Ryhope CW 1-1 Stockton Town FC: Ryhope Colliery welfare rescue late draw against Stockton

By Ali Salat

A Jack Devlin equaliser gave Ryhope CW a draw with Stockton Town at Recreation Ground in the Northern League.

The away side started stronger and had the first good chance when a close-range header from Sonni Coleman was blocked by goalkeeper Joe Atkinson.

Ryhope’s first real chance came from Jack Devlin after he received the ball from Robbie Bird in the box but Michael Arthur made a good save.


Fred Woodhouse opened the scoring for Stockton Town in the 23rd minute, Peter Bulmer sent a low cross to Woodhouse who added a smart finish.

The remainder of the first half did not see much action after the goal ending with a lead 1-0 for the away side.

Colliery Welfare got back into the game in the second half but were struggling to create clear chances.

The Anchors had a good chance to double their lead in the 60th minute, Atkinson reacting well to keep out Woodhouse’s effort after a knock down from Adam Nicholson.


Devlin had a god chance when he was found by a cross to the back post and looped a header just wide.

Danni Lay saved Ryhope from a dangerous attack in the 71st minute blocking Peter Bulmer’s finish off the line.

Ryhope scored the equaliser in the 82nd minute, Jack Devlin received the ball from Weirs inside the box and added a smart finish.

Neither side were able to find a late winner and the spoils were shared between the two in-form sides.

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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.

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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

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

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

penrith ground
Penrith FC’s Frenchfields Stadium

Match Preview: The Ryhope Derby!

We head to Meadow Park to play our neighbours Sunderland RCA for the third time this season tomorrow.

Fresh off our first competitive Ryhope Derby victory in September, we could move ahead of our local rivals in Northern League Division with a win this weekend, albeit having played two fixtures more.

Both teams come into this game on the back of poor midweek results in the Northern League Cup.

We were knocked out with a 3-1 defeat to Whitley Bay where we were clearly second best after taking an early lead.

Meanwhile, RCA were also knocked out by Stockton Town in a game that lacked any sort of spark.

However, it is Colliery Welfare who head into this game with the best league form, winning three out of our last four.

Sunderland RCA started the season fantastically, but have found themselves well out of form in the league, currently winless in their last five.

Currently, they look unlikely to improve on their league campaign last season where they finished 4th.

However, RCA have had some very strong cup runs. They are now into the last 32 of the Vase and the Second Round of the Durham Challenge Cup, playing West Auckland at home in both games.

Meanwhile, we are left to focus on the league and try and better last season’s 11th place finish.

If the weekend’s performance against Whitley Bay is anything to go by (and not midweek’s) we could rise the table by the end of the season.

Our last trip to Meadow Park ended in a heavy defeat in the FA Cup extra preliminary round, RCA running out 5-2 winners.

But we got payback in late September with a 3-1 league victory thanks to goals from Craig Ellison and a James Ellis double.

Speaking on the derby after the defeat in midweek, manager Gary Pearson said: “We have to regroup and keep the player’s spirits high as the next game is Ryhope Derby.

“We beat them at our place, we got hammered by them at their place in the cup, previous to that they’ve had the upper hand.

“They’ve been an established first division club now for 10 to 15 years and we need to keep the spirits high between now and 3PM on Saturday.”

As always there are plenty of familiar faces for both clubs, former Colliery Welfare manager Martin Swales having the likes of Kyle Davis, Greg Swansbury and Nathan O’Neill among other former CW players in his squad.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Meadow Park, Sunderland, SR2 0RJ

Date: Saturday, December 15th

Kick-Off: 15:00

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Match Preview: Ryhope CW vs Dunston UTS

Colliery Welfare face a tough test in search for their second win on the bounce, coming up against high-flyers Dunston UTS at home in the Ebac Northern League this Saturday.

Chris Swailes’ men sit 2nd in the league, still unbeaten in the league after 12 games. They have 10 wins and two draws so far, and are three points of Consett with three games in hand.

UTS won 1-0 at home to Stockton last weekend after being held to a home draw by North Shields midweek.

They have had a very busy November, as runs in various cups caused them to fall behind on the fixture schedule.

Meanwhile, Ryhope got back to winning ways after a poor few weeks, beating neighbours Seaham 3-1 away from home.

It was a very good performance from Colliery Welfare, and they could have came away with more than just the three goals.

Hopefully, that carries some confidence into the weekend when we’re going to need to be in top form to get a result.

We have already faced Dunston in the FA Vase second qualifying round two months ago and were convincingly beaten.

Scott Heslop and Liam Brooks gave Dunston a victory, Ryhope had few chances in the game and the ones we had, we didn’t take.

The points were shared in our league games last season, Ryhope taking three points from Dunston on final day with a thrilling 4-2 victory, but Dunston taking the win at Recreation Ground 3-0.

Colliery Welfare have improved since we last played Dunston in September and it would be great to be the team that breaks their run.

However, it is going to be a difficult test against a very good side.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Ryhope Recreation Park, Sunderland, SR2 0AB

Date: Saturday, November 24th

Kick-Off: 3:00PM



Match Preview: Ryhope CW vs Newcastle Benfield

It could be a close encounter at Recreation Ground this weekend, two teams with very similar starts to their seasons coming up against each other.

Added to that is the fact it is a Wear-Tyne game, Colliery Welfare coming up against Newcastle Benfield in a Northern League Division One clash.

Benfield sit a place above us on goal difference, the two sides occupying 11th and 12th after taking 16 points from 14 games.

Ryhope will have the home advantage, and Benfield’s main struggles have been away from home having taken just five points from six games compared to 11 from eight at home.

That will hopefully play a part, however they may be spurred on by last week’s FA Vase second round victory over 1874 Northwich who were semi-finalists last season.

Their recent form has been much improved under the guidance of new manager Tom Wade, and they have some very strong players in their squad, the obvious example being attack Paul Brayson who has been a top striker at this level for many years.


Ryhope’s form has been up and down, having gone from four league wins in six to winless in our last two. Last week we were held to a point at home against Newton Aycliffe.

Colliery Welfare did the league double over Benfield last season, winning both games 2-1.

Both games were fiery, entertaining encounters, Colliery Welfare edging Benfield away from home when goals from Joey Melvin and Kyle Davis gave us a 2-0 lead heading into half-time. Benfield came out stronger after the break and got a goal back through Joe Hailes in the 47th minute, but RCW held out for the win.

A 90th minute Corey Nicholson winner gave Ryhope a home win earlier in the season. Nat Skidmore gave RCW the lead with a thunderous effort, before Paul Brayson cancelled it out in the 70th minute. A Kyle Davis cross set-up Nicholson at the back post to win it for Welfare in dramatic circumstances.

It wasn’t all joy against Benfield last season, the Newcastle side knocked us out of the Northern League Cup at the quarter-final stage, goals from Jack Devlin and Paul Brayson cancelling out Joey Melvin’s first-half goal.

It was always a tense, narrow encounter between these two last season, and the signs all point to another fantastic game of football on Saturday. Hopefully, with Sunderland playing away from home on Sunday, we can get a few more people through the gates to watch a Wear-Tyne clash.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Ryhope Recreation Park, Sunderland, SR2 0AB

Date: Saturday, November 10th

Kick-Off: 3:00PM