Ryhope suffer first defeat of 2019 against Consett AFC

Gary Pearson and Oliver Hotchkiss watch on

Consett ended Ryhope’s unbeaten start to 2019 with a 2-0 victory at Recreation Park.

The away team went in front through second half substitution Daniel Craggs as he was able to fire into an empty net following a scramblein the box.

Craggs also grabbed Consett’s second of the game as he got on the end of a cross to fire the ball into the roof of the net and over Ryhope keeper Jonny Ball.

The home team went into the game on the back of being unbeaten in their last five games.

Whereas the away team arrived at Recreation Park without a win in 5 games.

Manager Gary Pearson made 5 changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Hebburn last week, bringing top scorer James Ellis back into the team.

The team also saw the inclusion of new signing Jon Weirs who was brought in this week from league strugglers Seaham Red Star.

Both teams started well with chances at both ends of the field.

Consett had the first big chance of the game as Luke Carr’s freekick from the edge of the box struck the post.

The visitors continued to apply the pressure when on eighteen minutes Mackay stabbed the ball goalward, however defender Lewis King was able to clear off the line to keep the game goalless.

Thirty-five minutes into the game, forward Micky Rae was forced off following an injury as a result of a tackle.

As the first half progressed Ryhope went from strength to strength with goalkeeper Kyle Hayes being called into action when Matty Weirs unleashed a powerful effort towards the goal.

After some great build up play, the home team almost found an opener as forward James Ellis saw his effort saved by the Consett goalkeeper.

Ryhope continued to pressure the away team’s goal with Matty Weirs and Adam Cocks both seeing their headed efforts saved by Hayes.

img_20190126_145926Colliery Welfare started the second half how they had finished the first with substitute Joey Melvin almost lobbing the goalkeeper with what appeared to be a cross.

Consett started to get back into the game as Richard Juul’s effort from the edge of the box went wide.

On sixty-seven minutes substitute Michael Craggs grabbed an opener for Consett after the keeper went for a high ball but lost out leaving the forward with an easy job of slotting it into an empty net.

Both teams then enjoyed spells of pressure, first Craggs almost grabbed a second as his effort flashed across the face of the goal, then Ryhope almost equalized as Melvin almost squeezed the ball past Hayes in goal.

As the home side pursued an equaliser, the away team were able to grab their second, Craggs was on hand to grab his second of the game as a result of a Consett counter attack in which resulted in the forward firing the ball into the roof of the Ryhope net.

Despite being two down, Colliery Welfare continued to battle, with midfielder Chris Trewick hitting the crossbar with 5 minutes left to play.

Goalkeeper Kyle Hayes managed to pull off some great saves in the dying embers of the game to dampen Ryhope’s hopes of grabbing a goal back.

Both teams had chances throughout the game in a well-matched encounter, however it was the away side who were able to capitalise and come away with all three points.

Ryhope manager Gary Pearson after the game was encouraged by the performance levels from his players however he was disappointed about the result. Check out the full interview below.

Looking forward to Ryhope’s next game, against North Shields at home, Gary Pearson will be looking to bounce back against a North Shields side who have only lost one in their last seven games.

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Kyle Ritchie


Match Preview: Ryhope CW vs Hebburn Town

Ryhope CW welcome fifth placed Hebburn Town to Recreation Ground for a Northern League Division One encounter, our first home game since mid December.

Looking to extend our unbeaten start to 2019, we’re in for a tough test against a Hornets side enjoying a great first season in Division One.

However, Colliery Welfare will be hoping for a much better performance than they produced in the 1-1 draw away to Penrith last week.

Hebburn didn’t have a great time out last week either, taking a 3-2 defeat at Stockton Town.

After a very strong start to their league season, the Hornets have fallen a few points off the leading pack, but with a good run until the end of the season they could easily be in the promotion mix.

The South Tyneside club have also been going fantastically in the Vase and will face West Auckland, the only other Northern League club to have made the Fifth Round, in February.

A tough test, but there are some good omens for Ryhope. Colliery Welfare are unbeaten in their last three and have won their last two home league games.

Speaking ahead of the game, Colliery Welfare manager Gary Pearson said: “It’s nice to be back at home, the pitch should have had a rest.

“We have got a few decent teams coming up, people who are doing well in the league but on the other hand we are in a bit of form having been unbeaten in the last three games and we’ll look to take that into the next game and move on from there.

With the games at home we want to look to make it a bit of a fortress.”

This fixture is the first in a run of four home games and a win against a good side could possibly act as a springboard for this run of home fixtures.

Colliery Welfare’s visit to the Hornets this season ended in defeat.

The first-half was a deadlock, but James Ellis struck in the 50th minute to give Ryhope the lead.

However, Michael Richardson equalised and Graeme Armstrong gave Hebburn a 60th minute lead.

Armstrong bagged again, this time from the penalty spot, and Hebburn ran out 3-1 winners.

Hebburn were in Division Two last season, but we did meet once. Ryhope won 2-0 in the Northern League Cup thanks to a Joey Melvin double, however a lot has changed since then.

RCW’s squad is slightly depleted ahead of the game with injuries to Ollie Hotchkiss (knee), Elliott Woods (thigh), Chris Wallace (ankle), Nicky Kane (back).

Joe Atkinson was added to the injury list last week, taking a groin injury against Penrith. Corey Nicholson’s fitness test did not provide good news and he will be out long term.

Jack Devlin still has a four match ban.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Ryhope Recreation Park, Sunderland, SR2 0AB

Kick-Off: 3:00PM

Date: Saturday, January 19th


Match Preview: Penrith AFC vs Ryhope CW

Colliery Welfare make the long journey to Frenchfields Stadium this Saturday as they face a Penrith side still yet to win in the league.

The Cumbrian side currently sit bottom of Northern League Division One with four points.

However, things won’t be plain sailing for Ryhope. The struggling side gave us a very tough test at Recreation Park and came back from 2-0 down to level the score before Welfare managed to find a winner.

Micky Rae in action against Penrith

Colliery Welfare got their 2019 off to a flyer, doubles from James Ellis and former Shildon man Micky Rae giving Ryhope an excellent 4-3 away win in Dean Street.

Ryhope’s form has picked up recently, with three wins and a draw in their last five games.

Andy Coyles’ side have lost their last three but have two draws in their last six games against against Shildon and Sunderland RCA.

The spoils were shared in our games against the Cumbrian side last season, Ryhope winning all three points with a 5-3 scoreline at Frenchfields Stadium but taking a 1-0 defeat at home.

On this weekend’s game, manager Gary Pearson said: “We can’t afford to take this game lightly.

“Despite their league standing, if we go in expecting an easy game it could undo all the hard work we’ve done over previous weeks.”

Ryhope are not far off a full complement, Jack Devlin is still suspended following his red card in the fixture against West Auckland. Ollie Hotchkiss is still injured and Corey Nicholson will be assessed with a fitness test.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Frenchfields Stadium, Carleton, Penrith, CA11 8UA

Date: Saturday, January 12th

Kick-Off: 15:00

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Penrith FC’s Frenchfields Stadium

Shildon AFC 3-4 Ryhope CW: Ryhope claim all three points at Shildon

Gary Pearson and Assistant Chris McCabe

Ryhope claimed their first win of 2019 against Shildon AFC coming away with a 4-3 victory.

Former Shildon man Micky Rae and James Ellis both scored twice in a thrilling encounter at Dean Street.

Ryhope were first to get on the score sheet as James Ellis’ effort from outside the box left Newbrook no chance in the Shildon goal.

Almost twenty minutes later, Shildon grabbed an equaliser through Aidan Heywood as his effort flew past Atkinson into the roof of the Ryhope net.

Early in the second half Ryhope regained the lead as James Ellis grabbed his second of the game, this time from the penalty spot.

However once again Shildon found an equaliser, this time Greulich-Smith slotted the ball past Joe Atkinson to equalise for the home team.

With fifteen minutes remaining Ryhope were awarded another penalty this time Micky Rae stepped up to once again give Ryhope the advantage.

Four minutes later the away team were awarded their third penalty of the game, with  Micky Rae again stepping up to give his side a two-goal advantage heading into the last 10 minutes.

With 3 minutes of normal time left to play Moore setup an entertaining finish to the game after poking home as a result of the corner.

After losing 2-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season Ryhope were hoping to take all three points from the hosts.

Shildon however were looking for their fourth consecutive win and to start 2019 with a win.

Prior to the game, manager Gary Pearson made two changes to his starting eleven, bringing Chris Trewick and leading goal scorer James Ellis back into the team.

Both teams started well with chances at either end, but it was Ryhope who took the lead on the eighteenth minute as James Ellis fired the ball into the top right corner of the goal from the edge of the box.

After scoring the goal Ryhope looked dangerous, with chances falling for former Shildon man Micky Rae and midfielder Chris Wallace.

On the half hour mark, Shildon started to come back into the game with defenders Carl Jones and Danni Lay producing great blocks to deny the home team an equaliser.

However, Shildon soon found a way through as Aidan Heywood picked the ball on the left-hand side of the box and fired the ball into the back of the net to level the score.

Heywood almost got his second of the game moments before half time however his effort flew narrowly over the bar.

The home side started the second half the better out of the two teams with Atkinson denying Greulich-Smith with a good save.

On fifty-four minutes Robbie Bird was brought down in the box by a Shildon defender leading to the referee pointing to the spot.

James Ellis made no mistake, slotting the ball hard and low into the bottom right corner of the goal, giving Ryhope the advantage heading into the final third of the game.

Ryhope’s lead only lasted for nine minutes as striker Billy Greulich-Smith was able to get on the end of a header to fire the ball past the Colliery Welfare goalkeeper.

With the scores level Shildon had a good chance to take the lead for the first time in the game, but Robson’s clever freekick was saved by Joe Atkinson.

With 15 minutes remaining Ryhope were awarded another penalty as Robbie Bird was taken down in the box, forward Micky Rae fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal to once again give Ryhope the lead.

Four minutes later Ryhope were awarded their third penalty of the game and Shildon were reduced to ten men following Ellison’s second yellow card for a challenge on Nat Skidmore.

Once again Micky Rae made no mistake hammering the ball into the back of the net to give Ryhope a two-goal advantage heading into the final part of the game.

With three minutes left, player coach Daniel Moore was able to grab a goal back for the home team after prodding home from a corner, however he was dismissed following an incident after the goal had been scored.

With a two-man advantage Ryhope were able to control the dying minutes of the game to hold on for their first win in three games.

Up next for Colliery Welfare, they face an away trip to bottom of the table Penrith hoping to build on today’s victory.

Kyle Ritchie

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