Catterick stay top with win over Spenni as rivals draw

Catterick Garrison remain top of the pile as the season reaches the half way point, although they had to work hard for three points away at Spennithorne on Saturday.

Catterick had a full squad for manager Lee McKenny to choose from for the first time in months, but the visitors still made heavy going of the claggy pitch.

Spenni scored first when Jack Crook found a window of opportunity to net from close range after being put clean through.

However, Catterick were level just a minute later when right back Jonny Holmes threaded a pinpoint through ball to set Josh Pettler away.

He turned the last man inside out before giving the keeper the eyes and slotting in the near post.

Catterick would then take the lead with a good move culminating in Holmes putting one on a plate for Neil Wright, who guided the ball expertly past the keeper.

Midway through the half it was 2-2 when Kalem Stanger headed in a wide free-kick.

There was plenty of effort but a lack of quality in the second half which Catterick eventually won when Matty Leaf chipped in a corner and Jaime Hunt headed in.

The tenth win of the season meant Catterick went four points clear, with their position helped by several of their rivals drawing and Hawes, who they play on Saturday, not having a game.

After drawing with Spenni in their previous game, Askrigg recorded their first win of the season, beating Reeth 4-1.

Reeth scored first through in-form Luke Circo, who netted after just five minutes, but Askrigg hit back through veteran pair Jonathan Champion and Richard Sunter, who helped himself to a brace.

Charlie Lancaster scored late on to ensure a resounding victory for the Wensleydale team.

In the remaining game, Richmond Mavericks and Unicorn played out a 3-3 draw, The Kelly brothers, James and Owen, along with Rueben Bainbridge, scored for Mavs.

In a night game played on Friday night at the Dave Clark Arena, Richmond Town Reserves and Carperby played out a 5-5 epic draw.

Town lead 3-2 at half-time thanks to goals from Tom Gilroy, Chris Hope and Luke Pearson, with Sam Lambert and Michael Dent netting for Carperby.

Gilroy netted again to increase Richmond’s lead but goals from James Metcalfe and Sam Lambert levelled the game.

Harry Beresford scored with ten to go to again give Town the lead but a late goal from Tim Weatherill ensured the points were shared



Reeth 1-4 Askrigg

Spennithorne 2-3 Catterick Garrison

Unicorn 3-3 Richmond Mavericks

Richmond Town Reserves 5-5 Carperby

Fixtures – 4.2.23

Askrigg v Spennithorne

Hawes v Catterick Garrison

Reeth v Richmond Mavericks

Unicorn v Carperby