Carperby beat Richmond Mavericks to lift Dales Cup

Wensleydale League stalwarts Carperby Rovers lifted the Dales Cup yesterday for the first time in 35 years.

The achievement came just three years after the team finished bottom of the league with just four points.

It was only the second time in the club’s history they had won the cup.

In a game played at Harmby in front of a large crowd, Mavs took an early lead after Carperby failed to deal with a free-kick into the box and Sam Pickersgill was in the right place to finish.

The first half was then mainly Carperby pressure but they couldn’t find the equaliser, with Michael Dent coming closest when his well-struck volley cannoned back off the inside of the post.

Carperby continued to press in the second half and finally got the breakthrough when Sam Lambert cut inside and finished superbly into the top corner from just outside the area.

Carperby nearly got in front when Tim Weatherill’s excellent free-kick crashed back off the bar.

And tbey did eventually take the lead when Michael Dent and Tim Weatherill combined to set up Lambert for his second of the game.

After a period of pressure, Mavs equalised through Brandon Greziak who cut inside and curled a stunning long range effort just inside the post.

The game continued to be competitive but neither side could find a winner meaning the game went to extra-time.

Both sides continued to attack but chances were limited and the game ended 2-2 and went to penalties.

John Pickard saved the first Mavs’ penalty, with Carperby holding their nerve to score all of their four, which meant Mavs had to score their fifth.

The effort went over the bar however, prompting wild celebrations from the Carperby team and supporters.