Richmond Mavericks managed to usurp Unicorn – who had a day off – at the top of the table with a comfortable win away at Reeth.
The game was one of only three played in the league on Saturday.
Mavs were two up within ten minutes through an owl goal and an Andrew Pritchard effort.
Reeth did then settle into the game. Centre forward Michael Ellis’ persistence paid off just before the break and he managed to toe-poke home just ahead of the goalkeeper.
However, in the second half Richmond took advantage of a similarly sloppy start from Reeth
Owen Kelly got a couple and Pritchard three more, while at the other end Ellis curled a delightful volley inside the far post.
With both sides struggling for form the game between Carperby and Buck Inn was always going to be a tight affair, and with the added leveller of the famous Carperby cross wind, any sort of quality football was always going to be a rare occurrence.
So it proved as the goals were far from picturesque.
David Addison opened the scoring for the Buck with a long range pea roller that the Carperby keeper seemed to walk past as it trickled into his net.
Within a minute Addison had scored at the other end as a home corner was deflected onto his head and inside the far post, just over the man guarding the post who failed to anticipate the misfortune.
The winning goal in the second half came from the penalty spot after typical dogged wing play from Michael Ingram who drew the foul in the box, getting the penalty award on the second time of asking after being brought down in the box in the first half and seeing his appeal waved away.
Stewart Fotheringham made no mistake from the penalty spot to take the three points.
Other notable performances were Ken Williams at the back and Danny Allen for the Buck, and Tom Osborn for Carperby.
Hawes’ season is slowly getting better after a mediocre start.
They travelled to Spennithorne and Harmby and won 5-0.
Matt Guy opened the scoring from close range.
Ashley Iveson scored the second also from close range.
Skipper Brett Calvert headed in a bullet for the third, while Dan Rich tapped in for four and Tom Wallis rounded off with a smart finish just inside the box.
Carperby 1-2 Richmond Buck Inn
Reeth 2 -7 Richmond Mavericks
Spennithorne 0-5 Hawes
Colburn v Unicorn
Leyburn v Richm0nd Mavericks
Carperby v Richmond Town Academy
Reeth v Spennithorne