Ryhope CW Youth Prospects Train with First Team

Our First Team are in a nice bit of form going into the business end of the season. Manager Gary Pearson, along with Assistant Chris McCabe have built a strong and unified team over the past three seesons, strengthened with quality if needed. Things are definatly heading in the right directing on the pitch amd Gaz is able to pool from a debth of talent.

A growing youth focus is also develoing at the club. We are seeing some exciting young prospects coming through at Under 17 level.

Yesterday, our First Team welcomed under 17 prospects Ben Wardle and Benji Simpson to their training session, allowing them a taste of what First Team Football is like.

Wardel is a “go get em” midfielder, with a keen eye for goal. Simpson plays in defence and has a good vision of the game.

Both did not look out of place as all players were put through their paces and hope to become future perminant fixture under Gaz in the First Team.

See video of them in action last night including Manager Pearson showing everyone how to finish!

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Ryhope training kits are supported by locak Chartered Accountants Clive Own LLP




Northern League Press Release:


The Ebac Northern League today confirmed that it will apply to run a new Step 4 league as part of the revised National League System.

The Football Association intends to set up a new Step 4 league to be running for the 2020-21 season.

The FA asked leagues to lodge an “expression of interest” with them by March 1.

The league has formally expressed their interest in running the new league.

League chairman Glenn Youngman said:

“We believe we will be able to run a well-managed, competitive league at Step 4.

“We will be submitting a strong, robust application to be considered by the governing body.”

Ryhope CW 2-1 Guisborough Town F.C: Ryhope CW steal hard-fought away win

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By Ali Salat

Ryhope CW made it a league double with an away win at Guisborough Town F.C in the EBAC Northern League.

Jack Devlin opened the scoring before Lee Bythway equalised to head into the break level.

Jon Weirs scored his first Ryhope goal to give Ryhope the three points.

Danni getting along well with the ref as usual

The match kicked off with Ryhope going against a well organised home side, Guisborough took control of the match early on.

Jon Weirs picked up the ball in midfield before releasing Jack Devlin who took advantage rounding the keeper and putting it away in the 11th minute.

After the goal the home side took control of the first half having scored the equaliser after a mistake by goalkeeper Joe Atkinson was taken advantage of by Lee Bythway in the 29th.

Guisborough went closest in the rest of the first-half but despite good chances for Steven Roberts and Brian Close the sides headed into the break level.

Ben pulling faces
Ben’s concentration face

Joe Atkinson had to be alert to Brad Mill’s strike from distance early in the second half.

Jon Weirs had a good chance after making a good run into the box but fires narrowly wide.

Jon Weirs then got the winner in 80th minute. He started the move with a good ball to his brother Matty who saw his strike saved but Jon was on hand to poke home the rebound.

The win leaves Ryhope in 11th ahead of a tough away fixture against Dunston.

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Guisborough Town vs Ryhope CW: Match Preview

Ryhope Colliery Welfare are back in action after a weekend off when they travel to Guisborough Town in Northern League Division One.

Colliery Welfare head into the game on the back of a 2-0 win at home to Ashington, but are on the road for the first time since mid January when they drew 1-1 at Penrith.

Ryhope come up against a Guisborough side two places below us and ten points behind us with two games in hand.


The Priorymen have been inconsistent but are capable of some very good results, their last home outing was a 2-0 win against high-flyers North Shields.

Gary Foster’s side have taken six points from their last five league games (two wins and three losses) showing their inconsistency but also that they’re a very tough team to face on their day.

However, Colliery Welfare are fresh from their fist clean sheet since the opening day of the season and should take confidence into this game from that.

Ryhope should also take confidence from the previous encounter, having beat Guisborough 3-1 at Recreation Ground after going a goal down.

A double from Micky Rae and a goal from James Ellis gave Ryhope the three points after Nathan Steel gave Guisborough a 16th minute lead.

On the break between fixtures, Gary Pearson said: “It’s really helped us, I gave them the weekend off and that has carried into training sessions this week. We’ve trained really well.”

Speaking ahead of the game, Pearson added: “I’m glad to be seeing more of them get on the scoresheet and hope it continues.

“It can be sometimes a little bit of a burden to players such as James Ellis when others aren’t chipping in.

“It’s come at the right time because James is away on Saturday on his annual family skiing trip. We’re going to miss him so we definitely need others chipping in with goals.

“Every single time we play Guisborough down there we get a different game to what we play here.

“They’re always a good side, they’re well organised and their management are good people I get along with them.

“I don’t think they’ll be happy to see us going down there either because they know what kind of game they’ll get off us.”

Welfare will be without Jack Walker (getting married), James Ellis (skiing), Corey Nicholson (ligaments), Elliott Woods (thigh)

Northern League Division One

Venue: King George V Ground, Guisborough, TS14 6LF

Date: Saturday, February 23rd

Kick-Off: 15:00

Season Run-In

With seven games remaining this season, The Ebac Northern Leauge have needed to re-arrange some fixtures to accomodate some postponements from weather and cup clashes. This means changes to our remaining fixture dates.

Here is how our end of season run-in looks

23/02/2019 Guisborough Town v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM King George V Ground
05/03/2019 Dunston UTS v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM The UTS Stadium Rescheduled from 13/4/2019
09/03/2019 Ashington v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM Woodhorn Lane Rescheduled from 22/9/2018
16/03/2019 Ryhope CW v Stockton Town 3:00 PM Ryhope Recreation Ground
23/03/2019 Newcastle Benfield v Ryhope CW 3:00 PM Sam Smith’s Park Rescheduled from 30/3/2019
30/03/2019 Ryhope CW v North Shields 3:00 PM Ryhope Recreation Ground Rescheduled from 2/2/2019
06/04/2019 Ryhope CW v Seaham Red Star 3:00 PM Ryhope Recreation Ground


This means our last fixture (as it stands) is a home derby against Seaham Red Star.

Ryhope CW 2-0 Ashington AFC: Ryhope back on track with convincing win

Ryhope CW bounced back from the Consett defeat with their first home win of 2019, beating Ashington AFC 2-0 in the league at Recreation Ground.

Matty Weirs’ strike around the half hour mark put Ryhope in the lead.

James Ellis added a penalty five minutes before the break, giving Colliery Welfare a comfortable lead before the sides played out a goalless second-half.

There were two changes from the side that Consett defeated, Joe Atkinson returning to fitness and replacing Jonny Ball in goal and Jack Devlin back from suspension to replace Micky Rae.

The first real sight of goal came for Ryhope in the 7th minute, a one-two allowing Lewis King to get down the right and release a strike which was blocked.

Ashington had a dangerous attack a few minutes later, Atkinson doing well to keep out Ben Sampson’s effort after he was played through, the ball looked like it would run for Paul Antony but Ryhope managed to see out the danger.

Colliery Welfare put together a good move in the 24th minute before Matty Weirs released a through ball for Devlin, the attacker worked space to shoot and forced a save from Grant.

Both teams were getting forward, but largely restricted to half-chances. However, it wasn’t even half a chance that resulted in Ryhope’s opener.

Jon Weirs picked up the ball in midfield in the 33rd minute, before picking out his brother Matty who released a cross which somehow lobbed Grant and found its way into the back of the net. We’ll credit that as an assist from the wind.

Colliery Welfare were given the opportunity to double their lead when Devlin was brought down in the box after being played through in the 41st minute.

James Ellis stepped up and coolly put the penalty into the bottom left corner.

Jon Weirs had a fantastic chance to extend the lead further early in the second half, running through before looking for the back post but firing wide.

Substitute Joey Melvin looked lively and got into good positions in the second half, but failed to find a finish.

Jon Weirs played Melvin through in the 77th minute who rounded the ‘keeper but the angle narrowed for him and he failed to pick out Devlin at the back post.

Ashington got a cross into the box in the 87th minute, Channon North challenged Joe Atkinson and the ball bounced for Brandon Morrison, but Atkinson somehow saved his close range effort and managed to smother to see out the danger.

A last ditch tackle from Danni Lay on North late on helped preserve Ryhope’s clean sheet and a succession of resulting corners were eventually cleared to ensure the 2-0 victory.

A great result for Colliery Welfare with a win and a rare clean sheet, the lads will travel to Guisborough next time out ending a run of home games.

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Match Preview: Ryhope CW vs Ashington AFC

Ryhope CW will look to bounce back from the defeat against Consett when they face 14th placed Ashington in Northern League Division One this Saturday.

Colliery Welfare come into this game on the back of a week off, the snow last week meaning we couldn’t get an instant response to the Consett defeat.

We come up against an Ashington side who we are yet to play this season and we will face them again at Woodhorn Lane in a month’s time.

Ashington sit in 14th, three places and seven points below us. However, they have two games in hand and a win for them could put them in a good position to leapfrog us.

Meanwhile, we could do with the three points to hopefully start a good run of picking up points for our final eight games.

Ian Skinner’s side have lost four of their last five, conceding 14 goals in those games.

We are yet to have a 0-0 all season and are quite strong in front of goal, however we’re also still conceding too many ourselves.

A good omen for Ryhope is that we picked up a league double over Ashington last season. We beat them 2-0 at Recreation Park thanks to goals from Micky Rae and Josh Home-Jackson and got a 1-0 win at Woodhorn Lane thanks to Matty Weirs.

It wasn’t all joy against Ashington last season, this weekend’s visitors knocking us out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round.

Chris Wallace (hamstring), Elliott Woods (thigh), Ollie Hotchkiss (knee), and Corey Nicholson (ligament damage) are all likely to miss the game.

However, we are boosted on the sidelines with the welcomed return of Assistant Manager Chris McCabe, back after three games out due to work commitments.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Ryhope Recreation Ground, SR2 0AB

Date: Saturday, February 9th

Kick-Off: 15:00