Richmond Town Reserves lift Dales Cup

Dales Cup winners Richmond Town Reserves. Photo: LS Photography.

The final piece of silverware has been lifted to bring the season to a close for Scotts for Storage Wensleydale League teams with Richmond Town Reserves winning the Dales Cup on Saturday.

Their opponents Catterick Garrison were only separated by goal difference in the league table this season and a game which promised to be a close affair on paper turned out be a cracker on the pitch.

A large crowd watched the final at Carperby.

The match started with both defences holding strong, with long throws from Richmond’s Sean Thompson causing problems for Catterick.

Garrison started to grow into the game after quarter of an hour though and took the lead on 25 minutes through Damian Hargreaves netted after a flowing passing move with his central midfield partner Jez Mortimer.

Mortimer had to go off to be patched up after an accidental clash of heads but was bandaged up and back on ten minutes later.

Town levelled before the break when Mark Sims stepped up to score from the spot after being felled in the area by Gavin Rudd.

 

Scott Ryan scores the winner for Richmond Town Reserves. Photo: LS Photography.

 

 

Catterick came out strongly in the second half but were disappointed to let in a soft goal when Harry Needham flicked in for Richmond from a free-kick in the right channel.

Catterick came again though and levelled following good work from Josh Pettler who charged down a ball back to Bruno Frankland in the Town goal.

The ball then spilled out to Jake Oakes who still had plenty to do to lift the ball into an empty net from 30 yards for his 26th goal of the campaign.

Catterick had chances to take the lead, but it was Richmond who found a winner when Sims picked the ball up on the right and drove forward.

He unleashed a shot that Catterick keeper Mark Birnie could only parry and Scott Ryan was first to react, lashing home the rebound.