Ryhope CW bounced back from the Consett defeat with their first home win of 2019, beating Ashington AFC 2-0 in the Northern League at Recreation Ground.

Colliery Welfare manager Gary Pearson was very happy with the clean sheet admitting ‘we’ve conceded far too many goals’.

Matty Weirs’ strike around the half hour mark put Ryhope in the lead.

James Ellis added a penalty five minutes before the break, giving Colliery Welfare a comfortable lead before the sides played out a goalless second-half.

Colliery Welfare had a week off after their Consett defeat, denied a chance at an instant response as the North Shields fixture was snowed off.

The first sight of goal came for Ryhope in the 7th minute, Lewis King got down the right and released a strike which was blocked.

Ashington had a dangerous attack a few minutes later, Atkinson doing well to keep out Ben Sampson’s effort after he was played through one-on-one.

Colliery Welfare put together a good move in the 24th minute before Matty Weirs released a through ball for Jack Devlin, the attacker worked space to shoot and forced a save from Conor Grant.

Both teams were getting forward, but largely restricted to half-chances. However, it wasn’t even half a chance that resulted in Ryhope’s opener.

Jon Weirs picked up the ball in midfield in the 33rd minute before picking out his brother Matty who released a cross which somehow lobbed Grant and found its way into the back of the net.

Colliery Welfare were given the opportunity to double their lead when Devlin was brought down in the box in the 41st minute.

James Ellis stepped up and coolly put the penalty into the bottom left corner.

Jon Weirs had a chance to extend the lead early in the second half, running through on goal before looking for the back post but firing wide.

Jon Weirs played Melvin through in the 77th minute who rounded the ‘keeper but the angle narrowed for him and he failed to pick out Devlin at the back post.

Joe Atkinson made a fantastic save from close range to deny Brandon Morrison an 87th minute goal and Ashington a way back into the game.

A last ditch tackle from Danni Lay on Channon North helped preserve Welfare’s clean sheet and a succession of resulting corners were eventually cleared to ensure the 2-0 victory.

An important three points for Ryhope who now have a week off before looking to kick on for a top ten finish away to Guisborough.