Carperby to take on Richmond Town Reserves in Dales Cup final

The Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League is all but done for another year with the only remaining trophy to decide being the Dales Cup.

Carperby and Richmond Town Reserves will compete for the silverware next Saturday at Spennithorne’s Ferrand Park Ground, kick off 1.30pm.

Carperby came through a tense semi-final against Leyburn to earn their place.

Carperby took the lead on the half-hour when Matty Bradley met Aidan Simpson’s cross on the half-volley, finding the bottom corner with a good finish.

Carperby looked solid at the back, and had a few chances, but were pleased to get a second when Scott Lambert teed up his brother Sam who hit a left-foot volley from outside the area which flew into the corner.

Leyburn got back in the game when an Oliver Scott long throw found the six-yard box, and Will Hewson tapped home after Carperby failed to clear the danger

Leyburn pushed for an equaliser but failed to find the net, despite Carperby being reduced to ten when Simpson was sin-binned for dissent.

Richmond Town Reserves beat Bedale 3-1 in the other semi-final.

In the league, this year’s winners, Unicorn, finished off the season with a 1-0 win over Catterick Garrison, despite picking the positions for the final game out of a hat, including sleeper David Mutch on the wing.

Carl Handley had the best chance of the first half after a lung-busting run but his shot went straight to the keeper.

After the break, Mutch went up front with Rory Atkinson, who scored the only goal of the game with a stylish finish.

The goal was enough for the title-winning team.

Manager James Anderson said it had been “a hard fought win to cap another great season”.

“Four in a row for a team with most of the players over 35 is quite the achievement. We’ve also got five or six younger lads and we’ve been able to integrate them into the squad this season.

“Carperby and Hawes deserve a lot of respect for pushing us all the way. There’s no argument that we aren’t always great at football, but are great at winning and never know when we’re beaten.”

Elsewhere, Hawes continued their strong finish to the season with a 3-2 win over Richmond Town Academy on Saturday and then a 6-1 demolition of Spennithorne on Wednesday.

Leyburn also finished on high with a midweek 4-0 win over Reeth, cementing their fourth-placed finish in their inaugural season in the league and a first season of senior football for the majority of the young squad.

Two bullet headers from Oliver Scott and good finishes from Aidy Leahy and Will Hewson did the damage for Leyburn.

The Wensleydale side continued to press in a bid to add to their total with defender Fin Willis showing his disappointment of hearing the ref’s whistle when through on goal by unnecessarily hoofing the match ball into the River Swale

Results

League

1.5.24

Carperby 6-1 Askrigg

Spennithorne 1-6 Hawes

Reeth 0-4 Leyburn

27.4.24

Catterick 0-1 Unicorn

Richmond Town Academy 2-3 Hawes

Dales Cup

Carperby 2-1 Leyburn

Richmond Town Reserves 3-1 Bedale

 

Fixtures

League

8.5.24

Hawes v Spennithorne

11.5.24

Dales Cup Final

Richmond Town Reserves v Carperby