Hat-trick hero James Ellis on the ball

Ryhope CW recorded a massive 10-1 victory at the Recreation Park to progress to the 2nd round proper of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history.

Their visitors, Harrogate Railway, of the Northern Counties East League weren’t a match for Colliery Welfare on the day resulting in a rout for the home side.

Captain Kyle Davis put Ryhope in the lead in the 10th minute, James Ellis added two and Josh Holme-Jackson made it four before Railway pulled a goal back through Albert Ibrahimi.

Holme-Jackson restored a four goal lead three minutes into the second-half and Ellis completed his hat-trick before Holme-Jackson added two more making it four goals for him on the day. Then the full-backs got involved, David Gordon made it nine for Ryhope and Corey Nicholson added a tenth in the 82nd minute.

Davis put in a man-of-the-match performance with a goal and a catalogue of assists, his manager Gary Pearson said: “It was a captain’s performance from Kyle Davis, a goal and seven assists.

“I thought he was absolutely outstanding from start to finish, it started yesterday when he rallied the troops in a group text message and he’s started to grow in stature and maturity into the captain’s armband.

“He may want more goals but with one goal and seven assists I don’t think he can grumble, but knowing Kyle he’ll want more.”

After a slow first 10 minutes, Ryhope got the breakthrough when Ryan Bassi blocked a David Gordon cross with his hand. The referee gave the penalty which was finished coolly by Kyle Davis into the bottom left corner.

Colliery Welfare took the ascendancy from here, doubling their lead in the 27th minute. Davis turned into the provider – a role he took throughout the game – with a ball that found Ellis in the box, the winger took a touch to prepare himself before firing from the right side of the box into the left corner.

Ellis then doubled his goal tally only two minutes later when he found space just outside the box, he drilled a low shot with his left foot into the bottom right corner past Railway ‘keeper James Webster. It took another five minutes for Ryhope to extend their lead further, Davis firing in a low cross from the right which Holme-Jackson finished with a deft flick.

Railway had their first chance of the game a couple of minutes later, Luke Stewart and Albert Ibrahimi exchanged passes, the latter put a ball in but Fraser Lancaster’s header didn’t threaten. Ryhope failed to clear properly, the Yorkshire team kept the ball up the field and pulled a goal back through Ibrahimi, Michael O’Connell finding him in the centre from the right allowing Ibrahimi to fire past Jonny Ball.

Colliery Welfare almost restored their four goal lead immediately, James Ellis’ shot needing a clearance off the line from Railway’s Shane Hamilton.

Ryhope got the second-half scoring underway in the 48th minute with Josh Holme-Jackson’s second of the game. He timed his run perfectly as Davis found him with a through ball and found himself in acres of space to finish with his right foot into the left corner. Ellis added a sixth just three minutes later with a left-footed shot from just inside the box.

Kyle Davis almost added the Ryhope’s seventh in the 65th minute when he rounded the ‘keeper, James Webster but some great last ditch defending from Lewis Barnard spared the goalkeeper’s blushes. Then in the 67th minute Josh Holme-Jackson completed his hat-trick with a diving header from a Matty Weirs cross. The attacker then added his fourth of the game in 77th minute with another header, this time from a Davis cross to make it 8-1 to the home side.

Left-back David Gordon got the game’s tenth goal and Ryhope’s ninth, collecting the ball on the wing and breaking into the box before smashing home from the left of the box into the bottom right corner. The full-back on the opposite side, Corey Nicholson, rounded off the scoring in quite spectacular fashion. Davis found him on the right, Nicholson broke down the wing and swung in a cross, somehow finding the left side of the goal.

It was an absolute rout for Colliery Welfare who were in control of the game from the moment Davis put them in the lead. Harrogate Railway weren’t at all a match for the home side and rarely threatened the home side other than the goal.

Pearson was undoubtedly pleased with the performance saying: “I like the fact that we’ve gone and punished someone.”

The Ryhope boss didn’t get carried away as he still looked for areas of improvement saying: “[In games like this] the players start to lack positional discipline and start doing things they wouldn’t normally do.”

On what sort of tie he wants in the next round, the gaffer added: “Don’t get me wrong I want the easiest run possible but realistically I’d rather dodge somebody in our leagues, I’d like to play somebody not too far away, a Yorkshire away would be perfect, an hour and a half to two hours, good little trip to get together and make a nice trip out of it.”