Richmond Town Over 40s win to secure promotion – despite opposition scoring within two seconds!

Richmond Town Over 40s.

Richmond Town Over 40’s hosted Sunderland Oldies on Saturday knowing that a win would secure promotion to the 2nd Division with a final home game still to play next week.

Missing a couple of players whose legs can no longer take the demands of two matches per week on the back of towns recent successes they still managed to field a strong start.

The game started with disaster for Richmond with the ball in the back of their net within 2 seconds on the ref blowing his whistle.

The Sunderland striker saw town keeper, Tim Bishop, bent over on his penalty spot doing his laces and with the first touch of the game hit a rasping strike straight over his head and in off the bar.

This seemed to shake town and they took a few minutes to get going again after the disbelief of what they had just witnessed.

Once the shock had gone town found their feet a drove forward in droves creating numerous chance but couldn’t find their usual predatory finishing. Chances came and went with Ramsay, White, Cocks and Cleminson all squandering chances.

Town equalised on 20 mins when the left back hit a short back-pass and Cleminson rolled back the years, sprinting away from the defence and finishing neatly.

The lead came 2 minutes later as Mccowie put over a great ball which Clem-a-tron controlled beautifully before finishing for his second of the game. Further chances came and went but 2-1 remained the score at half time.

Five minutes into the second period and it was 3-1 with the town striker completing his hat-trick, White slipped the ball through and he found the bottom corner.

Waller and Ramsay then hit further goals before Waller scored what must be a contender for goal of the season.

Sartini put over deep cross and Waller twisted his body in a way that defied his advancing years to score an incredible volley that many of his team mates were hoping would miss.

With Redcar only able to draw, the win confirmed Richmond would finish in second place.