Richmond Mavericks beat Catterick Garrison to close gap at the top while Carperby win again

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The biggest game of the week saw Catterick Garrison welcome Richmond Mavericks.

Mavs had to reshuffle as they were without a keeper so Bromirskyj went in goal and big Phil Stirling played at centre half.

Lance Bainbridge replaced Micky Sartini in the starting line up to make it a full Bainbridge midfield.

After 12 minutes, Emson beat Gavin Rudd with a step-over but his right foot shot hit the side netting.

Shortly afterwards a Sam Bainbridge in-swinging corner was met by Stirling who was sporting a very smart bowl haircut.

Despite that he fired in with a side foot finish.

Good interlinking play from the Mavs forward line and Bastow was again causing Rudd problems again and a shot just flashed wide.

Mavs then had a reshuffle with injury prone defender Martin Clarke who lasted longer than usual being replaced by Micky Sartini, while Kelly was switched to left back to match the pace of Deaney.

Sam Bainbridge used the wind to his advantage once more and swung in a great corner which was headed in by Lovell but ref Jonty Gill disallowed the goal for a foul.

Mavs were now enjoying the majority of the possession. Bastow had the ball played to him at the edge of the box and his curling shot into the top corner was smartly saved by Bishop.

Following a ten minute spell of improved possession by Catterick, the ball got worked out to the right hand side.

Dan Deeney glided past his first man and beat the second to the ball at the by-line. His driven low cross was met by Damo Hargreaves who finished neatly at the second attempt after the keeper had made a instinctive first save.

Mavs went back in the lead quickly however when Lovell slid the ball to Emson who this time made no mistake and lifted over the keeper to score.

Mavs remained on the front foot in the second half.

Emson twisted in the box and forced the keeper the save with his feet. Lance, Sam and Reuben Bainbridge were by now dominating the game.

On 56 minutes Reuben Bainbridge won ball in midfield and put in Emson who slid the ball past the on-rushing Bishop to make it 3-1.

With confidence growing, twinkle toes captain Johnson danced out of defence, beat two players but ran into trouble trying to beat the third.

Soon afterwards Bastow was through one on one with Bishop to seal the game but had a mind blank and ran straight into him forgetting to shoot.

Before the final whistle Owen Kelly with another solid performance timed a perfect run to the edge of the box and unleashed a thunderbolt shot which was saved by the feet of Bishop. Final score 3-1 to Mavs.

Catterick will feel this is a major blow to their title challenge and their attention now switches to the cups where they still have a final and quarter final to compete in.

Elsewhere, Richmond Town travelled to Colburn for the first of three encounters between the sides in the space of a month.

A fierce cross-wind made playing conditions very difficult for both sets of players.

 

After a slow start, the only effort of note was a shot on target from Wayne Gredziak from a Craig Teasdale pass, the game gradually sprang to life.

Despite Richmond missing a number of their usual starting 11 they had the better of the first 30 minutes with Ketley and Bateson causing the Colburn back four lots of problems in the windy conditions.

It was that duo who combined to deliver the first goal. Michael Dale sent a lovely ball down the left which Bateson controlled well and crossed for Ketley to finish at the second attempts after keeper Aaron Stoney saved.

Colburn responded with a header from Craig Nisbet, which Gredziak collected, before turning and firing wide.

Colburn made an early change when an out-of-sorts Teasdale was replaced by Tom Bentley.

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Bentley immediately made his presence felt, winning a corner on the right, which Joe Woodall fired in to Stuart Murray.

His first shot was blocked, but his effort from the rebound went wide.

Next it was a Woodall corner from the left which fell to Luke Hamilton, but he was only able to poke it over.

Then it was Brandon Bishop’s turn to have a shot blocked, before play switched to the other end, where Academy had a shot go narrowly wide.

Woodall surged down the left, pinging a ball right across the face of the goal, but no-one could get a decisive touch. A minute later he repeated the routine with no better result.

Then Hamilton’s effort was blocked, but Colburn had built up a head of steam by now, and their efforts were rewarded with two goals in two minutes.

On 40 minsutes, Rory Wallace found himself making a fine run down the left, and his inviting cross was met by Woodall, who shot home the equalizer.

Two minutes later, Hamilton won a free kick down the right, not far inside the Academy half. Nisbet fired in a high ball, which went straight through Academy’s keeper to give Colburn a half-time lead. Colburn resumed after the interval, determined to apply the ‘coup de grace’.

A cross was punched out by the Academy keeper straight to Murray, whose volley slid just wide. Next it was Wallace making an incisive run across field, playing Brandon Bishop in.

He showed good control, but shot wide.

On 60 minutes Tom Carnegie-Brown came on for his league debut for Academy just two days after turning 16 and put in an impressive performance in the centre of midfield.

With half an hour left, Colburb’s Gredziak was replaced by Bobby Elliott to provide renewed endeavour in midfield.

Woodall’s shot was next to be saved by an Academy keeper determined to make up for his earlier error.

A good piece of build-up play down the left between Callum Bishop and Wallace ended with Wallace playing the ball back to Elliott, whose effort curled narrowly wide of goal.

Colburn’s pressure finally paid off with six minutes to go.

A crossfield ball from Brandon Bishop was played on by Wallace to Woodall after being missed by Academy player manager Ramsay.

Woodall who cut inside and fired in a fierce drive which went across the keeper, and into the net off his flailing hand.

There was just time for Elliott to send another effort just wide before the final whistle went, leaving Colburn the victors 3-1.

Elsewhere, Carperby got their first back to back wins of the season after another spirited and hard working performance on a difficult pitch against Reeth.

Carperby took an early lead when Matt Guy followed up a corner and his well struck shot from 20 yards was deflected past the Reeth keeper.

Reeth soon equalised though as Carperby goalkeeper Jim Guy decided to bring his hands with him this week and actually attempted to use them.

This appeared to be an error of judgement though as he attempted to collect the ball from a Scott Alderson cross.

He spilled the ball to Reeth’s forward Roy Asimba who equalised from two yards.

Carperby took the lead again not long after when Max Landau scored a great header from Paul Stephenson’s excellent corner.

Carperby had a number of chances to go further in front – first Robbie Tunstall ran onto John Pickard’s superb through ball but his strike was well saved by the Reeth keeper.

Adam Spence then marauded forward like a young Cafu and found himself through on goal, but instead of shooting attempted to square the ball but it was intercepted by a Reeth defender.

Reeth equalised on the stroke of half time with a penalty. Thomas Wallis had his attempt saved, but cut the loose ball back across the goal-line and Eddy Anderson had a simple tap-in.

In the second half it was all Carperby pressure, and they were finally rewarded when substitute Blue Taylor finished superbly into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Carperby sealed the win when their second substitute Stuart Dent did what he does best, and preyed on the most vulnerable, beating two extremely tired Reeth defenders before squaring to their star man Max Landau to finish in the last minute of the game. Final score to 4-2 to Carperby.

With Unicorn’s season all but fizzled out the team visited Spennithorne to claim three points.

One of Unicorn’s longest serving players, Gary Nicholson led the line from the start and on 14 minutes, the white Kanu broke the deadlock.

Liam Reeves’ corner was initially headed to the edge of the box where Reeves was on hand to loft the ball back into the box.

Nicholson pounced and scuffed a neat volley through the helpless keeper’s legs from close range.

Moments later he could have made it two but he couldn’t get on the end of a great Keegan cross, despite an acrobatic diving header.

On 25 minutes Liam Reeves was denied a goal from a sumptuous right footed volley as it was chalked off for offside by the referee.

After moving in with his new girlfriend a week into their relationship and buying a dog, Stuart Brown showed his commitment on the field and especially in the tackle.

He also showed the other side of his game which makes him a dead cert in central midfield, with countless telegraphed passes and his ability to run around a lot.

Tom Keegan made it 3-1 on 50 minutes as he seized on to a loose ball just inside the Spennithorne half, unleashing a dipping half volley over the scampering Spennithorne keeper

Lobs and scampering were the theme of the second half – just ask Unicorn’s number one, David Mutch; who spent what seemed like hours back peddling on two occasions as he watched the ball fly into the top bin for both Spennithorne goals.

On 70 minutes Liam Reeves completed the scoring for the day as Chris Duckett split the Spenni defence wide open for Reeves to sprint onto and finish well low into the corner.

A final roll of the dice saw a double substitution on 80 minutes  with ‘The Wet Bandits’  Carruthers and Anderson entering the fray.

However neither were able to leave there mark on the game at least, although Anderson did leave an accidental mark on Spenni’s goal scorer and then his own face, volleying his first touch of the ball into his own grid. Final score 4-2 to Unicorn.