A Joey Melvin brace gave Ryhope CW a 2-0 win over Hebburn Town in the League Cup and stopped the rot of three consecutive defeats.

Melvin gave Ryhope the lead in the 50th minute after a goalless first half.

The attacker added a second in the 88th minute to finish the game off.

A win to turnaround recent form was just what Ryhope needed, and what Gary Pearson called for following the City of Liverpool game when he said, “we’re at three defeats in a row so I’ve said to them can you go and stop that rot?”

The first chance of the game fell to Joey Melvin in the seventh minute when Corey Nicholson broke away from two defenders on the left and played a through ball which the striker tapped just wide.

Nicholson was looking dangerous and created another opportunity, this time breaking down the right to deliver a cross along the face of goal which Thomas Bott failed to turn in.

Hebburn had a chance of their own when a ball into the box dipped just in front of Jonny Ball and forced the ‘keeper to tip it over the bar.

But it was Colliery Welfare who had the better chances, in the 36th minute Trewick saw his header from a James Ellis corner saved by Hebburn ‘keeper Lee Burrell.

In the 37th minute Ellis had a shot himself when he was found by Nathaniel Skidmore, his shot flashed across the face of goal and just wide.

Despite a lot of action, the first half ended goalless, but it didn’t take long in the second for the breakthrough to come.

In the 50th minute Colliery Welfare took the lead when Nathaniel Skidmore threaded a lovely through ball which Joey Melvin got on the end of and made no mistake to slot past Burrell.

Ryhope had always looked the more likely to take the lead, and the result seemed inevitable following the goal, but Hebburn were defiant and threatened the Colliery Welfare goal a few times.

In the 70th minute, Jason Blackburn capitalised on a mix up in the Ryhope defence and was one-on-one with Ball but somehow shot wide.

A Hebburn corner in the 73rd minute was met by Stuart Bramley and looked destined for goal but Ball made a spectacular save to keep it out. Hebburn hit the bar from the resulting corner.

In the 76th minute Nicholson, who played well and deserved a goal, had a shot from just outside the box which flew narrowly wide.

Ryhope doubled their lead in the 88th minute when Nicholson broke down the right and fired a low cross which Melvin got on the end of to tap in.

There was time for one more Ryhope opportunity before the final whistle, a ball across the box was almost met by Ellis, but Burrell managed to just beat the winger to it.

Pearson reflected on the importance of the win post match saying, “you need to break the mould, it was an ideal opportunity to break away from the league and get a win to boost confidence.”

“Let’s be honest, he did rest a few because I know what it’s like in the Second Division and I know Scott Oliver very well and realistically they’ve got a big game in their eyes on Friday night, a league game because their main priority is promotion and I did exactly the same thing in that division. He did play a little bit of a weakened side and they have done very well against us but I thought we were professional, we started very well and finished very well.”

It was another game of many chances for Colliery Welfare, on whether they could have put away the game earlier Pearson said, “well at half-time I went in and asked the question what’s missing from the game? I got a solid eleven answers as if it was regimental ‘goals.’ They’re aware of that, we’re aware of that but on the other hand sometimes you’ve got to make your own luck and the luck wasn’t going for us, and in the end I think it came true.”

“Joey’s first goal, it was great build up play, great movement and yeah I think he may have been slightly offside but that’s where we’ve had the luck that time that we haven’t in previous weeks. His second goal was a great forwards finish, good build up and a great run across the face of the centre-halfs.”

Ryhope came out of the game with a couple of injuries, and Pearson supplied an update on the situation adding, “Nat just started feeling his groin a little tight, that’s probably because Nat hasn’t played as much football at an intense level. He’ll be fine for Saturday.”

“Davey Gordon is a big blow to me, and to himself, Davey has had a few knee injuries in the past, he’s just come back from this knee injury and it hasn’t fully healed. He played on Saturday and got through that and we asked him and he said he was okay so we started him and the hard thing for me is that we were going to rest him but he wanted to play.”

Colliery Welfare will now look to push on from this win to get their league form back on track on Saturday when they will host Washington.