Big games on opening day of Wensleydale Creamery League season

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The Wensleydale Creamery League season kicked off with some big games on the opening Saturday.

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Last year’s title winners Richmond Mavericks met Catterick Garrison, who lead the table for much of the season.

Among Mavs’ starting eleven was Catterick’s leading scorer Luke McCormack.

The first half was a cagey affair with Mavs creating plenty of chances, but it wasn’t until the 42nd minute when the deadlock was broken.

A long corner by Sam Bainbridge fell to Bastow at the corner of the box and after a few step-overs he finished smartly at Tim Bishop’s near post.

Catterick came out in the second half guns blazing and it wasn’t long until they were back in the game.

A cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by Reedy the Mavericks keeper who must of brought some butter back from his travels to Switzerland.

The ball slipped through his fingers for a Catterick player to tap home into an empty net.

Any hope that Mavs would now crumble however were short lived for the travelling team as 30 seconds after drawing their ex-goal machine McCormack lobbed the on rushing Tim Bishop to put the Mavs back in front after a long ball from skipper Johnson.

Things then got worse for Catterick as Brandon Bishop and McCormack started to click.

The two players combined to give McCormack his second and he didn’t have to wait long for his hat-rick after 68 minutes.

Mavericks then saw the game out but there was still time for a red card for Gav Rudd after fouling McCormack.

The game finished 4-1 with the final whistle marked by the appearance of a double rainbow.

Elsewhere runners-up Hawes travelled to Colburn for their season opener in what was always going to be a battle. The games between the two usually comes down to desire and who wants it more with Hawes, in recent times, getting the better of Colburn.

The first chances of the game fell to Colburn – after ten minutes a loose back-pass let Tom Sweeney in, but his effort flew over.

Another piece of quality approach play, involving Stuart Murray and Crisp gave Sweeney another chance, but again his shot went over the bar.

Next it was Murray’s turn – Rory Wallace was brought down, Sweeney crossed the resulting free kick but Murray headed narrowly wide.

Just after the half hour, Luke Hamilton played a great ball into the Hawes box, but Wallace volleyed over.

There was not a lot happening for Hawes with Scott Guy and the returning Wilf Dinsdale stroking the ball around nicely without creating. Dinsdale had a decent chance after playing 1-2 on the edge but scuffed his finish. Jonathon Champion then had a decent effort beaten away by the Colburn’s newly signed keeper, Karl Latcham, who stood firm behind his back four.

There was then a brief flare-up, when Colburn’s left back, Callum Sheridan was tackled late – Sheridan’s angry reaction earned him a booking, and one for his tackler.

There was one more Colburn chance before the break, when Sweeney put yet another excellent cross in, only for Adam Taylor to head over.

The second half started with the word of “run at them, get at them” in the Hawes players’ ears and they obliged by making a bright start pinning colburn back for large periods with the hosts forced to find touch a lot.
Scott Guy had a great effort which grazed the upright with both sets of players expecting the net to bulge

For Colburn Crisp was injured, so Craig Nisbet replaced him, necessitating a minor reshuffle at the back.

Hamilton moved inside to centre back, and Taylor went into midfield. On 65 minutes, Taylor put another header wide.

Another Colburn change was made – Hamilton came off, and another new signing, David Scott, came on in midfield, with Taylor moving back into defence.

Hawes had continued to huff and puff, but had failed to dislodge Colburn’s defensive wall, well-marshalled by Nige Cole. Finally a breakthrough came after 78 minutes, and it was Colburn who made it.

Teasdale’s teasing cross was met by Murray, who touched it back into the box, where Woodall was waiting to pounce. 1-0 to Colburn.

Hawes reacted and brought the beast Andrew Fagg in to the game in an attempt to gain control once again. Hawes threw everything at the task with Latcham making a great save after Wilf Dinsdale has jinked past a couple and forced him into a great save down low to his left and Colburn stood firm.

As the game drew to a close Hawes pushed, with a couple of great moves coming to nothing when the final ball did not reach its target.

The last chance came when Faggy picked the ball up and swung a great ball onto the Colburn box with Steve Calvert running around the back unmarked in what would have been a perfect comeback after a two-year lay off, but he failed to make contact which summed Hawes’ day up.

Colburn celebrated as Hawes trundled off, having never really turned up but still feeling they should have had something from the game.

After some encouraging performances in pre-season Richmond Town Academy arrived for the first league match of the season with a mixture of excitement and nerves.

Leyburn switched the game on Friday evening so the match played in familiar surroundings at Easby.

Academy started brightly and caused Leyburn a lot of problem, particularly down the left hand side where Nathan Deacon was finding some joy, without creating any really chances.

On 25 minutes Leyburn took the lead when the ball fell to the James Stanger and he fired under the diving Mudd.

This seemed to spur Academy on and Danny Weatherill went on a great run but his strong strike hit the keeper and went out for a corner.

The corner was a thing of beauty as James Donoghue played the ball low to Joe Ramsay, as per the coache’s pre match routine, and then forced a good save from the keeper on getting it back.

The ball flew into the air and seemed to be spinning towards the goal but Deacon made sure, prodding home on the line.

Academy continued to cause Leyburn problems in the second half and the winning goal came after Weatherill was pulled back when bearing down on the keeper after a through ball from Donoghue.

Weatherill stepped up to put a great curling effort into the top corner. Final score 2-1.

Elsewhere, a goal a piece from Danny Allen and Ryan how were enough for Richmond Buck to beat Spennithorne and Harmby 2-0 away.

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