FA Vase preview: Chester-le-Street vs Ryhope CW

Colliery Welfare get their FA Vase campaign underway with a trip to Moor Park in the 1st Qualifying Round on Saturday.

The lads will be looking to put a long run of defeats behind them that continued in Hebburn last weekend, as well as hoping to progress to the 2nd round of qualifying.

We still currently have an extensive injury list, however the lads we’ve added to the squad for cover have settled in well and hopefully it shouldn’t have too much impact on Saturday’s game.

Last season we managed one of the best runs in the FA Vase in the club’s history when we reached the 2nd Round Proper before going out to North West Counties League side City of Liverpool FC.

Last season’s run saw wins over Guisborough and Northallerton in qualifying before an emphatic 10-1 win over Harrogate Railway in the 1st Round.

The 2nd Round saw a 2-1 home defeat to City of Liverpool, the well-supported club bringing around 250 fans to Recreation Park.

We faced Chester-le-Street in cup competition last season when we got knocked out of the Durham Challenge Cup, an Alex White hat-trick ensuring a 3-1 defeat, days after our Vase heroics against Harrogate.

We’ll be hoping for a different result this time round against the Northern League Division Two side who have had a good start to this season.

Colin Wake’s men finished 14th in Division Two last season, but currently sit 2nd with 5 wins from 5 games.

Clearly not a side to be underestimated, hopefully we can come away with a much needed win and kick-start a good run of our own.

FA Vase

Venue: Moor Park, Chester-le-Street, DH2 3RW

Kick-Off: 3:00PM

Date: Saturday, September 1st


Ebac Northern League Announcement:


Blyth AFC today officially resigned from the Ebac Northern League.

The league has been aware of the situation that the club was in for some time but was not in a position to comment publicly.

League chairman Glenn Youngman said:

“It’s another very disappointing decision – especially coming after they played only four league games and so soon after Team Northumbria’s decision to resign.

“We spoke to Blyth’s owner Barry Elliott to see if there was anything that we could do to help, but ultimately it was a matter for him.

“Like the Team North decision, this resignation has an adverse effect on clubs, players and spectators.

“In particular in means less income for the clubs that remain in the first division, which will now have to run with 18 teams for the rest of the season.  All of Blyth’s results will be removed and the table adjusted accordingly.

“Blyth’s decision will be discussed by the League Management Committee which meets next Thursday (September 6).”

In response to speculation on social media, league secretary Kevin Hewitt said:  “Blyth AFC had a ground share agreement with Ashington for the whole of the 2018/19 season.”

Fixture Update

Due to the progression of Connsett AFC in the Emirates FA Cup our away game on Saturday 08 September has been postponed.

The game has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10 October 2018 at Belle View Stadium with a 19:30 kick off.

We play Chester Le Street on Saturday 01 September, in the FA Vase. If we progress to next round, this will be played on Saturday 15 September at home to either Dunston UTS or Heaton Stanngton.

We play Crook Town away in the Durham Challenge Cup on Wednesday 19 September

Or next Norther League game will be Ashington (away) on Saturday 22 September, then Sunderland RCA (home) on Tuesday 25 September.

9/1/2018 Chester le Street v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM Chester Park FA Vase
9/15/2018 3:00 PM Ryhope Recreation Ground Possible home match in FA Vase – Dunston or Heaton Stannngton
9/19/2018 Crook Town v Ryhope CW 7:30 AM The Sir Tom Cowie Millfield, West Road, Crook, Co.Durham DL15 9PW Durham Challenge Cup
9/22/2018 Ashington v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM Woodhorn Lane
9/25/2018 Ryhope CW v Sunderland RCA 7:30 PM Ryhope Recreation Ground
9/29/2018 North Shields v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM Daren Persson Stadium
10/2/2018 Consett v Ryhope CW 7:30 AM Belle View Stadium

Match Preview: Hebburn Town vs Ryhope CW

Colliery Welfare’s run of away games continues with a trip to Hebburn Sports and Social Ground on Saturday.

Ryhope are looking to put a run of four straight away defeats behind them, but face a tough test away at unbeaten Hebburn.

The performances in the last two games against Bishop Auckland and Whitley Bay haven’t been bad, Welfare creating plenty of chances in both games.

But the club now have a bigger issue of an extensive injury list which includes Carl Jones, Chris Trewick, Davey Gordon and Elliott Woods. Micky Rae came off early against Whitley Bay and may be another addition to this list.

Ben Riding is also unavailable. To deal with this issue, Ryhope recruited Shaun Pickford, Craig Ellison and Stephen Francis to cover.

The two sides met last year in the Northern League Cup, Colliery Welfare running away 2-0 winners both goals coming from Joey Melvin.

However, Scott Oliver’s side strengthened a lot over the summer follwing promotion from Northern League Division Two after finishing 2nd.

They have had a great start to  life in Division One and currently sit 5th on 11 points after five games, winning three and drawing two.

A tough test is expected, but hopefully if Ryhope can show the same ability in creating chances, and take advantage of more then we can get something out of it.

With Sunderland away in Wimbledon and Newcastle playing on the Sunday, it would be great to see as many there as possible.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Hebburn Sports and Social Ground, Hebburn, NE31 1UN

Kick-Off: 3:00PM

Date: Saturday, August 25

Match Preview: Whitley Bay vs Ryhope CW

The Northern League fixtures come thick and fast, Ryhope travelling to Whitley Bay on Tuesday for their second of three consecutive league away days.

Colliery Welfare could really do to return from Hillheads with a few points, as they extended the run to four consecutive defeats at Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

However, the performance wasn’t bad at Heritage Park, the result slightly unfair to Colliery Welfare who had some good spells in the match but made some mistakes at the back.

We also came back from Bishop Auckland with additions to our injury list, Davey Gordon suffering a major blow with a torn Achilles, and Carl Jones came off injured on his debut and is another doubt. This adds to the likes of Ben Riding, Chris Trewick and Elliott Woods.

We come up against a side who are also in need of a positive result.

Like us, Whitley Bay opened the season with a win (beating Seaham Red Star at home 4-2), but have had a run of three league defeats since including being on the wrong end of an 8-0 battering by Dunston.

A difficult start for Andy Gowens’ side who finished 16th last season in Northern League Division One on 51 points.

Whitley Bay added the likes of Jack Foalle, Ibby Hassan, Adam Redford and Stepehen Ramsey to their squad this season, the latter of those players having a loan spell at Recreation Park last season while getting back to fitness.

Ryhope will hope for a much better performance than last time out at Hillheads, where they suffered a 7-0 defeat in October last year.

As ridiculous as it sounds, the 7-0 result doesn’t quite tell the full story. Ryhope had the better of the opening exchanges and had plenty of chances to take the lead before Peter Glen-Ravenhill’s strike in the 35th minute (the first of a hat-trick).

From there Ryhope seemed to capitulate, Whitley Bay added a couple more goals, Ryhope went down to 10-men and the Bay onslaught didn’t stop.

We also had a poor result at home, losing 3-2 after coming back from a goal down twice. James Ellis and Paul Braithwaite on the scoresheet for Welfare.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Hillheads Park, Whitley Bay, NE25 8HR

Date: Tuesday, August 21

Kick-Off: 7:30PM

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Our venue for the evening

Match Preview: Bishop Auckland vs Ryhope CW

Ryhope will play their first of four consecutive away games (three in the league) against Bishop Auckland this weekend.

After our opening day win away at Newton Aycliffe, Ryhope have now faced three defeats in a row, against West Auckland and Shildon in the league and against Sunderland RCA in the FA Cup.

Tuesday night’s defeat to Shildon was a much improved performance, the game was finely balanced and could have gone either way, Billy Greulich-Smith confirming Shildon’s victory following a counter attack in the 91st minute to make it 2-0.

It’s too early to trust the table, but this start leaves Colliery Welfare in 13th on three points.

Meanwhile, Bishop Auckland won both of their opening league games, beating Whickham 5-0 at home before a 2-1 away win at North Shields. However, they lost 2-0 at home to Pickering Town in the FA Cup.

Our opponents come off the back of a poor term last time out, where they finished 19th on 43 points, just four points above the bottom three.

They have had a much better start to this season and brought in as many as eleven new recruits in the summer.

Ryhope will hope for a repeat of last season’s fixture at Heritage Park, where they beat Bishop Auckland 3-1 thanks to goals from Matty Weirs, James Ellis and Josh Home-Jackson after Shaun Ryder gave Bishop the lead.

Colliery Welfare then completed a double over Bishop in the home game, once again coming from a goal down to win 3-1 thanks to a Micky Rae double before James Ellis once again rounded off the victory.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Heritage Park, Stadium Way, Bishop Auckland, DL14 9AE

Date: Saturday, August 18

Kick-Off: 3:00PM


Northern League round-up: Dunston smash Whitley Bay and FA Cup replays

We round-up the midweek Northern League action, less league fixtures going ahead than scheduled due to FA Cup replays.

Eight teams remain unbeaten in Northern League Division One, following the midweek action.

The pick of the action was at the UTS Stadium, where Dunston smashed Whitley Bay 8-0. Mark Fitzpatrick could have had a hat-trick, scoring two and missing a penalty. Jack Elliott and Liam Brooks also hit doubles for the Gateshead club.

Dunston remain unbeaten, as well as Shildon who beat us 2-0 at Recreation Park.

In the FA Cup game featuring Northern League clubs on Tuesday, Guisborough beat Newton Aycliffe 2-0 away.

Wednesday’s action saw an added time winner at the Daren Persson stadium, Gerard Richardson converting for Ashington to give them a 1-0 win away at North Shields.

Another one came at Blyth AFC, David Robinson scoring in the 93rd minute to down West Auckland.

The other Newly-promoted teams Whickham and Hebburn faced off, Hebburn getting a 3-0 away win.

Consett smashed Penrith 6-1 away, Daniel Craggs scoring a hat-trick

Wednesday’s FA Cup replay action saw Heaton Stannington and Seaham Red Star go to extra-time following a 3-3 draw. The scores were level at 4-4 after extra-time and it took penalties to decide the tie, Seaham winning 4-2 on penalties.

Newcastle Benfield beat Stockton Town at Bishopton Road 3-0 to progress to the preliminary round.

Higher up the leagues, the North-East derby in the National League North between Darlington and Blyth Spartans ended in a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Spennymoor lost away from home to Bradford Park Avenue 1-0.

Gateshead remain unbeaten in the National League, earning a 1-1 away draw at Boreham Wood. Hartlepool also drew 1-1 away at Braintree.


Ryhope CW complete triple swoop

Ryhope CW today announced a triple signing.

Joining the club are midfielder Nicky Kane, and defenders Carl Jones and Corey Barnes.

Nicky Kane during his RCA days

Nicky Kane joins following a spell at Seaham Red Star. Unfortunately he had an injury hit 2017/18 season, but is looking to bounce back from that with Ryhope.

The midfielder, whose former clubs include Dunston UTS and Newcastle Benfield, is known for his energy and covers a lot of ground.

A hard-working midfielder, his skills come in attack and he has been deployed as a winger in the past.

The 29-year-old, who also represented neighbours Sunderland RCA, is also described as having great ball skills and an eye for goal.

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Carl Jones

Also joining is defender Carl Jones from Shildon.

Carl is a versatile defender, mostly deployed at centre-back but capable of playing across the back four. He won the Northern League with Shildon in 2015-16.

Jones during his spell at Blyth Spartans

Among the 31-year-old’s former clubs are Hartlepool United, York City, Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, West Auckland and Dunston UTS.

Corey Barnes

The final signing of the triple swoop is Corey Barnes.

Corey is a right-back, who broke through the ranks at Darlington and was once nominated for League Two apprentice of the year.

He dropped into non-league initially with Spennymoor, before joining Crook Town in 2011.

The 26-year-old spent a number of years at Jarrow Roofing and was at Washington last season.

The full-back is said to have some attacking flair to go with his defensive prowess, and loves to get down the right to support the attack.

Corey is unavailable for selection for another two weeks.