Colburn beat Catterick Garrison to claim Champions’ Cup

The annual match between Wensleydale Creamery League winners and Dales Cup winners took place last night at Catterick Village.

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Colburn got off to a cracking start in the game against Catterick Garrison Football Centre when after just two minutes Luke McCormack fizzed a cross over from right to left and Joe Woodall slammed it home to give them an early lead

The first 20 minutes it was virtually all Colburn, and they made their pressure pay on 21 minutes, when Shane Parkinson got behind the Catterick defence, and crossed for Gary Hutchinson to finish.

It all seemed to be plain sailing for Colburn, but then just before the half hour they once again shot themselves in the foot when an innocuous Catterick ball was played through the middle of Colburn’s defence.

As the back four waited for an offside to be given Catterick slotted it home to halve the deficit.

Colburn responded with a Luke McCormack snapshot which went close, then Catterick had a couple of corners in quick succession, but nothing came of them.

Another Luke McCormack shot flew over, then Parkinson was through, but a heavy touch robbed him of the chance.

Then a farcical goal restored Colburn’s two goal lead.

It was ten minutes before the break when Catterick’s back line stood statuesque as Steven Files punched away, not one, not two, but three goal bound efforts, before Luke McCormack finally shot past Files after Tom Sweeney’s shot was pushed out to his feet.

And so at half time the score was 3-1 to Colburn.

You wouldn’t have thought that there would follow a goalless second half, but that’s what we got.

On the hour, Colburn switched things around at the back, bringing Dean McCormack and Callum Henney on in place of Luke Hamilton, who’d completed the first part of a gruelling return trip from London in order to play, and Tom Sweeney, who was given a rest with Saturday’s game v Unicorn in mind.

Colburn switched from three at the back to a back four, and there followed a period when Catterick inevitably did come into the game more, but Colburn’s rejigged defence stood firm.

And in the last 15 minutes, Colburn fashioned a slew of chances – Hutchinson ran in on goal, and his attempted lob went just wide.

Then Ashley McInerney had a shot from distance which very nearly found the net.

Luke McCormack had his own go at a lob of Files, but the goalkeeper managed to catch it.

Then Woodall sent in a fine ball from the left which found Luke McCormack tightly marked and with his back to goal.

He turned brilliantly but was unable to generate enough power to beat Files.

McCormack then struck an effort from the right of goal, which found the side netting.

Darkness was falling at this point, and the referee blew the final whistle.