Ryhope CW were defeated 3-0 at home to Teesside outfit Guisborough Town in a Northern League Division One game.

Lee Bythway gave Guisborugh a 37th minute lead and the centre-back was on the scoresheet again in the 70th minute. Steve Roberts then put the game beyond doubt in the 76th minute.

Ryhope CW have seen themselves disadvantaged early in recent games, often conceding before the tenth minute.

This game their early disadvantage was a sixth minute red card when Elliott Woods slid in high and over the ball on Mason McNeill.

Guisborough looked to make their numerical advantage pay in the 14th minute when Nathan Steel got on the end of a through ball and was one-on-one with Jonny Ball, but missed wide of the right-hand post.

Ryhope battled well with 10 men and could have taken the lead through a Micky Rae chance.

However, Guisborough were in front through a 37th minute Lee Bythway goal which ensured Ryhope had a mountain to climb with 10 men.

Ryhope half cleared a corner, it was put back into the box to Bythway who hit the bar. The ball came back out and reached Bythway again and this time he made no mistake.

It took blocks from Danni Lay and Ben Riding to ensure that Ryhope went into the break only one down.

Ryhope started the second half with intent and were the better side for the opening minutes.

Micky Rae had a good chance when he was put through on goal by Josh Home-Jackson. He rounded the keeper but his touch took the ball slightly too far and he was unable to get a strike away.

Guisborough had a chance from a free-kick in the 64th minute when the ball was delivered deep to Matthew Lovatt at the back post who fired wildly over from close range.

Centre-back Danni Lay made some good progress down the wing for Ryhope before delivering a good ball to Rae whose header was saved comfortably by Jordan Nixon.

Ryhope had looked to be getting back into the game, but Bythway provided a devastating blow in the 70th minute. A corner was put in towards the front post and the centre-back managed to make contact with it to turn the ball past Jonny Ball.

Ryhope’s heads dropped and Guisborough got another to make it three when Roberts got the ball just outside the box on the left, he cut onto his right and lashed the ball into the corner of the net.

On the impact of the early sending off, Ryhope manager Gary Pearson said: “I think it’s very much an equivalent of last week.

“Like we went 1-0 down last week, getting a man sent off changes the game. It was just a matter of time that we were going to concede with 10 men.

“It also forces you to change your plans, like going 1-0 down, when you’ve had a man sent off everything that you’ve spoke about or worked on during the week goes out of the window.”

He continued: “As management today, me and Stuey were made to work. To be honest we earnt our money today because the facts are we had them back in the game.

“Had we not conceded from two corners which is really disappointing with the lads we’ve got defending them, it could have been different. That, as well as Elliott getting sent off, is what’s killed us.”

Ryhope had performed well with a man down, but their heads dropped in the first and second half after conceding.

Pearson added: “We left it as it was because they didn’t change anything. But we knew after conceding, as the game went on we had to change something. We went to a 3-5-1 and it was working.

“Micky Rae could have scored when he went round the keeper, but it bobbled up onto him and hit his shin causing him to overrun it. On a different day he would have scored that. His header as well, he would’ve scored that.

“We still did enough with 10 men to warrant something out of the game. When you start going for game you leave yourself open slightly. But then there was the defensive naivety, not marking tight enough at corners and the third goal where we’ve stood too far off him.”

On individual performances, Pearson said: “I thought Stuey was outstanding as my assistant today and I thought I’d done okay myself. Jimmy the physio did really well for them and us so there’s three good performances.

“For us, realistically the standout person on the pitch was Nat Skidmore. I thought he was absolutely outstanding, I thought he bossed the midfield. He showed ability years above his age, he had a lot of guile and composure.

“Josh Home-Jackson did a lot of running as always and I thought Danni Lay and Adam Cocks did well.”

Assistant Stuey Gooden added on Skidmore: “We left him out for two or three games just to give him a kick and it worked a treat.”

On what action needs to be taken looking into future games, Pearson said: “I think the message is to be mentally and physically switched on from the first whistle.

“Don’t concede too easily, we’re a bit of a pushover in our own 18 yard box and at the opposite end we’re not clinical enough. Realistically, we need to stay in the game for 90 minutes and not give ourselves a mountain to climb.”

Just as Ryhope looked to have turned a corner, they took a loss in a very winnable game. They will need to pick themselves back up as they have another winnable tie midweek against Ashington.