Leyburn beat Colburn but other top teams enjoy comfortable wins

To the relief of the league’s fixtures secretary, the milder weather meant a full set of league games could be completed on Saturday.

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Last year’s champions Richmond Mavericks consolidated their position at the top of the table with and 8-2 demolition of Reeth.

Nathan O’ Conner got four, while James Kelly and Ian Smurthwaite got two each.

Javan Asimba and Connor Metcalfe scored for the visitors.

Colburn have been in excellent form of recent, but came up against a young and improving Leyburn side who won 1-0.

Both teams struggled to create chances  early on but Leyburn took the lead after half an hour when when Ryan Alderson fought his through the Colburn defence, knocked Colburn’s right back, Rory Wallace, off the ball too easily.

He then cut in towards the near post. Luke Hamilton tried to get across to block, but was too late, and the resulting shot went across Tim Bishop into the far corner.

Two minutes later, and Colburn had the chance to draw level when Craig Teasdale was upended in the box by Brandon Acton and ref Jim Wilson pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Tom Sweeney, but his scuffed shot was easily saved by Jack Davison in Leyburn’s goal.

Leyburn were holding onto their lead with few alarms. One volley from Joe Woodall flew narrowly over, then, just before the interval, an Ashley McInerney free kick was headed wide by Brandon Bishop.

The second half began in like vein, then on the hour, Colburn were forced into a change, when Sweeney was injured in a challenge, and had to be replaced by Stuart Murray.

Shortly afterwards, Gary Hutchinson came on for Teasdale down the right. However hard Colburn strived nothing would fall for them.

Contentious offside decisions, a mixture of luck and excellence from Davison in Leyburn’s goal, and any number of balls that just found Leyburn players.

For their part Leyburn welcomed back playmaker Scott Greenway, who has been unavailable for the past year.

Murray had a snapshot that was just off target, then Brandon Bishop sent a series of searching crosses over from the right, but each time Colburn were unable to connect.

Towards the end Mark Jamieson replaced Brandon Bishop, and Josh Crisp had a couple of efforts – one went just wide, while the other was straight at the goalie.

There was an unseemly melee following a challenge over on the left wing. McInerney’s nose was bloodied by a blow from the young Leyburn full back, but the ref seemed uncertain of the identity of the perpetrator and no cards were shown.

The game finished with a narrow win for Leyburn, ending Colburn’s faint chance of climbing into contention.

They will be looking for revenge in a few weeks’ time when the teams meet again in the Medals Shield semi final.

Catterick Garrison entertained Spennithorne and Harmby at the AWS Arena on a soft pitch and in swirling winds.

After their defeat to Leyburn last time out Catterick were straight out of the blocks this time.

After four minutes Catterick were ahead. Jonny Holmes strode forward from left back and curled a delightful ball into Danny Bailey’s path.

Bailey used his strength to hold off a defender and produced a low cross to the back post for Damian Hargreaves to guide home.

Four minutes later Hargreaves doubled his and Catterick’s tally when he took down a Tim Holland cross just outside the box.

He twisted and turned the last man of Spenni and made room for a low shot into the corner.

Spenni’s youthful side seemed to have a few unpolished jewels in their side. In an attacking sense they have energy and no lack of ability too.

If that potential is allowed to develop then they will be soon be moving up the league.

During a 20-minute spell of end to end action it was Spenni would went closest to scoring clipping the top of Steven Files goal from 25 yards out. Files seemed to have it covered, but a good run and strike non the less.

Catterick wasted chances to extend the lead but Spenni took advantage of a defensive mix up that ended with Barry Harker slightly scuffing a long range shot that trickled agonisingly over the Catterick line and in of the post from over 30 yards out.

Spenni tails were up and at the very end saw Graham McNabb stab a shot over the bar from six yards under pressure from James Boyle.

Catterick’s early ruthless composed finishing had left them and more chances went a begging. The sides went in with CGFC 2-1 ahead.

Send out with instructions to pass quicker, Cattrick certainly did when a flowing move ended with Liam Walker cutting back a cross for Jez Mortimer to powerfully side foot the ball into the bottom right for 3-1.

It was soon 4-1 when Stephen Fleming on at the end of the first half for the injured Tim Holland reacted quickest in the box to a loose ball. Fleming swivelled and slid his shot under the Spenni keeper from 10 yards.

Then a great ball from Steven Files found Danny Bailey, whose flick on set Fleming away on goal.

The Spenni stopper Partridge looked favourite to get to the ball first, but he seemed to take his eye of it and Fleming nipped in to tap the ball into an empty net following Partridge’s miss kick.

Spenni weren’t done though and pushed for more. a brilliant save from Files at point blank range from a Spenni header kept the score at 5-1.

A crazy two-minute spell ensued though and Spenni’s youthful attack clicked well to have two moves converted at close range, the first falling to Jack Crook and the second to Luke Wilkinson to bring the game back to 5-3.

Catterick rode this spell and resumed their dominance in the last 15. Having done everything but score during blistering attacks, they eventually extended their lead via a slice of luck.

A teasing run and cross from Jonny Holmes was only sliced by a defender at the near post under pressure from Neil Jenks Wright. The ball looped into the air and the spin and bounce embarrassed a helpless Partridge as it spun into the corner of the net.

Partridge went on to make great saves from Fleming and Wright to keep the score down. But was helpless to stop Shane Constantine’s crisp shot from the edge following a powerful run.

The final act nearly saw a Catterick eighth, but Daniel Deeney’s shot hit the wrong side of the post and it ended 7-3.

Hawes United played Carperby in blustery conditions, but the surface at Carperby Playing Fields was superb considering the terrible recent weather and the only way to play was with the ball on he floor.

Hawes started well and dominated the throughout with high pressing a key factor in long periods of ball retention.

Jonathon Champion started Hawes off with a goal within the first ten minutes, perfectly place in to the top corner.

Matt Guy quickly doubled the lead and grabbed his second against his former club soon after with a powerful effort.

Tommy Calvert tried to claim the fourth but carperby’s ‘keeper clearly deflected the cross into his own net.

Tommy Calvert then scored a superb solo effor to put Hawes five up at half time.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Hawes in complete control throughout.

Jonathon Champion stabbed in from close range after great play again from the outstanding Tommy Calvert down the Hawes left.

Matt Guy then completed his hat-trick to show rovers exactly what they were missing.

That completed the Hawes scoring but in truth on another day it could easily have been well into double figures.

Carperby did grab a late consolation when Hawes ‘keeper Johnny Guy claimed to Hawes a bad back.

Champion donned the gloves and had let a high ball drift over his head and nestle into the far corner.

After the rustiness of the seven-week break without a game Hawes looked back somewhere near their best.

Unicorn looked the brighter of the sides at the start of their game against Richmond Academy which was played on a heavy Brompton-on-Swale pitch.

Despite their early pressure it was Academy who took the lead after an exchange between Danny Weatherall and Tom Carnegie Brown saw Weatherall one-on-one with Mutch in the Unicorn goal, the experienced stopped pulled off a great save but the ball fell to CB to knock into the empty net.

The goal seemed to settle Academy who then knocked the ball around fluently for the next 20 minutes.

The only danger from Unicorn was coming from set pieces and they equalised from a corner with a Ketley diving header which Adam Gray claimed hit his back and went in.

Five minutes later Academy took the lead again after Mackintosh fed the ball to Ramsay who his a lovely first time through ball which CB finished confidently for his second of the game.

Unicorn introduced veteran playmaker McGuiness at half time and he played an integral role in the fightback.

Despite holding their own for the first 15 minutes of the second half the young side began to get involved in niggly physical battles which seemed to take them away from their passing game – at that point there was only going to be one winner.

Nick Marshall played a one-two with Rory Atkinson and beat three Academy players before finishing in the bottom corner to make it

Two goals for Liam Reeves and and one each for Shayne Ketley and Craig Swainston settled the tie.

Elsewhere Richmond Buck gave their opponents Thornaby Dubliners from the North Riding Football League Premier Division a real test in the Saturday County Cup quarter final.

With the semi final draw already made, both teams knew that a win would take them through to play Nunthorpe or Mount St Mary.

It was Buck that gave as good as they got in the first half against their opponents from the sixth tier of English football.

Buck’s application to the task was commendable and, sporting a Middlesbrough yellow away kit, they more than matched Dubliners’ intensity and skill.

The first real half chance of the game fell to Dubliners when a ball played into their striker, who had his back to goal eight yards out.

His flick was heading to the top corner only for Buck stand in keeper Liam Ryan to finger tip the ball around the post.

The resultant corner only led to a Buck break away, with good hold up play from Buck captain Josh Wooff, laying the ball back to Michael Ingram who played a fine pass over the top for Marshal Thorogood to run on goal.

The keeper ran out to meet Thorogood and Thorogood’s scuffed attempt at a finish rolled wide without going out of play.

Thorogood had another two chances in the half, as well as creating havoc down the wing with his pace, and creating chances for Addison and Hodgkinson, whose shots were well saved by the Thornaby keeper.

At the other end Buck centre backs Ryan Howe and Scott Wallace were putting in fine displays, blocking shots and jockeying the big Thornaby strikers away from Ryan’s goal.

Thornaby began to look dangerous on 40 minutes when Ryan was called upon to make successive fine low saves from shots from the edge of the box.

Thornaby got lucky two minutes later when a ball into the box was cleared but hit a Dubliner and fell sweetly for a teammate, whose snap shot was just out of reach of Ryan and into the net.

At half time Buck knew they’d been unlucky not to register on the score sheet themselves and felt that if luck had been on their side they could have been leading.

They would have the advantage of the slope at their Aldbrough home pitch and the wind in their favour, but the question of whether their fitness levels could maintain their first half intensity were being asked by their five supporters.

Within five minutes of the restart Buck were two nil down. From a corner at which Dubliners had a considerable height advantage, a firm Thornaby header was goal bound and Jacob Tate’s quick reactions to try and head the ball over the bar were unsuccessful.

Tate was having a fine match and oozed confidence on the ball, and like many of his teammates was unfazed by the quality of the opposition.

The question of the next goal being crucial was answered, dagger blow to the Buck’s balloon, as it went to Thornaby on the hour mark.

Buck supporters began to fear the worst, an opening of the floodgates perhaps, especially when Ryan Howe went off with a cut leg, the Buck having already made their one and only available substitution.

However, Howe came back on and five minutes later belief was restored when some good approach play advanced the Buck deep into Thornaby territory.

A lovely through ball by the consistently energised Danny Allen set Thorogood in on goal once again and this time he found the net with a more instinctive poke passed the onrushing keeper.

The Buck kept fighting to get back in the game, and defended like hero’s when tiring, Adam Hodgkinson’s miraculous header off the line defining a spirited performance, but ultimately the fitter team came through, and on 84 minutes a fine strike from the edge of the area into the bottom corner giving Ryan no chance sealed Buck’s fate.

Compliments from the opposition, refereeing team, supporters and manager via text message from the Riverside Stadium were little consolation.

Results

Carperby Rovers 1 – 7 Hawes United

Catterick Garrison Football Centre 7 – 3 Spennithorne & Harmby

Leyburn Town 1 – 0 Colburn Town

Richmond Buck INN 1 – 4 Thornaby Dubliners

Richmond Mavericks 8 – 2 Reeth & District Athletic Club

Unicorn FC 6 – 2 Richmond Town Academy

Fixtures – 3.2.18

Carperby Rovers v Richmond Buck

Colburn Town v Catterick Garrison Football Centre

Hawes United v Richmond Town Academy

Richmond Mavericks v Thirsk Falcons Firsts

Spennithorne & Harmby v Reeth & District Athletic Club

Unicorn FC v Leyburn Town