Ryhope CW fell to their second league defeat in succession with a 1-0 home loss to Penrith.

Andrew Murray-Jones’ 61st minute strike ensured The Cumbrians  came away from Recreation Park with all three points.

Ryhope came up against a Penrith side under new management, Kyle May took over from the position vacated by Jim Nichols and got off to a winning start in the Cumberland Cup against Cockermouth. Meanwhile Ryhope made six changes from the side that lost against Team Northumbria at the weekend.

The first chance of the game fell to Penrith’s Connor Shields in the eighth minute, the attacker had a clear sight around 20 yards out but fired over the bar.

Penrith went close again in the 32nd minute, Martyn Coleman volleyed at goal from just inside the box and struck the bar.

Welfare did have some chances of their own in the first-half, a couple of opportunities where players narrowly failed to connect to crosses along the box as well as a Corey Nicholson strike on the stroke of half-time which flew just wide.

There had been very few opportunities for either side in the first-half, both teams well organised defensively, and the second-half continued in much the same way.

Joey Melvin had a shot blocked in the 51st minute which looked to be heading on target and Nicholson hit a strike in the 58th minute under pressure from two defenders which flashed across the face of goal.

The game looked destined to be goalless until a 61st minute Penrith corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble, Ryhope failed to clear and the ball fell to Murray-Jones who turned the ball home.

Ryhope switched to three at the back as they pushed for the equaliser but their efforts were largely in vain as Penrith managed to quash the home side’s attacks.

On the defeat, Ryhope manager Gary Pearson said: “I thought we coped really well, I thought it was a great game in the first-half, it was a little bit end to end and the two defences were on top and I was really pleased with the structure and discipline of the side.”

“I thought we had two great chances in the first-half where the ball flashed across the goal twice. I thought one of them was easier to score than it was to miss, we didn’t pepper the goalkeeper with many shots but they only had the one shot that hit the crossbar so on chances alone I think we maybe just shaded it.

“I can handle losing one nil to a side that give us a good game or give us a battle, I find it hard to take a defeat against sides we dominated.”

Colliery Welfare were without Josh Home-Jackson who went off injured against Team Northumbria, on his situation Pearson said: “He pulled his hamstring in the last game, I don’t think he’ll be available on Saturday.

“Josh is going to be a miss for us, sometimes he needs 4 or 5 chances to score and lets himself down technically, but with his work rate he’s a thorn in everybody’s side when he plays and can score in fours, fives and sixes.”

Ryhope will be looking to bounce back from these consecutive home defeats in possibly the biggest game of their season at home to City of Liverpool in the FA Vase Saturday.

“We’ve got to be really pleased with a home tie in the vase, by all accounts they’re well supported and we’ve been told to expect 250 from them,” the Ryhope boss said.

“We’ve got a few options for who we can pick for Saturday and I told the lads that played today that there are 11 shirts to play for and five on the subs bench and I thought some of them really staked their claim to play on Saturday.”