Two goals in each half for Bishop Auckland gave the home team, what seemed on paper a comfortable win. In reality, it is more a story of Bishop capitalising on chances that fell their way with collective and individual mistakes from CW
Coming off the back of two impressive wins, CW was full of confidence going against a Bishop Auckland team who have not had the best start to the season.
That was evident in the first half as Gary Pearson’s side were able to play the ball through midfield allowing Jack Devin Matty Weirs and Robbie Bird time and space to get into promising positions.
In thirty-five minutes of football Ryhope completely dominated with the best chances falling to Davey Vincent and Robbie Bird. The chances came within two minutes of each other. Firstly, on the half-hour, Vincent found himself unmarked in the box following a ball in from the wing, he was unable to pull the ball out from under his feet and he was eventually closed down. Minutes later Jack Devlin had a shot well saved by Liversedge in the Bishop goal. The ball fell to an unmarked Bird in the box. He couldn’t get his shot on target and missed the smallest of margins.
After not taking chances it was a real punch in the gut when Bishop took the lead. Andrew Johnson was able to break into the CW box and shoot. The shot was well blocked by Christopher Trewick, and last season, Ryhope would have cleared their lines. But not with today’s football. The block hit Trew on the arm, under new rules, the referee had no choice other than to award a penalty.
Up stepped Johnson to convert in the bottom corner, giving Winter no chance. Against the run of play Bishop were a goal to the good.
On the stroke of half time, Bishop was two up. Christopher Winn was judged to have been brought down by Trewick. There must have been a strong wind given the amount of contact between the two players. Michael Hoganson stepped up and put a superbly curled shop over the wall and into the top corner. Again, Winter stood no chance. CW would go into the break two goals down.
HT – Bishop Auckland 2 – Ryhope CW 1
After the restart, Bishops came out stronger and were pressing the Ryhope defence higher up the pitch. This tactic didn’t take long to gain reward. Four minutes into the second half, Pressure from Bishop resulted in a corner. When it came in, CW was unable to clear leaving Winn unmarked in the box to head home. Bishop was really starting to control the game. Another chance fell to the home team when Hodgson broke into the box, laying the ball off for Andrew Johnson to curl a shot just wide. Just before the hour, Bishop would increase their lead further.
Bishop’s Man of the Match, Christopher Winn became a bigger nightmare for Ryhope and especially Goalkeeper James winter on 56 minutes. The usually solid and capable No 1 misjudged a touch and allowed Winn to dispossess him. The mistake would prove costly as Winn curled a ball in the empty net. 4-0.
A double chance for CW brought on Nat Skidmore and Micky Rae replace Hotchkiss and Bird would see the Ryhope ship steady a little. However, Bishop was still looking a little stronger in the second half. Winter was able to restore some pride with a superb double save on 75 minutes. First low to his left from close range, he was able to recover and spread himself well to beat the ball away from an attacker’s feet as they gathered the rebound.
Ryhope were hoping to gather a little more pride that would have been deserved from a first-half performance and constant effort with a goal. James Devlin had worked tirelessly all game upfront and Ben Riding, solid in defence. They both had chances to pull one back in the second half. The fist to Devlin, following a cross by youngster Liam Robson the No 9 was unmarked in the box. He couldn’t make as good a connection as he would like and he scuffed his shot wide. From a CW corner, Riding climbed high. Hoping for two goals in as many games, his header was cleared at the far post. So close.
Three minutes from full-time Devin was rewarded for his efforts. Following another corner then goalmouth scramble, Devlin was where you would want him to finish. It could have been two for CW a minute later. Jon Weirs broke unmarked into the box with only the keeper to beat. As he shot, on target and goal-bound, a Bishop defender came from nowhere to block.
Ryhope were by far the better team in the first half but couldn’t convert any chances to goals. Bishop took their chances well, chanced tactics that worked for them. CW still had opportunities despite being 4 down and if converted could have taken something from the game.
FT – Bishop Auckland 4 – Ryhope CW 1
Hebburn Town (Away)
Tuesday 27 August