It was another Saturday goal-fest in the Wensleydale Creamery League with more than 40 scored over the five games.
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Several of the matches were one-sided affairs but not the Newbiggin derby between Unicorn and Buck Inn, which Buck eventually won 4-3, bouncing back from last week’s disappointment in losing a two goal lead to hold their nerve in a classic.
Mark ‘Swanny’ Swanwick opened the scoring for Buck following good work from Stewart Fotheringham and Michael Ingram after just five minutes.
But Unicorn got back on level terms after half an hour following a great turn and dribble by Matty Bateson, which drew a foul from the big Buck centre back.
Reeves coolly converted the penalty low to the keeper’s left into the bottom corner (see video).
But Buck were back in front after a foul on Ingram the home side thought was well outside the box was given as a penalty. Stew Fotheringham converted, smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Unicorn were level ten minutes later following a good hustle from Adam Lambert which put Reeves through on goal. He finished well across the keeper into the bottom corner with the right foot from ten yards.
Buck went back ahead when Swanny tucked the ball past the out-coming keeper from 12 yards after gain bang set up by Ingram.
They then went 4-3 up when Swanny slipped the offside trap before lusciously lifting the ball over the out-rushing keeper to complete his hat-trick
Unicorn pulled one back when Reeves scored superbly direct from a free-kick 25 yards out but it was not enough and Buck left with all three points.
The carnage began early in the match between Colburn and Richmond Academy who had seen three late withdrawals from their squad.
After three minutes, Tom Sweeney chased down Academy’s keeper and robbed him of the ball, then crossed for Stuart Murray to slot home.
Two minutes later, Karl Latcham’s clearance was headed on by Murray to Joe Woodall, who coolly finished.
On ten minutes, Nige Cole’s pass found Sweeney lurking on the shoulder of an Academy defender; Sweeney turned and, in a flash, put Colburn three up.
Ten minutes after, Sweeney’s ball in was diverted by a defender straight to the feet of Murray, who lobbed the ball in to make it 4-0.
After 25 minutes, Craig Teasdale’s corner found Cole leaping like a salmon at the back post to nod the ball in.
Just after the half hour mark, Sweeney’s shot was blocked, and Murray gleefully made it 6-0, claiming his hat trick.
Strike partner Sweeney was not to be left out, and five minutes later was on hand to despatch a fine Teasdale cross.
Then, probably came the simplest goal of the game, though possibly the best, created by Callum Sheridan, who made his way down the left to the goal-line, before delivering an absolute peach of a cross onto the head of Sweeney, whose header game him his hat trick.
Academy then had a moment of their own when Sartini was given far too much room, but his goal-bound strike was brilliantly turned away by an under-employed Latcham in Colburn’s goal. So at half-time it was effectively game over. Academy had been swept aside by a rampant Colburn attack.
The second half was bound to be somewhat anti-climactic.
Academy made two changes which included manager Paul Ramsay slotting in at centre half.
The changes seemed to tighten things up for the young side who competed for the second period.
Colburn took Rory Wallace off, sending Josh Crisp on in his place.
Then ten minutes into the second half, Colburn switched off at the back, and Latcham was forced into another fine save.
On the hour, both Colburn’s strikers, Murray and Sweeney were withdrawn, their work done for the day – six goals and four assists between them- and on came Shane Parkinson and Jamie Dempster.
Colburn were unable to reach their first half heights in this period, and Academy had much more of the ball. But on 78 minutes, Colburn added a ninth when Ashley McInerney’s corner was touched in at the near post by Luke Hamilton.
Academy were not to be denied a consolation when Colburn’s defence again switched off, and this time Latcham could not prevent Academy having the last word, Danny Weatherall putting Nathan Simpson through to finish smartly.
The game finished 9-1 to Colburn, who felt aggrieved that they hadn’t been able to keep a clean sheet.
Following last weeks impressive attacking performance, Catterick Garrison travelled to Spennithorne and Harmby hoping to continue their improvement and thirsty for goals
The game started with Catterick wasting chance after chance in the first 20 minutes – the Spenni keeper’s car was at more risk of being hit than his net.
Having just missed a one-on-one moments before, Shane Constantine was determined to make amends and did so with a stooping back post header from Tim Holland’s volleyed cross.
Catterick were enjoying the majority of the possession, however it was four minutes before the interval that they would eventually extend their lead.
Holland was again the provider with an inch perfect through ball. Neil Jenks Wright strode clear of the Spenni back line. As he approached the edge of the box a Spenni defender was breaking his neck to get back and slide the ball away. However he only contributed to help deflect Jenks’ shot over the keeper and into the corner for a 2-0 lead at half time.
Catterick, reminded of last week’s ten-minute collapse against Leyburn, were sent out with the words “ruthless” and “clean sheet” ringing in their ears.
Early on it was three when a defender had no option but to throw himself at a near post cross from Holland to avoid it making its way to two unmarked at back post and the defender’s touch was all that was needed to beat his own keeper.
Minutes later, Holland’s out-swinging corner was met perfectly by Damian Hargreaves with a stunning downward header.
The fifth goal was also from a now familiar source, with Holland again laying one on for Jenks, who used his bullish strength and pace to go past one before shifting it onto his favoured left and finishing beautifully across the keeper for his second of the game.
A sixth followed when Andrew Constantine was up from the back and swept home a left footed finish from the edge after Hargreaves had chested the ball down to him.
Holland then decided he wanted to get on the scoresheet himself adding the seventh and eight goals, the first created by Hargreaves and Holland cut back inside the last defender and rifling into the roof of the net from close range. His second saw him finish well from the edge into the bottom corner after being fed by Jez Mortimer.
Jenks completed his hat-trick following another Jez assist. He was on hand to wrap up the scoring with his fourth and Catterick’s tenth when he finished well at the back post following a flowing counter down the right which ended with Liam Walker’s drilled cross being converted by Jenks.
Elsewhere, Leyburn and Reeth played out a 3-3 draw at the Wensleydale School in a game that was tighter than the school’s new security measures.
Leyburn were 2-0 up at half time following goals from James Stanger and Lee Davison, with Macauley Acton scoring after the break for the home side.
But a brace from Steven Bainbridge and another from Adam Wardle mean the game finished even.
In the final match of the weekend Hawes put eight past Carperby without reply.
The game’s most notable incident came in the 85th minute when the mid Wensleydale team Jame Guy and John Pickard sent off.
The details haven’t been confirmed although it is understood keeper Guy punched Jordan Iveson while trying to clear a free-kick and it all went off.