Ryhope CW 2-0 Ashington
Two goals in the space of ten second half minutes sent Ashington spiralling to defeat against an in-form Ryhope CW side at the Recreation Park on Monday night.
After watching his side go down 3-0 to West Auckland on Saturday, Ashington manager Steve Bowey was looking for his side to bounce back.
The Colliers – as well as the home side – will reflect on what might have been after both outfits were guilty of spurning chances during the first period.
Ryhope - who went into the contest second top of the current form table – could have had their noses in front after a mere 58 seconds. Michael Rae found James Ellis down the left flank and after cutting inside, his effort was directed straight at ‘keeper Conor Grant.
Ellis curled another shot wide before visitors skipper Craig Scott went close at the other end. From a Kyle Downey cross, David Edwards had a shot blocked and when the ball ran to Scott, his low left footer clipped against the foot of the post. Dylan Williamson looked a certain scorer until home stopper Jonathan Ball saved with his legs to deny him then Nathaniel Skidmore played the ball through for Josh Home-Jackson but on this occasion, Grant showed lightening reactions to tip the ball away.
In the 33rd minute, Scott missed out with a glorious heading opportunity from a Downey corner and the Wansbeck side reserved their best move until shortly before the break. Downey, Damien Stevens, Williamson and Edwards linked neatly with the latter’s effort deflected behind for a corner from which Williamson missed out at the far post. Early in the second period, home skipper Christopher Trewick found Joe Melvin whose left footer from the edge of the area thudded against the top of the bar. Rae went close with a rasping low free kick from 25 yards but the striker was spot on with his accuracy in the 56th minute after Shaun Henderson had needlessly upended Ellis in the area.
It was a stonewall penalty and an easy award for referee Craig Dean to make and although Grant went the right way, he was beaten by the power of Rae’s right footer. On the hour Downey weaved into the box and fired narrowly wide of the far post before Ashington were punished by a second goal after being caught napping. Ellis was the provider of a through ball which saw Home-Jackson finish superbly with a chip over the advancing Grant.
Ryhope looked far sharper and slicker than the Colliers who apart from a late flourish in the last five minutes, struggled to put anything together. Ten minutes from time, Rae played Home-Jackson through the middle but Grant came to Ashington’s rescue, saving with his legs.
*On Thursday, Ashington travel to Norton to face Billingham Synthonia then Newcastle Benfield arrive at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday (3pm).