By Ali Salat
Ryhope CW secured a much-needed win at home against Penrith AFC in their Ebac Northern League game.
Christopher Trewick and Michael Rae put Ryhope two ahead, before Penrith levelled the score through Shaun Gardner and Adam Main. The home side stole the win with a splendid goal from Matty Weirs.
The match had a late kick off due to the ongoing rain but as soon as the match started Ryhope came out firing.
Robbie Bird and Weirs combined for the first opportunity, but Bird’s shot flew over the crossbar.
Ryhope dominated the beginning of the first half, after numerous chances the first goal came surprisingly through Trewick who scored with a great low-driven effort from outside the box in the 10th minute.
Six minutes after the first goal, Rae doubled Ryhope’s lead tapping in an Adam Cocks cross at close range.
Ryhope CW dominated the first half until the end taking majority of the possession and having had plenty of chances.
Colliery Welfare looked to continue in the second-half and had chances early in the half through Nicky Kane and Corey Nichoslon.
However, in the 63rd minute a penalty was awarded for Penrith as Lewis King was deemed to have brought down Gardner. Gardner made no mistake with his penalty.
Bird and Kane had some good chances but were not able to score.
In the 73rd Minute a stunner by Penrith’s Adam Main equalised the score for the away side putting a heavy blow Ryhope CW.
But Colliery Welfare responded perfectly, within a minute of the equaliser, Matty Weirs got on the end of a cross to fire home and restore the lead.
Both teams were at each others necks in the closing minutes of the match, Joe Atkinson made a great save late on securing a much needed win for Ryhope CW.
Ryhope now head into a mid-table encounter against Whitley Bay, the sort of game they need to win if they want to climb the table.
Colliery Welfare manager Gary Pearson said post-game: “It’s always a concern when you’ve missed a few chances that it could haunt you.
“The game could have been put to bed in the first-half.
“All three of our goals were good goals, I was happy with that. In the end I would have liked it to be more comfortable, but the win was thoroughly deserved.”
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