Ten-man Ryhope CW were thrashed 7-0 at Whitley Bay on Tuesday night conceding 5 goals in the second-half.

Some big players were missing from the Ryhope starting XI.Club captain Kyle Davis was left out along with midfielder Joseph Melvin.

Peter Ravenhill and Kyle Patton gave The Bay a half-time lead before a second-half rout which saw Ravenhill grab his hat-trick as well as a second for Patton and goals from Liam Brooks and Matty Cornish to confirm an embarrassing scoreline for Colliery Welfare.

262 were in attendance at Hillheads Park, the majority will have been pleased to see a classy home performance. Ryhope on the other hand will be looking to recover from back-to-back away defeats  when they travel to Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

The visitors actually started the game brighter, Danny Lay and Thomas Bott both put headers on target in quick succession 6 minutes in, forcing saves from Dan Lister.

Ryhope were regularly using the wings to get the ball in the box, Josh Holme-Jackson put a 9th minute header on target while Matty Weirs  managed to get on the end of a David Gordon cross in the 15th minute.

Gary Pearson’s men had further chances, in the 16th minute James Ellis hit a curling shot which wasn’t fully dealt with by Lister in the Whitley Bay goal. Danny Lay had most of the goal to aim at on the rebound with the keeper still recovering but failed to put his shot on target.

Ellis attempted another curling shot in the 20th minute which was saved once again while Matty Weirs hit the bar from just outside the box in the 31st minute.

The game was going in Ryhope’s favour, Whitley Bay only having one chance of note in the first half hour, but goals change games and it was the home side that got the vital opener.

A Kyle Patton cross from the left was not properly dealt with by the Ryhope defenders  and after a bit of pinball  in the box, the ball broke for Ravenhill to smash home in the 36th minute.

After the goal Ryhope capitulated and the game turned completely in the home side’s favour, Kyle Patton doubling their lead before half-time when he beat Corey Nicholson down the left and found space to curl the ball past Jonathan Ball into the right side of the goal.

Ravenhill added his second, and Whitley Bay’s third, in the 55th minute when Tom Potter found him from the right, his first shot was blocked but it went straight back into his path and he made no mistake at the second attempt.

Things went from bad to worse for Ryhope in the 59th minute when Danny Lay went in for a tackle over the ball on Scott Jasper and was shown a red card by referee Graeme Hopper for dangerous play. Colliery Welfare were left chasing a three goal deficit with only 10 men.

The advantage showed for The Bay. Patton, who had been a constant threat all evening added his second of the game in the 64th minute.

Substitute Liam Brooks made it five in the 70th minute, assisted by another substitute Matty Cornish who put in a delicious chipped ball from just outside the box that invited Brooks to run onto it and smash home.

Peter Ravenhill completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute when a Cornish shot was blocked into his path on the right side of the box allowing him to bundle past Ball for Whitley Bay’s sixth.

Ryhope in their only threatening attack in the second-half were denied even a consolation goal. Melvin hit the underside of the bar but the ball bounced off the line and back out, Chris Wallace blazed  the rebound over.

The hosts then made the humiliation complete when  Matty Cornish got his name on the score-sheet in the 81st minute to make it seven.

The Bay weren’t done there and had more chances to score in the last 10 minutes including one-on-ones and open goal misses, Ryhope were lucky that this didn’t end up in double figures.

Questions will need to be asked of Colliery Welfare’s reaction to conceding as they had been in control and playing well before Ravenhill’s goal resulted in a complete capitulation.

The defeat only sees Ryhope drop down to 11th and they are still well within touch of the playoff places, but they will need to put this game behind them quickly as they travel to Heritage Park on Saturday looking to turn around a bad run of form that has seen them take only four points from six games.