Three teams from the district will compete in the next round of the North Riding Saturday Challenge Cup after some battling performances at the weekend.
Catterick Garrison hosted Bishopthorpe and had to play the first 25 minutes with ten men due to injuries and suspension.
Gaffer Lee Mckenny went in goal until Steven Files got there, and Mckenny then went up top.
Despite the reduced numbers, Colburn still took the lead through Damo Hargreaves who headed in a great Jez Mortimer right wing cross.
Mckenny made two saves in two minutes before Bishopthorpe drew level from a one-on-one.
Mckenny then made a point blank stop as his last action in goal to deflect out for a corner.
There was more of the same for the first 15 of the second half, until Tim Holland’s wonderful solo goal.
Collecting the ball wide left, he drifted past the first defender, the second attempted to stand him up, so he flew past him on the inside and drilled home from a tight angle into the roof of the net.
Bishopthorpe thought they were going for penalties after they scrambled an equaliser on 80 minutes, however the drama didn’t end there.
With both keepers now making full stretch saves with regularity it looked destined for the spot kicks.
However a stunning Catterick move involving six or seven players resulted in Mortimer playing a deft pass into Hargreaves.
Hargreaves beat everyone else to it and slid it under the keeper for a 3-2 lead in the 85th minute.
There was to be one more twist in this tale though. The excellent Liam Walker was unlucky to concede a 89th minute penalty when the attacker cut across him in the box.
Walker had nowhere to go and the collision went in the attacking teams favour.
The Bishopthorpe skipper stepped up and looked nervous knowing this kick could extend the game.
He struck it firmly and slightly left of centre, but Filesy who read the direction well and lifted his arm to claw it from high behind him to keep it out.
The game then was brought to a halt shortly afterwards with Catterick winning an epic encounter 3-2 and into the next round.
Defensive frailties again cost Colburn dear as they sank to another defeat away at Slingsby.
Another shirt-switch was needed as Colburn’s new kit was found to clash.
There was no drama there as Colburn donned their pink shirts. The first 15 minutes went smoothly enough as Colburn pressured the Slingsby eleven with some fine flowing football, but a number of chances were spurned, as snatched shots and poor final balls were the order of the day.
A Tom Sweeney free-kick which flew over was probably the nearest they came.
But then some slack defending gave Slingsby two clear openings, though nothing came of them.
However, Colburn failed to heed the warning and conceded when indecision in the area gave Slingsby’s Number 11 the chance to shoot past Colburn’s keeper, JJ Elliott.
Immediately, Colburn’s manager made a switch, planning to make use of the rolling subs rule, and brought on Joe Woodall and Shane Parkinson for Craig Teasdale and Connor Weatherbed.
Slingsby’s number 11 was causing our back three problems with his touch and pace and soon Colburn were three down.
Colburn’s heads went momentarily, but a tirade from the touchline had its effect.
A move comprising four simple passes provided Stuart Murray with the chance to reduce the deficit, and before half time a ball played down the left found Murray, who laid it across for Luke McCormack to finish.
Suddenly the game was back on. Some stern words were dished out at the interval and Colburn emerged ready for the fray.
Their task would seem to have been alleviated when Slingsby were reduced by a red card to ten men but it still wasn’t really clicking though for Colburn, and a breakaway led to a fourth goal, closely followed by a fifth, which effectively put the game to bed.
Slingsby’s number 11 was involved in both these goals and had proved too much for Colburn’s back line.
And Slingsby’s keeper, who had seemed shaky in the first half, suddenly came to life, making save after save to frustrate Colburn’s attackers.
Colburn brought Teasdale back on, in place of Dean McCormack, and pushed Woodall into the middle.
Murray headed wide from a Parkinson cross, and, when Parkinson put another ball over, Murray’s effort was tipped over by the keeper.
Weatherbed was then brought back on in Nige Cole’s place, necessitating a shuffle in the defence.
Weatherbed sent a fierce shot just over, and there was just time for Sweeney to claim a third for Colburn, when Slingsby’s keeper allowed his shot to squirm under him into the net.
But the final whistle came with the score 5-3 to Slingsby.
Colburn’s Saturday Challenge hopes extinguished for another year, and they can turn their focus back to the league, where they need urgently to rediscover the form and attitude which brought them the title last year.
Elsewhere, Spennithorne and Harmby lost 4-0 at home to Newlands Park, but Unicorn had a good 3-1 win at Great Ayton.
Stuart Adams scored after 55 minutes after a Shaun Charlton shot deflected into his path after the visitors had taken the lead minutes earlier.
Marks Sims then made it 2-1 with a wonder strike before Tom Keegan completed the scoring with a bullet header from a Crowther corner.
Richmond Mavericks will also be in the pot for the next round after their opponents, Thirsk Falcons, failed to field a team.
Back in the league, Richmond Town Academy hosted Hawes in what was the third encounter between the two sides with little over two months of the season played.
Having beaten their visitors on both previous occasions, Academy were looking to secure three points.
But it was a much stronger Hawes side that arrived at Catterick Village and the home side were missing a lot of players through injury.
Academy started very brightly and were knocking the ball around well. Two excellent crosses from Sadler on the right created good chances with Walker heading against the post from the first.
With the wind on their backs, Hawes pressed as the half went on with a flurry of long balls and corners but didn’t create any chances of note.
The second half was a scrappy affair with a lot of niggling fouls from both sides.
Hawes took the lead as they broke away quickly from an Academy corner and that the way the game ended.
Richmond Buck beat Carperby 5-1 on a day when their newly signed keeper Wayne Harding had to get his hands dirty in more ways than one
Josh Wooff put the home side ahead early after good work from David Addison and Micheal Ingram and 1-0 became the half time score, after Buck had squandered some good chances.
The rhythm of the game had been interrupted on several occasions by unsavoury dog mess on the pitch, and, after using the only available bag, Wayne Harding endeared himself to his new team mates by handling the foulness off the pitch with his goalie gloves.
Aldborough St John dog walkers please take note!
Buck had the comfort of a second goal within five minutes of the restart with Wooff heading in from an Ingram corner.
A blatant penalty, after Harding had wiped out the forward, gave Carperby the chance to halve the arrears.
Harding waved away the swarming flies and pulled off a fine save low to his left and then gather the loose ball to the delight of the home players and subs and make amends for his mistake, not that anyone held it against him.
Buck made sure of the points with three late goals, with man of the match Wooff completing his hat trick, Addison marking a fine game with a goal and an assist for Danny Allen, and Ingram completing a hat-trick of assists.
Carperby’s Jack Jones managed a late consolation after a John Pickard flick on from a throw in.
It was his first goal for the club and he celebrated with enthusiasm.
Leyburn climbed up to third after a 6-3 win over Reeth.
The start of the game was very similar to the last time the sides met with neither side causing to many problems.
As the game hit the 20 minute mark it was Leyburn who were looking the more dangerous and were putting together some lovely passing moves.
One of these moves finally paid off when a through ball found Stanger who turned his man and slipped Ryan Alderson in for a one-on-one which he slotted it in.
Just five minutes later Callum Rankine played a delicious through ball to James Stanger who beat his man and then the keeper with a powerful close range strike.
On the half an hour mark, Leyburn went three up after a marauding run from left back Ben Fawcett who drove in his first ever Leyburn goal.
Typically, Leyburn then slackened off towards the end of the first half allowing Reeth’s Micheal Ellis to pull one back for the visitors.
As the second half started Leyburn were sluggish again allowing Ellis to double his tally and get Reeth right back into the game.
Leyburn however got their act together as James Stanger scored twice in five minutes to give the home team a commanding lead.
Leyburn finally put the game to bed after a great bit of work from Kiefer Bottomley down the right who threaded Lee Davison through. He rounded the keeper and slotted it home.
Reeth however weren’t done when five minutes from time substitute Christopher Grimes pulled yet another back for Reeth.
Leyburn 6-3 Reeth
Richmond Town Academy 0-1 Hawes
Richmond Buck Inn 5-1 Carperby
North Riding Saturday Challenge Cup
Slingsby 5-3 Colburn
Catterick Garrison 3-2 Bishopthorpe
Spennithorne 0-4 Newlands Park Hotel
Thirsk Falcons Reserves L-W Richmond Mavericks
Unicorn 3-1 Great Ayton
Richmond Buck Inn v Colburn
Catterick Garrison v Unicorn
Hawes v Leyburn
Reeth v Richmond Town
Richmond Mavericks v Spennithorne