Ryhope CW lost a fourth consecutive home game with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of 21st placed Washington.

Andy Mogwo’s 36th minute streak gave Washington the lead before Jak Hanson made it 2-0 in the 59th minute.

Ben Riding got Welfare back in the game in the 81st minute but Ryhope failed to capitalise on their late momentum.

Ryhope’s squad was depleted heading into the game, and they had to name manager Gary Pearson as a substitute, but they were able to name a starting eleven close to full strength as they looked to build on the League Cup victory on Wednesday.

Both teams started slowly and there were a lot of changes of possession but Ryhope had the ball in the back in the 16th minute through captain Kyle Davis but it was ruled out for offside.

There was a lot of frustration about the decision as the attacker looked onside.

Ryhope manager Gary Pearson said: “I’ve approached the linesman and he didn’t have a clue what was going on.

“He was talking about a header, there wasn’t a header in the build-up. I don’t know where he’s coming from and he doesn’t either.”

The next goal scoring opportunity fell to Hanson in the 26th minute, Matty Parker found him in behind the Ryhope defence with a cross, his shot beat Jonny Ball but Danni Lay managed to clear off the line.

It took 10 minutes for the next major opportunity and from it Washington scored, Chris Trewick conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box which Mogwo stepped up to take and fired low and accurately to the ‘keepers side.

That was it for the first-half as Washington were happy to sit on their lead while Ryhope were sloppy and struggled to create chances. 

Davis had the first big chance of the second-half, testing Gladstone with a shot from just inside the box.

Washington broke from the resulting corner after Lay’s shot was blocked, they cleared and found Jake Pickard who whipped a lovely ball to Hanson who managed to bring it under control behind the Ryhope defence and finish past Ball.

After the goal Ryhope enjoyed plenty of possession, but failed to create anything as Washington sat back on the extra security.

Riding gave Welfare a route back into the game in the 81st minute when he headed in from a Matty Weirs corner but Ryhope failed to make the late push pay off.

James Ellis saw his shot from a difficult angle pushed wide by Gladstone, and Davis hit the bar but the equaliser never came.

A frustrated Gary Pearson said post-match, “the result speaks for itself, we’ve been beaten 2-1 by, in my opinion, a very poor side, but on top of that if they’re very poor what does that make us?

“Consistency levels are terrible from our team as a whole, I don’t know what I can do about that, do I need fresh blood? I think I need to start now having a look.”

Pearson added: “I can’t keep having this erratic inconsistency from these players, I need to bring somebody in that will be a bit consistent.

On whether he had identified targets, Pearson said “nobody at present, my concern is who wants to play for a team that’s a little bit inconsistent? We have put seven days in for a forward, I can’t speak to him until officially until Sunday. So I’ll speak to him on Sunday, it’s not somebody people will have heard of, but it’s a change we may need.

“I’m not pinpointing our forwards in terms of Kyle, Joey, Ziggy (James Ellis), or Matty if you want. I think we need someone in that can finish chances because again we had two or three chances before they scored.”

Ryhope will look to put their run of defeats in the league and at home behind them on Tuesday in the game against Newcastle Benfield who sit one place and one point below Colliery Welfare with two games in hand.

On the importance of ending this bad run Pearson added: “It’s alright saying we’ve broke the duck on a cup game, let’s not be dress over the fact we’ve played a Second Division side who’ve rested five players, I thought our lads played really well but it’s a second division side, we need to get back on track in the league.”