Carperby and Richmond Town Reserves win through to cup final

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It was Medal Shield semi-final day for teams in the Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League on Saturday.

Carperby reached the final of the competition for the first time in 20 years with a hard-fought win against last season’s winners Unicorn.

The game started fairly even, but Unicorn’s title bid took a blow when they were reduced to ten men on 28 minutes after Rory Wallace’s moment of madness saw him slap Tim Weatherill right in front of the referee.

Both teams had half chances for the remainder of the half but failed to score.

The second half continued much the same, with the away team not taking advantage of the extra man, and the home team battling well to keep it goalless.

As the game went on though Carperby started to get more control and finally found the breakthrough when the impressive James Metcalfe broke forward from defence with the ball, beating three players before smashing the ball into the corner from just inside the box with four minutes left to play.

Unicorn pushed until the end but Carperby managed to hold out for the win.

In the other semi, Richmond Town Reserves went through with a 1-0 win away at Spennithorne.

Town’s goal was scored by Sean Thompson, whose free kick from distance found its way passed the keeper after taking a deflection.

In the league, leaders Catterick Garrison has a comfortable afternoon putting seven passed Askrigg without reply.

Catterick were keen to improve after a lacklustre draw against Hawes last week.

The home side got off to a good start when Stephen Fleming collected a pass on the corner of the 18 yard box.

He dropped the shoulder one way, sending the defender the wrong way, before getting to the byline and cutting one back for Damian Hargreaves to convert from ten yards.

Trickery by Fleming resulted in a cross that was met by Jez Mortimer who beat the defender to score.

Mortimer then connected impressively with a Matty Leaf cross to make it three.

On the stroke of half-time Jake Oakes volleyed in a Leaf corner for another despite the best efforts of Miles Middleton in the Askrigg net.

After the break, Jaime Hunt fired home a penalty after Hargreaves was hauled down, before Hargreaves completed his hat-trick with a thunderbolt from 30 yards.

Hunt then scored his second penalty of the match after Fleming was fouled to put further gloss on the win.

In the remaining match, Richmond Mavericks ensured they stayed in the title race, albeit as an outside bet, with a 4-0 win over Reeth.

Two foals from James Kelly, one from brother Owen and a fourth from substitute David Andrews did the damage for Mavs.

 

Results – 11.2.23

League

Catterick Garrison 7-0 Askrigg

Richmond Mavericks 4-0 Reeth

Medals Shield

Richmond Town Reserves 1-0 Spennithorne

Unicorn 0-1 Carperby

Fixtures – 18.2.23

Askrigg v Carperby

Hawes v Richmond Town Reserves

Reeth v Catterick Garrison

Spennithorne v Richmond Mavericks