Richmond Town lose out to Thornaby Dubliners in cup

One of the teams poorest performances for some time and conceeding two soft goals were to blame as Richmond crashed out of this seasons North Riding County Cup after losing 2-1 away at Thornaby Dubliners of the North Riding League.

It is a league from which teams have constantly caused Richmond problems when paired with in cup competitions recently.

Town manager Jonathan Kellet had made no secret of his desire to win this competition.

Having had previous success with a number of the junior teams he has coached to county cup success, any senior winning team will have to wait for another season at least.

The home side put Town under pressure from the start and were ahead with only ten minutes played when the ball found its way into Mark Walker’s net direct from a corner kick after being caught up in a strong wind which was to the home sides advantage.

Richmond were denied what looked a penalty when Adam Walker was brought down, with Town feeling this was the pattern of the afternoon with the visitors getting nothing.

Ben Darville had a great chance to level the scores just before the break, but failed to do so despite it looking far easier to hit the target than not, ensuring Dubliners went into the break with the lead.

Richmond have been guilty of conceding far to many goals from set pieces this season and were to do so again when slack marking from a free kick led to Dubliners second goal of the afternoon after Richmond had dominated the opening exchanges of the second period.

A penalty awarded to Dubliners which would have killed the game was saved by Walker giving Richmond a lifeline. then with five minutes remaining Darville got one back.

Richmond’s top scorer then had a chance to take the game to a penalty shootout when what looked a certain goal was blazed over from inside the six yard box.

Richmond have one last chance of silverware this season in the Monkwearmouth Cup.

Hebburn Town Reserves will be the opposition.

Despite having trailed twice to Harton And Westoe they found a way to win having scored a stoppage time leveller before going through after a penalty shootout.

On this evidence Richmond will have to improve dramatically when they take on the Wearside League title chasers and somehow manage to find the grit and determination that Hebburn found if they were to produce a surprise result.