Manager Gary Pearson (left).

Manager Gary Pearson (left).

Ryhope CW boss Gary Pearson believes his side’s three straight league victories are “massive crucial” in their push away from the relegation zone in the Northern League.

They defeated bottom-placed Guisborough Town 5-1 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak, following victories over local rivals Seaham Red Star and Washington.

The wins have moved Ryhope into 16th position and seven points off West Allotment Celtic, who occupy the final relegation spot.

Pearson said: “We are going to settle down now, if it wasn’t for bad luck we would have no luck.

“We have got time on the training field soon due to less midweek fixtures, and we have the time to get injured men back.”

The victory over Red Star ensured a league double over the ninth-placed side, but Pearson refuses to get carried away with his side’s turnover in form.

He said: “I’m not saying we’re going to pull away and challenge further up the league, but as long as we push away from the bottom three.

“Fourth bottom at present would suit me to the ground to confirm ourselves for next season and give us something to build on.

“I still see us somewhere around mid table if we keep the form we’re on.”

Ryhope have had key players missing for lengthy spells over the season and have travelled away with depleted squads, and Pearson is pleased that he is getting a settled side back together.

The former Darlington man said: “Teams know we aren’t pushovers, and we have some good players, it was a case of bad luck and missing people. I’ve never had to find so many players so early on in the season because of injuries or people missing.

“We drew with last season’s champions Shildon at the start of the season, so we do have it in our repertoire to compete with the good sides, but we do let ourselves down at times.”

Ryhope CW host Marske United on Saturday knowing a win could move them ten points clear of the relegation zone.