Richmond Town come from behind to beat Bishop Auckland Reserves

Richmond Town left it late under the lights at the Dave Clark Arena on Tuesday night and had to come from behind to take all three points against Bishop Auckland Reserves.

Adam Walker put Town ahead in the 17th minute and just three minutes later the home side was awarded a penalty after a foul on James Coatsworth.

Eddie Lewington stepped up but Bishop’s keeper Joe Wilson saved.

Bishop levelled on 28 minutes when Richmond failed to clear and the ball fell to Luca Sartini on the edge of the box who smashed the ball across Harry Dowding into the far top corner on the volley.

Poor defending was to cost Town further seven minutes later when after playing themselves into trouble and giving away possession inside the box, Louis Anderson fired into the bottom corner.

The second half saw an early chance for Richmond captain Lewis Cocks, who having won the ball midway in Bishop’s half, found himself inside the box, but his shot went wide of the far post.

Just before the hour, Richmond were back on level terms after a Lewington shot was handled inside the area. This time Jimmy Muir stepped up and fired low into the bottom corner.

Tom Kavanagh was introduced from the bench and made an immediate impact, creating a chance for Coatsworth who should have scored, but fired straight at Wilson from close range.

With just five minutes left to play, Tafari Nicholas played a good ball to Kavanagh whose ball across the box picked out Lewington who this time made no mistake, scoring what turned out to be the winner.

A deserved win for Richmond who were made to work for it, with Jamie Harwood’s performance at centre half earning him The Turf Hotel Man Of The Match.