Richmond Town held to draw by Seaton Carew

Eddie Lewington. Photo: LS Photography.

Richmond Town and Seaton Carew had to settle for a point a piece at the Dave Clark Arena, although both teams will believe they should have won the game.

Jason Newall gave debuts to Billy Harland, a centre forward signed from Chester Le Street Utd, and Scott Ryan who returns to the club again having recently being playing down the road at Northallerton Town.

The opening exchanges saw chances for Jamie Harwood, who headed over the bar, and Tafari Nicholas who having linked up well with Eddie Lewington forced a save from Jack Robinson.

Town keeper Harry Dowding was called into action when denying the visitors during a period of pressure in which Richmond were riding their luck and thankful for some poor finishing by Seaton Carew.

However, with 34 minutes played Richmond were ahead thanks in large to the new signings.

A free-kick by Ryan wasn’t cleared and Harland hammered home the loose ball from eight yards.

He was centimetres away from doubling the lead soon after with an overhead kick, but the linesman adjudged the ball not to have crossed the line.

Just before the break Dowding saved again after more poor finishing in front of goal from the Seaton Carew front men.

Tom Carnegie-Brown had an early second half chance but his shot took a deflection and the ball went just over the target.

As was the case in the opening 45 minutes, Richmond were being let off by some woeful finishing from the visitors, however in the 81st minute, substitute Jack Caygill showed his team mates how it was done.

Having received the ball  25 yards from goal, he was given the time and space to take aim and fire home, giving Dowding no chance.

Town went looking for a winner and with four minutes left to play had a golden opportunity to take all three points when they were awarded a penalty after Lewington was upended.

The same player took the spot kick, but it was  kept out by Robinson diving to his right.

It’s across the A66 and the long trip to Windscale next for Richmond with Saturday’s Wearside League Premier Division match kicking off at 2pm.