Ryhope CW seal clean sweep

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RYHOPE CW will break new ground in August, confident they can hold their own in the STL Northern League after enjoying another record-breaking season.

For a second successive year, the Wearsiders have won the Wearside League championship and the three domestic cup competitions.

With the title and the Sunderland Shipowners’ and Monkwearmouth Charity Cups safely retained, they went to Stockton Town on Saturday anxious to finish on a high by lifting the Wearside League Cup.

And they didn’t let their fans down. Following an edgy opening, the Wearsiders scored the crucial first goal after 25 minutes. Not surprisingly it was ace marksman John Butler who struck. He collected a pass on the edge of the penalty area and drove into the net, giving home goalkeeper Darren White little chance of saving.

Just before the interval, the League’s golden boot added to his impressive goal tally.

Martin Metcalfe delivered a good cross from the right which Butler chested down before firing home.

Thereafter, there were limited opportunities for both teams and Martin Swales’ team comfortably held on to a two-goal cushion to again celebrate.

The Wearsiders end five points ahead of runners-up Redcar Athletic with an impressive goals difference of 106. They scored 136 times, by far the highest of the 19 teams, and conceded just 30 goals, the lowest figure in the league.

One fixture was played in the league and Ashbrooke Belford House extended their late season improved form with victory at Cleator Moor Celtic.

Mark Green opened the scoring on 28 minutes with a direct free-kick and 13 minutes from the end he was again on target, after being set up by Michael Charlton.

Following a topsy-turvy season, Tommy Dobbing’s side will finish in the top half of the table if they defeat Boldon CA in their final game at Silksworth on Wednesday night.