Large crowd watches Carperby beat Richmond Town Reserves to lift Medals Shield

Carperby lifted the Medals Shield earlier in the season.

A crowd of around 350 watched Carperby Rovers beat Richmond Town Reserves to lift the Medals Shield last night.

In a game played at Northallerton Town’s ground on a heavy pitch, Carperby started the stronger and had the best of the early exchanges.

The Wensleydale team got their reward when Michael Dent beat two men before sliding the ball through for Matty Bradley.

He arrived before Town keeper Bruno Frankland and played it through for Sam Lambert to score from close range.

Richmond came into the game after the goal and started to dominate possession, but Carperby keeper John Pickard only had one big save to make to keep the score at 1-0 at half-time.

The second half started much as the first had ended with Town pressure, but Carperby continued to defend well, limiting the Richmond side to half chances.

Their task was made harder when James Metcalfe was sin binned due to his reaction after he felt he was fouled in the lead up to a Town chance, but Carperby continued to hold on.

Carperby had chances of their own with a Michael Dent run and finish blocked by a Town defender.

The Dales side held out for the win on which brought celebrations into the early hours.

Wensleydale League officials said the crowd was a record for a Medals Shield final.