Richmond Mavericks come from behind to beat Buck Inn

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Mavs extended their unbeaten run in the league to make it 25 wins on the bounce with a spirited come back against Richmond Buck, who squandered a 2-0 half-time lead.

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Mavs had the better of the opening exchanges and pinned Buck back but the Buck looked threatening on the counter attack when they could break through the Mavs midfield.

Buck scored from an in swinging corner by Stewart Fotheringham, coming off the keeper at the near post.

Buck were 2-0 up after a fine intercepting clearance from Buck man of the matches Ken Williams released Marshall Thorogood and he held off the attentions of the pursing defender to finish brilliantly into the bottom corner.

Mavs looked increasingly threatening in the second half, despite losing talisman Andrew Pritchard who broke his collar bone.

Through balls from midfield and attackers running at defenders began to worry the Buck back.

Nathan O’Connor was being fed down the right and cutting inside to threaten Buck stand in keeper Ben McGarrell.

Buck were losing possession all to easily and playing sloppy short passes and ambitions Holleywood passes.

Too erratic from the Buck.

Mavs deservedly got back into contention when Owen Kelly smashed the ball high into the roof of the net from the edge of a crowded box giving McGarrell no chance.

Scores were level soon after when brother James Kelly, playing for the first time on his return to the team, had the guile to turn his man in the box giving him half a yard to pick his spot into the bottom corner.

Danny Allan’s heavy challenge on a Mavs forward in his own box resulted in a penalty that Sam Pickersgill put into the top corner of the net. The game’s best goal finished the Buck off and was a belter from James Kelly, a 20-yarder into the roof of the net with McGarrell getting a finger tip to it but not enough to divert the ball over.

Mavs have to be commended for their consistency and spirit and deserved this one. Buck were disappointed with the way they wilted under pressure and never really got out of second gear.

Elsewhere, Unicorn chalked up their first three points of the season after an indifferent start in the league.

It took only two minutes for the deadlock to be broken when Middleton scuffed nothing more than a hopeful cross into the top corner.

Unicorn continued to dominate and it was 2-0 on 15 minutes, when Mutch in the Unicorn goal, gathered the ball and immediately looked to unleash Reeves, with the outside of his boot.

Reeves brought the ball under his spell, held of his man and finished well.

On 28 minutes it was three through good work from Greenslade. He released Handley through the middle and he in turn split the defence with an angled through ball.

Reeves timed his run and finished well into the bottom corner.

The game was just about over as a contest before half time as Brown went close with a low drive before Handley hit the bar with a left footed curling effort from the edge of the area, but the half time whistle came just in time for Carperby.

The game was however instantly put to bed straight after half time. Handley picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, and swazzed one into the top bin after good hold up play from Reeves.

The scoring and Reeves hat-trick was then complete on 58 minutes. Reeves received the ball in the box, on a tight angle after being released by Sean Radford and unleashed a fierce, net-busting shot into the top corner.

Radford nearly added another with a fierce shot from distance after 60 minutes but it rasped the post and was cleared by the impressive Tom Osbourne.

A combination of the game being over, substitutions and the intense heat, zapped the energy from the Unicorn players and David Mutch was forced into three impressive, point blank saves.

However, half-time sub Sean Osbourne did manage to pull one back for Carperby with 15 minutes left to go.

Richmond Town Reserves built on their win over Colburn last week with a 4-1 victory over Hawes.

Town went 1-0 up through Lewis Cocks before Macauley Acton pulled it back to 1-1 with a good finish from the edge of the box.

Academy, however, pulled away with goals from Edward Lewington and Nathan Simpson, with a late own goal sealing the points for Town.

Colburn have also had a difficult start to the season, but came out top in a close contest with Spennithorne.

Tom Sweeney got two, while Dan Deeney and Connor Weatherbed got a goal a piece for Colburn. John Russell, Jack Crook and James Smith scored for Spenni.

In the league’s remaining game Leyburn beat Reeth 3-2.

Results

Colburn 4-2 Spennithorne

Reeth 2-3 Leyburn

Richmond Mavericks 4-2 Richmond Buck Inn

Richmond Town Reserves 4-1 Hawes

Unicorn 5-1 Carperby

Fixtures

Catterick Garrison v Richmond Town Reserves

Colburn v Richmond Buck Inn

Hawes v Carperby

Richmond Mavericks v Reeth

Spennithorne v Unicorn