Catterick Garrison win Dales Cup as Colburn beat Hawes in cracker

The Catterick Garrison Football Centre's cup winning team

The season for the teams in the Wensleydale Creamery League all but ended on Saturday.

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Other than a meaningless league fixture between Richmond Mavericks and Richmond Buck Inn still to be played, all matters have been decided.

Colburn had already sealed the double with the league and Medals Shield, while at the weekend Catterick Garrison Football Centre won the Dales Cup in a close game against Richmond Town Academy.

The final was played at Richmond Town’s Earls Orchard at what must be one of the most picturesque settings for a football pitch in the UK.

Academy had reached the final against the odds after some good wins against sides that had finished well above them in the league and played a Catterick side that had won the league in recent seasons.

Academy started with the same side that had won the previous two rounds and the management team drummed home that only with hard work would they get the win.

The starting line-up included nine players under 18 years old and they started the game very brightly, pressing Catterick all over the pitch and forcing mistakes.

Academy took the lead on 13 minutes. Lewington swung over a corner and Spence arrived at the back post to volley home.

Catterick seemed rocked and three minutes later it was 2-0 as Carnegie Brown nicked the ball and fed Gilroy who took a touch before finishing into the bottom corner.

Both sides were out to attack and nobody watching thought that this would be the end of the goals. Ten minutes later Catterick pulled one back when they won the ball in midfield and threaded through for Wright to score.

On 30 minutes skipper Mackintosh put Gilroy through again and he held off the defender before finishing across the keeper to send the young lads into joyous celebration.

With three minutes of injury time being played Catterick struck a blow to pull back another and create a flattering half-time scoreline.

That late goal seemed to knock the stuff out of Academy and certainly gave Catterick renewed hope for the second period.

The second half was a much more even affair which Catterick shaded and deservedly equalised on 55 minutes when Holland hit a goal of the season contender from 25 yards.

Academy struggled for fitness in the last 20 minutes as their first half efforts took their toll but they still created good openings with Lewington, Weatherall and Spence twice forcing saves form the keeper.

In the fifth minute of injury time and with seconds remaining Hargreaves picked up a loose ball in the box and finished to send the Catterick boys wild and win the trophy.

The only other game on Saturday was a visit from Hawes for the new league champions.

Dandelions and fields of blooming oil seed rape surrounded the Catterick Village top pitch for the fixture.

End of season emotions and memories from long ago mixed with the sweet scent, during a match which started and ended well for Hawes, but had a hopeless middle.

Colburn scored five goals unanswered in the space of 37 minutes either side of half time.

Hawes’ goals were very pleasing to the eye, while Colburn scored two on the break-away where the ref might have blown for fouls and three that were courtesy of poor Hawes defending.

Colburn started 4-4-2 for the first 15 minutes and put Hawes on the back foot with Tom Sweeney and Stuart Murray both going close.

Hawes had an all-Iveson front three. It bore fruit spectacularly early on.  Jordan Iveson cut in from the left and crossed to Ashley Iveson on the penalty spot. With his back to the goal, he dibbed the ball over his defender, then turned and knocked in a volley.

After half an hour, Colburn switched formation, cramming another man into midfield. They took control.  Arguably Hawes’ Scott Guy was fouled in his own half, but a quick Colburn break saw Murray find Rory Wallace, who calmly slotted home. Colburn were then forced into a change, as Joe Woodall came on for the injured Gary Hutchison.

He was straight into action, going close after some neat footwork on the right and driving into the box. Five minutes later Callum Sheridan was fouled.

Teasdale swung in a great free kick and keeper Steve Calvert’s punch turned into a hi-five. The ball flew into the top left corner to make it 2-1.

Colburn’s good second half possession and probing led to several corners.  On one, a Hawes man went up and missed the header.  Nige Cole slipped the ball to Murray who made no mistake.

Hawes the carved out a lovely chance. Lloyd Iveson picked his head up on the left hand side and flicked a thirty yarder with the outside of his right foot into the path of midfielder Andrew Fagg, who had surprisingly managed to time his run to go clear of the Colburn back line.  The first touch was good. But out flew the Wensleydale League’s star goalie, Tim Bishop, to wave away the

More chances followed, misses from Sweeney, Murray, Sheridan and McInerney. The game should have been put to bed, Wallace missing the chance for his second, sending a header over which seemed harder to do than score. For the fifth Colburn swept forward to score on the break, with the ref taking no notice of Hawes’ appeals for a foul. Sheridan found Wallace who grabbed his second.

5-1 and infuriatingly for Colburn manager Hammy, his team switched off and allowed a dispirited Hawes side back into the game.

 Jordan Iveson was released down the inside right position and he lashed it in from a tight angle. A stunning goal. Brett Calvert smashed a 20-yarder only an inch or two wide.

If Fagg had applied just a smidgen of bend, his right-footer in the box would have been gloriously in the top bin.

Then Hawes won a free kick on the edge of the box. A few players wanted it. Scott Guy took the ball. But after the Colburn wall was set and Guy had appraised the situation, he walked away, calling Tommy Calvert back over to take it. Guy had seen the freekick had Calvert’s name written all over it, and sure enough Calvert drilled it into the bottom corner.

Time was running out at 5-3, but Hawes broke away. Centre-half Brett Calvert stayed up and was released down the inside right.  The pass looked too strong. Calvert surely couldn’t catch it? But, aided by the long grass slightly holding up the ball, he powered to the byline. He cut back for Fagg to score with a sort of bobble putt into the bottom right corner. Sadly for Hawes the whistle went a minute later for a 5-4 finish.

The blues’ strong finish had at least put a stop to the goading and hopping about on the Colburn sidelines.

The late rally summed up the season: Hawes were very good at times, but short of rhythm and effort and belief at others. They were at their best away from home, beating the Mavs, Garrison, Unicorn and Leyburn. But the double slip-up against the Buck was fatal, and the loss to Leyburn in an Askrigg mudbath was almost as bad.

The worst moment though was the six-nil defeat against Colburn – again at Askrigg. The Lowlands pitch witnessed the most miserable moments for Hawes. No doubt Colburn deserved to be champs. For Hawes it will be a decent third place finish.

Colburn believe their performance encapsulated their season – irresistible most of the time, but with a worrying tendency to switch off. Perhaps it is harsh to say, but this is a team, who despite winning the league and the Medal Shield, still have room to improve.