Allotment are embarrassed by heavy loss

Allotment captain Ian Dunn brings the ball under control in their match against Ryhope. Picture by Craig Dobson.
Allotment captain Ian Dunn brings the ball under control in their match against Ryhope. Picture by Craig Dobson.

WEST Allotment manager Paul Stoneman described his side’s performance as “embarrassing” as they left Ryhope Recreation Park with their heaviest defeat since returning to the Northern League second division.

Allotment were humiliated 7-1 by Ryhope CW as they capitulated in alarming style.

The Whitley Park side now find themselves in 15th place in the table having shipped 11 goals in just two games.

Things actually started brightly for the visitors and they even took the lead after only eight minutes thanks to the uncontainable Dean Lee.

The winger netted his fifth league goal in six matches, prodding home past Chris Rookes after Liam Hudson had played him through.

Unfortunately that was as good as it got for the Green and Whites as they proceeded to produce a performance devoid of all passion, littered with inept decision making and severely lacking in pride.

Celtic had barely had time to celebrate going in front before they found themselves 3-1 down.

Chris Winn and John Butler enjoyed boundless service all afternoon from both their own team-mates and West Allotment’s generous defence.

Stand-in goalkeeper Daniel Whyte had kept Allotment’s lead intact when Winn tried to curl an effort beyond the former Whitby stopper, but when Michael Charlton broke free down the right and Winn was left unmarked in the centre, Whyte was powerless from preventing the forward from heading his side level.

Winn then cut inside the last defender to find the bottom corner before Butler ensured his side had some breathing space as he finished a flowing midfield move by tucking the ball home.

A short break in the scoring ensued but Stoneman’s side never threatened to make a contest of it.

Butler rose unchallenged to head home a 50-yard free kick just before the break.

Changes were made at half-time as Allotment started the second half with three strikers, but the trio of David Dormand, Liam Hudson and Sean Reid could only manage one shot between them.

Charlton had proved difficult to deal with down the right hand side and he set up Butler to complete his hat-trick.

Nathan Johnson then added two more to complete the rout.

Allotment were desperately unlucky in their defeat to Crook Town in midweek but against Ryhope they were just desperate.

Stoneman had been adamant at the start of the season that a top three finish was his target but under this form keeping clear of the bottom three might be a more appropriate starting point.

They now have a week in which to regroup and consider their positions in the team; a heavy defeat to Chester-le-Street, however, is not an option.