Coupon busters as league and cup draws to climax

With games coming thick and fast after a long season, there’s always the likelihood of some unexpected results.

Richmond Buck played three games over the week, two of which were coupon busters.

After a 3-0 win over Richmond Academy on Monday, physical weariness combined with a mental breakdown led to the Buck’s worst performance in recent times, going down 6-1 to Spennithorne.

James Smith got a hat-trick while Scott Patridge got two and Jack Crook one for Spenni.

A Josh Wooff strike giving no consolation to a side who were ready to throw the towel in and forfeit the rest of the season.

However, 11 semi-fit players dusted themselves down and were up for the challenge of travelling to Hawes on Saturday, a game they won 5-1.

Hawes knew four wins in a row could take them to the league title, but they were terribly disappointingly.

Through balls, crosses and cross-field balls were woefully inaccurate. Finishing was dreadful. And the defence was bossed by the Buck’s hat-trick man, Josh Wooff.

Wooff was a thorn in the Hawes back line and caused them real grief, going around defenders like a hot knife through butter and selfishly finding the net with Mo Salah like composure.

David Addison had earlier put Buck 2-0 up connecting sweetly with a Stewart Fotheringham corner into the near post.

Addison was a worthy match for influential Hawes midfielder Andrew Fagg and won his individual proportion of duels to put Buck on the front foot.

4-0 up at half time Buck knew that Hawes would not go quietly and they had to be at their defensive best, led by man of the match Adam Hodgkinson.

To Hawes’ credit, they gave their all in the second half, and camped out in Buck territory.

Hawes knew that a comeback was possible, but when Jonathon Champion blasted over a Sam Iveson cutback a couple of minutes into the second half, it felt as if this simply wasn’t going to be Hawes’ day.

The same combination eventually brought the breakthrough, with Champ slotting home a centre with about ten minutes to go.  It was too little too late.

And Buck where to seal the win through Kenneth Williams who was told go up front and be a presence.

He dutifully hobbled around after the ball and on 86 minutes limped after stand-in keeper Danny Allen’s kick out of his hands which reached opposition keeper Jonny Guy.

Guy obviously saw the lame Williams as no threat and went to dribble around him but Williams mustered a stretch and pinched the ball, took a touch and from a wide angle smashed the ball into the net to send the Buck’s one supporter and players into delirium.

Three away games remain for Hawes – a tasty derby against Leyburn, then matches against the title challengers, the Mavs and Colburn. So although Hawes won’t win the league, they will at least be playing against those still dreaming of glory.

Elsewhere Colburn visited Carperby and were keen to ensure this week’s scheduled game against Mavs did no lead to complacency.

The early pressure came from Colburn. Dean McCormack shot straight at the keeper and an off-balance Tom Sweeney blazed wide.

But then on 13 minutes, a goal came which would settle Colburn down.

A lovely passing movement down the right found Murray who fed it on to Gary Hutchison, and he made no mistake.

For the next 20 minutes it was all Colburn. Callum Sheridan and Craig Teasdale combined well, but Teasdale’s shot was wide. Then it was Sweeney’s turn, but his lob just didn’t carry.

Next Sheridan brought the ball down well, but sent his shot over the bar, then it was Sweeney again whose shot ran tamely to the keeper.

Then on 36 minutes, Teasdale’s persistence won him the ball back on the right.

He laid the ball in to Murray, who made room for himself and struck the ball home.

Hammy Hamilton still cut a frustrated figure on the side-lines, though, as chance after chance went begging.

Hutchison chipped one wide, Sheridan played a fine ball into the area, but Sweeney just couldn’t get his head to it.

A ball across the box from the right managed to miss at least three Colburn attackers, and when it came to Sheridan over on the left of the goal, he contrived to blast it over.

So it was 2-0 at half-time, a lead that should have been much more if only half the chances had been taken.

Colburn made a change at the interval, bringing Tom Bentley on for Teasdale.

The second half began with one of Colburn’s trademark goal bursts.

Firstly, it was McCormack, claiming his first goal in five years – Timmy Taylor played it across to him on the left touchline just inside Carperby’s half.

His ball into the box dropped over the keeper into the top corner of the net, whether by accident or design, only McCormack could say.

Hutchison now came off, and Jamie Dempster was sent on to join Sweeney and Murray in the front three.

Tim Bishop in Colburn’s goal, tempted I’m sure, to set out his deckchair during the first half, was now called into action to foil a rare Carperby attack with a good save

Action immediately switched to the other end. Nige Cole played Murray in and he beat the keeper to make it 4-0.

Then Murray turned provider, when his cross was volleyed home by Bentley.

Give Carperby credit – even at 5-0 down they were still not done, and another effort was blocked by Bishop.

Now it was Sweeney tripping himself up in an effort to claim an elusive goal, then Wallace knocked one over the bar.

On the hour, Carperby duly claimed a consolation goal, set up by some lackadaisical defending and the odd ricochet. Colburn have conceded one daft goal in each of their last three games. A severe case of switching off.

Colburn responded. Murray put one over the bar, then a Sheridan free kick was polished off by Wallace, who calmly lifted it over the keeper, making it 6-1.

Dempster then struck the post, and straightaway it was Sweeney finally getting a goal when he headed home from a Sheridan cross. On another day, Sweeney could have had at least five goals – perhaps he’s saving some for Wednesday.

In their last league match, Catterick Garrison beat Reeth 4-2.

Stephen Fleming and Neil Wright both got a brace for Catterick, while Connor Metcalfe scored both Reeth’s goals.

In the Dales Cup second semi-final, Richmond Mavericks were beaten 2-0 by Richmond Academy.

The game  to decide who would face Catterick in the final on May 12 took place at Catterick Village.

After three trophy laden seasons back in the Wensleydale League everyone in attendance was expecting a convincing win for the men in tangerine.

Once again Academy started with nine players under the age of 19 and after a disappointing midweek performance against the Buck, manager Ramsay was keen to get across that without hard work, they would get nothing from the game.

Mavs seemed to think they only had to turn up to make the final and a couple of shouts of ‘this is embarrassing that we haven’t scored yet’ after ten minutes infuriated the young side.

Academy started brightly and in the very first minute Gilroy jinked towards Johnson and was felled on the edge of the area.

The resultant free kick came to nothing but this set the tone for the afternoon as Academy’s young nippy forward constantly ran at the Mavs back line.

Lewington and Simpson were causing havoc down the wings with Gilroy and Donoghue pressing at every opportunity.

Academy carved out a number of openings as the Mavs became every more frustrated and deservedly took the lead on 40 minutes.

Dunwoodie tried to head the ball back to his keeper and Donoghue snuck in to slot home. 1-0 half time and nobody would have argued if it had been a couple more.

Everyone expected a Mavs onslaught in the second period but Sadler, Stead, Thompson and Spence snuffed out the few attacks they had.

On 60 minutes another Academy attack resulted in a corner. Lewington swung it over to be met by Spence on the volley to make it 2-0.

Mavs pushed for a goal but left themselves open at the back as their aging defenders seemed to struggle in the heat.

Gilroy, Donoghue and Weatherall all had chances to finish the game off but couldn’t find a way past Read in the Mavs goal.

Mackintosh and Carnegie-Brown bossed the middle of the park which left Mavs to resort to a long ball game looking for the ineffective Emson.

On 81 minutes they were given a lifeline when the lino flagged for a foul on Emson when it was obvious that Keeper Mudd took the ball cleanly with no contact.

The big man stepped up to fire into the top corner and make a game of it. Mavs pushed for the equaliser, hitting the underside of the bar and forcing a superb last minute block from Mudd but it wasn’t to be.

Results

League

Carperby Rovers 1 – 7 Colburn Town

Catterick Garrison Football Centre 4 – 2 Reeth & District Athletic Club

Hawes United 1 – 5 Richmond Buck Inn

Richmond Buck Inn 1 – 6 Spennithorne & Harmby

Richmond Town Academy 0 – 3 Richmond Buck Inn

Dales Cup semi-final

Richmond Town Academy 2 – 1 Richmond Mavericks

Fixtures (all league)

25.4.18

Colburn Town v Richmond Mavericks

Leyburn Town v Hawes United

Richmond Buck Inn v Unicorn FC

28.4.18

Colburn Town v Unicorn FC

Richmond Buck Inn v Leyburn Town

Richmond Mavericks v Hawes United