February 2014

CONSETT laid their Marske bogey to rest in emphatic style with a 7-1 Belle View battering of their Teesside visitors. Luke Sullivan helped himself to four goals, to make him the top scorer in the Northern League, and take his tally for the season to 40. Sullivan's free kick opened the scoring on 15 minutes (pictured above), but MacDonald levelled for Marske three minutes later. Fast-forward another three minutes, and Consett were back in front, and this time Sullivan turned provider for Michael Mackay to slide the ball home. Andrew Cuthbertson then fired home on the volley from six yards to make it 3-1 at half time. Sullivan made it four early in the second half, before Calvin Smith's 35-yard strike was too hot for Marske keeper Dean to handle and Consett were 5-1 up with 20 minutes to play. Sullivan completed his hat trick six minutes later, and scored his fourth and Consett's seventh in the 79th minute.

> Match report and pictures

15 February 2014

A SECOND-half Michael Mackay hat-trick - his fifth treble of the season - gave Consett a comfortable 3-0 win against Bishop Auckland in one of just three games to beat the weather on a rain-lashed day for the Northern League. Mackay opened the scoring midway through the second half after being teed up by Andrew Cuthbertson, and then doubled his tally on 82 minutes from a David Brown pass (pictured above). The third came in the final minute, when he finished coolly under pressure from two closing defenders to bag his 36th goal of the season.

> Match report and pictures

14 February 2014

In a change to the scheduled fixture Consett are now at home to Marske United on this coming Tuesday, 18 February instead of Dunston UTS as previously arranged.

11 February 2014

Consett's game away at Ashington tonight has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch AT Woodhorn Lane.

In the draw for the semi-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup Consett were handed an away draw at either Dunston UTS or Shildon, who were due to play their twice-postponed quarter-final tie this week. The game is due to be played before 1st March, which makes Wednesday 26th February the most likely date. Our home league match v Marske United the previous night has already been postponed, as they now have a League Cup tie. The other tie saw West Auckland Town drawn at home to Spennymoor Town. The final is due to be played on Good Friday, April 18th.

8 February 2014

Consett have arranged an extremely short notice friendly for TODAY, Saturday 8 February, when we entertain Darlington FC at Belle View Stadium. It is a 1:30 pm kick off and normal prices apply.

7 February 2014

Fixture news: Consett's home game against Marske United, scheduled for Tuesday 25 February, has now been postponed to allow Marske to re-arrange their League Cup tie against West Allotment Celtic.

4 February 2014

AN injury-time Michael Mackay goal salvaged a point for Consett after they controversially had to play half the game against Penrith with 10 men. They dominated a feisty first half, and led 1-0 on 23 minutes thanks to Aris Guerin-Lokonga's header from six yards. But disaster struck a minute before the break when skipper Carl Piecha was shown a straight red card after he was adjudged to have pulled back Michael Reed, denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. Luckily for Consett, the Blues spurned the chance to go in level, with Jordan Little putting the resulting penalty wide. Consett spent most of the second half soaking up Penrith pressure, and on 78 minutes, the game seemed to swing back in their favour when the visitors went down to 10 when Little was show a second yellow for tugging back Guerin-Lokonga. But their response was to go down the other end two minutes later and equalise through Cameron Wilson. Things got even worse four minutes later when Steven Rigg spotted home keeper Dan Regan off his line and lobbed him from fully 40 yards. But there was still time for Mackay to fire home his 33rd goal of the season (pictured above) to earn a point which was the least the hard-done-by Steelmen deserved.

> Match report and pictures

1 February 2014

Consett were disappointed not to pick up all three points in this game but missed chances cost them dearly and they had to settle for a point, their first draw at the new stadium. The Steelmen took the lead in the 34th minute when Aristote Guerin-Lokonga's deflected shot looped up over the despairing Grainger, creeping in just under the bar. Consett ought to have gone two up on 69 minutes but Michael Mackay somehow fired into the side netting from close range. It was to be a costly miss as Carl Paterson broke claer three minutes later to drive in an equaliser.

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29 January 2014

The Northern League have arranged a league game for Consett next Tuesday 4 February 2014. We will be at home to Penrith, with the kick off at Belle View Stadium likely to be 7:45pm. This means that the friendly with Heaton Stannington arranged for this date has had to be cancelled almost as soon as it was arranged!

28 January 2014

CONSETT progressed to the last four of the Durham Challenge Cup for the first time in five years by coming from behind to beat Wearside League leaders Stockton Town at a wintry Belle View Stadium. The Steelmen got off to an ideal start, going ahead through Calvin Smith after just four minutes. The lead didn't last, however, and after 11 minutes the visitors drew level when Tony Johnson was presented with an easy tap in. Johnson struck again eight minutes before the interval to give the visitors a 2-1 half time lead. Consett equalised within five minutes of the restart, Michael Mackay scoring from Luke Sullivan's cross with Stockton appealing in vain for a foul. Sullivan put Consett 3-2 up when scored from the rebound after a Mackay shot was saved. Then eight minutes from time Aris Guerin-Lokonga sealed the win when he was presented with a chance by Carl Piecha (pictured above).

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25 January 2014

Another Consett goalfest at Belle View Stadium today, and the Steelmen beat Crook Town 4-3. Incredibly this was the SEVENTH 4-3 result Consett have been involved in this season. The tone was set right from the off with COnsett scoring twice in the frst five minutes. First Michael Mackay pounced after ex-Consett keeper Jack Norton fumbled Aris Guerin-Lokonga's shot with barely 60 seconds on the clock. Then Luke Sullivan made it 2-0 when he converted Calvin Smith's cross at the near post (pictured above). A neat Crook move saw Kyle Davis pull one back for the visitors in the 12th minutes. Surprisingly there was no further scoring until midway through the second half when Sullivan's bullet header from Smith's corner made it 3-1. Davis pulled Crook back to within a goal again 6 minutes later though after being teed up by substitute Weirs. Mackay's shot on the turn five minutes from time made the game safe, but their was still time for the excellent Davis to complete his hat trick with a low drive three minutes into stoppage time.

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21 January 2014

CONSETT stumbled to their fourth home defeat in their last five league games when they were beaten 2-1 by Morpeth Town at a rain-lashed Belle View Stadium. The visitors, who arrived full of confidence after reaching the 5th Round of the FA Vase for the first time at the weekend, took the lead after 6 minutes when a half-cleared corner fell to midfielder Steven Anderson. He smashed it home from 25 yards, giving debutant Consett keeper Daniel Regan no chance. Luke Sullivan hit the post with a free-kick and Michael Mackay had a good penalty appeal turned down, but Town were the better side in the first half and deserved their 1-0 half-time lead. The Steelmen were better in the second period, and substitute Aris Guerin-Lokonga levelled on 78 minutes (pictured above). When Consett had another penalty shout refused after Ryan Bell was hauled over in the box, it seemed like they'd have to settle for a draw. But a late defensive lapse saw Jordan Fry left unmarked at a 92nd-minute free-kick to claim all three points for Morpeth.

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20 January 2014

Some fixture updates for you. On Tuesday 28 January we will now be at home to Wearside League leaders Stockton Town in the 3rd Round of the Durham Challenge Cup (KO 7.30pm). Two outstanding homes games now also have dates, Dunston UTS on Tuesday 18 February and Marske United on Tuesday 25 February. However, the game v Penrith originally scheduled for Saturday 1 March will have to be rearranged because they now have a Cumberland Senior Cup game on that date..

18 January 2014

Today's match at Penrith has been POSTPONED due to standing water on the pitch.

11 January 2014

Consett went down 0-2 at home to Shildon at Belle View Stadium today, the win taking the Railwaymen back to the top of the Northern League. There were few chances in the first half, but Shildon took the lead on 50 minutes when Paul Connor scored his 16th league goal of the season from a through ball. He missed a couple of chances to make the game safe before Ben Wood finished off a good move when he fired across the keeper with ten minutes left.

In the Durham Challenge Cup, Stockton Town thrashed Whickham 6-2 and will thus be Consett's opponents in the quarter finals.

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9 January 2014

In today's Durham Challenge Cup quarter final draw, Consett have been given a home tie against Stockton Town (Wearside League) or Whickham of Northern League Division Two.

8 January 2014

Another seven goal thriller at Belle View, but this time Consett were on right side of it as they beat a youthful Hartlepool United side 4-3 to progress to the Durham Challenge Cup quarter finals. Goals from Michael Mackay, Aris Guerin-Lokonga, Scott Canham and Matty Slocombe saw the Steelmen home, with Boagey and Rodney (2) replying for the visitors.

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4 January 2014

CONSETT began the New Year with a defeat as lowly Sunderland RCA completed a league double over them in another high-scoring game at Belle View. After a goalless first half hour Kyle Fryatt's fine individual goal put the visitors one up. Jordon Mellish, newly signed from Bedlington Terriers, headed home an equaliser on 38 minutes, only for Kyle Morris to make it 2-1 to RCA on the stroke of half time. Consett went further behind to a Carl Piecha own goal after 48 minutes, but then staged a tremendous comeback as a spectuacular overhead kick from Luke Sullivan (pictured above) and a further strike from Michael Mackay levelled it again at 3-3. There was a sting in the tail though as ex-Steelman Gavin Barton scored a dramatic winner for RCA three minutes into stoppage time.

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28 December 2013

Consett bounced back from last week's shocker against Guisborough Town, with an excellent 3-2 win against 4th placed Ashington at Belle View today. Luke Sullivan fired Consett ahead in the 6th minute (pictured above) and they looked to be taking that lead into half time until James Taylor equalised for the visitors two minutes before the break. Michael Mackay restored Consett's advantage in the 47th minute following good work down the left from Anthony Lund, and Lund teed up Mackay again twenty minutes later to make it 3-1. A goal in stoppage time from Colliers substitute Sam Norris caused a late scare but it was to be three more points for the Steelmen as their march up the table continues.

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21 December 2013

Consett's 100% record at their new stadium came crashing to a halt today as they were thrashed 1-5 by a lively Guisborough Town. The pace and power of the visitors' front pairing of Michael Roberts and Daniel Johnson were simply too much for the Steelmen, who never got going themselves as an attacking force. Johnson opened the scoring on 20 minutes, as he made no mistake when left clear after picking up a stray back pass in midfield. With just about the last kick of the first half, Roberts latched on to a ball over the top to fire past Jack Norton to make it 0-2. Luke Sullivan pulled one back ten minutes into the second half, when he chested down a cross from Aris Guerin-Lokonga, swivelled and shot in one movement. However two minutes later a snapshot from Johnson restored Town's two goal lead. Moments later Roberts got his second when rounded Norton to score from a tight angle. Lewis Wood's superb 25 yard strike made it five on a day to forget for the home side.

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17 December 2013

CONSETT made it four wins in four games at their new Belle View Stadium tonight - but they were made to work all the way for their 4-3 victory by visitors Billingham Synthonia. The ground was blessed by Northern League chaplain the Rev Leo Osborn before kick-off, and the two teams put on a display which was an excellent advert for non-league football. Top scorer Luke Sullivan gave the Steelmen the lead on the half-hour with his 30th goal of the season. But two goals in 10 minutes at the start of the second half from Michael Sweet and Danny Newby put Synners in front. Michael Mackay levelled on the hour with his 25th of the season, and then Consett scored two goal-of-the-season contenders. First, Gilberto Chapim smashed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards for his first goal for the club on 64 minutes. Then seven minutes later Calvin Smith scored an even better goal, spotting the keeper off his line and chipping him from 35 yards. Sub Joel Callender made it a slightly nervous last 13 minutes by finishing from close range after a Sweet shot came back off the post, but Consett held on to claim the three points and move up to sixth in the table.

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14 December 2013

Consett made it 18 goals in two home games when they thrashed rock-bottom Billingham Town 8-0 at Belle View Stadium today. Mackay opened the scoring in the fifth minute after latching onto a through ball from Gilberto Chapim. He then doubled Consett's lead in the 33rd minute chipping the keeper after being sent clear by Chris Bell. The third came a minute before half time through Calvin Smith who curled a shot into the bottom corner. Leading 3-0 at half time, Luke Sullivan added a fourth six minutes after the break, sliding in to convert Anthony Lund's cross. Town then held Consett at bay before the Steelmen delivered the coup de grâce with four goals in the last 16 minutes. Aris Guerin-Lakonga scored the fifth, Sullivan the sixth in the 81st minute, and then Mackay completed his hat trick two minutes later. Sullivan in turn netted his third in the 89th minute to complete the rout.

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11 December 2013

CONSETT brought home a hard-earned point from the UTS Stadium after a 1-1 draw with Dunston. Michael Mackay put the Steelmen ahead on 32 minutes, latching on to Calvin Smith's pass and slipping the ball past advancing goalkeeper Liam Connell (pictured above). The lead lasted just two minutes, as a Steven Shaw run down the left set up Michael Dixon for the equaliser. Dunston had the better of the second half, but Consett defended resolutely, and came within inches of nicking all three points with literally the last kick of the game when Smith fired just wide from a free-kick. Full match report and pictures to follow.

6 December 2013

An astonishing result at Belle View Stadium this evening as a rampant Consett destroyed struggling Bedlington Terriers 10-2, running up double figures for only the seventh time since the War. Michael Mackay caused the initial damage, scoring a hat-trick in the first 26 minutes to make it 3-0. A 35-yard free-kick from Luke Sullivan made it four, before a brace from Aris Guerin-Lokonga made it 6-0 at half time. Sullivan completed his hat-trick with two more after the break, Davey Brown pulling one back for the Terriers in between Consett's seventh (pictured above) and eighth. Mackay then made it 9-1, chipping the goalie from 30 yards, before sub Kieran Martin brought up double figures two minutes from time. Paul King scored a second for Bedlington in stoppage time to make the final score a remarkable 10-2.

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Those post-war double figure scores in full ...
6 September 1961 Consett 10 Stockton 5 (Northern Counties League)
8 September 1965 Consett 11 Handon Hold CW 1 (Wearside League)
14 March 1970 Thornley CW 1 Consett 11 (Wearside League Cup)
13 August 1997 Consett 11 Horden Athletic 0 (Sunderland Shipowners Cup)
8 October 2005 Consett 12 Guisborough Town 1 (Northern League Division Two)
18 August 2007 Team Northumbria 0 Consett 11 (FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round)
6 December 2013 Consett 10 Bedlington Terriers 2 (Northern League Division One)

2 December 2013

Spennymoor Town exacted swift revenge on Consett for their league defeat on Friday night when they sent the Steelmen tumbling out of the League Cup, winning 5-2 in the 2nd Round tie at the Brewery Field. The holders took the lead through a Dan Taylor header on 14 minutes, but Consett led at half-time through long-range strikes by Calvin Smith on 21 minutes and Chris Bell three minutes before the break after poor clearances by home keeper Kyle Hayes. The game turned on two key incidents in the space of 11 second-half minutes. First, Michael Mackay had a shot superbly cleared off the line by a retreating defender after rounding the keeper (pictured above), which would have put Consett 3-1 up. Then Anthony Lund was controversially judged to have fouled Andrew Stephenson, and Taylor levelled from the penalty spot. From that point the game went away from Consett. Taylor completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes, before two goals in the last 10 minutes by substitute Liam Henderson gave the final scoreline a slightly flattering appearance. Full match report and pictures to follow.

29 November 2013

Consett played their first competitive fixture at Belle View Stadium this evening, and marked the occasion with an excellent 2-1 win against Northern League front-runners Spennymoor Town. Played in a stiff north wind, it was a credit to both sides that they were able to serve up a game of such high quality to another sizeable Friday night crowd. Consett opened the scoring when Michael Mackay scored with a rare header from Calvin Smith's cross midway through the first half. This came just a few minutes after he had seen a shot brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Moors keeper Peter Jeffries. Luke Sullivan also struck the crossbar ten minutes into the second half, however as the game wore on it looked more likely that Spennymoor would level the scores. Eventually though it was Sullivan who added a second for the Steelmen six minutes from time with a stunning 40-yard strike. The presence of mind shown in not only spotting the keeper off his line, but opting to drill the ball hard and low rather than attempt a chip into the wind was quite brilliant. Consett's two goal lead lasted barely a minute though, as Carl Piecha brought down Moors substitute Daniel Taylor in the area, who converted the resulting penalty himself. Taylor thought he had snatched a dramatic equaliser four minutes into stoppage time, only to be denied by a superb one-handed stop from Consett's man-of-the-match, keeper Jack Norton.

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22 November 2013

A memorable night for Consett saw the official opening of Belle View Stadium with a match against Peter Beardsley's Newcastle United XI. The game was delayed by 25 minutes due to crowd congestion, and while no official attendance figure has been given yet, even the conservative estimate of 1,500 represents Consett's biggest crowd for 30 or 40 years. The match itself was a good workout for both teams. Adam Campbell took the honour of being the first player to score at the new ground, breaking away to slot past Jack Norton in the 30th minute. There were numerous substitutions at the break, including Newcastle coaches Dave Watson and Kevin Richardson, and it was one of Consett's subs, Luke Sullivan, who fired Consett level ten minutes into the second half. With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Jamie Cobain headed home Joe Kerridge's corner at the near post to give the Magpies a 2-1 win. Match report and pictures to follow.

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21 November 2013

After getting the keys at the start of the week, it's been a race against time to get the new Belle View Stadium ready in time, but it's all systems go for the official opening game on Friday, 22 November.

Newcastle United and England legend Peter Beardsley will perform the opening ceremony before Consett take on a Magpies XI, with Consett-born FIFA and Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg officiating.

Kick-off is 7.45pm, and admission costs £6 for adults, £3 for OAPs and £1 for Under-16s. Programmes are £2, and full bar and catering facilities will be available.

There is parking at the ground for 120 cars, and once that is full, supporters are advised to use the car park at the disused Tesco store 100 yards down the road. The stadium is in Delves Lane, and for satnav users the postcode is DH8 7JR.

16 November 2013

An excellent, gritty performance this afternoon saw Consett come away from Bedlington Terriers with a 1-0 win despite playing for over an hour with ten men. After a cagey start, the Steelmen were just starting to get on top when left back David Brown was dismissed for clipping the heels of a Bedlington forward as he burst through Consett's offside trap. Far from hindering them, Consett continued to have the upper hand, creating, but failing to convert, a string of chances. The breakthrough eventually came in the 63rd minutes when Aris Guerin-Lokonga latched onto Calvin Smith's superb through ball. Despite being brought down as he nudged the ball past the keeper, the lanky forward bounced straight up to his feet and rolled it into the unguarded net (pictured above). Further chances fell to Consett as Terriers went in search of an equaliser, with Anthony Lund and Michael Mackay both hitting the post. However there was no further scoring and Consett left Welfare Park with the points.

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12 November 2013

Consett somehow contrived to lose 4-1 at Sunderland RCA tonight in a game they dominated almost throughout, but were made to pay for missed chances and sloppy defending. They had a Luke Sullivan 'goal' disallowed in the first minute and a blatant penalty appeal refused when Anthony Lund was hauled to the ground (pictured), and had already missed several chances when Callum Patton beat the offside trap to open the scoring on 33 minutes. Four minutes before half-time old boy Gavin Barton made it two, when he wasn't picked up from a free-kick. Consett continued to create - and squander - chances in the second half, and Kyle Fryatt made it 3-0 from close range on 64 minutes. Ex-RCA striker Aris Guerin-Lokonga gave Consett hope with a goal on 73, but an awful blunder by goalkeeper Jack Norton 10 minutes later gifted Patton his second of the night and ended any hopes of a comeback.

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11 November 2013

Consett have completed the signing of midfielder Gilberto Chapim from 2nd Division Jarrow Roofing (pictured here with secretary David Pyke and Chairman Frank Bell). The 22-year-old impressed in the recent Durham Challenge Cup game against us, and it is hoped the transfer will be completed in time for him to be available against Sunderland RCA tomorrow.

Meanwhile, defender Daniel Hall, who was signed from Darlington at the end of September, has been made available for transfer.

Finally, dates have been set for some of our outstanding games:
Dunston UTS (A) - Wednesday 11 December 2013
Billingham Synthonia (H) - Tuesday 17 December 2013
Hartlepool United (H) - Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 7 January 2014

9 November 2013

Consett cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win at bottom club Hebburn Town this afternoon. The Steelmen were three up by half time, Michael Mackay opening the scoring before Luke Sullivan's bullet header from a Calvin Smith dead ball made it two. The third came courtesy a superb strike from Andrew Cuthbertson (pictured above). Mackay made it four and further four minutes into the second half, converting from Michael Pearson's through ball, and Consett saw out the rest of the game for a rare clean sheet!

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6 November 2013

Another extraordinary feast of goals this evening as Consett registered a 5-3 win at Morpeth Town. Michael Mackay set the ball rolling in the 4th minute after latching on to Chris Bell's though ball. However Morpeth fought back to lead 2-1 with two goals from Michael Chilton, the first a penalty, but Anthony Lund capitalised on goalkeeping indecision to make it 2-2 with the last kick of the first half. Luke Sullivan put Consett back in front on the hour mark with a close range finish (pictured above), only for Sean Taylor to peg it back to 3-3 on 72 minutes. Seven minutes and Consett were ahead agaain, this time it was Calvin Smith getting in on the scoring action with a stunning 25-yard strike that went in off the underside of the bar. Sullivan's 21st goal of the season five minutes from time completed the scoring, which took the tally of goals in the 19 games the Steelmen have been involved in this season up an astonishing 98.

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5 November 2013

Consett AFC are delighted to confirm their first games at the new stadium. The grand opening will feature a Newcastle United side on Friday 22 November 2013. Newcastle have committed to bringing the strongest side they have available and Peter Beardsley will be making an appearance for The Magpies. The match is a 7.45pm kick off, and prior to this Peter will be performing the official opening.

The following Friday, 29 November, sees the first Northern League game played at the ground, which will be against Spennymoor Town. Mike Amos & Tony Golightly will be in attendance to celebrate the opening on behalf of the Northern League. This match is a 7.30pm kick off.

Both games will be pay at the gate and admission is £6 adults, £3 concession and £1 for children.

31 October 2013

In today's Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round draw, Consett have been handed a home tie against Hartlepool United, who won through to this stage with a 5-2 win at Brandon United last night.

29 October 2013

Some familiar themes at New Ferens Park this evening, as Consett won through to the 2nd Round of the Durham Challenge Cup in another high-scoring game, after squandering another comfortable lead. Things were going to plan as the Steelmen opened up a three goal lead by half time against Second Division side Jarrow Roofing. Michael Mackay opened the scoring from the spot having been fouled himself for the penalty. Good work by Matty Slocombe set up Luke Sullivan for the second, before Sullivan turned creator for Mackay to make it 3-0 following Chris Bell's cross (pictured above). Incredibly, however, goals from Daniel Carson, Stephen Young and Liam McBryde in the first 20 minutes of the second half pegged the score back to 3-3. There was no further scoring in normal time, but a great run from Mark Eccles set up Mackay to complete his hat trick and send Consett through 4-3 after extra time. Consett have now played three "home" cup ties this season at their temporary residence at Durham City, which have produced an unbelievable aggregate of 23 goals!

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26 October 2013

Consett were beaten 0-2 at title-chasing West Auckland Town this afternoon. After a quiet opening, the home side were forced into an early substitution with striker Warren Byrne entering the fray after 20 miutes. So often the scourge of the Steelmen in the past, it took him just two minutes to find the net, opening the scoring with a stooping header. Stephen Richardson doubled the lead on the hour mark when he was left with all the time in the world to drill home a low shot fro 10 yards out. Things went from bad to worse when Scott Canham limped off 15 minutes from the end with Consett having used all of their substitutes yet ironically the Steelemn created more chanced with ten men than they had with a full qouta in the previous 75 minutes. However despite late chances for Michael Mackay and Luke Sullivan they were unable to reduce the arrears.

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In other fixture news, Tuesday night's Durham Challenge Cup tie against Jarrow Roofing has been switched to a home game for Consett and will thus be played at Durham City FC with a 7:30 kick off. This is due to the waterlogged pitch at Boldon unlikely to be fit for play by then.

24 October 2013

Consett's FA Youth Cup adventure came to a disappointing end tonight when they were beaten 6-2 by a very good Gateshead side at New Ferens Park. But the young Steelmen were partly to blame for their own downfall, with five of the goals they conceded coming from set pieces. They fell behind after just a minute when Connor Lowes scored with a free header from a left-wing corner, and an almost identical finish on four minutes by Ryan Drane from a free-kick put the Tynesiders in control. Corey Steel put Consett back in it on 29 minutes when he fired home from 25 yards after a corner was only half-cleared. It was the first goal 'The Heed', who reached the 3rd Round proper last season, have conceded in this season's competition. They restored their two-goal advantage when Dean Briggs finished into the bottom corner on 39 minutes. Another quick two-goal blast early in the second half ended any hopes of a comeback. On 53 minutes Mechack Kanda made it 4-1 with a header from a corner, and four minutes later Drane got his second of the night when Consett failed to deal with another flag-kick. Briggs made it six direct from a free-kick on 62 minutes, though Anthony Chapman grabbed a consolation for Consett, beating the keeper at his near post six minutes from time. Gateshead's reward for their well-deserved win is a trip to Prenton Park to meet Tranmere Rovers in the 1st Round proper.

23 October 2013

Tonight's away game at Dunston UTS was called OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.

Any supporters craving some football after the postponement of tonight's game at Dunston UTS due to a waterlogged pitch can head along to our temporary home at Durham City tomorrow night, when Consett U18s take on Gateshead in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. Kick-off at New Ferens Park is 7.30pm, and admission will be £2 for adults and £1 for concessions. A programme will also be on sale, priced £1.

Meanwhile, some changes have been made to the first team's schedule, so the next few weeks' fixtures now read as follows:
Saturday 26 October (A) West Auckland Town
Tuesday 29 October (A) Jarrow Roofing (Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round)
Wednesday 6 November (A) Morpeth Town
Saturday 9 November (A) Hebburn Town
Tuesday 12 November (A) Sunderland RCA
Saturday 16 November (A) Bedlington Terriers

The official handover date for the new stadium is Monday 18 November, and it remains on schedule. However, there will be a lot of fitting-out to do inside, so whether it will be ready to stage the first scheduled home game after that, on Saturday 23 November v Marske United, is debatable.

19 October 2013

Another Consett match and yet another avalanche of goals. Thankfully on this occasion, a first half Luke Sullivan hat trick, aided by strikes from Scott Canham and Calvin Smith gave Consett a 5-2 victory over Team Northumbria at Coach Lane. Peter Glen-Ravenhill and Peter Watling provided the consolation strikes for the home side.

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15 October 2013

A third defeat in a week for the Steelmen as they lost 2-3 to a Dean Douglas-inspired Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park. Douglas set up Sean Tarling to open the scoring after just 11 minutes, then found the net himself midway through the first half to put Bishop two up. A Scott Canham free kick five minute before the break brought Consett back into the game, but Douglas struck again on 44 minutes for his second and Bishop's third. Consett were better in the second half with Luke Sullivan continuing his phenomenal scoring run by pulling one back in the 72nd minute (pictured above), but the home side were able to hang on for the win.

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12 October 2013

Consett suffered their second defeat in four days when they went down 0-2 at a dreich Whitley Bay this afternoon. The Steelmen started brightly with Michael Mackay and Calvin Smith testing the keeper in the opening 20 minutes, but the teams turned around at 0-0. Consett's performance in the second half deteriorated with the weather and it was Paul Chow, so often our nemesis in the past. who did the damage with two goals in eleven minutes. First he headed home Craig McFarlane's cross in the 52nd minute, then a brilliant run by Chris Fawcett set him up for the crucial second.

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9 October 2013

Another topsy-turvy game involving Consett saw them let a 2-1 half time lead slip at league leaders Shildon, as the home side ultimately ran out 4-2 winners. Luke Sullivan put Consett ahead before Hudson equalised for Shildon from the penalty spot. Sullivan's second made it 2-1 at the break, but Hudson equalised again from close range early in the second half. Further goals from Connor and Garvie clinched it for Shildon.

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7 October 2013

Consett progressed in the FA Youth Cup tonight with an impressive 5-1 win over the Under-18s of fellow Northern League 1st Division club Newcastle Benfield. Kevin Humble put them ahead in the 21st minute of the 2nd Qualifying Round tie at Durham City's New Ferens Park, only for the visitors to equalise on 35 minutes against the run of play through Dillon Blake. Humble restored the lead six minutes before half-time, and five minutes after the break it was 3-1 when a defender steered left-back Lewis Herron's cross into his own net. On 55 minutes the game was all over when centre-forward Anthony Chapman scored the goal of the night, smashing home from 15 yards after a flowing move, and Brandon Hall made it five with five minutes to go. The reward is another home match in the 3rd Qualifying Round on Monday 21st October against Gateshead, once again at New Ferens Park, 7:30 kick off.

1 October 2013

Consett scraped through to the 2nd Round of the Northern League Cup after an astonishing game at New Ferens Park, Durham tonight. Leading after 16 minutes through Luke Sullivan, the Steelmen found themselves 1-2 down to Chester-le-Street Town at the break as Michael Hepplewhite struck in the 25th and 45th minutes. Things got worse two minutes after half time when debutant Daniel Hall contrived to find his own net with a stray back pass, then Jack Honour made it 1-4 with less than hour gone. The comeback began 25 minutes from time when Michael Mackay latched on to Chris Bell's through ball, then Mackay scored from the spot seven minutes later after Nathan Jameson was brought down. Sullivan bagged his second to make in 4-4 on 76 minutes, and then, with five minute remaining, Mackay scored from the rebound after Sullivan's shot had been saved to complete an incredible 5-4 win.

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28 September 2013

The points were shared at Moore Lane Park today as Consett played out a 1-1 draw with Newton Aycliffe. The Steelmen started brightly with Luke Sullivan getting up to fire in the opener, after seemingly being brought down for a penalty, with just 9 minutes on the clock (pictured above). Jamie Owens equalised in the 31st minute, pouncing from close range after Jack Norton had been unable to hold on to Daniel Lambert's shot from distance. After such a good opening half an hour, it was a disappointment that the remainder of the game was a thoroughly tepid affair, but Consett nevertheless extended their unbeaten league run to six games.

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24 September 2013

A frustrating evening all round as Consett's away game at Ashington was abandoned at half time with the score at 2-2, due to fog. Ashington had raced into a two goal lead within 17 minutes thanks to strikes from Taylor and Oliver. Consett struck back however, first through Michael Mackay on 29 minutes and then Luke Sullivan two minutes later. Unfortunately the weather intervened and the referee called a halt to proceedings at the break.

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23 September 2013

Good news of one Consett side having success in an FA competition this season. Consett's under-18 side progressed through to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup with an excellent 4-0 away win at Newton Aycliffe. The goals came from Kevin Humble (2), Lewis Herron and Sam Robinson.

21 September 2013

Consett’s hopes of a good FA Vase run were undermined by defensive blunders which saw them fall to a 4-3 defeat to North West Counties League leaders Nelson at New Ferens Park. The Steelmen were two up in 16 minutes, thanks to a Michael Mackay penalty and another for Luke Sullivan. The visitors had pulled it back to 2-2 before half time however, Allen and Boswell on target. Sullivan continued his recent rich vein of scoring form to put Consett 3-2 up on 55 minutes, but things changed midway through the the second half when keeper Jack Norton was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity - Anthony Lund donned Norton's jersey as a result. Allen bagged his second to tie things at 3-3 ten minutes from time, then a catalogue of errors in last minute led to Wright scoring the winner for Nelson.

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14 September 2013

CONSETT are fast becoming THE team to watch in the Northern League if you want to see goals, with the seven in this game taking the total scored in their last four games to 26. In much the same vein as the previous Saturday, they roared into the lead, were twice three goals up, almost contrived to throw the game away, and found themselves hanging on at the end. The Steelmen led by two at half time. Luke Sullivan scored the first on 14 minutes, scoring from the rebound after his own header had hit the bar, then Aris Guerin-Lokonga poked home Andrew Cuthbertson delightful through ball 17 minutes later. When Michael Mackay made it 3-0 after 57 minutes from the penalty spot it looked game over, but Matthew Scott pulled one back for City a minute later. Again Consett looked to have made the game safe when Luke Sullivan fired in his second and Consett's fourth 15 minutes from time (pictured above), but City fought back with Joe Hughes making it 4-2 in the 80th minute and a second for Scott in stoppage time ensured a nervous finale.

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11 September 2013

Consett today strengthened their squad by signing midfielder Nathan Jameson from Billingham Synthonia. The 28-year-old, who has also played for Glenavon in Northern Ireland, as well as Thornaby and Billingham Town, had been at Synners for five years.

10 September 2013

CONSETT scored four times for the second time in as many days, but this time managed to keep a clean sheet as they beat the 1st Division's bottom side Billingham Town 4-0 at Bedford Terrace. The game was a personal triumph for striker Luke Sullivan, who grabbed a hat-trick, taking his tally to five in his last three games. He opened the scoring on seven minutes, lashing home a dipping, swerving shot from 30 yards. Right on half-time Aris Guerin-Lokonga doubled the advantage from point-blank range after good work by Chris Bell (pictured above). Sullivan got his second goal four minutes after the break, chesting down Ryan Bell's cross, turning and firing into the bottom corner. And he completed his treble with a minute to go, sidefooting home Chris Bell's pull-back from the byline.

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7 September 2013

CONSETT had to settle for a point in a dramatic game at Gillford Park, where they were two goals up three times on title hopefuls Celtic Nation, only to concede an injury-time equaliser. Consett were ahead on 19 minutes when Ryan Bell's pass found Michael Mackay who fired into the far corner. Bell himself doubled the Steelmen's lead, finishing with aplomb from Andrew Cuthbertson's pass on the stroke of half-time (pictured above). Celtic pulled one back 11 minutes after the break, with Ian Davidson unfortunately finding his own net with an attempted clearance. Cuthbertson restored Consett's two goal lead though, with an unstoppable 18 yard strike four minutes later, only for the home side to back again in the 65th minute through Paul Johnson. Scott Canham rounded the keeper to make it 4-2 with 14 minutes left, which looked to be enough as the game entered the closing stages. However late strikes from Willie Gibson (88) and Jonathan Allan (90) snatched a late draw for Celtic.

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Due to Penrith's continued involvement in the FA Cup, our game there scheduled for 14 September has now been postponed. On that day we will visit our temporary landlords Durham City instead.

1 September 2013

Due to Morpeth Town being involved in an FA Cup replay this week, Consett's game there scheduled for Wednesday night has been POSTPONED .

30 August 2013

In tonight's friendly, Consett went down 0-4 to recently promoted Darlington FC. It was an even game up to the hour mark, at which point Darlington brought on a number a first teamers from the bench and scored four times through Purewal 2 and Andy Johnson 2.

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28 August 2013

STRIKER Michael Mackay provided the perfect response to being left out on Saturday when, after being restored to the starting XI, he scored two goals and made one in Consett's 5-2 win at Guisborough. The Steelmen fell behind on 10 minutes when David Onions beat the offside trap and rounded stand-in keeper Anthony Lund. They levelled on 21 minutes through Mackay (pictured above), and five minutes later he set up Luke Sullivan for the second. Another defensive lapse seven minutes before the break let Danny Johnson in to score Town's 2,000th Northern League goal and make the half-time score 2-2. With the late-arriving Jack Norton in goal for the second half, Consett played some of their best football of the season so far to clinch the three points. Mackay restored their lead on 47 minutes, finishing a one-on-one, and three minutes later Ryan Bell headed home from a corner to make it four. Aris Guerin-Lokonga opened his account for the season just before the hour to make it five, and Mackay thought he had completed his hat-trick with eight minutes to go, but was denied by an offside flag.

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Consett have arranged a friendly for this coming Friday evening 30 August against Darlington FC at Durham City's ground. Kick off is at 7:30pm, admission £5.

25 August 2013

In a change to our scheduled fixtures, our next game is now away to Guisborough Town on Wednesday night, ko 7.45pm. This has been brought forward from next month, as our scheduled game at Bishop Auckland on Saturday 31st is postponed, due to their involvement in the FA Cup. With an odd number of teams in the 1st Division, we will be without a game that day.

24 August 2013

Consett finally registered their first win of the season at the fifth attempt when they retunred from Newcastle Benfield with a 2-1 victory this afternoon. Mark Eccles gave The Steelmen a 1-0 half time lead with a 28th minute free kick. Former Newcastle United striker Paul Brayson levelled the scores from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute but Luke Sullivan scored the winner for Consett on the hour mark.

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21 August 2013

Consett's disastrous start to the season continued with a 0-2 defeat at Billingham Synthonia this evening. A goal in each half from James Magowan and James Cronesberry did the damage leaving Consett with just one point from their first three league games to go with their swift departure from the FA Cup last Saturday.

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17 August 2013

CONSETT bowed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle for the fourth year in a row, losing to Marske United by the same 3-1 scoreline they had suffered in the league four days earlier. Again, they could have no complaints, as they were second-best all over the pitch against the much-improved Seasiders. Marske went ahead on 12 minutes through Stewart who scored after a suspicion of a push on Davidson. Consett keeper Jack Norton saved a John Alexander penalty in the 27th minute, but relief was short-lived as Marske killed the game with two goals in as many minutes. Alexander made amends for his penalty miss after 31 minutes, and then the same player beat the offside trap moments later to make it 3-0. Consett pulled one back two minutes later when Chris Bell's corner was diverted into the Marske net for an own goal, but that was the end of the scoring and The Steelmen were out.

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13 August 2013

CONSETT reverted to type at one of their bogey grounds when they threw away a half-time lead to lose 3-1 at Marske United. When Chris Bell opened his account for the club early on, it looked like a repeat of last season's first-ever win at Mount Pleasant might be on the cards. The winger seized on a poor kick-out by home keeper Robert Dean to fire the ball into the empty net from 25 yards to give the Steelmen the lead on 11 minutes. That was as good as it got though, and they rarely threatened for the rest of the first half. Just two minutes after the break it was all-square when Austin Johnston produced a crisp strike from Andy Jennings' right-wing cross. On 61 minutes former Consett winger Harrison Davies gave Marske the lead with a 25-yard free-kick which beat Jack Norton down at his left-hand post. Davies almost made it three with a fierce 20-yarder which cannoned back off the post, before his pass set up Johnston for the clincher five minutes from time. It was a poor second-half display from Consett, and they will have to play a lot better in their next game, at the same ground on Saturday, if they want to progress beyond the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

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10 August 2013

Consett got the new league campaign underway with an entertaining 2-2 draw at newly promoted Crook, whose side contained former Consett left back David Gordon and goalkeeper Barry Poskett. Consett themselves included new signings Chris Bell and Kris Hughes on the wings, and led twice only to be pegged back both times and ultimately denied by an 88th minute equaliser. Consett held a 1-0 half time lead, given to them by Michael Mackay's 20th minute goal. Richard Hodgson made it one-each 10 minutes into the second half, but Anthony Lund put The Steelmen ahead again in the 65th minute with his first touch after coming on as a substutute. David Paul headed home Warren Byrne's cross to snatch a point for the home side two minutes from time.

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6 August 2013

A HASTILY-arranged friendly against Northern Alliance Premier Division side Wallsend Town saw Consett end their pre-season programme on a winning note. But they had to be patient in their first-ever visit to the Langdale Centre, and it took a goal in each half from two of their main strikers to clinch the win. As in all the warm-up games, manager Kenny Lindoe fielded an almost completely different line-up in each half, though there were first appearances of the season for goalkeeper Joseph Longstaff and defenders Anthony Lund and Kieran Martin. Consett had the lion's share of possession, but the hosts had a couple of chances before a goal after 23 minutes from Michael Mackay, the club's leading marksmen in each of the last two seasons, gave the two-divisions-higher visitors the lead. He latched onto a Tony Coe pass down the right, drew the keeper and slipped the ball past him from an acute angle (pictured above). After agreeing to play 40 minutes each way due to the fact the ground had no floodlights, the first half was cut six minutes short when both matchballs were lost over a locked fence into an adjacent playground. The Steelmen made 10 changes at half-time, with only right-back Michael Pearson staying on, and they enjoyed even more of the ball in the second half. The second goal was 26 minutes coming, with Aris Guerin-Lokonga claiming it after diving full-length to head home Scott Canham's right-wing cross (pictured below). There was almost a third near the end, but Luke Olabode's shot from a corner was cleared off the line. With light fading, the referee again cut the half short before things became farcical. The result took Consett's pre-season record to Played 8 Won 5 Drawn 2 Lost 1 Goals For 28 Against 8.

3 August 2013

Consett suffered their first pre-season defeat, going down 2-3 in a hastily-arranged match at fellow Northern League 1st Division side Newton Aycliffe after original opponents Jarrow Roofing pulled out. Aycliffe scored first through Jamie Owens, but on 13 minutes the Steelmen were level when Aris Guerin-Lokonga pulled the ball back to set up Adam Burnicle for a simple but well-worked goal (pictured above). Two minutes later Consett took the lead, with Burnicle receiving a Chris Bell pass on the edge of the box, turning and firing home a great strike into the bottom corner. Aycliffe levelled it at 2-2 with the lively Owens bagging his second on the half-hour via a deflected shot at the near post. The winner came on 63 minutes, when home skipper John Close smashed the ball home from 10 yards when the visitors failed to clear a corner.

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2 August 2013

Consett have launched their new season tickets for the coming season. The prices are £80 for adults, £40 for concessions and £20 for juniors. This includes the 22 home league games.

Entrance prices for the coming season in the new stadium will be £6 and as such this offers a major saving over the year. Anyone wishing to take up the offer can contact Davey Pyke on 07889 419268 or Frank Bell on 07710 133694.

1 August 2013

Saturday's friendly against Jarrow Roofing has been cancelled as The Roofers have pulled out. We will now play away at Newton Aycliffe instead, with the game kicking off at 2.00pm.

31 July 2013

Another good work out for Consett as they won their latest pre-season friendly 7-2 at Esh Winning this evening. Most of the damage was done in the first half, in which The Steelmen ran up six goals without reply. Mark Eccles headed home the first after 8 minutes (pictured above), before a 25 yard free kick from Luke Sullivan made it 2-0 on 22 minutes. Aris Guerin-Lokonga made it 3-0 four minutes later when he headed home a Chris Bell corner, then Sullivan scored his second and Consett's fourth with a 28th minute diving header. Sullivan completed his hat trick seven minutes from half time, sweeping home another Bell cross, and then a powerful strike from Calvin Smith made it six in the 42nd minute. There were numerous changes at half time which inevitably disrupted Consett's flow, and Esh pulled one back in the 57th minute. Michael Mackay (who played in goal in the first half) scored the seventh 11 minutes from time, just seconds after blazing a penalty miles over the bar. There was still time for Esh to score a second consolation goal, but all in all a more than satisfactory performance on a wet night.

27 July 2013

CONSETT paid their first visit to Raydale Park in 21 years for a friendly which saw their pre-season preparations step up a notch. The home side, who finished fourth in the East of Scotland League last season, were a much sterner test than any of their warm-up opponents so far. After a goalless first half Gretna opened the scoring just before the hour mark. Adam McMath met a cross from the right with his head, and it took a deflection off the blameless Michael Pearson to leave Norton helpless. Michael Mackay levelled 14 minutes later when Gretna centre-back Sam Atkinson tried to guide a long ball back to goalkeeper Graham Wright. However, his header was too high, looped over the keeper, and Mackay bundled the ball over the line from point-blank range (pictured above).

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25 July 2013

A reminder that Consett's next friendly is on Saturday at Gretna, and supporters are invited to travel to Raydale Park with the team. The coach leaves Belle Vue at 12.30pm for a 3pm kick-off, returning shortly after the game. Seats are £5, on a first-come, first-served basis (pay on the day). Places are limited so can anyone wishing to take the coach on Saturday to Gretna let Frank Bell know in advance to ensure there are seats available for everyone. To reserve a seat, call Frank on 07710 133694.

23 July 2013

Consett have booked a coach with Stanley Travel for this Saturday's game away to Gretna. This will be for players and supporters and shall leave Belle Vue Leisure at 12.30 pm prompt. It shall return shortly after the game and drop off again at Belle Vue Consett. The cost will be just £5 per person, and can be paid to Andrew Pearson on the day.

Consett's latest pre-season game resulted in a 2-0 win over Gateshead Sunday League side Washington Westwood in a 70-minute practice match on the 3G pitch at Chester-le-Street Riverside after original opponents Sunderland College cancelled. The Steelmen - again making a multitude of changes at half-time - dominated possession in a keenly-contested game. Tony Coe opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half, tapping home from close range after being set up by Kris Hughes, whose first shot was saved by the keeper. Matty Slocombe made it two a minute from the end, firing home from 15 yards.


20 July 2013

Consett continued their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against local rivals Tow Law Town at Ironworks Road. The Steelmen fielded a youthful line up in a first half with very few incidents. Tow Law came closest to scoring but saw a shot easily caught by stand-in keeper Luke Sullivan. A more familiar side took the field in the second half - wearing an unfamiliar blue shirts red shorts combination - and Consett eventually broke the deadlock in the 74th minute. David Brown floated a cross into box and as a defender slipped in attempting to clear, Luke Sullivan controlled it with his chest and swung a low left footed shot into the bottom corner of net. It looked likely that Consett would hold on for the win, but seven minutes from time a ball over the top found David Parker who broke clear and rolled it across for Robbie Hurton to complete an easy finish from 6 yards.

The friendly scheduled for Tuesday evening at Sunderland College has now been postponed. Consett will now entertain a side from Washington in a 30 minutes each-way pratice match at the Riverside instead. Consett's next friendly is thus next Saturday when they make the trip North of the Border to Gretna.

11 July 2013

THE pre-season build-up continued with a 5-1 win over another Wearside League side, near-neighbours Annfield Plain, in our annual friendly. Goalkeeper Jack Norton was the only player to complete 90 minutes as Consett once again rung the changes. They took the lead after 12 minutes through Luke Sullivan, who finished from close range after the keeper spilled a shot. Four minutes later it was 2-0 when Sullivan turned provider for Michael Mackay to tap in. Midway through the half Annfield Plain pulled one back with a shot from just inside the box, and it remained 2-1 at half-time. Just after the hour Consett were awarded a penalty after a foul on Chris Hughes, and although Adam Burnicle's spot kick was saved, he netted the rebound. On 74 minutes, Andrew Cuthbertson made it four, scoring from 10 yards after Chris Bell's free-kick from the right. The best goal of the night wrapped up the win three minutes later. Some good work down the right by Jordan Dixon set up Burnicle to head home at the far post.

The next friendly is against Tow Law Town at Ironworks Road on Saturday, 20th July, kick-off 3pm.

6 July 2013

CONSETT began their pre-season with a comfortable 8-0 win over Wearside League Prudhoe Town at their temporary home at Durham FA headquarters at Chester-le-Street Riverside. With manager Kenny Lindoe on holiday, his assistant David Robson was in charge, and will have been pleased with the efforts of his players - all 23 of them. There were six new faces in the starting line-up, and 10 in all, but it was a familiar one, Calvin Smith, who opened the scoring on 10 minutes, with a deft chip into the top corner from 18 yards. Eight minutes later it was 2-0, as Luke Sullivan beat the Prudhoe keeper at his near post. On 26 minutes Sullivan grabbed his second, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up to walk the ball home. Michael Pearson almost made it four with a rasping drive from 30 yards, but the keeper touched it over the bar, and it was 3-0 at half-time.

A completely different side started the second half, including goalkeeper Jack Norton, who re-signed yesterday to fill the shoes of Chris Elliott, who has won a two-year contract to play in Sweden. Michael Mackay, top scorer for the past two seasons, took just two minutes to get back on the goal trail, with Jack Stanger's pass giving him a tap-in (pictured above). Scott Canham made it 5-0 on 55 minutes after a good run and cross by one of the newcomers, teenager Max Tyers. Three minutes later, Mackay made it six from the penalty spot after being fouled, and he then set up Aris Guerin-Lokonga for No 7 near the end after his own shot was saved. Mackay completed his hat-trick with two minutes to go, finishing a through ball in trademark fashion.

The next friendly is at 7pm on Thursday, 11 July, v Annfield Plain, again at the Riverside. Kick-off is 7pm, and admission is again £2 (£1 concessions).

5 July 2013

The draws for the opening rounds of the FA competitions were made today, and Consett received one 'home' tie and one away. The Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup will see the Steelmen travel to Northern League 1st Division rivals Marske United on Saturday 17th August - just four days after we go there for our league game. Consett enter the FA Vase in the 2nd Qualifying Round with a match against former Football League club Nelson on Saturday, 21st September. The Admirals ply their trade these days in Division One of the North West Counties League, and the game is expected to be played at Durham City's ground. In the FA Youth Cup, Consett have been drawn away to Newton Aycliffe.

4 July 2013

Consett's first pre-season friendly is this Saturday 6 July when they entertain Prudhoe Town at their borrowed home of Durham County FA grounds at Riverside, Chester-le-Street. The 3G pitch is situated adjacent to the Emirates Durham ICG. The match is a 3 pm kick off, and admission is £2, or £1 for concessions.

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Northern League Div 1
Pos Team Pl GD Pts
7 Dunston UTS 44 29 73
8 Durham City 44 26 68
9 Whitley Bay 44 19 67
10 CONSETT 44 27 66
11 Bishop Auckland 43 24 65
12 Billingham S 44 3 65
13 Penrith 44 2 61

(1 May 2014)

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