Hird converts from the spot for a famous Vase Victory

Ryhope Colliery Welfare go into the Buildbase FA Vase second round after a very convincing first-round win against fellow Northern League opponents, Penrith Town, where they managed to ease into a 3-0 victory. A solid cup run is something that the club is very keen on achieving and especially when our football is very restrictive and concise due to COVID19, Join manager Pearson is very happy with the rotation that he has in the squad.

Abbey Hey, who sits 5th in The North West Counties League reaches the second round proper on the back of a shock result against Hemsworth Colliery Welfare which leads the Manchester outfit with a trip to the North East to face CW. Both sides go into this game with some changes in the team selection but equally holding strong outsets that will hopefully lead to the victory into the 3rd round of the vase.

On a cold, wet, Tier 3 afternoon it was the perfect setting for a proper winter cup game of football. The first half was less than convincing for both sides with an equal batch of possession and the majority of play feeling very staggered and restrictive to the midfield. Abbey Hey probably had the most convincing chance when Dean Smalley created a half shot from the 16-yard area that led to a strong block from Ryhope captain Ben Riding. Later on, in the first half CW had a series of strong counter possession moving forward with Davey Vincent and James Ellis both working together to create some opportunity at goal for CW. Overall, Both teams go into the break with a chance to grab and run with this game in the second half; The first half ended 0-0.

The second half started much the same as the first with a cagey feel and with the weather conditions worsening in Sunderland, it turned into a very sloppy surface that led to some interesting late challenges which created risen tensions from both dugouts. CW had some real good bursts of possession that was surely going to break the very resilient Abbey Hey back 4 eventually. A clear chance presented itself after 55 minutes when Davis made a powerful run through the midfield that was supported by Braithwaite which led to a very clear, one on one opportunity on goal for Bird. Good save was made by Hey Keeper Smith to pause a very creative phase of attacking play from CW.

The hard work and very good team shape finally payed off when the ball was slotted through from midfield to the CW centre forward where he was clumsily brought down in the box by a Hey defended. It was a penalty to CW. Who was going to take it? It was lead penalty taker, Bradley Hird… Down the left, 1-0 to Ryhope.

Bradley Hird converting from the spot for CW

After Hird scoring the penalty it added a fresh breath of air into CW as they had some very good spells of possession that arguably should have been converted into another goal to take them 2 or 3-0 ahead. Later on, in the game it looked like Abbey Hey’s fate was set after a second yellow card offense saw striker Rhys Clooney see the red which left a large uphill battle for He

Later on in the depths of added time. Abbey Hey continued to press at a Welfare defence that was holding some really good structure with both Trewick and Riding remaining strong to keep the pressure out. Right at the end of the game, when CW should arguably have been consecutive goals ahead, Abbey Hey created a very tense goalmouth scramble that was very well managed from CW defender Jack Walker.

The full time whistle goes after a long period of additional time which was a very tense time for CW to hang onto this 1-0 victory from the nicely converted Hird penalty. This is a milestone for Ryhope CW as its the furthest they have ever gone in the FA vase where they have bagged a home draw in the 3rd round against Yorkshire based Liversedge FC of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division which is scheduled to be played next Saturday

Lets hope the lads can get a win in the 3rd round


Ryhope CW 1-0 Abbey Hey FC

Goalscorer- Bradley Hird

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