Bumper crowd watches Richmond Mavericks beat Unicorn to clinch league title

Richmond Mavericks with the league trophy after Wednesday's win.

A large crowd of around 100 people watched Wednesday’s final league game between Richmond Mavericks and Unicorn, with Mavs needing a win to clinch the title.

Many spectators came from Hawes hoping for an upset which would give the Upper Dales team the championship.

And for almost half an hour their hopes grew as Unicorn contained Mavs and took the lead when Adam Lambert burst through the Mavs defence, despite close attention from Dan Johnson, before firing low into the bottom corner.

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The goal prompted wild celebrations in the crowd.

But unfortunately for Unicorn and Hawes the lead didn’t last long and Mavs proved why they are gunning for the treble this year.

Lance Bainbridge found Emson who drilled the ball in.

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Two minutes later it was a similar story when Lance Bainbridge passed to Emson again nd he scored again same.

On the half-hour mark, Lovell played in Emson who found the net to make it a six-minute ha trick.

Dan Johnson had a chance to make it four from two yards out but Unicorn managed to scramble the ball clear.

After the break Emson had chances to put the game beyond doubt.

He was aided by Unicorn’s high line which they kept despite constant pleas and reminders from the management to sit in and give the speed demon no space to run into.

But his finishing was unusually off.  On one occasion he was through on goal with only the keeper to beat but rather than shooting he, according to Fabio, turned into Michael Flatley trying to do the River Dance.

But with his arms and legs going all over to put the keeper off, he forgot to shoot and the keeper picked up the ball.

The game was put to bed however when Mavs, version of the Kray twins, Ruben and Lance Bainbridge combined.

The final league table.

Reuben put through Lance who finished in the corner.

Van Miller then put in an unbelievable cross to Dez Clarke who stuck out a foot but couldn’t find the net.

Mavs could have had more were it not for some great saved from David Mutch in the Unicorn goal.

After the game Adam Dunwoodie broke down in tears due to the emotion of taking the title before making his way with captain Dan Johnson to lift the league trophy.