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



FA Vase preview: Ryhope CW vs Dunston UTS

Ryhope take on Dunston UTS this Saturday in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round.

We welcome the fellow Northern League Division One side to Recreation Park, as the clubs look to progress to the First Round Proper of this season’s Vase.

Colliery Welfare got this season’s Vase campaign underway with a 5-1 demolition of Division Two high-flyers Chester-le-Street, our goals coming from Micky Rae and James Ellis with doubles and Nat Skidmore with one.

Our opponents achieved a 2-0 home victory over Heaton Stannington in their First Qualifying Round.

Dunston UTS have had a great start to their Northern League campaign, sitting sixth, unbeaten with 13 points after five games.

The 2012 FA Vase champions finished three points above us last season in 10th.

In their Vase campaign last season, Dunston UTS reached the Second Round proper where they lost 1-0 at home to Worksop Town.

We exited at the same stage, with a 2-1 defeat at home to City of Liverpool, which followed victories over Guisborough (7-1), Northallerton (2-0 AET) and Harrogate Railway (10-1).

Colliery Welfare faced Dunston away in our final game of the 2017-18 season.

It was a perfect end to the season at the UTS stadium, Ryhope winning 4-2 thanks to goals from Ben Riding, Matty Weirs, and a Thomas Bott double.

However, in last season’s game at Recreation Park, Dunston ran out 3-0 winners.

FA Vase

Venue: Ryhope Recreation Park, SR2 0AB

Kick-Off: 3:00PM

Date: Saturday, September 15th

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.