Following Easington’s game on Saturday, I had thought about doing Sunderland under-23s vs Norwich City under-23s on Sunday but didn’t get round to it. With me going to York for the Ebor Festival tomorrow until Friday, I was definitely going to do a game tonight. I would have done a game last night if I could have found one, but there wasn’t anything on. When I looked at the fixtures for tonight, this was the only one that really stood out to me. Going to York means I’ll miss Easington’s game at West Allotment Celtic tomorrow night, but it’ll be worth it for three days of world class racing! Once I’m back from York though, it’ll be a busy few days of football for me. I’ll be at Crook vs Easington on Saturday, and then two games on Sunday and maybe two games on Monday too.
Ryhope CW claim three points against Consett
Ryhope CW claimed an impressive three points with a 2-1 win over Consett at Ryhope Recreation Park on Tuesday night.
Ben Riding put Ryhope CW ahead in the 49th minute, but Ali Alshabeeb pulled the visitors level just a few minutes later.
However, Ryhope regained their lead and claimed the points through a fine Michael Rae strike.
Ryhope CW also missed a first half penalty, and there was floodlight failure during the second half.
Little happened in the opening exchanges, and in truth, it was a rather dull first half.
The first half chance fell the way of Olly Hotchkiss after a short corner for the hosts in the 11th minute, but his effort was blocked.
Consett then had a corner dealt with, but a couple of corners was about all that was noteworthy in the opening quarter of an hour.
In the 18th minute, a superb challenge from David Vincent in the centre of the park won possession for Ryhope. The ball was played in Jack Devlin, but his effort was well saved by Mark Foden.
Hotchkiss then had a chance for the hosts, but his volley dipped wide after some good control.
Alshabeeb then had a couple of half chances for Consett, before the same man had a half-hearted penalty shout turned down.
With just over 10 minutes of the first half to play, Ryhope had a great chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Vincent. Devlin took responsibility, but the ‘keeper guessed correctly and saved.
Alshabeeb fired another effort over for Consett in the 39th minute, and that proved to be that for the first half.
Following the break, it took Ryhope less than four minutes to break the deadlock. Hotchkiss curled a free-kick towards the back post, but it looked as though it would be clear. However, it bounced off a couple of Consett defenders who failed to clear before dropping to Riding who managed to stab the ball into the net.
Matty Weirs then had a scuffed effort saved as Ryhope looked to double their lead, before Robbie Bird, Devlin and Chris Trewick all had further efforts come to nothing for the hosts.
Ryhope CW were well on top in the opening exchanges of the second half, but with their first chance, Consett equalised. The ball was well worked into Alshabeeb, whose composed finish picked out the bottom corner.
Both sides will have felt as though they could have gone on to find a winner, but it was Consett who had a good little spell following their equaliser. Andrei-Vasile Ardelean and Jake Stafford both had chances but failed to find the target.
The game then settled down again. Vincent and Hotchkiss both curled well over for the hosts, before Darren Holden fired over for Consett.
In the 80th minute, there was drama as the floodlights went out. Apparently, Vincent, who had been subbed off, had turned the showers on and that makes the lights go out! Following a 12 minute delay, the lights were back on and play was restarted.
In what was now the fourth minute of additional time, Ryhope score what proved to be the winner. A ball through picked out Rae who opted to check back rather than driving towards goal. Some of the crowd were questioning his choice to do that, but they certainly weren’t after he took a touch before curling a superb 20-yard effort into the far top corner.
Consett pushed for another equaliser late on, but it wasn’t to be, and Ryhope CW took all three points.
Full-time: Ryhope CW 2-1 Consett
Next up for me is Crook Town vs Easington Colliery on Saturday.
Ryhope CW: Winter, Walker, Cocks, Jon Weirs, Riding (c), Trewick, Vincent (Wallace, 70′), Hotchkiss, Devlin (Rae, 60′), Matty Weirs, Bird (Robson, 80′)
Unused subs: Skidmore, Harkess
Consett: Foden, Metz, Allen, Smith (Hawkins, 90+2′), Jakab, Wilkinson, Alshabeeb, Stafford (McGeoch, 90+9′), Ardelean, Carr (c), Holden (Sloan, 90+9′)
Unused subs: Johnson, Slocombe
Admission: £6 adults, £4 concessions