Richmond Mavericks beat Catterick Garrison to close gap at top

Fixtures in the Wensleydale Creamery League are continuing for now despite the coronavirus epidemic.

Richmond Mavericks will be hoping it can continue  after they moved up the league with an impressive 5-1 win over title rivals Catterick Garrison.

Tim Holland opened the scoring for Catterick with a great finish only for Richie Bastow to equalise.

After the break Mavs turned it on however with plenty of graft all over the pitch and some deadly finishing up front.

Reuben Bainbridge scored a great volley, while Wayne Gredziak also scored his first since return to the club. Mavs’ other goals came from Gavin Boulton and Owen Kelly.

Colburn also kept themselves in the hunt with a 5-3 win over Hawes.

It was a funny old game. Colburn raced into a two goal lead within ten minutes through a Stuart Murray strike from a Chris Hope assist, and a Nige Cole effort helped by Craig Teasdale’s immaculate delivery.

But Hawes quickly pulled one back. Just before the break Colburn went further ahead, when Rory Wallace was tripped in the area, although even his own team suspected he dived.

Hope dispatched the resulting penalty to make the half time score 3-1.

The second half began with another Colburn goal, this time from Josh Crisp, once again the assist going to Teasdale.

Colburn did their best to keep it interesting, providing a second goal for Hawes, but then won another penalty before the hour, which Hope again put away.

There was still time for Hawes to get their third, making the final score 5-3.

Elsewhere, Buck overtook Spenni in the league on a challenging pitch at Harmby, which took another victim when Spenni’s number 14 went over on a divot, turning his ankle.

Spenni had a lot of first half pressure with stand in keeper Matty Raw putting in a tremendous man of the match performance to stop Spenni scoring, with a string of close range saves.

Buck’s player manager Luke Pearson made his first start in ages and rattled the woodwork from 20 yards before Marshal Thorogood put Buck 0-1 up before half time.

Spenni pressed for an equaliser but Raw, carrying an injury, stayed on his line and was determined not to be beaten. Pearson got his come back goal from a 30 yard free kick which dipped just in time to go under the bar and left the 6 foot keeper feeling he could have done better.

In the dying moments Pearson fed Thorogood to wrap things up and extend Buck’s winning streak to three.

At the bottom of the table, Carperby, who have been improving all season, went on the rampage, putting six past Reeth.

Sam Lambert got five of those with Jam,es Spence getting one.

Reeth’s goal was scored by George Veitch.

In the final game on Saturday, Leyburn seesaw season continued when they lost 4-0 to  Richmond Town Reserves.

Tom Gilroy got a brace, while James Muirhead and Matthew Leaf also got on the scoresheet.

Results

League

Catterick Garrison 1-5 Richmond Mavericks

Colburn 5-3 Hawes

Leyburn 0-4 Richmond Town Reserves

Reeth 1-6 Carperby

Spennithorne 0-3 Richmond Buck Inn

Fixtures – 21.3.20

Dales Cup

Richmond Buck Inn v Colburn

Hawes v Carperby

Richmond Mavericks v Richmond Town Reserves

Unicorn v Catterick Garrison

League

Leyburn v Reeth