Richmond Town Reserves pull off surprise win against Colburn

The second week of fixtures in the Wensleydale Creamery League brought some coupon-busting surprises.

Not too long ago, Richmond Town Reserves were beaten 9-1 by Colburn an emphatic 9-1 win.

Last year Town improved and despite being in the lead twice, they were narrowly lost the game 3-2.

This season the tables were completely turned with Town — who had 10 teenagers in their starting 11 — winning 7-1.

Town’s early pressure all over the pitch meant that Colburn couldn’t get the ball down and play, and usual danger man Tom Sweeney had limited touches of the ball.

Richmond had some early chances too, the most notable one went to Eddie Lewington who tapped the ball wide from close range. The break- through came when a general scrabble around the box had Lewington passing the ball past the Colburn defender who slipped on the line and in doing so stuck out his hand to stop the ball crossing the line.

It fell to Lewis who was offside and he tapped it in. The ref had a call to make. It was a goal, or penalty and sending off. In good spirit the goal stood.

The second goal came when Thomas Gilroy became provider after a slick passing move up the pitch, had him slide the ball onto Lewington who passed the ball into the net for a great first time finish and a quality team goal.

Colburn pressed on to get back into it, most notably down the Town left where Dan Deeney showed great pace down the line and then crossed the ball for the striker to slide the ball home.

Lewington got a third from the penalty spot before half time.

In the second half, Town continued to stifle any attacks from Colburn. A fourth goal came from Lewington who completed his hat-trick with a great volley from 25 yards.

Town got a fifth when Tom Carnegie-Brown was up-ended in the box, with Lewington scoring his fourth from the spot.

Frustration was setting in for Colburn and they were down to ten after a centre back saw red for a comment he made.

There was still time for Lewis Cock to score a seventh after a mazy run.

In another surprising result, last year’s runners-up Unicorn were hammered 6-0 by Catterick Garrison.

Jeremy Mortimer scored three, while Tim Holland got a couple and Damian Hargreaves got one.

Richmond Buck got back to winning ways with a 5-2 win away against a young Reeth side.

After a delayed kick off Reeth were quicker out of the blocks and looked threatening, testing the Buck back line with intricate play and balls over the top via the swirling wind.

Buck began to impose themselves into the match by coercing back possession and hitting Reeth on the counter attack.

Buck’s final third play was poor in the first half in truth but they forced a half time lead thanks to a scrappy close range goal from Michael Slater.

Reeth were level straight from the Buck’s second half restart as Stewart Fotheringham’s pass to his centre back acted as a through ball to the Reeth striker whose effort hit the post and Michael Ellis was there to tap in against Buck’s stand in keeper Conner Metcalfe.

Buck upped the anti, thanks in part to a dynamic, man of the match performance from Dan Bolton and soon found themselves two and then 3-1 up thanks to strikes from Marshal Thorogood and Danny Allen.

The game was put to bed as the later pair both grabbed themselves a brace with clinical finishing from much improved final third play.

Reeth never gave up and scored possibly the goal of the game, a curling top corner strike from outside the box from Sam Lyon, giving Metcalfe no chance.

Elsewhere in the league, Leyburn beat local rival Spennithorne 3-0 through goals former Spenni player Luke Wilkinson and James Stanger, and an Alfie Read own goal.

Richmond Mavericks also had a comfortable afternoon with a 7-1 win against Carperby. On the score sheet were Andrew Pritchard, Jerry Metcalfe, Sam Pickersgill, Javan Asimba and Brandon Gredziak. Jack Jones scored for the Wensleydale team.


Catterick Garrison 6-0 Unicorn

Colburn 1-7 Richmond Town Reserves

Reeth 2-5 Richmond Buck Inn

Richmond Mavericks 7-1 Carperby

Spennithorne 0-3 Leyburn

Fixtures – 21.9.19

Colburn v Spennithorne

Reeth v Leyburn

Richmond Mavericks v Richmond Buck Inn

Richmond Town Reserves v Hawes

Unicorn v Carperby